Injuries hit big before Champs

first_imgA year ago, many-time champion Kingston College (KC) was derailed in their title bid to unseat champions Calabar at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships after key injuries to some of their stars.One year has passed, and with Champs just a few weeks away, the signs are not good once again for the North Street-based team reportedly struggling to get a few of their big names ready.Despite whispers that he is in fact training well, special 400m talent Akeem Bloomfield is yet to compete this season, while there are serious concerns about the condition of Nathaniel Bann, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dontre Williams.KC had already lost their top Class One sprint hurdler Chadwick Brown, who was seriously injured in training a few weeks ago and is out of the Championships.There are also concerns for Jamaica College (JC), who are also expected to push for the title and St Jago High, who are looking to get closer to the top of the pile this season.At a recent development meet, JC’s Orville Haslam, who is expected to dominate the Class 3sprints pulled up with a foot injury.Haslam is undoubtedly the top Class 3 sprinter this season and is favoured to win the 100m and 200m and play an important role on the 4x100m relay for his team.MAJOR SETBACKIf he is not able to face the start at Champs, it will be a big setback for his team as this could be a loss of over 20 points, a heavy loss in what could be a close Championships.St Jago’s Class 1 sprint heavyweight Raheem Chambers has been dominating since Class III and enters his second year in Class I as one element of an eagerly anticipated sprinting showdown with St Elizabeth’s Nigel Ellis and KC’s Matherson.Chambers is, however, yet to compete this season due to injury concerns and could be among those missing from the Championships.The injury concerns are also considerable on the girls’ side as four-time Girls champions St Jago could see their most outstanding athlete, Natalliah Whyte, missing in action.Whyte, the defending double Class 1 sprint champion, was expected to retain her title easily and in the process give her team some quality points.In a radio interview recently, head coach Keilando Goburn confirmed that his prized athlete is nursing a hamstring injury.She has only competed on a few occasions this season and has not been seen at any meet recently.Her absence wold deliver a crippling blow the Monk Street-based team, with the likes of Hydel and a rejuvenated Holmwood Technical showing good form.Today’s Gibson/McCook Relays will revealed the status of several of these athletes who are nursing injuries, and their presence or non-presence will be key indicators.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Cricket for everyone

