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Maurice Wilson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games 100-metre gold champion Sherone Simpson, is seeing where his athlete can improve even further on this past season, her most successful in years. The 31-year-old Simpson has been training with Wilson since late 2014 and won Pan American Games gold in 10.95 seconds in July, her first title since she won the Commonwealth Games 200m title in 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that she was breaking 11 seconds in the 100m. She went on to win sprint relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in August in Beijing, China, where she ran a season’s best 22.50 in the final of the 200 metres. She also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m. Wilson believes the success Simpson achieved this year will help her achieve new targets for the 2015/2016 season that includes the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next August. “Personally, I felt we had a great season. Sherone was perhaps the only athlete who had to be ready for three major meets – the national trials, the Pan American Games and the World Champion-ships and she excelled tremendously at the Pan Am Games, she made the national team and, in my estimation, she did fairly well at the World Champ-ionships,” he said. He revealed that he got Simpson into the best shape possible for the Pan Am Games to give her the best chance of success there. “I felt a couple of the other ladies were a little ahead of her, and I had to be realistic. I wanted her to have a platform in terms of confidence, and it really worked out for us,” he said. LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT The confidence she would have gained from this season, he said, will help her improve for next season. “I am not the type of coach to get ahead of myself, but I believe it is possible for her to improve at the very least by 0.05s. I never normally judge persons off just one run, so I am talking about being consistent in that region, and if she can be consistent, then her 200m will be better as well,” he said. “I am quite certain that we will make tremendous progress for the Olympic year.” Now that he has learned even more about her, he said it will help him do an even better job of preparing her. “I would have known so much more about her. In terms of some of the things that we were not able to do, I think we will be able to do those things, and as I have always said she is extremely professional, and once she continues to bring that to the game, and with the sort of effort that we both will put into the season coming up, the sky is the limit.”
Portmore United’s dream start to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) came to an unlikely end yesterday after they fell 1-0 to bottom-of-the-table University of the West Indies (UWI) Football Club at the UWI Bowl. The St Catherine-based club had a perfect three wins from as many matches, but Kemar Cummings’ 87th-minute strike ended that record and gave newcomers UWI their first-ever Premier League win. “We were hungry for it,” UWI’s coach, Marcel Gayle, told The Gleaner. “We were more disciplined and more organised, but most importantly, we got the win.” The three points lifted UWI to ninth, tied with eighth-place Harbour View (three points), but sit above Tivoli Gardens, Boys’ Town and Waterhouse, who are all yet to win this season. The defeat also meant Port-more lost their place at the top, as they slipped to second behind Reno, who stopped Tivoli 3-2. Randell Morris netted the winner from the spot in the third minute of added time after the teams were locked at 2-2. At Stadium East, Cavalier registered their second straight win with a 2-0 win over Rivoli. Ryan Miller fired the home team ahead on the stroke of half-time before Chevone Marsh sealed the win seven minutes from time. “It was a harder game than I thought it would be,” winning coach Rudolph Speid said afterwards. “They came close to scoring on a few occasions, but once we settled and started passing the ball, we got the first goal, and the second goal was just a matter of time.” The win carried Cavalier to third on seven points, ahead of Humble Lion only on goal difference, three behind leaders Reno (10) and two adrift of Portmore United (9). At Barbican field, Montego Bay United continue Boys’ Town’s miserable start, handing the hosts a 3-0 defeat. MoBay sit mid-table with Arnett Gardens, on six points. Waterhouse currently sit at the bottom with one point from their games, and will play Harbour View in the Monday-night game at Harbour View this evening at 8:30 p.m.
WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.
The Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet this past weekend churned out some mind boggling results. This being the year of the Rio Olympics, greater significance is inevitably placed on what athletes bring to the table in early outings. Foster’s Fairplay was stunned by the 100m mark of 10.71 rolled out by MVP girl Elaine Thompson. It was aided by a +2.4 metre per second (mps) wind, marginally over the legally accepted limit of 2.0. However, although it will not have record keepers reaching for their books, it cannot be underestimated as another milestone in the rise to world prominence of this pint-sized gift to the sport from the district of Banana Ground in hilly Manchester. As former Olympic and World Champion, Linford Christie, once told this columnist, “wind or no wind, it proves the time is in your legs”. Another JII event that attracted the attention of this columnist in a poignant way was the women’s 100m hurdles. Reigning world champion, Danielle Williams, took that title at a time when the high-riding Americans had faltered, suffering mishaps at one stage or another. There was a claim that the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year runner-up’s performance was diluted because of the missteps by the USA girls. They included defending champion Jasmine Stowers, who pulled out of Saturday night’s proceedings at the last minute, 2015 USA champion Brianna Rollins, Sharika Nelvis and Queen Harrison, all Beijing World Championship finalists and the cream of the USA’s crop. What Danielle showed on the night in a close, wind assisted race, is interesting. None of those named, including the always effervescent Jamaican miss, had competed in more than two finals this year. They were all in the infant stages of the 2016 season, but the revelation was clear. They can dance together at the same party. Also worthy of mention – in the context of exciting prospects for this summer’s action – is Kemar Bailey-Cole’s 10.01 clocking to win the men’s 100m. The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion left Beijing injured last year. His only appearance since was a 200m on local soil in April. With this 2016 best, he has factored in himself to make that sprint trio for Rio. Over in Doha, Qatar, the previous day (Friday), there was another eye-catching run by sprint hurdler out of the prestigious University of Arkansas program, Omar “Mr. Silk” McLeod. He sounded the trumpet of his presence, also in Beijing last year. Slamming hurdles repeatedly, he muscled into the final, where in the same rhythm-challenging style he placed a more than creditable sixth. Now a professional athlete under the guidance of IAAF athletes representative, the very selective and overall quality-conscious, Claude Bryan, he created what the organising team called the ‘Performance of the Meet’. It was a world leading 13.05 seconds, legally crafted and throwing down the gauntlet to the most lettered of his rivals. Several of them trailed him in Doha, notably countryman Hansle Parchment (Beijing silver medallist) and the USA’s power men – Aries Merritt (world record holder) and David Oliver (2013 World champion). Foster’s Fairplay, with all these top end performances in mind, calls on the experience and lessons learnt covering this sport. Medals are won on the day. Even before that, there is a hurdle to be tackled called Trials, where no quarter is given. The stern test of strength, endurance and character is almost seven weeks away. The order of the four-day championships is one-two-three for selection in individual events and top six in relays. There are no wild cards to allow any athlete, unfettered passage to the most appropriately named ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. The Diamond League has seen only one event on its four-month long calendar. The action, yet unfolded, will produce a plethora of oooohs and aaahs, spills and thrills, as is the tradition. Apart from those who competed on the Indoor circuit, other countries’ elite are not yet in full fitness or shape. It is a logistical impossibility for them all to make it. For those who do, Foster’s Fairplay wishes for them all the very best as they huddle under the black, gold and green. Until then, there is every confidence that the city of the samba will have a lot of time for the beat of Reggae. Onward Jamaica, the spirits of your athletic ancestors are watching. For feedback: E-Mail email@example.com
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DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Shimron Hetmyer fell agonisingly short of a hundred as he led a solid West Indies A reply on the second day of the final four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday. The Caribbean side closed the day on 183 for four at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, with Hetmyer top-scoring with an aggressive 94 and captain Shamarh Brooks unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka A had earlier converted their overnight 272 for seven into 318 all out, as left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson helped polish off the tail to finish with four for 65. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed three for 93, while leg-spinner Damion Jacobs picked up two for 64. Roshen Silva added just nine to his overnight 40, while number 10 Kasun Madushanka slammed five fours in an eight-ball 20. West Indies A were quickly in trouble, however, when openers Rajendra Chandrika (11) and left-hander Kieran Powell (8) departed cheaply to leave the visitors stumbling on 35 for two. THIRD WICKET STAND Hetmyer and Brooks then came together to rescue the innings in an enterprising 104-run, third wicket stand. The left-handed Hetmyer was dominant throughout in a better than run-a-ball innings, carving out 17 boundaries off just 93 deliveries. Brooks, a right-hander, has faced 79 deliveries and struck five fours. When Hetmyer fell, the in-form Vishaul Singh joined Brooks to add a further 34 for the fourth wicket, before perishing 15 minutes before the close for 15, lbw to seamer Lahiru Gamage. The three-game series is tied 1-1 after the hosts won the opener in Colombo by seven wickets and West Indies A pulled of a massive 333-run victory in the second contest in Pallekele.
The frustration at Waterhouse Football Club in this season’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) continues to build, as they went down 2-0 to Reno in an uninspiring performance at their Drewsland base. It was their fifth loss from 10 home matches.However, Coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey said it was not time to press the panic button as he believes there is more than adequate time to save their season.”It was lacklustre. I didn’t expect a lacklustre performance like this. We didn’t even look like we turned up to play until the secondhalf,” Bailey told the Gleaner.”But there are still a lot of points and a lot of games, so we can’t give up and it’s too early to hit the alarm bells. I don’t think the alarm bells should start ringing as yet. Yes, we want points and you want to assure yourself, but time is on our side. We just have to look in ourselves and see where we go from here. But as soon as we get some players off injury and get the new players coming in you will see a different team,” Bailey sought to assure.Reno looked dangerous from the onset and it was no surprise when Kavar Walker steered home Javed Richardson’s cross from 12 yards after 17 minutes of play.WASTED GIFTWaterhouse struggled to get themselves together, but DeAndre Brown rattled the bar from 18 yards of a low Irvino English cross and Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson wasted a gift after goalkeeper Dennis Taylor landed a spot-kick at his feet just outside the area, firing over the unguarded goal.However, when the Waterhouse defence failed to clear a ball from their area, it eventually fell to the prolific Craig Foster, who spun and fired pass Diego Haughton in the Waterhouse goal.The hosts improved slightly after the break, but still looked disorganised and lacked creativity for the most part. But while Anderson forced a good save out of Taylor midway the half, his opportunity in the final minute summed up his and Waterhouse’s play, as, with only Taylor to beat he dragged a tame shot wide from 12 yards.Reno’s Technical Director Wendell Downswell said the team’s aim is to win six straight and climb out of the bottom half of the standings.”We are on track in the new year,” Downswell said.In other games, Portmore and Montego Bay United played to a 1-1 draw. UWI stopped Harbour View 1-0, Arnett Gardens beat Boys’ Town 2-1 in the Trench Town derby, Tivoli edged Jamalco 1-0 and Humble Lion defeated Maverley-Hughenden 2-0.Montego Bay lead the table with 39 points, but that was cut to one by Tivoli (38). UWI are third with 35 points, followed by Humble Lion on 34, Portmore with 33, and Arnett on 28.Yesterday’s ResultsPortmore 1 – 1 Montego BayUWI 1 – 0 Harbour ViewBoys’ Town 1-2 Arnett GardensJamalco 0 – 1 TivoliWaterhouse 0 – 2 RenoHumble Lion 2 – 0 Maverley-Hughenden
TITLE SPONSOR PLEASED TO SERVE JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up its support for local squash and will serve as title sponsors of the 2017 All-Jamaica Squash Championships scheduled for tomorrow to Friday at the Liguanea Club in Kingston. Expectations are high for the prestigious tournament as it will mark the return of squash queen Karen Anderson and the continuation of the growing rivalry between reigning men’s champion and top seed Chris Binnie and his nemesis, Lewis Walters, currently ranked number two. With six national and seven regional titles under his belt, Binnie has a date with history as he seeks to extend his streak. However, Walters will be looking to blot Binnie’s record and win his first national title. The arch-rivals and top regional players last went head to head in the finals of the Caribbean Championships in 2016. Binnie emerged as the victor on that occasion but Walters will be going all out to ensure history does not repeat itself. At the same time, the number 3 seed, Bruce Burrowes, could crash the party with his legendary determination and stamina. Also in the mix is former Junior Caribbean Champion, Julian Morrison, who recently joined both Binnie and Walters on the Professional Squash Association circuit, and has the potential to cause trouble for the more experienced players. In the ladies’ draw, there is considerable excitement as Anderson, who holds the record with 12 titles, will be looking to raise the trophy for the 13th time. Standing in her way is Barbadian starlet Alex Jordan, who may well steal the crown. In addition, red-hot junior national team players Mia Lake and Mia Mahfood will add their brand of spice to the ladies’ competition as they seek to move to the next level. JNGI’s General Manager Chris Hind said his company is pleased to now serve as title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier squash championships. “With a slate of top players and the excitement of all the rivalries, we know that this will be a thrilling All-Jamaica Squash Champs and, as supporters of local squash, we are delighted to be part of this year’s tournament,” he said. “We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s championships as it will showcase the skills of our current top players, the potential of our juniors and the enduring strength of our veterans,” Jamaica Squash Association secretary Gill Binnie said.
