first_imgBEIJING, China: A year ago, he couldn’t walk. Yesterday, Fedrick Dacres ended the qualification round in the men’s discus at the IAAF World Championships at the Bird Nest in Beijing, China, as the number-one qualifier heading into the final. It’s a remarkable turnaround and one that takes sharper focus when the most optimistic of outlooks did not consider that the promising thrower would be able to compete here in Beijing, with Dacres and his team targeting a return to form next season ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dacres suffered damage to the meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee and was forced to spend the better part of six months on the sidelines after surgery, with little hope of getting in shape in time for the World Championships. It was a tough period for the sociology student at the University of West Indies, who admitted to considering packing it all up and focusing on his studies when he was struggling with injuries. “When I did the surgery, I could not even walk. I thought I was a bright kid so I could find my way back to the book so I decided to be a scholar. I started healing and then I just stayed working towards recovering. If I couldn’t work my legs, I focused on the upper body and told myself that if my knees never come back 100 per cent, I can strengthen my upper body and become a thrower who relies on arm strength,” said Dacres. “This wasn’t in our plan. This was a supposed to be a year to prep for Rio. So to be here in good condition and maybe vying for a medal is a good feeling,” he added. “I’m not really a good starter, I can’t start well. So for me to come out here and get a big start like that, which got me into the final is a great feeling and I want to build on that now,” Dacres told The Gleaner. his impressive start Buoyed by his impressive start to his World Championships experience, Dacres, a champion at the World Youth and World Junior levels, said he is focusing on executing the instructions of his coach Julian Robinson. “I believe that this year it’s about who wants it more because no one is way ahead or dominating in this event, so I’m just here and I’m trying to make the best of it,” he added. “Mr Robinson is a guru, he does things differently, but it’s also all about trusting the big man. I’m a soldier, so I follow orders it has got me to a 65m opener and if I open with that, I feel I can do so much more.” The men’s discus final will take place tomorrow at 6:50 a.m. – A.L.last_img read more


first_img Illustrious career Known as the ‘voice of West Indies cricket’, Cozier chronicled the fortunes of the West Indies team for nearly six decades in an illustrious career which saw him rise to the summit of the industry. Cozier was eulogised by son Craig, who described him as an outstanding family man, a true professional and a pioneer in the field of cricket journalism. Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of leading local newspaper, The Nation, with whom he remained closely affiliated up to the time of his death. In 2007, cricket authorities here renamed the upgraded media centre at the redeveloped Kensington Oval, The Coppin, Cozier and Short Media Centre, in honour of his contribution to the sport. Cozier died last week Wednesday at age 75 following brief hospitalisation. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and children Craig and Natalie. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Cricket media titan Tony Cozier was laid to rest here on Friday following a service at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, which was attended by several dignitaries and influential members of the regional cricket community. Barbados’ only living National Hero, Sir Garry Sobers, topped the list of mourners, along with former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, noted Caribbean jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes, and outstanding former West Indies fast bowler ex-government minister, Sir Wes Hall, who conducted the ceremony. Several former West Indies players were also in attendance including legendary captain and current chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd; legendary fast bowler and current Barbados Cricket Association president, Joel Garner; current West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, and former West Indies vice-captain, Trinidadian Deryck Murray. Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley were also among the mourners.last_img read more


first_imgSprinting great Usain Bolt has once again thrown his full support behind the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk, which is again set for Falmouth – the capital of his home parish, Trelawny – on Sunday, October 16, 2016.Bolt, who, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, was a partner of the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, will once again demonstrate his support of an activity, which he believes is “a sustainable and important initiative that seeks to raise funds and support youth in various sectors of society”.”I am a solid supporter of initiatives that benefit and empower the people of my hometown, and I am particularly pleased that this event has at its heart, causes that support organisations that work to protect our children and provide needed services in Trelawny,” he said.This year, the event, which has been divided into a 4km Fun Run/Walk and an 8km Run, hopes to raise funds for the Victim Services Division of Trelawny and provide additional funds to last year’s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls, which is also based in the parish.Saffrey Brown, general manager of the JN Foundation, emphasised that the event formed part of the organisation’s focus on rural development.”Our efforts on behalf of the Victim Services Division of Trelawny will ensure that children who are victims of crime will receive adequate social services to aid their recovery,” she noted. “Our continued efforts with the Granville Place of Safety will provide the wards of the facility with additional educational resources to further bolster their future potential beyond the home.”Funds raised will enable the Victim Services Division to acquire materials to support play therapy and art therapy, as well as the design and delivery of group-therapy interventions, benefitting young people in the parish. The completion of a multi-purpose resource centre for wards at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls will also be supported.HEART OF OUR NATION”Our focus on helping children is not by accident as we recognise that our children, whether in rural or urban Jamaica, are the heart of our nation and our future,” Brown noted.She also encouraged Jamaicans at home and abroad who are not able to participate in the run to make a donation via the ISupportJamaica.com crowdfunding website, where they have a chance to receive Puma shirts autographed by Usain Bolt when they make contributions to the cause.The run is being organised with technical support from the team at Running Events Limited and will take runners on a course through the streets of the historic town of Falmouth.The 8km is designed to target sprint enthusiasts with a strong desire for competition, while the 4k Fun Run will be geared at engaging families and individuals, with various challenge stations, along with a historical aspect to educate participants on Falmouth while en route.last_img read more


first_img FOCAL POINT SPANISH TOWN: Preparations for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Primary Schools football and netball competitions got underway as teachers and coaches participated in a seminar hosted by the state agency at the Social Development Commission offices in St Catherine recently. The session which focused on netball, was led by veteran local coach and one of the most highly regarded international umpires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Campbell. Campbell, who is also an INSPORTS sports officer, held an interactive session with representatives from more than 35 schools ahead of the under-12 netball competition, which will shoot off tomorrow at the Homestead Sports Complex, where each zone in Central St Catherine will participate. “This session’s main focus is to bring participating schools up to speed with the new INF rules to prepare the kids. We are going to discuss the changes and additions as well and strategise how best to interpret and apply them to the game for the under-12 participants,” said Campbell. “It is important for the coaches and kids to have an appreciation of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.” Highlights included a demonstration of new protocol regarding how the area of play is set up, to ensure a smooth game and the safety of the young participants. The safety of children playing the game is a focal point of INF’s new mandate that each team must have a primary medical care provider for the duration of all matches. In support of this, INSPORTS announced that it will provide full medical service for the opening and closing games of the competition. Additional changes included a reduction in the number of whistle blows to potentially one at the start of the game if it proceeds without incidence. New procedures also include all time-outs reduced to 30 seconds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the centre circle for centre passes. “It is important for the kids to get a good foundation as we assume that some of them will become Sunshine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the international level their knowledge of the fundamentals and their skills will be of a high calibre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strategise and work as a team,” Campbell observed. “We are creating that high level of skill at the national level and in our domestic leagues because we are trying to develop a cadre of players that we can choose from to represent Jamaica.” He continued: “We want each parish to get involved in playing netball and from there we will have a grand final. Following the grand final we want to select players for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can select players for the national team.”last_img read more


first_imgBEIJING (AP): Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua said yesterday that they paid an US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid US$40 million over two years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to divulge details of the transaction. Tevez is expected to join team training on the Japanese island of Okinawa next month, with a formal introduction to follow soon afterward. The next Super League season begins in March. Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG sealed a deal with Oscar from Chelsea. Other stars to join Chinese clubs include the Brazilians Hulk, Ramires and Paulinho, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tevez will be coached by Gus Poyet, the former Sunderland and Real Betis manager who became Shenhua’s manager in November. Other internationally recognised managers in the Chinese Super League include Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas, and Hebei China Fortune’s Manuel Pellegrini. China’s government wants to turn the country into a football power, setting the goal of having a team capable of winning the World Cup by 2050. Leading the national team is Italian coach Marcello Lippi, signed earlier this year to a hefty contract of his own. China has also invested in youth soccer and building stronger pipelines to develop homegrown talent.last_img read more


first_img Awareness “One of the things we stress is that coaches must select the events for the swimmers, and to know where their athletes are in terms of their fitness, and peaking, tapering from the various meets they compete in,” he said. He was quick to point out that the ASAJ does not have any mandatory rules requiring athletes to compete in all meets prior to CARIFTA. “They alone (coaches) can determine that, and we just make the meets available for the achievements of the times and performances,” Lamey said. One of the important qualifying meets some will be expected to compete in will be the national age group championships. It is the final qualifier, to be followed by national team selection. At least 20 per cent of Jamaica’s CARIFTA contingent will be made up overseas-based swimmers this year. Buoyed by over 30 local juniors who have achieved CAR-IFTA Swimming Championships qualifying times, Handel Lamey, Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, wants coaches to keep their charges “fresh and injury free” so that they can, hopefully, equal or better last year’s performances. “The teams are in training; preparations are going well. At-least over 30 swimmers have made the qualifying cuts (time) for Carifta,” revealed Lamey, noting that expectations are “very good”. The annual championships will be held in Nassau, The Bahamas, over the Easter weekend, beginning on April 15. “We are expecting to repeat or better the performances that we did last year because we have the same number of competitors, and we have had additions to the team, and we expect great things from them,” Lamey told The Gleaner. Jamaica will be competing against 25 participating countries amid hopes of equalling, or bettering, the eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) achieved at the championships in Martinique last year. Although the ASAJ makes a lot of local meets available to help condition young swimmers for regional competitions like Carifta, and which will ultimately aid their development in the sport, Lamey is insistent that coaches should save their athletes for important events and avoid fatigue.last_img read more


first_imgSpaldings High set a new record in the girls Open sprint medley relay at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, becoming the first team in history to dip below four minutes in the event. The Spaldings team ran 3:57.58 to win ahead of Edwin Allen, 4:03.28 and Hydel, 4:03.59. Spaldings’ time bettered Edwin Allen’s 4:00.47 set at this championships in 2014.last_img


first_img FEMALE CHANGE There have been some adjustments to the list of athletes that will represent the country at this weekend’s, Carifta Games to be held in Williamstad, CuraÁao, as following the completion of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships several days ago, some of the athletes who were originally on the list have been replaced due to injuries . Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson has been the main casualty. Matherson, who captured the boys’ Under-20 100m event at the trials in early March, in an equalling personal best of 10.25 seconds, and who suffered a hamstring injury just after his semi-final in the Class 1 100m at Champs, has been replaced in the 100m by Jamaica College’s Delano Dunkley, who will now team up with Jelani Walker in the blue-riband event. Matherson’s teammate, Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College who was a winner in the boys’ long jump, who also finished second to Calabar High’s DeJour Russell in the boys’ Under-18 110m hurdles, is also out. He will be replaced by his teammate, Terrol Wilson, in the long jump, while Champs Class Two 110m hurdles winner, Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, will be the replacement in the 110m hurdles. Boys’ Under-20 5000m champion Keenan Lawrence of St Jago High will also miss this weekend’s action. No substitution has been made for Lawrence in the event, as the second-place finisher at the trials, Shemar Solomon of St Elizabeth Technical High School, will be the only competitor here for Jamaica. On the female side, Hydel’s Abigail Brooks, who finished second in the girls’ Under-17 400m to Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker, is the only athlete who has been withdrawn due to injury. She has been replaced by St Jago High’s Kimara Francis. Francis, who failed to advance to the finals at the trials after finishing third in her heat, in 56.99 seconds, showed rapid improvement to surprise Walker in the Class Two event at Champs, to win the event in a personal best of 54.11 seconds and will team up with Walker. Also, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association has made an addition of two athletes to their original squad, as 84 will now compete for Jamaica. Heptathlon winner, Peter-Gay McKenzie of Edwin Allen High, and decathlon winner Donovan Thames of Kingston College have been drafted into the team to do the multiple events. The team will leave the island on Thursday and return on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): Kieran Powell said West Indies were keen to put in a really big effort to win the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan, starting tomorrow at Windsor Park here. The Windies are eager to prove that their stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados was no flash in the pan, as they aim to win their first Test series in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years. “The guys are very happy about the performance in Barbados,” Powell told reporters on Sunday following a training session at the match venue. “The bowlers have been very consistent and they have been giving us an opportunity. Now it’s left for us – the batsmen – to put our hands up and put some good totals on the board, particularly in the first innings, so we can be far more competitive.” He added: “It does not happen often, so when West Indies are in town, we the fans should come out and support the team and encourage us to play some good, entertaining cricket. “It’s a Test match, so it would not be hurrah, hurrah. We expect it to be a long, hard graft over five days and we are hoping that we are the side that works harder and gets the positive result.” Powell has returned to the side for the series against the Pakistanis, starting with the preceding one-day internationals, following a three-year, self-imposed exile. Prior his walking away, he had been clearly identified as the other half of the solution to the opening batting problem that had plagued the side. Things have not quite worked according to plan. Though Powell had gotten starts he has failed to carry on and the problem at the top of the order has been compounded by a lack of success for the typically reliable Kraigg Brathwaite. “Returning to the side has not been that difficult,” he said. “If you take a shark out of the water and put it back in, it will swim – so I am swimming. “There are some areas in my batting that I have identified with the batting coach that we are working on. “The video data analyst has provided some footage and we have been examining it. I have also spoken to some people – some former players – so that I can try to rectify it for this match.”last_img read more


first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson While the result put group leader Nigeria’s hopes on hold, it definitely ended Cameroon’s, meaning the one-time World Cup quarterfinalist’s revival to win the African Cup of Nations in February was short-lived. The draw that sealed Cameroon’s World Cup fate came three days after it was beaten in Nigeria 4-0, a result that did not befit the African titleholder.There was one other qualifier in Africa on Monday, when Libya produced a big surprise to beat Guinea 1-0 in a game played in neutral Tunisia.GROUP AFEATURED 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’Libya had a heart-breaking experience in Guinea last week when it fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 only to concede three minutes into injury time as Guinea won 3-2.This time, Libya scored first through Hamdou Mohamed and held on, playing the last half-hour with 10 men after Mohammed al-Gadi’s red card. UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season Nigeria, showing some long-needed consistency, remained unbeaten in the final round of qualifying and will make certain of a place at Russia with a win over Zambia next month in its penultimate qualifying game.The five group winners will be Africa’s World Cup qualifiers. Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Uganda are the group leaders and if that stays the same there will be two World Cup debutants from Africa next year in Burkina Faso and Uganda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Cameroon’s goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa helps injured Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIThe African champion won’t be in Russia for next year’s World Cup.Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the final round of qualifying in Africa after drawing with Nigeria 1-1 at home on Monday.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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ After collecting its first points of the group stage, Libya still has a chance of qualifying for the World Cup — albeit a very, very remote one.Tunisia leads Group A by three points ahead of Congo. Those two meet on Tuesday.GROUP BNigeria led in Yaounde through Moses Simon’s 30th-minute goal.Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon’s match-winner in the African Cup final, equalized with a penalty in the 75th.Cameroon pushed hard in the last 15 minutes as a World Cup place slipped away, with Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa pulling off a double save in the dying minutes to deny Arnaud Djoum and Collins Fai.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View commentslast_img read more