Clearing hurdles – Riley points to continued excellence by J’can youngsters in obstacle event

first_imgFor the third year in a row, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships’ Class Two 100-metre hurdles record has fallen. On Saturday, March 30, Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High School advanced the standard to 12.91 seconds. Her victory and high levels of participation in hurdling events has Excelsior head coach David Riley seeing bright days ahead. “You can’t bank on hurdles, but when your top hurdler comes through, it’s great, and we continue to develop in that area”, Riley reviewed after Nugent had sped home in 12.91 seconds to rewrite the mark set last year by Ray-Donna Lee of Hydel High at 12.95. “We do have the technical expertise, and it’s good that a lot more coaches are coaching the event and more athletes are being exposed,” he said of his Excelsior coaching staff and of Jamaica in general. The victory marked a remarkable rise for Nugent, who had not won at Champs before. Confident after gaining a silver medal at last year’s Youth Olympics, Nugent had set a world Under-18 best of 12.87 seconds earlier this season. Before Saturday, her best Champs result was silver in the 2017 Class Three 800-metre hurdles behind St Jago’s Crystal Morrison. Morrison was second to the Douglas Williams-coached Nugent in Saturday’s record race. PARTICIPATION SURGE Reminded that Brittany Anderson, then of Vere Technical High School, set the record at 13.04 seconds in 2017, Riley agreed that the movement means Jamaica is on the move in the sprint hurdles. “Yes, and most of these kids don’t have a full flight of hurdles to train with, you know, so hurdle endurance is not something that they practise a lot and so it’s all positive, all positive stuff.” Riley pinpointed a surge in participation in hurdles by the boys. “That just speaks to the number of persons that are participating and once you have numbers, you must have somebody rising to the top.” The continued surge saw Vashaun Vascianna of St Jago High School lowering his own Class Two 110-metre hurdles record to 13.26 seconds, and Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College clipping the Class One record down to 13.06 seconds. In addition, all seven of the Boys and Girls’ Championships sprint-hurdling records were broken in 2017. Each of the records for boys were shifted in 2018, with Pinnock’s fine performance advancing the Class One record for the third time in a row, as Calabar’s Dejour Russell had moved the record to 13.21 in 2017 and 13.10 seconds in 2018.last_img read more

Coach name side for Women’s Nations Cup

first_imgSoccer Papua New Guinea women’s head coach Peter Gunemba has named a strong squad for the upcoming Oceania Football Confederation Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia next week. Peter Gunemba, who is also the head coach of PNG champion club Toti City FC, has named 21 women in his squad which has a good blend of experience and a number of exciting young players. Eight players – young goal keeper Faith Kasiray, Yvonne Gabong, Meagen Gunemba, Ramona Padio, Judith Gunemba, Sandra Birum, Marie Kaipu and Margaret Joseph – have played more international matches for Papua New Guinea – while others are at the start of their international careers like Rayleen Bauelua, Theresah Boie, Fidorah Namuesh, Elizabeth Elizah, Cynthia Pulou, Merolyn Sali, Eunice Nabalu, Betty Sam and Stephanie Gani. Gunemba who is not new to the job knows what it takes to prepare a team for such competitions on a big stage. “I am confident with the players I have in my squad,” said Gunemba. “We haven’t had a huge amount of time to prepare, but since we started camp on Monday the girls are picking up well as we go through series of training phases. “Unfortunately we lost three of our good players – Yasap Ganu and Zeenah Toropoi were dropped due to passport issues while Lavina Hola left on medical grounds.” Gunemba said his team would take nothing for granted but believes the results in New Caledonia will determine their preparations. The PNG senior women will complete their week-long training camp in Lae on Sunday before flying to New Caledonia on Tuesday November 13. Fixtures: Pool A – PNG v Samoa (Nov 18), PNG v New Caledonia (Nov 21) and PNG v Tahiti (Nov 24). PNG senior women squad: Faith Kasiray, Betty Sam, Rita Mayang, Merolyn Sali, Judith Gunemba, Olita Upaupa, Yvonne Gabong, Stephanie Gani, Sandra Birum, Margaret Joseph, Rayleen Bauelua, Selina Unamba, Meagen Gunemba, Ramona Padio, Cynthia Pulou, Georgina Bakani, Marie Kaipu, Eunice Nabalu, Theresah Boie, Elizabeth Elizah, Fidorah Namuesh. Team officials: Head coach – Peter Gunemba, Assistant coach Margaret Aka, Team manager – Rister Sovo, Equipment manager – Catherine Wamapiri.last_img read more

