The Impact Of Eastern Champs

first_imgThe absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READINGlast_img read more

Good year for Ja’s male athletes

first_imgEven though their female teammates outscored them at the World Championships, Jamaica’s male athletes had a pretty good season in 2015. Led by the incomparable Usain Bolt, our men collected five of the 12 medals won by Jamaica at the World Championships and collectively set five new national records. The medals and records combined provide hope of success in the Olympic year that approaches and for the 2017 World Championships. The records came from runners Rusheen McDonald and Kemoy Campbell and throwers O’Dayne Richards, Jason Morgan, and Cannigga Raynor. Everyone thought Jermaine Gonzales’ national 400 metres record of 44.49 seconds would fall to Javon Francis. After all, Francis had cut his personal best to 44.50 in Kingston. It was a shock when McDonald, who had run 44.60 in that same race, blasted the record to smithereens in the first round of the World Championships. The result was a stunning time of 43.93, the fifth-fastest national record in the world. Campbell and Morgan had struck early. Campbell took down Mark Elliot’s 26-year-old 5,000-metres record with a time of 13 minutes 20.39 seconds. Morgan hurled his discus 68.19 metres – the second longest for the entire season – to regain the record and to add to his 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze. Richards stretched his Jamaica shot put record to 21.69 metres to win gold at the Pan-American Games and repeated that distance to finish third at the Worlds. Raynor, the former KC and Bridgeport thrower, dominated the discus and hammer in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division 2 competition and twirled his way to a new mark of 65.57 metres. Beyond those numbers, there were other notable achievements by our male athletes. Fedrick Dacres won the Pan American Games discus and reached the World final. Omar McLeod never put a foot wrong throughout a long college season in the 110 metres hurdles. At the Jamaican Championships, he came within touching distance of Hansle Parchment’s national record of 12.94 seconds. His slick 12.97 victory over Parchment made Jamaica just the fourth country to have more than one man under the still formidable 13-second barrier. Under 13 seconds Not surprisingly, the USA has 11 hurdlers faster than 13 seconds, but Jamaica has now joined Cuba and France with two a piece. It’s a select club. Both Parchment and McLeod reached the World Championships final. Already the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, Parchment took the silver medal. Like the discus with Morgan, Dacres, Commonwealth finalist Chad Wright, and the returning Traves Smikle, the Jamaican 110 metres hurdles scene is bright. Last year, Andrew Riley won the Commonwealth Games gold medal, and this year, 2014 World Junior runner-up Tyler Mason set a personal best of 13.32 in the Pan Am final. Throw in the scorching 43.5 World Championships 4×400 43.5 anchor leg by Francis; national junior records in the high jump by Christoff Bryan and in the 400 metres hurdles by Jaheel Hyde; the promise shown by Michael O’Hara; and the presence of Bolt, and the picture takes on a cheerful gloss. After a year like 2015, Jamaica’s men can head into the Olympic campaign with optimism. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMemorial semi-finalsAll the semi-finalists in both the male and female divisions of the Howie Chin Memorial Prep School football leagues have been confirmed. The competition is in its fifth year and run by the Manchester Football Association.In the boys’ competition, there is a three-way tie on 14 points involving Knox, Belair and surprise package Charagape. Unbeaten Knox and Belair are in pole position, based on their higher goal average, with the boys from Knox ahead by one goal.Defending champions Mount St Joseph complete the final four. However, they have been far from convincing, winning three matches and losing twice.They, however, secured their spot earlier this week with their most impressive display so far – a 5-0 flogging of Yabnel. Coy Grant led the way with two goals.Belair are on course to land the female title, having recorded four straight wins. Their 12 points are seven more than Mt St Joseph, on five, while Knox have three.Claude McKay semi-final spotRed-hot Spit Fyah go into their quarter-final clash with eight-ranked Tamarind Tree bubbling with confidence, as the post-season begins in the Jamaica Domino Council Association League at Caymanas Park with four matches. All games begin at 11 a.m.Spit Fyah crushed Giants 300-204 in the end-of-round final last Sunday to cop their second title of the season. They had also won the mid-season title earlier in the competition, after they beat arch-rivals Caribbean Classic. In other quarter-final games, Caribbean Classic take on Eradication; Giants oppose Right Stuff and Waterhouse United will knock cards with Naggo Head Strikers.Passagefort, Waterford to continue rivalryDefending champions Passagefort United will continue their intriguing battle with arch-rivals Waterford in the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, which is sponsored by MP Colin Fagan, at seven o’clock tonight at the Garveymeade Sports Club.Last Sunday, both teams were locked at 114-114 apiece when a power outage forced a premature end to the match. It will continue where it ended. Ken’s Wildflower, who are awaiting the winner of that clash, booked their spot in the final as they humbled Westmeade Rising Sun 250-227 last Sunday.Ken’s led by 35 points (125-90) at half-time. The final will be on Sunday, November 22, at Caymanas Track Limited.Portsmouth on topPortsmouth Primary showed that they are the team to beat in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Netball League with a big 18-4 win over Independence City Primary at the Portsmouth Primary Court last Wednesday.Trishana Gray (12 goals) and Shakera Baker (six goals) led Portsmouth’s scoring, while Arifa Wilson scored all of Independence City’s four goals.This was Portsmouth’s second win in as many matches and they lead Zone One with maximum six points. Ascot Primary are second on three points as they defeated Waterford 10-8.Horizon Park netball rally’s second roundClaude McKay High created history when their Under 14 and Under 16 teams made it to the second round of the ISSA age-group competitions for the first time.Their Under-14 team made the cut on Tuesday when a hat-trick by Renardo Hall gave them a 4-0 win over Edwin Allen in Franfield. They ended their North Clarendon zone on 13 points.The Under-16 team had a more difficult passage, earning nine points from two wins and a draw to advance with surprise zone winners Thompson Town.They defeated Clarendon College 1-0 and also edged Kellits 2-1. They had drawn 1-1 encounters against Lennon and Thompson Town. The traditionally-heralded Clarendon College failed to make the cut.The result is significant for coach Orville Beckford and the James Hill-based Claude McKay, as they did not contest the daCosta Cup competition this year. club TT LeagueThree Division Two matches were played last night as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Table Tennis Jamaica National Table Tennis Club League continued. In the results, JPS blanked hosts Duhaney Park 5-0, Supersonic B drubbed visitors Blue Diamond All-Stars 4-1, and hosts UWI edged Swallowfield Chapel Smashers 3-2.The league continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. with JDF at home to Swallowfield at Up Park Camp and The Gleaner at home to Emancipation Park at North Street in two Division Two matches.McKoy wins Burger King walk race againAt 42, Olivia McKoy’s dream to represent her country again may well be over, but her drive to participate and keep her body fit appears far from diminished.McKoy topped Natasha McKenzie who won the Knox 7K road walk race two weekends ago in Manchester. It was the second-straight time she had beaten McKenzie.In the first Burger King-sponsored road race in Mandeville, McKoy defeated pre-road race favourite and the woman considered the best in Jamaica Paula Sinclair of Kingston. McKenzie was third.McKoy’s win was even more remarkable than the Mandeville leg as her final time of 37 minutes was four minutes quicker than the nearest female.Looking fit and strong, the former Jamaica Olympian won her second-straight road race when she won the Burger King Portmore leg of the run/walk road series.Having completed her second win, she says she wants to make the road race and walking circuit her new domain.”Given all that I’ve been through I thank God for this, it means I can continue to believe in myself.”This conclusion is significant, given her troubles at the event last year when she was disqualified after it was deemed by the race organisers that she ran instead of walking the distance.She also said she is keen to get her technique right as once she is fit, “no one can beat me”.She currently resides in the Lincoln area of Manchester and although qualified with a first degree from an athletic scholarship abroad, she remains unemployed.Mandeville Street Gun championship tomorrowCompetitive shooting returns to Mandeville when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host the final leg of its National Street Gun championship.The event, which starts at 11 a.m., will be hosted tomorrow at the Lincoln range, six miles south-west of Mandeville. However, the match will go beyond the usual limits of a club match as it is designed for all kinds of shooters, particularly amateurs.No carry-on rigs are allowed, hence only the regular firearm license issued by the Firearm Licensing Authority will be engaged.Stages for the championship will mirror local danger scenarios the licensed firearm holder is likely to face. Expected designs include playing dominoes, gardening, bathroom, driving and lying down.The range will be open from as early as 8:30 a.m. to accommodate last-minute practice sessions.Howie Chin UWI win in Naggo Head make perfect startNaggo Head Primary School battled from a goal down to register a 3-1 victory over Belmont Park in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League last Thursday.Damion Abraham scored a hat-trick of goals to lead Naggo Head to victory and they now lie third in Zone Two with six points from two games.In other games in the zone joint leaders Bridgeport (seven points) clipped Greater Portmore 2-0 and Waterford (seven points), another co-leader, registered a similar 2-0 win over Ascot Primary.Independence City Primary lead Zone One with seven points after they were held 0-0 by Southborough Primary. They are followed by defending champions Portsmouth and Gregory Park with four points apiece, following their 1-1 draw, while Kensington Primary (three points) won their first-ever game as they edged Port Henderson Primary 1-0. Kensington made their debut last season.In games on Tuesday, Portsmouth defeated Port Henderson 3-1, with goals from Duvarn Webb (second minute), girl player Jada Douglas (40th), and Justin Robinson (50th). Independence City came from behind to beat Kensington 3-2. Jaheem Johnson with a double strike (33rd, 49th) and Dante Brown (30th) led Independence City to victory. Alex Brown (10th) and Brian Berket (57th) scored for Kensington.Spit Fyah eyes in U14, U-16 new closing dateThe closing date for entries for the Horizon Park Primary School netball rally has been pushed back by a week to Friday, November 20. The rally will be held on Friday, November 27 on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.The organisers said the event will be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”. There will also be special awards for most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.For assistance with registration, contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114. The cost of registration is $2,500.BoJ, NCB in Jam Clear Cup finalDefending champions Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) and National Commercial Bank (NCB) will meet in the 2015 Western Sports/JNBS-sponsored Norman Goodison InterBank Jam Clear Cup final tomorrow at Winchester Park, starting at 3 p.m.NCB defeated JNBS 5-2 in their semi-final match last Sunday at Winchester Park. Sheldon Maragh scored a brace in the fifth and 36th minutes, and Damion Walker also had a double, scoring in the 50th and 68th minutes. AndrÈ Messam scored the other goal for NCB in the eighth minute. Romario Atkinson (15th) and Chevon Williams (22nd) scored for JNBS.BoJ won the inaugural Jam Clear Cup competition and are going all out to defend their title. Coach Anthony Patrick will be looking to Red Stripe Premier League players Dawyne Smith and Akeen Themstead, Antonio Hall, Mark Powell, Roger Buckner, Dasean Meeks, Patrick Campbell and goalkeeper Paul Allen for their second hold on the trophy.National Under-17 coach Paul Edwards will try to win his first InterBank title and he will rely on former Harbour View goalkeeper Lavar Williams, Messam, Walker, Calnet Gray, Maragh, Dwayne Salmon, Zadok Howard and Ceyon Francis for victory.The winner will play InterBank champions Scotiabank in the Champion of Champion matchup on Sunday, November 22, at the same venue.JPS, Supersonic,last_img read more

