Month: January 2020

  • Friendship, family theme embrace Bell-Ziadie Memorial

    first_imgFriendship and family was the unofficial theme at the launch of the 28th renewal of the annual Bell-Zaidie Football Memorial at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant yesterday, with each speaker emphasising the strong relationships that exist between the supporters, participants, family and friends of the yearly football celebration of the lives and contribution of two the nation’s most influential football men, Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Zaidie. Lorna Bell, the widow of Jackie, was the first to highlight the strong ties which exist between all those who support this well-loved event, which will be staged at St George’s College’s Winchester Park on Heroes Day, next week Monday. “For 29 years, Clive “Busy” Campbell, Vaughn “Bunny” Goodison and all the Bell-Zaidie committee members have stayed the duty to make this a reality and the only thing I can says is how important friendship is,” she emphasised. “Friendships are life-savers. But like anything precious you must pay attention to it and treat it with love, kindness and care,” she continued. “Jackie and Dennis believed in friendship, they even shared their football gear and they died together and that is why we are all here for another Bell-Zaidie Memorial,” she commented. Stephanie Chin See of long-time sponsors Western Sports, noted that it was more than a football event to them. “We are pleased to be a part of this event as it is much more than football, it’s family and it’s friendship,” she stated. Michael ‘Bedi’ Walker, a former St George’s College Manning Cup player, stated that they are all like family. “The Zaidie family is very grateful for carrying on Dennis’ name like that … but we are like family,” he said. Lorna Bell also encouraged patrons, participants and supporters to come out and foster even more long lasting relationships on the day. “Let us have fun and fellowship, let us forge friendships on Monday, October 19,” she added. Meanwhile, five football stalwarts will be honoured this year, including former national player and Jamaica Football Federation administrator, Howard “Juicy” Bell, former St George’s College player, Ossie Tai, former FIFA referee, Victor Stewart and Hector Pinnock, who formerly represented leading division one football club, Railway. Four teams, St George’s College Old Boys, Masters & Celebrities, Sponsors and Media and Jamaica’s senior national men’s cricketers,will be vying to be crowned Bell/Zaidie Memorial Trophy. These teams will boast some of the nation’s most recognisable figures such as Jaheel Hyde, Leford Green, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall, Chris Martin, Rudolph Speid, Gregory Messam Snr, Kasai Hinds, Nicholas Zaidie, Omar Thomas, Shavar Thomas, Nikita Miller, Andre Russell, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Carlton Baugh Jnr and David Bernard Jnr, Wayne Walker, Ian Burnett and Audley Boyd.last_img read more

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  • Clarke expects high class meet

    first_imgCalabar High’s head coach, Michael Clarke, is promising a high-class performance at home when the school hosts the inaugural McKenley-Wint Invitational Track and Field meet tomorrow.”We are really excited about the meet tomorrow and the guys are upbeat after training on the new synthetic track last Tuesday. They really want to do something special,” said Clarke.Clarke, who has coached three high school teams to top Boys’ Championships, is very confident that with the new track, it will be even harder for any team to wrest the title from them this year.”Training on the school campus is a great plus for the team and the institution as the boys will not have to travel away from school, and also, it has cut down on transportation costs as this money can go somewhere else in the programme,” he said. “It will be a family affair as we expect many past students to be present,” he continued.Calabar is the first local high school to have its own synthetic running track. The opening and dedication of the new track will take place today at a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the main speaker at today’s function.last_img read more

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  • Arnett Gardens lift sixth Jackie Bell title

    first_imgArnett Gardens FC ended the local season on a high following a 2-1 win over Waterhouse FC to lift the Locker Room/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout trophy at Sabina Park yesterday. The ‘Junglists’ gained their sixth hold on the Jackie Bell courtesy of a penalty by Jason Moore in the 12th minute and a goal by Newton Sterling in the 31st. Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson netted for the losers in the 54th minute. Arnett started the game with more purpose and scored twice in the first half. Steve Clarke was cut down inside the 18-yard area by Waterhouse’s central defender, Carlos Wright. It gave Moore the chance to easily slotted his penalty kick past goalkeeper Rashaun Patterson. Sterling then slotted home after a cross from the left flank by former Waterhouse player Neicko Williams. In the second half, Waterhouse improved their play and pulled back a goal when Anderson netted past Peter Harrison in goal for Arnett. Waterhouse took control after their goal and missed several easy chances to at least send the match into extra time. Arnett missed out on the Red Stripe Premier League trophy but etched their name on the Jackie Bell for a sixth time. They also walked away with medals and $400,000 while Waterhouse earned $250,000. CONSOLATION VICTORY Arnett’s head coach, Jerome Waite, said the victory served as a consolation after missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League title this season. “It will be a consolation. A knockout trophy is always considered that way. We were not at full strength due to injuries,” said Waite, who admitted that Waterhouse was the better team in the second half. The veteran coach is now looking forward to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) semi-finals on Friday and a match against Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection in Haiti. “The victory will serve as a boost heading into the CFU Club Championship this weekend,” Waite informed. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s coach, Anthony Patrick, was disappointed. “I think that we started a little flat, but looked better in the second half,” Patrick said.last_img read more