first_img IMMEDIATE SUCCESS It was an immediate success, and I remember going from London to Birmingham in the summer of 2004 to see the final and to have a day-out. It was a lovely day. Edgbaston was filled to capacity. I met some old friends. We talked cricket sometimes, we looked at the cricket sometimes, and we ordered a drink most of the time. Little did we know that T20 cricket was here to stay and, regardless of what the cricket bosses say, and keep saying, it is here to threaten the survival of the limited-over game and the longer and traditional Test cricket. And it is now played, not for fun, not for saving the game, but for the money it pulls in. A Test series usually lasted for eight to ten weeks, during which time five Test matches plus county or state matches were played, and a Test match lasted five days, and sometimes they finished without a result. Test cricket continues to be played in white clothing, and today, it is still considered a gentleman’s game, where you sit and have lunch and tea and conduct yourself in a polite manner. The basics of the game are rigidly technical, where a flowing cover-drive, or a tight and studious defence, is one of its creed, or one of its commandments. Those, like me, who defend Test cricket or one-day cricket as their preference, are referred to as old, or as coming from the Dark Ages. They are told to adapt to the times, to make the necessary changes, and to come into today’s world. But why do they have to conform? Can’t they still love the game for what attracted them to the game so many years ago? They love the game for what it was, for what it was intended to be, and for what it tries to be: a passion, a classical experience of a flowing cover-drive, a tantalising leg-spinner, a game which moves between fast and slow, pleasantly through the notes, somewhat like a good musician in action while playing some good music, up and down the scale, with the result, the win, a loss, or a draw, sometimes, most times, a drama, unknown right up to the end. T20 cricket is for immediate satisfaction. Test cricket is longer, much longer, and calls for patience and understanding. In terms of leisure and skill, it is like golf, which is played over four days, all day, and whoever likes it makes it to the course every day with no complaints. Maybe the difference is that one is for the working class, which needs money to survive, and one is perceived by the poor as being basically for the rich, or the well-to-do, and which hardly needs the people’s money to survive. The cricket clubs, especially in this country, and countries like this one, are almost empty shells, void of people, and lacking in everything. The golf clubs, on the other hand, are pristine palaces, nice and shiny, tucked away in prized locations, and full of life. Everything is done to market T20 cricket. The television screens and the newspapers are flooded with pre-tournament advertisements, and whenever it comes around, the players are dressed in colourful garments, the rules are changed so as to make the game more attractive for those who like non-stop action. Every shot, every ball, every bit of fielding, regardless of how they appear, is followed by extravagant and flowery descriptions as the commentators describe the action in T20 cricket. “Oh my. What a shot. That ball is on the way to Mars.” In terms of delivery to the fans, T20 cricket is marketed and promoted and delivered differently to how limited-over cricket and definitely to how Test cricket are marketed and promoted. Cricket is cricket, money is money, T20 cricket, up to now, is money, and nothing is wrong with that. I love T20 cricket because of its excitement and its rambunctious hitting, but I prefer limited-over cricket, and I have a passion for Test cricket, where, to me, the best of cricket is played. The cover-drive, the extra-cover drive, the on-drive, and the late-cut, the leg-spinner, the googly, and the screaming bouncer are things of beauty, and skill. I love Test cricket because of the prolonged battle between bat and ball, a battle that may last beyond four overs. Today is “modern times”, but the world, with its daily dose of terrorism, among other things, is not what it used to be, neither are other things of the past what they used to be. I love Test cricket, and I will always remember the sight of Frank Worrell batting. I loved also to see batsmen like Everton Weekes, Rohan Kanhai, and Garry Sobers, Alvin Kallicharran and Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards and Brian Lara of yesterday bat, just as how as I enjoyed Jeffrey Dujon batting, and Marlon Samuels, as he did in the T20 final, and Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli, and Joe Root’s batting throughout the tournament. Everything is better today, it is said, but while I agree that most things are better, that cars are faster, I still remember and long for some of things of the past, of my earlier days. ADVERTISEMENTS There are, lately, three kinds of cricket around. There is the Twenty20 (T20) cricket of 2003, then there is the one-day cricket of around the late 1960s, and there is the traditional Test cricket, which has been going on almost forever, since 1877. First, Test cricket, or five-day cricket, was the order of the day, then the limited-over cricket. One-day cricket came on the scene to save the game, and then, so it was said, as soon as the one-day cricket appeared to have lost its appeal, T20 cricket arrived to do the same, to save the game also. T20 cricket was founded by an Englishman who, in the depths of winter and thinking about “the man and his dog” at county matches during the days of summer, thought of a way of getting fans through the gates in the coming summer. He came up with playing cricket after work for three hours, and it would be, must be, fun cricket, played in an atmosphere made for fun, with emphasis on the players hitting the ball far and often from start to finish, with the bowlers being present simply for the batsmen’s pleasure, and with the fans expected to pay a small entry fee for the entertainment while standing and having a drink or two.last_img read more

Sports Brief

first_imgFrance clip Portugal 1-0 LISBON, Portugal (AP) – France substitute Mathieu Valbuena scored from a late free kick to snatch a 1-0 win at Portugal in a friendly international yesterday. The Lyon midfielder went on in the 80th and scored only four minutes later to extend France’s 40-year winning streak over Portugal to 10 straight victories. France’s Anthony Martial added to his big week by playing his first international match as a second-half substitute – just days after he became the world’s most expensive teenage transfer in a deal worth $55 million to join Manchester United from Monaco. The visitors lost Lyon forward Nabil Fekir to an injury in the 14th minute of the match at Jose Alvalade Stadium. Portugal visit Albania on Monday in a European Championship qualifier. Portugal lead Group I with 12 points, while Albania and Denmark are level on 11 points after drawing 0-0 yesterday in a Euro 2016 qualifier. Goetze leads Germany to 3-1 win FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Mario Goetze scored twice to help Germany beat Poland 3-1 yesterday in their European Championship qualifier and replace the visitors at the top of Group D. The victory also saw the Germans avenge their first ever defeat to Poland last October. Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 12th minute, assisted by Cologne defender Jonas Hector, who also set up Goetze seven minutes later. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski pulled one back with a thumping header to Kamil Grosicki’s brilliant cross, but Goetze sealed the win on the rebound in the 82nd after Lukasz Fabianski saved Mueller’s initial effort. Germany moved two points clear of previously unbeaten Poland – 16 to 14. Robben out for four weeks MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for four weeks with a groin injury sustained while playing for the Netherlands. Robben came off with less than half an hour played in his country’s 1-0 home defeat Thursday by Iceland in a European Championship qualifier. Bayern says an examination by its team doctor yesterday revealed a “muscle injury in the region of the left adductor.” Robben will miss the Netherlands’ trip for tomorrow’s qualifier in Turkey. The Dutch are third in Group A – eight points behind leader Iceland – with Turkey just a point behind in fourth place. The top two in each group qualify automatically for Euro 2016 in France. The best third-placed team also qualifies automatically, and the other eight teams can qualify through a playoff.last_img read more

Top Windies players confirmed for Pakistan Super League

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Several leading West Indies cricketers have confirmed their participation in the first-ever Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled to take place early next year, officials have said. Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy have all signed up for the event to be held in February, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced while unveiling its preliminary plans for the T20 tournament on Sunday. Kevin Pietersen, Shakib Al Hasan, Grant Elliott and Tim Bresnan have also confirmed their participation, the PCB has said. The release of the PSL song also highlighted the unveiling ceremony, which featured Popular Pakistani singers and actors as well as TV and movie stars. The first edition of PSL will feature five franchise-based teams from Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of US$1 million. The tournament, featuring 24 matches, is scheduled to run from February 4 to 24, one month before the World T20 in India. The PCB has confirmed that it was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board over the possibility of hosting the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, despite confirming earlier that Doha, Qatar, would serve as a venue.last_img read more

Birmingham six-footer added to Jamaica squad

first_imgSIX-FOOT Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson is a new man in the Reggae Boyz squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying football match against Panama at the National Stadium on Friday, beginning at 9 p.m. Donaldson, who plays for the Championship team, was named in a 20-man Jamaica men’s senior national team roster released by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) yesterday afternoon. The release said three more players will be added to the squad. The striker netted 16 goals for the British-based club last season, and netted a first-half hat-trick against Bristol City on September 12 for his season’s goal tally. He has also provided four assists. Also included in the squad, again, is full back Alvas Powell, who turned his back on the country by walking out on the team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which took place in the United States and Canada. To date, the JFF is yet to announce a meeting date to sanction the player, as it had said at the time of the walkout. The player has twice been used by head coach Winfried Schaefer since in WCQ home and away matches against Nicaragua. Schaefer will not be allowed on the bench for next week’s match, having been suspended by FIFA for an infringement with match officials at the conclusion of the Jamaicans’ 2-0 away win in Nicaragua. They had lost the first-leg match 3-2 at the National Stadium. SQUAD: Rodolph Austin, Joel (Jobi) McAnuff, Garath McCleary, Lee Williamson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Demar Phillips, Wes Morgan, Adrian Mariappa, Michael Hector, Alvas Powell, Kemar Lawrence, Shaun Cummings, Andre Blake, Duwayne Kerr, Ryan Thompson, Darren Mattocks, Giles Barnes, Simon Dawkins, Allan Ottey, Deshorn Brown, Clayton Donaldson.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The concepts of fitness

