IT was an action-packed weekend for athletics at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC), Leonora, West Coast Demerara when the Guyana Overseas-Based Sports Association (GOBSA) ran off its fourth Annual Independence Track and Field Classic.SATURDAYGDF’s Akeem Stewart recovered from a stumble to win the men’s 100 metres in 10.44s while Kenisha Phillips won the distaff side of the event.With Davin Fraser false-starting in the final, it was Stewart’s race to lose and the ripped sprinter overcame a decent field of sprinters despite a tough first 30 metres.Young and rising sprint sensation, Loneil Marks, finished second in 10.52s while Rupert Perry, after a long lay-off from the track, clocked 10.69s in his second race of the season.Phillips was in a class by herself clocking 11.94s to win the women’s 100m. Alita Moore clocked 12.18s for second while Cassie Small ran 12.31s for third.Meanwhile Brianna Charles ran an impressive 12.20s in the 15-17 Girls’ category to top Princess Browne and Celine David who took 12.50s and 12.91s respectively.Nilon Spencer looked solid in the 15-17 male category with a 10.97s 100m win just ahead of Wesley Tyndall’s 11.09s run. Devon Williams ran 11.15s for third.However, Tyndall earlier in the day easily won the long jump event in the same category with a leap of 6.56 metres.Police athlete Anfernee Headecker completed a solid Men’s 1500m in 4:09.60s while Odwin Tudor placed second in 4:11.31s.Marlon Nicholson was third in 4:14.26s.CARIFTA gold medallist Matthew Gordon was in a class by himself with a comfortable win in the 15-17 1500m in a time of 4:18.40s.Jahiem Vandenburg had a field double with wins in the 15-17 discus and javelin throws. Vandenburg threw 28.55 metres in the discus and 44.00 metres in the javelin.CARIFTA javelin gold medallist Anisha Gibbons won the javelin event easily in the Girls’ 15-17 category with a throw of 35.39 metres while Keliza Smith captured the long jump event in the same category with a leap of 5.76 metres.National javelin record holder Leslain Baird was also in action with an easy win, using the three-step technique to record a distance of 65.19 metres.Other wins during the day’s activity included the likes of Shanay Nicholas, Akeelah Dover, Odessa France, David Higgins and Jair Samuels.SUNDAYDevaun Barrington made a huge statement by winning the Men’s 800 metres.Barrington, having somewhat of a point to prove after being out of the arena for some time, clocked 1:52.30s to comfortably win the event ahead of Anfernee Headecker who ran 1:53.67s while Daniel Melville finished third in a time of 1:57.78s.Meanwhile, Loneil Marks won the Men’s 200m in 21.36s ahead of Daniel Williams who clocked 21.37s in one of the most thrilling races of the meet.Williams, however, retained his pet event – the 400m – in 48.97s.Matthew Gordon continued his rich form with an 800m win in the Men’s 15-17 category in a time of 2:00.92s while Aaliyah Moore topped the women’s 800m in 2:23.97s.Princess Browne was also one of the day’s winners with a winning leap of 11.88 metres in the 15-17 triple jump event while another 2019 CARIFTA bronze medallist in Adriel Austin won the 15-17 800m in 2:19.45s.Brianna Charles completed a sprint double by winning the Girls’ 15-17 200m in 24.81s. Keliza Smith needed 25.43s.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From late April to late May when he was struck in the ribs by a line drive, Buehler started regularly for the Dodgers and went 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in seven starts, striking out 48 in 41 innings and holding hitters to a .189 batting average.He has started only four times since then on five days’ rest once — 20 days and 12 days the last two times, including Wednesday’s loss in Philadelphia.Over that stretch, Buehler has a 7.29 ERA (including his one relief appearance) with 16 strikeouts in 17 innings. Hitters are batting .302 against him during those five games.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that it was “fair” to blame the dropoff in Buehler’s performance on his sporadic workload.“I think that’s fair. Walker will never say that – to his credit,” Roberts said. “But there is something to be said for routine. This is not an exact science. He is a special player. His health is first and foremost for all of us and he understands that. So to not start every fifth or sixth start here and not get the continued starts, that’s definitely fair. But it’s not an exact science.” Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.After Wednesday’s game, Roberts made a modest commitment to getting Buehler on a more set schedule and keeping him in the rotation going forward.“I think so. Things can change,” Roberts said. “The thing is with Walker and all of us – we’re very synced up with understanding we need him with us through the season and through October. All that he’s had to kind of handle, I think he’s going to be better for it because he’s handled it really well.“I think for us going forward, I think we all believe we’re better when he’s with us.”ROTATION SITUATIONBuehler’s return Wednesday gave the Dodgers’ a six-man starting rotation. But that might not last for long.Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood are scheduled to start the first three games of the series in Atlanta this weekend. But Roberts said the Dodgers have not settled on a starter for Sunday’s series finale at Sun Trust Park. Right-hander Ross Stripling could “potentially” be skipped in the rotation to give him extra rest after reaching 100 innings, matching his major-league high.Stripling gave up a season-high five runs Monday and has not pitched as well recently as he had been in May and June. Roberts acknowledged then that fatigue could be a factor.“We have six guys. Now the question is how long do we go with six guys?” Roberts said of the rotation. “Do guys miss an extra day two times through? Probably not.“We’re trying to look at each individual guy and see – do we want Ross to make that start (Sunday)? Do we want Kenta (Maeda) to go on regular rest? What role would Ross potentially play if we don’t start him? We don’t need to make that decision right now. These are good options for us.”ALSOIn order to add Buehler on Wednesday, the Dodgers optioned reliever Dylan Floro to Triple-A. Roberts called him “a casualty” of the Dodgers’ 16-inning game and the need to get fresh arms on the pitching staff.As part of that, reliever Pedro Baez was activated from the DL a day earlier than planned and pitched an inning in Wednesday’s game. In order to make room for Baez, left-hander Zac Rosscup was placed on the DL with inflammation in the middle finger of his pitching hand. Rosscup was sidelined for the first two months of the season with a wart on that finger that had to be removed.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill (3-4, 4.26 ERA) at Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.76 ERA), Thursday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available); MLB Network (out of market only) PHILADELPHIA — The Dodgers have put Walker Buehler in their rotation. They have pulled him out of their rotation. They have asked him to pitch out of their bullpen. They have sent him down to Class-A on a rehab assignment. They have sent him down to Triple-A twice, once recalling him almost as his plane was taxiing to the gate.The Dodgers have tried to balance their immediate needs at the major-league level with the caution required for the future interests of a top pitching prospect. But at times it has no doubt felt as smooth as a ride down a back road pitted with potholes.“I wouldn’t have scripted it that way if I was making my big master plan,” said Buehler, the closest he will come to admitting the difficulty of being so at the mercy of a front office’s decision-making. “But I’m not the first guy to go through it and won’t be the last. You kind of make do. The bottom line is I’ve got to pitch better when I’m here. That’s about it.”That would be easier to do if Buehler were allowed to settle into the rotation – and it was.