September 18

Stewart, Phillips sprint champions at GOBSA Independence Classic

first_imgIT 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.last_img read more

September 16

Syracuse football loses shootout to Pittsburgh, 76-61, in season finale

first_imgPITTSBURGH — When Dino Babers strolled into his postgame press conference, he looked at the podium in front of him and paused.“I gotta stand here after all that?” he said jokingly after seeing the podium in place of his typical table and chair. “And no steps to get up here?”Syracuse and Pittsburgh navigated through “all that” — 165 plays, 1,312 yards, nine punts, 19 kickoffs, 20 touchdowns, 58 first downs and a breakdown of defense and the stereotypes of Northeast football — in 3 hours, 43 minutes. After the Orange’s win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech on Oct. 15, it appeared Syracuse had contained its defensive problems, but they returned and tainted an other-worldly offensive performance Saturday.In the fourth quarter, Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman blazed 42 yards nearly untouched until Rodney Williams fought through a stiff arm to bring Peterman down at the 1-foot line. On the next play, running back James Conner leapt over a pile of Pittsburgh and Syracuse players and pushed the Panthers to 76 points, breaking Syracuse’s previous points allowed record. That record stood 125 years, since 1891, when Union blasted the Orange for 75 points.“Yeah, we went of kickoff return like 15 times,” SU junior linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “That’s ridiculous. That field goal block, I mean … It was kind of stupid.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the Orange’s (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) 76-61 season-ending loss to Pittsburgh (8-4, 5-3), the two teams set the record for points in an FBS football game. By the end of the third quarter, Syracuse had fallen behind, 56-34. The Orange’s biggest deficit in the game came with just over five minutes left in the third when it trailed, 56-27.The offensive back-and-forth veiled that, despite the historic afternoon, Syracuse’s first season under Babers finished. Babers missed the postseason for the first time as a head coach. The Orange failed to earn a bowl berth for the third straight season. When Syracuse introduced John Wildhack as its director of athletics in July, Wildhack praised Babers’ offensive system. Like many fans, Wildhack said he bought in.But it’s been Babers’ Tampa-2 defense Syracuse has failed adjusting to. On Saturday, Pitt exposed SU’s defense again.“It’s going to get better,” Babers said after the game.“The thing you have to remember is that this year the players were thinking and next year they won’t be,” Babers added later.The Orange has struggled transitioning to the Tampa-2 in part because former head coach Scott Shafer’s defense took the opposite philosophical approach. Shafer’s system is more high-risk, high-reward, while the Tampa-2’s strength is preventing big plays. Despite the theoretical workings of the Tampa-2, SU has struggled with big-play touchdowns this season.Pittsburgh brutalized Syracuse’s defense with its use of motion and wide receiver Quadree Henderson. Early in the second quarter, the Panthers measured Syracuse’s defensive reaction to motioning players on jet sweeps on three consecutive plays in the red zone. Pittsburgh scored on the third, handing the ball to George Aston, who stiff-armed Kielan Whitner and dove into the end zone to give Pitt a 21-14 lead.On the very next drive, Henderson ran for 34 of Pittsburgh’s 69 yards on a play similar to the ones the Panthers had teased in the red zone. Pitt used similar plays again in the second half to spring Henderson for a 66-yard touchdown and Maurice Ffrench for a 77-yard touchdown on consecutive Pitt offensive plays. The Panthers gained 644 yards on 59 plays, good for 10.9 yards per play, and averaged a touchdown every 5.4 plays.“They definitely showed things we hadn’t seen on film necessarily in our game plan,” SU junior linebacker Parris Bennett said.The Orange briefly countered, cutting its deficit from 29 to 15 early in the fourth quarter with its season nearly lifeless. A win likely would have sprung Syracuse into a bowl game and cut short SU’s prior ineptitude, at least reflecting the culture change players so often talk about in a game’s result.Instead, it never closed the gap. Each time SU scored, it allowed Pitt to do the same. Seven of the last eight drives of the game ended with touchdowns, packing 47 of the game’s 137 points in the final 11 minutes, 16 seconds. Instead, the questions after the game were about Babers’ name being mentioned in another coaching search. Instead, SU’s season ended Saturday. Comments Published on November 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

January 20

Newnham takes three-shot lead

first_imgUNIVERSITY of Mississippi player Jonathan Newnham yesterday conquered the par threes, which had stumped him on Saturday, to grab a three-shot lead over homeboy Delroy Johnson on the second day of the Jamaica National Amateur Golf Championship at Sandals Golf and Country Club. Newnham, last year’s runner-up to Ian Facey, scored 67, four under par, moving his tally to 141 after 36 holes – one under, with 18 holes left to decide the championship today at the Upton, St Ann, course. His turnaround on the five par threes, after bogeying each on Saturday, propelled Newnham past joint first-day leaders Johnson and Sean Morris. It was a rough day for Morris, who double-bogeyed the second and third holes to end the round on 78, seven over, after he and Johnson had parred the course on Saturday. Newnham, meanwhile, plans to “go out there and execute” today to stave off Johnson, who said he would be depending on home-course advantage to reel in the leader. “I improved by six shots on the par threes. That was key,” Newnham said after parring four of the holes and scoring a birdie on the other yesterday. Newnham is hoping today’s final 18 holes won’t be deja vu. Last year at Caymanas, he led for the first two days, lost the lead on the third, and went down by two shots to Facey on the fourth day – the third time he was finishing second at the national amateurs. Johnson, lurking three shots behind Newnham on 144 after scoring 73 yesterday, said his short game let him down. “I only had two birdies – 12 and 17. Maybe I was playing a little too relaxed, knowing there’s a third day tomorrow. I didn’t want to take it all on today. There’s still tomorrow to come,” he said. Another Sandals player, Zandre Roye, sits third on the leaderboard on 147, one ahead of Jonathan’s father, Mark, on 148. Morris is locked with Oshae Haye in fourth place on 149. HOME-COURSE ADVANTAGElast_img read more

January 18

Investigation launched into abuse claims by ‘Garlic Girls’

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jang also denied any funds had been withheld from the athletes, saying that the team had agreed that prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions.“We thought it was not right to distribute the prize money to each athlete for private use, because that money was earned as a national team supported by the KSOC and other sports organizations,” he said. “Besides that, money received from non-sports events was all paid to the curlers’ private accounts.”The investigation will begin next week and will include officials from the sports ministry, the national Olympic committee and the team’s home province of North Gyeongsang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, Kim Eun-jung, of South Korea, throws during their women’s curling final in the Gangneung Curling Centre at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Five-member women’s curling team accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)SEOUL, South Korea — The darlings of South Korea’s Winter Olympics are back in the headlines eight months after their stirring run to a curling silver medal in Pyeongchang.South Korea’s sports ministry on Wednesday announced a joint investigation with the national Olympic committee into allegations by the so-called Garlic Girls of abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The five-member women’s curling team that shot to international renown in February and sparked unprecedented national attention for their sport sent a letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) last week to outline their allegations.The women, from a remote province famous for its garlic, captured hearts in a country that barely recognized curling before and became sought-after models for commercials.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe attention was so great during the games that their coach took away their cellphones to shield the curlers from any pressure. The Garlic Girls ultimately lost to Sweden in the gold medal match.In the letter, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong and Kim Cho-hee as well as the sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation (KCF) vice-president Kim Kyong-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their private lives to excessive control. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ “The human rights of the athletes are being violated,” the athletes, the first Asian team to win a curling silver, wrote. “We’ve reached a point where it has become unbearable.”The curlers also accused coaches of holding back prize money and trying to sideline captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family.The coaches “tried to rule Kim Eun-jung off the team after she got married in July,” the letter said. “They separated the skip and the team captain’s role to minimize Kim Eun-jung’s status on the team. They also tried not to include Kim Eun-jung in team training.”The players that they no longer wish to work with head coach Kim Min-jung, daughter of Kim Kyung-doo, and her husband, Jang Ban-seok, who is mixed doubles coach. The coaching staff deny the allegations.“Kim Eun-jung had a plan to have a baby, and as a coach, in that case, we need to think about having a new skip,” Jang said in a statement. “We’ve never trained in a way that would lead to a curler being kicked off the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: A naked Chiellini photobombs Ronaldo-Bellanova pic Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more