Laurie Foster: JAAA drops the baton

first_imgThe fast-approaching Christmas season is traditionally a time of good cheer, the seeking of blessings from a Supreme Being, consumption of an enormous amount of food, and the exchange of gifts. Although the act also follows a path of tradition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), through its president, delivered its own gift of another body blow to the sport. One can almost hear in response shouts of ‘What’s new?’ or ‘Nothing better was expected’. Dr Warren Blake, Jamaica’s track and field head man, is once again under the cosh. Blake is widely accepted and acclaimed as an orthopaedic surgeon of the highest quality. However, from the comments being voiced – including social media – his latest action does not quite make the cut (pun intended). The ‘proof of the pudding’ in making what could be deemed a harsh criticism is inherent in a statement to the media recently. The stage was a press conference to announce nominees for the annual Golden Cleats Awards put on by the JAAA. On the world stage, Russia had been banned from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The move was effected after investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found them to be involved in state-supported violation of the code. Many of their top performing athletes at the global level were facing the loss of medals won. As a sequel to this, the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of its host status for the 2016 World Junior Championships. A replacement venue was to be announced after a new bidding process. SEEKING APPROVAL The JAAA had announced its intention to seek approval to be hosts. Success would mean that the black, green, and gold would be blessed with the prestige and privilege of so doing for the second time. Few will forget at the first staging in 2002, the comments of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack. He described it as “the best ever”. The Senegalese has since been disgraced – fingered by the same WADA probe for accepting a bribe of €1 million for culpability in drug test results concealment. Blake seized the opportunity at the awards press conference to issue a statement on the progress of the bid. He spoke of the local bid being withdrawn. It carried a price tag of US$10 million. Also mentioned, presumably as a reason for the withdrawal, was the likelihood of such a figure being realised. There was no mention in the excerpt of the interview, carried by national media, of any consultation prior to the decision to ‘lock it down’. One was left with the feeling that not even the Government had had an input in the verdict. If that is the case, several questions must now be asked. UNILATERAL DECISION? Was Blake’s decision really a unilateral one, taken without giving an ear to the battery of track and field savvy that surrounds him? One sincerely hopes not, but if that was the case, how could they come up with what must surely be a lame decision. It clearly has not factored in the increase prestige that adheres to the country’s image since the heroics of Beijing 2008 and sustained thereafter. Would that not have attracted the financial support from investors always in search of embellishment to their own profile? Yes, it is also Olympic year, with advertising spoils to be shared with the Rio spectacle. But where are the experts and bright marketers? Could not there be a combo where those interested in the spend could invest in both and widen their reach? Again, what about the Government? If they had a say in the matter, why not say so? At least that would have focused the scrutiny elsewhere. For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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World leaders MVP

first_imgWestern Bureau: MVP Track Club, anchored by World Championships 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ran a world-leading 43.31 seconds to win the women’s 4×100 metres at yesterday’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Fraser-Pryce powered her team to victory after receiving the baton from new teammate Bahamian Shanique Ferguson. Carrie Russell led off for MVP and took little time to close down the field before handing the baton to second-leg runner and World 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson. G.C. Foster College ‘A’ took silver in 43.94, with the University of Technology crossing the line third in 44.55. It’s a belated start to the outdoor season for the double World champion Fraser-Pryce, who showed little rust as she took control of her leg to blitz the field. “It was a good race for me; my first of the season, and I am just happy to have gotten this race out of the way,” Fraser-Pryce said. “As a team, I feel we did well, even with a new teammate, and I just couldn’t be happier, as usual, running at the Milo Relays,” she said. – More on yesterday’s meet in tomorrow’s Gleaner.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-2)BORUC,SMITH, FRANCIS, COOK, DANIELS,RITCHIE, ARTER, SURMAN, GRADEL,KING, AFOBEAGUERO,FERNANDO, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, MANGALA, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, a massive 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and four points adrift of Arsenal, in third.City have won just one of their last six Premier League games – against bottom club Aston Villa – while taking just four points from a possible 24 on offer.City lost 1-0 to Manchester United last time out, having drawn 0-0 at Old Trafford; the last time City failed to score in both games of a season against a single Premier League opponent was against Arsenal in 2010-11.Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have failed to score in three of their past four Premier League games. And Man City have lost 17 of the last 18 Premier League games they have been losing at half-time, drawing the other.On the road, City have won just five times this season in the league while scoring only 13 goals in their 14 games on the road. Only West Bromwich Albion (11) and Newcastle (seven) have scored fewer away goals.Overall, City’s away games have produced only 27 goals, the joint fewest of any BPL team, equal with Southampton (For 13, Against 14) and WBA (F11, A 16).And they need to win each of their remaining five away games to equal their number of away wins in each of the previous two seasons.Bournemouth have risen to 13th after winning three of their last four and are without Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson while there are tests for Harry Arter and Josh King.City are without Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling while there are tests for Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi.last_img read more

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Benefits of cardiorespiratory endurance exercise

first_imgCardiorespiratory endurance is the ability of the body to perform prolonged, large-muscle, dynamic exercise at moderate to high levels of intensity. This includes long walks, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobic exercises, and dancing. A healthy cardiorespiratory system is essential to high levels of fitness and wellness. The cardiorespiratory system consists of the heart, the blood vessels, and the respiratory system. It picks up and transports oxygen, nutrients, and other key substances to the organs and tissues that need them. It also picks up waste products and carries them to where they can be used or expelled. Cardiorespiratory endurance exercises help the body to become more efficient and better able to cope with physical challenges. The following are the physiological adaptations and long-term benefits of regular endurance exercises: – Improved cardiorespiratory functioning: At rest, a healthy cardiorespiratory system has little difficulty keeping pace with the body’s need for oxygen, fuel, and waste removal. During exercise, however, the demands on the system increase dramatically as the metabolic rate goes up. The principal responses include increased cardiac output and blood pressure; increased ventilation (rate and depth of breathing); increased blood flow to active skeletal muscles and to the heart and constant or slightly increased blood flow to the brain; increased blood flow to the skin and increased sweating; decreased blood flow to the stomach, intestines, liver, and kidneys, resulting in reduced activity in the gastrointestinal tract and reduced urine output. All of these changes help the body to respond to the challenge of exercise in the short term. When performed regularly, endurance exercises also cause more permanent adaptations, which reduce the effort required to carry out everyday activities and make the body better able to respond to physical challenges. – Improved cellular metabolism: Regular endurance exercises improve metabolism at the cellular level by increasing the number of capillaries in the muscles so that they can be supplied with more oxygen and nutrients and can more quickly eliminate waste products. Greater capillary density helps heal injuries and reduces muscle aches. Endurance exercise also trains the muscles to make the most of available oxygen and fuel so that they work efficiently. Exercise increases the size and the number of mitochondria in the muscle cell, thereby increasing the energy capacity of the cell and helping to conserve muscle energy by preventing glycogen depletion and increasing the muscle’s ability to use lactic acid and fats as fuels. Regular exercise also protects the cells from chemical damage. It is believed that ageing and some chronic diseases are linked to cellular damage caused by free radicals. Training activates antioxidant enzymes that prevent free radical damage to cell structures. – Reduced risks of chronic diseases: Regular endurance exercise lowers your risk of many chronic, disabling diseases such as cardiovascular diseases to include high blood pressure, diabetes, unhealthy cholesterol levels and obesity; coronary heart disease to include stroke, kidney failure, and blindness; cancer; type two diabetes; osteoporosis; and deaths from all causes. – Better control of body fat: Too much body fat is linked to a variety of health problems. Healthy body composition can be difficult to achieve and maintain because a diet that contains all essential nutrients can be relatively high in calories, especially for someone who is sedentary. Excess calories are stored in the body as fat. Regular exercise increases daily calorie expenditure so that a healthy diet is less likely to lead to weight gain. Endurance exercises burn calories directly, and, if intense enough, continues to do so due to the rising resting metabolic rate for several hours following an exercise session. – Improved immune function: Exercise can have either positive or negative effects on the immune system, the physiological processes that protect us from disease. Moderate endurance exercise boosts the immune function, whereas excessive training (overtraining) depresses it. Physically fit people get fewer colds and upper respiratory tract infections than people who are not fit. – Improved psychological and emotional well-being: Most people who participate in regular endurance exercise experience social, psychological, and emotional benefits. Performing physical activities provides proof of skill mastery and self-control, thus enhancing self-image. Recreational sports provide the opportunity to socialise, have fun and to strive to excel. It lessens anxiety, depression, stress, anger, and hostility, thereby improving mood and boosting cardiovascular health. It also improves sleep. – Send questions and queries to email address: jenelbro119@hotmail.comlast_img read more

