GOOD PREPARATION BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Jason Holder has demanded immediate improvements from his floundering side, after they suffered a humiliating 10-wicket defeat to a youthful Cricket Australia XI in their four-day tour match yesterday. In a frank assessment where he minced no words, the 24-year-old told reporters his players needed to examine themselves, take responsibility for their performances and “stop looking for excuses”, as they looked to lift themselves ahead of the opening Test against Australia starting Thursday in Hobart. “Obviously, we’re going to cop a bit of criticism. We obviously have to improve, there’s no doubt about it,” a sober Holder said. “Going into the Test match, we’re up against the number-two ranked side in the world in Australia so we have to be better, we need to make the most of these coming days and make sure our preparation is very good leading up to the first game. “We’re at the stage now where we need to make some strides forward. We’ve been a bit stagnant for a few months so we just need to pick ourselves up, try something different and find it within ourselves. “Each player has to look in the mirror, reflect on their personal performance and hope to uplift the team, especially in this first Test match.” Opting to bat first at Allan Border Field, West Indies managed only 243 all out and then watched helplessly as Cricket Australia XI – with six players on first-class debut – piled up 444 all out. In their second innings, the Windies slumped to 97 for seven on the third day before being dismissed for 210 early on the final morning, leaving the hosts with a mere 10 runs to win.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Andre Russell’s small all-round cameo helped Sydney Thunder to remain unbeaten in the Big Bash League with an uncomplicated seven-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers yesterday.Asked to field first at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder limited Strikers to 117 for nine off their 20 overs, with West Indies pacer Russell producing a key spell of two for 28 from his four overs.Captain Brad Hodge top-scored with 34 from 33 deliveries with two fours and two sixes, while Adil Rashid got 25 from 18 balls and Mahela Jayawardene, 21 from 31 deliveries.In reply, Thunder were propelled by opener Jacques Kallis’s 49 from 48 deliveries, while Aiden Blizzard struck 35, in a 66-run first-wicket stand.Russell arrived in the 15th over to blast two sixes in his 17 off seven deliveries as the hosts sped to their target with 21 balls remaining in the contest.Thunder currently sit top of the standings with six points from a perfect three outings.
Being fitter, stronger and having his wife as coach have been key factors to why Kim Collins continues to defy time and run faster even as he gets older.Collins, who turns 40 in April, opened his season at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College on Saturday, winning the 60-metre dash in 6.53 seconds.Iran’s Reza Ghasemi’s 6.52s leads the world so far this season and Collins’ time was run outdoors, so it won’t be ratified, but one gets the feeling it won’t be long before the 39-year-old Kittitian grabs pole position once again like he did in 2015.Last season, Collins ran nine races unbeaten over 60m indoors and had the top-four fastest times in the world.The closest sprinter to his world-leading 6.47 was 26-year-old Ryan Bailey of the USA, who ran 6.50s in Seattle on February 14. Ironically, on that same day Collins ran that same time in Berlin, tying the American for the fifth fastest time of the year.Collin’s speed has not been confined to the indoor circuit as, in 2014, he ran the 100 metres in a personal best 9.96 seconds, almost one-tenth of a second faster than the 10.07s he ran to win the men’s 100m final at the World Championships in Paris in 2003.The Jamaican-based athlete explained that it is his approach to training that has allowed him to defy the odds and defy time.”Most athletes go in the opposite direction,” he revealed. “They come and they train hard, extremely hard every day and this goes on for months. In the end, their bodies will begin to break down. I come from the opposite direction. Whatever it is you’re trying to do, you must get fit first. So before I go to sprint, my body must be fit.”WEIGHT TRAININGHe also revealed that he is a lot stronger now than when he was world champion 13 years ago, having adopted weight training later on in his career, something he never did when he was younger.”I am way, way stronger now because back then I wasn’t doing weights, I wasn’t taking vitamins, nothing like that,” he said. “If I was doing what I am doing now back in 2003, I would have been a lot better. I would have been a lot faster and probably would have moved on a long time ago because I would have had such a great career.”He gives a lot of credit to his wife, Paula, who he said, helps him be honest about how his body feels.
Ronique Williams underlined his utter dominance by winning a third MoBay City Run overall title yesterday. It was brilliant run from the defending two-time winner, who used his experience to win the 10 kilometre road race. Williams’ time of 36 minutes 10 seconds was too great a mountain for the other competitors with none able to break the 40-minute barrier. Andrew Gayle ran 41:01 for second, while Carlyle Russell crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 41:20. A jubilant Williams said the win was the most challenging of his three titles, mainly because he was tired from running another event the day before. “This was the most difficult one of the three years that I have won; but I was strong enough and quick enough to still post a good time and win a third MoBay City Run title,” he said. The female 10K title went to Chris-Ann Lewis, who stopped the clock at 45 minutes and 11 seconds for first place, while Karlene Blagrove ran second in 47: 09 seconds. Third went to Pauline Murphy in a time of 48: 17 seconds. Juliett Dinnal took the female top position in the 5K run, while Horace Burey stayed true to form in landing the men’s equivalent. The event which attracted close to 4,000 participants in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K run races, also saw perennial senior female champion 76-year-old Gerline Nelson once again making her mark in the 5K run. It was Williams’ day however and he defended his title with guts and class before promising to return next year to do it all over again. “I love this event; I look forward to participating in the MoBay City Run because of this road race stands for,” said Williams. “It is a very important event and it puts me in the spotlight, which encourages me to keep doing what I do. I will be back next year,” he added. MoBay City Run is a charity road race from which funds will go to needy students attending the three tertiary institutions, UWI-Western Campus, University of Technology (Western Campus) and the Montego Bay Community College.
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According to Small, much more has to be done to safeguard the lives of student athletes, and that his organisation has already signalled its intention of doing so, with the change of approach. Ramsay was a member of the Spot Valley High Under-19 basketball squad. He scored his team’s first two baskets in Friday’s losing cause against Cornwall College, and later died at the Hospiten Medical Center in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Jerry Galloway, Dervin Brown and Alex Excell, three of his closest squad mates, said his death has cast a long shadow over the rest of their season. “He was such a quiet and humble personality. He was, to me, the most humble student here at Spot Valley High. The team will miss him greatly. We are saddened; he was a brother to all of us,” said Galloway, as he fought back tears. Recently, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the minister of sports, told Parliament that discussions will be initiated with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Information and Youth to review policy guidelines to better protect student athletes. The task force will monitor and enforce standards and best practices in relation to the participation of children in sports. Western Bureau: The man who heads the powerful high-school sports governing body, the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), Dr Walton Small, said that medical screening of student athletes under its auspices will be made mandatory as of the 2017 sports season. Small was among a group of dignitaries and officials present for a special devotion at the Spot Valley High School in Montego Bay yesterday morning to reflect upon the life of the school’s 17-year-old basketballer Saymar Ramsay, who died of an apparent heart attack on Friday. “I am not sure what he died from, but we suspect his heart gave in; if that is confirmed, then it’s more urgent than ever that we start serious screening of our student athletes,” insisted Small. “If you are going to be involved in any ISSA-run sporting disciplines, a stringent and thorough medical screening will have to become mandatory. It can’t be just the ordinary medical examination to participate,” he told The Gleaner. Ramsay’s passing is the second death of a similar nature after that of prominent St George’s College Manning Cup football team captain, Dominic James, who collapsed during a Manning Cup match last month. Like James, Ramsay was pronounced dead at hospital, leaving his family, school and sporting fraternity in deep sorrow. Small said that a meeting between ISSA and various principals was held following James’ death where guidelines were given for medical screening to become mandatory. In addition, Small, who is also the principal at Wolmer’s Boys’ School, disclosed that officials from ISSA will this week be meeting with officials of the National Health Fund (NHF), with the aim of working out a bilateral agreement. The agreement, he said, will be an important development in ISSA’s drive to assist families in offsetting cost for the medical screenings, without which, students will not be allowed to participate in any of the ISSA-run sports competitions. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE
LONDON (AP):After a difficult introduction to English Premier League (EPL) management, Bob Bradley’s wait for a win is over.Swansea’s players couldn’t achieve it the easy way for their trailblazing American coach.In the sixth game of his reign yesterday, Swansea tossed away a 3-1 lead against Crystal Palace to head into stoppage time trailing 4-3.Displaying the fighting spirit Swansea have lacked this season, Fernando Llorente found time to score twice and complete a wild 5-4 victory that lifted the south Wales club off the bottom of the standings.It shouldn’t have been so tough. After Wilfried Zaha gave Palace an early lead, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick and Leroy Fer’s double gave Swansea a 3-1 advantage. But the game unexpectedly swung back in Palace’s favour when James Tomkins and Christian Benteke scored either side of Jack Cork’s own goal in a nine-minute spell.”The character of the players came through,” Bradley said. “It’s been a difficult season so far, there have been a lot of things that just didn’t bounce the right way.”Yesterday they did, but not for Alan Pardew, whose Palace side slumped to a sixth successive league and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Swansea climbed off the bottom and are two points from safety.The top of the table is unchanged after the top-three of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all won. City remain behind Liverpool on goal difference and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea.Other results: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2; Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0; Burnley 1 Man City 2; LeiCeester 2 Middlesbrough 2; Hull 1 West Brom 1.
REDUNDANCY PACKAGE Shane Dalling, managing director of Caymanas Track Limited, revealed yesterday that the company will conduct winding up operations from a new location after the racing complex is handed over to the new company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment, next Tuesday. Speaking at a press briefing in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park yesterday, Dalling said that CTL, would be relocated to 78 Hagley Park Road, Kingston, inside the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries building. “We owe millions of dollars to our creditors, entities like the security company and the utility companies. We, in turn, are owed millions by the Off Track Betting parlours and bookmakers. In order to tidy up our finances, these monies will have to be collected as SVL did not buy the liabilities of CTL under the lease agreement,” he explained. Meanwhile, Dalling further disclosed that outstanding purse money from January 25 owed to the stakeholders would be paid by CTL, in conjunction with long-time partners ISP Finance Services, as soon as they are cleared by the Jamaica Racing Commission. He also said that the payment of the $200 million redundancy package set aside for the 370 workers of CTL would be made on Monday. “The cheques are ready and these will be distributed among the workers on Monday morning,” he said. A spokesman for SVL Racing and Entertainment disclosed on Wednesday that in order to ensure a smooth transition, most workers would be kept on to ensure a smooth transition. An evaluation of each worker will be made over the next three months to decide who will be kept on. Dalling believes that between 80 and 90 per cent of the workforce will be retained. Simulcast racing will be suspended on March 6 and 7. Unclaimed winnings will be held by CTL for another 90 days before these will be ineligible for cashing and handed over to the BGLC in accordance with the rules and regulations. Meanwhile, a meeting has been scheduled between SVL Racing and Entertainment and the stakeholders at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, today. – O.C.
“We have to come out like we are ready to eat our opponents alive,” Maraño said in Filipino. “It’s a test of character for us.”Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.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’With a solid lineup that they use efficiently, the Blaze Spikers blasted the Cargo Movers, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, to inch closer to their first title in two seasons.“You know our team, we have a way of coming back,” said Maraño. “We just have to erase doubts in our mind. Yes it was a three-set defeat. But we need to move on. I know we can do it as one whole team.” MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that what we showed in Game 1 wasn’t the real performance of F2 Logistics,” De Jesus said. “The adrenaline of the players in Game 1 was so high that they tend to commit mistakes.”De Jesus added: “I told them that some of them were selected in the national team, so they might as well come up with ‘national team-like’ performance.”F2 Logistics boasts national team players in Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili and Kiana Dy.Petron has four in Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and Ces Molina, who topscored in Game 1 with 11 points.Of the national team mainstays of F2 Logistics, top libero Macandili played below expectations, failing to get first ball which created a domino effect in their offense.But De Jesus expressed confidence on his players that include reigning UAAP champions Majoy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Macandili and Dy of La Salle.“My players are warriors,” said De Jesus, “I know they will come back and redeem themselves. It’s not over yet. The series won’t end on Thursday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, it was his wards’ burning desire to win that made the Game 1 victory possible.“It was our heart which carried us in this game,” he said. “We’re already in the championship match. It’s no longer a question of skills or talent; it’s now a question of willingness and desire. Whoever wants it more would definitely win.”But Delos Santos said they are wary F2 Logistics will come back to retain the title.“Knowing F2 (Logistics), they will surely bounce back,” he added.F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said he called for a “national team-level” performance from his wards but didn’t get one last Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Aby Marano of F2 Logistics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO, surveying the damage of Tuesday’s Finals Game 1, had a clear picture of exactly what happened: “We became too meek and lost our fire.”The feisty enforcer of F2 Logistics said her team needs to regain its confidence in order to stop Petron from sweeping the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference title Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force shoots down UP Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carter had every reason to feel dismayed with the result after Austin and Ravena willed the Philippines back from an 11-point deficit.But it would’ve been more appropriate had he expressed his frustration over his performance and not because his team lost to what he described as the most pitiful team he’s faced.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just lost to the sorriest team I ever played against— Justin Carter (@_smooth_J) September 22, 2017It was either Justin Carter didn’t read Kazakhstan’s scouting report on the Philippines or his team simply failed to do its homework.Either way, Carter clearly had no idea how basketball is played in the Philippines after the American import aired his disappointment on Twitter following BC Astana’s loss to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas on Friday in the opener of the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China.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“Just lost to the sorriest team I ever played against,” wrote Carter, who has drawn flak since the tweet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up BC Astana’s Justin Carter tries to block Kiefer Ravena’s shot during their Fiba Asia Champions Cup duel in China. Photo from Fiba.comThe 30-year-old swingman, who was passed up in the 2010 NBA Draft, scored 10 points in BC Astana’s 73-65 defeat to the Philippines, which was led by American reinforcement Isaiah Austin and Kiefer Ravena. How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide WATCH: Derek Fisher performs hoops-inspired routine in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments