The Batesville Boys Freshman Basketball team lost their first game in the Batesville Invitational to Jac-Cen-Del 46-30. The Bulldogs were led by Willy Sherwood with 10. In the Consolation game, the Bulldogs (4-5) faced Hauser and won 48-40. Nate Vankirk led the team with 16, followed by Ben Harmeyer with 9 and Cole Pride with 7. The Freshman Boys will play Whiteland away on January 4th.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Scott Henderson.
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a gruesome leg injury on Monday night in the second overtime of their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at the Moda Center, and had to be stretchered off the floor.With the Trail Blazers up two points and less than three minutes to go in the second overtime, Nurkic went to grab a rebound after a Maurice Harkless miss. Nurkic caught the ball and attempted to tip it back into the hoop. He missed the shot, and as he came down, his left leg snapped and collapsed as he fell to the floor.The injury was so jarring, the first people to reach Nurkic draped a towel over his leg to cover it from view. His leg was put in an air cast, and Nurkic was stretchered to the locker room. There was no immediate word on the details of the injury, but Nurkic will assuredly miss the remainder of the season.Blazers coach Terry Stotts called the injury “devastating.”
The well-researched editorial in this newspaper on November 14 this year titled ‘Horace Burrell needs to shape up’ has elicited the expected response/defence from the general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The general secretary uses a lot of space to: – (a) remind us of our qualification to the 1998 World Cup finals; – (b) to gloss over the inability of the JFF to finalise ‘draft’ contracts with the players after months and months of ‘discussion’; – (c) refuses to acknowledge the disrespect shown to a reporter (and indeed the nation) in the flippant response of the president to queries regarding a shouting match during a meeting of the squad and the president before a practice at the National Stadium prior to the home game against Panama; – (d) blames FIFA for the lack of published financials of the JFF; – and (e) ignores the fact that the present international rating of Jamaica done by FIFA negates the possibility of native Jamaicans of acceptable standard being able to obtain contracts to play in the prestigious English Premier League. It should be obvious to the hierarchy of the JFF that the constant use of the formula that enabled us to qualify for the finals of the World Cup many, many years ago (use locals to qualify for the preliminary stages of the qualification competition, then travel around the world to any country where a footballer whose ancestors have a Jamaican connection and try to persuade them to represent our country a few weeks before match time) is not working and will not work. What is needed is for the JFF to develop and BUILD local football and footballers by recognising talent, contracting them, and then giving them the opportunity to develop by playing games against superior teams. These local footballers are more likely to have Jamaica’s interest at heart when their skills are required for important games and the ‘money short’. Captain Horace Burrell has done well as the leader of Jamaica’s football in the past. We now need a new way of thinking and vision, as football in Jamaica desperately needs to identify and harness the skills paraded by our teenagers in local competitions.