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Horse Racing Results

first_imgWeather: Fine Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO&NB4YO(NW3O/T)-REST.STAKES1. * SILVER CLOUD OWalker 53.02. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 1L4. CRUISING MOTION PFrancis 52.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 SUPERTRONICSWIN: $90.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of PREACH PREACHER by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by WAYNE A. DACOSTAQuinella : (2,3) $115.00 Exacta : (2-3) $223.00Trifecta : (2-3-4) $77.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. * MACALLAN OEdwards3 51.02. BLUE MOON JInnis4 48.0 3L3. BOLD SYMPHONY AChatrie 54.0 Head4. KING D OMullings 56.0 1 3/4LWIN: $78.00PLACE: $55.00, $65.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of TAIWANA by LANGFUHRTrainer : AZAN,RICHARD N Owner : MILADE AZAN & RICHARD AZAN & WILBERT BAGWANDEEN & GRAHAM BROWNBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $525.00 Exacta : (3-2) $610.00D/E : (2-3) $212.00Superfecta : (3-2-7-6) $2,753.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. * BONGO KING SEllis 53.02. DINNER BY SEVEN DaneNelson 52.5 3 1/4L3. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 53.5 2 1/4L4. WINGS OF HOPE OWhite 52.0 3 1/4LWIN: $104.00PLACE: $56.00, $74.00, $80.00Final Time : 1:14.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of VALADY by Trainer : FRANCIS,EVERAL C Owner : EVERAL C FRANCISBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $217.00 Exacta : (3-7) $384.00D/E : (3-3) $189.00Trifecta : (3-7-1) $314.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-3) $373.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)1. * BIG DATA DaneNelson 54.02. SWEET DESTINY SEllis 54.0 2 1/2L3. BUCK CALL AGray4 50.5 2 1/2L4. BURNING EXIT OWalker 54.0 3 1/2LWIN: $79.00PLACE: $58.00, $83.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of HISHI BLOSSOM by MACHO UNOTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : OAKRIDGE FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #4 NEHEMIAH FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 8THQuinella : (5,7) $84.00 Exacta : (7-5) $127.00D/E : (3-7) $160.00Superfecta : (7-5-6-3) $730.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-7) $243.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. * QUEEN OF THE TOWN SEllis 55.02. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 Neck3. MEGAHERTZ OWhite 48.5 5L4. DANISH BROWN OMullings 52.0 Sh.Head5. IDON’TKNOW MWard4 48.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 KING DIAMONDWIN: $112.00PLACE: $78.00, $82.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – RIZZI LEE out of ISSEY MIYAKE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by DONOVAN PLUMMER & ALRICK MIGNOTTQuinella : (5,8) $245.00 Exacta : (5-8) $390.00D/E : (7-5) $196.00Trifecta : (5-8-4) $798.00Hi-5 : (5-8-4-6-9) $13,450.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-5) $255.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 55.02. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson4 49.0 1/2L3. MIRACLE TRAIN RMairs 54.0 Neck4. SEQUOYAH KPowell 54.0 1/2L5. EAZY STEPPING ADancel 52.0 1L6. * WICKED TUFF RLahoe 56.0 3/4LWIN: $140.00PLACE: $75.00, $133.00, $107.00Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, 1:15.2,Winner : 5yo b colt – SHUFFLING MADDNES out of HAIL THE I by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQuinella : (1,4) $1,103.00 Exacta : (1-4) $1,696.00D/E : (5-1) $409.00Trifecta : (1-4-2) $843.00Hit-6 : (1-4-2-6-10-) $32,222.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-1) $438.00Pick-4 : (3-7-5-1) $1,004.00Super-6 : (2-3-3-7-5-1) $1,125.90Race 7 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)1. LARUSA JInnis4 48.02. * OMEGA RMairs 54.0 1/2L3. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 1L4. TO THE WORLD SMuir 53.0 1 1/4L5. COOL U BOOTS RHalledeen 53.0 3LDNF #11 MISS ADDI OWhite 52.0WIN: $4813.00PLACE: $318.00, $81.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:15.1,Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRACKING out of YOURPOINTISMADE by YOUMADEYOURPOINTTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : RICARDO M DURRANTBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (3,10) $9,338.00 Exacta : (10-3) $22,154.00D/E : (1-10) $89,961.00Trifecta : (10-3-9) $89,520.00Hi-5 : (10-3-9-6-4) $79,888.25Rolling Triple : (5-1-10) $358.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)-FILLIES & MARES1. WELL BLESSED OWalker 51.52. FOREST FLAME AMartin 54.0 2 1/2L3. * FIRE ALARM DaneNelson 53.0 2 1/2L4. MONALISASMILE JErwin 53.5 3 3/4L5. VALLEY OF QUEENS MWard4 48.0 NeckLate scratch : #4 NASDAQ PRINCESS, #6 DOOLAHIN, #11 I HAVE A DREAMWIN: $194.00PLACE: $54.00, $53.00, $52.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE out of SO BLESSED byTrainer : THOMAS,JOSEPH Owner : JOSEPH THOMASBred by DUNKLEY (SR.), TREVOR ROYQuinella : (8,12) $443.00 Exacta : (8-12) $670.00D/E : (10-8) $9,635.00 (10-4) $115.00Trifecta : (8-12-5) $345.00Hi-5 : (8-12-5-7-1) $19,862.00Rolling Triple : (1-10-8) $39,962.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. POTCHEEN JErwin 57.02. PUDDY POOH OEdwards3 50.0 1/2L3. * ROYAL ASSAULT PFrancis 51.0 1 1/4L4. #2 SMOKEY TOPAZ DaneNelson 52.5 1 1/2LLate scratch : #1 TARANISWIN: $186.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of BUBBLE GUM HOTTIE by HERMITAGETrainer : PARSARD,HARRY Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,5) $301.00 Exacta : (5-4) $581.00D/E : (8-5) $1,951.00Trifecta : (5-4-6) $131.00Rolling Triple : (10-8-5) $1,802.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. SIRMANDI LSteadman3 53.02. * TECHNOCAT ADancel 57.0 2 1/4L3. CAUSE FOR CONCERN JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L4. YES WE WILL RWilson 54.0 Neck5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 55.0 1/2LDNF #4 POWERFUL RED RMairs 54.0 32/1WIN: $259.00PLACE: $156.00, $95.00, $223.00Final Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 25.0, 48.4, 1:15.0,Winner : 7yo b horse – GHOST RANSOM out of DAME O’ MANDY by WISE EMISSARYTrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by DR. PATRICK GRAHAMQuinella : (5,10) $495.00 Exacta : (10-5) $1,129.00D/E : (5-10) $1,197.00Trifecta : (10-5-12) $3,679.00Hi-5 : (10-5-12-14-11) $136,042.00Rolling Triple : (8-5-10) $15,622.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $511,782.05Super-6 : Carry-over : $3,820,822.68Pick-9 : (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $10,457.00 (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $188.00 Carry-over : $2,708,382.60PlacePot 8 : (3,7-5,7-5,8-1,4-3,10-8,12-4,5-5,10) $3,451.00last_img read more

