Calabar High School star Christopher Taylor Calabar High School athlete shines at Jamaica InvitationalFans at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston got a treat last weekend as Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, beat American great Lashawn Merritt to win the International Men’s 200-m in a time of 20.49 seconds. Merritt had to settle for second in 20.70.Despite a small audience at the invitational, those lucky enough to attend experienced history as the 18-year-old, who was running blind from lane seven with no one in lane eight, took the win.Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa was third in 20.70s. “It’s a motivation for me going forward seeing that I am just 18. I came up against the big boys and I came out victorious and this just motivates me for the World Juniors,” Taylor was quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner as saying.Merritt, who has a personal best of 19.74s, interrupted Taylor’s interview to congratulate the young Jamaican prodigy.“He is a great competitor. I have seen him run some 400s and I knew he was ready to come run in front of his home crowd and I congratulate him,” Merritt told the paper.Elaine Thompson For Prefontaine ClassicFresh off defeating a field of largely local athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston last weekend, 2016 Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, will take on a world-class field of sprinters in the 100-m this weekend at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.Thompson will have to face the likes of 100-m World Champion, Torie Bowie; two-time World Champion Dafne Schippers, and World Indoor 60-m champion Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast.The stacked field also includes Marie Josee Ta Lou, who defeated the Jamaican in the Diamond League season-opener in Doha to win in 10.85s to Thompson’s 10.93. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, who was second in Doha in 10.90, is also in the line-up as is Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith and the USA’s Javainne Oliver.Bolt goes for bolts in JamaicaOlympic great, Usain Bolt, brought out a statue of himself – made mostly of real bolts as he celebrated the third Tracks & Records eatery in Jamaica recently. The Montego Bay eatery’s opening on the Hip Strip, included the grand unveiling of the famous “Bolt of Bolts” statue, created by German musician Vita Diedel Kloever.The grand opening welcomed Christopher Issa and the Crissa Entertainment Group to the Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records family as the newest franchisee.Bolt has got 15 more Tracks & Records to open across the U.K. Now Netball Jamaica uncertain about Henry’s returnNetball Jamaica is set to hold a second meeting with disgruntled coach Sasher-Gaye Henry next week, in hopes she will return to the post she quit recently.At the first meeting last week, Netball Jamaica said it held productive discussions with Henry and had decided not to accept her resignation.But in a subsequent statement – her second since abruptly resigning two weeks ago – Henry stressed nothing had changed, though initial discussions with Netball Jamaica had been “cordial and constructive.”The local governing body spokesman, Wayne Lewis, said there was common belief Henry would return.Henry, along with fellow coach Marvette Anderson, guided Sunshine Girls to bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia last month.Without warning, however, the former national player resigned her post a month later, citing “personal needs of my family” and her “increasing concerns about continuing professional weaknesses in the administration of the sport.”Lewis said Henry remained a vital part of the national setup, especially since there was a great relationship with the players
“It’s inevitable,” said Nash, who will turn 40 in February. “People look at the success of my career and wonder if I still have the motivation just to get out on the court. But I do.”Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban parted ways with Nash after the 2003-04 season because he had thought Nash’s deeply rooted back problems would eventually cause his body soon to break down. But Nash proved otherwise in eight seasons in Phoenix Suns, where he won two MVP awards. His fourth-place standing on the NBA’s all-time leaders in assists should secure him a future Hall-of-Fame nod. “When we got him in Phoenix, when he was 30 or 31, they said he was done,” said D’Antoni, who coached Nash with the Suns in four of his eight seasons there. “That was almost 10 years ago. He was doing something right.”That included lying on his back along the baseline anytime he wasn’t playing.“We laughed at him a little bit,” D’Antoni joked. “It was kind of odd. But he’s Canadian so that’s OK.”Should Nash play at any point this season, it’s likely he will climb up the assists list. He’s compiled 10,278 assists in 1,208 games through 18 seasons, leaving him 57 shy of passing Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for the No. 3 spot.“He’s an all-time great and he’s a guy that did it the right way,” Jackson said. “Hopefully he comes back quickly and healthy, He’s a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for.”Healing processLakers analyst Stu Lantz missed Friday’s telecast because of laryngitis stemming from a head cold, marking the second consecutive game he missed because of ailments.James Worthy replaced Lantz at TWC SportsNet’s commentator for the Lakers-Warriors game. Lantz is expected to return for the Lakers-Kings game. “He’s frustrated. I’m sure he wants to play,” D’Antoni said. “He just has to bite his tongue a little bit, stay upbeat and hopefully the process works itself out.”Nash left the second half of the Lakers’ loss Nov. 10 against Minnesota after experiencing additional pain in his back stemmed from nerve issues in his left hamstring and surgically repaired left leg. Nash has averaged only 6.7 points on 26.1 percent shooting in 22.5 minutes through six games and sat out twice on the second night of back-to-backs in hopes of staying healthy. He’s also only a season removed from missing a combined 32 games because of a fractured left leg and back and hamstring issues.Nash reported only “some improvement” after having an epidural shot Nov. 12 and spending the last week improving his core strength. He also had three epidural shots during the Lakers’ first-round loss to San Antonio last season. But they made little impact and Nash missed the Lakers’ last two playoff games.“When I’m in alignment and moving properly, it really takes a lot of pressure off the nerve,” Nash said. “But as you take contact and you are pounding and changing directions and there is compressive contortion on your spine, then your body compensates.”That’s why the 39-year-old guard understands the general public arguing he should retire. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Although Steve Nash only described the recovery process surrounding nerve pain in his back as “a little bit better,” that hasn’t made him consider retirement.“I don’t know where that came from. For me, I realize I have about 18 months of basketball,” said Nash, whose contract with the Lakers worth $19 million ends after the 2014-15 season. “I don’t want to give in too soon. I want to make the most of this opportunity to play if I can.”After he sits out when the Lakers host Sacramento on Sunday at Staples Center, Nash will travel to Vancouver with personal trainer Rick Celebrini during the Lakers’ trip next week to Washington (Nov. 26), Brooklyn (Nov. 27) and Detroit (Nov. 29). Both Nash and the Lakers will return to Los Angeles next weekend before hosting the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 1 at Staples Center.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he won’t require Nash to practice before returning, making it possible he could play against Portland. But in what D’Antoni called the “best-case scenario,” the Lakers have four days before playing Dec. 6 in Sacramento. The Lakers will likely take off Dec. 2, giving Nash potentially three practice days before returning.
Roberto Di Matteo plans to step up Chelsea’s preparations for the new Premier League season when they face the MLS All-Stars tonight – but Fernando Torres will not be involved.Manager Di Matteo has slowly eased in his players in friendlies against Seattle Sounders and Paris St-Germain, making a host of substitutions in both games.This time some are likely to complete the entire 90 minutes as part of their build-up to the new campaign, while others may play for an hour.However, Torres, who was given an extended break after his involvement in Euro 2012, is not being considered for the match.Torres joined the squad in the United States this week and could feature against AC Milan in Miami on Saturday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
PEBBLE BEACH — After two days of record high temperatures on the Monterey Peninsula to start U.S. Open week, the fog rolled in with a vengeance Wednesday morning.Temperatures dropped from the 90s down into the high 60s and low 70s as the fog bank pushed in from Carmel Bay.“With the conditions being a little cooler and windy, you can see it get firm, and it’s going to start to get tricky,” Rory McIlroy said about the course setup at a news conference Wednesday.The forecast calls for more of …
Davos, Saturday 23 January 2016 – South Africa’s Mafikizolo will tonight fly the South African flag high in the snow covered town of Davos, Switzerland as the 2016 World Economic Forum comes to an end.Mafikizolo’s appearance in Davos follows their outstanding performance at the World Economic Forum’s Africa meeting in Cape Town in June 2015. After their impressive artistic offering the group was invited by Prof Klaus Schwab to travel to Davos to entertain guests at the soiree to mark the end of the 2016 Forum.South African arts and culture is a critical vehicle through which the spirit of our national brand is conveyed within the country and beyond our borders. As such the role of arts and culture in building national cohesion and the economy is recognised in the National Development Plan. In 2011, South Africa’s music industry was worth R2.2 billion in sales.Follow Mafikizolo’s travels on @MafikizoloSA #SAinDavos.
