15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round “Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia,” the Knicks public relations department said on Twitter Tuesday.READ: Derrick Rose mysterious no-show for Knicks’ gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIn brief remarks to reporters during a practice session on Tuesday, Rose said he had returned to Chicago to be with his family but did not elaborate.“It was a family issue,” Rose said. “For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sharapova to return from ban in April at Stuttgart event 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 ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose arrives at Federal Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. APNEW YORK, United States — New York Knicks star Derrick Rose has been fined an unspecified amount and is back with the team following his mysterious no-show, the NBA franchise said on Tuesday.Rose baffled team officials and fans after failing to appear for the Knicks’ 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family.”Asked why he had not responded to calls from the Knicks management, Rose replied that he needed his “space.”The 28-year-old Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player with the Chicago Bulls, has been effective in his first season with the Knicks.He’s averaging 17.3 points in 33 games, missing a few earlier this season with back spasms. CBBADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “The vibe is still the same. He doesn’t show it but I can get him to crack a smile every now and then,” said Chism Friday at FCL Center as the two reunite this PBA Commissioner’s Cup under the banner of NLEX.“He’s a good coach and I’ll play for him any time… That’s how much respect I have for him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnChism’s admiration for Guiao goes unnoticed, though.Guiao said Chism, despite never having played with the current Road Warriors in any point of his career, has full jelled with the team just days after joining NLEX. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 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 Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home INQUIRER FILE PHOTOFor the fourth time in his career, Wayne Chism will be working with head coach Yeng Guiao.The two’s partnership started in 2014 when the former Tennessee Volunteer was hired as Rain or Shine’s import and now that he’ll be back as Guiao’s foreign reinforcement, Chism said nothing’s changed since the first time he’s worked for the fiery head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baby Tams seek to prove they belong among HS elite China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I don’t see any problems with Wayne, he doesn’t have personality issues and he can work with anybody,” said Guiao. “He’s the type of guy who will make his teammates comfortable with him, not only with his personality but with his game as well.”“Actually there’s almost no effort for him to get along with the players, it comes naturally because he’s friendly with anybody,” said Guiao. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
Ricardo Cunningham is making gains in his move from the 800 to the 400 metres hurdles. On Saturday, June 3, he set a personal best of 49.55 seconds in a victory at the National Stadium at the third JAAA All Comers meet of the season. Now 35, Cunningham says 2004 Olympic 400 metre hurdles runner-up Danny McFarlane is one of his role models. Cunningham shot out of the blocks and disconnected 2013 World Youth champion Marvin Williams. Afterwards, he said, “that was the aim because I’ve been working on my first 250m in training.” Now at the University of Technology, Williams held on to second place with a time of 50.83 seconds. Cunningham was gratified by the 0.11 second reduction of his personal best. He described 2017 as a rough season. “I started out this year on my own until I got some technical help from Floyd Quarrie. “I had an interest in the 400 metre hurdles from 2010,” he recalled calmly of his days at the University of Technology and the MVP Track Club where maestro Stephen Francis is head coach, “and while at MVP, I wanted to take up the event but probably Mr Francis didn’t see me doing as well or probably just wanted me to focus on the 800m.” Nevertheless, he was Jamaica Inter-Collegiate champion and national champion and moved his personal best to 1 minute 47.14 seconds. To pursue his goals in the 400m hurdles, he left the MVP, spent the 2016 season at the Cameron Blazers Club, “and now”, he said, “this year I’m freelancing.” Quarrie, sprints and hurdles coach at Immaculate Conception High School and an adviser o a small band of senior athletes, says Cunningham’s new personal best puts him in a good spot. “49.5 now, I think, is putting him in good standing leading up into World Trials”, analysed the coach. Technical work Between now and the June 22 start date of the four-day National Senior Championships, Quarrie plans to have Cunningham work on the last part of the race. He thinks Cunningham’s 800m strength is an asset. “Having the 800m background that he has”, he said, “and I’ve been working on getting him faster and hurdling better so the plan is to contend with those top athletes breaking the 49 barrier.” Cunningham, the winner at the UTech Classic where he ran 49.98 seconds to beat 2016 Olympic finalist Annsert Whyte, is inspired by McFarlane who also made a late switch to the hurdles. “He’s certainly one of the guys that motivate me and make me know that it’s possible,” he said.
“But I have the report in front of me and there is nothing in it pertaining to the accusations of the game. Both the referee and the match commissary reports say nothing about that. So why would we pursue the matter and on what basis would we pursue the matter?” he asked. Boys’ Town coach and Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) director, Andrew Price refused to commented on the incident, saying he was not present, while noting his belief that it would be unfair for him to give an opinion. Price, however, stated that it was the obligation of the players and the clubs to treat the game with integrity regardless of the qualification situation. “I can only go by reports, I was not at the game and I cannot put myself in a position where I could comment. But based on reports, it is up to the integrity of the players of the sport to treat the sport with integrity and I hope the clubs would have treated the game with integrity,” said Price. “But it would be foolish to make a comment as I wasn’t at the game and I don’t really know what happened,” Price added. Meanwhile, when contacted, Cavalier’s club chairman, Rudolph Speid, refused to comment on the result, but Sandals assistant coach, Orville Bryan, categorically refuted the allegations. “We came to Kingston, we needed one point to win the game. We trained all week to try and contain ourselves and make sure that we score and try to make sure we did not get beaten. That was our biggest challenge. We scored first and it gave the guys a little room to relax. Unfortunately, only two teams could have gone to the Premiership – we were one of them. “There’s always gonna be talk. That is not for us to decide. We are in the Premiership and we are very happy with that. So we leave everything for whoever to say what they want. So we flatly refute the allegation without even a question,” Bryan said. Report prepared The Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) head of competitions and facilities overseer, Ian Kemble, insisted that no investigation will be launched into the Cavalier/Sandals Premier League play-off match amidst suggestions that the integrity of Sunday’s game at Stadium East was compromised. With Cavalier already securing their passage to the nation’s top-flight football competition from the previous weekend, second placed Sandals only required a draw to qualify for their first Premier League berth. But after a 1-1 draw, in a game played at pedestrian pace, both sides have been accused of not playing the game in the right spirit. However, Kemble noted there’s nothing in the referee’s or match commissary’s report to suggest there was any wrongdoing in the game, and as a result the local football authority will not pursue the matter. Kemble also pointed to the result of the fixture involving the other two teams in the playoffs, with Rivoli, which still had a chance to qualify going into Sunday’s game, slamming Priory by 8-0. “We can’t speak to accusations, so there will be no investigation. Rivoli also scored eight goals against Priory and Rivoli are not eight goals better than Priory,” Kemble stated.
Mullings added that apart from still being in the physical shape he wants to be, his passion and hunger for excelling in the sport have also not waned. “It’s something I still want to do,” he said. “I still love waking up and boxing. I still love training and going to the gym. My mind and my heart are still in it.” But Mullings said that although he expects to be around for the next few years, he does not intend to be around long enough to be considered “washed up”. “I also don’t want to be one of the fighters that overstays their welcome and fights past their prime. Based on the years I have yet, I believe I have five years left in me, so I don’t want to overstay my welcome,” Mullings shared. Good shape Newly crowned Wray and Nephew Contender Series Champion Sakima ‘The Mauler’ Mullings says that he still has a lot left to offer to boxing and aims to compete at the highest level for another number of years. Mullings defeated Canadian Phil Rose in the competition’s grand final last month and said after the bout that his conditioning was unmatched throughout the competition and in the island. The 35-year-old said that his age means nothing in deciding how long he can continue in the sport and that he still aims to reach the heights of other top Jamaican boxers such as Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, if possible. “At the end of the day, I believe that a boxer’s age can’t be judged chronologically,” he said. “A boxer is like a car. You age based on how many miles are on the speedometer. You judge the age based on whether it’s ever been in an accident. It’s whether you’ve really been damaged or hurt in a fight. I see myself still as a young fighter and I believe that physically, I’m not damaged goods. I don’t have a lot of miles on my speedometer and I’ve never been beat up. I’ve lost a fight before, but Sakima Mullings has never been beat up. I have very minimal wear and tear.”
Jamaica under-15 Reggae Girlz coach Andrew Price says that with Jamaica’s poor infrastructure and system of development, it was always going to be difficult for his players to make an impact at the CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship in Bradenton, Florida. The young Reggae Girlz won no group matches, losing the opening game 8-0 to USA then going down narrowly 3-2 to El Salvador before losing 4-1 to guests Portugal and 1-0 to Puerto Rico. But Price, who was appointed coach just a week ahead of the team’s departure, said their short-term and long-term preparation for the tournament was nothing compared to their opponents’, and that was always going to pose a major challenge. “The preparation period has to be taken into account, and we did not have enough sessions to prepare for this tournament. A lot of the players were making their first trip overseas, and it was the first the members were playing international football. We were playing against teams that play international football on a regular basis. So we were always at a disadvantage,” he said. The Jamaicans were placed in a tough division One with USA, Portugal and El Salvador, all seasoned teams at the age-group level. Although disappointed that they did not win a game or gain a point, Price thought there were a lot of positives in the experience. “It wasn’t the type of results that we wanted, but we have to take it as a learning curve and hope we keep these ladies together, in addition to the ladies in China in the exchange Under-15 programme. We have a group of about 40 we need to keep together and have them constantly in training so they can continue their development. “This augers well for the future as a lot of the young ladies that participated in the tournament are 12 and 13 years old,” Price explained. “As a matter of fact, one of the player is 11 years old. So it’s good to give them this exposure so they will be more advanced when they play the tournament next time. “In the future, if we are going to take our youth development seriously, we are going to have to play more games. We want more games for the young ladies so they can be exposed, improve their talent, and get a better understanding of the nuances of international football and really improve,” Price said.
With the official start of the 2019 local track and field season in early January, comes another synthetic track at the home of one of the major high schools competing for championships honours. The Jamaica College family should be lauded for following Calabar High and Kingston College into this new era where these first-class facilities are made available at this level. Smartly used, this innovation can be of inestimable value to not only the respective institutions, but also to the wider country. Jamaica, despite not enjoying the best of preparation platforms, has occupied an elite position in the world rankings of the sport. This is mainly in the area of the sprints where the McKenleys, Quarries, Otteys et al have led the way and stimulated a chasing pack to follow in their footsteps. The recent call is for athletes in other disciplines to be afforded the opportunity to rule the big stages. These recently constructed tracks, along with the facilities which accompany them, can provide an answer. SHARING RESOURCES That said, it will not be merely the existence of same that will bring about the extension of the athletes’ capabilities. A lot will depend on how much sharing is allowed to take place. For instance, the resident high schools should open up the usage to the wider community. This is not an easy sell as the question of meeting the costs of upkeep will arise. Although it can be a restrictive factor, it should not stand in the way of achieving what should ultimately be the aim, which is to have a positive outcome on the country’s image as a great track and field power. It should be a joint effort and not dependent solely on the schools’ initiative. This is where the Government enters the equation. Hand in hand with the private sector, it should form a partnership with the individual schools to cross that bridge. There should be a highly publicised programme to embrace the surrounding communities and let them feel that they are a part of the way forward. Proper management of the process will be key to the success which is envisaged. The required resources are of endless magnitude but it must be tackled in a way to maximise whatever is put into the project. It should, therefore, be borne in mind that it should not be seen at the end of the day as a waste of time and effort. Another crucial matter should be considered. There should be something of similar lines going on in the rural areas of the country. As the past informs us, this should not be a Kingston city matter alone. Jamaican sport has benefited from performances which had their birth in the countryparts. It would be unwise to ignore that as it is sought to enhance the urban model. It is instructive to note that the rural schools have borne the brunt of producing the best in recent times. It is for them simply a matter of not having the support to replicate the recent infrastructure development in the Kingston area. That, too, should be addressed. It is only a matter of finding the will to further encourage the nation’s chief contributor in this area. Let us go for it. Jamaica will be the ultimate winner. For feedback: email – firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/lauriefoster
“Thanks a lot to the guys at @RCBTweets for picking me up in the @IPL auction for 2019 … Can’t wait to join u guys #PlayBold,” Hetmyer tweeted following his purchase. Pooran’s success in the draft caps off a fairy-tale return for the Trinidadian. Three years ago, his career was nearly ended in a vehicular accident. Then, after making his international debut in 2016, he was overlooked for two years before finally gaining a recall against India last month, managing a half-century in the second T20 in Chennai. He will now team up with West Indies superstar Chris Gayle, who is already on the roster at Kings XI. The 20-year-old Rutherford, meanwhile, yet to play an international, was bought by Delhi Capitals – formerly Delhi Daredevils – for US$283,000, while Jamaica’s Thomas was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for US$157,000. BRATHWAITE TUG OF WAR JAIPUR, India (CMC): West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite attracted the highest price for a West Indies player at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction here Tuesday as big-hitting left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran both landed massive contracts for next year’s campaign in the lucrative tournament. The 30-year-old Brathwaite was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for US$709,000 after the two-time champions won a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab. Both Hetmyer and Pooran landed contracts worth US$596,000, with the 21-year-old Hetmyer going to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the 23-year-old Pooran heading to Kings XI Punjab. The trio were among six West Indies players snapped up in yesterday’s draft, with all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo Paul, along with fast-bowler Oshane Thomas, also finding buyers. Overall, West Indies players represented six of the 20 overseas players bought in the auction. FAIRY-TALE RETURN Brathwaite attracted the headlines after entering at a base price of approximately US$106,000 but then finding himself in the middle of a tug of war between KKR and Kings XI. He was eventually signed by KKR, which already boasts the West Indies stars Sunil Narine and AndrÈ Russell. Ironically, Brathwaite has had a tough time in the IPL of recent. He played only four matches last season for Sunrisers Hyderabad and in 2017 managed only two matches for Delhi Daredevils. Hetmyer was on the IPL’s radar from the one-day tour of India back in October, when he blasted 259 runs in five outings – including knocks of 106 and 94 – at a strike rate of 140. He was immediately labelled the IPL’s next “million baby” by former India star Harbhajan Singh. Since then, Hetmyer has done his reputation little harm, with a couple of scintillating half-centuries in the two-Test series against Bangladesh. Hetmyer, a former Young West Indies captain, also slammed 440 runs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, playing for his native Guyana Amazon Warriors. He joins an RCB side that boasts the peerless duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
As the Education Ministry, through the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, prepares for what is expected to be a Costume and Float Parade with a difference, the parade route will be the same when the Jubilee Float Parade was held.The floats will assemble at Stabroek Market Square and proceed down Brickdam and culminate at D’Urban Park. This year, several businesses are expected to participate while some are still to confirm their participation. However, this year, apart from the chutney, calypso and steel pan competitions, there will be several others that will undoubtedly add some excitement to Mash celebrations.The children’s competitions will get underway in the coming weeks and will see schools from across the country competing in several competitions, including dramatic poetry, dance, poems, costumes, calypso and others.These competitions will culminate with the annual children costume and float parade. In addition, there will be a “Concert for the Elderly” and other events to attract senior citizens. The highlight of the Republic celebrations this year will be the crowning of Miss Mash 2017.Interested girls are getting registered to be a part of the glitz and glamour. The crowned queen will be featured on the Costume and Float Parade on February 23.
Kenwyn Norton, popularly known as “Ken.Will.Win” is a Guyanese by birth but now resides in Canada where he has built his brand and music career. He sees himself as a Canadian dancehall/hip hop artist.He was born and raised in Guyana but moved to Canada eight years ago. While working on his craft, he is also attending university perusing his Bachelor’s degree in Arts.While he has always been musically inclined, it was after moving to Canada that he saw the opportunity in him to cultivate his craft and have fun with his talent which he is happy to share with the rest of the world.Growing up in the Caribbean influenced his musically style significantly, hence his preference for dancehall and hip hop.“I joke with people I meet when they ask me what type of music I do, I tell them “if the music don’t make you wanna groove, I don’t wanna do it.” I believe that Canadian dancehall is on the rise, moreover dancehall music is on the rise once more in the world and I plan to help keep that vibe alive”.He has infused his dancehall music with hip hop, similarly to the way Drake has been able to incorporate dancehall into hip hop music; it is like doing the reverse.He has been inspired by artistes such as Bob Marley, Tupac, Beenie Man, Mase, Marvin Gaye, Beres Hammond and Garnet Silk, just to name a few.His music can be considered as groovy and edgy, with tunes such as “Love You Down” and “Get To Know You”.However, he tries to promote positivity in his music. One of his such songs is “Girl They Can’t Stop”, which supports and promotes women’s empowerment. Another song, he made reference to was “African Woman”, which entertains but at the same time reminding women about their beauty, melanin and being comfortable in their own skin.“It’s hard to say who I sound like as other artistes as well as myself could not come up with another artist who my voice sounds like. While I have had my own challenges since I’ve started recording music, I know that I am on a mission so I keep pushing through”.However, he hopes to see more Guyanese artistes on the international scene. He believes Guyana has been blessed with talent but there not have enough windows of opportunity for people with similar ambitions to pursue their dreams.As such, he is hopeful to be in a position where he can share his road map with Guyanese youths who are bursting with talent but feel stuck as they see no sense in going after their dream.“To them I say dream on, and don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. To those that are in a position to contribute to the music scene, I encourage them to invest in our youth”.