Van Gaal back under scrutiny

first_img Put simply, 2016 has to start better than 2015 ended for the Dutchman. “If anything, we are all playing for our own futures as well,” United defender Chris Smalling said, with the team having fallen five places adrift of the Champions League places. On paper, Swansea looks the ideal opponents for United to get back to winning ways: No manager following Garry Monk’s firing on December 9, one place above the bottom three, only one away win – against last-place Aston Villa – this campaign. Yet the Welsh club has won its last three games against United, all 2-1, including a home-and-away league double last season. What Van Gaal must ensure is that United play the same way as against Chelsea, when his players were more positive, took more risks with their passing and looked to play more forward. United’s fans could see the team was trying and seemed to warm to Van Gaal and his players. But how long will the goodwill last? “Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager,” Van Gaal said. Above sixth-place United, the top four is separated by just four points heading into the second half of the season. It is the most unpredictable of title races, with surely few predicting that Leicester and Tottenham would be in the Champions League positions at the turn of the year. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It speaks volumes about Manchester United’s current plight that a 0-0 draw at home against a team languishing just above the Premier League’s relegation zone represents an encouraging sign of progress. That’s how far a mighty club has fallen, with the stalemate with Chelsea on Monday appearing to give some breathing space for under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal. Lose to manager-less and relegation-threatened Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, though, and United will put Van Gaal even closer to the brink. The record 20-time English champions are winless in their last eight games in all competitions, marking their worst run of form since 1990, and have collected only three points from their last six league games. Almost as worrying for United is that the team has scored only one goal in its last four home games. Van Gaal may say he enjoys the backing of the United board, and has backtracked on previous comments that he could quit as manager, but there might be no way back if Swansea leave Old Trafford with three points. PLAYING FOR OUR FUTURE Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has 16 assists so far this season, and is only four off the Premier League record held by Thierry Henry. Ozil must like his chances of getting even closer on Saturday when his table-topping side hosts Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Henry, one of Arsenal’s greatest players, set the record in the 2002-03 season and believes it will get broken by Ozil. “The guy is just amazing,” Henry said. “Finally we’re starting to see what type of player he can be. It’s his vision, he always puts the ball where you need it. He sees everything, and when you play with a player like that, anything can happen at any time.” Arsenal are ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Man City three points back in third place. ASSIST KINGlast_img read more

Holder reprimanded, will retain captaincy – Report

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Jason Holder is expected to retain his position as captain of the West Indies Test team for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, according to media reports in Trinidad.However, Holder has been reprimanded and given notice that he could be stripped of his position if he continues to underperform, a report in the Trinidad Guardian has suggested.There was widespread speculation that the Barbadian all-rounder would lose his job in the days leading up to last weekend’s meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in Dominica.However, The Guardian, without citing sources, has reported that Holder was given “a serious dressing down” by chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.The Guardian has reported that a note was passed to the board of directors during the weekend meeting, stating that the selection chairman had a “frank talk” with Holder concerning his form in the longer format of the game and whether he warrants selection outside of being captain.The Guardian has reported that the selection panel is not yet convinced that Holder should be removed as leader of the Test team and that he runs the risk of being removed as captain if he fails to produce during the Pakistan series.Holder, who replaced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin a year ago, became the second-youngest Test captain of all time for the West Indies and the 15th-youngest of all time for any Test nation.However, he is yet to lead West Indies in a winning series, losing 2-0 to Sri Lanka, 2-0 to Australia and by a similar margin to India.Holder, 24, has captained the team for nine matches, winning none, losing six, with three ending in draws.West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy next Tuesday before meeting Pakistan in the opening T20 International three days later at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

Recruiting killing champs – Riley

first_img“The annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys & Girls’ Athletic Championships is dying a slow death, and a major part of this could be attributed to the recruiting of student-athletes from small schools to larger ones,” president of the Jamaica Track & Field Coaches Association (JATAFCA) David Riley says. “ISSA needs to regulate it (recruiting) or else they are going to kill the sport,” Riley told The Gleaner yesterday. JATAFCA has taken objection to several proposed changes to the rules governing athlete participation in the annual Champs, generally considered to be the largest high-school athletics championships in the Western Hemisphere. The proposals were made by ISSA’s technical committee mid-2016. “The technical committee, in their review of 2016 Champs in June, had some ideas for changes. Those changes were made public in September as recommendations, so in September, they sent out a communication to the schools about the proposed changes,” Riley explained. One change, for instance, would see the scrapping of the Boys Open 400m hurdles. The record in that event of 49.01 seconds is held by World Junior Champion Jaheel Hyde. Instead, the proposed events would be a Class One Boys and Class Two Boys 400m hurdles. “There are a lot of impacts that are not being considered. If you haven’t thought about the fact that Jaheel Hyde’s record would be off the books, then you haven’t given it enough thought,” Riley said. While the coaches met with ISSA in December, voicing their objections, Riley, who is head coach of Excelsior High School’s track programme, said that they have had no word on whether their suggestions were accepted. ISSA principals are due to meet later this month on the changes, which would be implemented in time for Champs 2017, which begins on March 28. “On January 6, ISSA’s executive committee met and formalised the proposed changes which will go to the principals to be voted on later this month,” Riley said, adding that many of the principals who have a vote have no teams participating in Champs. Riley, however, noted that the problems run deeper than simple changes and that ISSA needs to examine the real issues. SMALLER SQUADS He told The Gleaner that his association polled high-school coaches in late 2015, and while 43 per cent of them said that they had better quality athletes and larger squads from which to choose athletes for the five-day meet, most also said that they would be taking smaller squads to Champs. A post on JATAFCA’s Facebook, yesterday, pointed to the fact that despite several adjustments to the rules since then, 454 fewer athletes competed in Champs in 2016 than did in 2010. “The meet is getting smaller, and they (ISSA) are missing that particular reality in the midst of the hype over contending schools,” said Riley. “They are presiding over a period of decline. They need to pause and do the analysis in terms of the decisions being made.” Riley believes that part of the problem is that many coaches from smaller schools have become discouraged as they see athletes they have groomed slowly being siphoned away by larger schools who use them to boost their ability to win Champs. “The recruiting issue is what they (ISSA) need to take on head-on. A lot of coaches in small schools are feeling discouraged that they are losing their athletes. “Our best senior athletes predominantly come from the small schools. So if you are implementing changes that are facilitating big schools, you are implementing a system that is killing small schools. So 10 years from now when you can’t find any good hurdlers, or throwers or jumpers, you are going to wonder why. [It’s because] they are not coming from the big programmes,” Riley said. While the big-school coaches are also members of the association, along with coaches of smaller schools, Riley added that the win is more important. “They don’t care. There are no rules,” he said. He noted that if 75 per cent of the ISSA principals vote in favour of the changes, they would be implemented. The Gleaner reached out to ISSA president Dr Walton Small, but he did not respond. dania.bogle@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Hart’s future to be decided at season’s end

first_imgManchester City coach Pep Guardiola says that a decision on the future of on-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart will be made in the summer. This follows the England goalkeeper’s statement that he is pretty much surplus to requirements at the club and does not expect to be back at the Etihad Stadium next season. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Serie A club Torino having lost his place at City following the signing of Claudio Bravo earlier in the campaign. Bravo’s subsequent struggles – Willy Caballero has been preferred to the Chilean for seven of City’s last nine games – have raised questions about the wisdom of this arrangement. Guardiola recently appeared to close the door on the possibility of a Hart return, maybe prompting the keeper’s latest remarks, but the City manager claims nothing has yet been decided. “I have said many times we will explain about all the cases at the end of the season – the cases of the players that are here, the players who are happy or unhappy and the players who are on loan, Guardiola said. “Joe is a player for Manchester City and we are going to decide at the end of the season.” Hart, who has 68 England caps, appears to think his future lies away from City. Surplus to requirements “I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment. “I want to play football, I love to play football. If that opportunity’s not going to be given there then I’m going to have to look elsewhere and I may have to make somewhere else my home. “I don’t know where my future lies, in terms of time-wise, because I’ve certainly had no communication with anyone.”last_img read more

