For two and a half months last season, Javon Francis was just one stride away from the five-year-old national 400-metre record of 44.40 seconds. Then national teammate Rusheen McDonald blasted the record to 43.93 in the heats of the World Championships in Beijing. Now, with the Olympic Games on the horizon, Francis is happy for McDonald, but says he isn’t chasing records. His focus is on the Games. The former Calabar High School standout just missed the World Championships final last year in Beijing, China, and wants to improve on that at the Olympics. “Right now, I’m staying focused, trying to make the final this year,” he said quietly, but confidently earlier this week. He wishes his national relay teammate well, and noting McDonald’s troubles with injuries, he said: “I hope he stays injury-free. Rusheen is a good guy.” Francis emphasised: “I’m just going to work hard. I’m not going after any record. Records come, records go. “I just want to try to stay focused for the Olympics,” he reiterated, “and just go out there and do my best and represent my country to the fullest.” Now a repeat semi-finalist at the World Championships, the Michael Clarke-coached Akan Track Club athlete bettered his old personal best in 2015. That mark was his 2014 Boys’ Championships Class One record run of 45.00 seconds. Last year, he sprinted past that time on five occasions, with his fastest clocking – 44.50 – coming with McDonald not far behind in 44.60 seconds on June 13 inside the National Stadium. That was McDonald’s lifetime best until his destruction of the national record held by Jermaine Gonzales.
It is Champs 1976 and grand showdowns loomed in more ways than one.Everald Samuels’, St Andrew Technical High School’s meteoric rise loomed large.Samuels seemed destined to upstage the reigning 100 metres champion, Balford ‘Bally’ Reid of Kingston College (KC).It was an era when KC harboured the notion that although red, the stadium track was its domain.Samuels and Calabar High had different plans.And so it was also a year when the long reign of KC as Boys’ athletics champions was under severe threat.KC had been victorius for 14 consecutive years, stretching from 1962 to 1975.A year earlier, Bally Reid had set a new mark of 10.4 seconds (hand-timed). But in 1976, Samuels, the high-kneed wonder boy, emerged out of the Bumper Hall-based school hitherto devoid of a reputation in the sprints.On Friday, the first of the two-day event, 40 years ago, both Reid and Samuels cruised through the heats of the 100 metres.Tensions were lifted to fever pitch, however, as the dominant duo drew the same semi-finals race.The stage was set in an arena that was not for the faint of heart.There was silence at the start of the race and noise in between. When it was done, there was a thunderous hush in the section of the bleachers painted ‘purple’.Samuels not only conquered the mighty ‘Bally Reid’, he also equalled the record of 10.4 seconds set by Reid the previous year.A new star was born, underlining the beginning of the end of the long dynasty of the redoubtable KC as Calabar, perennial rivals, rebounded with colour and ferocity for the first time in 15 years to secure the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.Samuels, though, was not done.He was even more dominant in the 200 metres, becoming the first schoolboy athlete to run under 21 seconds (hand-timed).His record 20.9 seconds stood until it was broken by Clarendon College’s Norman Mills in 1979.
MUMBAI, India (CMC):India plan to specifically target explosive opener Chris Gayle in today’s semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup, team director Ravi Shastri said yesterday.”Bring it on. All our bowlers will target him,” Shastri warned.”I have said this at the beginning. They are probably one of the most dangerous sides in this format,” Shastri said.The left-handed Gayle heads a list of big-hitters in the West Indies side, with the likes of Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo all capable of match-winning innings.”They have got explosive players, match-winners. We know what we are up against and we are up and ready as well. This is not a knockout game for us. The knockout was the last game. That was the quarter-final. This is the semi-final.”I still believe we have played only 70 per cent to our abilities in this tournament. There are still areas where we can improve. Let’s hope it happens tomorrow,” said Shastri.”In a semi-final you got to get your ‘A’ game in. You can’t depend on one or two players, you need six, seven players to step up to the plate. It has not happened so far in this tournament. Let’s hope it happens.”
LEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, WASILEWSKI, FUCHS,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,VARDYEVERTON (4-2-3-1)NIASSE,CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY, LENNON,BARRY, McCARTHY,BAINES, PENNINGTON, STONES, BESIC,HOWARDThe party has started. On Monday, Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea meant that Leicester City are the new – and most unexpected – Barclays Premier League champions.It is the Foxes’ first top-flight title in their 132-year history and a remarkable achievement given that they began the season with odds of 5,000-1 to win the Premier League.They can also boast the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year in Riyad Mahrez and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in Jamie Vardy.They will receive the Premier League trophy after what is their final home game of the season and will be determined to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches having lost just three all season.Everton, meanwhile, ended a seven-game run without a league win with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend with defender Leighton Baines stealing the winner.Everton have won just 10 games and need to win two of their remaining three – they finish the season away to Sunderland and at home to Norwich – to avoid their fewest home successes since they won only nine (in 2003-04 and 1997-98).When these teams met in December, Leicester won 3-2, thanks to two penalties from Riyad Mahrez, to confirm their place at the top of the Premier League at Christmas.This fixture has a habit of throwing up draws. No fewer than six of the nine games at Leicester against Everton have finished all square including the last five. Last season Chris Wood stole a late equaliser for Leicester in a 2-2 draw.Leicester are without Danny Drinkwater after the England midfielder was sent-off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United. And Robert Huth is also banned after receiving a three-game suspension for pulling the hair of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. But Vardy, who has missed the last two through suspension, returns to the attack.Everton miss the banned Funes Mori so Matt Pennington should continue at the back. Brendan Galloway and Gerard Deulofeu are still missing while there are tests for Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman.
Former West Indies fast-bowling great Courtney Walsh, after whom theprestigious Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence is named, has heaped praise on this year’s recipient, former Jamaica cricket captain Tamar Lambert.Walsh considers the award a just reward for Lambert, who won five consecutive regional championships for Jamaica at the first-class level.”He has done really good service in that department. The one thing is that if he wasn’t that relaxed, he would have gone on to higher heights. I have always been telling him that he should have knocked on the West Indies door, but I think he was just in a comfort zone doing the job for Jamaica. He did a tremendous job,” Walsh told reporters.”I am just happy that he got some recognition for that tonight because it is not easy to win five back-to-back titles and he showed he is a deserving leader,” Walsh continued.The former world Test wickets record holder was speaking at Wednesday evening’s awards function held at the Terra Nova All-SuiteHotel in New Kingston where the respective winners, were announced.For his part, Lambert, who is still active in cricket locally, said it felt good to be recognised.”This award means everything to me. The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund fund has recognised my contributions over the years and it’s nice to know that you have done well and people recognise you,” he reasoned.”I am still in the sport. I am jetting off to Australia shortly,” said Lambert, who revealed that he has been delayed by a problem with his visa. The 35-year-old plans to get into coaching and will be doing some courses while he is Australia.In addition to a trophy, Lambert collected $500,000. The two other shortlisted nominees, West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor and former Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Warren Barrett also collected awards.The Student Excellence Awards went to sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College and 400 metres runner Satanya Wright of St Elizabeth Technical. They received awards as well as $250,000 from the Supreme Ventures Foundation towards a school project.The main objective of the award, which is administered by The CHASE Fund is to recognise the achievements of a sportsperson who displays a high level of humility, integrity, discipline and other exemplary qualities, while excelling in the field of sports.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the guest speaker, lauded Walsh and other present and past sports stars for being true ambassadors of Jamaica.”I am very pleased to be here to participate in this Courtney Walsh Awards ceremony for athletes and student athletes,” Holness remarked.
Eight young swimmers will depart Jamaica for this year’s Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Swimming Championships, a development meet set to run tomorrow through to Sunday in the twin-island Republic. The team will leave Jamaica today to compete at the four-day meet. They will be in search of qualifying times for next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships, which will be held in Bahamas, over the Easter weekend. They are Karci Gibson of Marlins Swim Club, as well as Sage Sinclair, Kyle Sinclair, Jordane Payne, Zaneta Alvaranga and Saamanta Selvon of YSpeedos. Western Jamaica-based swimmers Raina Hutchinson and Kara Hutchinson of Sailfish Swim Academy, located in Montego Bay, will also be competing in the meet. The team will be under the guidance of manager Georgia Sinclair and Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) certified Rory Alvaranga, who coaches four of the swimmers. “This development meet will expose them to high-level competition, and the experience will be a good one. It will allow them to come and perform personal bests, and just swim fast times,” Alvaranga pointed out. “I tell them to do what they are trained to do, and just have fun.” The coach says the environment will be one of the best to produce some fast swims to make those Carifta qualifying times, using an Olympic style platform starting block. Meanwhile, the Jamaicans will be competing at the six-month-old National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad. It was completed ahead of the Rio Olympics, meeting all International Federation for Aquatic Sports requirements for international events. The facility has an indoor competition pool, 50m outdoor warm-up pool, as well as a cold-water pool.
