‘Champs’ 2016 is now consigned to the history books. In some cases, it has unearthed, and in others, cemented a more than fair share of awesome talent. It never ceases to amaze how much is being done with so little. In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay, focusing on the future at the world level, will be looking in particular at two athletes, drawn from the many coming to mind. That the country is now the envy of the world in the area of sprints is impatient of debate. The recent feats of the Kingston College (KC) phenom, quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield and sprinter Nigel Ellis out of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and described in knowledgeable quarters as the real deal only serves to drive home the point. Coming from a history-making 44.93 at last year’s world spectacle event, Bloomfield has his compass set beyond that stage. So confirmed coach Neil Harrison, who sees the World Junior Championships in July and a spot on the Rio Olympics team as the season’s chief objectives. Although no such crystal-ball glance is coming from Ellis’ camp, a wise coach must see the repeat 10 teens as a promise of things to come. Another point to be made here is that the cash-rich Bahrain trek has claimed a couple of the nation’s fast men who were understudying the Bolt, Blake, Powell top rung. Ellis, barring being steered in that direction, could ‘run in’ on one of the vacancies created. FANTASTIC ATHLETES A few years ago, the highly respected track and field legendary disciplinarian and JAAA president, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, was hosting a top-ranked administrator in the business. Enthralled with the island’s outstanding global performances, the visitor requested to be taken to where “these fantastic athletes did their training”. The pride-ridden ‘Teddy’ headed for the North Street campus of his own KC. After about one hour of watching some of Jamaica’s most gifted young athletes, the seemingly impatient guest, with a flight to catch, asked if they could relocate to the spot, as previously requested. With no regard for his shortness of stature, Teddy drew himself to full height, made a two-handed, all encompassing sign and said, “You are standing on it”. Against this background and an ever-mushrooming storehouse of talent with less-than-adequate quality or quantity of proper facilities for preparation, a recent comment by the sport’s world governing boss is quite interesting. That Usain Bolt has rescued the sport has become almost a clichÈ at forums across the world. Well, Lord Coe is calling for “more Usain Bolts”. Once the suspicion that such call is a request for a lifeline to be thrown to a badly drug-tainted sport is accepted a way forward can be sought. Typically, what is not mentioned is the role played by the equally excellent, coach, Glen Mills, who has stage-managed the Bolt act. However, that is for a different story at another time. Having said all that, there can be but a single response to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president’s musings. There is a role here for Dr Warren Blake, local athletics’ top man. Picking up on the ‘more Bolts wanted’ comment, he should meet with the good upper house British parliamentarian and assist him and track and field to rise above the ongoing Russian drug debacle. Coe should be invited to assemble his IAAF executive in an initiative to afford Jamaica the infrastructure pivotal to enhance its already glorious product. The Coe remark could not have come at a more opportune time, with a new Government taking office. For a start, a synthetic track in every parish would be handy. A travelling cadre of talent scouts, fuelled by some of the current high-performance-oriented coaches, would also have to be slotted in. Much like Coe, the Jamaican president needs to turn a few things around. This would be a lasting legacy to his tenancy. Image cleaning is required both in Monaco and here, and Coe has left a door open. Enter, Dr. Blake. For Feedback, email email@example.com.
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” the Suns’ Devon Booker said.The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns’ Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.“That was a great way to start the season,” Stotts said. “I was really pleased with our defense through the whole night. Offense got off to a slow start but picked up.”Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heatby the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland’s 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there. Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.It only got worse (or better from Portland’s perspective) after that.The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. … Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. … Portland had six players in double figures. … Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. … Trail Blazers don’t play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday’s practice. … Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 3 for 9 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. … Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Shabazz Napier of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives Pat Connaughton after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 124-76. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night.The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.ADVERTISEMENT It was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened.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“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Watson said. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers for Portland. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.Portland tied the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on Nov. 21, 1982 was larger.“The obvious statement is we played really well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.The 48-point rout exceeded Denver’s 139-93 (46-point) victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.The blowout also topped Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.ADVERTISEMENT
The Trackers will officially begin preparations for the new season towards the end of the month as the squad’s tryout camp will be held August 23-25 in Taylor. Brinsky’s credentials with B.C. Hockey made him ideal for the job according to Trackers General Manager Brant Leer.“Shawn is a long time B.C. Hockey high performance coaching coordinator and coach. Shawn has received the highest levels of high performance coaching with B.C. Hockey as well as being involved in B.C. Hockey high performance programs,” he said.Brinsky said being able to lead a team behind the bench is a unique opportunity and he hopes his teachings will help players not only this season but as they continue playing hockey in the future.- Advertisement -“Being a Head Coach of any team is a privilege. To have an opportunity to surround yourself with 18 or 19 hockey players that are like minded and working towards the same goal is an exciting thing. Hopefully to have some of these players move on in hockey and to think that maybe there’s something we did that assisted them, I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than that,” he explained.As for what kind of team will be on the ice, he admitted that will be dependant on the style of players that make up this season’s roster.“It can’t be addressed until you take a look at the team structure. I can say I want to be an offensively minded coach and develop a system around that but the reality is if the horses I have in the barn aren’t of that make then you have to adjust. The better way to approach it is to take a look at what we have in camp. There is so much that’s still undetermined,” Brinsky stated.Advertisement
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Samaritan Center, 280 Royal Ave., provides breakfast, showers, clean clothes and counseling from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Public Action to Deliver Shelter sites began operating Nov. 1 in Simi Valley, offering overnight shelter beginning at 8 p.m. to the homeless at the following locations: Sundays – Knights of Columbus Hall, 1255 E. Patricia Ave. Mondays – Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1636 Sinaloa Road. Tuesdays – Trinity Lutheran Church, 2949 Alamo St. Wednesdays – Simi Valley Presbyterian Church, 4832 Cochran St. Thursdays – Simi Valley Community Church, 2000 Royal Ave. Fridays – Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4191 Cochran St. Saturdays – United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road. SIMI VALLEY – The homeless are hard to find in Simi Valley, but come winter, some 150 people seek overnight shelter at churches in the area. Six congregations and the Knights of Columbus participate in Simi Valley’s Public Action to Deliver Shelter program, which opened Tuesday and will run through the end of March. “Most other shelters (in neighboring communities) open in December, but the weather can be cold and wet in November,” said John Purvis, who has been the director of the PADS shelter program since 1995. “People think of this community as affluent, that there are no homeless people here in Simi Valley. But over the course of a typical season, we will have around 150 people registered to use the program,” he said. On any given night, about 20 people of all ages take refuge in the shelters. They come from a wide variety of circumstances. Sometimes there are families with small children, sometimes people in their 70s. “The program is church-based. I find it personally gratifying that all of the teams are coming back this year,” Purvis said. “It’s an indication they found it to be meaningful.” The overnight shelter program is held in conjunction with community dinners held at various churches, including an annual Thanksgiving dinner at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 2380 Stow St., for senior citizens, parishioners and homeless people in the area. The Samaritan Center, 280 Royal Ave., is open to the homeless from 7 to 11 a.m. weekdays, offering breakfast, showers, laundry facilities and a chance to socialize. Virginia Nelson became the center director a year ago and has been working to expand services to include counseling, social services and help in finding education and jobs. She said she already has seen increasing numbers of homeless people gathering at the Samaritan Center since the weather has turned colder. “Always in the wintertime, we have people coming from everywhere – it’s amazing. In the last two weeks, we’ve had more calls than you can imagine about when this shelter program will open,” she said. Nelson said the Thanksgiving events for the needy are rewarding for the volunteers and help make the community aware that some people in Simi Valley are homeless. Gina Acosta said she has been homeless and is glad the sleep sites are open when the weather turns cold and wet. “When it rains, it’s beautiful” to take refuge at a shelter, she said. “The sleep sites are wonderful, excellent,” agreed Oscar Aguilar, who said he also uses them occasionally. Mary Reid said she has been homeless off and on, sometimes sleeping in her car or camping, and she appreciates the chance to come to the indoor sleep sites, especially when it is raining. About 30 to 40 homeless men and women come to the Samaritan Center each day. Nelson said her eyes were first opened to the need more than 10 years ago when a friend invited her to help feed the homeless at Thanksgiving. Counseling is offered by graduate students from the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge. It’s administered by Jodi McIntosh, who said it has been successful in helping people deal with their problems, including several with drug or alcohol problems who got into rehabilitation programs. “I’m working hard at educating the homeless rather than just giving them a handout,” Nelson said. “We found out that two men working with the counselors were veterans who didn’t know they were eligible for pension benefits. One had served in the military for 18 years, but he could hardly handle talking about it. He actually cried. With the help of Lutheran Social Services and a representative of the Veterans Administration, we were able to help.” Some of the homeless people have been participating in painting workshops, and a new gardening program is planned to help beautify and maintain the center. One homeless man makes his own rings, which he shares with others there. “Art is a relaxing thing,” McIntosh said. “It taps into a deeper plane in a person.” The center has struggled this year after the loss of a $125,000 federal grant that ended last December. But new volunteers and donations have allowed it to remain open, and Nelson hopes more people will become aware of the programs and offer help. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 email@example.com
She averaged 12.6 points, 8.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in the three tournament games and hit a jumper as time expired in regulation of the title game versus UNI to force overtime. She finished with a career-high 22 points in the title game and added seven assists against UNI. In the Bulldogs’ semifinal win over Wichita State, she recorded her 16th career points/assists double-double with 11 points and an MVC Tournament record 11 assists. Ingle earned the academic award after a week that saw her earn MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament MVP honors in helping Drake to capture its sixth MVC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. 2016-17 Drake MVC Scholar-Athletes of the WeekMarch 14 – Caitlin Ingle, Women’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Track & FieldJan. 31 – Becca Jonas, Women’s BasketballJan. 23 – Caitlin Ingle, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Redd Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Becca Jonas, Women’s BasketballNov. 22 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryNov. 1 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryOct. 25 – James Wypych, Men’s SoccerOct. 4 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountrySept. 27 – Mueng Sunday, Men’s SoccerSept. 6 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryAug. 30 – James Wypych, Men’s Soccer Print Friendly Version To qualify for the honor, student-athlete must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period. Prior to the start of the MVC Tournament, she was named All-MVC First Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team as a psychology major with a 3.86 GPA. The MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the second of the season for Ingle and the fourth by a member of the Drake women’s basketball team. A Bulldog has now earned the honor a total of 14 times this season. Ingle and the Bulldogs begin NCAA Tournament action as a No. 10 seed Saturday, March 18, against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN2. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week presented by Enterprise Bank, the conference announced Tuesday, March 14.