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WI Women win thriller – Three-run victory eliminates India, seals semi-final spot

first_imgMOHALI, India (CMC): West Indies Women secured a semi-final spot after knocking out hosts India in their Group B game of the Twenty20 World Cup at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday. Brilliant death bowling by Deandra Dottin in a nail-biting final over spurred West Indies to a three-run win over India. Dottin picked up three wickets and got support from Afy Fletcher, who grabbed two as West Indies choked the Indian chase and prevented them from surpassing their 114 for eight. Earlier, Dottin combined forces with her captain Stafanie Taylor in a 77-run fourth wicket stand after Indian spinners reduced West Indies to 26 for three. Taylor top scored with 57 from 45 balls, including five fours, while Dottin hit 45 off 40 balls, while scoring the same number of boundaries. The two players, known for their aggression, changed styles to accumulate runs from the Indian spinners, including as many as 38 singles to help setup the win. They were the only two batters who stood out since no other West Indian player scored more than six runs. Four wickets fell for 11 runs when the partnership between Taylor and Dottin expired. Harmanpreet Kaur (4-23) and Anuja Patil (3-16), stifled the Windies top order and stunned the lower order. Shamilia Connell gave West Indies the ideal start when she bowled opener Mithali Raj with the first ball of the innings. Dottin, who picked up three for 16 and Fletcher, with two for 15, curbed India’s chase despite a rally in the middle overs. Anuja Patel led with 26 and Jhulan Goswami was run out for 25 after keeping India in the game with an innings that brought them within sight of victory, with 20 needed off the last two overs. Still, West Indies piled on the pressure with impressive fielding that helped them save at least 10 runs. Inspired by a festive crowd, India looked on course again as the third ball of the penultimate over went for a six to bring the target down to 12 off nine balls. With India needing 10 runs from the final over, Dottin resurrected immaculate death bowling skills to leave them short. She removed Ekta Bisht with a yorker, forced the run out of Shikha Pandey and with the penultimate ball of the final over tricked Sushma Verma into lobbing a catch to Taylor.last_img read more

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Hamilton demands answers over engine failure at Malaysian Grand Prix

first_imgSEPANG, Malaysia (AP):A furious Lewis Hamilton demanded answers from his Mercedes team after an engine failure cost him victory in yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix and severely dented his chances of winning this year’s Formula One drivers’ championship.Hamilton was leading on lap 41 of 56 at the Sepang International Circuit when his engine blew, handing the race lead, and ultimately, victory to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.It was Ricciardo’s first victory since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, leading a one-two finish with his teenage teammate Max Verstappen.More painfully, it gave Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg – who finished an impressive third – a 23-point lead in the championship. Rosberg had to fight back from 21st place after lap one when he was the innocent party in a collision with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.With five races left in the season, it will be difficult for Hamilton to make up the deficit to the ultra-consistent Rosberg in the championship tussle. The frustrated Hamilton was upset in the circumstances and he hinted at perhaps more than that.FAILING ENGINES”My question is to Mercedes,” Hamilton said. “We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year. Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.”Someone doesn’t want me to win this year, but I won’t give up. I will keep pushing.”Red Bull and Ricciardo took a lucky victory, given the circumstances that afflicted the Mercedes pair, but were in the right place to capitalise and make up for the win the Australian driver felt he was deprived of in Monaco when a team pit-stop misunderstanding cost him victory.”Told you I’d win one. Sometimes you just need things to swing your way,” said Ricciardo, whose tears during the Australian anthem, played after the race, mixed freely with the copious sweat generated in the tropical conditions, which generated track temperatures consistently topping 50 degrees (122 F).”It’s been an interesting, I would say, two years since my last victory and it feels awesome for sure. I am so grateful for it,” he said.Ricciardo delighted many fans, and disgusted quite a few others, by celebrating victory with his newly adopted tradition of pouring the celebratory champagne into his sweaty race shoe and then drinking it something he calls the ‘Shoey’.Not only that, he also convinced team principal Christian Horner, plus Verstappen and Rosberg, to also drink from the unconventional vessel.Asked to comment on the flavour, Ricciardo said it had a fruity taste, but Rosberg deadpanned: “I hope he does not win any more races this year.”last_img read more

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T&T legend calls for more commitment

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Outstanding former Trinidad and Tobago striker, Stern John, has questioned the commitment of the current national players, and has urged them to lift their professionalism if the country is to quality for the next year’s World Cup in Russia.The 40-year-old, who scored 70 goals in over 100 appearances for T&T, said despite the fiasco surrounding the vacant coaching role, players needed to take personal responsibility for their performances and display the pride required at the national level.”The players need to have a look at themselves as well and have some personal pride and put everything behind their backs and just get on with the game,” the former Birmingham City and Coventry frontman told the Newsday newspaper here.T&T have endured a run of recent poor results which has led to the departure of two coaches in the space of seven weeks.First, T&T failed to make the finals of the Caribbean Cup and then made a terrible start to the CONCACAF qualifying final round for the 2018 World Cup when they lost their opening matches to Costa Rica and Honduras last November.The results cost long-time coach Stephen Hart his job but his replacement, Belgian Saintfiet, resigned after just five weeks and four games in charge, after T&T failed to reach a critical qualification playoff for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup.Describing the current situation as a “shambles”, John placed the burden of responsibility on the players to turn things around.”The players now they [are] not that passionate about the game and they don’t really understand the importance of Trinidad and Tobago getting to another World Cup,” he lamented.T&T currently languish one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round standings without a point but will need to regroup quickly as they face Panama and Mexico in their next two qualifiers in late March.last_img read more

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Start with Sure Step

first_img TURNING THE TABLES The Kingsley Davis-trained TRADITIONAL STORM beat then 3-5 favourite SCOOP JORDYNE into third place over 1300 metres on January 14, but SCOOP JORDYNE was closing strongly a mere 13/4 lengths away and given the additional 100 metres, I take him to recoup losses, turning the tables on both TRADITIONAL STORM and the runner-up MIND SET. Apprentice Oneil Beckford, who claims 4.0kg, will ride SCOOP JORDYNE for trainer Rowan Mathie. The day’s five-star banker comes in the form of BRAVE PROSPECT in the fifth race over 1500 metres for $250,000 – $210,000 claimers. BRAVE PROSPECT has beaten much better than his nine opponents in recent months, and now stepping down two classes, should give the 2015 champion apprentice Linton Steadman, title chasing trainer Anthony Nunes, and reigning champion owner Stephan Narinesingh another winner. CHEERS, a consistent sort, looks his principal danger. Other firm fancies on the card are DUSSELDORF to win the competitive looking eighth race over 2000 metres ahead of HEY CHAMP and MAJOR FORCE, as well as FIERY PATH with Nelson up in the seventh and the lightly-raced FIVE STAR to rebound in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds. With no trophies at stake on today’s midweek programme at Caymanas Park, three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson should seize the early initiative by winning the opening race over 1200 metres, for native breed maiden 4-y-o and up, with SURE STEP. The 4-y-o gelding from the stables of Norman Rose faces five moderate opponents and following his 31/2 lengths third to 23-1 outsider CREEDENCE over the straight on February 8, could not have asked for an easier opportunity to open his account. SURE STEP’s best performance came in November of last year when failing by a short head to beat CODED CITIZEN over the straight, a race in which JASON’S GOLD finished another neck away third in a blanket finish. The Steven Todd- trained JASON’s GOLD was again behind him in a subsequent race and although considered a worthy opponent in a race of this nature, SURE STEP looks the right choice with Nelson sticking with the ride. Next on the programme is a $450,000 – $400,000-claiming race over 1400 metres which should see the recent winner TRADITIONAL STORM and old rivals SCOOP JORDYNE and MIND SET in contention at the finish.last_img read more

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Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hand on some straw since I landed. But I’m gonna drop at the nearest McDonald’s and get some straw, the red, yellow, and white one. You’ll see that in my mouth,” Butler playfully shared on Thursday as he met the press at NBA Store in Trinoma.But don’t get distracted with what he’s chewing, but rather focus on what he’s saying as the 37-year-oldpost-basketball career as an ambassador for the game.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“I’m doing a lot of things, which is coming out and using my platform to inspire and tell the story of the game of basketball from my eyes and what I’ve seen. I’ve also been staying busy doing case studies and enrolling in the University of Harvard while being a father of four girls. That keeps me busy,” he said.Being a basketball ambassador has also allowed Butler to venture into new things that are still close to the game like doing color commentary for the league’s broadcast. Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Butler, a journeyman who played for nine NBA teams in his 14-year career, has also become a willing mentor for the up-and-comers.“I’m working while also staying connected to the game of basketball, talking and educating while also seeing some of my young guys that still need that guidance that even when I’m not in the locker room, I could come from a different objective and different place where I could give valuable pieces of information to them,” he said.Butler is encouraging players to be more vocal about their advocacies and take the opportunity that basketball provides to be a positive influence to their thousands of fans, especially in the age where it’s easy to connect to everyone through social media.“I think it’s great when you see athletes outside of what they’re considered to be. Whenever you have a talent, you want them to stay in that bubble as that talent. All you want to see them do is play basketball or play football. People are human beings, they have feelings. It’s good to see athletes use their platform and following to educate to the best of their knowledge and talk about things that is a problem. I want to see more of it,” he said.“The only thing I say is you’re an athlete and you do that, educate yourself on what you’re talking about. If you want to go out there and be vocal, be sure that you’re educated enough to talk about these things and answer the questions.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Role players save Arellano in 2OT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Old habits die hard and Caron Butler knows that well.One year removed from the NBA, but he still can’t shake off his straw-chewing routine.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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