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first_imgLOCAL-based horses have been guaranteed 10 spots for the December 5 Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park, worth $13.5m, the richest-ever horse racing purse in the Caribbean.Racing secretary, Denzil Miller, said the other six spots, if filled, would comprise horses from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, whether West Indies-bred or imported runners.”There are 10 guaranteed spots for local-based horses, based on earnings, so it’s not an invitational,” Miller confirmed, adding that the Jamaican reserved spots were for local and overseas-bred horses.Racing authorities in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, Miller said, would determine who they send to Jamaica for the Diamond Mile, “very much as how we nominate and decide who we send to the Caribbean Classic”, he explained.Hoping to attract as many entries as possible, Miller has kept the door open for owners from Jamaica, as well as Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, to import horses specifically for the race.However, a two-kilo penalty has been put in place for horses not domicile in participating countries for four months. Therefore, imported horses landing in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados less than four months before the race would carry 59.0 kilos.”Imported horses domicile in the Caribbean for four months would carry 57.0 kilos, native-bred four-year-olds and upwards, 55.0; three-year-olds, 53.0; and, of course, sex allowance would be in it as well,” he explained.Asked whether two kilos was sufficient penalty for foreign-bred invaders hunting a rich payday, especially horses coming from other islands, considering the rich purse is being dangled as a carrot to improve the local bloodstock, Miller said it was a measured risk.”It was one of the things we thought about when doing the conditions for the race but that’s what you are faced with when opening a race like this to get the best horses possible,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgFemale umpire, Jamaican Jacqueline Williams, has put forward hard work as the main reason for her meteoric rise in international cricket.Set to stand in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (T20) Qualifiers in Thailand starting on Saturday, Williams is the first West Indies female umpire to achieve the feat of officiating at an international tournament.This follows the former Jamaican player, making her international debut in October when she stood in the first one-day and Twenty20 women international fixtures between the West Indies and touring Pakistan in the Caribbean.”I have been working all these times, and I guess the opportunities are coming now,” stated Williams.”It feels good to be doing so many firsts and I am embracing them. One particular first I am also looking forward to is making my first-class debut.”The 39-year-old, upon completing her duties in Asia next week, is scheduled to return to Jamaica, where she is slated to become the first female umpire to officiate at the regional first-class level.The fixture between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Guyana Jaguars is set for Sabina Park between Friday, December 11 and 14.Williams could also become the first West Indian woman to umpire at the ICC Women World Cup that is scheduled to be staged in England in 2017. However, before that, she has one thing on her mind, and that is to do well in Thailand.”My goals at the moment are simple,” she pointed out.”Go to Thailand and do a good job. Thereafter, I will continue to take it one game at a time, and hopefully, over time, I can be that light, that beacon, that encourages other females to take up the sport.”The Women’s World T20 Qualifiers consists of eight teams and will see the two advancing to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India next year.The participating countries are Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Ireland, China and hosts Thailand.last_img read more


first_imgMUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.last_img read more


first_imgHugs, kisses, thank yous and congratulatory messages were the order of the day for the three Jamaican members of the championship winning West Indies Under-19 cricket team who returned to the country yesterday.Led by several members of the cricketing fraternity, including Jamaica’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks were met at Norman Manley International Airport.”What you did, you showed all of us what is possible when we get together as a people,” stated a beaming Cameron, who led a series of tributes at a welcome ceremony held at the airport.”It is a message that if we get together and believe in what we are doing and assisting each other, then the sky is the limit.”The regional cricket boss, who expressed apologies for Minister of Sports Natalie Neita Headley, also used the occasion to give assurance that the entire team will in due course be “properly” rewarded.”We have given you some tokens, but we believe we need to find meaningful ways of rewarding you for what you have done,” he said.Organised by WICB sponsor, Digicel, the ceremony also had in attendance several family members of the players, as well as their school coaches, principals and well wishers.”To beat India in Bangladesh is a big thing,” said Heaven.”I want to say to you congratulations and all the best in your future endeavours in the field of cricket.”SELF-BELIEFHeaven, who was also accompanied by Jamaica Under-19 chairman of selectors, Wayne Lewis, JCA secretary Fritz Harris and chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, also commended the team of their self belief.”During your send-off for the World Cup, we, the JCA, said to you at a ceremony that we believed in you and I think that you took that statement seriously,” Heaven remarked.”You believed in yourself as it is only a strong belief in yourself that could have led you to that victory.”Elon Parkinson, head of public relations at Digicel, also weighed in, expressing that Frew, Smith and Crooks had made Jamaicans and West Indians proud.”Michael, Odean, Shahid, big up,” said Parkinson.”You have made your schools St Elizabeth Technical and Maggoty High, your clubs, the Westmoreland and St Elizabeth Cricket Associations and by extension Jamaica and the West Indies, extremely proud.The West Indies last week defeated India by five wickets in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh.last_img read more


first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Fast bowler Kesrick Williams said making his international debut in a series West Indies had already lost had no bearing on his approach.Playing in the third and final Twenty20 International on Tuesday, the right-armer produced a superb spell, taking two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to suffer the embarrassment of a 3-0 whitewash in the series.The right-armer said though West Indies had already surrendered the series, it was still important to make the most of the opportunity.”I wouldn’t say it wasn’t an ideal time [to make my debut]. Cricket is cricket, so whenever you get a chance, it’s just about your time to execute,” the Vincentian told reporters.”As long as you get that shot, you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free – not thinking that we lost the series, and just played positive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and enjoyed myself playing CPL and that’s what I did here tonight.”I didn’t look at it as I was playing against Pakistan, or against Sharjeel Khan or whatever. At the end of the day, it’s the same cricket. I look at it like I’m playing cricket at home, don’t try to overthink it and do what I do best – bowl and just execute.”Williams, a late call-up to replace explosive all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, conceded that the series had been a difficult one for the Caribbean side.”It’s tough, it’s really tough … it’s really hot there and takes a while to get adapted to the conditions, but we are tough cricketers and we always look to give our 110 per cent,” he pointed out.”Cricket is a game of uncertainties, so you just can’t come out and say you’re going to win today or win tomorrow; you just have to put in a lot of work.”Pakistan played good cricket, Kudos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.”last_img read more


first_imgWestern BureauHead coach for the Lennon High School football team, Merron Gordon, is quietly building a legacy at the schoolHaving guided Lennon to the ISSA-FLOW Ben Francis knockout final for the first time in their history, Gordon has cemented his place in that institution’s sporting annals.Gordon, who first tasted success as the coach for Lennon’s female footballers back in 2005, says he remains humble and dedicated to bringing the best out of his players.Then fresh out of the G.C. Foster College, Gordon ended up at Lennon High School, where he took charge of the girls’ football programme, making them the most successful female high school team in the country at that time.He was then asked to take the reins of the daCosta Cup team soon after and, in between that, he featured with the national U-15s and Under-17s before taking a job coaching the national senior women’s team.”Those were good years in which I learned plenty from some real good and experienced coaches, and they have, to this day, been the significant reason I continue being as good as others say I am,” Gordon stated.He noted that coaches Christopher Dawes and Kevin Williams (formerly of Dinthill Technical) were the two who took a special interest in his development as a young coach.”I was part of a group understudying these two coaches for premier league certification and then, luckily, I was coaching the Reno FC Girls and (Wendell) Downswell was the technical director, and he also played a vital role in my development,” added Gordon.Gordon is enjoying the successes coming his way, albeit he never played competitive football at any level. Instead, it was cricket that held his attention as a young man attending Glenmuir High.In 2008, Lennon reached the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup with Gordon at the helm. They did even better in 2010, reaching the final for the first time in the school’s history, where they were defeated by Rusea’s.Last year, Gordon and his assistant, Sherlon Lennon, took the school to the semi-finals of the two premier rural-area schoolboy football competitions, the daCosta and Ben Francis Cups.-P.C.last_img read more


first_imgMore than 3,500 competitors will be in action at tomorrow’s 41st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium.Action will get under way at 9 a.m. with the preliminary rounds of the high-school boys’ 4×400 metres. The finals of this event will close the meet at 9:20 p.m.With the annual ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships just over a month away, the spotlight at the prestigious relays will be on the high schools. This will once again be used as a measuring stick for the respective coaches going into that championships, and fierce competition is expected once again as teams seek the very important psychological advantages ahead of ‘Champs’.As usual, commemorative watches will be handed out to the winners of the championship events at the Gibson McCook Relays. The top three finishers in each final will also be awarded medals. There are13 championship events, eleven of these will be contested by high-school athletes and two by clubs and institutions.The high-school events are: 4x100m Under-19 boys and girls, 4x100m Under-17 boys and girls, 4x200m girls’ open, 4x200m boys Class One, 4x200m Class Two boys, 4x400m boys’ open, 4x400m girls’ open, 4x800m girls’ open and 4x800m boys’ open. The two championships events for clubs and institutions are the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m.There will also be incentives sponsored by Digicel. These include prizes for the top boys’ and girls’ teams and the best overall performance on the day.Several individual events, both in the field and on the track, will be contested. On the track, the events include the 100m for males and females and 400m for both sexes. In the field, the men will compete in pole vault, while both men and women will compete in high jump and long jump.The organising committee got things under way on Wednesday night with the staging of the Howard Aris Memorial Lecture inside the University of Technology auditorium, where chiropractor, and former Wolmer’s Boys’ athlete and Olympian Dr Neil Gardner spoke on burnout among athletes.last_img read more


first_imgCARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPPuerto Rican great Miguel Cotto battered back the determined challenge of Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai on Saturday to claim the vacant World Boxing organization junior middleweight world title.In an action-packed bout in an outdoor ring at the StubHub Center in suburban Los Angeles, Cotto emerged with a unanimous decision, winning it by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees It was just one of many punishing blows Kamegai would absorb on the night.Cotto landed a huge right hand to start the fifth that snapped Kamegai’s head back — even then the Japanese kept coming.“He’s a tough fighter, tough opponent,” Cotto said. Since round number five, six, I already knew I’m not going to stop him.”Despite his heart, Kamegai didn’t have the power to hurt Cotto, who insisted he would stick to his plan to retire after one more fight this year.“I’m 36 already. I’m going to be 37 on october 29 and I think it’s enough. It’s enough boxing for me,” Cotto said. “One more in December and that will be all.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Asked who he’d pick for an opponent in his final bout, Cotto deferred to trainer Freddy Roach.Roach mentioned the possibility of getting the winner of the Golovkin-Alvarez bout.“We’re not going to duck anybody,” Roach said. “We’re going to go out with a bang.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze Cotto hadn’t fought since November 2015, when he lost the middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez, who later vacated the title to take on Gennady Golovkin on September 16.But the 36-year-old, who says he’ll retire after one more fight in December, was dominant as he improved to 45-1 with 33 wins inside the distance.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’Kamegai came right at Cotto from the opening bell, backing him into the ropes and sneaking in rights.But Cotto landed the harder punches, nailing him with a big left hook to end the first round. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more


first_imgTrending 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) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ His family migrated to Maryland but transferred to the Philippines for good when he was seven.The 2015 SEA Games gold medalist in featherweight graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.He was also a bronze medalist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.“I’m already 27 now, so if I can still can I will still fight in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila,” said the 6-foot-1 Morrison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies READ: Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss“I made a promise to my grandmother to win,” said Morrison, 27.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’His maternal grandmother died during the time he was trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. He didn’t make it to the Games.“That’s why I went to her grave before I flew here,” said Morrison, who was born in Olongapo to an American serviceman and Filipino mother. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal LATEST STORIES Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison knew that he could be fighting in his last Southeast Asian Games of his career.That’s why he was overcome with emotions after capturing the gold medal in the -74-kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “This shows where we are right now, we’re far from Final Four contention. We lost a game against the defending champions who played without their MVP,” he added, referring to Ben Mbala, who is representing his country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 FEU coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may have been a failed comeback for Far Eastern University, but Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela still saw positives out of their 95-90 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.FEU faced a 37-14 deficit in the second quarter but the Tamaraws managed to make things interesting down the stretch, pulling to within five, 90-85, with a minute left.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “Of course, as a coach you’ll always look at the positive, the second half was the positive thing for us,” said Racela Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And if we played that way from the start, the result could’ve been better for us.”FEU outscored La Salle, 36-22, in the fourth quarter but fortunately for the Green Archers, they built a lead big enough to withstand the Tamaraws’ late charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRacela, despite remaining optimistic after their opening game loss, owned up to his team’s defeat.“Maybe I didn’t prepare them well enough, this is on me,” said Racela. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Winning start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more