Russell, Spencer in Diamond showdown

first_img SEEKING TO IMPROVE ROME, Italy: Young Jamaican hurdler Janeive Russell faces another tough test as she hunts her second straight win on the Diamond League circuit against a strong field at today’s Golden Gala Diamond League stop in Rome, which includes circuit standout Kaliese Spencer among the threats. Elaine Thompson lines up in the women’s 100m, with Kimberly Williams shaking off a hamstring injury to join Shanieka Thomas in the women’s triple jump, while World Championships finalist Federick Dacres, in the discus, and national record holder Rusheen McDonald, in the 400m, sign off Jamaica’s involvement in the meeting, set for Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Wayde van Niekerk, the world champion over 400m, will also make his first major appearance in the event this season after posting 44.11 at a small South African meet almost a month ago, and American Justin Gatlin returns to the scene of his only victory over Usain Bolt in the 100m, looking for his fourth straight win of the season. After turning back a strong field at the Rabat Diamond League a few weeks ago, Russell, who comes into this meet as the second-fastest woman in the world over the 400m hurdles, with a time of 54.16, will face another challenge this time around. The 22-year-old will face four-time Diamond race winner in the event and Commonwealth champion Spencer, with world leader Georgeanne Moline and fellow early season pacesetters Eilidh Child, Cassandra Tate, and Wenda Theron Nel all present for what should be an explosive contest. Spencer is coming off a second-place finish at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on May 20 and will be hoping to improve her times, with a modest 55.02 seconds being her best mark coming into this race. Thompson, who had a positive opening to her 200m campaign at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene last weekend with a 22.16 third-place finish, will look to continue her unbeaten start in the 100m, where English Gardner – the winner in Eugene – Michelle-Lee Ahye and Barbera Pierre will provide the main challenge. In her twelve 100m runs since the beginning of 2015, Thompson has only suffered two losses – both of them being second-place finishes. Two Jamaicans will contest the women’s triple jump with Williams, who had to skip the Doha Diamond League because of a hamstring concern. She is eager to get in the sandpit, with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. She will have Thomas for company, but they will both have to find something special to stop runaway Diamond Race leader Caterine Ibarguen, who is the only woman in the field to have already jumped over 15 metres this season. Dacres, whose 68.02m makes him the fourth-best man in the discus this season, will make his Diamond League, debut with world leader Piotr Malachowski (68.15m) being the only man lining up against him to have bettered his distance this year. McDonald has looked nothing like the man who ran 43.93 seconds at the World Championships since that first round run and has started the season in pretty poor condition, with fifth-, seventh- and eighth-place finishes and a pedestrian 45.90 seconds being his best efforts to date. Today, he faces world champion van Niekerk, with Isaac Makwala and Deon Lendore being the other class athletes in the field. Though not a Diamond League event here, the men’s 100m should provide some amount of interest, with Gatlin set to be tested by fellow 2016 sub-10 club members Akani Simbine and Femi Ogunode, while 100m World Championships bronze medal winner, Trayvon Brommel, faces Christophe Lemaitre, and Diamond race leader Alonso Edward in the 200m.last_img read more

Johnson looking to help Alapag succeed in his first head coach stint

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Jimmy got the utmost respect from me. Just to see him come from a player now he’s a coach. He knows what the players want,” Johnson told“And it’s good for him to be a players’ coach because he understands what the players are going through and that’s the main reason why I’m back here because I want to see him do good in his first year so we’re going to make something real nice over here.”Johnson is joined by the likes of former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros and reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. as the leaders of the team.“Everybody can run. Everybody can play. We got good pieces to the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag and import Ivan Johnson. Photo by Mark GiongcoJimmy Alapag and Ivan Johnson have history together at Talk ‘N Text in 2015.Alapag served as TNT team manager while Johnson led the team to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Kingad challenges Brazilian bet for ONE flyweight title Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny TNT brought back Johnson in 2016 but unlike his first stint, things didn’t go well for the San Antonio, Texas native after a run-in with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, who initially imposed a lifetime ban and P250,000 fine before reducing it to just one season and P150,000 after a public apology was issued.Alapag thinks Filipino fans will see the mercurial Johnson in a different light and appreciate what he brings to the table.“I know he’s ready to embrace our fans and I’m sure our fans will embrace him as well as we prepare for this season.”Johnson was hesitant to give this reporter an interview but gladly obliged when told questions will be about Alapag.Wearing a menacing grin, Johnson smiled often as he spoke fondly of Alapag, who turned out to be the major reason why he wanted to part of Alab.ADVERTISEMENT Fast forward to 2017, the two are reunited, this time, at Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.Alapag, who is making his head coaching debut with Alab, knows what Johnson is fully capable of.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 think he’s an incredible talent and I think his stint here in the ABL will give Filipino fans an opportunity to show that the passion he has for the game is the same passion that we have,” said Alapag.The 33-year-old Johnson spent two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA and averaged 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and nearly a steal per game. MOST READlast_img read more

CEO for GuyOil

first_imgDear Editor,The inability of the Guyana Oil Company Limited (GuyOil) to effectively attract and retain a competent Chief Executive Officer is astounding. Within the short space of eighteen months, I have seen at least three vacancy advertisements in the newspapers for the post of CEO of this state-owned entity.I write this letter with grave concern, because while the entire country is focused on the oil and gas industry, persons in Government fail to realize that GuyOil may be able to play some role in this industry, as it is already a downstream player.The inability of the company to attract and retain a CEO that can navigate the entity into the future of oil and gas is worrisome, but also indicative of larger issues of strategic direction in the country and from the Government.It is with great flourish that GPL recently announced its recruitment of CEO Albert Gordon from Jamaica. Mr Gordon boasts industry specific knowledge which I do expect would transform the energy sector in Guyana. Do I dare challenge GUYOIL to aim for the same, or at least similar?Sincerely,K. Rampersaudlast_img read more

AFC responsible for 2015 Coalition win – Cathy Hughes

first_imgIn a fiery address at the official launching of the Alliance for Change’s (AFC’s) Local Government Elections campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, declared her party solely responsible for the 2015 victory of the now Coalition Government.“We, the AFC, we alone, made 2015 possible. Anybody else that want to say that they could have done it by itself — and you know who I talking about — ask them how, in all them elections before, they couldn’t do it. Even if by some terrible fluke we ended up with half the seats we got before then, somebody who was forming a Government still got to come and talk to we; so remember that when everybody pulling you down,” Hughes charged.She made the statement at the AFC’s Railway Embankment, Kitty Center for Change at the first Candidates Expo on Saturday.The minister said that, some 13 years ago, the AFC met and committed to be the agents of change, and they have excelled at doing just that.She told the Local Government Election (LGE) candidates they need to understand that they will know when they are working hard, because there will be a lot of external forces attempting to pull them down.“In terms of the stability of the Coalition, we may have been too accommodating; who knows? We get blamed for that, but guess what: we learn fast, and we are ready for this next important phase,” she noted.Hughes reminded the candidates that change is a process, and that now is the time to instill the long-lost hope in the communities. She urged the new members to start working at the grassroots level and make their way up the ladder towards political success.“Local content is not about legislation, but how you prepare yourself, your children and families to grasp the opportunities that are ahead. You got to look for the opportunities and grasp them. Only you are responsible for yourself, and failure to grasp these opportunities,” Hughes added.Meanwhile, AFC Campaign Manager, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, said the time is now when the AFC shows the country that it is alive and well, and not dead and buried as some people have been saying. He said he has been receiving numerous complaints of dirty campaigning, and he urged the candidates to be respectful to their opponents. Additionally, he said that if they are leaving messages on social media, then they ought not to attach their names, since “plausible deniability is what we live by.“If war break, defend yourself at all times. I don’t believe in turning the next cheek. People complaining that the AFC ministers are going into regions and saying that the community projects that Government done we are claiming (them) as our contribution. Any road I build, you tell them is David Patterson from AFC build it, and we have to walk the walk. We are too modest to take our credit,” Patterson said.“They had a chance. We went to it and said to them that here are our rules of engagement and here is what we would like as a coalition to participate in Local Government. So therefore you tell them that every single IT hub – yes, the money come from the Government, but the brains, the style, the execution, the charisma is Minister Cathy Hughes…You don’t be ashamed to claim what is yours,” Patterson said, while throwing shade at its Coalition partner APNU.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo also delivered remarks, urging the candidates to fight the good fight.The party will host similar events in other regions on upcoming dates. The event also saw the launch of the party’s campaign jingle, ‘Fit & Proppa’, and the LGE Edition of The Key – the party’s newspapers.last_img read more

Pomeroon miner sentenced to death for killing pensioner

first_imgKenrick Lyte of Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was found guilty of murder on Wednesday by a 12-member jury at the Suddie, Essequibo Coast, High Court.Kenrick LyteThe 43-year-old man was charged in 2014 for the murder of 72-year-old Osmond Fiedtkou.The prosecution contended that the incident took place at Groete Creek, Essequibo River, between July 9 and 13, 2014. According to the prosecution’s case, Lyte and the pensioner were alone in a boat when an argument ensued over monies owed to the deceased by the accused. It was contended that Lyte took a shotgun that was inside the boat and shot the pensioner to his chest then threw away the gun and sank the boat.During the trial, the accused maintained that he is innocent and is not responsible for the crime.In closing arguments, the Defense Counsel agreed that on the day in question the accused and the deceased were last seen together, he, however, noted that none of the witnesses provided evidence to prove that the accused had an argument with the deceased and then shot him. He further stated that none of the witnesses saw the accused sink the boat and dump the gun that was used to commit the murder.The prosecution urged the jury to rely on the circumstantial evidence when arriving at their verdict. The prosecution argued that there was a motive to commit the act, since the accused owed the deceased money and the accused, in his caution statement, alluded that he indeed had an argument with the deceased.The post-mortem examination revealed several pellets which were found in the victim’s chest, which suggested that the victim was shot at close range.The presiding Judge, Justice Sandil Kisoon handed down the death sentence after pointing out that the accused deprived an elderly gentleman of his life.last_img read more

TSN to broadcast U-17 semi finals plus bronze and gold medal games

first_imgAs the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge enters the medal round, those unable to attend the games will be able to tune in on TV. TSN will be broadcasting the semi final game from Dawson Creek on Friday night, and the bronze and gold medal games on Saturday.The Dawson Creek semi final game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and the bronze and gold medal games will be at 3 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. respectively.Entering Thursday’s medal round the top two seeds are the United States from group A, and Canada red from group B.- Advertisement –last_img

Floodlight cricket returns to DCC tonight

first_imgThe momentum is picking up in the Back to Eden, Permaul’s Trading, Khans’s Trading and Trophy Stall sponsored softball tournament with four matches over the weekend beginning tonight at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground in Queenstown, Georgetown.Ramesh Narine is expected to feature for Floodlights tonight at DCCIt will mark a return for Floodlights Masters who will take on Parika Defenders from 19:00h. Floodlights were out of the spotlight over the recent weeks but will suit up for this crucial match tonight against the visitors who is heading into the game with some form and momentum.The Defenders defended their home ground wonderfully last Sunday when they put a sound trashing on Success Masters by 71 runs at the Saleem Community Centre ground. The hosts batted first and scored a commanding 168/7 from 20 overs. Muneshwar Balgobin and Davanan Kanna made 27 runs apiece while Raymond “Orange Juice” Karim took 2/19 for the visitors.In reply, Success were knocked over for 97 in the 16th over with only Mark Fung showing some fight with 35 runs. Kannan returned to pick up 3/12 while Kabesh Persaud was equally destructive with 3/16 for the home team.The second match of the day between Parika Defenders and Narine Masters was washed out without a ball being bowled after heavy and persistent rain made the outfield unplayable.After tonight’s encounter, the tournament will continue on Sunday at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground, Thomas lands Georgetown with three matches. In the over-45 category, Narine Masters battle Regal Masters at 10:00h then Tropical Springs Masters take on Wellman from 14:00h.At 13:00h there will be a lone female fixture with 4-R Lioness taking on Trophy Stall Angels.last_img read more

USC basketball notes: Win means second place

first_imgSPOKANE, Wash. – Losing to Washington may be the best thing to happen to the Trojans. USC (21-9, 11-6) lost to the Huskies 85-70 on Thursday, but the defeat had little impact on the Pacific-10 Conference race. The No. 23 Trojans, who haven’t lost consecutive games all season, can take second place by beating No. 13 Washington State today. “Everybody is down after a loss and we get motivated,” USC guard Nick Young said. “We get our energies up heading into the next game.” There’s plenty for USC to be motivated about in this one. A victory would tie USC with Washington State for second in the conference, and the Trojans would hold the tiebreaker based on their record against the Pac-10’s better teams. USC blew an 11-point second-half lead in losing to Washington State at Galen Center earlier this season. The Trojans kept making mistakes, with missed free throws and defensive breakdowns ,while the Cougars methodically clawed back into the game. “That was a hard loss for me because of the way it ended and the charging foul on me,” said Young, who was called for an offensive foul when USC had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. “We all feel it’s payback for losing at home and the way we lost. We have to come out and play with more fire (today).” WSU uses a slow-down style of play that has bothered the Trojans this year. It’s also how last-place Arizona State beat USC, and Young called the Cougars “kind of like a better Arizona State team.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img A loss could drop USC to fourth place if Stanford beats Arizona. That could be the difference between a fifth seed and an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament. “If we can get that Washington State win, it kind of erases that Washington loss,” Keith Wilkinson said. “Playing for second place, with seeding on the line, this would definitely be a big win.” Second place would be a special accomplishment for USC, which finished last in the Pac-10 two years ago and was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 this season. “It would be a great start for where we want this program to go,” said USC second-year coach Tim Floyd. Washington State can relate. The Cougars finished in the conference cellar last year. last_img read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Peace Region and Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Just coming off a fairly large storm last night, another one could be on the way.Environment Canada has issued a weather warning saying “conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing large hail and heavy rain.”They also say that there could be: large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall.- Advertisement –last_img