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  • Estwick pulls off big Contender upset win

    first_imgGuyanese boxer Charwin Estwick pulled off the biggest upset of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series on Wednesday night when he defeated American Daniel Powell by unanimous decision at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Judges Laurence Neufville and Lindell Allen scored the five round fight 49-46, while judge Eion Jardine had it 48-47.Because of his 11-0 record, which included nine victories by knockout or technical knockout, Powell was seen as the favourite to win, as Estwick went in with a record of only two previous fights, both of which he lost.At the weigh-in on Wednesday, however, Estwick, who had to take off weight to get to the 147-pound welterweight limit, declared, “I am not intimidated by his record because records do not win fights. Fighters do, and I am going to win this fight.”These words proved prophetic, as Estwick went on the attack from the opening bell, and his awkward southpaw stance clearly confused Powell, who never really got going. He was the better technical fighter, but it was Estwick who did the scoring, and the judges awarded him for his efforts.Estwick was busy right from the start, and threw a lot of punches to both the head and body. His work rate was impressive, but the cool, orthodox Powell gave the impression that it was just a matter of time before he took over. His jabs looked good and he scored primarily to the head, but it was Estwick who won the round.SUPERIOR WORKPowell was decisive at the start of the second round, and a good right hook to the head gave a glimpse of what he was capable of. He landed more punches in this round and took it comfortably, but Estwick came out blazing in the third round, and his superior work rate and quick flurries gave him the edge.Estwick also had a good fourth round, but in the fifth, he started to fade as Powell put pressure on him. Estwick suddenly seemed vulnerable, and it was at this stage of the fight that his defensive side was seen, and he was able to weather the storm to the final bell.With all the quarter-finalists in place, seeding of the top four boxers took place. American boxer Demarcus Coley was seeded at No. 1 and Caribbean boxers Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes and Ramel Lewis were seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. They then drew their opponents, and Lewis will meet Michael Gardener in the first quarter-final bout next week.In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sherine Williams from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a technical knockout (injury) second-round victory over Nyoka Hewitt from the Stanley Couch gym. Hewitt injured her right knee and had to be assisted from the ring for medical attention. In the second bout, Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic gym scored a unanimous decision over Nico Yeyo from Stanley Couch gym.last_img read more

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  • The Wright View | Cause for concern

    first_imgJamaica’s Olympic Games preparation seem to be on track for the predicted record medal haul wished for by every Jamaican, whether a fan of sports or not. One noted track and field expert from the western end of the island has predicted a record haul, based on his assessment of the historic skill of Jamaican athletes and the pace of their preparation as August approaches. We have qualified locally based competitors as well as some ‘plastic’ Jamaicans, who will wear our colours, hopefully, with distinction, win or lose. But (and this is a big BUT) things do not seem to be going as planned/hoped. Track and field is the area of the Olympics where we expect to get most, if not all, of the medals projected. I am very worried about the pre-Olympic form of our two ‘certain’ gold medals, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the real big man, Usain Bolt. History will remind us that our soon-to-be national heroes have mined gold in the past, despite less-than-ideal pre-Games form. But this year, my impression is that the rest of the world (read Americans) are showing better form than they have in previous Championship years. However, I am reminded that our coaches (track and field) are justifiably rated as the best in the world, so fret not. They should deliver (fingers crossed). The recent letter from 150 doctors requesting the organisers of the Rio Olympics to either postpone the Games or to change the venue, has stirred up the proverbial ‘ants nest’. The doctors worry about the prospect of having 500,000 people from every country in the world arriving in Brazil where Zika is endemic, keeping them there (exposed to the mosquito vectors) for two weeks, then sending them back to their home country where, in many cases, Zika is unknown. The 150 doctors also reminded the organisers of the danger to pregnant women caused by the now well-established association of microcephaly in children born to mothers who contracted Zika while pregnant. The twist to their warning comes, however, with the recently diagnosed Guillian Barre-type paralysis seen in some Zika sufferers. That new association is a real ‘attention grabber’ and downplaying its significance will not sit well with any athlete or fan who attends the Rio Olympics and ends up paralysed. The World Health Organization has pooh-poohed the call for a postponement of the Games or for a change in venue and their position has been bolstered by Britain’s leading expert on the Zika virus, Professor Jeremy Farrar, who has stated that “such a move would be disruptive and completely unnecessary”. Argument Done? I think not. I do believe that to ask athletes who have trained hard and sacrificed much in order to compete at this year’s Olympics is unfair and unrealistic. However, to expect half of a million supporters and fans to go to Rio where the disease is endemic, keep them there for two weeks then send them back to their country of origin without expecting an increase in Zika cases is ‘stretching it’. My advice to those non-athletes who had thought of going to Rio? Rethink. Arrange a comfortable television room and invite friends for a good time when your favourite event is on. The risk is just too great to justify a visit.last_img read more