Picture courtesy of Paddy McGrathGAA star Paddy McGrath has blasted Donegal County Council – over a pothole that almost put him off the road.The Ardara man took to Twitter last night, showing a picture of the pothole which blew a tyre and wrecked a wheel on his car.“It happened near Meenaroy,” Paddy later told Donegal Daily. “I was driving from Fintown to Letterkenny at the time and I hit the pothole and the tyre just burst.“I’m told I’m not the first to hit it and it makes you wonder why you pay all these taxes. It’s just a disgrace.”No-one from Donegal County Council was immediately available for comment last night. GAA STAR PADDY BLASTS COUNCIL AFTER POTHOLE BLOWS TYRE IN HIS CAR was last modified: November 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraPaddy McGrathpothole
Tags: Azam UPLBul FCmasavu FCMilton Karisaproline fcSoana FCvipers sc Azam Uganda Premier LeagueTuesday, 24-04-2018: Results.Vipers 3-1 MasavuUPDF 1-0 BulSoana 1-3 Proline.Vipers Sports Club moved to the top of the Azam Uganda Premier League after a hard fought 3-1 win at home to bottom side Masavu FC at the in Kitende.Vipers who were playing without the services of suspended head coach Miguel Da Costa required two very late goals from substitutes Pius Wangi and Milton Karisa to win the game.Masavu looked on course for a vital point after their substitute Ivan Lubale had cancelled out Tom Matsiko’s opener before the late drama happened, much to the relief of the home side.Vipers Tom Matsiko put Vipers into the lead 13 minutes to half time and ensured that the Venoms go into the break on top of the league momentarily.Masavu technical bench brought on board Ivan Lubaale for defender Herbert Kakande on 62 minutes and the former needed just eight minutes to record a statement of intent, scoring a stunner just inside the area with 20 minutes left on the clock.Vipers made two changes introducing Pius Wangi and Milton Karisa for Tom Masiko and Steven Mukwala respectively.When the fourth official Siraje Mpyangu indicated the four minutes of added time, the game remained was one all.Vipers won a free-kick 35 yards away, Deus Bukenya delivered a floating ball which was tapped home by Wangi in a forest of legs with a couple of Vipers’ players in seemingly off-side positions but the goal stood despite protests by Masavu players.Karisa scored a third on 93 minutes more so in similar fashion to seal the victory that drove the Venoms back to the top with 49 points, same as second placed SC Villa Jogoo but Vipers have a superior goal difference compared to the Jogoo.Daniel Isiagi (right) celebrating one of his two goals yesterday(photos by shaban lubega)Vipers will host KCCA this Friday in a highly anticipated encounter this coming Friday at St Mary’s KitendeAt Kavumba, Daniel Isiagi bagged a brace and Gift Ali scored the other as Proline came from behind to defeat Soana 3-1.Proline’s team that started the win over Soana (photo by Shaban lubega)Proline’s goals came after Allan Kayiwa had put the home side in the lead in the opening 20 minutes of the game.The win sees the Wandegeya based side jump out of the relegation zone for the first time since they dropped there.Proline move up the table to 13th on the 16-team log with 26 points in 25 games, close to 12th placed Soana who are just two points above but have played one game more.The other fixtures played on the day saw KCCA humiliate URA 7-2 and UPDF moved to 11th on the log with 28points after defeating Bul 1-0 in Bombo.Ezekiel Katende scored the all important goal for the army side on the hour mark.Comments
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