The Chief Minister on Friday clarified that the circular was not meant to divide students in any way. “The idea is to pool in funds from different departments so that the scheme ( mid-day meal) can be effectively implemented. It was not supposed to divide students in any way,” Ms. Banerjee said. She said that dining halls constructed with funds from the Minority Department will serve all students, irrespective of their religion or community.“It’s a technical matter, nothing more,” she said, adding that the plan for constructing dining halls was only for schools that did not have the facility and where students have to eat outside.After the Chief Minister’s response, the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education issued a press release issuing further clarification on the matter.“For schools with substantial SC/ST students, such critical gap funding is provided by the Backward Classes Welfare Department. However, the assets/facilities created from such pooled funds are open to all, i.e. used by all students/ beneficiaries irrespective of which community they belong to,” the press statement said.The statement also added that for implementing the mid-day meal scheme and to create the related infrastructure, the State Government “pools funds from the budgets of various education-related departments while also ensuring that the facilities so created are used by all students, without any discrimination whatsoever”. A circular issued by West Bengal’s Minority Affairs department on the construction of dining halls in state-run schools that have more than 70% Muslim students has triggered a political controversy in the State, with the Bharatiya Janata Party calling it “discrimination”.Trinamool Congress chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quick to defend the circular, saying that it was not aimed at “dividing students in any way” but only to pool in funds from different departments to create infrastructure for running mid-day meal programme in schools.Controversy over the circular erupted with State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, tweeted the order and questioned the same. “Why this discrimination between the students on the basis of religion? Is there some other mala fide motive behind this segregation? Another conspiracy,” Mr. Ghosh said. The circular, dated June 25, called for names of schools which had more than 70% minority students for construction of dining halls for mid-day meals.1.1 The West Bengal Government has issued a circular whereby it has directed the school authorities where 70 % or more students are from the Muslim community to reserve a dining hall with seating arrangements for them. pic.twitter.com/cwYQWngDtW— Dilip Ghosh (@DilipGhoshBJP) June 27, 2019
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, fired 25 aces and 70 winners past world number 28 Querrey, the man who ended Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals.“It’s unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament,” said 28-year-old Cilic.“Sam played at a high level especially in the first set. I was 4/1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert.“But after that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.“I’m feeling a positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge trying to depose sentimental favorite Federer on Sunday.“Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court,” said Cilic, the second Croatian man to make the final after 2001 champion — and former coach — Goran Ivanisevic.“I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final? It’s great to see Cilic there,” Ivanisevic told the BBC.Cilic took a 4-0 career lead over Querrey into Friday’s semi-final, including a marathon 5hr 31 min win at Wimbledon in 2012, the second longest match in tournament history. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975.But despite leading Cilic 6-1 in career meetings, Federer will be wary of a man who was two sets to love up on him in the quarter-finals last year and held match points.“We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me in straight sets at the US Open in 2014,” said Federer.“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I’m sure it’s going to be a close match.”ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APLONDON—Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday (Saturday, Manila), downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.The 35-year-old, bidding to win a record eighth title and become the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era, will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2.But an uncharacteristic double fault handed the break back in the eighth game before the 18-time major winner played a more composed tiebreak.He pocketed the opener when Berdych miss-hit and ballooned the ball wide.Berdych kept pressing but had to fend off more break points in the fourth game of the second set before Federer again swept through the breaker on the back of a 5/1 lead.The big Czech would have to win from two sets down at the Slams for the first time in 38 matches if he were to return to the final.Unbelievable Berdych, who had the face of his vanquished quarter-final opponent Djokovic painted on the tongues of his tennis shoes, saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set.Federer then saved two to go to 3-3, made the Czech pay with a break for 4-3 and raced through a 50-second service game for 5-3.Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.“This guy doesn’t really seem to be getting any older,” said Berdych of Federer who has made the final without dropping a set. Seventh seeded Cilic reached his first Wimbledon title match at the 11th attempt with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 win over America’s Sam Querrey.READ: Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel very privileged to be in another final and get the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time,” said Federer who was playing in his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final.He is the second oldest man to make the Wimbledon final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974. 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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 25, 2018 Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua attends the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium. – Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag-bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020.After traveling to Brazil as a taekwondo fighter and South Korea as a cross-country skier, Taufatofua is aiming to paddle his way to the Tokyo Olympics as a kayaker.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m trying to be the first person in the modern Olympics to do three unrelated sports,” said the 35-year-old, who will also attempt to compete again in taekwondo in Japan.“You’ll have indoor sports, winter with the cross country skiing and water,” he told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I grew up in a kayak on the ocean, so it’s not such a big leap for me.”Taufatofua first captured global attention when he appeared at the Rio opening ceremony shirtless in 2016, his torso glistening in oil and wearing just a traditional Tongan ta’ovala mat around his waist. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After the ceremony he went viral, racking up 45 million mentions on Twitter and later appearing on US talk shows.He repeated his performance two years later at Pyeongchang, this time risking frostbite in sub-zero temperatures.Brisbane-born but fiercely proud of his Tongan heritage, Taufatofua had been practicing taekwondo for 15 years before the Rio Games.Qualifying for Pyeongchang was a much more bizarre affair. Not only had Taufatofua never skied before, but he’d also only seen snow once in his life.‘Not scared of failing’ADVERTISEMENT He made it after completing a training regime that included strapping planks of wood to his feet, in an attempt to recreate the rigors of cross-country skiing in sweltering Australian heat.Preparation for the 200-meter kayak sprint in Tokyo has been no less madcap, with Taufatofua starting his bid for Olympic glory paddling a plastic toy canoe — the only vessel he had available.He now has a proper kayak but it weighs 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and, compared to the sleek 10-kilogram Olympic vessels, more closely resembles a bathtub.“I’ve sat on a race kayak and I’m struggling just to even balance on the thing at the moment,” he said.“Maybe in time we’ll get the right kayak but for now we don’t have the funds.”He faces a tough challenge to reach Tokyo. He needs to either finish in the top five at the World Championships in Hungary in August, or win outright at the Oceania qualifiers against seasoned rivals from Australia and New Zealand.Taufatofua was eliminated in the first round of the taekwondo competition in Rio and finished 114th out of 119 in his event in Pyeongchang.But results are not the prime motivation for the personable engineering graduate, who works with homeless children when not pursuing quixotic sporting quests.“I’m not scared of coming last, I’m not scared of failing in front of everyone,” he said.“That gives me freedom to allow myself to try. It’s about what’s the next level that we can try and achieve.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Taufatofua’s Olympic adventures are not for everyone. His tilt at the winter Games left some established skiers decidedly off-piste.“I think he looks better covered in oil than with skis on his feet,” sniffed one Norwegian Olympic champion.The kayaking fraternity have been more welcoming, with the International Canoe Federation tweeting its support.“We are very excited to have @pitaTofua choose our sport to target a potential third Olympics! It will be a tough road, but if anyone can do it…,” it posted.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Tebow struggling in Triple-A, still a work in progress
Pavlos Kontides made an impressive start on the second day of the sailing competition at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, winning the first race of the day in the laser class.The result more than made up for his terrible performance in Monday’s second race when he finished 31st.Tuesday’s second race saw the Limassol born sailor finish 14th taking him to fifth place in the overall standings after four races. He now stands 22 penalty points behind Argentinian Julio Alsogaray with 7 penalty points, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, 13, New Zealander Sam Meech, 14 and Australian Tom Burton 20.His performance raised hopes of him winning an Olympic medal as he did four years ago in London with a silver, making him the first ever Cypriot to do so.Windsurfer Andreas Cariolou moved up the overall standings to tenth place from Monday’s 15th after finishing 23rd in the fourth race, 10th in the fifth and sixth in the sixth.It is the fourth time Cariolou has represented Cyprus at the Olympics having accomplished thirteenth-place finishes at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failing to qualify into the medal race.At the London Olympics, he improved further in the men’s event, but suffered a disastrous performance in his sixth race, which affected his position in the overall rankings, ultimately finishing up in seventeenth place. Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
Liverpool Matip won’t question Klopp’s methods despite Liverpool’s defensive struggles Chris Burton 07:07 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds have faced plenty of uncomfortable questions again at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, but their centre-half retains confidence in his boss Joel Matip has “no doubt” that Liverpool are taking the right approach under Jurgen Klopp despite seeing their defensive frailties exposed.The Reds struggled at times last season, with errors at the back costing them priceless points.Those issues remain this term, with Klopp failing to bring in another centre-half over the summer despite being heavily linked with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk throughout the window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Liverpool have now gone four games without a win in all competitions, with questions being asked of their ability to find the right blend between defence and attack.Matip, though, retains complete confidence in the system, telling NBC Sports: “Everything has its positive and negative sides but I have no doubt about our way of playing.”I cannot stand at the back and our attackers go forward and there is so much big space. We all have to fit together.”It is not always easy but this is our way of play. I think that is a good way of playing.”We have had our good moments and also our not so good moments. We were punished for these and it was ruthless, the first few games, but we have to carry on.”I am not in doubt about the quality in our team.”Matip was considered to be a positive in 2016-17 following his arrival from Schalke as a free agent.He did, however, see his campaign punctuated by injuries and a disagreement with Cameroon during the Africa Cup of Nations.The 26-year-old believes he is now benefitting from a regular run in the side and is seeking continuous improvement as he aims to help Liverpool get back on track.Matip added: “For me it was really important to make the whole preparation [over the summer].“For me last season was not easy with all the injuries but injuries belong to football. You cannot always do something against that.“I hope preparation will help me a lot to get a good fitness level but there are a lot of points to work hard on. I have to improve a lot of things. It would be better to list all the things I don’t have to improve!“I don’t know things on this list. I have to improve at everything and get better to help the team.”While Matip has missed just one game for Liverpool this season – Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester – he is now nursing a knock and is considered to be a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League reunion with the Foxes. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web