The stage is set for two titanic ISSA-Flow Walker Cup semi-finals, featuring many-time Manning and Walker Cup winners, Jamaica College (JC), versus Wolmer’s Boys’, alongside reigning Walker Cup champions St George’s College against former champions St Jago High, at the Constant Spring field next Wednesday.Inspired by a ‘fearless’ and never-say-die captain, Allando Brown, reigning Manning, Super Cup, and Olivier Shield champions, JC, outlasted a fighting Charlie Smith High (5-3) on penalties following a 1-1 regulation and extra-time finish yesterday.The 2013 Walker Cup winners, Wolmer’s Boys’, remained undefeated courtesy of a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Hydel High.Despite Charlie Smith taking the lead through Ashawn Ricketts, who sliced into goal from an acute angle to send his team ahead inside 26 minutes, JC could have had the game wrapped up had it not been for defenders throwing their bodies behind the ball to stop a goal.Brown, who was solid throughout the game at centre half, pulled his team back with a long range free kick, which flew through the hands of goalkeeper Okeino Mendez to level the scores at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.Brown came back to dispatch a clinical penalty to ensure his team finished a perfect five from five.”I feel great coming back from 1-0 down. I have to give credit to Junior Flemmings. Having played with him from under-14 and seeing how he executes as a leader, I was happy to come out here and follow Junior and get the job done,” Brown told The Sunday Gleaner.Flemmings was vital for the JC team with over 20 goals last year, which lifted them to three of four titles.It was Charlie’s first loss of the season as they pushed the champions all the way. Coach Miguel Coley said he was “very happy with the win”.”We have to continue working on the killer instinct in front of goal. We knew we would not get the amount of goals this season as last year, but we have to get past that and give these youngsters motivation and encourage them,” he outlined.the team did extremely wellMeanwhile, Charlie Smith’s Jerome Waite said: “This young team did extremely well. It was only a pity an error was made by the goalkeeper to carry them back in the game. It’s a game we should have won 1-0,” Waite assessed.”The dreaded penalties is something that can go either way,” he added.Meanwhile, Hydel vs Wolmer’s was another cracking contest which went into extra time due to both teams’ inability to hit the target from numerous chances created.Wolmer’s, the 2013 winners, just could not get by the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Hydel – who are hungry for silverware at the level – in full or extra time.Coach Vassell Reynolds said it was a good victory.”The Hydel team came tougher than we thought, but I thought my team held up well and I am happy with the performance overall,” he pointed out.Maxwell said: “I don’t think the player’s gave their best. We have to look at all our errors and continue in all other competitions.”
WATFORD (4-4-2)GOMES,NYOM, BRITOS,CATHCART, ANYA,ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO,IGHALO, DEENEYMANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)AG¸ERO,STERLING, SILVA, DE BRUYNE,FERNANDINHO, TOURE,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, SAGNA,HARTOn Tuesday, Manchester City went to Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and were held to a 0-0 draw, their third goalless stalemate of the season.The draw leaves City in third place, just three points off the top. At this stage last season they were in the same place with the same points (36) – and finished second.Watford’s five-match unbeaten run – four wins and a draw – was ended by Tottenham on Monday but they remain in a lofty eighth place with an impressive 29 points, more than won through their last Barclays Premier League campaign.Indeed, at this stage of their only two other Premier League campaigns, in 1999-2000 and 2006-07 campaigns Watford had just 11 points and on both occasions they were relegated.Watford will hope that Odion Ighalo can maintain the form of 2015, when he scored 30 goals, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football. This season the Nigerian has 14 goals and has scored in each of Watford’s last six games.And with team-mate Troy Deeney, the Watford front-men have 20 of the club’s 24 goals, representing more than 83% of the team’s Premier League goals with Ighalo netting more than half (58%) of their strikes.City are still without captain Vincent Kompany, who has been sorely missed in their defence this season. With Kompany in their starting line-up, City have won seven and drawn two of nine, a 78% success rate. Without him from the start, City have lost five and drawn one while winning four, a 40% success rate.
City had no problems at Norwich. Sergio Aguero beat four players before converting for the opener, and assisted on the second, scored by Kelechi Iheanacho. Kevin De Bruyne added the third, shooting though the legs of goalkeeper John Ruddy. Eastleigh went 1-0 up over Bolton in the second half of their match, with an own goal by Bolton defender Dorian Dervite, but Darren Pratley saved humiliation by levelling moments from the end. Villa became the second Premier League side to fail to beat fourth-tier opposition. Villa captain Micah Richards gave his side the lead in the first half, but Joe Jacobson levelled for the Chairboys with a penalty. Everton beat Dagenham 2-0 at Goodison Park with goals from Aruna Kone and Kevin Mirallas. West Brom needed a last-minute goal from James Morrison to draw with second-tier Bristol City 2-2 and earn a replay, while Bournemouth came from a goal behind to beat Birmingham 2-1. Of other Premier League teams, Southampton lost 2-1 against Crystal Palace, Watford beat Newcastle 1-0, West Ham edged Wolverhampton 1-0, and Stoke beat Doncaster 2-1. NO PROBLEMS FOR MAN CITY LONDON (AP): Arsenal began their FA Cup defence with a 3-1 comeback victory against Sunderland and were joined in the fourth round by Manchester United and Manchester City yesterday. United laboured past Sheffield United 1-0 at Old Trafford, and Manchester City emphatically defeated Norwich 3-0. Also, Premier League side Aston Villa were held to 1-1 at fourth-tier Wycombe, while fifth-tier Eastleigh drew 1-1 with second-division side Bolton. It looked as if there could be a shock at Emirates Stadium, where the Premier League leaders fell behind to a Jermaine Lens strike after 17 minutes for Sunderland, who are second-to-last in the league. But Joel Campbell equalised, then two goals in three second-half minutes from substitute Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud ensured Arsenal moved on to the next round. “In the second half, we took over,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We played in their half, scored great goals, and created many chances.” United overcame Sheffield with a penalty from Wayne Rooney with time virtually up, but their performance against third-tier opposition was another display lacking attacking intent. When substitute Memphis Depay tried his luck with a low shot, which went comfortably wide in the 66th minute, it was United’s first attempt at goal, and was greeted with sarcastic cheers by supporters. Depay was felled in the box in the third minute of injury time by Dean Hammond, and Rooney scored from the spot.
In the beginning, sports to a child consisted of running up and down, jumping, playing catch and having fun.Then adults step in. Rules are introduced and the game becomes structured, with ultimately winners and losers. Children then benefit from what sports offers – physical activity, the importance of rules, safety, the importance of teammates, respect for authority, etc.Soon, it becomes obvious which sport a child is best suited for, thus the process of becoming great at a particular sport begins.Training is introduced, skills are honed and developed with the first aim being to represent your community, school (or vice versa), club and, ultimately, country.At different points along this journey, monetary reward can be introduced, which may, or may not, reduce the ultimate goal, national representation.In the past, national representation trumped just playing for money but, as the rewards (cash and kind) increased to unprecedented levels, national representation slipped further down the totem pole of life’s goals.To old fogeys like me, that fact is very disturbing.I am one who does believe, however, that maximising one’s ability to be well rewarded for being good at sports can coexist with national representation.All that is needed for this to become reality is for the administrators of sport to be as broad-minded as possible, not let ‘bad mind’ and jealousy corrupt their thought processes as they draft rules, the sole aim of which is to punish the rich sportsman and sportswoman, who dare to think for themselves and eventually refuse to bow to some of their ridiculous demands.As it stands, national representation seems to be an important step on the journey to financial independence.Therefore, international competition should be ‘the best of ours against the best of yours’.Nations should be able to identify talent, develop this talent with facilities, resources and coaches.OVERSEAS HELPMost nations, eventually seek overseas help in developing the skills set and potential of their natives. This may include the hiring of overseas experts, or sending their talented nationals to an overseas destination with better facilities and higher-quality competition that should make that individual better at the particular sport.Eventually, in international competition, the best of ours goes up against the best of theirs. Not so in the 21st century.The rules now allow sportsmen and sportswomen to represent countries in sports, even though their knowledge of the country that they represent is gained from anecdotes and the Internet and, in some cases, they do not even speak the native language of the nation they represent.This ‘rule’ is supported by those who believe that winning is not only everything, it is the ONLY thing.I would like to see Jamaica resist this trend, insist that those who represent us are ‘us’, natives whose skills are identified and developed locally (and sometimes) overseas, returning to represent their country, assist in improving those who are HERE, by passing on what they have learnt, so that the country benefits.
Guyana Jaguars’ coach, Mark Agard, has heaped praise on the Jamaica national basketball team, the Jamrockers, after the local players defeated the visitors 82-67 in the final of the Jamrockers Classic at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Agard said the Jamrockers are playing at a “top level” and that competing against the Jamaica team was a great learning experience. Lynford Brown with 22 points led the local-based team which comprised one overseas-based player in Richard Staple. Brown was supported by Kemar McLeish with 16 points. Stanton Rose was the visitors’ top scorer with 16 points and eight rebounds. Good contributions also came from Terron Welsh with 15 points, and Akeen Kanhai and Nikoloi Smith with 12 each. “This is a developmental programme for us and probably Jamaica,” Agard told The Gleaner. “We are just looking to pick up the pieces as Jamaica has a great programme and we came to learn from them. We want to continue getting these types of competitions, so we can be a better team in the future for CARICOM championships.” The Jamrockers were the better team throughout the final and they held a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and were comfortably ahead 35-24 at the half-time break. The home team continued to over-run their opponent in the third period, taking the quarter 27-15 to lead 62-39 going into the final stanza. The Rohan Robinson-coached team took their foot off the accelerator in the last period and the Guyanese took the quarter 28-20. However, they still lost by 15 points. Robinson said the team took some time to gel but in the final they came together. “In the first game, we were playing mainly an individual game … but I was pleased with the final performance. I didn’t like how we closed the game, so we still have some serious work to do,” he said. In the night’s other game Libertyville Vipers, with 14 points 11 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists from Mike Skinner, defeated the Jamaica Under-21 team 63-61. Ronaldo McKenzie was the Under-21s top scorer with 14 points and six rebounds.
Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake says he feels the coming year will bring for him, a return to special performances on the track for him. Blake, who made a decent return to top level sprinting after a tough few years with injuries, produced a brilliant throw to run out Cambridge PYC opener Shevon Orrette but failed with the bat, making just one off two deliveries in his YB Afraid Foundation’s ‘Bring Back The Love’ Twenty20 cricket match at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay on Christmas Eve. Performance on the cricket field aside, its what the 2011 world 100m champion does on the track that will interest most and Blake, who turns 27 today underlined that his injury issues are now behind him. “Those injuries are well behind me now; I think if I can remain injury free in 2017, then I will be able to recapture the form I am known for. I am just looking for a great year,” said Blake. The sprinter’s foundation rattled up 130 for 7 off their 20 overs with opening batsman Garth Garvey top scoring with a stroke-filled 63 not out, then returned to rout Cambridge for just 59 securing a whopping 71-run victory. Garvey struck six 4’s and had one six in his stay at the crease, while Shemaz Edwards was also not out at the end of their allotted overs on 14, with middle order batsman Horace Bryce making 27. Cambridge’s medium pacer Patrick Morris was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-19 off 3.8 overs. Julian McPherson, Clifton Russell and Ricardo Scott chipped in with one wicket each. They, however, found the run chase too difficult and lost wickets frequently with Blake accounting for the first wicket, when he threw down Orrett’s wicket as he backed up for a single. None of Cambridge’s batsmen reached double figures, as Clifton Russell top scored with eight, while Ricardo James made 7. Edwards returned outstanding bowling figures of 3-2 off 1.4 overs and was ably supported by Damion Cameron, who grabbed an equally brilliant 3-6 off two overs. Blake had eleven runs scored off his bowling and expressed his delight at the turnout by community members. “We decided to have this event to help bring back some level of peace to Montego Bay, which has been reeling from crime recently, so I am heartened by the turnout,” stated the sprint star. “I definitely wanted to give back something and I think it was a great effort. We are in talks with the sponsors to have some other big name stars turning up to play next year, but this is a great start,” Blake added, after handing over a cheque to Cambridge captain Ricardo James. James said the funds will go into resuscitating the cricket field in their community and that he was grateful to YB Afraid Foundation. “This will go a far way. Although we didn’t do all that well batting, we are grateful to Yohan and his team at the foundation for their effort at helping to bring peace in Montego Bay, as well as helping or club,” said James.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Gilas was to play formidable Iraq at 5 p.m. on Thursday, needing no less than a win to fan the fading flames of its title chances here.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “They showed us zone before,” Alapag said, referring to some games in the past when he made the Koreans pay for that gambit.READ: We need to make our outside shots in Lebanon – Reyes“But that was a different time (when I was playing),” he said with the smile when asked if Korea would have played Gilas zone two nights ago had he been in the roster.After that woeful stint, the Filipinos buckled down to work early on Thursday in the shootaround just to get their confidence back.“When you struggle from the field, shooting, the best thing to do is get back to the gym and shoot,” Alapag, talking from experience, said “We (coaching staff) saw a lot of shots drop during shootaround and I expect us to make a lot of shots today.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Jimmy Alapag, one of the finest outside shooters that ever put on a Gilas Pilipinas jersey, dismissed Wednesday night’s dismal shooting of the Filipinos in a Jones Cup Invitational duel with South Korea as just “one of those days.”And he’s not worried of seeing it happen again.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Yee staying with Lady Maroons for now MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “No, no,” Alapag, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants, said before tipoff against Iraq on Thursday afternoon as Gilas tries to pick up the pieces of an 83-72 loss to the Koreans brought about by a 1-for-26 clip from three-point range. “Those shots just didn’t drop. You just hope it doesn’t happen too often.”READ: Korea spoils Gilas bid 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’“That’s basketball, sometimes you get open shots and the ball just doesn’t really drop (to the hoop),” he went on. “That’s just part of the growing process of this young team and you know that they are going to get better.”Korea played the Filipinos with the zone defense practically all game, and when an opponent plays the zone, it more or less gives the impression that the enemy is giving more respect to Gilas’ outside game more thanbeing concerned with its outside guns. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans
Pumaren added Trawick is already on his way out and that his replacement, whom he did not disclose the name, is set to suit up in GlobalPort’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Trawick’s horrible outing, however, wasn’t the reason why the Batang Pier bowed to the Elasto Painters, who, in contrast, drew a 25-point, 15-rebound effort from import James Weatherspoon.“We lost because of our mental lapses, it’s more mental mistakes, offensive rebound, leaving the guy wide open, those things,” Pumaren saidADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trawick had twice as many fouls as points. He scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left.READ: Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang PierFEATURED 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’But the early ouster of the 25-year-old guard also turned out to be a blessing in disguise for GlobalPort, which played comfortable without Trawick on the floor.“We’re not happy the way he’s performing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,” said Pumaren. “First tune-up game, he played well, 27 points, but second game, he looked different.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Read Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang Pier Jabril Trawick. PBA IMAGESJabril Trawick’s PBA debut was also his last game for GlobalPort.Trawick didn’t make it hard for the Batang Pier to let him go with an atrocious showing in the team’s 98-96 loss to Rain or Shine Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The trade papers have already been submitted to the Office of the Commissioner with the deal expected to be approved on Monday.The Bacolod-born Chan has been with Rain or Shine since 2009, where he blossomed into one of the league’s deadliest snipers that earned him a spot in the silver medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship.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’Under former coach Yeng Guiao, the nine-year veteran won two championships with the franchise and earned the Finals MVP honors in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup.This conference, Chan is averaging 9.0 points on 27 percent shooting from three in the three games he played. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeff Chan will be the next player to leave Rain or Shine.Sources bared to the INQUIRER that the Elasto Painters are set to trade the 33-year-old gunslinger to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran and the Fuel Masters’ 2020 second round pick.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments MOST READ Bolts surge to 4th win Teen gunned down in Masbate Acquiring Chan gives Phoenix an elite shooter to fortify its wing rotation that will complement rookie Matthew Wright and JC Intal.Meanwhile, the 6-foot-4 Borboran is expected to split minutes with James Yap, Gabe Norwood, and Jericho Cruz in the wing position.Borboran has seen a dip in his minutes this conference, averaging only 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in five games with the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT
Teen gunned down in Masbate READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon“I want to sleep, I wasn’t able to sleep last night because I was staring at the ceiling all night,” Mangrobang told the Inquirer after a three-hour wait for the required dope test.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’The Santa Rosa, Laguna-native started in the national junior team at the age of 12 when she qualified for the 1.5-kilometer swim and 3k run tryouts.“I consider myself as a lousy swimmer,” said Mangrobang. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Cray not concerned with tight schedule ahead LATEST STORIES READ: No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020“I consider her as a close friend,” said Mangrobang of Adorna. “Close as in we know each other’s love life.”But Mangrobang, who finished seven minutes ahead of Adorna, said they didn’t “fix” the results.“We hardly talked during the race, you can’t talk during the race,” said Mangrobang. “This morning it was too hot. All I had in mind was to finish it.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Women’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — All race long and on her way to the women’s triathlon gold, Marion Kim Mangrobang was only thinking of one thing: Get this over with and catch some sleep.The 25-year-old, giddy after having won over close friend and former champion Ma. Claire Adorna, who took silver, said she could finally sleep all through the night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.