Kante sinks defending FA Cup champs

first_imgLONDON, England (AP): N’Golo Kante sent Chelsea into an FA Cup semi final meeting with Tottenham by ending Manchester United’s title defence on Monday, sealing a 1-0 victory after the holder’s Ander Herrera was dismissed on a fiery night at Stamford Bridge. Herrera was booked twice – the first time harshly – for fouling Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, leaving United a man down from the 35th minute while already trying to cope without suspended top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Kante broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half after France teammate Paul Pogba failed to close him down before unleashing a shot from 20 yards (meters) that beat goalkeeper David De Gea. It was only the second goal for the midfield enforcer since joining Chelsea last year as a Premier League champion from Leicester. The other also came in the league against United, which hasn’t won at Chelsea in five years. Midfield enforcerlast_img read more

KSAFA All-Stars coach rubbishes bias claims

first_img But Watson explained that it was a complication of events that led to this situation and that it was not deliberate act on the part of the coaches. “All the clubs were notified by KSAFA to send two or three players in the age group to training. Some clubs send players and some didn’t. But one of the reasons some didn’t send players was they were saying that some of their players were playing Major and Super League and some wanted the players to play Under-20 competition. “But from the outset of this (Elite) league, the games were scheduled to be played on Saturday, so I can’t blame the clubs, because they have rival competitions being played on a Saturday. So when the organisers invited the clubs to send players, they should have said the Under-20 games will be played during the week to facilitate this competition. “But the Super League and Major League games are also played on Saturdays, so you can’t knock the clubs too hard, because if send their best players and the players represent KSAFA on a Saturday, and on the same Saturday, the club has a Super League games, then the clubs will be in problems,” he said. However, he says that so far, they have put together a successful combination from what’s available, and he is confident of winning the inaugural tournament. “I am quietly confident that we are going to win. These players come from different schools, but they believe in me, and I see the commitment in them. I am very confident that they will do it,” he said. The KSAFA All-Stars football team currently leads the East Zone of the JFF-Digicel Elite Under-18 parish league with maximum nine points, after three wins from as many games. However, the team make-up has come under some scrutiny because the majority of the All-Stars players represent the high schools otherwise coached by its trainers. KSAFA head coach Raymond Watson also helms Kingston COllege’s Under-16 and Under 14 teams, while Jamaica College Manning Cup head coach Miguel Coley is the technical director. The team also comprises eight Jamaica College players: Tyreek McGee, Tevin Rochester, Oquin Robinson, Terrence Francis, Payge Sinclair, Norman Campbell, Milton Walford and Demale Sinclair. Its four Kingston College representatives are Devonte Brancroft, Jordan Peterkin, Mikhail Lumsden and Trey Bennett. NOT A DELIBERATE ACTlast_img read more

Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts

first_imgThe Cebuano giant went hard on himself despite posting a team-best 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.“I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m really sorry and I promise to bounce back,” he said.San Miguel will now have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals for its Grand Slam bid to go on. A win by the Gin Kings on Wednesday would send the Beermen into an early exit.“We’re still not out. We still have a chance to win. We just have to stay positive. Our will is still strong and we’ll take this one game at a time even though we have to go through the eye of the needle,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trailing, 102-101, the Beermen had a chance to take the lead inside the final 10 seconds and they wisely went to the reigning three-time PBA MVP to bail them out.Fajardo shot over Bolts import Allen Durham but his floater came up short as it hit the front rim.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“It was my fault. It was a good look and I missed that final shot. We should have won,” said a frustrated Fajardo in Filipino after the Beermen’s 104-101 defeat.The loss didn’t just cause San Miguel the game, but also a seat in the top four as they wound up in sixth place heading into the quarterfinals. DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESNine times out of ten, June Mar Fajardo would easily make a basket from five feet.It just unfortunate for San Miguel Beer that the rarest of times Fajardo would miss from close range came on Sunday night in an all-important game against rival Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more