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers coach Luke Walton’s take?READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall “He’s an incredible player. He’s 20 years old. He almost had a triple-double tonight. But any time you turn on any sports show, all they talk about is his shot,” Walton said. “Is it extra pressure? One hundred percent. He’s a rook who … gets dissected by everybody.”Washington’s Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris scored 16 points, including a pair of 3s to open the third quarter.Coming off a home loss in which they never held a lead against the NBA-worst Dallas Mavericks, the Wizards went up by as many as 21 against the Lakers, at 91-70 on Porter’s turnaround fadeaway jumper with about 75 seconds remaining in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball’s cold-shooting start to his NBA career just keeps getting worse. For a change, the Washington Wizards managed to play the sort of defense that contributes to limiting an opponent’s scoring.John Wall and the Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal adding 22 while Washington held Ball to 3 for 12 on field-goal tries in a 111-95 victory over L.A. on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “They had an off-shooting night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “but we participated in that.”READ: Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBall, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, finished the night shooting 29.2 percent so far in the pros. That’s the second-worst through a player’s first 12 games in the shot-clock era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Asked about people constantly analyzing his unusual shooting motion — it looks something like a right-handed shot put released from the left side of his head — the No. 2 overall draft pick said: “I really don’t even care, to be honest. I know I’ve got to just keep shooting and just improve it every game.” 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 READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall When these teams played each other in Los Angeles last month in the fourth game of the season for each, the Wizards led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers wound up winning 102-99 in overtime.This time, L.A. pulled to 93-84 on Julius Randle’s two-handed slam with about 8 minutes left. But a 3 by Beal soon built the hosts’ advantage back to 15.Defense has seemed to optional at times for the Wizards this season. But they held the Lakers to 36 percent Thursday.“That’s been one of our downfalls — ball-watching too much and trying to steal it in the backcourt and leaving our transition at risk of getting scored on,” Beal said. “It was definitely a demand of Coach’s: Get back in transition. Make sure we’re defending our guy. Take pride in it.”TIP-INSLakers: Seven players scored at least 10 points apiece, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. … Came in averaging an NBA-high 56 points in the paint and 16 of their first 20 points came that way Thursday. L.A. finished with 48.Wizards: Centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi combined for 10 points and 11 personal fouls in 44 minutes.REMATCHThere was plenty of Wall vs. Ball hype leading into that one — initially fueled, not surprisingly, by Ball’s father, LaVar — although their matchup never become the game’s focus.WALL DOES ALLWall’s night included a resounding lefty dunk over Lopez that Wall said showed his recently sprained left shoulder — which had strips of black tape on it — is doing OK. “That was my testimony to say it’s cool,” Wall said. At the defensive end, he had a couple of his trademark chase-down blocks, including one on Ingram that drew a roar from the sellout crowd of 20,356. “He might be the best ever at doing that,” Brooks said. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set BIG MOMorris was playing in only his fourth game of the season because of offseason surgery and a suspension and left after 3½ minutes because his knee tightened up. But after riding a stationary bike, he returned, finishing 6 for 7 on field-goal attempts. “It’s good to see him back to somewhat of his old self,” Brooks said. “It’s only going to get better from here.”UP NEXT:Lakers: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Wizards: Host Atlanta on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Harden drops triple-double as Rockets hold off Cavs Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments