BVI youths impress at Digicel Jumpstart Clinic

first_imgKINGSTON: Young basketballers from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) showed tremendous skill and class during the Digicel Jumpstart Clinics, which visited the island for the first time this week. As the aspiring young players ran up and down the court at a frenetic pace, the official NBA coaches were impressed by the athletes’ level of technical ability and basketball IQ. “The boys were smart, fast and very athletic. They played a fast-paced style offense, but were still technically sound and kept to their fundamentals,” said senior director of international basketball operations at the NBA, Troy Justice. He added: “The point guards were instinctive and distributed the ball all around the court. We were impressed.” The local basketball coaches in the BVI were also given an opportunity to learn and share ideas with the NBA coaches. “It’s always good to share ideas with other coaches,” Justice commented. “The coaches were open to learning new ideas, both offensively and defensively. I also bounced some ideas off them and learnt a bit myself. It was my pleasure working with them.” The Digicel Jumpstart Clinic is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young players to showcase their talent and learn from official NBA coaches. It also teaches importance of work ethic, values, proper sports-manship and motivates children to be the best they can be on and off the court.last_img read more

Gayle for Bangladesh Premier League

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle headlines nine West Indian players set to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League starting next month, following Thursday’s player draft here.The left-handed Gayle will turn out for Barisal Bulls alongside all-rounder Kevon Cooper and left-handed batsman Evin Lewis, both of whom hail from Trinidad and Tobago.Gayle said following the Caribbean Twenty20 back in July that he was expected to undergo surgery to deal with a troublesome back and may have to be out of action until December.While he has not retired from Tests, he has not played one since last year September.Sammy for RangpurMeanwhile, West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy will play for Rangpur Riders alongside West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, while Test batsman Marlon Samuels, along with the trio of off-spinner Sunil Narine, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and fast-bowling all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, will play for Comilla Victorians.The West Indians are part of 19 overseas players in the tournament scheduled to run from November 22 to December 15.Overall, 82 players will represent six franchises.Notably absent are marquee West Indies players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, two of the most in-demand T20 players in the world.last_img read more

Blackwood: Extreme heat threatened my focus

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):Middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood said he almost lost concentration as he was forced to battle extreme heat on his way to a polished half century for West Indies against Victoria X1 on the first day of their two-day tour match yesterday.Blackwood compiled a well-played 69 to bolster his confidence after scoring a couple of ducks in the first Test as West Indies amassed 303 for eight at Simonds Stadium.The diminutive Jamaican batsman, who scored seven fours and a six, said it was the first time he experienced such extreme heat as temperatures soared to 43 degrees, one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.”It was extremely hot out there … dry heat. Even when the wind came across the ground, it was a kind of hot wind. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” said Blackwood.”We’ve played in hot, sticky conditions, but never quite like that.”Blackwood added 99 runs for the third wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who top-scored with 78 from 175 deliveries in the first two sessions before retiring to give the rest of his teammates a chance at the wicket.Marlon Samuels struck an aggressive 45 from 39 balls including seven fours. Denesh Ramdin scored 38, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.”I was quite tired after running some threes. It’s a big ground, so we had to run a few threes. At one point, I felt like I was losing concentration, so you had to dig deep for every ball,” said Blackwood.”I had to put that behind me and just focus on each ball. We got some starts. We just need to convert those starts now.”Blackwood added: “This is international cricket and we will face different conditions. It was cold (in Tasmania) for the first Test and now it’s hot here. It’s all about coping.”West Indies are using the match as part of their preparation for the second Test match at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting Boxing Day.”We’ll just have to go back into the nets and continue to work hard,” he said.”We’re just putting in the work and hopefully it will pay off in the next Test match.”last_img read more

Brilliant Lewis too much for Scorpions

first_imgSCARBOROUGH, Tobago (CMC):Left-hander Evin Lewis struck his maiden regional one-day hundred as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force put themselves on the verge of a semi-final spot with a dominant seven-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional Super50 here yesterday.Playing at Shaw Park, Red Force restricted Scorpions to 176 all out off 49.4 overs and then easily chased down their target off 38.5 overs, with Lewis carving out 102 before retiring hurt.He posted an entertaining 148 for the first wicket with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who made 43, a partnership that killed off the game as a contest and negated any ideas Scorpions had of making a comeback.Lewis faced 102 deliveries and smashed eight fours and six sixes, while the right-handed Hope supported in a knock that came from 82 deliveries and included three fours.Antiguan Devon Thomas had earlier top-scored with 70, while Brandon King got 32 as Scorpions rallied to their eventual score after slumping to 41 for four in the 19th over.Jon Ros Jagessar hurt the innings with a spell of four for 32, while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine claimed three for 34.The victory ensured Red Force remained unbeaten and it stretched their lead at the top of Group A, where they sit with 17 points.Scorpions remained second on 10 points, with third-placed Barbados Pride poised to narrow the gap, once they beat ICC Americas in the other Group A encounter, which ended last night.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS*J Campbell c Lewis b Deonarine 17J Harrison b Emrit 6J Blackwood c Lewis b Deonarine 10A McCarthy c Richards b Deonarine 6D Thomas run out 70B King c Y Ottley b Hosein 32+A Thomas c Hope b Jagessar 14S Cottrell not out 13N Miller c Hope b J Jagessar 0D Jacobs st Katwaroo b Jagessar 3N Gordon st Katwaroo b Jagessar 3Extras (w2) 2TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 176Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-29, 3-34, 4-41, 5-85, 6-150, 7-158, 8-160, 9-166, 10-176.Bowling: Emrit 10-1-37-1, Jagessar 8.4-0-32-4 (w2), Deonarine 10-0-34-3, Hosein 7-2-31-1, Y Ottley 8-0-26-0.RED FORCEE Lewis ret. hurt 102K Hope c Jacobs b McCarthy 43K Ottley c Thomas b Jacobs 4*J Mohammed lbw b McCarthy 3N Deonarine not out 8Y Ottley not out 10Extras (b2, lb2, w3) 7TOTAL (3 wkts, 38.5 overs) 177Did not bat: R Emrit, A Hosein, +S Katwaroo, J Jagessar, Imran Khan.Fall of wickets: 1-156, 2-166, 3-166.Bowling: Cottrell 5-1-22-0 (w1), Gordon 1-0-8-0 (w1), Miller 6-0-44-0 (w1), Campbell 10-1-40-0, Jacobs 10-1-40-1, McCarthy 6.5-1-19-2.Result: Red Force won seven wickets.Points: Red Force 5, Scorpions 0.Man-of-the-Match: Evin Lewis.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: L Reifer, N Shivsankar.last_img read more

Good boxing in week two of Contender 2016

first_img“We had a great night and everyone is happy” gushed Wray and Nephew  Welterweight Contender 2016 promoter Mark Kenny,  to The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday night, after  American boxer DeMarcus Corley gave an excellent performance,  that not only pleased the large crowd that turned up at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, but also gave him a unanimous decision over, Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore. This was the second night of competition in the series which will run until July. The first week’s  edition  was one of the worst in many years, as  the main bout between Jamaican Richard “Frog” Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from New Orleans, USA,  ended in 55 seconds. Ford, a plucky 19 -year- old boxer, suffered a torn  tendon in his right shoulder only 55 seconds after the fight started,  and was declared the loser by technical knockout. Everyone, including the two boxers,  left the auditorium disappointed. Last Wednesday saw the opposite. The fight,  which was  scheduled for five rounds, went the distance, and Corley was declared the winner by unanimous decision. All three judges, Joseph Cooper, Eion Jardine and Laurence Neufville scored the  fight 50-44 in his favour. It was a classic matching of boxing skills, between two very experienced men, and there was just enough of all facets of the “Sweet Science” to please the fans. Corley showed the boxing and defensive skills that he has garnered over 70 fights. He had a 43- 26 -1 record going into the fight and it showed. Boxing from a southpaw stance, he outjabbed Azore, the Guyanese welterweight champion, who had a 16-5-3 record, and when the game Guyanese fighter tried to  score points with attacks to the body and head, Corley deftly manoeuvred himself out of trouble.   The pattern was set from the first round with Corley repeatedly scoring points with his jabs. He also showed  great defensive skills,  as he repeatedly slipped counter punches from Azore,  with deft movements  of head and feet.  In the second round, combination hooks to the body and head  were the punches of choice for Corley, while Azore kept himself in the hunt with his jabs. In the two amateur bouts on the card, middleweight Carlton Reid from the St. Thomas Boxing Club scored a unanimous decision over Oshane Williams from Sugar Olympic gym, while light welterweight Collel Hogg from the Stanley Couch gym,  scored a first round technical knockout victory over Nashan Rose from Sugar Olympic gym.last_img read more

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

Ashley hopes for rematch in Jamaica

first_imgLast Saturday night in Flint, Michigan, Jamaica’s Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley lost her World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight title to Kenyan Fatuma Zarika by split decision in what was a close fight.A review of the three scorecards shows that she was one point away from a draw decision and retaining her title.Judge Herman McKalpain scored the fight 96-94 for Zarika, judge Katealia Chambers scored it 96-94 for Ashley, while judge Ray Michaux had it 97-93 for Zarika.The consensus after the fight was that judge Michaux was way off base, and saw a totally different fight from that which was seen by his colleagues.Looking at the scoring in the first six rounds, judge Michaux gave all six rounds to Zarika. This meant that after that round, Ashley had to knock her down a few times or knock her out to win.On the other hand, judge Chambers, who voted for Ashley, had the score three rounds each, while judge McKalpain, who voted for Zarika, had it four rounds to two on the Kenyan’s behalf.In the last four rounds, judge Michaux gave three to Ashley and one to Zarika, judge Chambers scored it the same way, while McKalpain had it two rounds each.The key scorecard in the final equation, was that of McKalpain.Both Chambers and Michaux scored the last round for Ashley, while he scored it for Zarika. If he had joined them in scoring the round for Ashley, and most people believed that she won that round, the fight would have ended in a draw, which many people who saw the fight believed was the correct decision.DISAPPOINTEDIn an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, Ashley said that although she was very disappointed, she took some of the blame for her loss.”I started off slower than usual. I made her miss, but I did not counterpunch, and could have lost the first two rounds. My timing was off because of my long lay-off, but I soon found my rhythm and scored more points after that. I must say that she is a strong fighter, and that was no surprise, as she has fought in a heavier weight class,” she said.”I am not making any excuses, however, and I am looking forward to the contracted rematch. I am not wasting any time either, and will be back in the gym tomorrow,” Ashley added.She also expressed her frustration at not being able to fight regularly.”My last fight before Zarika was a year ago. Within that year, about five fights were arranged and cancelled, and it has been a roller coaster ride for me. I would train several months for a fight, and then it was cancelled, and this repeated itself. I want to fight. I especially want to fight in Jamaica,” said Ashley.”I wanted to defend my title before my people, and it never happened. I am begging Luigi (her adviser) to try to make the return fight happen there in Jamaica. That is where I would like to regain the title,” Ashley said.last_img read more

Simeone focused on Atletico Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone says he is determined to lift the club out of its current slump, adding that he has no thoughts about leaving the Calderon. Simeone has lifted Atleti into regular title contenders over the past few seasons but the club has suffered a terrible start to the campaign. However, the Argentinean tactician is not considering stepping down in light of their struggles. Atleti are currently lying in sixth place in the La Liga points table after picking up just seven victories from their opening 15 matches. That form has seen speculation over Simeone’s future grow, especially considering his public flirting with his old club, Inter Milan, and with Arsenal reportedly paying close attention to his situation in Spain. “I have a contract, and my hope is to do the best for the team and the club,” Simeone told reporters. “It seems like we always have to say beautiful things like ‘I want to stay here’, but I’ve lived match to match since five years ago. I care about the present, the moment.” Simeone is not concerned, however, despite being on a winless run of three in all competitions – Atleti’s longest such streak this season. “I’m not worried,” he added. “Worried is not the word. “The word is busy; busy for the team to respond and have the form that we haven’t this season.”last_img read more

PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short The Filipinos were shut out, 0-6 (54-57, 53-58, 49-52), by the Malaysians in the semifinals.The women’s side, composed of Nicole Marie Tagle, Mary Queen Ybañez and Kareel Meer Hongitan, also blanked Vietnam, 6-0, (51-44, 50-47, 55-47) for third place.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’Tagle and company bowed to their Indonesian counterparts, 2-6, (50-52, 55-54, 54-56, 52-55) in the semis.The 15-year-old Tagle bagged the silver medal in the individual women’s recurve Sunday.The country’s archers still have a chance to win that elusive gold in the mixed doubles event on Tuesday. LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The Philippines’ archers stayed off target for a gold medal as both the men’s and women’s teams settled for bronze medals in the recurve events in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at National Sports Center Synthetic Turf Field in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The men’s squad, featuring Florante Matan, Gabriel Moreno and Mark Javier, secured bronze after beating Vietnam, 6-0, (50-49, 55-54, 54-53).ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ View commentslast_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