Sinesine Yongomugl Brothers set to shake rivals

first_imgRugby League BY JOHN PANGKATANA Pioneer team, the Sinesine Yongomugl Brothers have been given another whiff to vie for their potential third Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup (CCIC). And club owner Sam Goia or as he is commonly known as ‘Pawa Pack Waraaa Waraaa K-Town King’ is confident they can go all the way after receiving their Gold Pass for the Simbu Challenge yesterday. After winning two titles in year 2000 and 2014, Brothers are back again in the quarterfinal stage after claiming the first Gold Pass after some close matches in their pool. Goia says that after 11 years taking part in what he described as the most eventful competition in the country, he is hoping his band of youths led by several senior players in William Mul, Damson Aina, John Maxwell and Kola Kerry can relive past glory to bring back some lost pride in the Sinesine people. “I will also continue to spend my time and resources as this venture is worth it. “It promotes grass-roots talents straight from the village. “No other competition can do that and I take my hat for their wisdom and forthrightness of Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas and his management with Timothy Lepa for at least giving our youth just a glimmer of hope every year to tackle this well beaten pathway that has created stars in the likes of Esau Siune, James Aure and Willie Guambo to name a few.” CCIC CEO and PNG Kumul assistant coach Timothy Lepa congratulated the Brothers team for making it back to the quarterfinal stage, but was not able to qualify who would receive the second Gold Pass as it would be between Gumini Wisimo and Zaga Limestone Miners, who have technical issues to be dealt with. From other centres, Lepa said Border Storm surprised favorites Paga Panthers to win by a one point to claim the NCD Gold Pass and Emerging claimed the Central leg from early favorites Tox Mix Dogs, Togoba Magani collected the Gold Pass for Western Highlands, Buimo Snipers and Redbacks from the Lae challenge, Banz Bulls and Minj Bulldogs from Jiwaka and Maprik United from East Sepik. Lepa further confirmed that the Morobe challenge in Kainantu will be confirmed this weekend, as will the Southern Highlands leg in Mendi, where there are 14 teams including title holders Olco Butterflies in the heat of the battle at the moment. He added that for the first time teams from Ialibu and Pangia have also fronted up at Mendi, with two Hela sides and the majority from Mendi itself. He said the Enga challenge has issues with several appeals, which have not been dealt with as yet, while the Western challenge in Kiunga, New Guinea Islands in Kimbe will get underway in the first weekend of January.last_img read more

SCSU Hockey Preview; Huskies Host Alabama-Huntsville [AUDIO]

first_imgThe St. Cloud State men’s hockey team will host the University of Alabama-Huntsville Friday and Saturday nights at the National Hockey Center in their home openers.  The Huskies are 0-2 after dropping a pair of games at New Hampshire last weekend.  Sophomore Ryan Faragher is the top goaltender this season with Mike Lee graduating.  The Huskies return Drew LeBlanc, and Ben Hanowski amongst others.Listen to head coach Bob Motzko talk to Jay Caldwell and Lee Voss on the Granite City Cafe on AM 1390-the Fan. About Connatix V56892 About Connatix V56892 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 360pcenter_img Auto (360p) 720p HD 1/1 Alabama-Huntsville is 2-1-1 this season.  They lost and tied with Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend.  The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team was 17-17-5.last_img read more

‘Fat’ Wayne Andries remembered as a ferocious competitor

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTributes are flowing in following the passing of former national shooting guard Wayne Andries who was known as ‘Fat Wayne” and Bouncer to the basketball community.Andries died on Saturday after a brief fight with cancer in the United States where he migrated with his family in 1996.Since his passing, several former national players and coaches have paid tributes to this outstanding player who first played for the Wismar Pistons basketball club of Linden before donning national colours.Robert Byass, the former national centre who formed the Wismar Pistons with Andries and Lloyd Ross in 1989, said he was saddened when he visited his friend last week in hospital. He said he had known Wayne as a very serious player who looked out for his players and would do anything to represent their cause.Former national player and coach, Abdulla Hamid, who was one of the four Linden players who played their first Caricom Championship with Andries at the Jamaica-held 1991 CBC championships, extended his deepest condolences to the family of one of the best players ever to come out of the mining town.Hamid said ‘Fat Wayne’ was a player who would push you to the limit of your abilities. Hamid noted: “The things we marvel at with Steph Curry now is what we had seen executed by ‘Fat Wayne’ back then in the early 1990s, as he would know shots down from just inside the half of his opponents.Andries was known as ‘Bouncer’ for his aggression and former national coach and player during Andries heydays, Robert Cadogan, remembers his opponent and playmate at the senior national level as “an aggressive, serious, vociferous player with ‘belly’ who gave it his all”.Cadogan, who is based in the United states said “I remember when he was representing Wismar Pistons and then as he progressed, we used to know who was the starting five for Linden and I was assigned to mark him in Linden/ Georgetown encounters, as he would called Mr. Shot Put,’But one of Cadogan’s fondest memories, he recalled, was when playing in the National Club Basketball championship in the 1990s, Andries dropped a record 57 points game against the Pacesetters, but the lone consolation was that Pacesetters came away with a double overtime victory.Former national women’s coach, Linden ‘Sancho’ Alphonso said “I visited him in the hospital on Thursday and had a reality check. Kinda put life in perspective.”Looking back, he said of Andries: ”Actually…I have never seen a player close to Wayne before or after his time. I have to mention those signature shots from way downtown, rainbow threes that characterized him. He was probably the roughest player I have ever seen locally (the only other player in that conversation is Alwyn Wilson) that under achieved due to his nonchalant approach to the game. Yet he was good enough to leave his mark. Back-to-back 50 plus points at the sportshall in a national club championship,  never done before or after.”Alphonso also recalled that Andries was in his opinion “the best local player on show against the German semi pro team. Subject to correction, I think he had scores of 18 and 19 when almost everybody else, Dayne Kendall was the other exception, seemed intimidated by the 7-footers. Andries led a dominant Wismar Pistons team in the 90s up to when he migrated.Former FIBA referee and national player, Cecil Chin, was moved by Andries passing, noting:“Wayne was one of a string of players (guard) who possessed the skills and attitude of an intelligent basketball player. He played at every level with a passion that gave selectors no choice but to be elevated to wear the national uniform which, I must say, with a quality degree of pride.”Chin continued “Watching him deliver for his team in Linden tournaments were usually challenging, but when it came to the big clash–Linden vs Georgetown– here is where his passion for winning became obvious.He continued, “Playing alongside his teammates, including Auric Tappin many times, he outshone all on the floor for both teams. I conclude by saying he was not on the ‘national’ for very long, but during the time he made his presence felt. He, in my opinion, is worthy of being mentioned alongside the outstanding guards of his time, the likes of Mark Agard, Auric Tappin, Lugard Mohan, Cecil Melville; just to name a few.”“My condolences to his family, and the fraternity of Linden thank you for the opportunity of being able to make a contribution to a stalwart of the game we all love. It is a pity that we only mention these hallmark achievements of our players when they pass on,” Chin concluded.last_img read more

No. 22 Rutgers fends off LSU women, 64-57

first_imgBATON ROUGE (AP) — Tyler Scaife scored 16 points and Rachel Hollivay and Briyona Canty added 13 each as No. 22 Rutgers used a 9-3 run late in the game to break away from stubborn LSU 64-57 on Saturday.Canty scored twice, Hollivay added a three-point play in the flurry and Betnijah Laney also scored. Laney finished with a double-double in the third straight game, also snaring a career-high 16 rebounds.With the win and UConn’s loss to Stanford, the Scarlet Knights (3-0) own the longest active win streak at nine games.LSU (2-3) had 10 players score, led by DaShawn Harden’s season-best 15 points and four 3-pointers. The Tigers hit only 20 of 63 field goals (31.7 percent) and turned the ball over 21 times.Rutgers picked up 12 steals — Canty, Scaife and Kahleah Copper each had three.last_img read more

Fans of Botev (Pd) protest against the owner Georgi Samuilov

first_imgMore and more fans of Botev (Plovdiv) are losing patience for what is happening in the club and point to the owner Georgi Samuilov as the main culprit, abcnews.bg writes. The businessman, in turn, in an attempt to calm the passions, announced days ago that he could leave the management of the club.However, this clearly does not help. According to the supporters of the oldest professional football club in our country, the dissatisfaction has reached its limit. If the team loses its last match of the season, which will be held today, it will say goodbye to its chances for the Europa League, and hence to the income from the participation in the European tournament.Levski stole two of Botev’s greatest talents (Plovdiv)Gigov and Ganin are a 2007 set However, the mood among the fans is minor, as they do not have high expectations for a victory over Varna.The agitator says that the Botev players are preparing to protest after the match until the management resigns and takes responsibility for the condition of the club. They accuse Samuilov personally of the quarrels in the club and the unprofessional management and irresponsibility, but mostly of disrespect and disrespect for the opinion of the factions.Fans have threatened that this time the head of the club will be forced to comply with their demands because, according to them, they did not intend to allow him to lie to them again, as he has been hanging for the College for several years, the media added.last_img read more

Fraser-Pryce blazes to history with fourth world gold

first_imgDOHA,  (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce powered her way to 100 metres gold today to become the first person to win four gold medals over the distance at the athletics world championships. Fraser-Pryce, who returned to the track in earnest only last year after giving birth to a son, stormed across the line in a season-best time of 10.71 seconds followed by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in 10.83.Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, world silver medallist at 100m and 200m in London two years ago, completed the podium, grabbing bronze with 10.90.The victory cemented Fraser-Pryce’s status as one of the all-time great sprinters, with her four world titles going alongside Olympic gold won in 2008 and 2012 and perhaps more to come at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. The 32-year-old Jamaican now stands alone in terms of the world championships where her four titles are one better than her compatriot Usain Bolt and Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene.“Standing here having done it again, holding my baby, is a dream come true,” said Fraser-Pryce, who had switched from the yellow dyed hair she sported in the heats to a multi-coloured style for the final. “I had no sleep last night.“Last time I was at a major championship was 2016 and I just could not sleep with nerves, “But with mental toughness you will get what you want.”EMPTY SEATSThe only disappointment about the race was that once again there was a shockingly sparse crowd at the 40,000-capacity Khalifa Stadium to watch the world’s top sprinters perform. With the upper sections of the stadium covered in signage and only the lower bowl open for spectators, there were still more empty seats than occupied ones even on a night when five gold medals were on offer.By the time the women sprinters hit the track for their race, the last of the night (11.20 PM local time), the stadium had almost emptied.Letting out a mighty scream as she crossed the line Fraser-Pryce wrapped herself in the Jamaican flag then found her son Zyon, who was soon asleep on her shoulder, as she took a victory lap around the vacant stadium. “I can’t believe it, I worked so hard to be back,” said Fraser-Pryce. “Zyon and my husband have been my strength.“When everybody else doubted me, they never did.”After a lavish pre-race production for the benefit of the small crowd the sprinters settled in their blocks and when the gun went off there was little doubt that Fraser-Pryce would be adding to her golden haul as she left Asher-Smith in her wake.The silver was the first medal for a British woman in the 100m since Dorothy Hyman at the 1960 Olympics. “A PB (personal best) and a national record, that is more than I could have ever asked for in a world championship final,” said Asher-Smith. “I’d have loved to win today but Shelly-Ann ran a superb race, that’s why she is the champion she is.”The results confirmed that Jamaican women have taken over the mantle of global sprint superpower from their men whose dominance has been in decline since the retirement of 100 and 200m record holder Bolt, who is not competing at the worlds for the first time since 2003.last_img read more

Cincinnati ‘exploring multiple scenarios’ for summer tournament

first_imgNEW YORK, (Reuters) – Cincinnati Masters organisers are exploring options for hosting the tournament as the New York Times reported https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/sports/tennis/us-open-new-york.html?smid=tw-share that it could be moved to Flushing Meadows this year as part of a double-header with the U.S. Open. “The health and safety of the players, fans, volunteers and staff will be our greatest concern,” tournament organisers said in a written statement.“To align with the decision-making timeline of the WTA and the ATP, we expect a final decision on the status of the tournament to be made in mid-June.”According to the Times report, under a proposal by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), both competitions would be played in New York’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center back to back. The intention behind the plan is to minimise travel and the risk for participants after the novel coronavirus outbreak wreaked havoc on the professional sports calendar. Cincinnati, also known as the Western & Southern Open, is set to run until Aug. 23 and the U.S. Open’s main draw is expected to begin on Aug. 31.“The USTA and Western & Southern Open have been exploring multiple scenarios for the tournament,” Cincinnati organisers said. “The number one goal is to hold the tournament, in some form, this summer.”The USTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tennis world has slowly begun to resume action, with fans absent from stands.World number 12 Petra Kvitova claimed victory in the women’s draw at an all-Czech tournament in Prague tomorrow, in a slot on the calendar that was originally occupied by the French Open.French Open officials rescheduled the claycourt Grand Slam to begin on Sept. 20, the week after the U.S. Open was set to kick off, prompting frustration from many in the tennis world.last_img read more

EPL: Rashford Extends Solskljaer’s Unbeaten Run at Manchester United

first_imgManchester United extended their unbeaten run under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 10 games with a narrow victory against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.Marcus Rashford continued his goalscoring form with the winner in the ninth minute – his 10th goal of the season.Ricardo Pereira’s poor clearance was straight into the path of Paul Pogba, who lofted the ball towards Rashford, the England striker allowing it to come over his shoulder before taking a neat touch and drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.Inconsistency has been the story of Leicester’s season and this defeat came on the back of a well-earned point at Liverpool on Wednesday, but they did have their chances.Jamie Vardy connected with a bicycle kick after James Maddison’s free-kick bounced off the wall, but fired straight at David de Gea.De Gea also made a diving one-handed save to prevent Rachid Ghezzal’s free-kick from hitting the top corner of his goal.United dropped their first points under Solskjaer in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday, but boosted their hopes of a top-four spot and Champions League football next season with Sunday’s win.They move up to fifth, two points behind Chelsea in fourth. Leicester, meanwhile, stay in 11th.RelatedRashford’s Late Winner Keep United’s Hope AliveNovember 3, 2018In “England”Ighalo Denied By Brilliant Pickford As Everton Hold United, Wolves Boost Top 4 Hopes With Victory Over SpursMarch 1, 2020In “England”Miguel FlanoJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more