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  • GG Stakes abandoned

    first_imgRacing fans have been denied the chance to see the crack four-year-old colt SEEKING MY DREAM in action on tomorrow’s racecard.The Wayne DaCosta-trained 2015 Cal’s Jamaica Derby winner was scheduled to contest the 2000 metres Governor General’s Stakes but the race was abandoned after only three horses – SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD – were nominated.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is also trained by DaCosta while Richard Azan conditions FRANFIELD.last_img

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  • Big Shot Invitational To Host Borel

    first_imgTwo-time Olympic shot put finalist Cleopatra Borel, of Trinidad and Tobago, will be the guest of honour at the Big Shot Invitational this Saturday at Excelsior High School. Borel, who has thrown her way into two World Championship finals, will arrive in Jamaica on Friday. Her presence will add gloss to a meet that will also include throwers from The Bahamas.Her other honours include a complete set of medals from the Pan-American Games.In a release from meet organiser Michael Vassell yesterday, it was revealed that in addition to local high schools including Kingston College, Jamaica College, Petersfield High, Wolmer’s, Munro, Edwin Allen Comprehensive, Holmwood Technical, and institutions including the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, the University of Technology, and the University of the West Indies, the Big Shot Invitational will also host the Blue Chips Athletics Club from The Bahamas.This recently formed club is in the vanguard of developing young throwers in The Bahamas. Late in 2016, Blue Chip Athletics teammates Jordan Lewis and Laquell Harris produced 2017 CARIFTA Games qualifying distances. Lewis reached 45.81m in the under-20 boys’ discus, while Harris matched him with a mark of 41.31m in the under-20 girls’ discus.The athlete to watch may be Commonwealth Youth shot gold medal winner Kevin Nedrick. Last week at the Manchester High/Charlie Fuller Memorial, the Petersfield High School student-athlete won both the Class One boys discus and shot put events. In the latter, he triumphed in an exciting contest over reigning ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championship winner Kyle Mitchell of Calabar High School. Mitchell boomed his shot to a distance of 18.33m with his last throw, only to have Nedrick pass him with a powerful closer of 18.85m.- H.L.last_img read more

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  • Foster, Farr impressive at Isaac Henry meet

    first_imgHolmwood Technical’s Nicolee Foster and Wolmer’s Boys’ Jeremy Farr produced record runs in the 400 metres hurdles at yesterday’s third staging of the S.W. ‘Isaac’ Henry Invitational meet at the National Stadium. Foster, a third-place finisher in the event at last year’s Champs and a semi-finalist at last year’s IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland, looked flawless as she easily coasted to victory in 58.36 seconds to erase the old mark of 1:00.73. St Catherine High’s Johnelle Thomas was second in 1:01.47 with Holmwood’s Kwanda Knight taking third in 1:03.43. The Class Two boys 400m hurdles will be contested at Champs for the first time this year, and Farr blew away a strong field in winning the event in 54.81 seconds to record the fastest time for the age group so far this season. The previous number one and two in the event, Davion Williams of Kingston College and Calabar High’s Nicquaine Henry, fell at the fourth and 10th hurdles, respectively. Jamaica College’s Treziquet James won his heat in 56.64 for second overall, with third going to Andre Leslie of Calabar, 57.16. Calabar swept the top-three places in the Class One 400m hurdles. Akyeeme Francis led the way with 53.32, edging out Damaine Dixon, 53.33m, with Malik James-King ending third in 54.13. Holmwood’s girls continued their impressive form this season. They were first and second in the Class Three 400m. Danielle Deer won in a record of 56.44, with teammate Nattesha Palmer second in 57.24. Osheena Kerr took Class One in 55.73 ahead of Jezelle Shaw of Spalding High, 56.56. They also topped the 1500 metres and 2000m Steeplechase. Delverna Bromfield won the 1500m Open in 4:50.71 while Megan Thompson captured the Steeplechase event in 7:15.4. In field events, Kingston College were first and second in the Class Two long jump. Shaquille Lowe won with 6.87 metres ahead of Wayne Pinnock with 6.65m. Richard Campbell and Tyrell Johnson of Calabar tied for third with 6.39m. Calabar dominated in Class Three. Nicolloyd Brown won with 6.23m ahead of teammates Jordan Turner (6.03m) and Luke Brown, 5.95m. Calabar’s Kyle Mitchell outclassed his rivals in the Class One boys discus after winning with a throw of 49.87m. Howard Beckford of Jamaica College was second in 44.99m, with third going to his teammate BalVin Richards, 44.49m. Teammates Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James of Mico University College dominated the women’s 200m. Loney clocked 24.47 to win her heat and James captured her event in 24.51. IMPRESSIVE FORMlast_img read more

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  • Thompson dominates in Doha

    first_img Jamaica’s Simone Facey, 23.00, and Veronica Campbell-Brown, 23.09, finished fourth and fifth respectively.  Earlier, Natoya Goule featuring in only her second Diamond League test, finished seventh in the 800m in a time of 2:01.59 behind winner Caster Semenya (South Africa), 1:56.61 in what was the fastest time registered at the Doha Diamond League.  Schippers had to settle for second place with a time of 22.45 seconds with Marie Josee-Ta Lou taking third spot in 22.77. “It was a tough race, maybe it was the wind. The time was good, and that’s OK for now,” said Schippers.  Elaine Thompson exploded with a dominant 22.19 seconds win in the 200m at the Doha Diamond League meet at the Qatar Sports Club on Friday.  Thompson, the double Olympic sprint champion flew through the first phase of the race, taking control around the corner and holding off an attempt by Dafne Schippers before extending the daylight between herself and her Dutch rival in front of an appreciative crowd. center_img IN PHOTO: Thompson (left) and Schippers. – File Photolast_img read more

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  • ‘Fighting for their fate’: Chinese kids adopted by MMA club

    first_imgIsner, Harrison advance to BB&T Atlanta Open final  MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets En Bo, the club’s Tibetan founder, was formerly in the military, and has spent the last 18 years running amateur MMA fighting studios.Enbo Fight Club boasts more than 200 members, with kids comprising just a small fraction.“As long as they meet my standards, we take kids of all ethnic groups, including the Qiang, Hui, Yi and Tibetan minorities,” En Bo told AFP in June. “We have a team that manages their health and safety, as well as teachers who are responsible for their schooling.”The kids’ housing, food and clothes are all provided by the club, En Bo said, and they receive extra “scholarships” if they win fights.But many commentators online were alarmed by the web documentary, streamed on the site Pear Video, in which the kids’ sparring appeared to be sold as a commercial spectacle.ADVERTISEMENT 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 YouTubecenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano In the footage, two thin, prepubescent fighters are seen in an octagonal steel cage. One knocks the other down and proceeds to bash him repeatedly about the head and body as the losing fighter cowers on the mat.Models wearing bikini tops and short jeans cheer and a man with a microphone whips up the crowd by saying the boys were “fighting for their fate.”“These kids are tougher than your kids,” the MC says. “Their story is more touching than your kids’. And they have had it much harder than your kids.”The video was a point of fierce debate on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.“Soliciting and using minors to engage in commercial performances which are also violent, while depriving them of a salary, is illegal,” wrote one user named Chen Ming.Others argued that without the club the boys would end up on the street and a possible life of crime.The glaring neon lights, rowdy crowds, and scantily-clad female performers at these public fights did not faze Jihushuojie, a 12-year-old who joined the club one and half years ago.“I’m not really scared of getting hurt,” he told AFP. “Before a fight, I feel relaxed and excited.”China had 500,000 orphans at the end of 2015, with less than 20 percent raised by the state and only about five percent adopted, the latest-available official figures show.The fate of the rest is unclear. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur This picture taken June 2, 2017 shows Abieamu, 13, preparing to fight in an underground fight club in Chengdu.Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group in late July after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week. / AFP PHOTO / Fred DUFOURThe 13-year-old fighter in training starts his day at 8 a.m.After a quick breakfast, he heads to a gym in southwest China where more than a dozen other shirtless teenage boys are kickboxing, wrestling and grappling — holding one another in full-body grips until one person yields.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Many were orphans or came from impoverished homes, and were connected to the club through the local civil affairs bureau.Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group earlier this week after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week.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’Local authorities could not be reached for comment Friday. The education department in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture told Chinese media that the underage fighters have been returned to Liangshan and may be matched with new schools.A coach for the club told AFP that most of the kids have returned to the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, where they are continuing their training. LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

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