first_img Exercise refers to a subset of physical activity – planned, structured, repetitive movement of the body designed specifically to improve one’s health and to maintain physical fitness. Fitness depends on such physiological factors as the heart’s ability to pump blood and the size of muscle fibres. Only exercise will significantly improve fitness. The World Health Organization recommends that individuals include a moderate amount of exercise on most, preferably all, days of the week (Fit and Well, 6th Edition 2005). Exercise increases your social well-being, especially if it’s in the form of a sport. – Boosts confidence. – Helps you cope better with difficult people and situation. – You will meet people, make good friends. – Develops team work and cooperation. Mental benefits Physical fitness is the ability of the body to carry out everyday activities without excessive fatigue and with enough energy remaining for other tasks. This means that as well as performing our normal daily tasks, we can also perform additional physical activities, including sports. Being fit is central to our health and sense of well-being. If we are healthy and fit, then the physical, mental, and social aspects of our lives are working well. Fitness is critical to success in sports. Physical fitness consists of health-related fitness and sports performance-related fitness. Exercise helps you to look good and feel good. – It burns up stored body fat, so your shape improves. – Gives superb muscle tone. – Strengthens back and abdomen. – Strengthens bones. – Keeps joints flexible to encourage efficiency. – Strengthens heart and lungs, so you won’t get tired easily. – It helps to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, back pain, cancer. – Slows the ageing process. This is the level of physical fitness necessary for the demands of regular sporting activity. We may be fit from a health-related perspective but not be fit for sports. Each sport activity makes its own particular demands on the body. To be successful in sports, it is important to have health-related fitness and also to be as fit as possible in the performance-related components below. – Explosive strength (power) – the ability to combine speed and force in one explosive act. – Speed – the ability to move all or parts of the body as quickly as possible. – Agility – the ability to change direction of the body at speed. – Coordination – the ability to carry out a series of movements smoothly and efficiently in response to your senses. – Balance – the ability to maintain equilibrium when stationary or moving. – Reaction time – the ability to respond to a stimulus quickly. – Timing – the ability to coincide movement in relation to external factors (to act at the right moment). Social benefits Definition of fitnesscenter_img Physical benefits In order to have good health, we should eat sensibly, engage in regular physical activity, get the required rest and sleep, limit alcohol intake, resist smoking and other social drugs, and improve our ability to cope with stress. It is important to adapt a healthy lifestyle for us to maintain our health. The following health-related fitness components are important for the human body to work efficiently: – Cardiovascular endurance – the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel and oxygen to the muscles. – Muscular strength – the ability to exert an external force or to lift a heavy weight. – Muscular endurance – the ability of the muscles to repeatedly exert themselves. – Flexibility – having a wide range of motion in the joints. – Body composition – having the relative percentage of muscle, fat, bone, and other tissues of which the body is composed. – The ability to cope with stress. Health-related fitness Benefits of exercise Performance-related fitness Exercise helps your mental well-being, too. – It is stimulating and enjoyable. – It relieves tension and stress, which can cause high blood pressure and heart disease. – Relieves aggression. – Relieves boredom and provides a challenge. – It helps you sleep better, so you feel more rested. – Boosts self-esteem. All these benefits mean that exercise helps you to meet the demands of your environment more easily. In other words, it makes you fitter. You can work harder, feel less tired, and enjoy life more. The way to improve your fitness is through exercise. The more easily you are able to meet demands, the less likely you are to suffer stress, fall ill, or injure yourself.last_img read more

Scorpions, Pride in crucial clash

first_imgTitle-chasers Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride will square-off in a crucial encounter in the penultimate set of matches of the group phase of the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago today.Second and third, respectively, in Group A with 10 and nine points each, the two will enter the contest knowing that a win for eight team would all but secure them a place in the semi-finals.Group leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who oppose cellar dwellers ICC America, are presently on 17 points and have already qualified for the semi-finals.”It’s a (virtual) must-win for both of us, so I guess they (Barbados) will be playing it like a final and we will be doing the same,” Jamaica’s captain, John Campbell, said yesterday.The return-led round-robin fixture will see both teams entering the contest with a win two, lose two record, with Jamaica ahead based on having two bonus points compared to Barbados’ one.The Scorpions, however, can claim bragging rights, having defeated Barbados by two wickets when the two met earlier this week.Led by a man-of-the-match bowling performance of three for 18 from left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica bowled out the Pride for a mere 138 before replying with 139 for eight.The in-form Andre McCarthy, who also has a tournament century, and Antiguan Devon Thomas led the batting for the Scorpions with 49 and 33, respectively.However, with the end of the Australian Test series both teams have been strengthened with the return of West Indies players to their line-ups.Barbados has been injected with seven players – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowich, Miguel Cummins, and Jomel Warrican, while Jamaica will benefit from the return of Jerome Taylor and Jermaine Blackwood.”They have got back all their players from Australia, and have a better squad, and are also coming off a win, so they should be confident,” remarked Campbell.”But we are not too concerned,” he said. “We have seen signs of improvement throughout the tournament, and, it is just for us to put it together.”Jamaica will play the Americas and Barbados will tackle Trinidad in the final set of group matches scheduled for Sunday.The semi-finals will be played next Wednesday and Thursday, with the final carded for next Saturday, all at Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more

KSAFA launch 2016 David Hunt Management Seminars

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) will stage the 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar at the Melbourne Cricket Club on Saturday, January 30.The seminar sponsored by Mayberry Investments Limited and named in honour of the late track and field coach, football coach and administrator is being held in an effort to facilitate the 35 active football clubs in the Corporate Area in becoming more efficient and financially stable as they carry out their mandate of developing the sport of football in the city.KSAFA President Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, while speaking recently at the launch of the seminar at the headquarters of Mayberry Investments Limited said the association’s mandate is to promote the game, foster friendly relationships and control the game, but for that to happen clubs have to be properly managed.”In carrying out our mandate, not only do we pursue competitions for our clubs, but we must also provide supplemental support for the clubs to increase and improve their efficiencies as administrative entities,” he said.Each club is expected to send a coach and a manager to the seminar, where they will hear speakers on a variety of subject areas including club constitution and articles of association, marketing, match day preparation, preparing and maintaining fields and managing finances. There will also be presentations by the referees association on the laws of the game and another on preparing for television interviews. Some of the speakers will include Television Jamaica’s Patrick Anderson, Anika Smith, vice-president of marketing at Mayberry Investments, Gary Peart, CEO of Mayberry Investments, Roy Simpson, the team manager of the national senior football team, Elvis Jenkins, KSAFA’s treasurer and Aubrey Duncan, manager of fields at the St James Parish Council.HAPPY TO BE ASSOCIATEDPeart, whose company contributed $100,000 towards the hosting of the seminar, said Mayberry is happy to be associated with the seminar.”We are happy and proud to be associated with KSAFA, and especially this David Hunt Management Seminar. We have always considered it our duty to support the community and initiatives such as this, which assists in the development of young people and especially young males, and for them to have a safe place to develop their life skills. We are aware of the positive impact this type of activity will have on the clubs and their attached communities,” Peart said.last_img read more

Big first for WI Women

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women stormed into their first ever final of a Twenty20 World Cup when they outplayed New Zealand Women by six runs in the second semi-final of the 2016 edition at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.Having previously gone out at the semi-final stage of the last three T20 World Cups, the Caribbean girls made no mistake this time around, rattling up a challenging 143 for six off their 20 overs and then bowling well to restrict the Kiwis to 137 for eight.Sent in, West Indies Women were propelled by a top score of 61 from Britney Cooper, who fashioned her maiden half-century in T20s.She faced 48 balls and counted five fours and two sixes and put on 60 for the second wicket with captain Stafanie Taylor, who scored 25. Cooper added another 44 for the third wicket, with Deandra Dottin, who got 20.Seamer Sophie Devine was the best bowler, producing a career-best performance of four for 22 from her four overs.In reply, New Zealand Women were undermined by Taylor, who claimed three for 26 with her incisive off-spin, while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher proved economical, conceding just 20 runs from her four overs and taking one wicket.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCESara McGlashan top-scored with 38 from 30 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite struck 24 from 29 balls, while Devine chipped in with a cameo 22 from 14 balls, to complete a solid all-round performance.New Zealand Women were threatening victory at 108 for three in the 17th over with McGlashan and Satterthwaite involved in a 59-run fourth run stand.However, Taylor removed both in successive deliveries to deal the Kiwis a fatal blow and hurt their momentum as five wickets tumbled for 29 runs.The victory set up a meeting with nemesis Australia in Sunday’s final, following the reigning champions’ five-run win over England Women in Wednesday’s first semi-final.last_img read more

Racers ready to unleash speed machine

first_imgBuoyed by charges Yohan Blake and Warren Weir’s performances at last Saturday’s MVP Classic at the National Stadium, Racers Track Club boss Glen Mills feels confident that his outfit is ready to turn on the speed again.The University of the West Indies-based Racers duo took the spotlight ahead of their MVP/University of Technology, G.C. Foster College, and Cameron Blazers rivals, last week, in what seemed to be a successful return from injury.London 2012 Olympics double silver medallist Blake, logged a world-leading 9.95 seconds, while Weir, the 2013 IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist, clocked 10.07 seconds.Mills, while full of praise, was not surprised.”We are the home of excellence. If you follow our history, when it comes to speed, we are number one,” said the confident-sounding coach.When asked if their leading sprint icon Usain Bolt would show up in the same kind of form, Mills said, with a laugh, “We will see, we will see.”The veteran coach, who has conditioned six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt and Blake, the second fastest man of all time, revealed that “he is getting ready, though”.The athletes meanwhile said that they were happy to return to world-class form following their respective injuries.Blake, who missed the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and last year’s event in Beijing due to separate issues, said it was a tough time, but it meant a lot to be back.”For two years, I’ve been out of the sub-10 club, so I thank God, who has been working in my life. It feels good to be back,” he said.His training partner, Weir, added: “I am very, very wonderful. I must say give God thanks (that) I finished another injury-free race and my recovery phase is going very good.”last_img read more