After months of intense preparation, Jamaica’s senior netball team, the Sunshine Girls, left the island this morning for Australia, where they will take part in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney from August 6-16.The delegation includes coaches Minneth Reynolds, assistant coach Annett Daley, manager Lydia Wilks and the 12 squad members led by captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock.The others players are Paula Thompson, Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Nicole Dixon, Stacian Facey, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Ann Kaye Griffiths, Sasher Gaye Henry, Khadijah Williams and Vangalee Williams. Technical Director Jill McIntosh left the Island early on Tuesday.According to captain Aiken-Pinnock, preparation was thorough, team chemistry and camaraderie are excellent, and the team has only one thing on its mind: winning the gold medal.”The ladies are well prepared. We have done all the work. We just have to stay focused and get on court, listen to the coaches’ instructions, and execute. The ladies are very excited and I must commend them for their discipline. They are really focused and they understand that we are not just going there for any medal; we are focusing on the gold,” she told The Gleaner.”One of the main things we have as a unit is that whole camaraderie that you need in a team. We have each others’ backs, no matter what. We are really together and we really support each other. We try to do things as a team and I believe that is a positive thing going forward,” she continued.WC experienceWith two world championships already under her belt, Aiken-Pinnock knows her experience and the experience of other stalwarts such as Romelda Aiken and Jhaneile Fowler-Reid will be crucial as there are five World Cup debutants in the squad, though she insists it’s all for one, and one for all.”I am not the only person in the team going to a third World Championship. I can’t do anything by myself, so I have to feed off the energy of the ladies, just like how they feed off my energy,” she stated.She also added, “All I need from Jamaica is their support and that they continue to pray for us. We are very focused, and whatever the result, we will be very proud because I know the ladies will give of their best. But we have only one aim in mind, and it’s to get the gold.”
UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, ROJO,SCHNEIDERLIN, SCHWEINSTEIGER,MATA, HERRERA, ROONEY,MARTIALCITY (4-1-3-2)STERLING, BONY,DE BRUYNE, TOURÈ, NAVAS,FERNANDINHO,SAGNA, MANGALA, OTAMENDI, ZABALETA,HARTOn Wednesday, both teams were in Champions League action. Manchester City got a good 2-1 win over Sevilla, while Manchester United won a point from a 1-1 draw in Russia against CSKA Moscow.The first Manchester derby of the season sees third visit first in the Barclays Premier League. The great rivals have met 168 times in all competitions, with City needing one more victory for 50 against their neighbours. United have won 69.In the league, in 152 clashes, United hold the upper hand with 60 wins to City’s 43 and 49 drawn. While in the Premier League, in 36 encounters, United have won 19, drawn six and lost 11.At Old Trafford, United have won 10 and drawn four of their 18 Premier League games with their rivals, losing only four. But three of those have been in the last four, with City scoring 13 goals in their last four league trips to United.
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SPORTSMAX 2 Saturday10 a.m: ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE12:30 p.m: WATFORD VS MAN CITY4 p.m: WEST BROM VS STOKE6 p.m: MAN UNITED VS SWANSEASunday8:30 a.m: CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA11 a.m: EVERTON VS TOTTENHAM7 p.m: LEICESTER VS BOURNEMOUTH
It’s holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, the 11-race programme featuring the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race for the Easter Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres.Ten starters have been declared, including leading lights SHINING LIGHT, DWAYNE STAR, RED FLAG, SILVER CLOUD and ACTION MAN.All should ensure a keenly contested race over this snappy trip, with the likes of RED FLAG, ACTION MAN and LADY SHANKARI coming to make things pretty hot on the headlines, with the trio of SHINING LIGHT, SILVER CLOUD and hat-trick seeker DWAYNE STAR coming on strongly in the last furlong.The veteran campaigner RED FLAG from the Solomon Sharpe stables has been knocking at the door for the longest while and could prove strongest of the speedsters. However, they should play into the hands of the progressive four-year-old colts SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both winners in recent months.The Patrick Lynch-trained DWAYNE STAR looked much improved when slamming hot favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by 7 1/2 lengths over the round five course in high claiming company on February 13 and now steps up to overnight company. Having worked well, this will not deter the son of Storm Craft, who looks tempting at the weights with 51.0kg and in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard.Still, preference is for the Gary Griffiths -trained SHINING LIGHT, who notched his last win over this trip in restricted company on January 16 and has run some big races in defeat since, despite not having the best of luck in running.SHINING LIGHT failed by only half a length to catch EDISON over 1300 metres in overnight company when last raced on March 5, but could well have won had he not encountered traffic problems. Back in action from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of Bachelor Of Arts is preferred to DWAYNE STAR.His ability to quicken under pressure in the closing stages should make the difference. Shamaree Muir, who won aboard him on January 16, again has the ride.
Western BureauMost coaches prowl the touchline from their designated coach’s area, many are often found seated with steely-eyed fixation on the action on the field of play, but St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) head coach, Omar Wedderburn, kneels for the entire duration of a game.His unique vantage point, he asserts, gives him a different perspective from most and affords him thinking time to plot strategies and tactics in real time.Wedderburn has made the one-knee pose his own among local football coaches and, with it, he has laced up a string of successes only few can even match.Known in some circles as the ‘philosophical coach’, Wedderburn has managed to groom a STETHS team he took control of after former head coach Andrew Edwards left for rivals Munro College in 2012.”We have to give Andrew credit for what he achieved at STETHS. He was the one who set us on this path. I only continued where he left the programme, adding my own flavour to it,” Wedderburn said.WINNING FORMULASince then, he has been instrumental in guiding them to two daCosta Cup crowns, reaching the final in five straight years, serving as Edwards’ assistant for the 2011 and 2012 teams that lost in the final to Rusea’s and Glenmuir, respectively.Wedderburn found the winning formula in 2013 when he guided STETHS to the daCosta Cup title, lost to Clarendon College in the 2014 final, then stormed back to lift the title for a fifth time in the school’s history in 2015.In that time, they have racked up an amazing six-successive Ben Francis knockout titles, and could make it seven on the trot when they tackle Lennon High in the final this afternoon.”It is true that a team adopts the coach’s personality and attitude. I am happy my players see me as a role model and have adopted the winning mentality. It is always about being first for me,” the STETHS coach stated.”I have had success, but it’s not me alone. We have built a great system here at STETHS. The principal, all the teachers, students, and even the security personnel, have bought into it,” Wedderburn reasoned.-P.C.
In some ways, the best part of the local track-and-field season is finished. For those who like to leave the Corporate Area, there has been nothing better than meets in Mandeville and Williamsfield, Santa Cruz, Halse Hall, and Montego Bay for two weekends straight. Those in Kingston have had a fair bit of fun, too, with double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Fedrick Dacres the main players. Thompson confirmed her fine showing at the Queens/Grace Jackson Invitational when she joined Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the second-fastest Jamaican women of all time at 60 metres with her run of 6.98 seconds in Birmingham, England. The national record isn’t far away at 6.96 seconds by legendary Merlene Ottey. RECORDS RESET In two trips to Excelsior High School, Dacres has set and reset the national discus record. His last blast, at the King of the Ring throws-only meet, measured 68.88 metres. The signs suggest that Thompson and Dacres are on the way to great seasons. The same goes for Olympic champion Omar McLeod, who has run fine times of 7.46 seconds and 20.48 seconds for the 60-metre hurdles and the 200 metres, respectively. The cautionary note is that the indoor 60 metres isn’t contested outdoors and that discus throwing is easier on open fields like the Excelsior campus than inside the nearly enclosed stadiums, which host meets like the Olympics and the World Championships. The shortest outdoor sprint is the 100 metres, and on open fields, air currents can help the discus stay aloft. That’s the bad news. The good news is that if Thompson is faster indoors, that should translate into faster times outdoors at 100 metres and possibly 200 metres. Equally, Dacres is stronger than ever and seems capable of mastering 65 metres in championship conditions. If things work out, this pair is on its way to big things in London at the World Championships in August. For reference, the last time the world’s best athletes gathered in London for a global championships the 2012 Olympic Games the women’s 100 metres went to Fraser-Pryce in 10.75 seconds and the men’s discus travelled 68.27 metres from the hand of German giant Robert Harting. In that competition, Harting, Iranian Elshan Hadadi, and 2008 Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia all threw over 68 metres. Great days lie ahead. The 41st Gibson-McCook Relays are set for this Saturday, and if the weather is better than in 2016, it should be a great meet. The high school race of the meet might be a run against the clock in the Class Three girls 4×100 metres. Salecia Myles, 100 metres and 200 metres 2016 gold-medal winner Kevona Davis, Lisandra Brown, and Shanique Rowe have been reorganising the record books since their Class Four days. GIBSON-MCCOOK RECORD The Gibson-McCook record is 45.77 seconds, and the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen quartet has 2017 times of 45.99 at the Central Hurdles and Relays and 45.84 seconds at the Western Relays. Thompson delighted fans at the Western Relays with an appearance on anchor for the MVP Track Club in the 4×100 metres. In similar fashion, Yohan Blake will lead a strong Racers Track Club men’s 4×100 metres team on Saturday at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Sadly, the incomparable Usain Bolt won’t be on track, but the record the tall man anchored in 2010 38.08 seconds might be under threat. Whatever happens, the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Carifta Trials, and Boys and Girls’ Championships combine to make the next few weeks on the local athletics circuit well worth watching. When the dust settles in September, it’s a far bet that Dacres and Dodd won’t be the only ones with new national records. Thompson and McLeod could both turn the trick, and, along with Dacres, cover themselves in glory in London. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at tracksince 1980.
Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 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’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino mixed martial artist Eric Kelly is set to move up one weight class as he faces Japanese fighter Kotetsu Boku in the ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors in Macau on August 5.Kelly has been a featherweight throughout his professional career where he won 12 and lost three, but against Boku “The Natural” will fight in the lightweight division.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets “It’s been a year since the last time that I fought, I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country,” said Kelly. “I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent inside the ONE Championship cage in Macau.”“I am coming to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a new beginning for me, and it’s somehow a permanent move since this is my walking weight,” said the 35-year-old Baguio native. “We have to abide by the weigh-in rules of the company. I am comfortable with the weight.”“I am excited to be in this journey. I hope everything will turn out great for me as a lightweight.”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’Kelly, however, has suffered back-to-back losses inside the ONE cage and he sees this upcoming match against former lightweight champion Boku (25-11) as his road to redemption in the Asian promotion.His last fight ended badly after Narantungalag Jadambaa knocked him out in the first round back in July of 2016. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Nepomuceno admits gold hunt will be tough in Kuala Lumpur “I like it so far; I like what I was seeing,” Uichico told the Inquirer. “But we have many things to work on that I can tell based on how we played.”“I was experimenting out there and Ateneo was using all its players,” the nine-time PBA champion coach said. He did not go into details of the preparation, however.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’Bannered by Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks, the national team will fly to Kuala Lumpur with the main bulk of Team Philippines on Aug. 18.Uichico won’t have naturalized player Marcus Douthit in the team this time. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We won’t have that inside presence, but we will have Christian (Standhardinger),” said Uichico. “So we’ll see.”The 6-foot-8 big man from Munich, who was born to a Filipina mother, will fly straight to Kuala Lumpur from Beirut where he is playing with the senior Gilas squad in the Fiba Asia Cup.Uichico said they will play Far Eastern University, National University and Adamson as they rev up for their SEA Games defense. ADVERTISEMENT View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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) Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA convincing victory wasn’t enough to make Gilas coach Jong Uichico confident about his team’s chances in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.The Gilas Cadets trimmed Ateneo, 86-79, Tuesday at Moro Lorenzo Gym and Uichico used the match as a chance to measure the team’s preparedness for a tournament the country has dominated for decades.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ
LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Diana Mae Carlos of UP scores off Ashley Jinon (right) and Khem Consencino of TIP during their PVL match on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University has moved on.Showing no respect for the team being coached by its former mentor, NU crushed San Sebastian College, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18, Monday night for a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Menor’s next goal: 2nd pro win at Riviera UP was head and shoulders above TIP in blocks, 8-2, and service aces, 10-1. But TIP worked hard, too, and was not that inferior in the digs (38-37) and receives (20-18) departments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Diane Carlos showed the way for the Lady Maroons with 14 points, 11 on attacks, as they notched their first win in two outings in Group B, tying idle San Beda.Isa Molde also shone for UP with 12 points as she and Carlos peppered the hapless TIP defenses all afternoon with accurate hits.Marian Buitre had nine, Jessma Ramos six and Justine Dorog and Roselyn Rosier five each for UP, which fell to Adamson on opening day.It was the second straight defeat by the Lady Engineers who obviously didn’t get the exact measure of the team they faced.Ashley Jinion topscored for TIP with six points.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ 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 Aiko Urdas fired 17 points while Jaja Santiago added 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in two starts.The Lady Bulldogs also proved they have adjusted well with new coach Babes Castillo, who replaced their long-time mentor and now Lady Stags tactician Roger Gorayeb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGorayeb didn’t show up and instead asked assistant coach Clint Malazo to call the shots for the Lady Stags, who fell to 1-2.Earlier, University of the Philippines strolled to the win column with an easy 25-20, 25-9, 25-13 decision over Technological Institute of the Philippines.