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.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Besides, every team that plays the Beermen seems to play a notch better than usual.“I know we have a big target but at the same time, we just got to keep working harder,” Lassiter said.And Blackwater may have added motivation against the Beermen as they take on former guard Paul Zamar, who now plays a relief role for San Miguel Beer after an offseason trade.Blackwater also owns a recent upset of San Miguel Beer in last season’s Governors’ Cup, but three key players from that Elite squad are already gone: Zamar, fiery guard John Pinto and star big man JP Erram.For Alaska, there’s extra motivation to snare that win against Columbian: It may quell persistent rumors about Alex Compton’s head coaching tenure with the Aces.“Last time I checked I was still coaching the game,” said Compton when asked on Sunday to address his job situation.Compton gave little credence to the rumors, saying he’d be the first person to know if he were in trouble because Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu would talk to him directly.“That’s Fred, he’s awesome to work for,” said Compton. “He will sit me down and tell me when it’s time and, when it is and if it happens, then great.”“I was gone for two weeks and we had a tune-up game and I wasn’t there and no coaches just leave in the preseason,” said Compton.“So it’s natural that a rumor would start.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Aces take on the Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m., after which the Beermen take the court against the Blackwater Elite.San Miguel Beer is currently tiptoeing on a 2-3 (win-loss) record. While it isn’t quite stuck in quicksand just yet, the team hasn’t shown the kind of domination expected of a reigning four-time champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarcio Lassiter, however, doesn’t seem perturbed, saying all it takes is a little effort for the Beermen to turn things around.“Defense,” Lassiter said after the tailend of back-to-back losses last week, a 108-98 defeat to Rain Or Shine. “That’s No. 1. [And] we can’t seem to rebound. I’d say those two were the biggest things.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Dark clouds over 2019 SEA Games 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 Christian Standhardinger (left) should find it easier to deal with Blackwater’s frontline now that JP Erram is playing for another squad. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAlaska needed to watch film to figure out how to plug holes in their roster, San Miguel Beer knows already what it needs to do to flip its current course.The two traditional heavyweights, whose combined PBA trophy count is a sight to behold, are hoping the solutions to their Philippine Cup woes will come in time on Wednesday, when they face separate foes at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “If we can’t rebound, then we can’t play our up-tempo [style],” Lassiter added. “We can’t go out and play our game … not getting the defensive rebound.”Alaska has lost just once so far—its opening game—but is faced with manpower woes. The Painters welcomed the Aces to the Philippine Cup with an 85-72 whipping that exposed the holes in Alaska’s roster.The Aces showed up minus forwards Vic Manuel and Kevin Racal and guards JVee Casio and Simon Enciso, all due to various injuries.“It was hard but it’s no excuse,” said Chris Banchero Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The game showed our weaknesses so we got a lot of film to watch. When you get beat like that you know that you got a lot of things to work on.”In a way, the Aces and the Beermen can’t pick a better schedule to deal with their current form. The combined record of their opponents is 3-6. But this is no longer a conference where teams can take opponents likely, and San Miguel knows that well after losing to Columbian in its first assignment.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil