Foster’s Fairplay: Blame JAAA, Francis for Carter saga

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is asking track and field’s local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), to answer a simple question: Why do you continue to provide lethal ammunition for Stephen Francis, the traditionally bellicose coach, to pierce your armour, revealing an underbelly of incompetence? This Nesta Carter omission from the Beijing World Championships is a case in point. It could assist, given the frequency of these missteps, in ‘organising your way out of a garbage can’. Who needs a regime that does not have the interest of its athletes as top priority? Francis makes the point that year-to-year, schools continue to have difficulty in completing the required forms to access Boys and Girls’ Champs. This has led to some of the athletes being ruled out of competing in the stellar event in the particular year. This sanction is even meted out to prominent teams, which are found wanting. Who, with this in mind, can fault the MVP Track Club boss for suggesting that these errant schools could be following bad practices in which their association is engaged? Against that enlightened background, it is instructive to examine the Carter situation. Sprinting legend-plus, Usain Bolt, as defending champion, had unfettered access to the men’s 100m event in Beijing. The end-of-June trials thrust forth Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, and Kemar-Bailey-Cole, who took 1-2-3 at the deciding event. Carter was fourth, and in case of a withdrawal by any of the top three, would be given the empty lane. This, however, pre-supposes that he was included on the entry form as an alternate. He was not. As such, when Bailey-Cole got hurt and had to forfeit the championships, under strictly enforced IAAF rules, no replacement could be allowed. Thus, the JAAA, or their nominee, who compiles the entries, are clearly at fault. What followed were frantic, and in the end fruitless attempts by the JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, to have Carter offered a side-door access to where their embarrassingly egregious error had placed the team. What made it even more painful is that the MVP sprinter, the defending bronze medallist, was denied a second chance to repeat by the ineptitude of those who should have had his welfare as paramount. Francis had every legitimate right, and in fact, responsibility, to place the matter under the public microscope. However, he, too, has a role – a duty of care – which so far is being overlooked. In protection of his charges, he has ‘taken the sword’ to the JAAA at the slightest perception of an unjust attitude – the type which tends to disrespect, demoralise, and deny them what is their right. Simultaneous with this latest furore, he was ‘nailing the oversight body to the cross’ for a pre-Beijing training camp, not in his view, beneficial to his athletes. THE CARTER SITUATION There can be no stepping away from the fact that the coach has little or no regard for the body to exercise proper stewardship over the athletes. Where, then, were the sounding of alarm bells in the lead-up to the putting together of the Beijing entry documents? Did Francis’ traditional belligerence and vigilance in protecting his charges against JAAA poison go on temporary vacation? Should he not have taken action, not foreign to him – ‘kick down a few doors’ – to ensure that all was well? Come on, Stephen. History has shown that controversy and you sleep very well together. There was a dire need to engage a JAAA known by you to have ‘square pegs meaninglessly driven into round holes’. Questions should have been asked to halt the governing body in its tracks, should it be perpetrating, with or without malice or ill-will, any action or non-action, to deny an athlete, that to which there was an entitlement. In the circumstances, it is inexcusable for Carter not to have competed in the 100m in Beijing. The JAAA and the MVP coach must share the blame and the resultant shame. Carter has been denied a legitimate stage by the joint negligence of two frequently opposing parties. They have taken responsibility for protecting his future. Did someone say something about ‘restraint of trade’? Foster’s Fairplay is all ears. – For feedback: email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com LITTLE OR NO REGARDlast_img read more

Caymanas tips

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Past the finishing post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for Jan 01, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodNEW YEAR’S DAY TROPHYRace 1 1300 M (Purse $800,000) NB4-Y-O & RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. TARANIS DaneNelson 56.02. SOUTHERN CRUISE SEllis 54.0 1L3. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 51.5 6/1 1 3/4L*4. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 4LWIN: $238.00PLACE: $88.00, $65.00, $78.00Final Time : 1:20.0 Splits: 23.1, 46.3, 1:12.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – BEWARE BABYTrainer: RICHARD AZAN Owner : ALEXANDER HABER & VON WHITE & RICHARD AZANBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $344.00 Ex: $866.00Trifecta: $830.00Race 2 1400 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)THE OTB DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. LEGENDARY PLEASURE BebHarvey3 52.02. WARRIOR PRINCESS RHalledeen 53.0 Head3. EXPRESS TRUCK LSteadman3 53.0 6L4. ALEXANDER JAnderson 56.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #9 SPEEDY PROCESSWIN: $206.00PLACE: $114.00, $136.00, $251.00Final Time : 1:28.3 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:13.4Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner: ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $412.00 Ex: $928.00D/E: $1,348.00 Special Double: $368.00Superfecta: $10,198.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACETHE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE*1. LAGUNA POINT OBennett 55.02. RICHIE’S PIK PParchment 53.5 3L3. DEMOLITION BOY CChow 56.0 1/2L4. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST RHalledeen 53.0 3L5. LEILANI KPowell 51.0 2LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $67.00, $95.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.0, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo dk b/br filly – STORM CRAFT – YAHABIBITrainer : ALBERT CHONG Owner : DEE GEE RACINGBred by DAVID LEE SINQu: $699.00 Ex: $925.00D/E: $351.00Trifecta: $1,237.00Hi-5: $120,773.00Rolling Triple: $5,556.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)THE MARKETING/ HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. PRINCESS SHEMIKA DaneNelson 53.0*2. INFANTRY OFFICER AChatrie 55.0 Neck3. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 3/4L 70.004. NEVER GIVE UP JInnis4 49.0 Head5. VALLEY OF QUEENS CChow 55.0 3/4LWIN: $257.00PLACE: $83.00, $68.00, $70.00Final Time: 1:10.3 Splits: 23.2, 48.2,Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRADITIONAL – PRINCESS CHIONESOTrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner: ASTON L. CHINBred by TEDDY AGUSTUS LEVYQu: $407.00 Ex: $817.00D/E: $630.00Trifecta: $614.00Hi-5: $18,918.50Rolling Triple: $3,861.00CTL FAN APPRECIATION DAY TROPHYRace 5 1820 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. ALL CORRECT OWalker 56.02. HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 53.0 1/2L3. BRAWN AChatrie 55.0 Neck4. RUM PUNCH SMuir 52.5 8LWIN: 78.00PLACE: $51.00, $55.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:58.0 Splits : 27.3, 52.0, 1:16.2, 1:43.1Winner : 7yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – ROYAL PIZZAZTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : THE VELVET GLOVEBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $108.00 Exacta: $162.00D/E: $565.00Superfecta: $257.00Rolling Triple: $1,012.00Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACETHE RACING DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. ORPHEUS SEllis 55.0*2. LITTLE BIG HORN OWalker 54.0 5 1/2L3. MR. DOITBETTA WHenry 55.0 Neck4. MISTER BONES RWilson 55.0 1 1/4L5. COUNTER ATTACK CChow 54.0 Head6. NUCLEAR WARNING PFrancis 51.0 6LWIN: $117.00PLACE: $64.00, $68.00, $121.00Final Time : 1:27.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.2, 1:13.0Winner : 3yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LA REINATrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by ELIAS HALOUTEQu: $94.00 Ex: $218.00D/E: $194.00Trifecta: $302.00Hit-6: $4,451.00Rolling Triple: $1,182.00Pick-4 : $2,688.00Super-6: $33,162.50MCKAY SECURITY LTD TROPHYRace 7 1820 M (Purse $750,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE 1/9&NB5YO&UP(MDN)(DIV.I)*1. GRAN CORAZON KPowell 54.02. THE REAL RHYTHM JAnderson 54.0 1L3. SERIOUS BUSINESS DDawkins4 52.0 9L4. VERONICA B ADancel 53.5 2 1/2LWIN: $193.00PLACE: $101.00, $111.00, $141.00Final Time: 2:03.0 Splits: 27.2, 52.3, 1:19.0, 1:47.3Winner : 6yo b mare – KEYED ENTRY – SOUFFLERTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner: WILFRED A CHINBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $1,018.00 Ex: $1,324.00D/E: $493.00Superfecta: $153,438.00Rolling Triple: $868.00Race 8 1600 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)THE ENGINEER/ TOTE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE*1. BOLD AVIATOR AChatrie 54.02. UNBREAKABLE CBudhai 52.0 8L3. FLYING MIRACLE RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/4L4. STAR NEW VISTA JPatterson4 50.0 Neck5. SIR SOUTH SMuir 54.0 1LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $76.00, $95.00, $162.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.3, 1:12.2Winner : 5yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – CLASSY CHANELTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TEST PILOTSBred by REEVES, EVERDEEN MAXWELLQu: $372.00 Ex: $737.00D/E: $608.00Trifecta: $1,199.00Hi-5: $11,001.50Rolling Triple: $2,057.00MCKAY SECURITY LTD TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $750,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE 1/9&NB5YO&UP(MDN)(DIV.II)1. PERFECT FLYER SEllis 57.0*2. WATER WAVE WHenry 54.0 14L3. POWERFUL RED AntThomas4 55.0 6L4. SIRMANDI SMuir 56.0 9/5 HeadLate scratch : UNBRIDLED ROCK, GOFORTHEGLORYWIN: $124.00PLACE: $70.00, $65.00, $110.00Final Time : 2:02.1 Splits : 28.3, 54.0, 1:19.3, 1:47.2Winner : 8yo b horse – DAYTON FLYER – PERFECT STORMTrainer: DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $283.00 Ex: $435.00D/E: $280.00Superfecta: $2,651.00Rolling Triple: $1,939.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)THE PROPERTY/ GARAGE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. RAS EMANUEL DaneNelson 53.0*2. TROJAN RHalledeen 55.0 2L3. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 53.0 3/4L4. TWILIGHT CITIZEN JPatterson4 51.0 Neck5. SUPERTRONICS OFoster 53.0 NeckWIN: $302.00PLACE: $147.00, $90.00, $127.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – BURNING MARQUE – PLEASANT PRINCESSTrainer: PETER MCMASTER Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $989.00 Ex: $1,428.00D/E: $787.00Trifecta: $2,498.00Hi-5: $48,842.50Rolling Triple: $1,795.00Pick-4: $9,656.00Super-6 : $7,184.10Pick-9: $513,431.50PlacePot 8: $1,080.00last_img read more

Bolt, SFP set to top RJR Awards

first_imgWhen the RJR Sports Foundation announces speedsters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the 2015 recipients of the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year awards at tonight’s ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus, it will hardly come as a surprise to many.Likewise, considering the year they both had, shot put strongman O’Dayne Richards – last year’s runner-up and sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams are sure to get hearty receptions, as they head the candidates seeking the runner-up spots.Richards struggled on the Diamond League circuit before coming to life at the Pan American Games in Toronto, where his national record heave of 21.69m won him a gold medal. He would repeat the mark a few weeks later at the World Championships in Beijing, to take the bronze and become Jamaica’s first medallist in the event at that level.Hansle Parchment’s World Championships silver medal in the 110m hurdles also makes him a strong contender for the runner-up spot. Additionally, the towering hurdler is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles in senior-level global competition, given his result – like Richards’, considerable historical significance.He might, and dare we say, should, however, be edged out by Richards’ back-to-back national record efforts.Williams, flying below the radarOn the female side, Williams, flying below the radar in every pre-championships predictions, delivered when it mattered most in winning the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships.That was a massive result for the pint-sized hurdler, who returned the gold to Jamaica after Brigitte Foster-Hylton’s win at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.It should be enough to see her across the line – behind Fraser-Pryce, with some other top contenders such as World Championships 200m silver and 4x100m gold medal winner Elaine Thompson; boxer Alicia Ashley, who successfully defended her WBC super bantamweight title; World Championships bronze and relay gold medal winners – Shericka Jackson (400m and 4x400m); Veronica Campbell-Brown (200m and 4x100m); and ever-present swimmer Alia Atkinson (50m breaststroke silver and national record as well as 100m breaststroke bronze at the FINA World Championships plus a year-ending number-three world ranking in the 50m breaststroke, all presenting strong claims.Little doubt, however, as to who will spend tonight as the country’s top male and female sporting stars.Save for some major surprises, speed-king Bolt will win his sixth National Sportsman of the Year title.This will give him sole command of the second-place spot in the all-time list, which is headed by boxer Michael McCallum, who punched his way to seven titles.Bolt shook off a rusty start to his season to win World Championships gold medals in the 100m (with the third-fastest time in World Championships final history – 9.79), the 200m and as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team.Last year’s nod to Atkinson was the first time a non-track-and-field athlete won the Sportswoman of the Year award since 1976, when cricketer Vivalyn Latty-Scott won the award.Fraser-Pryce, who won this award in 2012 and 2013, won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at the World Championships as well as took the 100m title in the IAAF Diamond League series.last_img read more

Impressive KC equal sprint-relay record

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Jamaican high schools stole the spotlight on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Kingston College (KC) produced the most impressive display with a record-equalling 39.63 seconds to capture the 4×100 metres. The record was set last year by Calabar High. The win gave KC their eighth sprint relay title. They joined Camperdown High as the winningest high school male team in the event. Major upset KC got a brilliant start from Shivnarine Smalling, then the outstanding Akeem Bloomfield ran a scorching second leg to put KC in a commanding lead as Jhevaughn Matherson and anchorman Tyrese Bryan went through the motions for an emphatic win. Defending champions Calabar also went under 40 seconds, finishing second in 39.89, with T.C. Williams of Virginia placing third in 40.56. St Jago High were fourth in 40.63 as Jamaica College were disqualified after placing sixth. Commanding lead St Jago avenged their Gibson Relays defeat in the 4×800 metres relay. The quartet of Eric McKenzie, Joel Jean Pierre, Keenan Lawrence and Leon Clarke on anchor with a 1:52.17 leg was too good for St Elizabeth Technical, who had to settle for second in 7:35.20, with third going to Green Hope out of North Carolina in 7:41.01. Kingston College ended fifth in 7:45.12. There was a major upset in the 4×400 metres. Favourites Calabar were beaten by Jamaica College (JC). With KC’s Bloomfield pulled from the event due to a calf injury, the stage was set for Calabar to defend their title easily after qualifying impressively in their heat early yesterday. Calabar led easily for the first two legs, but JC’s Devaughn Baker ran an impressive third leg to give teammate Phillip Lemonious a healthy lead. Despite a valiant effort from Christopher Taylor, the task was too much as JC won in a season’s best 3:12.34. Calabar were second in 3:13.09 as the much touted T.C. Williams had to settle for third in 3:13.55. St Jago clocked 3:14.53 for fifth, while Edwin Allen were sixth with 3:16.69. Kingston College finished at the back of the field on 3:19.48. Jamaican high schools also picked up three individual wins. In the first race of the day, Edwin Allen High’s Rayon Holmes won the 400 metres hurdles in 52.47 seconds. Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown captured the high jump with a leap of 2.12m, while Kobe Jordan Rhooms of Cornwall College was third with 2.03m. Obrien Wasome, also of JC, won the triple jump with 16.91m from Calabar’s Javier Lowe, 15.83m, and Jordan Scott of Campion, 15.08m.last_img read more

Boyz in Florida for training camp

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz, on a high after their 2-1 victory over highly ranked Chile last Friday, are now in Florida preparing for the start of the Copa America Centenario next weekend.The National team arrived at the Miami International Airport yesterday at 3:52 a.m. and will hold a training camp until June 2, when they leave for Chicago.Local-based Reggae Boyz Chevone ‘Messi’ Marsh, who went to a trial in Finland early last week, will join the camp in Florida.Goalkeeper Andre Blake has joined the squad while regular captain Rodolph Austin is expected to fly in to Florida today.Jamaica will play their first match in the Copa American Centenario against Venezuela on Sunday, June 5 in Chicago.The tournament opens on June 3 with the United States facing Colombia.last_img read more

Mid-week triple for Nelson

first_imgEDMONTON, Canada (CM):Jamaican Dane Nelson reeled off an impressive triple at Northland Park on Wednesday to climb back into second place in the jockeys standings.Riding on the seven-race, mid-week card, the three-time former Jamaica champion rider logged victories in race two with favorite Misty Do It and in race three with 5-1 chance Wine Stock before wrapping up with success in race seven aboard 3-1 chance On a Quest.With the haul, Nelson overtook Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin to reclaim second spot in the standings with 48 wins. Balgobin is one behind in third, with multiple-time former Northland champion Quincy Welch lying fourth on 44 wins.Five-time defending champion Rico Walcott tops the standings with 86 wins in the season which signs off on October 22.Nelson opened his account in a six-furlong trip when he made all the running with brown filly Misty Do It to trounce the two-year-olds by four lengths.In race three over 1300 metres, Nelson produced another gate-to-wire effort with Wine Stock to dispose of the three-year-old and upwards by five lengths. He and the six-year-old bay gelding duelled with Bear’s Reality through the quarter before getting clear entering the stretch and dominating the run through the lane.ON A QUESTNelson completed his triple by guiding four-year-old chestnut gelding On a Quest to a narrow win over the three-year-old and upwards in a six-furlong trip.The pair stalked pace-setter Artie in the Park, ridden by Walcott, before bidding in the stretch and nipping their rival on a head bob at the wire.Young Jamaican Shamaree Muir was also successful on the day’s card, winning race five over six furlongs with 3-1 bet Smileagainpana.last_img read more

Hurricane Matthew forces CFU postponements

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):The third-round match between Jamaica and Suriname in the men’s Caribbean Cup has been postponed because of safety concerns regarding Hurricane Matthew, officials have announced.Defending champions Jamaica were due to host Suriname at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston today.But a statement from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) announced a postponement as Matthew, a Category Four storm, threatened.CFU says it is also monitoring the situation in Haiti and will make a final determination on that country’s scheduled encounter with French Guiana, also carded for today, at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince.Media reports in Haiti say at least two people have died as a result of the heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew that drenched Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency shelters.Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, slammed into Haiti’s southern coast yesterday morning bringing devastation and killing at least two persons.CFU says all other matches for today will proceed as planned.Antigua and Barbuda are away to CuraÁao and Trinidad and Tobago will host the Dominican Republic.The top four teams emerging from Round three will qualify to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-placed team will advance to a play-off against a team from UNCAF in a bid to earn a Gold Cup berth.Last year, for the first-ever time, four Caribbean teams – Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago – advanced past the Gold Cup’s group stage.last_img read more

BT banking on turnaround

first_imgOne of the most storied clubs in the country and the club of the uncommitted fans, Boys’ Town, has been playing catch-up for most of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season, so far, and coach Andrew Price is looking for a turnaround.Looking up at every other club with just seven points, the man who has been with the club for over two decades, starting as a player, reasoned that things can only get better for them this season.”Tomorrow marks the start of the second round, one which we are very optimistic about, and we have already put the first round behind us,” said Price of his club whose closest rivals are Waterhouse, who, along with two other teams, are on 10 points.”We are looking to start the second round with great ambition, and coming up against a UWI FC team who are not enjoying the greatest run at the moment is indeed encouragement for us, and we intend to capitalise on that. We ourselves are not experiencing the greatest run either, but we need to give a good account of ourselves, and I think we are ready,” added Price.RELIANCE ON YOUNG STRIKEROne of Boys’ Town’s challenges, so far, this season is the overreliance on young striker Shamar Nicholson – the competition’s joint leading scorer with six goals – to provide the goals for them. If their fortunes are to change, then Nicholson will have to get support from others such as the veteran Michael Campbell.”It (the fact that Nicholson scores most of the goals) is an issue. We need other people to step up and score. He needs support. Outside of that, though, one of the major problems that we are having is that we need to take our opportunities when they are presented. We wasted opportunities against Arnett and we ended up losing. The game before that, we performed similarly against Tivoli Gardens but still managed to come away with a win. So that is something we have to address,” Price explained.The Marcel Gayle-coached UWI FC have their own problems, which need to be addressed. The team, which is in its second year of top-flight football, looked like showing its more seasoned opponents that things would follow a new order when they stormed to the top of the table but has since hit the skids with a series of losses, the latest a 1-0 loss to Portmore United.For the UWI FC faithful, this encounter with Boys’ Town is a godsend. Based on their struggles, they reason, they could not have had a better opponent at a better time as Boys’ Town is one of the weaker teams in the league and will give them the opportunity to restart their climb.Captain Rochane Smith is UWI FC’s most reliable scorer, and he will welcome the opportunity to add to his tally against Boys’ Town and claim sole hold and the leading goalscorer spot. His chances will be made even greater by the absence of the veteran shot stopper Kirk Porter, who is away on family business. Seventeen-year-old Shavaun Wilson, the club’s goalkeeper for its winning Under-20 team, has been promoted to the senior team, and he will continue in goal today after making his debut against Arnett Gardens.At the Wembley Centre of Excellence, former champions Harbour View are expected to steal vital points off the struggling Jamalco, who have cooled off since their hot start, while defending champions Montego Bay United should benefit from home advantage when they entertain Arnett Gardens.Reno Football Club have been blowing hot and cold but would not be getting ahead of themselves if they think they can get the better of Tivoli Gardens at Frome and give their fans something to smile about.Waterhouse stabilised themselves after a disastrous start but have since lost away and at home to Portmore United and Reno, respectively. Today, they face a difficult challenge in Humble Lion, who are coached by Donovan Duckie, a man who knows them very well.At the Spanish Town Prison Oval, leaders Portmore United are expected to solidify their position with a win over Maverley-Hughenden, who will be looking to Phillip Peddie to lead their goalscoring charge.Today’s Games:o 3:p.m.: Jamalco vs Harbour View – Wembley Centre of Excellenceo 3 p.m.: Boys Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadiumo 3 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens – Wespow Park/Fairfieldo 3 p.m.: Reno FC vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complexo 3p.m.: Waterhouse vs Humble Lion – Drewsland Stadiumo 3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Maverley-Hughenden – Prison Ovallast_img read more

Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgHotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.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’ View comments McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s in store for your animal sign this yearcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueeslast_img read more