United heartbreaker!

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): In one of the most entertaining matches of the English Premier League, Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead, went back in front through an exquisite 79th-minute shot from Wayne Rooney and then conceded a 90th-minute goal to draw at Newcastle 3-3 yesterday. “It feels like a defeat,” said Louis Van Gaal, whose side slipped to sixth. “We have given it away.” A positive for United was the performance of Rooney, who scored twice, set up the other goal by Jesse Lingard, and put in an impressive all-round performance. Goals by Georginio Wijnal-dum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, also from a penalty, brought Newcastle level from 0-2 down. With seconds left of regulation time, United failed to clear, and Paul Dummett advanced from left back to fire in a fierce shot from the edge of the area that deflected into the top corner. “It is the best feeling in the world,” the Newcastle-born Dummett said. Last-place Aston Villa collected their first win since the opening day, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 courtesy of a goalkeeping error by Wayne Hennessey. Also, West Ham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, with Enner Valencia scoring twice, and fit-again playmaker Dimitri Payet scoring the other goal for the visitors. West Ham moved into fifth place, above Man United.last_img read more

Matherson convinced KC can win Champs

first_imgKingston College (KC) standout sprinter, Jhevaughn Matherson, one of the athletes on whom KC’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships title ambitions to dethrone Calabar High School rests, is looking to clock fast times and help his school win the championship next month.Matherson has personal bests of 10.37 in the 100 metres and 20.97 over 200 metres.There was agony for KC last year when he aggravated an injury which forced him out of the Class Two boys’ 200m, as they eventually slumped to a 15.5-point loss to Calabar.This year, however, the athlete maintains he is eyeing nothing less than glory.”I know I am a champion, so it’s just my competitive drive that is my motivation,” he said.”There is always going to be major expectations, but season after season it gets better handling them. The main aim is to break 21.00 seconds in the 200m and go low 10 seconds in the 100m, 10.10 if possible, that’s the aim right now,” he assured in an interview.A fight for bragging rights and the prestigious Mortimer Geddes Trophy will again ensue from March 15-19 between four-time consecutive champions Calabar High and their bitter rivals KC inside the National Stadium.The Purples have won the title 31 times, Calabar High 24 and Jamaica College third with 21 titles.BETTING ON HIS TEAM”Calabar are incredible competitors, but I have to go with my school for this one. You can’t count out yourself,” stressed Matherson.He recently sizzled with a smooth 21.69 on return from injury in the Class One boys’ 200m at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.Many are contending that the Red Hills Road-based institution will cop title number 25 this year, but the sprinter says his school will be coming all out to stop them.”We are all confident, we think we can get it this year (win Champs), we are just motivating the younger guys and see if they can repeat what we the seniors do,” he outlined.The KC star stressed that people can expect “medals and possibly records”.last_img read more

Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

Venus beats Vinci to reach Wuhan final

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP):Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn’t do, beating Roberta Vinci yesterday after saving a match point in the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open.The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30.”Roberta played so well today – she had match point – so it was lucky for me to win this match,” Williams said.The No.15-seeded Italian sliced a backhand into the net on her match point and Williams pounced, hitting a pair of huge groundstrokes in the next two points to break back.Williams ripped a forehand volley to go up 6-4 in the tiebreaker and clinched the victory when Vinci missed a forehand wide.Before yesterday’s match, Williams, who earned her 700th career victory to reach the quarter-finals, had never dropped a set against the Italian veteran – who ended little sister Serena’s chances of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the US Open semifinals.”Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena,” Williams said. “If I could, I’d give my win to Serena at the US Open. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.”The former top-ranked American will face fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza in today’s final. Muguruza beat sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6 (5).”It was a really tough match and I had to struggle today,” Muguruza said. “Venus is a legend. I’ll have to go out there and do my best to win against her, and I think it’s going to be a great final.”last_img read more

Eaton, Dibaba crowned 2015 IAAF Athletes of the Year

first_imgAmerican Ashton Eaton and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba were yesterday named the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year for 2015. Both athletes set world records during 2015, Eaton in the decathlon and Dibaba in the 1500m, and won gold medals in these events at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Eaton became the first decathlete to win the male World Athlete of the Year award after his spectacular performance in the Chinese capital, his only decathlon of the year, when he set a world record of 9045 points. He improved his own three-year-old mark by nine points. “Athletes spend the most vigorous years of human life, arguably called the ‘best years’, working to hone their abilities. So, when an athlete competes, what people are witnessing is the manifestation of what a human being is capable of when they choose to direct all of their time and effort towards something,” Eaton said in a release from the IAAF. He added: “While I’m honoured that I am considered the ‘artist’ of the year, I did not beat Usain Bolt and Christian Taylor; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I’m flattered to be among them.” Dibaba, after setting a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was then unbeaten in her five 1500m races during the summer. First, she ran an African record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona, the fastest time in the world for almost 12 years, and then topped that with a stunning world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco to beat a mark that had been on the books since 1993. In Beijing, Dibaba was majestic through all three rounds of the 1500m, winning every race comfortably, and she also took a 5000m bronze medal. “I am humbled and honoured to receive this award from the IAAF,” said Dibaba. “It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.” IAAF Rising Star – Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) and Candace Hill (USA) Sani Brown, 16, took a 100m and 200m sprint double at the IAAF World Youth Championships Cali 2015, winning in championship records of 10.28 and 20.34, both World Youth-leading times. Hill, also 16, ran a world youth 100m best of 10.98 before then taking a 100m and 200m double in Cali, winning the longer sprint in a world youth best of 22.43. IAAF Coaching Award – Bart Bennema (Netherlands) Bennema, 38, is best known as the coach to the multitalented world 200m champion Dafne Schippers. The Dutch former international decathlete is also the coach to a number of the Netherlands’ other leading athletes, including double 2014 world junior medallist Nadine Visser. Other awardslast_img read more

McLeod: Gold medal was the priority in Rio

first_img GREAT SHAPE MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Olympic champion Omar McLeod described his gold-medal run at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as technically his worst, but he underlined that with Olympic gold now fixed around his neck, his ambition has turned to breaking the 110 metres hurdles world record. McLeod capped a dominant year in the event with a 13.05 seconds run in a soaked Olympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro but noted that in that race, his focus was simply to cross the line in front and win his and Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medal in the event. “Technically, the Rio final was my worst race of the season. I didn’t get out; I was just preserving, holding back,” McLeod said. “I wanted to be an Olympic champion first. I didn’t want to overdo it. I had nothing to prove. I knew all I needed to do was stay in my comfort zone and hurdle, and once I got over the barriers, I would be a clear winner. “When I was at the Olympics, I told myself that all I needed to do was hurdle, not to try anything spectacular, just hurdle and be an Olympic champion first, and then I have all my career to break the world record,” added McLeod. McLeod, earlier in the year also won gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, which he said helped his confidence going into the rest of the year. “It’s definitely an ambition. It’s every athlete’s goal to be the best at what they do, to break a world record to go in the history books, and I am no different. I think I was in great shape to do it this year, but, in this sport, you have to set your priorities straight,” said McLeod. “I have the speed, but it tends to get the better of me at times, such as when I had the two falls before the Olympics, but it goes to show that I was in great shape and ready to run fast, but I had to make an adjustment. “Being an Olympic champion – it’s an amazing feeling. That’s the pinnacle of all sport,” McLeod continued. “Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, so to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday. It’s an indescribable feeling. It’s awesome to be honest.” McLeod, who is switching his technique to a seven-step approach, added that his win indoors came as a surprise and went some distance towards helping towards his Rio success. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with that expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people there who also medalled already in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful,” McLeod said.last_img read more

Rhone gives Youth Cup update

first_imgInternational Netball Federation President Molly Rhone says that preparations are going slowly for the World Youth Cup in Botswana next year, but she is confident that the tournament will go ahead smoothly.Rhone, who is currently back home in Jamaica, said that she visited the country and toured the venues at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, the capital. She found that the facilities at the institutions had undergone changes that her federation had not expected.”The university had a new complex built,” she said.”When I had gone there first and spoke with the university officials, they were going to have a building with two courts. But when we visited, we saw that one end of the gymnasium was now set up for boxing, so it can now hold only one court.”This means they have to now go and make do with a second championship court. You now have to go and retrofit a whole convention centre. So that has added a bit of expense for them but I think the teams are really looking forward to the competition next year.”Botswana will become the first African nation to host an international netball tournament when the competition runs from July 8 to 16 next year. Rhone said that as a result, everyone is looking forward to it.Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse Sebego said recently that the Cook Islands, who hosted the event in 2009, had given her inspiration that they too can put on a successful tournament.”When we put in the bid, we knew that we were punching above our weight. But as a small nation with great ambitions, punching above our weight is our inspiration,” she said.Jamaica’s Under-21 Sunshine Girls have been drawn in Pool C with the hosts, the Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.last_img read more

Powell disappointed after missing sub-10 clocking in Doha … National record for Praught

first_img Annsert White finished eight in 50.80 in the 400m hurdles event which was won by Abderrahaman Samba, 48.44. Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was third in 10.13 with Justin Gatlin finishing fourth in 10.14 ahead of Canada’s Andre De Grasse, 10.21. Aisha Praught Leer ran a national record of 9:19.29 in the 3000m Steeplechase finishing eight behind winner Hyvin Kiyeng, 9:00.12 with second place going Beatrice Chepkoech, 9:01.57 and Ruth Jebet, 9:01.99.  Asafa Powell missed out on a 98th sub-10 seconds clocking in the 100m after finishing second to South African Akani Simbine at the Doha Diamond League in Qatar.  Powell clocked 10.08 as Simbine took a famous victory in a time of 9.99 seconds to continue his impressive start to the season.  #DohaDL Men’s 100m: 1st SIMBINE /S Africa, 9.99; 2nd @officialasafa 10.08; 3rd OGUNODE /Qatar; 10.13. GATLIN 4th, 10.14. #glnrDiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/RwOJzh01uA — Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) May 5, 2017 It was a good win for the South African who took advantage of the fact that he has ran much more than the others given that the South African season is well advanced at this stage.  “First (real) race of the season, and looking forward to the World Champs. I’m happy with my shape now, just to come up here and set a motivation for the rest of the season is what I was hoping for,” said Simbine.  Powell said he was disappointed to have not gone below 10 seconds but is not surprised by the loss to Simbine as his season is just getting started.  “I’m not surprised coming in second, we’re only just beginning our season. I wanted to go sub-10, but couldn’t because of the wind,” said Powell.last_img read more

PH gets clobbered by China in Fiba Women’s Asia Cup q’finals

first_imgRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines got clobbered as China flexed its might in a massive 117-43 beating in the quarterfinals of the Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Thursday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in India.It was never a fight as the Chinese immediately went into the offensive from the opening period with a 33-13 lead to close the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gilas Pilipinas begins Fiba Asia buildup Things became even uglier for the Philippines when it managed to score just a couple of points in the second quarter while China poured in 28 to go into the halftime break with a 61-15 lead.China is set to face the winner between Japan and Chinese-Taipei in the semifinals.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’Li Yueru led China with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double while Huang Sijing filled up the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists.Afril Bernardino led the Philippines, which ended its campaign sans a victory in four games, with 11 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubelast_img read more

TNT, SMB repulse foes

first_imgRain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Arellano zooms to 2-0 card Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’center_img Winning start MOST READ Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View commentslast_img read more