Ceres-Negros kept its fine form at home as it blanked the Davao Aguilas, 2-0, Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Goals from midfielders OJ Porteria and Stephan Schrock kept the Busmen unbeaten at home, while denying the Aguilas a first victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Pinoy chessers snatch 3 golds ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Schrock nearly opened the scoring in the 19th minute when his effort rattled the bar.Porteria, who recovered just in time from food poisoning, made no mistake eight minutes later as he fired an unstoppable shot from outside the area to beat Marko Trkulja.Schrock, who was denied by the post late in the second half, finally broke through in the 57th minute after finding space just inside the box.The victory augurs well for the Busmen who now shift their focus on the AFC Cup zonal finals against Singaporean side Home United starting on Aug. 2 at Jalan Besar Stadium. The return leg at Panaad is set Aug. 9.“We were a little bit scared here and there because we have a very important match in the AFC Cup,” said Schrock. “We lacked concentration but like coach said we took it very professional, very disciplined, and were patient enough so a 2-0 result is a good result for us.”ADVERTISEMENT The Busmen needed to overcome the Aguilas’ defensive approach as they patiently and systematically broke down the visiting side with slick passing and quick movement.“It was the hardest game that we had here at home,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “They defended really good [and are] well organized, but my players were persistent for 90 minutes and they had patience.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’It’s not easy to play when one team is defending with 10 players in front of the goal, especially when they know how to defend and they defend very good.”The Aguilas paraded new signings Matthew Hartmann, who was acquired from Global Cebu, and Harry Sawyer, a tall Australian striker, but they hardly offered anything going forward as the visiting team was content to soak up the pressure. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments
Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “In the course of our discussion with the sports committee (at the House of Representatives), there’s great hope that they will allocate money for the hosting and even the PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) budget,’’ said Ramirez.Cojuangco and Ramirez also functioned in their current positions during the 2005 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines captured its first overall title.“We’ve seen the effects of the 2005 hosting and this is how important it is for our country,’’ said Cojuangco. “I hope this will add more impetus for everyone to contribute to this effort, because this isnot for Peping or Secretary Cayetano or Butch Ramirez. This is for the country.’’Cayetano will arrange a meeting with Cojuangco over the next few days and attend the turnover ceremonies during the closing rites of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games on Aug. 30.“It’s more of putting a system so everybody will have duties appealable to us. The three of us (with Cojuangco and Ramirez) have agreed to do it the Asean way, which is by consensus,’’ said Cayetano.The Philippine hosting was initially shelved after the government explained that it would just focus on the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.Ramirez said talks were revived to save the hosting early this week through the efforts of Presidential Assistant Christopher Lawrence Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cayetano.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Trending 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) READ: PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light “The athletes are the ones who will compete and it will be difficult if someone else will decide for them,’’ said Cayetano during the formal announcement of the country’s SEAG hosting at the Marriott Hotel in Paranaque City.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’Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. will co-chair the organizing committee with Cayetano, who also sits as Department of Foreign Affairs secretary.“I’m taking the lead from Sir Butch (Ramirez) that the athletes should be consulted,’’ said Cayetano. “With social media and the direct means of communication, we can really consult more people.’’ MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Peping Cojuangco during the formal announcement of 2019 SEA Games hosting.Filipino athletes will have a voice on how the Philippines should efficiently run the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday that the athletes would be involved in the selection of venues where their respective sports would be held.ADVERTISEMENT READ: PSC on top of SEA Games preparations While patiently putting the organizing committee together, Cayetano said they’re considering to hold the Games in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.He also thanked Senator Migz Zubiri, who was initially designated as chair of the organizing committee, for the groundwork of setting up the organization.There was no mention yet on the figures that the government will spend for bringing the 11-nation sportsfest on local turf but Ramirez assured that the hosting budget can be embedded in the PSC allocation from the General Appropriations Act.READ: POC still not giving up on SEA Games hosting ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
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Barangay Ginebra successfully defended its PBA Governors’ Cup title but not after holding off a resilient Meralco side in Game 7 before a record crowd of 54,086 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Veteran point guard LA Tenorio had a team-high 26 points and four assists and was awarded as the Finals MVP.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeralco swingman Jared Dillinger goes for a reverse layup against Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra forward Japeth Aguilar skies for a layup as Meralco big man Reynel Hugnatan looks on. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco head coach Norman Black reacts to a call. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco import Allen Durham with an emphatic dunk. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard Scottie Thompson shoots a jumper over Meralco point guard Baser Amer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra celebrates after beating Meralco in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guards LA Tenorio and Jayjay Helterbrand share a moment during the Gin Kings’ celebration. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard Mark Caguioa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra head coach Tim Cone gives the injured Sol Mercado a hug. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra guard LA Tenorio receives his Finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Bundit status as Ateneo volleyball coach in limbo MOST READ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments