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Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has been suspended from competition for 18 months following positive doping test. The suspension is with effect from June last year to December 2014. The ruling was handed down in Powell's absence a short while ago by a disciplinary panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. Powell's team has indicated that he will appeal the ruling. 




Former national footballer granted bail

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Former National footballer, Marco McDonald, who was arrested and charged with carnal abuse, was offered bail, in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday He is charged with carnal abuse and rape involving a 13-year-old girl in 2009. McDonald was granted bail by Magistrate, Henry-McKenzie, in the sum of $150,000. He was ordered to surrender his travel documents and a stop order was put in place. The accused is to return to court on November 29. Marco McDonald is a member of the Tivoli Gardens Football Club and a former national footballer who represented Jamaica in the Brazil World Cup, in 2006. He is being represented by Attorney-at-Law, Carolyn Chuck.
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Friday 14th October 2011 - Kingston, Jamaica: The West Indies are on a tour that will see them take on the Bangladesh Tigers in two Tests, three one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match. While Tuesday's T20 booked a loss for the Windies, yesterday's opening ODI win has levelled the playing field.  West Indies Coach, Otis Gibson, spoke exclusively towww.digicelcricket.com on his thoughts for the remaining games and the importance of confidence among the team.

 

"In terms of preparation, it was very hot here yesterday and today so we are not getting in as much practice as we would like. We have the medical team on standby to make sure the players are fit and ready for tomorrow's second ODI. It is much more humid than what we are accustomed to so managing the heat and the players' fitness is the focus.

 

"Tomorrow I don't necessarily think we'll be doing anything differently. We'll look at the pitch and the players' fitness in the morning but we have our game plan and we are sticking to it. A few players are undergoing some physiotherapy so we're hoping they'll be fit for tomorrow also."

 

Talking about the Tiger's tradition as a strong test match team, Coach Gibson says he's not focusing on the tests just yet. 

 

"This tour of Bangladesh is a tough series and we are gearing ourselves up for it, strengthening our team and making sure everyone is in top form.

 

"The mood in the camp is very good at the moment. Obviously we are a bit disappointed at losing the T20 but yesterday we came out and played and our focus came through - and it hasgiven us a lot of confidence. Marlon Samuels was in great form and Lendl Simmons hit his first century. Overall the guys stuck with the plan they had - and the results speak for themselves."

 

With two tough series' behind them earlier this year against cricketing giants, Pakistan and India, has the team gained confidence from their efforts against them?

 

"Yes absolutely. Things are going well so far - we've started this series positively and the boys are even talking more about believing they can win - about what they need to do to win this series. Yesterday's win has put the opposition under pressure and a couple of more wins will see us win this series - something we haven't done in a while - so we're looking forward to it.

"Morale is very high and now going forward our consistency is a big focus. We have the confidence so now we need to maintain momentum and deliver consistently," continued Gibson.

 

Gibson was happy and optimistic when discussing the future of the young team - and who he thinks might go on to be a star...

 

"There are many future stars on the team. Young Bishoo has shown his capabilities on the international stage and Bravo continues to improve. Kirk Edwards and Simmons are also proving their worth so if they continue to put in the hard work and continue to improve; the sky is the limit for these guys."

 

Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, is also sponsoring the live radio coverage for all games in the West Indies away series against Bangladesh and India through its partnership with regional network broadcaster, Line & Length.

 

Thanks to Digicel's sponsorship, Line & Length Network will provide regional supporters with live ball-by-ball radio broadcasts of the away series. In addition, the Regional Super50 tournament in Guyana will also be aired on radio stations in the Caribbean.

 

The West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20, runs from Tuesday 11th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011, while the India series that follows immediately after will have three Tests and five One-Day Internationals and is expected to finish on Monday 12th December 2011.

 

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead.
Thirty-three-year-old Griffiths, a former star player for Glenmuir High, died on Sunday night at a hospital in Kingston after a bout of illness.
Griffiths, who made his debut for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in 1998, made 28 appearances for the national team scoring two times.
A midfielder, Griffiths, who played for Humble Lion in the National Premier League last season, recently returned from Canada. Griffiths also represented Galaxy, Hazard and Arnett Gardens.
 
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FIFA bans JFF's Horace Burrell

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, has been slapped with a six month ban by FIFA's Ethics Committee following investigations into bribery allegations against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials.
Burrell has been banned from taking part in any football related activity, be it administrative, sports or any other.
The Ethics Committee has however decided to suspend three months of the ban, subject to a probationary period of two years.
This ruling effectively rules Burrell out of the running for the presidency of the CFU.
CFU elections are due on November 20.
JFF General Secretary Horace Reid was given a warning along with David Hinds and Mark 'Bob' Forde of Barbados and Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti.
On Tuesday a video was posted on the internet showing former CFU President Austin 'Jack' Warner encouraging CFU executives to accept cash 'gifts' from Mohamed bin Hammam.
Burrell and Reid were Jamaica's representatives at the meeting.
The video was used by the FIFA Ethics Committee in its investigation.
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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has shelved plans  for  the October 7  to 9 homecoming celebration for the country's World Championships athletes because more than  two-thirds of the team including  4  of the  high profile  athletes will   not  be  able to attend. The ministry is now looking  at another option  and  a time more convenient to the athletes  to  host the  celebration
There is news that the  organizers  had  received responses from 13 of 49 athletes and of  the 13 responses, two would not have been able to attend
The celebration was slated to start with an all white beach party on the October 7 at the Grand Palladium Resort in Hanover, where the athletes would have spent the weekend.
Jamaica captured  4 gold,  4 silver  and a  bronze  medal  at  the  13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, ending  with  a blistering world record run in the  sprint  relay.
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AGREB, Croatia -- Usain Bolt made a cautious start in his first 100 meters since his disqualification at the world championships, and still won in a season-best 9.85 seconds at the Zagreb World Challenge on Tuesday.
Bolt, who false-started in South Korea last month to end his hopes of retaining his world title, shaved 0.03 seconds off his previous fastest time this year - 9.88 at Monaco in June - on a warm, still night.
"It was a poor start," said Bolt, the world and Olympic record holder. "I kind of lost concentration and just went through the line. It was OK, I suppose, but I could have done better, especially with the weather like that."
Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis ran a season-best 10.01 seconds to finish second, ahead of Trinidad's Richard Thompson at 10.03.
There was standing room only at the 61st Boris Hanzekovic Memorial, where Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and club official Emilio Butragueno arrived in time to see Bolt run. Madrid begins its Champions League campaign at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
"It was wonderful, the crowd here," Bolt said. "I loved that they were excited and that the fans come up to me. I'm always grateful for that."
However, security had trouble controlling the crowd as "Boltmania" took hold when he celebrated with delirious fans.
"It's not as bad in Jamaica, where they see me every day," Bolt said, laughing.
The commotion extended to his news conference, which was cut short when too many journalists tried to force their way into the room.
 




Yohan Blake burns the track again

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World champion Yohan Blake equalled his personal best of 9.82 seconds in the 100 metres to set a meet record yesterday, while Americans won gold in the 100 hurdles, shot put and high jump at the ISTAF event.
The 21-year-old Jamaican comfortably beat Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who finished in 10.01 at Berlin's Olympic stadium.
"That's why they call me the beast," Blake said. "There were some very good guys in this field, so it wasn't easy to win. I pushed myself to run faster. It's a wonderful feeling to win here. Life changed a bit after the world championship."
Trinidad's Richard Thompson was third in 10.08, with Jamaican Michael Frater - who helped Blake set a world record in the 4x100-metre relay in Daegu, South Korea - finishing fourth.
Blake ran the same 9.82 time at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich last Thursday. The previous meet record was 9.86 held by Maurice Greene and Asafa Powell.
Blake seized the world title in Daegu after training partner Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record-holder, skipped the Berlin event.
Dawn Harper led a US sweep of the 100 hurdles in 12.68 seconds, ahead of Kellie Wells and Yvette Lewis.
Jesse Williams of the US won the high jump by clearing 2.33m while Trevor Barry of the Bahamas was second with 2.30m.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad claimed the 100m in 11.15, ahead of Jamaicans Sherone Simpson (11.24), Kerron Stewart (11.28) and Aleen Bailey 11.37.
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DAEGU, South Korea (AP)--Usain Bolt again did the unbelievable when it mattered most in the 100 meters.
This time, no gold medal or world record, but a false start and straight elimination from the world championships in a race he has regally reigned over for three years.
In a stunning few seconds, Bolt's showboating turned into real-life despair when he jumped the gun and was led away from the track before Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake won gold ahead of American rival Walter Dix.
 "Looking for tears?" Bolt asked as a small group of reporters followed him around. "Not going to happen."
Bolt was in no mood to talk, and instead of wide smiles, he snapped at anyone who tried to ask him about the disqualification.
While everyone had been wondering what Bolt would do to his world record of 9.58 seconds, it was Blake who won his first 100 title with a slow time of 9.92, the only racer to break 10 seconds in the final.
Dix took silver in 10.08 and Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis was third in 10.09.
 "I didn't really think they were going to kick him out," Dix said. "How can you kick Usain out of the race?"
Another person who knows that feeling is double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. The South African was kept from competing by the IAAF until the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ruling shortly before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
On Sunday, he bounced on his carbon-fiber blades, ran past several able-bodied runners and qualified for the semifinals of the 400 in a historic breakthrough for Paralympic athletes.
Like always, though, Bolt found a way to capture all the attention. And for once in his golden career, he was not play-acting.
Instead of beating the clock, he beat the starting gun.
Three steps into in his race after the gun blasted, Bolt's face turned into a primal scream. And in one instinctive move he started pulling off his Jamaica shirt, needing no one to tell him he had made the biggest error in his career.
He was shown the red card and led to the sideline.
 "I was so surprised because we have been talking about that in training and now it happens," Blake said.
After the second gun signaled the false start, Bolt gritted his teeth in self disgust and threw up his arms in desperation. Hands over his head, he walked away before slamming the blue stadium wall.
All dreams of a third golden triple in as many major championships were gone, and he had no one to blame but himself. One year ahead of the London Olympics, the world championships showed him as human instead of an infallible sporting superstar.
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Steve Mullings stands before JADCO today

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Embattled sprinter Steve Mullings will have his hearing with the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO's) Disciplinary Committee on Monday, August 22 at the Institute of Jamaica.
Mullings tested positive for the banned substance furosemide at the National Championships in June.
It is unsure if the sprinter will personally attend as up to Friday, August 19, he was undecided.
The meeting will be chaired by attorney-at-law Lennox Gayle along with former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and Dr. Japheth Ford.
Mulling faces the prospect of a life ban, after he was banned two years in 2004 for excessive levels of testosterone.
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Sprinter Steve Mullings tests positive

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Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has tested positive for a masking agent, two weeks before the start of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea. Mullings now faces a minimum ban of four years and could be removed from the sport for life.
It is understood that the results of a test carried out by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission during the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, held between June 23 and 26 this year, showed the presence of the substance, which is meant to conceal the existence of banned substances or illegal drugs, such as anabolic steroids or stimulants.
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Veronica Campbell-Brown, the double Olympic 200 metres champion and former world 100 metres champion, is still expressing disappointment about Tuesday's [July 5], disqualification for a false start in the 100 metres at a meeting in France.

Campbell-Brown came out of the blocks well before the other sprinters and received a red card.

She says she will now have to re-program herself mentally to make sure it does not happen again.

Campbell-Brown, who recently ran 10.76 seconds in Ostrava, will again be in action on Friday, July 8, in Saint-Denis in France.

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Bolt saddened by for coach's passing

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TRELAWNY,  Pablo McNeil (right) poses with Usain Bolt after his 200m victory at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston.Jamaica - Olympian Pablo McNeil, the first of Usain Bolt's five High School coaches, passed away on Monday night. McNeil, born September 12, 1939, died at the Falmouth Hospital at 8:30 pm Jamaica time. Bolt, winner of the Olympic Games 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, in a statement said: "I am saddened by the passing of one of my first coaches in high school, Pablo McNeil."

"Coach McNeil was a part of my early track and field life. I appreciate all he sought to pass on to me. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to his family and close friends," added Bolt, the 2009 World Championships 100, 200, 4x100m winner, who runs on Friday in Paris.

McNeil represented his country at the 1964 1968 Summer

Olympic Games. At the 1964 Games, McNeil reached the semifinal of the 100 metres, finishing sixth, and later ran the first leg on Jamaica's 4x100m team, which was fourth in the final, the time 39.4secs. Patrick Robinson, Lyndie Headley and Dennis Johnson completed the quartet.

He did not reach the final of the 1968 Games.

McNeil, however, did win several medals from the British West Indies Championships.

After his retirement, McNeil took on the sprint coaching job at Ardenne High before moving to William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny. While at William Knibb he identified and according to many, convinced Usain Bolt to give up cricket in favour of track & field.

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Jamaica mines silver at Special Olympics

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Jamaica won three silver medals at the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games in Athens, Greece, yesterday.

Roller skater Romaine Austin captured two medals, and Monique Brown added the other.

The island's Special Olympians also placed themselves in a favourable position for a medal in the 11-a-side football competition, as they brushed aside Denmark 1-0.

On Tuesday, they had lost 1-0 to Ecuador. Jamaica's medal prospects was aided by Russia's loss to Uruguay yesterday.

Austin's silver medals were won in the 100 and 300 metres roller-skating events. In the 100 metres Austin, the youngest athlete at this summer's Special Olympic Games at 14 years, finished in a time of 14.14 seconds, behind South Korea's Jeong Su, who clocked 13.89.

In the 300 metres roller skating, he completed the distance in 42.82 seconds.

Brown's silver medal came in the 300 metres roller skating.

Jamaica's veteran Special Olympian Nigel Davis is expected to put in a good performance in the 1,000 roller-skating event when he takes the field today.

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Asafa, Veronica run away with 100m titles

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Sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown and former men's world-record holder, Asafa Powell, won the respective 100 metres titles, at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/ Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.

Campbell-Brown produced a strong run over the last 50 metres to win in a fast 10.84 seconds, as she powered away from joint Olympic silver medallist, Kerron Stewart, who clocked 10.97.

Jura Levy threw in a surprise performance to claim third in 11.10 seconds, edging out the other joint Olympic silver medallist,

Asafa Powell at the 2006 ISTAF athletics meet

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 Sherone Simpson, who placed fourth and appears set to miss out on a spot at the World Championships, with the top three set to qualify.

Powell also never had a great start, but remained composed as he rallied for a nail-biting victory in a slow 10.08 seconds.

Powell slowed towards the finish and nearly lost as Yohan Blake (10.09), Steve Mullings (10.10) and Nesta Carter flashed past the tape in a blanket finish.

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Reggae Boyz riding high

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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz are on a high at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 in the United States after defeating Honduras 1 - 0 in their Group "B" top of the table clash at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, Monday night .

Ryan Johnson's 36th minute strike, his second of the tournament, proved to be the decider.

The United States-based striker, who also missed a penalty in the 72nd minute, he tried to explain the miss.

"(The) keeper dived early and my head was down so I didn't see him. I'm disappointed in the penalty kick but at the same time, we got the win and I'm happy. We haven't been scored on in three games and that's exactly what we want to do, we want to continue to be a defensively hard team to break down and we're proven to score goals, so that's what we have to do, all the way," Johnson said.

The win means Jamaica tops Group "B" with maximum 9 points and will play their quarter-final fixture on Sunday, against the runner-up from Group "C", which will be decided on Tuesday.

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Sprint sensation Usain Bolt will highlight Thursday's Diamond League event in
Oslo, Norway when he runs his first 200 metres race in 13 months.

Bolt, who has run 9.91 seconds in his two 100 metre races so far this season,
says he is confident of running a fast race in the first 200 metres of the
season.
He had the fastest time of 19.56 seconds for the 200 metres in 2010.
Mario Forsythe, Bolt's Racers Track Club teammate, will also line up in the
event.
Novlene Williams-Mills, many time national 400 metres champion, will compete in
the women's 400 metres where she will face the in form Amantle Montsho of
Botswana.
Dwight Thomas, the national record holder, will contest the men's 110 metre
hurdles while 2007 World Championship finalist Nickiesha Wilson will face the
starter in the women's 400 metre hurdles.
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President of the Jamaica Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga says the
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) needs to disclose whether it was the recipient
of the alleged US$40,000 bribery funds from Mohamed Bin Hammam, the President of
the Asian Football Confederation.
Mr. Seaga says the JFF runs the risk of being exposed and embarrassed if it does
not break its silence on the issue.
"We're saying a clear statement has to be made and must be made otherwise you
face being a part of the disclosure when the investigation starts. If you were
involved in a disclosure at that time, it's going to make the organisation one
that brings football in Jamaica into disrepute, so we're hoping that they're not
going to be involved in that way but it's up to them ... it's not something that
we can force," he said.
Mr. Seaga added that federations guilty of accepting corrupt payments should
face some action from football's governing body FIFA, if they are serious about
cleaning the sport.
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Veronica Campbell-Brown stormed to a personal best, world leading time and the
eighth fastest women's 100 metres of all time to highlight the International
Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF's) World Challenge Golden Spike
Athletic Meet in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
A total of 4 Jamaican victories were recorded including one by Usain Bolt.
Veronica Campbell-Brown raced to 10.76 seconds, which is just outside the
national record of 10.73 seconds.
This makes Campbell-Brown the fourth fastest Jamaican ever behind national
record holder Shelly-Ann Fraser, Merlene Ottey and Kerone Stewart and joint
eighth with American Evelyn Ashford on the all time list.
Schillionie Calvert was third in 11.13 seconds.
Usain Bolt meanwhile, equalled his season's best of 9.91 seconds to win the 100
metres ahead of world leader Steve Mullings who clocked 9.97 seconds.
Marvin Anderson stormed to victory in the men's 200 metres clocking a season's
best 20.27 seconds to win ahead of Yohan Blake 20.33 seconds and Mario Forsythe
20.43 seconds.
Jermaine Gonzales posted a season's best 45.08 seconds to win the men's 400
metres
National record holder Dwight Thomas in 13.24 seconds had to settle for second
in the men's 110 metre hurdles behind Cuban winner Dayron Robles.
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Bolt nervous about upcoming season

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Usain Bolt, the world 100 and 200 metre record holder, has admitted to feeling
some nerves ahead of his season debut at Wednesday's Rome Diamond League meet in
Italy.
Bolt will be contesting his first race since his two year unbeaten streak was
ended by American rival Tyson Gay last August.
"The Diamond League is not my main focus right now. We're going to take the
Diamond League as a stepping stone leading to the World (Athletic) Championship
to determine how good my slot is and what I need to adjust. If me and Tyson meet
before the World Championship that will be good because I can determine what I
need to do (and) what I don't need to do, so these are the things that we want
to (use) the Diamond League (for), to see where I'm at in my training and what I
need to improve," Bolt said.
The sprint sensation will go up against fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in Rome on
Wednesday.
But, Bolt, who suffered from back and achilles' tendon problems last season,
said he stopped in Munich to check with his doctor to make sure everything was
ok and was given the go ahead to compete.
"This season now, I'm ready, I'm just working hard trying to get into shape and
as along as I'm in shape, I have no worries," he said.
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PENN RELAYS 2011 - FINAL DAY SAT APR 30

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Wolmers Boys 4x100m winners of the Championship of america for second 
year in a row.


Ristianana Tracey of Edwin Allen, champion girl,winner of the 400m hurdles in record time fastest leg in the 4x800m relay and fastest leg in the 4x400m relay.JPG
Ristianana Tracey of Edwin Allen, champion girl,winner of the 400m hurdles 
in record time fastest leg in the 4x800m relay and fastest leg in the 4x400m
relay.

Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay sponsored by Grace Foods.JPG
Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay sponsored 
by Grace Foods.

Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay show off their Timex'.JPG
Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay show off their Timex'.

KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN.JPG
KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN.JPG

KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN. EVENT SPONSORED BY GRACE FOODS.JPG

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Commentary over the PA system. A cricket wicket with stumps in place. Batsmen
frozen in position after playing glorious shots and a buzz from the growing
audience in amphitheatre-style seating.
Not Sabina Park, Camp Road, on a glorious afternoon of cricket lovely cricket,
but the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Saturday night, for graphic
reflection on the halcyon days of the West Indies cricket team.
The Digicel-supported documentary Fire in Babylon made its Kingston premiere to
a standing ovation, as just before the credits rolled former fast bowler and
current cricket commentator, Michael Holding, stated that between February/March
1960 and February/March 1995, the West Indies did not lose a match.
Fire in Babylon puts that West Indies dominance in the context of striking back
against colonialism and racism - literally, with the quick, hostile bowling
quartet core of Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Andy Roberts, and later,
Malcolm Marshall, and the mighty batting of Viv Richards.
And, of course, there was the stoic, savvy Clive Lloyd's leadership.
So the development of a team that turned out to be magical, after wilting under
the salvos of the fast, ferocious and feared pair of Australian quickies, Dennis
Lillee and Jeff Thompson Down Under in 1975, was interwoven with the surrounding
historical times. There was the Black Power movement through the Caribbean in
the early 1970s, the wave of black migrants to England, apartheid and socialism.
Although the team's dominance continued for another decade, Fire in Babylon
culminates with the 'Black Wash' of England in 1984.
The sole surviving Wailer, Bunny Wailer, is central to the documentary, which is
steeped in heavy reggae rockers and has a couple touches of mento and dancehall.
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Holmwood girls on top at Champs

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Edwin Allen High's Danique Bryan in action in the Class-Three girls' high jump final on the second day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. - Ian Allen/PhotographerKellion Knibb of St Jago High accounted for the first female record to fall at the 2011 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

St Jago, however, were knocked off the lead by defending champions Holmwood Technical, who have 38.50 points after six finals over two days of competition. The top five is completed by Edwin Allen High (36), St Jago (34), Vere Technical (27) and Manchester High 18.

 

Knibb had a throw of 13.64 metres to capture the girls' shot put open and in the process eclipse Candicea Bernard's record of 13.52, which was established last year. Vere's Serena Canegan (12.10m) took the silver, while Edwin Allen's Danniel Thomas (12.04m) claimed the bronze.

Despite picking up the bronze medal, Edwin Allen were left disappointed as favourite Sasha-Gay Marston, who earlier this year threw 13.71m and had, on the opening day, captured the Class One girls discus title finished fourth with a throw of 11.98m.

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Grange regrets attack on Windies Team Bus

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GrangeSports Minister Olivia Grange has described Fridday's stoning of the West Indies team bus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as "very unfortunate".

The incident followed the regional team's emphatic nine-wicket win over the hosts, in their International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup, as Bangladesh were blasted out for the fourth-lowest total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs, in the Group B match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

The West Indies replied with 59 for one, with Chris Gayle leading the way with an unbeaten 37.

"I am so relieved that none of our players or team officials werre injured," said Minister Grange, while condemning the incident.

"The attack on the bus was not cricket. I have heard reports that the attack was really meant for the Bangladesh team. That would have been equally unacceptable. That is simply not the way to express displeasure at the performance of any team.

"As the minister for sports of Jamaica, I urge the International Cricket Council authorities and the host countries to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all teams and spectators at the tournament," Grange added.

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Another date confirmed for Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt continued to give shape to his running schedule when he confirmed another date for the international season.
Organisers announced yesterday that the 100 and 200 metres world-record holder will run at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on May 26.
No details were disclosed about what events he would contest and a spokesman for the Italian athletics federation said they were still working things out.

Earlier this week, Bolt announced that he would run at the Bislett Games in Oslo in June. It was the first date for this year that the 23-year-old sprint megastar had confirmed.
The Jamaican sprinter also disclosed that his recovery from a season-ending injury last year has gone well and he would be looking to be razor-sharp for this season, which also includes the World Championships in South Korea.
Bolt is the reigning World 100 and 200 metres champion, having set world records to win the events at the last World Championships in Berlin, Germany.





Ottey nominated for Laureus Award

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Former Jamaican sprint queen Merlene Ottey has been nominated for the Laureus World Sports Comeback of the Year Award to be held February 7 in Abu Dhabi.

Ottey has been nominated alongside American sprinter Tyson Gay and Swedish heptathlete Caroline Kluft and tennis player Justine Henin.

Ottey has been nominated after she became the oldest woman to compete in the European Championships at age 50.

Meanwhile, recently crowned World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi and tennis aces Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lead the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and American Serena Williams were winners of the respective male and female awards last year.

Football World Cup champions Spain, the European Ryder Cup team, European Champions league winners Inter Milan of Italy, Red Bull Formula One team and New Zeland's All Black Rugby have been nominated for Team of the Year Award.





Bolt’s back to normal

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World-leading sprinter, Usain Bolt, says he has begun serious background training as he seeks to defend his titles at this year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.
Bolt told The Gleaner in an interview on Saturday - while on a visit to Chukka Caribbean Adventures in his hometown of Trelawny - that he has now fully recovered from the back injury which forced him to call a premature end to his season last August, and has intensified his work in training.
"I haven't had any problems," said Bolt. "The season has been going smoothly and I am working hard," he said. "I am looking at stepping up now ... we are just getting serious with a little bit of sprinting and so I am just trying to work hard to keep my back in great shape," Bolt said.





John Maxwell's memorial service this morning

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Well known journalist John Maxwell's memorial service will take place this morning at 10 o clock at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel at Mona in St Andrew.
Maxwell died on December 10 after a two-year fight with lung cancer.









Two Lift Time Achiever Awards will replace the Chairman Award at next month's Jamaican Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony.

However, the highlight of the January 21 event will be the naming of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, to be headed by Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Joining Bolt in the male category are Nesta Carter, Lerone Clarke, Asafa Powell, Jermaine Gonzales, Dorian Scott, skier Errol Kerr, along with cricketers Chris Gayle and Brendon Nash.

Campbell-Brown meanwhile is the clear favourite after winning the world 60m crown and running the fastest 100m and 200m times of 2010.

The Trelawny native is joined by Alia Atkinson, Sheree Francis the high jump silver medal winner in New Delhi, two time Commonwealth triple jump champion Tricia Smith, Kaliese Spencer winner of the Diamond League 400m hurdles crown, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and continental cup 400m hurdles winner Nickiesha Wilson.

Campbell-Brown, Carter, Keamar Daley of Tivoli Gardens FC, Gayle, Gonzales and jockey Georgina Sergeon are also nominated for the People's Choice Awards.





Big up Usain Bolt

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It all started in Sherwood, Content in Trelawny and our home boy Usain Bolt won't be forgetting that any time soon. To show how committed he is to his hometown the the big wig in athletics has ensured that the health centre in his community is now operational after undergoing a major renovation costing nearly $4 million.

Bolt, the most famous native of the community, used all the proceeds from his 9.58 party held in St Ann last year to help pay for the repairs of the clinic. It has been closed since May as a result of its dilapidated state.
The triple Olympic and World gold medallist partnered with the Trelawny Health Department, the People Co-operative Bank, Sagicor, Digicel, Capital Credit Security, United Way and Sherwin-Williams.
The track star was quoted at the opening as saying: "To give back to the community is always an honour... I remember back in the days I was a troublemaker so I got a lot of cuts — and some pretty bad ones. I remembered Miss Pansy, she used to work here and live across the road, she used to dress most of my cuts," Bolt remarked...





Usain Bolt big up Puma ratings

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Big up to our athletic champion Usain Bolt. Yeah man Puma come out and sey him a do great things fi dem ratings. Yup dem si a 16 per cent rise in sales to $784 million over the third-quarter, this according to a business report inna di Observer.

The German-based brand described the new three-year contract with Bolt as the most important event in its quarter behind its financials. It even ranked it above a multi-million full take-over of a joint-venture in China and Hong Kong and also irregularities discovered at a second joint-venture in Greece, according to its latest financials.






Bolt named Commonwealth male athlete

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Jamaica's track and field super star Usain Bolt and veteran sports journalist Tony Becca picked up top awards at the prestigious 29th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards held at in Birmingham, England Saturday night.



Bolt was awarded the Outstanding Male Athlete award while Britain's heptathlete Jessica Ennis collected the Outstanding Female Athlete award.


Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, praised both athletes although neither competed at last month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.


Australia's men's hockey team, who won gold at the 19th Commonwealth Games in India, was named Team of the Year.


There was also the inauguration of the top journalist award which saw Becca of The Gleaner newspaper sharing the most Outstanding Sports Writer prize with Nick Pitt, Sunday Times journalist of England.


Squash icon Susie Simcock of New Zealand picked up the prestigious lifetime achievement award ahead of Jamaica's netball legend Molly Rhone, President of the international Federation of Netball Associations.









Jamaican athlete, triple jump gold medalist Trecia Kaye Smith has been declared the most outstanding athlete at the recently-concluded 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi, India.


Smith was given the David Dixon award.The winner of the award is based on performance, fair play and an overall contribution to their team's participation.


She won gold with a leap of 14.19 metres in the women's triple jump, at what was her third Commonwealth Games.
She won gold in the 2006 Games in Melbourne, Australia and claimed bronze in 1998.






Bolt to participate in football coaching clinic

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Double world record holder Usain Bolt has arrived in Sydney, Australia on a promotional visit on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 2000 Olympics.

While in Sydney, Bolt will participate in a coaching clinic with the fastest football players in Australia on Tuesday.

He hopes to run in a relay in an exhibition event at Sydney’s Olympic Park, but is not expected to be part of the official Sydney 2000 anniversary celebrations.

Bolt cut his competitive season short due to back injuries and has spent recent weeks promoting his book.

He is expects to resume training in Jamaica on October 4 to build up for next year’s World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.





Shelly Ann Fraser escapes two year ban

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World and Olympic 100 meter champion Shelly Ann Fraser will not get the maximum two year ban for testing positive test for a banned substance in May.

The Jamaica Amatuer Athletics Association (JAAA) medical representative, Dr. Warren Blake, explained to RJR Sports that the JAAA’s disciplinary committee, after consulting with the IAAF, has decided that Fraser should not be handed a two year ban as there were circumstances which were deemed exceptional and special in her case.

The disciplinary panel has already reconvened and Dr. Blake says a decision should be known within a week.

Fraser had returned a positive test for the banned substance oxycodone after competing at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China on May 23.








Jamaica is now set to lose its World Indoor mile relay bronze achieved in Doha, Qatar earlier this year after quarter-miler Bobby Gaye Wilkins was slapped with a two year suspension for using the banned substance andarine.

Wilkins, who celebrates her 22nd birthday on September 10, had returned a positive test at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championship, held from March 12 to 14 this year.

Second vice president of the Jamaica Amatuer Athletics Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, who served as a team leader and doctor for the team to Doha, confirmed Wilkins' suspension.

Wilkins two year suspension will run from April 9, 2010 to April 8, 2012.

The other members of the mile relay team, which returned a national record of three minutes 28.46 seconds at the World Indoors were Clora Williams, Davita Prendergast and Novlene Williams-Mills.

Wilkins, who now resides in the United States, was also a member of Jamaica's relay pool which won the Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 games in Beijing.





Usain Bolt Signs Big Money Sponsorship Deal

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Usain Bolt, who celebrated his 24th birthday over the weekend, signed a three-year deal of a lifetime with German apparel Puma on Tuesday. This is said to be the biggest contract for a track-and-field athlete.

For his birthday, he just chilled at home because it was the first time in seven years he’d been in his own country on his birthday.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Bolt, who was in his country on his birthday for the first time in seven years. “So I just chilled. We went out and had a couple of drinks.”

Although contract terms of the deal were not released, Puma chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz said Bolt would be the “best-paid athlete in track and field history.” “It’s good, man. I’m happy,” Bolt told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m very happy with the figure.”








Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Olivia "Babsy" Grange, has expressed shock and sorrow at the sudden passing of Jamaica's leading junior female golfer, Isabelle Marley.


Marley, arguably the best young female golfer in the Caribbean, died Friday (September 3) in the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, after she was found injured at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall, Montego Bay.


According to reports, she was found injured on the ground with her golf cart a distance away. It appeared the golf cart had gotten out of control.

She was taken to the Montego Hope Medical Centre, and later transferred to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died.


She was regarded as the most promising young, female golfer in Jamaica and, possibly, in the Caribbean. She was regarded as very, very competent, even though she was still at a young stage f development.


Isabelle, a student of Immaculate Conception High School, finished third in the Girls 16-17-year-old at the six-day Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship (CAJGC) in the Bahamas last month, helping the Jamaican team to finish fourth overall behind Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.


In 2002, she represented Jamaica in the CAJGC in the Girls 12 and under division. She has also represented Jamaica at the Junior British Open Golf Championships in England.

Minister Grange described her death as "an unfortunate loss of a very promising talented at a very tender age", and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government and the public at her tragic death. (Source: JIS)





Sprinters Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay Got Beef

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Jamaican hearthob and of course Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is being hated on by his American rival Tyson Gay.

Well according to Bolt, the US track star “probably just hates my guts” because Bolt won both the 100 and 200-meter titles at the 2008 Olympics in world-record times, and helped Jamaica win gold and set another world record in the 4×100-meter relay.

A year later, he again set world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin.

“I think Tyson sits at home and cusses me,” Bolt told BBC radio on Wednesday. “He just really gets upset because every time he runs fast, I run faster than he does.

At the world championship he ran 9.71 and that’s the fastest a US athlete has ever run and he was still cussing. So deep down I think he probably just hates my guts.”

These things may be true, but the young agile Bolt did his first race in two years against Gay, who beat him Stockholm in a 100-meter race.

“It’s no stress. This year is not a championship year, this is my year off I would say, so it is no problem,” Bolt said. “I am always ready, prepared and on top of my game (at the championships).”

See we told you Bolt talk a little too much, now his comments are being used to push the fire further.





Bolt looking at lowering 100m record in London

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt, has set his sights on lowering the 100 metres world record at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.


Bolt posted a mind boggling 9.58 seconds over the distance at the world championship in Berlin, Germany last year but he believes he can shave something off that in two years time.


“There is a possibility of that because I have worked hard over the years to run that fast so my aim is to try to get it as low as possible so I have a lot of work ahead of me.

My coach says it’s two more years before I peak so I guess I have a lot of work left in me,”


“The Olympics is the biggest stage for athletes so that’s the main focus for me and that’s what I am working towards and it should be exciting,” Bolt said.






Usain Bolt wants to play for Manchester United

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Since Usain Bolt gained world-wide fame for being ridiculously fast at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he's been able to mix in visits to his favorite club, Manchester United, his other favorite club, Real Madrid, and more between running ridiculously fast.

In the past, he's talked about playing as a "left-sided defensive midfielder" when he was in high school, but now he's seriously talking about his future as a footballer and not just his past.


Says the 24-year-old in his autobiography:
"Ideally, if I was to play football, I'd sign for my favorite team -- Manchester United. People say it's not realistic but nobody has seen me play so you never know.

If Alex Ferguson saw me in one of those charity matches he might think I could replace Ryan Giggs."


You might laugh at that last sentence, but considering Sir Alex just bought a player for £7 million sight unseen, picking the next Ryan Giggs out of a charity match could be possible.


But according to the Guardian's Simon Hattenstone, Bolt isn't just spouting off to sell books:


I ask about his ambitions. Ultimately, he says, he'd love to make a go of playing football professionally. He's being deadly serious.

One of the perks of being Usain Bolt is that sporting stars love to meet him, so whenever he's travelling and there's time, he tries to train with a top football team. Last year it was Manchester United, a few days ago it was Bayern Munich.

He's still carrying a copy of the French sporting newspaper L'Equipe, which features a spread on his football skills and praise from Bayern manager Louis van Gaal.

He shows me a photo of himself with his arm wrapped round the dwarfed 6ft German forward Miroslav Klose. "If I keep myself in shape, I can definitely play football at a high level," he says.


Presumptuous? Yes. Impossible? Maybe not.

His speed and celebrity would certainly get him a trial somewhere -- whether he has any skills on the ball or not.


All this will have to wait until at least after the 2012 Olympics, though.

At which point Ryan Giggs will probably still be playing and Bolt will probably still be carrying around that copy of L'Equipe.

(Source: Yahoo)









A St. Lucian soccer star in New York for a tournament was shot to death in Brooklyn early Monday, hours after scoring a goal that sent his team to the finals, police sources said.

Isidore Phillip Tisson, 27, was shot in a car outside a Crown Heights cafe around 4:25 a.m. where he’d stopped after leaving a nightclub where the team celebrated.

When Tisson climbed back into the car, an unknown gunman approached from behind, and opened fire. Sources say the bullet passed through Tisson’s head and struck a 24-year-old woman who was seated next to him in the chest.

She was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition, police said. Two other women who were in the car were unhurt.





No 100 ms record for Gay – Bolt

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt says American Tyson Gay will not break the men's 100 metre world record this year and would need the push from himself or Asafa Powell to even come close to that time.

On Wednesday, Gay the second fastest man ever over 100 metres, said he did not need Bolt or Powell to break his personal best of 9.69 seconds at Friday’s 14th and final Diamond League Meet in Brussels, Belgium.

However, Bolt says Gay will need the extra push to break his 9.58 seconds world record set at the Berlin, Germany World Athletic Championships last year.

“Tyson is a great fighter, he works hard and he has done extremely well but I don’t think he’ll get a world record this year.

I think he needs that extra push to break the record because 9.58 seconds is not easy to get and I had to push in that race with Gay and Powell to set that record,” Bolt said.

“I think he will need that extra push … you can’t push yourself to the limit that you want to.

But I think he’s a great athlete, I wish him all the best and if he breaks it, it’s whatever, because my main aim is the world championship (in 2011),” he added.

Even though Gay will not have a Bolt or Powell to contend with on Friday, he will still have a few Jamaicans to face including upcoming sprint sensation Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and world junior champion Dexter Lee.

Four other Jamaicans are down to compete; Allodin Fothergill will line up in the men's 400 metres while Korene Hinds and Madrea Hyman will contest the women's 3,000 metre steeplechase.

National record holder Dorian Scott will line up in the men's shott putt.

The meet can be seen live on Television Jamaica starting at 1pm.





Bolt creates more history

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Track and field super star Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has renewed his sponsorship deal with German apparel company, Puma, trough to 2013.

Under the new contract, the fattest signed in history of track and filed, ties Bolt to Puma through the 2011 World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea and the London Olympics in 2012, where he will defend his 100 and 200 metre titles.

Although not releasing the terms of the contract Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Puma, says Bolt will be the best paid athlete in the history of track and field.

“In this context, we recognise the tremendous performances, victories and times that he’s run over the last couple of years.

He’s one of the few global icons in sports, who can really connect with the consumers and with his fans, and that’s what makes him so unique … he’s not just an amazing athlete, he’s also an amazing personality and from that perspective, the value is significant,” Zeitz said.

Central figure in their Olympic marketing programme

Bolt, who turned 24 on Saturday, says he was very happy with the figure.

He first signed with Puma, which also sponsors the Jamaican Olympic Association and the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association, in 2003 when he was 16 years old.

Norman Peart, Bolt’s Manager, is very pleased with the deal.

“We’re very happy with the new contract that we’ve signed with Puma,” he said.

Puma says it intends making the world’s fastest man the central figure in their Olympic marketing programme and plan to use him to help develop footwear and other apparel.





Usain says no to highway named in his honour?

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Reports have surfaced that double Olympic and World Championship gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt has written to the government of Jamaica asking that the decision to rename a section of Highway 2000 in his honour be reconsidered.


Bolt, the youngest recipient of the nation's fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, sent a letter to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports “outlining the reasons behind the decision and also stating that the party remains open to discussions regarding the matter”, according to media reports.


Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is currently off the island and no official word has so far been forthcoming from that ministry.







The fastest man in the world signed the fastest track and field contract ever yesterday, with Usain Bolt extending his sponsorship with German apparel company Puma through 2013.


The world-record holder at both the 100 and 200 metres will be tied to the company through the 2012 London Olympics, when he is expected to attempt to retain his gold medals in both sprint events.


"It's good, man. I'm happy. I'm very happy with the figure," Bolt, who turned 24 on Saturday, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.


Although the terms of the contract were not released, Puma chairman and CEO, Jochen Zeitz, said Bolt would be "the best-paid athlete in track and field history".


"He's an iconic global sports star and, as such, he's now remunerated," Zeitz told the AP.


Bolt became a worldwide superstar at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 and 200 in world-record times and helping Jamaica win another gold and set another world record in the 4x100 relay. A year later, he again set world records in the 100 and 200 at the World Championships in Berlin.


Although he is sitting out the rest of this season with tightness in his lower back, Bolt is already looking forward to returning to the track next year for the World Champion-ships and eventually the 2012 Olympics.


"I'm trying to make myself a legend," Bolt said. "People are really looking forward to me breaking records (but) I'm going to go run hard to win, that's my aim. And every time I go out there and run hard to win, I get records.

(Source: AP)





Skeen earns JA a second gold medal

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Jamaica's boy's 100 metre gold medal winner, Odane Skeen won his second gold medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Skeen helped the Americas team to win the gold medal in the boy's medley relay final on Monday in a time of 1-minute: 51.38 seconds.

He ran the second leg with Brazil's Caio Dos Santos, the United State's Najee lass and Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic to beat the European and Oceania teams.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s promising youth triple jumper Rochelle Farquharson finished fourth in the girls triple jump "A" final.

She jumped a season's best 12.57 metres behind gold medalist Khadijatsou Sagnia of Sweden in 13.56 metres.

Jamaica's only outright medal is Skeen's gold in the boys' 100 metre final where he clocked a personal best 10.42 seconds on Saturday.





A gold for Skeen

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Odean Skeen created history at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Saturday when he captured the boys 100 meters to win Jamaica's first gold medal at the games.

Fifteen-year-old Skeen, who attends Wolmers Boys’ School, clocked a personal best 10.42 seconds to win the gold.

However there was no luck for Jamaica in the other four medal events.

Olivia James was sixth in the girls' 400 metre "A" final in 54.14 seconds behind winner Robin Reynolds of the US in a season's best 52.57 seconds.

Stefan Fennell missed the bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second, returning a personal best 13.54 seconds for fourth in the boys'110 metre hurdles "A" final, won by Australia's Nicholas Hough in a personal best 13.37 seconds.

Janieve Russell finished seventh in the girls long jump "A" final with a leap of 5.83 metres behind German winner Lena Malkus 6.40 metres, while Megan Simmonds improved her personal best to 13.62 seconds in the girls' 100 metre hurdles "A" final for fourth place behind Russia's Katrina Bleskina 13.34 seconds.

In the consolation finals, Jamaica's Sasha Gay Marston threw 40.36 metres for second in the girls' discus "B" final, Frederic Dacres threw a personal best 54.79 meters for second behind winner Janos Kaplar of Hungary in the boys' discus "B" final.

Shericka Jackson can increase Jamaica's medal tally on Sunday as she competes in the women's 200 metre final.


But expectant and prospective show patrons can forget about seeing these young Christian women in swim suits and such as this contest is 100% endorsed and in some cases sponsored by the church.





German Journalist Makes History With Story on Bolt

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Kingston, Jamaica: German Journalist Felix Lill has been awarded the 2010 Austrian Sports Journalism Award in the Print Category for a story on sprint champion Usain Bolt that he filed from Kingston, Jamaica.

The award winning article appeared in three European publications: Fit For Life, a monthly magazine on endurance sports from Switzerland, Kurieran Austrian daily, and Hamburger Abendblatt, a German daily.

According to Lill, the award "was really surprising for me because I had submitted my work for the under-25 category and eventually ended up winning the adult's prize. That is to say, I am the youngest award winner in the history of this award."



Lill said the focus of the story was on Bolt's "achievements, his character and his meaning for his country, Jamaica." The award winning story was produced between Bolt's "two amazing world record runs in Beijing 2008 and Berlin 2009."



The interview with the sprinter was facilitated by the organizers of Reggae Marathon through Race Director Alfred "Frano" Francis, while Lill was visiting Jamaica to cover the 2008 staging.





Race on to see who’s the next Bolt

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Britain's David Bolarinwa and Jamaica's Odane Skeen won their qualifying heats in the 100 metres at the Youth Olympics yesterday, setting up a final between two sprinters touted as possibly the next Usain Bolt.


Bolarinwa blew away the field in his heat, finishing in 10.62 seconds. Skeen got out slowly but surged to run 10.63 and beat Thailand's Jirapong Meenapra.


The 16-year-old Bolarinwa has the fastest time this year among 16- and 17-year-olds — a 10.39 in London this month. Skeen, a 15-year-old whose lanky style has some likening him to his compatriot Bolt, ran a 10.46 in Jamaica.


"I thought 'let me go there, go hard and see if anyone can go faster,'" Bolarinwa said. "It was a good performance overall."


Skeen was less thrilled with his race, blaming his slower time on two false starts by other competitors. But he said come Saturday's final, he would win.


Bolarinwa and Skeen will face each other for the first time. Skeen was surprised to learn Bolarinwa has posted the fastest 100 this year. Marvin Bracy of the United States ran the second fastest, but is not competing at the games.


Organisers of the first Youth Olympics have emphasised participation rather than winning, but that was lost on Bolarinwa and Skeen.


Both boys seemed to relish the comparison to Bolt and their budding rivalry to that of Bolt and Tyson Gay.

Told he has been compared to Bolt, Skeen just smiled and said he dreams of surpassing his idol.
"I want to be better than Bolt," said Skeen, whose goal it is to win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

(Source: AP)






Junior athlete wanted by the police

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Junior athlete, Ricardo Powell, who got into trouble during last year's Boys and Girls and Champs after making an obscene gesture to the crowd, is wanted for questioning by the Hunts Bay Police in regards to an incident which led to the death of a woman in Duhaney Park last week.


The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported that on August 7, Powell and the daughter of 40-year-old Nadine Dillworth got into an argument which led to a fight.


During the altercation it was reported that Powell threw a stone which struck Dillworth in the head.


Reports are that the woman was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to her injury.


Powell represented Jamaica as a junior and ran the 200 and 400 metres for Calabar High School






Blake/Gay contest at London Diamond League Meet

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A keen contest between top American sprinter Tyson Gay and young rising Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will be one of the highlights of the two-day London Diamond League Meet starting on Friday, August 13.

Twelve other Jamaicans including 400 metre world leader Jermaine Gonzales are down to compete over the two day meet.

With Asafa Powell withdrawing today due to his continued back problem, the attention in the men's 100 metres will be between Blake and Gay.

Blake showed his continued rapid improvement when he gave Gay a scare in the 200 metres at the Monaco Diamond League Meet last month.

The improving Mario Forsythe will be the other Jamaican in the men's 100 metres.

Fro the females, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, returning from injury, will also be in action on the first day along with Delloreen Ennis-London.

Ricardo Chambers, Shericka Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills and Kaliese Spencer will be in action on Saturday.

Live coverage of the meet can be seen on Television Jamaica starting at noon Friday and at 9:30am on Saturday.





Bolt call it quits for this season

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is calling it quits for 2010, cutting his season short because of tightness in his lower back less than a week after losing in the 100 meters to American rival Tyson Gay.

Bolt's manager, Ricky Simms, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that the world record-holder at 100 and 200 meters will have treatment to loosen his back and then rest, skipping IAAF Diamond League track and field meets in Zurich on Aug. 19, and Brussels on Aug. 27.

"I am very disappointed to miss two of the top meetings on the circuit ... but trust that it is better for me not to take any risks this year," Bolt said, according to Simms. "2011 and 2012 are very important Championship years and I hope to be back fully fit and healthy. I would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to coming back stronger next year."

Simms said Bolt was examined Monday by a doctor in Munich who found the back problem.

"He has a tightness that restricts his ability to generate power in his stride and continuing to race in this condition could risk injury to his hamstrings or calf muscles," Simms wrote.

Bolt's manager said the decision to take a break was made "with a view to his future career."

Simms also said that an MRI exam showed that a previous left Achilles' tendon injury is healed.

Bolt hadn't lost an individual race in two years until Friday, when Gay beat him at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm. Gay ran 9.84 seconds, and Bolt finished in 9.97.

(Source: AP)






Merlene Ottey proves age is just a number

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Fifty-year-old, seven-time Olympic sprinter Merlene Ottey surprised many last week when she appeared at the European championships.

Her appearance in Barcelona made her the oldest person to compete in the championships.

We have to big up our Jamaican queen for her persistence and determination in going at it after all this time. Merlene should be an example to all that nothing should stand in your way when it comes to trying to reach the stars.








Tyson Gay upset world record holder Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the DN Galan meet in 9.84 seconds on Friday.

The American always looked in complete control against Bolt, who was straining to keep up with Gay by the end of the highly anticipated race. Bolt was second in 9.97.

A sellout crowd in the Olympic Stadium was silent before the race between the two fastest men of all time. And the tension increased even further after two false starts.





It’s Bolt against Gay today

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Asafa Powell's injury may have delayed the race of the season, but Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay said yesterday that they still expect a fast 100 metres race at today's Diamond League meet in Stockholm.

The three fastest men in the world were due to face each other for the first time this year at the DN Galan, but Powell withdrew on Wednesday evening after failing to shake off a lower-back injury.

"It's sad because I think people were really looking forward to the three of us (racing)," Bolt said. "But it's still going to be a quick time."


Bolt said that in the absence of Powell, he is still wary of the threat that Gay poses.


"In Jamaica a lot of people have been seeing me and saying 'you can't let Tyson beat you'," Bolt said.


Powell said that he had been looking forward to facing his close rivals again. The Jamaican said that he sustained the injury three weeks ago, and is unsure when he will be able to compete again next.
"Since the start of the year, this was the race that I've been looking out for," Powell said. "I've been very excited about it, so I'm very disappointed because I want to go out there and run against Usain and Tyson."


Gay said that he had mentally prepared himself to face both of the Jamaicans in the 100 final at the ancient Olympic stadium.
"It put a little dampener on it, but it's just as big a race," Gay said. "I know I'm going to need to run my best to even be in the camera shot."
Olympic champion Bolt and Powell share this season's best time of 9.82 seconds.


Bolt set the current world record of 9.58 the last time the three met on the track, at the World Championships in Berlin last August.


As well as his performances, Bolt's reputation as a showman has made him a huge draw in the Scandinavian capital. Hundreds of fans waited for hours at a city park to catch a glimpse of the Jamaican when he signed autographs for local children at an athletics clinic on Wednesday.





Bolt-Powell-Gay showdown ready

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All is in place for a showdown featuring the three fastest men over 100 metres at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden on August 6.

Meet organisers say Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation against Powell and Gay who were previously confirmed.

It will be the first meeting by all three athletes since last year’s World Championships where Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds, with Gay second in 9.71, and Powell third in 9.72.

Bolt and Powell are joint world leaders having each run 9.82 seconds.

It was in Stockholm that Powell beat Bolt in 2008.








PARIS, France (AP) — Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday.

Bolt and Powell, who share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds, meet in a much-anticipated showdown at the Areva meet at the Stade de France.

"Asafa Powell taking the start, plus runners like Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey, I know the 100 will be a great race," Bolt said. "My goal will be not to lose this race. I plan to go 9.7. It should be a good race. Asafa is ready."

Following an Achilles' tendon injury, Bolt returned to competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9 and clocked 9.82 seconds. That matched Powell's time in Rome on June 10.

Missing today will be American sprinter Tyson Gay, who beat Powell in Gateshead last weekend. The Stade de France race will be Bolt's third 100 competition of the season.

"I no longer feel the slightest discomfort as far as my Achilles' tendon goes," Bolt said. "I'm, however, remaining careful and being really attentive during training sessions. According to my doctor, I should be running at 100 per cent again in two or three weeks."

Powell is the last man to have beaten Bolt in the 100, two years ago in Stockholm. Bolt, the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder in the 100 and 200, said he improved a lot after that defeat.






Poor Shelly Ann Fraser

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Those who wanted to see Shelly Ann Fraser run yesterday in Switzerland were disappointed as the she withdrew from the Diamond League event after she tested positive for a banned substance.

The runner tested positive for 'Oxycodone' at the Shanghai Diamond League Meeting in China on May 23, which is named on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2010 Prohibited Substances list as a narcotic in the same vein as morphine.

The Internet website www.drugs.com defines Oxycodone as a painkiller used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, while www.wikipedia.com says its most commonly reported effects include euphoria, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, itchy skin, and excessive sweating.

In a report carried in the Observer Bruce James explained that Fraser underwent a dental procedure in Jamaica for which she was prescribed painkillers prior to travelling to Shanghai.

In accordance with IAAF rules, the athlete declared that substance to the sports world governing body. However, said James, that medication was not effective enough and just prior to the women's 100m in Shanghai, Fraser took another over-the-counter medication which she failed to report to the IAAF.

"The flight to China made things worse. It (Oxycodone) is an extremely strong painkiller," he explained.

"She declared everything else because as a professional athlete she knows she has to declare everything she is taking... she literally took this thing a little before running (and) she forgot to declare it after the race."

He added that while the substance is neither performance enhancing nor a masking agent, because Fraser had failed to declare the drug prior to competing, she has been sanctioned.

"Once you tell them, you are all right," he said.





It’s Bolt again!

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Usain Bolt marked his return from a 42-day injury lay-off by equalling the year's fastest time over 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meet yesterday.

The sprint megastar from Jamaica out sprinted his rivals easily, and clocked 9.82 seconds to equal the year's fastest time by compatriot Asafa Powell in Rome on June 10.

Bolt, the 100 and 200 World record holder, conceded he felt a slight pain from the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for over a month.

"I would not say it was painful, but that it takes time to heal," he said.

"I was feeling extremely nice and good. It's getting better, and the weather was warm, so it was good."







Ex-Celtic Williams, once a top scorer, is now looking for an assist

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. Every night at bedtime, former Celtic Ray Williams locks the doors of his home: a broken-down 1992 Buick, rusting on a back street where he ran out of everything.

The 10-year NBA veteran formerly known as ‘Sugar Ray’ leans back in the driver’s seat, drapes his legs over the center console, and rests his head on a pillow of tattered towels. He tunes his boom box to gospel music, closes his eyes, and wonders.

Williams, a generation removed from staying in first-class hotels with Larry Bird and Co. in their drive to the 1985 NBA Finals, mostly wonders how much more he can bear. He is not new to poverty, illness, homelessness. Or quiet desperation.

In recent weeks, he has lived on bread and water.

“They say God won’t give you more than you can handle,” Williams said in his roadside sedan. “But this is wearing me out.”

A former top-10 NBA draft pick who once scored 52 points in a game, Williams is a face of big-time basketball’s underclass. As the NBA employs players whose average annual salaries top $5 million, Williams is among scores of retired players for whom the good life vanished not long after the final whistle.

Dozens of NBA retirees, including Williams and his brother, Gus, a two-time All-Star, have sought bankruptcy protection.





Ghana eliminates US for 2nd straight World Cup

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP)—Life on the edge came to an exhausting and disappointing end for the United States against a familiar foe.

Ghana sent the U.S. packing from the World Cup—again—eliminating the Americans in the second round Saturday night.

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 victory that ended a thrilling but ultimately unfulling World Cup for the United States that was watched by record audiences back home

“A stinging, tough defeat,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn’t get the job done.”

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime to win it.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn’t tie it again.

“We had already expended a lot of energy at that time,” Bradley said. “I think we put ourselves in trouble with giving up the early goal again.”

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.

“We’ve made everybody proud,” Gyan said. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

There was no late magic this time to equal Donovan’s injury-time goal against Algeria that moved the Americans into the second round. The closest the U.S. came to tying it again was in the 98th minute, when Maurice Edu’s header off Donovan’s corner kick went wide.

With Howard pushed up, DeMerit’s desperation long shot in the final minutes went over the crossbar. Then Dempsey sent a header wide.

At the final whistle, Howard consoled Bocanegra and Maurice Edu collapsed to the ground. Donovan exchanged jerseys with a Ghana player and walked off the field, put on a coat, sat on the bunch and hung his head.

“This is a terrific group and we’re proud,” Bradley said. “We’re also disappointed that we couldn’t take it further.”

Ghana, the only African team left in the tournament, celebrated moving into the quarterfinals against Uruguay on Friday in Johannesburg. In their second World Cup appearance, the Black Stars bettered their 2006 team, which lost to Brazil 3-0 in the second round. That teams beat the Americans 2-1 in the final game of the opening round to send the U.S. home.






Poor Usain

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Boy we are really sorry for poor Usain Bolt. We always say when you are a superstar you leave yourself open to all kinds of expectations from people.

The latest now is that the Jamaican diaspora in the US are complaining that he is not giving them quality time whenever he is there.

The claim is that they can’t get interview ops with him as he is more available to foreign media than his ‘homies’ entities.


The truth is that, he will never be able to please everyone and he can’t grant every interview request. Really and truly, we wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now where the heavy demand on his time is concerned.


Still, we hope he remains focused and continues to fly the Jamaican flag high doing what he does best.









West Indies need help!

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The West Indies crashed to an embarrassing 163 runs defeat against South Africa on Sunday’s fourth day of the first test at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

South Africa, which began in the day on 155 for 2 in their second innings, declared on 206 for 4, setting the West Indies an unlikely 456 runs for victory.

Captain Graeme Smith top scored with 90, while Jacque Kallis fell for his overnight 40 against Suleiman Benn who finished with 3 for 74.

The West Indiesn as they did in the first inningsn started their reply badly losing the wicket of Travis Dowlin in the second over.

Brendan Nash again proved to the selector that they erred in promoting him to number 3, after he fell for 13, to leave the home team on 39 for 2 in the eighth over.

Despite a patient knock of 73 from Captain Chris Gayle, the regional side was not able to carry the match into day five as they were dismissed for 293 in their second innings.

Gayle shared in a 55 runs partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who made 15.

Dwayne Bravo who made 46 and Narsingh Deonarine 23, took the score to 152 before they were separated, Bravo going with the score on 192 for 6.

Sulieman Benn with 42 and Shane Shillingford 27 gave the West Indies some hope of reaching the fifth day with a partnership of 66 for the eighth wicket.

However, they were not able to achieve that as they were dismissed for 293, when last man out Nelon Pascal was bowl by man of the match Dale Steyn who ended with match figures of 8 for 94.





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New fast time for Powell in Rome

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Former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell highlighted the Rome Golden Gala, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday.

Powell, the only Jamaican winner in the Italian capital, clocked another world leading time in the men's 100 metres, surpassing his previous world leading time of 9.83 seconds recorded at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic on May 27, the third leg of the Diamond League.

The inform Powell lowered that mark by one hundredths of second though he had the second slowest reaction time off the blocks, of the nine runners.

He says but for an unusually slow start, the race could have been faster.

“It was real good race because I got a very slow start but came back to run 9.82 … the last half of this rate was a lot beeter than Oslo, (Norway). If I had gotten the start that I got in Ostrava of Oslo, this would have been a very fast race,” said Powell.

His winning, world leading time was 9.82 seconds.

Shelly Ann Fraser suffered poor luck at the same meet when she was the second of two runners to be disqualified from the 100 metres for women because of the false start rule.





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A win for Kerron Stewart in France

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World and Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart and national record holder Dwight Thomas were winners at the international athletics meet in Montreuil, France on Tuesday.

Running into a negative 1.1 head wind, Stewart returned 11.21 seconds to win the women's 100 metres.

Compatriot Aileen Bailey was fourth in 11.57seconds.

Lerone Clarke 10.37 seconds and Mario Forsythe 10.38 seconds was second and third in the men's equivalent behind British winner Dwain Chambers who clocked 10.27 seconds.

Thomas clocked 13.37 seconds to win the men's 110 metre hurdles ahead of the American pair of David Payne 13.38 seconds and Ryan Wilson 13.42 seconds.








Going for two: Usain Bolt-mania has swept the Orient like a tsunami.

The Jamaican Olympic and World champion wowed South Korea on Wednesday with a victory in the 100m at the Colorful Daegu Meeting, where his time of 9.86 seconds established a new world lead.

Bolt will look to double his pleasure with his second 200m race of the season.

He already owns the fastest time in the world at 19.56.

Don't be surprised to see that time dip into the 19.4 range before he boards the plane for Ostrava and a world-record attempt in the 300m at the Golden Spike next Thursday.





Usain Bolt wins 3-D 100m in South Korea

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Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in 9.86 seconds in his season debut at the Daegu meeting today in South Korea, a report form the Associated Press says..


The time was 0.28 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at last year's world championships in Berlin, but he shaved 0.08 seconds off Tyson Gay's 2009 meet record of 9.94.


Jamaican countryman Michael Frater was second in 10.15.
"That race was really wonderful," Bolt told South Korean television network MBC. "I really loved it and I'm looking forward to next year because it was full of energy."


He said he came to South Korea to run in Daegu Stadium and determine what he should work on when he returns to the venue for next year's worlds.


"There is a high possibility of me setting a new world record next year," Bolt said.


He skipped the opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, last week but has entered Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai.
Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 in 11.00 followed by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica in 11.05.
Ryan Bailey of the United States won the men's 200 in 20.58, and two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor won the 400 with 45.21.


German hammer thrower Betty Heidler came first with 75.28 metres, beating world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, who was fourth with 71.86, more than 6 meters below her record.


The meet, broadcast live in 3-D, was enjoyed by Seoul citizens on large television screens in city center plazas.









Usain Bolt has officially touched down in Daegu, South Korea, where he’s set to run his first 100m of the year on Wednesday.


And just as we expected, the world record-holder in the 100m and 200m sounds legitimately rattled after Tyson Gay’s straight-line record 200m on Sunday.

“It’s my first time in South Korea so I’ll do my best and, hopefully, break the meeting record,” Bolt told the BBC, adding, “It will be a very fast time.”

Can’t you just hear the fear there? Meeting record? Very fast time? Clearly Gay has him rattled. Just look at the picture above. Can’t you see the sheer terror just below the surface as Bolt waves to a horde of fans and cameras on the streets of Daegu?

Okay, we tried to build some suspense, but the fact of the matter is that Bolt doesn’t appear to be scared at all. And nor should he be. Just like every other meet he runs these days, he’ll essentially be racing against the clock on Wednesday.

The good news is that the way he’s been running, Bolt vs. a stopwatch is more than enough theater to keep us captivated.

Source: Universal Sports





Campbell-Brown, Frater win in Osaka

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Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica has won the women's 100 meters at the Osaka Grand Prix.

Campbell-Brown finished in 11.02 seconds today for her first win in the 100 this season. Japan's Chisato Fukushima was second with a time of 11.27 while Australia's Melissa Breen was third in 11.47.

Campbell-Brown, who won gold in the women's 200 in Beijing and Athens, started had to quickly make up ground to finish comfortably ahead of Fukushima.

"I didn't get the start I wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "I didn't execute the way I wanted but am happy to get the win. It's always good to come back to Osaka."

Jamaica also won the men's 100, with Michael Frater clocking a time of 10:24.

American Michael Rodgers coasted to victory in the men's 200 with a time of 20.55, 0.11 seconds ahead of Canadian Jared Connaughton.

Ireland's Joanne Cuddihy took the women's 400 with a time of 52.15, 0.78 seconds ahead of Jamaica's Clora Williams while Ginnie Powell of the United States powered to victory in the women's 100 hurdles in 12.76. (Source: AP)








Thirty two boys from five children's homes across the country were special guests of double World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt at yesterday's Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet at the National Stadium.

The boys, from Summerfield, Muirton, Alpha Boys, National Children's, Mannings and St Augustine Boys' homes were seated in section F of the grandstand.

They were accompanied by national co-ordinator Audrey Budhi and managing director of United Way of Jamaica, Winsome Wilkins.

United Way of Jamaica operates as a Project Management Unit for the world record-holder. Bolt purchased all 32 tickets for the boys.







News out of the Penn Relays is that the Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaica men's 4x100 team won their race in a meet record of 37.90 seconds.
USA Blue was second in 38.33.


USA Red, on which Portland-based Ryan Bailey had the lead-off leg, was third in 38.50.


At the end of the race, the crowd -- in keeping with the Bolt-mania that has seized fans of all ages ever since the sprint dynamo’s arrival -- went crazy as Bolt acknowledged the cheers after the victory by Jamaica's Gold team.


Bolt's anchor split was reportedly timed in 8.79.
Congrats to the team.





Former national striker shot dead in the USA

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Former national striker Patrick Beech was shot and killed in Oregon in the United States of America yesterday.


At a Digicel Premier League football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, members of the St Catherine football family expressed grief at his passing and said he will be sadly missed.


"He was such an effervescent person, one who would be constantly motivating the players around him. He is sadly missed by us, "said former Jamaica Football Federation and St Catherine Football Association president, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland.


Beech also represented Rivoli for a number of years.


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"Beech was a great footballer who scored many brilliant goals for his team. He was one of the talents discovered by René Simoes," said Omar Parker, Rivoli's captain.


Ann-marie Reid, manager of Rivoli United, said Beech was a good person who made football his life.


"He played for several teams and still had a desire to contribute, as he last played for Duhaney Park," Reid said.


His death brings to two the number of former Rivoli players to be killed in the United States as Mark Wisdom was shot to death three years ago.


Rivoli ended their game in a 1-1 tie with Humble Lion. Elsewhere, Tivoli clipped Waterhouse 1-0, Harbour View beat Village 3-0, while Portmore and August Town played to a 0-0 draw.


Source: Star





Go deh Bolt

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Usain Bolt has now become the source of a fierce battle between two of Britain's leading television broadcasters.


The Jamaican sprint megastar has the British Broadcasting Corporation and Sky battling over the television broadcast right to see him run during this season's IAAF Diamond League.


Last October, Glen Mills, the sprinter's coach, disclosed that Bolt would contest seven of the 14 Diamond League events this year.


Neither Mills nor Bolt have yet revealed the seven meets at which he will run in the Diamond League.


The BBC will televise two of the 14 meets, in Gateshead and Crystal Palace, as part of a six-year deal with UK Athletics.


But some of the 14 meets will clash with football World Cup games, including England's opener against the United States on June 12, so Sky has stepped in with a rival bid for British broadcast rights to the remaining 12 events.


Bolt is the Olympic and World 100 and 200 metres sprint champion and World record holder in both events.





It’s a win for Shelly-Ann Fraser in Monaco

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Shelly-Ann Fraser.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser, Beijing Olympic gold medallist today edged out fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to win the women’s 100 metres at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Fraser clocked 10.91 to win ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who did 10.97.
Campbell-Brown, the Beijing Olympic 200-metre champion, ended third in 11.03.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 54.20.
Lashinda Demus of the USA easily won in 52.63.





SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.





Stoke City Chair secures Jamaican striker’s spot

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RicardoFuller_599543.jpgRicardo Fuller, the Jamaican born Stoke City striker got himself some negative headlines following a brawl with a teammate at Sunday’s losing game to West Ham in the English Premier League.

Facing disciplinary action for the on field row with captain, Andy Griffin, where Fuller struck the captain, the 29-year-old’s fate is in the hands of the club, who has declared the situation an internal matter, according to Teamtalk.

Calling Fuller a key player, Spokes City Chairman, Peter Coates told reporters, "I will talk to the manager when he gets back but it is an internal matter. He is a very important player for Stoke and will be important for the second half of the season. But it is our affair and we will deal with it in our own way.”

Fuller, who was red carded during the defeat at Upton Park on Sunday faces a three-match suspension.

Manager, Tony Pulis said there is no condoning what Fuller has done and he’s waiting for the in house meeting on the matter to be clear on follow up action.





Reggae Boyz wins Championship

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boyz-grenada2.jpgReggae Boyz coach John Barnes and captain Tyrone Marshall were ecstatic about winning the Digicel Caribbean Championship, Sunday night at the National Stadium, where they defeated Grenada 2-0 in the finals.

Coach Barnes said that it was a great feeling and the guys played a wonderful tournament...

Tyrone Marshall said that not having qualified for the World Cup, he was aware that support was not going to be the best, but this win has restored some respect for the team.

The Grenadian's player/coach and captain, Anthony Modeste said that they are proud of their achievements, even though they lost, they don't feel like losers. Modeste is also captain of Digicel Premier League champions, Portmore United. He thanks Digicel for organising a wonderful tournament as well as Captain Burrel and the JFF (Jamaica Football Federation). Modeste also congratulates Barnes and Marshall saying that they are worthy champions.

The Boyz will now be focusing their attention to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be held in the USA next year.





Reggae Boyz dreams stay alive

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

ja-hon8a.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz exhibited another good display to beat Honduras 1 - 0 courtesy of a goal from Luton Shelton's 16 minutes strike, which was enough in the make or break CONCACAF make-up semi-final round fixture at the National Stadium in Kingston last night.

The victory eased Jamaica into third place in the 4 team group B with 7 points; 2 behind Honduras who started the round as leaders over Mexico on goal defense.

Mexico and Canada drew 2 - 2 in their encounter last night in Edmonton; which places the Central Americans on top with 10 points, but still not leaving them assured of advancing to the final round of 6 teams.

Canada has already been eliminated as they move to 2 points with one game remaining against Jamaica on the 19th of November.

Jamaica will have to beat Canada on that date to give themselves a chance to qualify for the next round.





asafa_405.jpgEven though the former fastest man in the world, Asafa Powell performed disappointingly at the Beijing Olympics this year, coming in 5th for the 100 meters, while Usain Bolt took the gold in 9.69 seconds; he is adamant about his way forward and speaks confidently about exceeding Bolt’s world record breaking time.

Promising to improve on even his personal best of 9.72 seconds that he clocked in Lausanne, Switzerland shortly after Beijing, Powell told the Gleaner that he is at a very exciting time of his life and is really enjoying sprinting at the moment. “To have someone from Jamaica who's so fast to run against is very exciting. It motivates me to go and train harder than ever before. I'm really excited about it," Powell said.

His personal best in Switzerland recently, sent a strong message to all his challengers; that it is plain to see that he is walking his talk and stepping up to the plate or standard set by Bolt.

Without flinching, Powell declared that he will be right there with Bolt, no matter how fast he takes it.





Usain Bolt gearing up for next track season

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bolt osaka.jpgBeijing OlympicsRealizing that his two major competitors plan to come fast and furious for the next track season in 2009, Usain Bolt has effectively given them a strong warning not to underestimate his abilities next year.

Bolt, now back home in Jamaica, spoke to reporters at a press conference after the glorious motorcade that went from the Norman Manley airport to the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, and said he will be ready and looking forward to competing against Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay next season.

Having taken the world record 100 meter crown in New York during May, Bolt beat his own 9.72 world record mark in Beijing where he clocked 9.69. Conscious of the hard work ahead as he focuses on maintaining his status as the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to capture the sprint double at an Olympic games, Bolt said while it took enormous effort to get to the top it will take even harder work to stay at the top.





Asafa Powell determined to reclaim record

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asafa_powell.jpgAs he awaits the Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, Asafa Powell spoke to reporters about his aims as a top sprinter; and he is bent on topping the remarkable 9.69 record set for the 100 meter by his team mate, Usain Bolt.

Speaking of Bolt’s record breaking run as ‘ridiculous” in terms of him going way and beyond anyone’s expectations, Powell said he is now inspired to go below 9.6 seconds for the 100 meters; as he is determined to make sure Bolt is out of his reach.

Although experiencing a season where injuries have become a barrier to his success, Powell was able to bring home an Olympic gold for the 4 by 100 relay, while individual medals eluded the champion sprinter who placed fifth in the 100 meter both in Beijing this year and in Athens in 2004.

Unable to explain why he masters the annual track circuits without ever medaling individually at any Olympics, Powell said that while Beijing was his best chance to cop an Olympic win so far, he is looking forward to the 2012 London games which he states will be his last opportunity.





Usain Bolt has done it again!

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bolt osaka.jpgBeijing Olympics, Usain Bolt beat American Walter Dix (9.99 seconds) and Trinidadian Richard Thompson (10.09 seconds) to win the 100 meters clocking 9.83 seconds at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting held at the Letzigrund Stadium on Friday.
Though his start was poor, earning him the slowest reaction time on the field, Bolt recovered quickly and by mid-race was 'bolting' to an easy victory.
"It was a good nice track..." Bolt said. He also acknowledged that his start was not his best, but he "concentrated on winning..." He blames his slower time on his having a cold.
The meet was not a great success for the Caribbean as there were only a few medals earned. Bahamian Chris Brown placed third in the 400 metres in 45.05 seconds, Jamaican Danny McFarlane also finished third in the 400 metres hurdles in 48.40 seconds and Novlene Williams earned bronze in the 400 metres clocking 50.78 seconds.





Bolt not fazed by numerous testing

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bolt osaka.jpgExpressing that he has nothing to worry about because he is clean, Usain Bolt is not surprised at the numerous tests he has been required to undergo as athletic organizations wallow in disbelief at his amazing feat of breaking historical records.

The triple gold winner who made Caribbean and Olympic history in Beijing China discussed the series of tests that entailed, blood and urine tests at an event sponsored by his sponsor, Puma. Explaining that he was tested four times even before starting to run in Beijing, Bolt says proudly that all tests came back negative.

Saying the testing was done so many times, that he lost track, Bolt remains confident of his actions saying that he trains hard and performs well; leaving no other explanation for his colossal performances.





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, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

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said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.





Glorious ending to exciting games

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The 29th Olympiad came to an end in Beijing with the same theatricality with which everyone was welcomed at the opening ceremony. At the bird nest stadium, where these games were held in China, a capacity crowd of 91,000 witnessed this fantastic closing ceremony.

Competing against each other in various sporting events, 204 countries came together; and in the end Jamaica's performance in track and field took precedence as a small Caribbean country with outstanding output especially in the sprint events.

Most notable are the 11 medals the country achieved at the games:

6 gold, 3 silver and two bronze. The male athletes had 3 medals while the females garnered 8

Standing out was Usain Bolt who earned himself 3 gold medals all in world record time. Great performances by female athletes included: Veronica Campbell-Brown’s gold in the 200 meters, where she defended her title; Melaine Walker’s gold in the 400 meters hurdles in Olympic record time and Shelly-Ann Fraser’s gold in the 100 meters.





Miami Dolphin's coach wants Bolt for NFL

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Rumour has it that Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Parcell is interested in trying out the 6 foot 4 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt for the NFL.

It is reported that Parcell has always joked about trying out Bolt, but sources say that a scout for the Miami Dolphins is on his way to China to hold discussions with Usain's manager. So is it fact or rumour? Keep tuned.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser


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Jamaica won the 4 by 100 relay in world record time of 37.10 seconds today at the Beijing Olympics, sending a clear message that the land of wood and water is not to be underestimated.

The fast and furious team broke the world mark of 37.40 set in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the US team that was equalled by another US squad at the world championships in Stuttgart in 1993.

Nesta Carter was the first man with the baton that he passed to Michael Frater; then it was Frater to the indomitable Usain Bolt who went on to hand the baton to Asafa Powell who breezed on to the finish line in record breaking time.

Bringing home another gold medal for Jamaica, the relay team conquered all odds. Top sprinter Asafa Powell got the opportunity to finally land himself a gold medal for the first time on an international platform. The gold had been eluding Powell and this was his chance to redeem himself.





Olympic committee leader criticizes Usain Bolt

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usain_new.jpgToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge had stiff criticism for Jamaican record breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

According to the Associated Press the former Olympic yachtsman who hails from Belgium told a small group of reporters that he did not consider Bolt’s "doing a show" following his historic win as being respectful of the other competitors in his race.

The elated and proud Bolt danced, did his victory run around the field draped in the Jamaican flag, beat his chest in glee and even declared that he was number one – using finger gestures in a television close-up; however Rogge felt that somehow Bolt was not entitled to express himself as his personality and possibly as his culture dictated.

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told three international reporters that Bolt should have acknowledged the others who raced with him by even giving them a tap on the shoulder immediately after finishing first, rather than showing his joy and pride in the way he did, especially af





Campbell-Brown takes the 200 meter gold

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Jamaica’s domination of the sprint events at this year’s Beijing Olympics was completed today as Veronica Campbell-Brown took an impressive gold in the women’s 200 meters.

She beat the United States’ Allison Felix into a silver medal position with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart claiming the bronze.

The defending champion produced a smooth performance across the finish line in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Jamaica has now won all four of the individual sprint events. Campbell-Brown’s victory will mean that the U.S. team will return home without a gold medal in the individual sprint events for the first time since they boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Yardflex would like to congratulate Veronica Campbell-Brown on her victory.





Lightening strikes twice

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Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.





Shericka Williams makes dramatic silver run

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sherika20050628rm.JPGJamaica added another medal to their tally as Shericka Williams performed amazingly, coming in second place this morning in the women’s 400 meter flat race. It was a bit of a surprise for avid track fans, since most sports analysts did not predict she would medal.

Williams copped the silver medal unexpectedly in a time of 49.69 seconds. The race was won by Christine Ohuruogu from Britain in 49.62 seconds and Sanya Richards came third, taking the bronze medal for the United States.

Richards, who was listed as the favorite to win the women’s 400 meter, finished in a time of 49.93 seconds. Although representing the United States in Beijing, she is a naturalized US citizen of Jamaican parentage.

In another final event today the 100 meters hurdles for women saw both Jamaican contestants, Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster disappointingly failing to make the podium. Finishing fifth and sixth respectively, they ran the race in 12.65 and 12.66 seconds.

After many years of international competition, Foster announced today that she plans to hang up her track shoes and retire.

The Olympic finals began on August 15 and Jamaica is currently number 4 in the world in athletics with 5 medals – 2 gold and 3 silver medals. Russia, the United States and Kenya rank first second and third.





The-Three-Terrific

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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On a day when Jamaica celebrated the 121st birthday anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s sprint queen Shelley-Ann Fraser as well as gold and silver medal winners Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, celebrated their clean sweep of the women’s 100 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China.

Fraser stormed to a life time best 10.78 seconds to win Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter finals; leading the sweep with Simpson and Stewart, as both clocked identical 10.98 seconds in a dead-heat for second.

This was a phenomenal accomplishment for all three athletes as they broke world history in the 100 meter race. No other country can boast having three winners represented on the podium for the 100 meter women’s Olympic final.

Although it was the first time ever that three female athletes from the same country took the top three places in an Olympic track final, American male sprinters have been first second and third on two previous occasions; in 1906 in Athens and during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The most recent occasion of seeing three athletes from the same country on a medal podium was in the triple jump in 2004 when three Russian athletes took all the medals on offer.





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Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Providence Stadium, Guyana: Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).

The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica had a bright start against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue, having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana on Friday night (0-3), Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.

After a mere 7 minutes into the game, Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well aimed shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.

Suriname, on the other hand, was just getting into a rhythm, which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica 's defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.





Jamaica's Flag flies high in Poland

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jam-flag_poland.jpgThe Jamaican contingent to the World Juniors Championship, held July 8 to 13 in Poland, was successful in achieving six medals, one gold four silver and one bronze. They placed ninth in the overall medal standings of the 181 countries that competed at the Championship.

The most notable of all the medal winners was the gold won by Dexter Lee in the Men's 100 meters in a creditable time of 10.40 seconds, finishing ahead of his country man Yohan Blake in 10.51. In all fairness to Blake who won the bronze two years ago, he was on the path of recovering from a hamstring injury.

In other events Nickel Ashmeade finished second in the 200 meters in 20.84 seconds, Keiron Stewart placed third in the 110 meters hurdles in 13.51, while the male quartet of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake won the silver in the 4 by 100 meters relay in a time of 39.25 seconds.





Bolt –Asafa, who is better?

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By: Dave Lindo

bolt_asafa.jpgThe big clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and former world record holder, Asafa Powell at the recent Jamaica National Trials, not surprisingly, did not materialize. Both had played down the clash in pre-race interviews and said that they would do just enough to qualify for the Olympics team.

In the end Bolt won, looking very relaxed, even having time to glance twice at his friend Asafa, winning in a time of 9.85. While Powell just as relaxed came second in 9.97 sec.

So all focus now is on that Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing summer Olympics. Both athletes said that an Olympic Gold far outweighs having a world record as the record will easily go but the gold medal stays with you for ever.

The Bolt - Asafa debate about which of the two is 'faster' in the 100m is still circulating. I would stick my neck out in saying that presently, Bolt is in much better condition than Asafa and is capable of running faster.

However, as the outstanding track and field analyst Earl Bailey said on a Talk Show programme on RJR on Monday, June 30, 2008, "with 6 weeks to go before the Beijing Olympics anything can happen. An athlete can improve as well as drop form."

Even on the day itself, in just under 10 seconds, the 100m finals race will be completed and the winner of the Olympic Gold medal would have been decided.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from JAAA National Championship on Sunday June 29, 2008:


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Jamaica Romp 6-0 Victory

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Jamaican forward, Luton Shelton, registered a first half hat-trick in eight minutes to propel the Reggae Boyz to a comfortable 6-0 victory over The Bahamas, in their return leg CONCACAF second round qualifying match, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on Wednesday. This feat was witnessed by a fair size crowd of spectators.

Added to the 7-0 drubbing in the first leg on Sunday, Jamaica advanced to the semi-final phase of the qualifying series with a 13-0 aggregate margin.





Boyz makes explosive start

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz made an explosive start to their 2010 South Africa World Cup Finals campaign when they comprehensively beat an inferior Bahamas outfit 7-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.

Playing before an almost capacity crowd the Boyz made a giant step towards advancing to the semi-final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series.

Captain Ricardo Gardner started the on-slaught when he scored in the 17th minute. This was followed by goals from Demar Phillips, Marlon King, Andy Williams, Omar Daley and a double strike from Luton Shelton.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica's senior Reggae Boyz turned in a spirited but somewhat patchy performance to defeat the St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5-1 in their friendly international at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday night.

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Marlon King, (in the 26th and 42nd minutes), led the way for the Rene Simoes coached squad as the hard running Demar Phillips, of Stoke City in England, got his name on the score sheet as well, with a beautiful finish earlier in the 17th minute of play to open the scoring and send the spectators in a frenzy.





Usain Bolt the fastest man in the world

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Usain Bolt lightning run in the men's 100m ahead of the field at last night's Reebok Grand Prix in a new world record time of 9.72 seconds.





West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

portmore_united_FC.jpgPortmore United won the National Premier League played by top football club's in Jamaica. Twelve teams vied for pole position, with Portmore United coming out on top. After playing 38 games, of which they won 21, drew 12 and lost 5, amassed a total of 75 points to walk away with the trophy.

Tivoli Gardens came second with 66 points, Boy's Town third with 58 points, last season champions, Harbour View fourth with 51 points and Waterhouse fifth with 47 points.

Coached by former Reggae Boyz defender Linval Dixon, the champions had a strong nucleus of National players with experience and youth.





The lightning Bolt strikes again

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lightning_bolt.jpgAlmost one year to the date when he broke the National 200 metres record Usain "Lightning" Bolt struck up an awe inspiring performance at Kingston's National Stadium, at the Jamaica International Invitational Games on Saturday, May 3.

A plethora of stars including the World Championship and Olympic medal winners from the United States, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Sanya Richards led the way for the "Stars and Stripes" against Usain Bolt, Danny Mcfarlane, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Deloreen Ennis-London, wearing the black green and gold representing the, "likkle but we tallawah", Jamaica in the three hour clash.

The fact that all the big name MVP runners; Micheal Frater, Bridgette Foster-Hylton, Sherone Simpson and the world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, stayed away, the I.A.A.F area permit meet was a quality one nonetheless.





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The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.





bolt_gay.jpgAmerican sprint star Tyson Gay, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and Jamaica's Usain 'Lightning' Bolt, who last weekend stunned the sports world when he ran a lighting fast 9.76 seconds, the second-fastest 100-meter dash in history, will meet at 100 meters at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, organizers announced.

Bolt, the 21-year-old Jamaican who took the 200-meter and 4x100-meter World Championship silver medals behind Gay in Osaka, is the 2002 World Junior Champion at 200 meters and holds the World Junior Record of 19.93 seconds for the distance.





Campbell_large.jpgIcahn Stadium, New York will be 15,000 seats larger come May 31st as organizers expect mega crowds for the Reebok Grand Prix during this Olympic Year.

Another big reason that they will be heading out to the Randall's Island site will be to take in the headliners, who are all mega track stars in their own right.

World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of a short list of top ranking Olympians who will headline at the event. Liu Xiang, a major Chinese track star and Lauryn Williams, who was the highlight of 2007's World Championships 100 meters, join Campbell-Brown as headliners.





West Indies victorious in final test match

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thumbnail_ramnaresh_sarwan.jpgWest Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a fluent 102 and his Guyanse couterpart Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 86 to pilot the West Indies to a series-levelling six wicket victory over Sri-Lanka in the second and final test from the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Sri-Lanka had won the first test played in Providence, Guyana by 121 runs. Both players added a record fourth wicket partnership of 157 as they came together with the score on 73 for 3. The target set for the West Indies to win with two day's remaining was 253. However captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon fell in successive overs with the score on 24 for 2.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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Jamaica on Wednesday squandered a glorious opportunity to chalk up another victory against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago when they surrendered a two goal lead to end the game 2-2 in front of a fairly disappointed crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Reggae Boyz looked vastly superior to a largely ineffective though young and inexperienced T n T aggregation. The Boyz with a couple of senior professionals from England, including Luton Shelton, Demar Phillips, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Omar Daley and the recalled Deon Burton waltzed to a comfortable two goal half time advantage thanks to strikes from captain and Wigan FC player Marlon King in the 34th minute and Tyrone 'Granny' Marshall - who plays for Toronto football club in the U.S Major League Soccer - in minute 41.





Another Glorious Boys and Girls Champs

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The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships for 2008 came to an end on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Kingston in spectacular fashion with Calabar High School Boys and Holmwood Technical Girls repeating as champions.

Andrew Riley of Calabar High and Salcia Slack of Holmwood Technical were winners of their respective heptathlon titles, and were fittingly named as the overall points champions at the end of the four day meet.





By: Dwight Fraser & Devon Anderson

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Trinidad and Tobago defeated Jamaica in the luxurious Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua, by 9 wickets to walk away with a whopping 1 Million US Dollars.

Oh gosh the sweet smell of success, and the taste of 1 million of Uncle Sam's dollars pushed the Trinidadian's all the way, as they knocked down the Jamaicans, captained by Chris Gayle for one of their lowest ever one day total of 91, not off 20 overs, but in 16.4 overs.





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Head Coach for the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics, John Barnes, was proud to commend the Jamaican National U-20 team yesterday, on their 1-0 win in a rigorous match against Seba United in Kingston, Jamaica. Marking the end of the eight country Digicel Clinics, the Nationals fought hard and were victorious against a strong team. In congratulating the U-20s, who he had been guiding for two full days before, Barnes said, "It was not an easy win, but a well deserved win. It is not always easy for a team that does not usually play together to win against a team like Seba United who play together all the time. You worked together well today in the true spirit of teamwork."

Throughout the tour Barnes has been keenly observing the enormous talent in Caribbean football and now must execute his mandate to choose six footballers from the region to take part in one week's training at Sunderland AFC's Academy of Light in the UK. While this has been one main focus, Barnes' first-rate coaching skills, that facilitated development in an outstanding number of winners on every leg of the tour; have also been lauded in each island visited.





Trinidad U-20s prove powerhouse status

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"Trinidad is a football powerhouse," Jack Warner, President of the Caribbean Football Union said, and the U-20s along with their strong opponents, demonstrated this strength throughout the match. By half time the score was one all and the Nationals pounced on the chance to take the lead only one minute into the second half when they scored the winning goal.

Digicel Clinics' Head Coach, John Barnes thanked the young Trinidadian players after the match saying, "I'd like to thank you all for your hard work, discipline, diligence and enthusiasm over that past three days. I hope that you continue on this path of professionalism. Today you have proved that players such as Dwight York are not a rarity in Trinidad."





Digicel Football Clinic ends part 6 in Suriname

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With two countries to go the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic wound up its sixth leg in Paramaribo, Suriname, on February 3rd with a high tempo match infused with disciplined performances. At the Franklyn Essed Stadium, the National U-20 and opposing team, Robin Hood played the match taken by U-20 2- 1. with great spirit.

Described as showing commendable promise for the future development of
football in Suriname, U-20 players who attended the three day Clinic as well as their opponents, Robin Hood were highly commended by Digicel Clinics' Head Coach, John Barnes. "All the players exhibited the discipline and togetherness that I have been speaking about. There are about three or four players from Suriname that will be up for consideration to go to Sunderland and one of the players I'm considering is from Robin Hood," Barnes said.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

powell_campbell.jpgIn what was a glitsy affair at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, at the RJR Sports Man and Woman ceremony the world's fastest man Asafa Powell and the speed ball from Trelawny Veronica Campbell-Brown took the respective lions share of the accolades.

Powell walked away with his third such honour as 'Sports Man Of The Year,' dating back to 2005. A fitting bill after he was named the Central American and Caribbean top athlete for 2007 back in December.

Powell who won a bronze at the World Championship in the 100 metres along with a silver in the 4x100 metres relay, edged out fellow Sprinter Usain Bolt, World Championship Decathlon Silver medalist Maurice Smith and West Indies Pace Bowler Darren, Powell in the male category.

Smith was named the overall runner up in the male section.

Veronica Campbell-Brown in the meantime received her second such honour after winning in 2004.





Dwayne De Rosario; long road to soccer success

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dwayne.jpg"I like to think age 30 is the new 20" the vegetarian soccer great, Dwayne De Rosario said of the benefits healthy eating brings. While being the 'poster image' for thriving while staying away from junk food – De Rosario shines even brighter as Houston Dynamo's 'attacking mid-fielder' and in all his football endeavours.

Named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the finals this season and in 2001, as well as co-MVP on two other occasions, De Rosario forged a steady progressive path to success. The Ontario, Canada born; US Major League Soccer (MLS) star made his way from being spotted by a 'talent scout' at age 12 to becoming one of the top goal scoring players in the 11year old American soccer league.

Recounting the almost fairytale-like sequence of events that saw 12 year old Dwayne and his Guyanese born parents flown to England on a training/grooming scholarship; De Rosario said, "It opened my eyes to the football world...and when I played the Canary Cup, it opened my eyes [forcing me] to say this is something I really want and I knew at such a young age I could help my family."

From there the budding top player had numerous trials in Europe and at age 15 joined a huge club, AC Milan, playing with some of his favourite, and the world's greatest players. Then came the tough decision of accepting an offer to be signed or return to Canada; and back to Toronto De Rosario decided to go, where he ended up signing his first professional contract with the Toronto Lynx. After just half a year with them, De Rosario was off to Germany.

In East Germany in 1997 De Rosario was frequently made to feel ostracized from the tensions of the times. "The walls had recently come down...basically I was one man against the world; at times the players were against me...sometimes the whole stadium would start making monkey noises and things like that...people did not take too well to me in terms of colour and tradition...it was interesting to be amongst that," he explained, saying the experience encouraged him and many African players to unite, become stronger and form a brotherhood.

Then the easy choice of North America over Europe became appealing and De Rosario made the switch. Having received many honours that include the record MLS Goal of the Year for 2 consecutive years, he was no doubt an immense help in leading his team to MLS Cup Championships.





Hard fight, rough win for Barbados U-19 Nationals

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digicel_john.jpgBarbados National U-19 team exemplified the advantages of Digicel's Kick Start Football Clinic and fought hard yesterday, to gain a 2-1 win on the third and final day of the clinic in Bridgetown. The gruelling match against The Carlton Pro Shottas at Weymouth Police Sports Club was especially significant for John Barnes, Head Coach of the Digicel Clinics who said, "The National's inability to take advantage of shots in today's match showed poor decision making skills. This is why these Clinics are important."

Having the upper hand for a greater part of the game did not help the
National team with goal scoring. Their ability during the game, to make decisions that promoted positive outcomes, was badly flawed. The first half saw the Carlton Pro Shottas coming out being the only goal scorers after a tough 20 minutes. Despite that difficulty in translating their intense play into goals, the Nationals became more focused in the second half and aggressively scored two goals within five minutes.

Manager of Barbados National U-19 team, Julie Grant said the three-day Digicel Clinics has had a positive impact on the team; "The boys have learnt valuable lessons that they will use from now on. I think the match proved to them exactly what John Barnes has been explaining to them about the importance of making every decision count. I hope that their win today proves to Mr. Barnes that they are good enough to be a part of the lucky six who go to Sunderland."





Windies beaten by South Africa

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The Windies on the springboard of a tied series and the psychological advantage of winning the first game, was ready to take their first test victory against South Africa, but that was not to be.

Batting first the Windies was in trouble quite early, and crumbled to a schoolboy total of 139 all out in their first innings where Denesh Ramdin was the top scorer with a paltry 30 runs, and the consistent man Shivnarine Chanderpaul making nought. South Africa in reply piled up their biggest total in the series, on a pitch that now favoured the batsmen.

Three South Africans made century, in the onslaught on the Caribbean men, Captain Graham Smith steered the SS South Africa out to safe waters with a majestic 147 off 165 balls, supported by crew members ....the unbeaten duo of Ashwell Prince (123) and Ab Devillers (103) as the Windies bowlers, Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Fidel Edwards all struggled in the field.





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In Guyana to train not only players but also the coaches, international footballer, John Barnes left an indelible imprint on the overall fabric of football there by the end of leg one of the eight-country Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic.

With well received coaching sessions as well as two days of intense indoor training with the Guyana National U-20 Team behind him, Barnes - head coach for the Digicel Clinic, watched on January 9th as The National U-20 showed their might; coming out victorious after a well contested end of clinic game.





South Africa draws level with the 'Windies'

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shivnarine_chanderpaul1.jpgThe West Indies were brought back to earth after a historic and record breaking first test win over South Africa, in the just concluded second test in Cape Town.

Led by a breath-taking century 104, the classy Guyanese batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in immaculate form, registering his 17th career test century and with superb bowling by the trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell, the Caribbean side rushed past South Africa by 128 runs, to win the first test in Port Elizabeth.

This was the 'Windies' first win against South Africa in nine attempts, and out of that victory came many other firsts, as it was the first win for Captain Chris Gayle, the first for newly appointed Australian Coach John Dyson and it was also the first win for the Windies over a big name cricket country, since the win over England in Egbaston in 2000.

A win in the second Test on January 5, would have certainly given the Caribbean Side the victory in the three match series, but South Africa had other ideas.

The West Indies took first strike and could only muster up 243, too small a total for a big side like South Africa, who is ranked second in the Test category on the ICC ladder. Chanderpaul again stepping up to the demand and stroking an unbeaten 65, supported by Marlon Samuels who chipped in with 51.





Yard Flex Sports Flash Back 2007

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The year 2007 will go down in no uncertain terms, as perhaps the most memorable year in sports for Yard Fans, who have come to expect that Jamaica's exploits on the track, on the pitch, or on the court's will be the quintessential of the Caribbean.

2007 saw massive accomplishments, and unparalleled performances where the Caribbean athlete in general and Jamaicans pushed the bondaries of
Athleticism, in further stamping their class on the International sporting Arena.

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In April 2007 the Caribbean came together, organized and staged without question the best ever International Cricket Council/Caribbean World Cup of Cricket, and an estimated television audience of 1.8 billion watched the month long event.

Some 16 teams took part in the World Cup, where Games were held at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, The Queens Park Oval In Trinidad, The Kensington Oval in Barbados, and Sabina Park In Kinston. Defending Champions Australia were again winners after beating Sri-Lanka in the final by six wickets thanks to a glorious 149 by Adam Gilchrist.

Tickets sales were confirmed at 31.4 million us dollars over the 52
matches, and was the highest ever achieved for any cricket world cup,
beating the previous record of 22 million in the United Kingdom in 1999.

The Caribbean men advanced past the first round with victories, over
Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland but failed to get past the Second Round.

It was in the month of April that the West Indian Legend Brian Charles
Lara bid farewell to the game of glorious uncertainties. April was surely an active month; at one point for the wrong reason as Pakistan's Coach Bob Wolmer was murdered under what was initially considered mysterious circumstances.

In 2007 Jamaica led by Chris Gayle and Wavel Hinds also restored joy and jubilation in the hearts of yard fans, after they won the regional 50 overs competition, beating Barbados in the final.





digicel_john.jpg Talented young footballers will have a once in a lifetime chance to learn invaluable football skills courtesy of Digicel, the largest sponsors of football in the Caribbean today.

The announcement which was made today will see talented balers learning techniques from arguably the Caribbean's greatest ever football player, while at the same time being afforded the chance to realize their dream of becoming professional footballers. Led by former England and Liverpool star John Barnes, who takes on the role of Head Coach for the clinics, the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics begin in early 2008 and take place in Guyana, Barbados, Haiti, Antigua, Suriname, Trinidad, St. Kitts and Jamaica. Six of the most talented young footballers to participate in the clinics will be chosen by John Barnes to travel to the UK to spend a week at a top English Barclays Premier League football club, where they will take part in an intensive training session with the club.

Speaking at the photoshoot for the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics, John Barnes said, "I'm looking forward to the clinics and to seeing the level of talent amongst the next generation of Caribbean footballers. You see what happened in Africa 20 to 30 years ago when a lot of people were slow to recognize the talent, well, the Caribbean is an untapped market. Talent here needs to be harnessed and given an opportunity and these clinics developed by Digicel are an opportunity to do just that. In England, they now recognize the fact that although Africa is saturated, this is the next place where you are going to get
talented footballers coming out to grace the Premier League."





McKENLEY THE ICON LAID TO REST

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HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgJamaica said goodbye and farewell to olympic hero Herb McKenley last Saturday with an official funeral at the National Arena attended by celebrities from public life and sports.

In the presence of a diverse gathering McKenley was praised for his service to the nation after his retirement from running also for his olympic achievements.

Paying tributes to this icon who was not only a double Olympic 400 metres silver medalist, but also a gold medalist in the Helsinki 4x400 relay win - was Prime Minister Bruce Golding who announced that a statue will be commissioned by the government and mounted on Independence Park campus to celebrate McKinley's life.

Former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga, PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller were also in attendance.





Simoes wears the Reggae colours again

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rene_simoes.jpgRene Simoes the man who took Jamaica to the FIFA World Cup in France 1998 has returned as the new Technical Director for the national programme.

Captain Horace Burrell head of the Jamaican Football Federation made the announcement during a press conference held at the federation headquarters in New Kingston recently.

Simoes who coached the Brazilian series B club Cortiba to top flight competition, will take over from the embattled Bora Mulutinovic who parted ways with the Jamaica Football Federation close to a month ago.

It has been reported on a Brazilian website that Simoes have turned down offers from other countries, to take up the Reggae Boyz mantle based on the relationship with Jamaica in the past.





Herb Mckenley's final race

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HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgOne of Jamaica's and the world's most outstanding track athletes, Olympian Herb Mckenley, died recently at the age of 85. Know also as a remarkable coach and motivator, Mckenley, will be laid to rest on Saturday December 8.

The former Calabar coach and President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Circle in an official send off funeral.

Mckenley who was one of the greatest all round athletes of the 20th century was best remembered for his scorching third leg on Jamaica's mile relay team that struck gold at the 1952 Olympics. His passing came after complications of pneumonia, according to family spokesperson, Howard Aris, president of the JAAA.

Representing the black, green and gold in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki, Mckenley won a total of three silver medals and one gold at the Olympic Games. The Gold was achieved with team-mates Arthur Wint, Lais Laing and George Rhoden.





Sunshine Girls Retain Bronze Medal

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edit_sunshine_girls.jpgJamaican netballers "The Sunshine Girls" performed creditably at the just concluded world netball championships when they maintained their third place ranking by defeating England in a tight finish 53-52.

Earlier, in the tournament the girls won their zone to qualify for the semi-final with the big three Austrailia, New Zealand and England.

However, despite playing competitively against New Zealand in the semi-final The Sunshine Girls could not withstand the strong challenge from that country's "Silver Ferns" and succumbed to a 59-49 defeat.





Good start on the Reggae road to South Africa

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reggae_boyz.jpgThe Jamaican Football team "The Reggae Boyz" made a successful return to the National Stadium - "The Office," when they won their two international friendlies against El Salvador and Guatemala under the new Jamaica Football Federation Administration with Captain Horace Burrell at the helm.

In the first game on Sunday November 18 against El Salvador the Theodore Whitmore coached team won 3-nil in an encouraging but not overwhelming performance by the Boyz. This all took place under the watchful eyes of approximately18,000 spectators clad in their gold, green and black our traditional "Yard" colours.

On this occasion the team was captained by Ricardo "Bibby" Gardner who plies his trade in the English Premier League for Bolton Wanderers. The goal scorers were Captain Gardner and Rudolph Austin.

In the second encounter on Wednesday November 21 against Guatemala, the Reggae Boyz kept their composure and eeked out a comprehensive 2-nil victory, under soggy conditions in front of a similar size crowd.





The Reggae Boy's Train rolls again...

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reggae_boyz.jpgJamaica's senior Reggae Boys will entertain El-Salvador and Guatemala at The Office this Sunday, November 18. Then on Wednesday the 21st the teams will come together once again to participate in international friendlies, arranged by the new Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell.

Burrell chose former Reggae Boy Theodore Whitmore, who captained his team at the 1998 World Cup in France, to be the interim coach for these two games with Bradly Stewart holding down the post of assistant.

However it has been said in the media and many a football circle that the president's intention is to re-introduce Brazilian Rene Simoes, the coach who took Jamaica's Reggae Boys to World Cup in '98, as the one who will take over at the helm.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica secured a record 57 medals at the 12th Special Olympic World Games In China in October, shattering the previous best of 37 garnered in Ireland in 2003.

The Jamaicans participated in eight sporting disciplines. They were: Track and Field, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Bocce, Badminton, Swimming and Roller Skating.

Virtually lighting up Shanghai, the Jamaicans developed a cult like following ....never mind the peas bread, and the vegetarian goose with blended carrot Yangzhou style.

That 13 hour flight across the Atlantic only served to rev up the Black Green and Gold delegation of 55 Athletes and 11 coaches.

The Special Olympic Reggae Boys took China by storm, in living up to Munga Honourables, 'Bad from mi Baan', beating everything in front of them. Led by Sydney Manyan and Rocky Lindsay, they wrapped up a memorable sting with a five nil win over China, in the final.

Jamaican Swimmers secured 11 Medals in their splash led by Kadian "good like gold" Ingleton, who secured 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.





Veronica Campbell marries Omar Brown

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veronica_brown.jpgWorld Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell exchanged vows with Olympian and commonwealth gold medalist Omar Brown at St Augustine's Anglican Church in Coral Gardens, Montego Bay on Saturday November 3.

Also attending the function was Olympic and World Championship Legend, Merlene Ottey as well as IAAF World triple gold medalist Tyson Gay and Olympian Aileen Bailey [Capleton - the Fire Man's sister]





JAMAICA WINS KFC ONE DAY TITLE

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jerome_taylor.jpgJamaica led by captain Chris Gayle who also represents the West Indies, won the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Limited 50 overs against Trinidad and Tobago, played in Barbados at the 3W’s oval.

With first strike, Jamaica made a score of 230 from their allotted 50 overs with the top scorer Brenton Parchment with 52. When Trinidad and Tobago replied, they could only muster 202 all out from 49.3 overs - their top scorer being Lendl Simmonds with 64.

The top pick of the Jamaican bowlers were Jerome Taylor 3--37 and Chris Gayle 3--32. "Man of the Match" was awarded to West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor. Jamaica now will focus their attention to the four day series against the other Caribbean teams in the region in early 2008.





Asafa "9.74 seconds" Powell

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The world's fastest man Asafa Powell, achieved yet again an incredible feat, not impossible by his standards, as he shaved the world's best time of 9.77 seconds down to 9.74 seconds, in winning the men's 100 metres event at the Reti - Grand Prix - meeting in Italy on Sunday night.

The M.V.P sprinter established a personal, and season best, a year's leading and the second world record of his career in the heats of the event. In a legal trail wind of 1.7 metres per-second Powell got home ahead of Saidy Jaysuma of Norway whose time was 10.07 seconds and World Champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts who came third with 10.14 seconds.





More Medals in the Black, Green and Gold bag!

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Delloreen Ennis London.jpgNational champions Delloreen Ennis London and Noveline Williams continued to bring success to Jamaica's rich track and field tradition, as they mined bronze in their respective events to increase the country medal haul to four on day five at the 11th International Amateur Athletic Federation ( IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Ennis London clocked a personal best 12:50 seconds as she finished third behind eventual winner and title holder Michelle Perry of the United States 12:46 seconds, with the silver medal going to the Canadian Perdita Felicien 12:49 in the women's 100 metres hurdles final. The other Jamaican in the finals Vonnette Dixon could only manage 7th place with a personal best 12:64.





On your marks ! Get set ! GOLD

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campell.jpg"Wi likkle but wi tallawah" can be paraphrased to the majestic achievement of Veronica Campbell in winning the World Athletics Championship 100 metres gold medal on Monday, in Osaka, Japan, as; “although Jamaica is small geographically and has a population not exceeding 2.8 million people , our accomplishments in Track and Field on the world stage is not only phenomenal but without a doubt incomparable.”

Yardflex fans at home and abroad are still celebrating the quintessential exploits of the girl from the Parish of Trelawny who re-wrote the history books by winning the event in 11.01 seconds, in a blanket finish with the American pair of Lauryn Williams who incidentally is the Defending World Champion and Carmelita Jeter 11.01 and 11.02 seconds respectively.





Victorious under 19 Cricketers Back home

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Jamaica's under 19 Cricketers are back home after successful tournaments in St. Kitts. The TCL/West Indies Under 19 Three Day and the Limited (50) Overs competitions were entered into with confidence by Jamaica’s team.

The Andre Coley coached Jamaicans finished a respectable second in the three day format of the game, which was eventually won by Guyana.

However, the fortunes of the young Jamaicans changed during the One Day Competition when some flashes of brilliance with the bat, from: Shakoya Thomas, Derval Green (Captain), Horace Miller, Christie Jones, Nkruma Bonner and Andre Creary and with the ball, from: Jason Dawes along with Jamie Merchant helped facilitated the outdoing of their opponents to cap a scintillating run over five games.





Captain Burrell Rewarded with Bronze Citation

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Captain_Burrell_accepting_bronze_award.jpgFormer President of the Jamaica Football Federation and C.E.O. for the chains of Captain's Bakeries, Captain Horace Burrell, was presented with a bronze award by the St. James Football Association at their annual awards ceremony held at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica recently.

The award to Captain Burrell was to show St. James Football Association's appreciation for sponsoring the St. James F.A. Captain Bakery knockout football competition which was won this year by Seba United. Former National World Cup player, Theodore Whitmore accepted the Captain Bakery Knockout trophy on behalf of his team, Seba.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
GayleChris061103WithTrophyGbg.jpgThe Jamaican trio of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Darren Powell have been included in the West Indies star -studded team down to compete in the first ever ICC/Twenty 20 World Cup which bowls off in South Africa on September 11.

The regional side under the guidance of interim coach David Moore will seek to maintain their immaculate form in the shorter version of the game, after coming off a 2-1 series win in the one-dayers (50 overs) and a one all draw in the twenty/20
(20 overs) games, in their last tour against England.

West Indies, who now rank seventh in the one day version is drawn in group A' of the Competition and will open their account against hosts South Africa on September 11 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Both teams have never met in this format of the game before, and the only recent limited overs clash between them was back in the ICC/World Cup in the Caribbean in April, where the South Africans defeated the Caribbean side by 67 runs at St. Georges, in Grenada.





By: Devon Anderson
AsafaPowell_.jpgThe World Athletic Championship starts in Osaka Japan on August 25 – September 2 2007. Everyone in the athletic world will be focused on the Asian country for what should be an interesting event. Jamaica will be one of the participants and from a male and female standpoint has a strong chance of showing their true mettle.

World 100 meters record holder, Asafa Powell, national 200 meters speedball, Usain Bolt and Olympic 400 meters hurdles silver medalist, Danny McFarlane are the male athletes with a strong chance to medal. While on the female side: Olympic 200 meters gold medalist, Veronica Campbell, the world championship triple jump gold medalist, Tricia Smith and world championship 100 meters hurdles silver medalist, Delorren Enis London, will lead the national charge, named to represent the black, green and gold at the world championships.





Reggae Boyz lose to Chile one nil

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jam-team.jpgJamaica's senior Reggae Boys crashed to a one nill loss against South American side Chile in a keenly contested friendly international affair at Kingston's National Stadium on Tuesday June 5.

With the action swinging from end to end, both teams enjoyed even ball possession throughout the game, and Jamaica's best chance was muffed by mid fielder Nicholas Findlayson who was on the receiving end of a good build up down the right side, leaving the Jamaican spectators to shout a collective sigh of "ahhhhhhhh" in disbelief.
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By: Devon Anderson
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Play started on Thursday June 7th under overcast conditions at the Old Trafford grounds in Manchester.

The West Indies who made three changes to their squad had early success when opener Andrew Strauss was adjudged lbw to paceman Jerome Taylor for 6 with the score on 13.

However captain Michael Vaughan and Allister Cook took the score to 117 before the West Indians made another breakthrough, with Corey Collymore bowling Vaughan for 41.

Allister Cook 60, Kevin Pietersen 9 and Paul Collingwood 10 all fell in quick succession as England was now on 166 for 5.
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woolmer_bob_green_aug'06.jpgHe was strangled! That is the breaking news this evening, Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's former cricket coach was strangled to death.
While information reaching the YardFlex news room is 'sketchy', it causes one to ask the question; is sport being taken too seriously?

Throughout sporting history there has been innumerable incidents of 'passions' overwhelming sports lovers. The famous 'bite' by Mike Tyson on Evander Holyfield, that on-field brawl between Jamaica and Mexico a few years ago and Brazilian football star, Zico's house was 'torched' by angry fans after the Brazilian team was eliminated from the world cup by Argentina at the semi-final stage in 1990.





By: Joseph Cunningham
YardFlex.com Reporter

pakistan-Bob-Woolmer.jpgBooming speculations that Pakistan's World Cup Cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, died from an overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol caused by stress, have intensified. Latest reports have revealed, Jamaican police are following leads that support the speculations.

Bob Woolmer led Pakistan's World Cup cricket team to the Caribbean in early March with optimism, geared at winning the International Cricket Council's (ICC) tournament.

By the second game Pakistan was 'out' of the tournament. The legendary coach was found dead in his room at a hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, with blood gushing from his mouth, less than 24 hours after suffering that shock defeat to 'minnows' Ireland. He was 58 years old.

While the world grieves Woolmer's death, not many seem to identify the pressure that coaching a title contender in a world cup brings. Any international sports event, be it the World Cup of cricket, football or the Olympic Games, are 'high pressure' situations, not just for players, but for coaches as well.





Big rehearsals for CWC Ceremony

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cricket.jpgPreparation for the Opening Ceremony for the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 is at an advanced stage according to Event Manager Martin Lewis.

The first rehearsal will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and this will be followed by another at 5:15 --- which is the precise time at which the Opening Ceremony will commence. A final rehearsal will be held at 6:00 o'clock in the morning of March 11.

Already two mass rehearsal have been held. Lewis stated "we had 700 performers last Sunday. Then, on February 24, the full complement of more than 2,000 persons will participate. It is important for us to do these rehearsals at the venue, as the performers and crew must be acclimatised to the field, the stage and the grandeur of it all."
Lewis said that the Opening Ceremony will be the greatest challenge for the integration of functional areas during the two-month tournament.





Teams begin to arrive for Cricket World Cup

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CricketBoard-Jamaica-WorldCupCricket.jpgWith just a few weeks remaining for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) in the Caribbean, the first set of participating nations will begin to arrive this week for the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.

Bermuda lead a list of three teams, slated to compete in a Tri Series in Antigua and Barbuda from February 25 to 28, who will land in the twin-island host venue. The Bermudians, which will be competing in the Cricket World Cup for the first time, are scheduled to arrive on Monday night. Bangladesh are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and Canada on Friday morning.

The three countries will lock horns at Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG) in a four-day series before departing on March 1 to their respective locations for CWC warm-up matches.





Reggae Boy King breaks his silence

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Marlon-King-sexygirls-sexy-girl.jpgOut of favour England-based Reggae Boy Marlon King broke his silence over the alleged report that he had women in his hotel room and other issues during the two-match England tour in May and June of last year.

King spoke for the first time about the wide-spread report after he was slapped with a two-year ban a few days ago by the disciplinary committee of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) into misconduct charges during the England tour.

The Reggae Boy was not present at the hearing citing that he had work
commitments for his Premiership club Watford. However, he defended his
position not to make himself available for the crucial hearing in Jamaica.





Souvenir Guide for Cricket World Cup 2007

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cricket.jpgSouvenir Guide for Cricket World Cup to hit bookstores
Work is now taking place around the clock to produce the Official Souvenir Guide for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

With the Cricket World Cup (CWC) opening ceremony scheduled for March 11 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Trelawny, Jamaica -- the first Official Publication for the eagerly-awaited tournament will hit bookstores and select locations throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the cricket-playing world -- including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and the UK later this month.

The book, which is produced by The Nation Publishing Company Limited in Barbados, will provide a wealth of detailed information on the event, from profiles of the 16 participating nations, to players to watch, highlights of previous ICC Cricket World Cups and a breath-taking showcase of the nine Caribbean Host Venues.





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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reported that they have
been getting good responses from the official World Cup 2007 song done by internationally-acclaimed Caribbean artistes.

The song, entitled 'The Game of Love and Unity', was launched in
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad recently and features the voices of
Jamaican-born Shaggy, Barbadian entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Faye-Ann Lyons.

"The Official Song has had the imput of a number of Caribbean and
Cricket World Cup (CWC) stakeholders and I think the event and the region will have a song of which they can be proud," said ICC CWC 2007 Marketing Manager, Damon Leon. Leon further added that "we have been looking forward to launching the song to the world and embracing it as part of the spirit and identify of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.





By Melton Williams

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The Jamaica football programme received a major boost, this time around from corporate giants Red Stripe who has pumped in $100 million as the exclusive alcohol sponsor for the 2010 World Cup qualifier campaign. The campaign is dubbed 'Back To Africa.'

The contract which was signed this week will see Red Stripe Beer paying $100 million over the next three years based on the success of the team during the qualifiers. In addition, the brand will stage exhibition games between the national senior team and international teams in conjunction with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
The deal represents the biggest sponsorship package to the football programme by Red Stripe. On the 'Road to France' campaign, the company had sponsored goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence and added to that a $75 million injection into the programme during the 'Red Stripe Journey to Germany, Buy A Beer For the Boys' campaign.





ICC Cricket World Cup - progressing smoothly

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westindies-cricket.jpgWith less than 100 days to go before the start of the biggest sporting event in the Caribbean and the third largest sporting event - the ICC Cricket World Cup, Jamaica's preparation is progressing smoothly.

This was revealed by Robert Bryan, executive director of Jamaica Local Organizing Committee at a press briefing at Jampro's training room.

The World Cup will be played in eight territories in the region, each receiving different packages. Jamaica was granted the Yellow Package and will host the Opening Ceremony, one semi-final game and six first round matches. The seven games in Jamaica will be played at Sabina Park. All territories must be ready for handing over to the ICC Cricket World Cup, three weeks before the start of the event.
Jamaica was mandated to construct and refurbish two stadiums and following a recent ICC Venue Tour, the island was giving passing grades.





ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - Poor ticket sale

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CricketBoard-Jamaica-WorldCupCricket.jpgDelroy Taylor, the project officer for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2007 is not happy with the purchasing of tickets by Caribbean cricket fans.

The second phase of public ticketing will close on Thursday, November 30 and with three months to go before the Opening Ceremony on March 11, 2007 --- ticket sales have been described by Mr Taylor as 'moderate'. Mr Taylor added that the poor ticket sale is as a result of misunderstanding regarding the price for tickets.
He said: "What we have found out is that the tickets for matches that
involved West Indies are going a lot better.

"We have learnt that Jamaica and Caribbean persons on a whole have not come to the party in the number that we have anticipated. I guess that is due to a couple of things, one of them is that there is a massive degree of misconception, misunderstanding regarding to ticket prices. People are saying that the tickets are priced at US$300.
Checks revealed that ticket price ranges from a high of US$120 to a low of US$15.





JAMPRO announces partnership with CricketWorld.com

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westindies-cricket.jpgJamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), through one of its Cricket Legacy initiatives - Caribbean Business Club - announces a new partnership with CricketWorld.com, the No. 1 independent cricket website in the world. The agreement affords CricketWorld.com the designated status of Preferred Sports Media (website and magazine) for Caribbean Business Club and covers joint marketing efforts that are expected to increase Club presence in international markets, specifically so in the cricket loving nations of the UK, India, Australia and South Africa.

This aligns perfectly with JAMPRO's goal to increasingly diversify the mix of trade and investment markets for Jamaica as these countries all boast strongly performing economies, and it also dovetails nicely with Caribbean Business Club's main objective to effectively network Caribbean business with international trade and investment contacts.





The night belonged to Chris Gayle

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GayleChris050125TheGayleForceGbg.jpgFor the second year running, Christopher Gayle, Jamaica's most prolific run-scorer of recent times, copped the distinguished Cricketer of the Year award in his native homeland at the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA's) Annual Award Ceremony held on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

The in-form West Indies opener was not present to collect his award as he is currently in Pakistan where West Indies and the host country are competing in a three-match Test series and five One Day Internationals.

Gayle was also absent last year, this time he was suffering from a bout of influenza. Dudley Gayle, the father of Chris, accepted the award, jointly sponsored by the JCA and Restaurant of Jamaica along with a cash prize of $100,000.





Sanya Richards cooling out in Jamaica

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SanyaRichards_Sports.jpgIAAF Female Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards is relaxing in her native homeland Jamaica after she received the prestigious award along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the 2006 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Sunday, November 12.

Richards, who will depart the island on Monday, said that her mission for 2007 is to win the gold medal in the 400 metres at the World Championship in Osaka, Japan .

The 21-year-old took 15 straight victories at 400m including breaking the 22-year-old American record with 48.70 to become the seventh fastest woman of all-time.

Although fresh from breaking the record, Richards said that the world record of 47.60 seconds held by Germany's Marita Koch is not in her reach at the moment.

Richards said: "It's not one of my targets for next year but I will attempt the record before I end my career, probably over the next four years or so. However, I'm hoping to challenge Marie-Jose' Perec's time of 48.2 next season."





AsafaPowell_SportsJamaicaWorld.jpgJamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell returned home on Monday night after he was awarded the title of 2006 World Athletes of the Year along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the prestigious 2006 World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Ete', Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

The annual global awards ceremony for athletics was hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSM Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF and IAAF President Lamine Diack, in the presence of 600 distinguished guests.

Powell, who this year won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, sped to a record (12) sub-10 second clockings for 100m including twice equaling his own World Record (9.77).





 

Friday 14th October 2011 - Kingston, Jamaica: The West Indies are on a tour that will see them take on the Bangladesh Tigers in two Tests, three one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match. While Tuesday's T20 booked a loss for the Windies, yesterday's opening ODI win has levelled the playing field.  West Indies Coach, Otis Gibson, spoke exclusively towww.digicelcricket.com on his thoughts for the remaining games and the importance of confidence among the team.

 

"In terms of preparation, it was very hot here yesterday and today so we are not getting in as much practice as we would like. We have the medical team on standby to make sure the players are fit and ready for tomorrow's second ODI. It is much more humid than what we are accustomed to so managing the heat and the players' fitness is the focus.

 

"Tomorrow I don't necessarily think we'll be doing anything differently. We'll look at the pitch and the players' fitness in the morning but we have our game plan and we are sticking to it. A few players are undergoing some physiotherapy so we're hoping they'll be fit for tomorrow also."

 

Talking about the Tiger's tradition as a strong test match team, Coach Gibson says he's not focusing on the tests just yet. 

 

"This tour of Bangladesh is a tough series and we are gearing ourselves up for it, strengthening our team and making sure everyone is in top form.

 

"The mood in the camp is very good at the moment. Obviously we are a bit disappointed at losing the T20 but yesterday we came out and played and our focus came through - and it hasgiven us a lot of confidence. Marlon Samuels was in great form and Lendl Simmons hit his first century. Overall the guys stuck with the plan they had - and the results speak for themselves."

 

With two tough series' behind them earlier this year against cricketing giants, Pakistan and India, has the team gained confidence from their efforts against them?

 

"Yes absolutely. Things are going well so far - we've started this series positively and the boys are even talking more about believing they can win - about what they need to do to win this series. Yesterday's win has put the opposition under pressure and a couple of more wins will see us win this series - something we haven't done in a while - so we're looking forward to it.

"Morale is very high and now going forward our consistency is a big focus. We have the confidence so now we need to maintain momentum and deliver consistently," continued Gibson.

 

Gibson was happy and optimistic when discussing the future of the young team - and who he thinks might go on to be a star...

 

"There are many future stars on the team. Young Bishoo has shown his capabilities on the international stage and Bravo continues to improve. Kirk Edwards and Simmons are also proving their worth so if they continue to put in the hard work and continue to improve; the sky is the limit for these guys."

 

Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, is also sponsoring the live radio coverage for all games in the West Indies away series against Bangladesh and India through its partnership with regional network broadcaster, Line & Length.

 

Thanks to Digicel's sponsorship, Line & Length Network will provide regional supporters with live ball-by-ball radio broadcasts of the away series. In addition, the Regional Super50 tournament in Guyana will also be aired on radio stations in the Caribbean.

 

The West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20, runs from Tuesday 11th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011, while the India series that follows immediately after will have three Tests and five One-Day Internationals and is expected to finish on Monday 12th December 2011.

 

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead.
Thirty-three-year-old Griffiths, a former star player for Glenmuir High, died on Sunday night at a hospital in Kingston after a bout of illness.
Griffiths, who made his debut for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in 1998, made 28 appearances for the national team scoring two times.
A midfielder, Griffiths, who played for Humble Lion in the National Premier League last season, recently returned from Canada. Griffiths also represented Galaxy, Hazard and Arnett Gardens.
 
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FIFA bans JFF's Horace Burrell

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, has been slapped with a six month ban by FIFA's Ethics Committee following investigations into bribery allegations against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials.
Burrell has been banned from taking part in any football related activity, be it administrative, sports or any other.
The Ethics Committee has however decided to suspend three months of the ban, subject to a probationary period of two years.
This ruling effectively rules Burrell out of the running for the presidency of the CFU.
CFU elections are due on November 20.
JFF General Secretary Horace Reid was given a warning along with David Hinds and Mark 'Bob' Forde of Barbados and Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti.
On Tuesday a video was posted on the internet showing former CFU President Austin 'Jack' Warner encouraging CFU executives to accept cash 'gifts' from Mohamed bin Hammam.
Burrell and Reid were Jamaica's representatives at the meeting.
The video was used by the FIFA Ethics Committee in its investigation.
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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has shelved plans  for  the October 7  to 9 homecoming celebration for the country's World Championships athletes because more than  two-thirds of the team including  4  of the  high profile  athletes will   not  be  able to attend. The ministry is now looking  at another option  and  a time more convenient to the athletes  to  host the  celebration
There is news that the  organizers  had  received responses from 13 of 49 athletes and of  the 13 responses, two would not have been able to attend
The celebration was slated to start with an all white beach party on the October 7 at the Grand Palladium Resort in Hanover, where the athletes would have spent the weekend.
Jamaica captured  4 gold,  4 silver  and a  bronze  medal  at  the  13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, ending  with  a blistering world record run in the  sprint  relay.
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AGREB, Croatia -- Usain Bolt made a cautious start in his first 100 meters since his disqualification at the world championships, and still won in a season-best 9.85 seconds at the Zagreb World Challenge on Tuesday.
Bolt, who false-started in South Korea last month to end his hopes of retaining his world title, shaved 0.03 seconds off his previous fastest time this year - 9.88 at Monaco in June - on a warm, still night.
"It was a poor start," said Bolt, the world and Olympic record holder. "I kind of lost concentration and just went through the line. It was OK, I suppose, but I could have done better, especially with the weather like that."
Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis ran a season-best 10.01 seconds to finish second, ahead of Trinidad's Richard Thompson at 10.03.
There was standing room only at the 61st Boris Hanzekovic Memorial, where Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and club official Emilio Butragueno arrived in time to see Bolt run. Madrid begins its Champions League campaign at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
"It was wonderful, the crowd here," Bolt said. "I loved that they were excited and that the fans come up to me. I'm always grateful for that."
However, security had trouble controlling the crowd as "Boltmania" took hold when he celebrated with delirious fans.
"It's not as bad in Jamaica, where they see me every day," Bolt said, laughing.
The commotion extended to his news conference, which was cut short when too many journalists tried to force their way into the room.
 




Yohan Blake burns the track again

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World champion Yohan Blake equalled his personal best of 9.82 seconds in the 100 metres to set a meet record yesterday, while Americans won gold in the 100 hurdles, shot put and high jump at the ISTAF event.
The 21-year-old Jamaican comfortably beat Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who finished in 10.01 at Berlin's Olympic stadium.
"That's why they call me the beast," Blake said. "There were some very good guys in this field, so it wasn't easy to win. I pushed myself to run faster. It's a wonderful feeling to win here. Life changed a bit after the world championship."
Trinidad's Richard Thompson was third in 10.08, with Jamaican Michael Frater - who helped Blake set a world record in the 4x100-metre relay in Daegu, South Korea - finishing fourth.
Blake ran the same 9.82 time at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich last Thursday. The previous meet record was 9.86 held by Maurice Greene and Asafa Powell.
Blake seized the world title in Daegu after training partner Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record-holder, skipped the Berlin event.
Dawn Harper led a US sweep of the 100 hurdles in 12.68 seconds, ahead of Kellie Wells and Yvette Lewis.
Jesse Williams of the US won the high jump by clearing 2.33m while Trevor Barry of the Bahamas was second with 2.30m.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad claimed the 100m in 11.15, ahead of Jamaicans Sherone Simpson (11.24), Kerron Stewart (11.28) and Aleen Bailey 11.37.
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DAEGU, South Korea (AP)--Usain Bolt again did the unbelievable when it mattered most in the 100 meters.
This time, no gold medal or world record, but a false start and straight elimination from the world championships in a race he has regally reigned over for three years.
In a stunning few seconds, Bolt's showboating turned into real-life despair when he jumped the gun and was led away from the track before Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake won gold ahead of American rival Walter Dix.
 "Looking for tears?" Bolt asked as a small group of reporters followed him around. "Not going to happen."
Bolt was in no mood to talk, and instead of wide smiles, he snapped at anyone who tried to ask him about the disqualification.
While everyone had been wondering what Bolt would do to his world record of 9.58 seconds, it was Blake who won his first 100 title with a slow time of 9.92, the only racer to break 10 seconds in the final.
Dix took silver in 10.08 and Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis was third in 10.09.
 "I didn't really think they were going to kick him out," Dix said. "How can you kick Usain out of the race?"
Another person who knows that feeling is double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. The South African was kept from competing by the IAAF until the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ruling shortly before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
On Sunday, he bounced on his carbon-fiber blades, ran past several able-bodied runners and qualified for the semifinals of the 400 in a historic breakthrough for Paralympic athletes.
Like always, though, Bolt found a way to capture all the attention. And for once in his golden career, he was not play-acting.
Instead of beating the clock, he beat the starting gun.
Three steps into in his race after the gun blasted, Bolt's face turned into a primal scream. And in one instinctive move he started pulling off his Jamaica shirt, needing no one to tell him he had made the biggest error in his career.
He was shown the red card and led to the sideline.
 "I was so surprised because we have been talking about that in training and now it happens," Blake said.
After the second gun signaled the false start, Bolt gritted his teeth in self disgust and threw up his arms in desperation. Hands over his head, he walked away before slamming the blue stadium wall.
All dreams of a third golden triple in as many major championships were gone, and he had no one to blame but himself. One year ahead of the London Olympics, the world championships showed him as human instead of an infallible sporting superstar.
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Steve Mullings stands before JADCO today

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Embattled sprinter Steve Mullings will have his hearing with the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO's) Disciplinary Committee on Monday, August 22 at the Institute of Jamaica.
Mullings tested positive for the banned substance furosemide at the National Championships in June.
It is unsure if the sprinter will personally attend as up to Friday, August 19, he was undecided.
The meeting will be chaired by attorney-at-law Lennox Gayle along with former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and Dr. Japheth Ford.
Mulling faces the prospect of a life ban, after he was banned two years in 2004 for excessive levels of testosterone.
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Sprinter Steve Mullings tests positive

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Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings has tested positive for a masking agent, two weeks before the start of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea. Mullings now faces a minimum ban of four years and could be removed from the sport for life.
It is understood that the results of a test carried out by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission during the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, held between June 23 and 26 this year, showed the presence of the substance, which is meant to conceal the existence of banned substances or illegal drugs, such as anabolic steroids or stimulants.
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Veronica Campbell-Brown, the double Olympic 200 metres champion and former world 100 metres champion, is still expressing disappointment about Tuesday's [July 5], disqualification for a false start in the 100 metres at a meeting in France.

Campbell-Brown came out of the blocks well before the other sprinters and received a red card.

She says she will now have to re-program herself mentally to make sure it does not happen again.

Campbell-Brown, who recently ran 10.76 seconds in Ostrava, will again be in action on Friday, July 8, in Saint-Denis in France.

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Bolt saddened by for coach's passing

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TRELAWNY,  Pablo McNeil (right) poses with Usain Bolt after his 200m victory at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston.Jamaica - Olympian Pablo McNeil, the first of Usain Bolt's five High School coaches, passed away on Monday night. McNeil, born September 12, 1939, died at the Falmouth Hospital at 8:30 pm Jamaica time. Bolt, winner of the Olympic Games 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, in a statement said: "I am saddened by the passing of one of my first coaches in high school, Pablo McNeil."

"Coach McNeil was a part of my early track and field life. I appreciate all he sought to pass on to me. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to his family and close friends," added Bolt, the 2009 World Championships 100, 200, 4x100m winner, who runs on Friday in Paris.

McNeil represented his country at the 1964 1968 Summer

Olympic Games. At the 1964 Games, McNeil reached the semifinal of the 100 metres, finishing sixth, and later ran the first leg on Jamaica's 4x100m team, which was fourth in the final, the time 39.4secs. Patrick Robinson, Lyndie Headley and Dennis Johnson completed the quartet.

He did not reach the final of the 1968 Games.

McNeil, however, did win several medals from the British West Indies Championships.

After his retirement, McNeil took on the sprint coaching job at Ardenne High before moving to William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny. While at William Knibb he identified and according to many, convinced Usain Bolt to give up cricket in favour of track & field.

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Jamaica mines silver at Special Olympics

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Jamaica won three silver medals at the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games in Athens, Greece, yesterday.

Roller skater Romaine Austin captured two medals, and Monique Brown added the other.

The island's Special Olympians also placed themselves in a favourable position for a medal in the 11-a-side football competition, as they brushed aside Denmark 1-0.

On Tuesday, they had lost 1-0 to Ecuador. Jamaica's medal prospects was aided by Russia's loss to Uruguay yesterday.

Austin's silver medals were won in the 100 and 300 metres roller-skating events. In the 100 metres Austin, the youngest athlete at this summer's Special Olympic Games at 14 years, finished in a time of 14.14 seconds, behind South Korea's Jeong Su, who clocked 13.89.

In the 300 metres roller skating, he completed the distance in 42.82 seconds.

Brown's silver medal came in the 300 metres roller skating.

Jamaica's veteran Special Olympian Nigel Davis is expected to put in a good performance in the 1,000 roller-skating event when he takes the field today.

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Asafa, Veronica run away with 100m titles

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Sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown and former men's world-record holder, Asafa Powell, won the respective 100 metres titles, at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/ Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.

Campbell-Brown produced a strong run over the last 50 metres to win in a fast 10.84 seconds, as she powered away from joint Olympic silver medallist, Kerron Stewart, who clocked 10.97.

Jura Levy threw in a surprise performance to claim third in 11.10 seconds, edging out the other joint Olympic silver medallist,

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 Sherone Simpson, who placed fourth and appears set to miss out on a spot at the World Championships, with the top three set to qualify.

Powell also never had a great start, but remained composed as he rallied for a nail-biting victory in a slow 10.08 seconds.

Powell slowed towards the finish and nearly lost as Yohan Blake (10.09), Steve Mullings (10.10) and Nesta Carter flashed past the tape in a blanket finish.

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Reggae Boyz riding high

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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz are on a high at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 in the United States after defeating Honduras 1 - 0 in their Group "B" top of the table clash at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, Monday night .

Ryan Johnson's 36th minute strike, his second of the tournament, proved to be the decider.

The United States-based striker, who also missed a penalty in the 72nd minute, he tried to explain the miss.

"(The) keeper dived early and my head was down so I didn't see him. I'm disappointed in the penalty kick but at the same time, we got the win and I'm happy. We haven't been scored on in three games and that's exactly what we want to do, we want to continue to be a defensively hard team to break down and we're proven to score goals, so that's what we have to do, all the way," Johnson said.

The win means Jamaica tops Group "B" with maximum 9 points and will play their quarter-final fixture on Sunday, against the runner-up from Group "C", which will be decided on Tuesday.

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Sprint sensation Usain Bolt will highlight Thursday's Diamond League event in
Oslo, Norway when he runs his first 200 metres race in 13 months.

Bolt, who has run 9.91 seconds in his two 100 metre races so far this season,
says he is confident of running a fast race in the first 200 metres of the
season.
He had the fastest time of 19.56 seconds for the 200 metres in 2010.
Mario Forsythe, Bolt's Racers Track Club teammate, will also line up in the
event.
Novlene Williams-Mills, many time national 400 metres champion, will compete in
the women's 400 metres where she will face the in form Amantle Montsho of
Botswana.
Dwight Thomas, the national record holder, will contest the men's 110 metre
hurdles while 2007 World Championship finalist Nickiesha Wilson will face the
starter in the women's 400 metre hurdles.
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President of the Jamaica Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga says the
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) needs to disclose whether it was the recipient
of the alleged US$40,000 bribery funds from Mohamed Bin Hammam, the President of
the Asian Football Confederation.
Mr. Seaga says the JFF runs the risk of being exposed and embarrassed if it does
not break its silence on the issue.
"We're saying a clear statement has to be made and must be made otherwise you
face being a part of the disclosure when the investigation starts. If you were
involved in a disclosure at that time, it's going to make the organisation one
that brings football in Jamaica into disrepute, so we're hoping that they're not
going to be involved in that way but it's up to them ... it's not something that
we can force," he said.
Mr. Seaga added that federations guilty of accepting corrupt payments should
face some action from football's governing body FIFA, if they are serious about
cleaning the sport.
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Veronica Campbell-Brown stormed to a personal best, world leading time and the
eighth fastest women's 100 metres of all time to highlight the International
Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF's) World Challenge Golden Spike
Athletic Meet in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
A total of 4 Jamaican victories were recorded including one by Usain Bolt.
Veronica Campbell-Brown raced to 10.76 seconds, which is just outside the
national record of 10.73 seconds.
This makes Campbell-Brown the fourth fastest Jamaican ever behind national
record holder Shelly-Ann Fraser, Merlene Ottey and Kerone Stewart and joint
eighth with American Evelyn Ashford on the all time list.
Schillionie Calvert was third in 11.13 seconds.
Usain Bolt meanwhile, equalled his season's best of 9.91 seconds to win the 100
metres ahead of world leader Steve Mullings who clocked 9.97 seconds.
Marvin Anderson stormed to victory in the men's 200 metres clocking a season's
best 20.27 seconds to win ahead of Yohan Blake 20.33 seconds and Mario Forsythe
20.43 seconds.
Jermaine Gonzales posted a season's best 45.08 seconds to win the men's 400
metres
National record holder Dwight Thomas in 13.24 seconds had to settle for second
in the men's 110 metre hurdles behind Cuban winner Dayron Robles.
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Bolt nervous about upcoming season

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Usain Bolt, the world 100 and 200 metre record holder, has admitted to feeling
some nerves ahead of his season debut at Wednesday's Rome Diamond League meet in
Italy.
Bolt will be contesting his first race since his two year unbeaten streak was
ended by American rival Tyson Gay last August.
"The Diamond League is not my main focus right now. We're going to take the
Diamond League as a stepping stone leading to the World (Athletic) Championship
to determine how good my slot is and what I need to adjust. If me and Tyson meet
before the World Championship that will be good because I can determine what I
need to do (and) what I don't need to do, so these are the things that we want
to (use) the Diamond League (for), to see where I'm at in my training and what I
need to improve," Bolt said.
The sprint sensation will go up against fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in Rome on
Wednesday.
But, Bolt, who suffered from back and achilles' tendon problems last season,
said he stopped in Munich to check with his doctor to make sure everything was
ok and was given the go ahead to compete.
"This season now, I'm ready, I'm just working hard trying to get into shape and
as along as I'm in shape, I have no worries," he said.
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PENN RELAYS 2011 - FINAL DAY SAT APR 30

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Wolmers Boys 4x100m winners of the Championship of america for second 
year in a row.


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Ristianana Tracey of Edwin Allen, champion girl,winner of the 400m hurdles 
in record time fastest leg in the 4x800m relay and fastest leg in the 4x400m
relay.

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Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay sponsored 
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Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay show off their Timex'.

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Commentary over the PA system. A cricket wicket with stumps in place. Batsmen
frozen in position after playing glorious shots and a buzz from the growing
audience in amphitheatre-style seating.
Not Sabina Park, Camp Road, on a glorious afternoon of cricket lovely cricket,
but the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Saturday night, for graphic
reflection on the halcyon days of the West Indies cricket team.
The Digicel-supported documentary Fire in Babylon made its Kingston premiere to
a standing ovation, as just before the credits rolled former fast bowler and
current cricket commentator, Michael Holding, stated that between February/March
1960 and February/March 1995, the West Indies did not lose a match.
Fire in Babylon puts that West Indies dominance in the context of striking back
against colonialism and racism - literally, with the quick, hostile bowling
quartet core of Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Andy Roberts, and later,
Malcolm Marshall, and the mighty batting of Viv Richards.
And, of course, there was the stoic, savvy Clive Lloyd's leadership.
So the development of a team that turned out to be magical, after wilting under
the salvos of the fast, ferocious and feared pair of Australian quickies, Dennis
Lillee and Jeff Thompson Down Under in 1975, was interwoven with the surrounding
historical times. There was the Black Power movement through the Caribbean in
the early 1970s, the wave of black migrants to England, apartheid and socialism.
Although the team's dominance continued for another decade, Fire in Babylon
culminates with the 'Black Wash' of England in 1984.
The sole surviving Wailer, Bunny Wailer, is central to the documentary, which is
steeped in heavy reggae rockers and has a couple touches of mento and dancehall.
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Holmwood girls on top at Champs

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Edwin Allen High's Danique Bryan in action in the Class-Three girls' high jump final on the second day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. - Ian Allen/PhotographerKellion Knibb of St Jago High accounted for the first female record to fall at the 2011 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

St Jago, however, were knocked off the lead by defending champions Holmwood Technical, who have 38.50 points after six finals over two days of competition. The top five is completed by Edwin Allen High (36), St Jago (34), Vere Technical (27) and Manchester High 18.

 

Knibb had a throw of 13.64 metres to capture the girls' shot put open and in the process eclipse Candicea Bernard's record of 13.52, which was established last year. Vere's Serena Canegan (12.10m) took the silver, while Edwin Allen's Danniel Thomas (12.04m) claimed the bronze.

Despite picking up the bronze medal, Edwin Allen were left disappointed as favourite Sasha-Gay Marston, who earlier this year threw 13.71m and had, on the opening day, captured the Class One girls discus title finished fourth with a throw of 11.98m.

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Grange regrets attack on Windies Team Bus

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GrangeSports Minister Olivia Grange has described Fridday's stoning of the West Indies team bus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as "very unfortunate".

The incident followed the regional team's emphatic nine-wicket win over the hosts, in their International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup, as Bangladesh were blasted out for the fourth-lowest total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs, in the Group B match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

The West Indies replied with 59 for one, with Chris Gayle leading the way with an unbeaten 37.

"I am so relieved that none of our players or team officials werre injured," said Minister Grange, while condemning the incident.

"The attack on the bus was not cricket. I have heard reports that the attack was really meant for the Bangladesh team. That would have been equally unacceptable. That is simply not the way to express displeasure at the performance of any team.

"As the minister for sports of Jamaica, I urge the International Cricket Council authorities and the host countries to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all teams and spectators at the tournament," Grange added.

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Another date confirmed for Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt continued to give shape to his running schedule when he confirmed another date for the international season.
Organisers announced yesterday that the 100 and 200 metres world-record holder will run at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on May 26.
No details were disclosed about what events he would contest and a spokesman for the Italian athletics federation said they were still working things out.

Earlier this week, Bolt announced that he would run at the Bislett Games in Oslo in June. It was the first date for this year that the 23-year-old sprint megastar had confirmed.
The Jamaican sprinter also disclosed that his recovery from a season-ending injury last year has gone well and he would be looking to be razor-sharp for this season, which also includes the World Championships in South Korea.
Bolt is the reigning World 100 and 200 metres champion, having set world records to win the events at the last World Championships in Berlin, Germany.





Ottey nominated for Laureus Award

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Former Jamaican sprint queen Merlene Ottey has been nominated for the Laureus World Sports Comeback of the Year Award to be held February 7 in Abu Dhabi.

Ottey has been nominated alongside American sprinter Tyson Gay and Swedish heptathlete Caroline Kluft and tennis player Justine Henin.

Ottey has been nominated after she became the oldest woman to compete in the European Championships at age 50.

Meanwhile, recently crowned World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi and tennis aces Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lead the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and American Serena Williams were winners of the respective male and female awards last year.

Football World Cup champions Spain, the European Ryder Cup team, European Champions league winners Inter Milan of Italy, Red Bull Formula One team and New Zeland's All Black Rugby have been nominated for Team of the Year Award.





Bolt’s back to normal

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World-leading sprinter, Usain Bolt, says he has begun serious background training as he seeks to defend his titles at this year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.
Bolt told The Gleaner in an interview on Saturday - while on a visit to Chukka Caribbean Adventures in his hometown of Trelawny - that he has now fully recovered from the back injury which forced him to call a premature end to his season last August, and has intensified his work in training.
"I haven't had any problems," said Bolt. "The season has been going smoothly and I am working hard," he said. "I am looking at stepping up now ... we are just getting serious with a little bit of sprinting and so I am just trying to work hard to keep my back in great shape," Bolt said.





John Maxwell's memorial service this morning

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Well known journalist John Maxwell's memorial service will take place this morning at 10 o clock at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel at Mona in St Andrew.
Maxwell died on December 10 after a two-year fight with lung cancer.









Two Lift Time Achiever Awards will replace the Chairman Award at next month's Jamaican Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony.

However, the highlight of the January 21 event will be the naming of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, to be headed by Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Joining Bolt in the male category are Nesta Carter, Lerone Clarke, Asafa Powell, Jermaine Gonzales, Dorian Scott, skier Errol Kerr, along with cricketers Chris Gayle and Brendon Nash.

Campbell-Brown meanwhile is the clear favourite after winning the world 60m crown and running the fastest 100m and 200m times of 2010.

The Trelawny native is joined by Alia Atkinson, Sheree Francis the high jump silver medal winner in New Delhi, two time Commonwealth triple jump champion Tricia Smith, Kaliese Spencer winner of the Diamond League 400m hurdles crown, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and continental cup 400m hurdles winner Nickiesha Wilson.

Campbell-Brown, Carter, Keamar Daley of Tivoli Gardens FC, Gayle, Gonzales and jockey Georgina Sergeon are also nominated for the People's Choice Awards.





Big up Usain Bolt

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It all started in Sherwood, Content in Trelawny and our home boy Usain Bolt won't be forgetting that any time soon. To show how committed he is to his hometown the the big wig in athletics has ensured that the health centre in his community is now operational after undergoing a major renovation costing nearly $4 million.

Bolt, the most famous native of the community, used all the proceeds from his 9.58 party held in St Ann last year to help pay for the repairs of the clinic. It has been closed since May as a result of its dilapidated state.
The triple Olympic and World gold medallist partnered with the Trelawny Health Department, the People Co-operative Bank, Sagicor, Digicel, Capital Credit Security, United Way and Sherwin-Williams.
The track star was quoted at the opening as saying: "To give back to the community is always an honour... I remember back in the days I was a troublemaker so I got a lot of cuts — and some pretty bad ones. I remembered Miss Pansy, she used to work here and live across the road, she used to dress most of my cuts," Bolt remarked...





Usain Bolt big up Puma ratings

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Big up to our athletic champion Usain Bolt. Yeah man Puma come out and sey him a do great things fi dem ratings. Yup dem si a 16 per cent rise in sales to $784 million over the third-quarter, this according to a business report inna di Observer.

The German-based brand described the new three-year contract with Bolt as the most important event in its quarter behind its financials. It even ranked it above a multi-million full take-over of a joint-venture in China and Hong Kong and also irregularities discovered at a second joint-venture in Greece, according to its latest financials.






Bolt named Commonwealth male athlete

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Jamaica's track and field super star Usain Bolt and veteran sports journalist Tony Becca picked up top awards at the prestigious 29th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards held at in Birmingham, England Saturday night.



Bolt was awarded the Outstanding Male Athlete award while Britain's heptathlete Jessica Ennis collected the Outstanding Female Athlete award.


Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, praised both athletes although neither competed at last month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.


Australia's men's hockey team, who won gold at the 19th Commonwealth Games in India, was named Team of the Year.


There was also the inauguration of the top journalist award which saw Becca of The Gleaner newspaper sharing the most Outstanding Sports Writer prize with Nick Pitt, Sunday Times journalist of England.


Squash icon Susie Simcock of New Zealand picked up the prestigious lifetime achievement award ahead of Jamaica's netball legend Molly Rhone, President of the international Federation of Netball Associations.









Jamaican athlete, triple jump gold medalist Trecia Kaye Smith has been declared the most outstanding athlete at the recently-concluded 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi, India.


Smith was given the David Dixon award.The winner of the award is based on performance, fair play and an overall contribution to their team's participation.


She won gold with a leap of 14.19 metres in the women's triple jump, at what was her third Commonwealth Games.
She won gold in the 2006 Games in Melbourne, Australia and claimed bronze in 1998.






Bolt to participate in football coaching clinic

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Double world record holder Usain Bolt has arrived in Sydney, Australia on a promotional visit on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 2000 Olympics.

While in Sydney, Bolt will participate in a coaching clinic with the fastest football players in Australia on Tuesday.

He hopes to run in a relay in an exhibition event at Sydney’s Olympic Park, but is not expected to be part of the official Sydney 2000 anniversary celebrations.

Bolt cut his competitive season short due to back injuries and has spent recent weeks promoting his book.

He is expects to resume training in Jamaica on October 4 to build up for next year’s World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.





Shelly Ann Fraser escapes two year ban

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World and Olympic 100 meter champion Shelly Ann Fraser will not get the maximum two year ban for testing positive test for a banned substance in May.

The Jamaica Amatuer Athletics Association (JAAA) medical representative, Dr. Warren Blake, explained to RJR Sports that the JAAA’s disciplinary committee, after consulting with the IAAF, has decided that Fraser should not be handed a two year ban as there were circumstances which were deemed exceptional and special in her case.

The disciplinary panel has already reconvened and Dr. Blake says a decision should be known within a week.

Fraser had returned a positive test for the banned substance oxycodone after competing at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China on May 23.








Jamaica is now set to lose its World Indoor mile relay bronze achieved in Doha, Qatar earlier this year after quarter-miler Bobby Gaye Wilkins was slapped with a two year suspension for using the banned substance andarine.

Wilkins, who celebrates her 22nd birthday on September 10, had returned a positive test at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championship, held from March 12 to 14 this year.

Second vice president of the Jamaica Amatuer Athletics Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, who served as a team leader and doctor for the team to Doha, confirmed Wilkins' suspension.

Wilkins two year suspension will run from April 9, 2010 to April 8, 2012.

The other members of the mile relay team, which returned a national record of three minutes 28.46 seconds at the World Indoors were Clora Williams, Davita Prendergast and Novlene Williams-Mills.

Wilkins, who now resides in the United States, was also a member of Jamaica's relay pool which won the Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 games in Beijing.





Usain Bolt Signs Big Money Sponsorship Deal

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Usain Bolt, who celebrated his 24th birthday over the weekend, signed a three-year deal of a lifetime with German apparel Puma on Tuesday. This is said to be the biggest contract for a track-and-field athlete.

For his birthday, he just chilled at home because it was the first time in seven years he’d been in his own country on his birthday.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Bolt, who was in his country on his birthday for the first time in seven years. “So I just chilled. We went out and had a couple of drinks.”

Although contract terms of the deal were not released, Puma chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz said Bolt would be the “best-paid athlete in track and field history.” “It’s good, man. I’m happy,” Bolt told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m very happy with the figure.”








Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Olivia "Babsy" Grange, has expressed shock and sorrow at the sudden passing of Jamaica's leading junior female golfer, Isabelle Marley.


Marley, arguably the best young female golfer in the Caribbean, died Friday (September 3) in the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, after she was found injured at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall, Montego Bay.


According to reports, she was found injured on the ground with her golf cart a distance away. It appeared the golf cart had gotten out of control.

She was taken to the Montego Hope Medical Centre, and later transferred to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died.


She was regarded as the most promising young, female golfer in Jamaica and, possibly, in the Caribbean. She was regarded as very, very competent, even though she was still at a young stage f development.


Isabelle, a student of Immaculate Conception High School, finished third in the Girls 16-17-year-old at the six-day Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship (CAJGC) in the Bahamas last month, helping the Jamaican team to finish fourth overall behind Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.


In 2002, she represented Jamaica in the CAJGC in the Girls 12 and under division. She has also represented Jamaica at the Junior British Open Golf Championships in England.

Minister Grange described her death as "an unfortunate loss of a very promising talented at a very tender age", and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government and the public at her tragic death. (Source: JIS)





Sprinters Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay Got Beef

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Jamaican hearthob and of course Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is being hated on by his American rival Tyson Gay.

Well according to Bolt, the US track star “probably just hates my guts” because Bolt won both the 100 and 200-meter titles at the 2008 Olympics in world-record times, and helped Jamaica win gold and set another world record in the 4×100-meter relay.

A year later, he again set world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin.

“I think Tyson sits at home and cusses me,” Bolt told BBC radio on Wednesday. “He just really gets upset because every time he runs fast, I run faster than he does.

At the world championship he ran 9.71 and that’s the fastest a US athlete has ever run and he was still cussing. So deep down I think he probably just hates my guts.”

These things may be true, but the young agile Bolt did his first race in two years against Gay, who beat him Stockholm in a 100-meter race.

“It’s no stress. This year is not a championship year, this is my year off I would say, so it is no problem,” Bolt said. “I am always ready, prepared and on top of my game (at the championships).”

See we told you Bolt talk a little too much, now his comments are being used to push the fire further.





Bolt looking at lowering 100m record in London

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt, has set his sights on lowering the 100 metres world record at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.


Bolt posted a mind boggling 9.58 seconds over the distance at the world championship in Berlin, Germany last year but he believes he can shave something off that in two years time.


“There is a possibility of that because I have worked hard over the years to run that fast so my aim is to try to get it as low as possible so I have a lot of work ahead of me.

My coach says it’s two more years before I peak so I guess I have a lot of work left in me,”


“The Olympics is the biggest stage for athletes so that’s the main focus for me and that’s what I am working towards and it should be exciting,” Bolt said.






Usain Bolt wants to play for Manchester United

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Since Usain Bolt gained world-wide fame for being ridiculously fast at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he's been able to mix in visits to his favorite club, Manchester United, his other favorite club, Real Madrid, and more between running ridiculously fast.

In the past, he's talked about playing as a "left-sided defensive midfielder" when he was in high school, but now he's seriously talking about his future as a footballer and not just his past.


Says the 24-year-old in his autobiography:
"Ideally, if I was to play football, I'd sign for my favorite team -- Manchester United. People say it's not realistic but nobody has seen me play so you never know.

If Alex Ferguson saw me in one of those charity matches he might think I could replace Ryan Giggs."


You might laugh at that last sentence, but considering Sir Alex just bought a player for £7 million sight unseen, picking the next Ryan Giggs out of a charity match could be possible.


But according to the Guardian's Simon Hattenstone, Bolt isn't just spouting off to sell books:


I ask about his ambitions. Ultimately, he says, he'd love to make a go of playing football professionally. He's being deadly serious.

One of the perks of being Usain Bolt is that sporting stars love to meet him, so whenever he's travelling and there's time, he tries to train with a top football team. Last year it was Manchester United, a few days ago it was Bayern Munich.

He's still carrying a copy of the French sporting newspaper L'Equipe, which features a spread on his football skills and praise from Bayern manager Louis van Gaal.

He shows me a photo of himself with his arm wrapped round the dwarfed 6ft German forward Miroslav Klose. "If I keep myself in shape, I can definitely play football at a high level," he says.


Presumptuous? Yes. Impossible? Maybe not.

His speed and celebrity would certainly get him a trial somewhere -- whether he has any skills on the ball or not.


All this will have to wait until at least after the 2012 Olympics, though.

At which point Ryan Giggs will probably still be playing and Bolt will probably still be carrying around that copy of L'Equipe.

(Source: Yahoo)









A St. Lucian soccer star in New York for a tournament was shot to death in Brooklyn early Monday, hours after scoring a goal that sent his team to the finals, police sources said.

Isidore Phillip Tisson, 27, was shot in a car outside a Crown Heights cafe around 4:25 a.m. where he’d stopped after leaving a nightclub where the team celebrated.

When Tisson climbed back into the car, an unknown gunman approached from behind, and opened fire. Sources say the bullet passed through Tisson’s head and struck a 24-year-old woman who was seated next to him in the chest.

She was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition, police said. Two other women who were in the car were unhurt.





No 100 ms record for Gay – Bolt

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt says American Tyson Gay will not break the men's 100 metre world record this year and would need the push from himself or Asafa Powell to even come close to that time.

On Wednesday, Gay the second fastest man ever over 100 metres, said he did not need Bolt or Powell to break his personal best of 9.69 seconds at Friday’s 14th and final Diamond League Meet in Brussels, Belgium.

However, Bolt says Gay will need the extra push to break his 9.58 seconds world record set at the Berlin, Germany World Athletic Championships last year.

“Tyson is a great fighter, he works hard and he has done extremely well but I don’t think he’ll get a world record this year.

I think he needs that extra push to break the record because 9.58 seconds is not easy to get and I had to push in that race with Gay and Powell to set that record,” Bolt said.

“I think he will need that extra push … you can’t push yourself to the limit that you want to.

But I think he’s a great athlete, I wish him all the best and if he breaks it, it’s whatever, because my main aim is the world championship (in 2011),” he added.

Even though Gay will not have a Bolt or Powell to contend with on Friday, he will still have a few Jamaicans to face including upcoming sprint sensation Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and world junior champion Dexter Lee.

Four other Jamaicans are down to compete; Allodin Fothergill will line up in the men's 400 metres while Korene Hinds and Madrea Hyman will contest the women's 3,000 metre steeplechase.

National record holder Dorian Scott will line up in the men's shott putt.

The meet can be seen live on Television Jamaica starting at 1pm.





Bolt creates more history

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Track and field super star Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has renewed his sponsorship deal with German apparel company, Puma, trough to 2013.

Under the new contract, the fattest signed in history of track and filed, ties Bolt to Puma through the 2011 World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea and the London Olympics in 2012, where he will defend his 100 and 200 metre titles.

Although not releasing the terms of the contract Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Puma, says Bolt will be the best paid athlete in the history of track and field.

“In this context, we recognise the tremendous performances, victories and times that he’s run over the last couple of years.

He’s one of the few global icons in sports, who can really connect with the consumers and with his fans, and that’s what makes him so unique … he’s not just an amazing athlete, he’s also an amazing personality and from that perspective, the value is significant,” Zeitz said.

Central figure in their Olympic marketing programme

Bolt, who turned 24 on Saturday, says he was very happy with the figure.

He first signed with Puma, which also sponsors the Jamaican Olympic Association and the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association, in 2003 when he was 16 years old.

Norman Peart, Bolt’s Manager, is very pleased with the deal.

“We’re very happy with the new contract that we’ve signed with Puma,” he said.

Puma says it intends making the world’s fastest man the central figure in their Olympic marketing programme and plan to use him to help develop footwear and other apparel.





Usain says no to highway named in his honour?

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Reports have surfaced that double Olympic and World Championship gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt has written to the government of Jamaica asking that the decision to rename a section of Highway 2000 in his honour be reconsidered.


Bolt, the youngest recipient of the nation's fourth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, sent a letter to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports “outlining the reasons behind the decision and also stating that the party remains open to discussions regarding the matter”, according to media reports.


Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is currently off the island and no official word has so far been forthcoming from that ministry.







The fastest man in the world signed the fastest track and field contract ever yesterday, with Usain Bolt extending his sponsorship with German apparel company Puma through 2013.


The world-record holder at both the 100 and 200 metres will be tied to the company through the 2012 London Olympics, when he is expected to attempt to retain his gold medals in both sprint events.


"It's good, man. I'm happy. I'm very happy with the figure," Bolt, who turned 24 on Saturday, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.


Although the terms of the contract were not released, Puma chairman and CEO, Jochen Zeitz, said Bolt would be "the best-paid athlete in track and field history".


"He's an iconic global sports star and, as such, he's now remunerated," Zeitz told the AP.


Bolt became a worldwide superstar at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 and 200 in world-record times and helping Jamaica win another gold and set another world record in the 4x100 relay. A year later, he again set world records in the 100 and 200 at the World Championships in Berlin.


Although he is sitting out the rest of this season with tightness in his lower back, Bolt is already looking forward to returning to the track next year for the World Champion-ships and eventually the 2012 Olympics.


"I'm trying to make myself a legend," Bolt said. "People are really looking forward to me breaking records (but) I'm going to go run hard to win, that's my aim. And every time I go out there and run hard to win, I get records.

(Source: AP)





Skeen earns JA a second gold medal

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Jamaica's boy's 100 metre gold medal winner, Odane Skeen won his second gold medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Skeen helped the Americas team to win the gold medal in the boy's medley relay final on Monday in a time of 1-minute: 51.38 seconds.

He ran the second leg with Brazil's Caio Dos Santos, the United State's Najee lass and Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic to beat the European and Oceania teams.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s promising youth triple jumper Rochelle Farquharson finished fourth in the girls triple jump "A" final.

She jumped a season's best 12.57 metres behind gold medalist Khadijatsou Sagnia of Sweden in 13.56 metres.

Jamaica's only outright medal is Skeen's gold in the boys' 100 metre final where he clocked a personal best 10.42 seconds on Saturday.





A gold for Skeen

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Odean Skeen created history at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Saturday when he captured the boys 100 meters to win Jamaica's first gold medal at the games.

Fifteen-year-old Skeen, who attends Wolmers Boys’ School, clocked a personal best 10.42 seconds to win the gold.

However there was no luck for Jamaica in the other four medal events.

Olivia James was sixth in the girls' 400 metre "A" final in 54.14 seconds behind winner Robin Reynolds of the US in a season's best 52.57 seconds.

Stefan Fennell missed the bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second, returning a personal best 13.54 seconds for fourth in the boys'110 metre hurdles "A" final, won by Australia's Nicholas Hough in a personal best 13.37 seconds.

Janieve Russell finished seventh in the girls long jump "A" final with a leap of 5.83 metres behind German winner Lena Malkus 6.40 metres, while Megan Simmonds improved her personal best to 13.62 seconds in the girls' 100 metre hurdles "A" final for fourth place behind Russia's Katrina Bleskina 13.34 seconds.

In the consolation finals, Jamaica's Sasha Gay Marston threw 40.36 metres for second in the girls' discus "B" final, Frederic Dacres threw a personal best 54.79 meters for second behind winner Janos Kaplar of Hungary in the boys' discus "B" final.

Shericka Jackson can increase Jamaica's medal tally on Sunday as she competes in the women's 200 metre final.


But expectant and prospective show patrons can forget about seeing these young Christian women in swim suits and such as this contest is 100% endorsed and in some cases sponsored by the church.





German Journalist Makes History With Story on Bolt

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Kingston, Jamaica: German Journalist Felix Lill has been awarded the 2010 Austrian Sports Journalism Award in the Print Category for a story on sprint champion Usain Bolt that he filed from Kingston, Jamaica.

The award winning article appeared in three European publications: Fit For Life, a monthly magazine on endurance sports from Switzerland, Kurieran Austrian daily, and Hamburger Abendblatt, a German daily.

According to Lill, the award "was really surprising for me because I had submitted my work for the under-25 category and eventually ended up winning the adult's prize. That is to say, I am the youngest award winner in the history of this award."



Lill said the focus of the story was on Bolt's "achievements, his character and his meaning for his country, Jamaica." The award winning story was produced between Bolt's "two amazing world record runs in Beijing 2008 and Berlin 2009."



The interview with the sprinter was facilitated by the organizers of Reggae Marathon through Race Director Alfred "Frano" Francis, while Lill was visiting Jamaica to cover the 2008 staging.





Race on to see who’s the next Bolt

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Britain's David Bolarinwa and Jamaica's Odane Skeen won their qualifying heats in the 100 metres at the Youth Olympics yesterday, setting up a final between two sprinters touted as possibly the next Usain Bolt.


Bolarinwa blew away the field in his heat, finishing in 10.62 seconds. Skeen got out slowly but surged to run 10.63 and beat Thailand's Jirapong Meenapra.


The 16-year-old Bolarinwa has the fastest time this year among 16- and 17-year-olds — a 10.39 in London this month. Skeen, a 15-year-old whose lanky style has some likening him to his compatriot Bolt, ran a 10.46 in Jamaica.


"I thought 'let me go there, go hard and see if anyone can go faster,'" Bolarinwa said. "It was a good performance overall."


Skeen was less thrilled with his race, blaming his slower time on two false starts by other competitors. But he said come Saturday's final, he would win.


Bolarinwa and Skeen will face each other for the first time. Skeen was surprised to learn Bolarinwa has posted the fastest 100 this year. Marvin Bracy of the United States ran the second fastest, but is not competing at the games.


Organisers of the first Youth Olympics have emphasised participation rather than winning, but that was lost on Bolarinwa and Skeen.


Both boys seemed to relish the comparison to Bolt and their budding rivalry to that of Bolt and Tyson Gay.

Told he has been compared to Bolt, Skeen just smiled and said he dreams of surpassing his idol.
"I want to be better than Bolt," said Skeen, whose goal it is to win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

(Source: AP)






Junior athlete wanted by the police

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Junior athlete, Ricardo Powell, who got into trouble during last year's Boys and Girls and Champs after making an obscene gesture to the crowd, is wanted for questioning by the Hunts Bay Police in regards to an incident which led to the death of a woman in Duhaney Park last week.


The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported that on August 7, Powell and the daughter of 40-year-old Nadine Dillworth got into an argument which led to a fight.


During the altercation it was reported that Powell threw a stone which struck Dillworth in the head.


Reports are that the woman was rushed to hospital but later succumbed to her injury.


Powell represented Jamaica as a junior and ran the 200 and 400 metres for Calabar High School






Blake/Gay contest at London Diamond League Meet

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A keen contest between top American sprinter Tyson Gay and young rising Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will be one of the highlights of the two-day London Diamond League Meet starting on Friday, August 13.

Twelve other Jamaicans including 400 metre world leader Jermaine Gonzales are down to compete over the two day meet.

With Asafa Powell withdrawing today due to his continued back problem, the attention in the men's 100 metres will be between Blake and Gay.

Blake showed his continued rapid improvement when he gave Gay a scare in the 200 metres at the Monaco Diamond League Meet last month.

The improving Mario Forsythe will be the other Jamaican in the men's 100 metres.

Fro the females, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, returning from injury, will also be in action on the first day along with Delloreen Ennis-London.

Ricardo Chambers, Shericka Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills and Kaliese Spencer will be in action on Saturday.

Live coverage of the meet can be seen on Television Jamaica starting at noon Friday and at 9:30am on Saturday.





Bolt call it quits for this season

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is calling it quits for 2010, cutting his season short because of tightness in his lower back less than a week after losing in the 100 meters to American rival Tyson Gay.

Bolt's manager, Ricky Simms, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that the world record-holder at 100 and 200 meters will have treatment to loosen his back and then rest, skipping IAAF Diamond League track and field meets in Zurich on Aug. 19, and Brussels on Aug. 27.

"I am very disappointed to miss two of the top meetings on the circuit ... but trust that it is better for me not to take any risks this year," Bolt said, according to Simms. "2011 and 2012 are very important Championship years and I hope to be back fully fit and healthy. I would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to coming back stronger next year."

Simms said Bolt was examined Monday by a doctor in Munich who found the back problem.

"He has a tightness that restricts his ability to generate power in his stride and continuing to race in this condition could risk injury to his hamstrings or calf muscles," Simms wrote.

Bolt's manager said the decision to take a break was made "with a view to his future career."

Simms also said that an MRI exam showed that a previous left Achilles' tendon injury is healed.

Bolt hadn't lost an individual race in two years until Friday, when Gay beat him at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm. Gay ran 9.84 seconds, and Bolt finished in 9.97.

(Source: AP)






Merlene Ottey proves age is just a number

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Fifty-year-old, seven-time Olympic sprinter Merlene Ottey surprised many last week when she appeared at the European championships.

Her appearance in Barcelona made her the oldest person to compete in the championships.

We have to big up our Jamaican queen for her persistence and determination in going at it after all this time. Merlene should be an example to all that nothing should stand in your way when it comes to trying to reach the stars.








Tyson Gay upset world record holder Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the DN Galan meet in 9.84 seconds on Friday.

The American always looked in complete control against Bolt, who was straining to keep up with Gay by the end of the highly anticipated race. Bolt was second in 9.97.

A sellout crowd in the Olympic Stadium was silent before the race between the two fastest men of all time. And the tension increased even further after two false starts.





It’s Bolt against Gay today

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Asafa Powell's injury may have delayed the race of the season, but Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay said yesterday that they still expect a fast 100 metres race at today's Diamond League meet in Stockholm.

The three fastest men in the world were due to face each other for the first time this year at the DN Galan, but Powell withdrew on Wednesday evening after failing to shake off a lower-back injury.

"It's sad because I think people were really looking forward to the three of us (racing)," Bolt said. "But it's still going to be a quick time."


Bolt said that in the absence of Powell, he is still wary of the threat that Gay poses.


"In Jamaica a lot of people have been seeing me and saying 'you can't let Tyson beat you'," Bolt said.


Powell said that he had been looking forward to facing his close rivals again. The Jamaican said that he sustained the injury three weeks ago, and is unsure when he will be able to compete again next.
"Since the start of the year, this was the race that I've been looking out for," Powell said. "I've been very excited about it, so I'm very disappointed because I want to go out there and run against Usain and Tyson."


Gay said that he had mentally prepared himself to face both of the Jamaicans in the 100 final at the ancient Olympic stadium.
"It put a little dampener on it, but it's just as big a race," Gay said. "I know I'm going to need to run my best to even be in the camera shot."
Olympic champion Bolt and Powell share this season's best time of 9.82 seconds.


Bolt set the current world record of 9.58 the last time the three met on the track, at the World Championships in Berlin last August.


As well as his performances, Bolt's reputation as a showman has made him a huge draw in the Scandinavian capital. Hundreds of fans waited for hours at a city park to catch a glimpse of the Jamaican when he signed autographs for local children at an athletics clinic on Wednesday.





Bolt-Powell-Gay showdown ready

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All is in place for a showdown featuring the three fastest men over 100 metres at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden on August 6.

Meet organisers say Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation against Powell and Gay who were previously confirmed.

It will be the first meeting by all three athletes since last year’s World Championships where Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds, with Gay second in 9.71, and Powell third in 9.72.

Bolt and Powell are joint world leaders having each run 9.82 seconds.

It was in Stockholm that Powell beat Bolt in 2008.








PARIS, France (AP) — Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday.

Bolt and Powell, who share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds, meet in a much-anticipated showdown at the Areva meet at the Stade de France.

"Asafa Powell taking the start, plus runners like Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey, I know the 100 will be a great race," Bolt said. "My goal will be not to lose this race. I plan to go 9.7. It should be a good race. Asafa is ready."

Following an Achilles' tendon injury, Bolt returned to competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9 and clocked 9.82 seconds. That matched Powell's time in Rome on June 10.

Missing today will be American sprinter Tyson Gay, who beat Powell in Gateshead last weekend. The Stade de France race will be Bolt's third 100 competition of the season.

"I no longer feel the slightest discomfort as far as my Achilles' tendon goes," Bolt said. "I'm, however, remaining careful and being really attentive during training sessions. According to my doctor, I should be running at 100 per cent again in two or three weeks."

Powell is the last man to have beaten Bolt in the 100, two years ago in Stockholm. Bolt, the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder in the 100 and 200, said he improved a lot after that defeat.






Poor Shelly Ann Fraser

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Those who wanted to see Shelly Ann Fraser run yesterday in Switzerland were disappointed as the she withdrew from the Diamond League event after she tested positive for a banned substance.

The runner tested positive for 'Oxycodone' at the Shanghai Diamond League Meeting in China on May 23, which is named on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2010 Prohibited Substances list as a narcotic in the same vein as morphine.

The Internet website www.drugs.com defines Oxycodone as a painkiller used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, while www.wikipedia.com says its most commonly reported effects include euphoria, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, itchy skin, and excessive sweating.

In a report carried in the Observer Bruce James explained that Fraser underwent a dental procedure in Jamaica for which she was prescribed painkillers prior to travelling to Shanghai.

In accordance with IAAF rules, the athlete declared that substance to the sports world governing body. However, said James, that medication was not effective enough and just prior to the women's 100m in Shanghai, Fraser took another over-the-counter medication which she failed to report to the IAAF.

"The flight to China made things worse. It (Oxycodone) is an extremely strong painkiller," he explained.

"She declared everything else because as a professional athlete she knows she has to declare everything she is taking... she literally took this thing a little before running (and) she forgot to declare it after the race."

He added that while the substance is neither performance enhancing nor a masking agent, because Fraser had failed to declare the drug prior to competing, she has been sanctioned.

"Once you tell them, you are all right," he said.





It’s Bolt again!

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Usain Bolt marked his return from a 42-day injury lay-off by equalling the year's fastest time over 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meet yesterday.

The sprint megastar from Jamaica out sprinted his rivals easily, and clocked 9.82 seconds to equal the year's fastest time by compatriot Asafa Powell in Rome on June 10.

Bolt, the 100 and 200 World record holder, conceded he felt a slight pain from the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for over a month.

"I would not say it was painful, but that it takes time to heal," he said.

"I was feeling extremely nice and good. It's getting better, and the weather was warm, so it was good."







Ex-Celtic Williams, once a top scorer, is now looking for an assist

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. Every night at bedtime, former Celtic Ray Williams locks the doors of his home: a broken-down 1992 Buick, rusting on a back street where he ran out of everything.

The 10-year NBA veteran formerly known as ‘Sugar Ray’ leans back in the driver’s seat, drapes his legs over the center console, and rests his head on a pillow of tattered towels. He tunes his boom box to gospel music, closes his eyes, and wonders.

Williams, a generation removed from staying in first-class hotels with Larry Bird and Co. in their drive to the 1985 NBA Finals, mostly wonders how much more he can bear. He is not new to poverty, illness, homelessness. Or quiet desperation.

In recent weeks, he has lived on bread and water.

“They say God won’t give you more than you can handle,” Williams said in his roadside sedan. “But this is wearing me out.”

A former top-10 NBA draft pick who once scored 52 points in a game, Williams is a face of big-time basketball’s underclass. As the NBA employs players whose average annual salaries top $5 million, Williams is among scores of retired players for whom the good life vanished not long after the final whistle.

Dozens of NBA retirees, including Williams and his brother, Gus, a two-time All-Star, have sought bankruptcy protection.





Ghana eliminates US for 2nd straight World Cup

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP)—Life on the edge came to an exhausting and disappointing end for the United States against a familiar foe.

Ghana sent the U.S. packing from the World Cup—again—eliminating the Americans in the second round Saturday night.

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 victory that ended a thrilling but ultimately unfulling World Cup for the United States that was watched by record audiences back home

“A stinging, tough defeat,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn’t get the job done.”

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime to win it.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn’t tie it again.

“We had already expended a lot of energy at that time,” Bradley said. “I think we put ourselves in trouble with giving up the early goal again.”

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.

“We’ve made everybody proud,” Gyan said. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

There was no late magic this time to equal Donovan’s injury-time goal against Algeria that moved the Americans into the second round. The closest the U.S. came to tying it again was in the 98th minute, when Maurice Edu’s header off Donovan’s corner kick went wide.

With Howard pushed up, DeMerit’s desperation long shot in the final minutes went over the crossbar. Then Dempsey sent a header wide.

At the final whistle, Howard consoled Bocanegra and Maurice Edu collapsed to the ground. Donovan exchanged jerseys with a Ghana player and walked off the field, put on a coat, sat on the bunch and hung his head.

“This is a terrific group and we’re proud,” Bradley said. “We’re also disappointed that we couldn’t take it further.”

Ghana, the only African team left in the tournament, celebrated moving into the quarterfinals against Uruguay on Friday in Johannesburg. In their second World Cup appearance, the Black Stars bettered their 2006 team, which lost to Brazil 3-0 in the second round. That teams beat the Americans 2-1 in the final game of the opening round to send the U.S. home.






Poor Usain

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Boy we are really sorry for poor Usain Bolt. We always say when you are a superstar you leave yourself open to all kinds of expectations from people.

The latest now is that the Jamaican diaspora in the US are complaining that he is not giving them quality time whenever he is there.

The claim is that they can’t get interview ops with him as he is more available to foreign media than his ‘homies’ entities.


The truth is that, he will never be able to please everyone and he can’t grant every interview request. Really and truly, we wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now where the heavy demand on his time is concerned.


Still, we hope he remains focused and continues to fly the Jamaican flag high doing what he does best.









West Indies need help!

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The West Indies crashed to an embarrassing 163 runs defeat against South Africa on Sunday’s fourth day of the first test at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

South Africa, which began in the day on 155 for 2 in their second innings, declared on 206 for 4, setting the West Indies an unlikely 456 runs for victory.

Captain Graeme Smith top scored with 90, while Jacque Kallis fell for his overnight 40 against Suleiman Benn who finished with 3 for 74.

The West Indiesn as they did in the first inningsn started their reply badly losing the wicket of Travis Dowlin in the second over.

Brendan Nash again proved to the selector that they erred in promoting him to number 3, after he fell for 13, to leave the home team on 39 for 2 in the eighth over.

Despite a patient knock of 73 from Captain Chris Gayle, the regional side was not able to carry the match into day five as they were dismissed for 293 in their second innings.

Gayle shared in a 55 runs partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who made 15.

Dwayne Bravo who made 46 and Narsingh Deonarine 23, took the score to 152 before they were separated, Bravo going with the score on 192 for 6.

Sulieman Benn with 42 and Shane Shillingford 27 gave the West Indies some hope of reaching the fifth day with a partnership of 66 for the eighth wicket.

However, they were not able to achieve that as they were dismissed for 293, when last man out Nelon Pascal was bowl by man of the match Dale Steyn who ended with match figures of 8 for 94.





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New fast time for Powell in Rome

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Former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell highlighted the Rome Golden Gala, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday.

Powell, the only Jamaican winner in the Italian capital, clocked another world leading time in the men's 100 metres, surpassing his previous world leading time of 9.83 seconds recorded at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic on May 27, the third leg of the Diamond League.

The inform Powell lowered that mark by one hundredths of second though he had the second slowest reaction time off the blocks, of the nine runners.

He says but for an unusually slow start, the race could have been faster.

“It was real good race because I got a very slow start but came back to run 9.82 … the last half of this rate was a lot beeter than Oslo, (Norway). If I had gotten the start that I got in Ostrava of Oslo, this would have been a very fast race,” said Powell.

His winning, world leading time was 9.82 seconds.

Shelly Ann Fraser suffered poor luck at the same meet when she was the second of two runners to be disqualified from the 100 metres for women because of the false start rule.





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A win for Kerron Stewart in France

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World and Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart and national record holder Dwight Thomas were winners at the international athletics meet in Montreuil, France on Tuesday.

Running into a negative 1.1 head wind, Stewart returned 11.21 seconds to win the women's 100 metres.

Compatriot Aileen Bailey was fourth in 11.57seconds.

Lerone Clarke 10.37 seconds and Mario Forsythe 10.38 seconds was second and third in the men's equivalent behind British winner Dwain Chambers who clocked 10.27 seconds.

Thomas clocked 13.37 seconds to win the men's 110 metre hurdles ahead of the American pair of David Payne 13.38 seconds and Ryan Wilson 13.42 seconds.








Going for two: Usain Bolt-mania has swept the Orient like a tsunami.

The Jamaican Olympic and World champion wowed South Korea on Wednesday with a victory in the 100m at the Colorful Daegu Meeting, where his time of 9.86 seconds established a new world lead.

Bolt will look to double his pleasure with his second 200m race of the season.

He already owns the fastest time in the world at 19.56.

Don't be surprised to see that time dip into the 19.4 range before he boards the plane for Ostrava and a world-record attempt in the 300m at the Golden Spike next Thursday.





Usain Bolt wins 3-D 100m in South Korea

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Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in 9.86 seconds in his season debut at the Daegu meeting today in South Korea, a report form the Associated Press says..


The time was 0.28 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at last year's world championships in Berlin, but he shaved 0.08 seconds off Tyson Gay's 2009 meet record of 9.94.


Jamaican countryman Michael Frater was second in 10.15.
"That race was really wonderful," Bolt told South Korean television network MBC. "I really loved it and I'm looking forward to next year because it was full of energy."


He said he came to South Korea to run in Daegu Stadium and determine what he should work on when he returns to the venue for next year's worlds.


"There is a high possibility of me setting a new world record next year," Bolt said.


He skipped the opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, last week but has entered Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai.
Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 in 11.00 followed by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica in 11.05.
Ryan Bailey of the United States won the men's 200 in 20.58, and two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor won the 400 with 45.21.


German hammer thrower Betty Heidler came first with 75.28 metres, beating world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, who was fourth with 71.86, more than 6 meters below her record.


The meet, broadcast live in 3-D, was enjoyed by Seoul citizens on large television screens in city center plazas.









Usain Bolt has officially touched down in Daegu, South Korea, where he’s set to run his first 100m of the year on Wednesday.


And just as we expected, the world record-holder in the 100m and 200m sounds legitimately rattled after Tyson Gay’s straight-line record 200m on Sunday.

“It’s my first time in South Korea so I’ll do my best and, hopefully, break the meeting record,” Bolt told the BBC, adding, “It will be a very fast time.”

Can’t you just hear the fear there? Meeting record? Very fast time? Clearly Gay has him rattled. Just look at the picture above. Can’t you see the sheer terror just below the surface as Bolt waves to a horde of fans and cameras on the streets of Daegu?

Okay, we tried to build some suspense, but the fact of the matter is that Bolt doesn’t appear to be scared at all. And nor should he be. Just like every other meet he runs these days, he’ll essentially be racing against the clock on Wednesday.

The good news is that the way he’s been running, Bolt vs. a stopwatch is more than enough theater to keep us captivated.

Source: Universal Sports





Campbell-Brown, Frater win in Osaka

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Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica has won the women's 100 meters at the Osaka Grand Prix.

Campbell-Brown finished in 11.02 seconds today for her first win in the 100 this season. Japan's Chisato Fukushima was second with a time of 11.27 while Australia's Melissa Breen was third in 11.47.

Campbell-Brown, who won gold in the women's 200 in Beijing and Athens, started had to quickly make up ground to finish comfortably ahead of Fukushima.

"I didn't get the start I wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "I didn't execute the way I wanted but am happy to get the win. It's always good to come back to Osaka."

Jamaica also won the men's 100, with Michael Frater clocking a time of 10:24.

American Michael Rodgers coasted to victory in the men's 200 with a time of 20.55, 0.11 seconds ahead of Canadian Jared Connaughton.

Ireland's Joanne Cuddihy took the women's 400 with a time of 52.15, 0.78 seconds ahead of Jamaica's Clora Williams while Ginnie Powell of the United States powered to victory in the women's 100 hurdles in 12.76. (Source: AP)








Thirty two boys from five children's homes across the country were special guests of double World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt at yesterday's Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet at the National Stadium.

The boys, from Summerfield, Muirton, Alpha Boys, National Children's, Mannings and St Augustine Boys' homes were seated in section F of the grandstand.

They were accompanied by national co-ordinator Audrey Budhi and managing director of United Way of Jamaica, Winsome Wilkins.

United Way of Jamaica operates as a Project Management Unit for the world record-holder. Bolt purchased all 32 tickets for the boys.







News out of the Penn Relays is that the Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaica men's 4x100 team won their race in a meet record of 37.90 seconds.
USA Blue was second in 38.33.


USA Red, on which Portland-based Ryan Bailey had the lead-off leg, was third in 38.50.


At the end of the race, the crowd -- in keeping with the Bolt-mania that has seized fans of all ages ever since the sprint dynamo’s arrival -- went crazy as Bolt acknowledged the cheers after the victory by Jamaica's Gold team.


Bolt's anchor split was reportedly timed in 8.79.
Congrats to the team.





Former national striker shot dead in the USA

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Former national striker Patrick Beech was shot and killed in Oregon in the United States of America yesterday.


At a Digicel Premier League football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, members of the St Catherine football family expressed grief at his passing and said he will be sadly missed.


"He was such an effervescent person, one who would be constantly motivating the players around him. He is sadly missed by us, "said former Jamaica Football Federation and St Catherine Football Association president, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland.


Beech also represented Rivoli for a number of years.


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"Beech was a great footballer who scored many brilliant goals for his team. He was one of the talents discovered by René Simoes," said Omar Parker, Rivoli's captain.


Ann-marie Reid, manager of Rivoli United, said Beech was a good person who made football his life.


"He played for several teams and still had a desire to contribute, as he last played for Duhaney Park," Reid said.


His death brings to two the number of former Rivoli players to be killed in the United States as Mark Wisdom was shot to death three years ago.


Rivoli ended their game in a 1-1 tie with Humble Lion. Elsewhere, Tivoli clipped Waterhouse 1-0, Harbour View beat Village 3-0, while Portmore and August Town played to a 0-0 draw.


Source: Star





Go deh Bolt

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Usain Bolt has now become the source of a fierce battle between two of Britain's leading television broadcasters.


The Jamaican sprint megastar has the British Broadcasting Corporation and Sky battling over the television broadcast right to see him run during this season's IAAF Diamond League.


Last October, Glen Mills, the sprinter's coach, disclosed that Bolt would contest seven of the 14 Diamond League events this year.


Neither Mills nor Bolt have yet revealed the seven meets at which he will run in the Diamond League.


The BBC will televise two of the 14 meets, in Gateshead and Crystal Palace, as part of a six-year deal with UK Athletics.


But some of the 14 meets will clash with football World Cup games, including England's opener against the United States on June 12, so Sky has stepped in with a rival bid for British broadcast rights to the remaining 12 events.


Bolt is the Olympic and World 100 and 200 metres sprint champion and World record holder in both events.





It’s a win for Shelly-Ann Fraser in Monaco

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Shelly-Ann Fraser.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser, Beijing Olympic gold medallist today edged out fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to win the women’s 100 metres at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Fraser clocked 10.91 to win ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who did 10.97.
Campbell-Brown, the Beijing Olympic 200-metre champion, ended third in 11.03.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 54.20.
Lashinda Demus of the USA easily won in 52.63.





SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.





Stoke City Chair secures Jamaican striker’s spot

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RicardoFuller_599543.jpgRicardo Fuller, the Jamaican born Stoke City striker got himself some negative headlines following a brawl with a teammate at Sunday’s losing game to West Ham in the English Premier League.

Facing disciplinary action for the on field row with captain, Andy Griffin, where Fuller struck the captain, the 29-year-old’s fate is in the hands of the club, who has declared the situation an internal matter, according to Teamtalk.

Calling Fuller a key player, Spokes City Chairman, Peter Coates told reporters, "I will talk to the manager when he gets back but it is an internal matter. He is a very important player for Stoke and will be important for the second half of the season. But it is our affair and we will deal with it in our own way.”

Fuller, who was red carded during the defeat at Upton Park on Sunday faces a three-match suspension.

Manager, Tony Pulis said there is no condoning what Fuller has done and he’s waiting for the in house meeting on the matter to be clear on follow up action.





Reggae Boyz wins Championship

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boyz-grenada2.jpgReggae Boyz coach John Barnes and captain Tyrone Marshall were ecstatic about winning the Digicel Caribbean Championship, Sunday night at the National Stadium, where they defeated Grenada 2-0 in the finals.

Coach Barnes said that it was a great feeling and the guys played a wonderful tournament...

Tyrone Marshall said that not having qualified for the World Cup, he was aware that support was not going to be the best, but this win has restored some respect for the team.

The Grenadian's player/coach and captain, Anthony Modeste said that they are proud of their achievements, even though they lost, they don't feel like losers. Modeste is also captain of Digicel Premier League champions, Portmore United. He thanks Digicel for organising a wonderful tournament as well as Captain Burrel and the JFF (Jamaica Football Federation). Modeste also congratulates Barnes and Marshall saying that they are worthy champions.

The Boyz will now be focusing their attention to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be held in the USA next year.





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ja-hon8a.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz exhibited another good display to beat Honduras 1 - 0 courtesy of a goal from Luton Shelton's 16 minutes strike, which was enough in the make or break CONCACAF make-up semi-final round fixture at the National Stadium in Kingston last night.

The victory eased Jamaica into third place in the 4 team group B with 7 points; 2 behind Honduras who started the round as leaders over Mexico on goal defense.

Mexico and Canada drew 2 - 2 in their encounter last night in Edmonton; which places the Central Americans on top with 10 points, but still not leaving them assured of advancing to the final round of 6 teams.

Canada has already been eliminated as they move to 2 points with one game remaining against Jamaica on the 19th of November.

Jamaica will have to beat Canada on that date to give themselves a chance to qualify for the next round.





asafa_405.jpgEven though the former fastest man in the world, Asafa Powell performed disappointingly at the Beijing Olympics this year, coming in 5th for the 100 meters, while Usain Bolt took the gold in 9.69 seconds; he is adamant about his way forward and speaks confidently about exceeding Bolt’s world record breaking time.

Promising to improve on even his personal best of 9.72 seconds that he clocked in Lausanne, Switzerland shortly after Beijing, Powell told the Gleaner that he is at a very exciting time of his life and is really enjoying sprinting at the moment. “To have someone from Jamaica who's so fast to run against is very exciting. It motivates me to go and train harder than ever before. I'm really excited about it," Powell said.

His personal best in Switzerland recently, sent a strong message to all his challengers; that it is plain to see that he is walking his talk and stepping up to the plate or standard set by Bolt.

Without flinching, Powell declared that he will be right there with Bolt, no matter how fast he takes it.





Usain Bolt gearing up for next track season

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bolt osaka.jpgBeijing OlympicsRealizing that his two major competitors plan to come fast and furious for the next track season in 2009, Usain Bolt has effectively given them a strong warning not to underestimate his abilities next year.

Bolt, now back home in Jamaica, spoke to reporters at a press conference after the glorious motorcade that went from the Norman Manley airport to the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, and said he will be ready and looking forward to competing against Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay next season.

Having taken the world record 100 meter crown in New York during May, Bolt beat his own 9.72 world record mark in Beijing where he clocked 9.69. Conscious of the hard work ahead as he focuses on maintaining his status as the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to capture the sprint double at an Olympic games, Bolt said while it took enormous effort to get to the top it will take even harder work to stay at the top.





Asafa Powell determined to reclaim record

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asafa_powell.jpgAs he awaits the Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, Asafa Powell spoke to reporters about his aims as a top sprinter; and he is bent on topping the remarkable 9.69 record set for the 100 meter by his team mate, Usain Bolt.

Speaking of Bolt’s record breaking run as ‘ridiculous” in terms of him going way and beyond anyone’s expectations, Powell said he is now inspired to go below 9.6 seconds for the 100 meters; as he is determined to make sure Bolt is out of his reach.

Although experiencing a season where injuries have become a barrier to his success, Powell was able to bring home an Olympic gold for the 4 by 100 relay, while individual medals eluded the champion sprinter who placed fifth in the 100 meter both in Beijing this year and in Athens in 2004.

Unable to explain why he masters the annual track circuits without ever medaling individually at any Olympics, Powell said that while Beijing was his best chance to cop an Olympic win so far, he is looking forward to the 2012 London games which he states will be his last opportunity.





Usain Bolt has done it again!

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bolt osaka.jpgBeijing Olympics, Usain Bolt beat American Walter Dix (9.99 seconds) and Trinidadian Richard Thompson (10.09 seconds) to win the 100 meters clocking 9.83 seconds at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting held at the Letzigrund Stadium on Friday.
Though his start was poor, earning him the slowest reaction time on the field, Bolt recovered quickly and by mid-race was 'bolting' to an easy victory.
"It was a good nice track..." Bolt said. He also acknowledged that his start was not his best, but he "concentrated on winning..." He blames his slower time on his having a cold.
The meet was not a great success for the Caribbean as there were only a few medals earned. Bahamian Chris Brown placed third in the 400 metres in 45.05 seconds, Jamaican Danny McFarlane also finished third in the 400 metres hurdles in 48.40 seconds and Novlene Williams earned bronze in the 400 metres clocking 50.78 seconds.





Bolt not fazed by numerous testing

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bolt osaka.jpgExpressing that he has nothing to worry about because he is clean, Usain Bolt is not surprised at the numerous tests he has been required to undergo as athletic organizations wallow in disbelief at his amazing feat of breaking historical records.

The triple gold winner who made Caribbean and Olympic history in Beijing China discussed the series of tests that entailed, blood and urine tests at an event sponsored by his sponsor, Puma. Explaining that he was tested four times even before starting to run in Beijing, Bolt says proudly that all tests came back negative.

Saying the testing was done so many times, that he lost track, Bolt remains confident of his actions saying that he trains hard and performs well; leaving no other explanation for his colossal performances.





NOSYMBL.gifSeveral cricket boards have been concerned with security for their teams who were originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan, a region currently recognized as potentially volatile. This has forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision to postpone the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan.

Omar Khan
, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

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said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.





Glorious ending to exciting games

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The 29th Olympiad came to an end in Beijing with the same theatricality with which everyone was welcomed at the opening ceremony. At the bird nest stadium, where these games were held in China, a capacity crowd of 91,000 witnessed this fantastic closing ceremony.

Competing against each other in various sporting events, 204 countries came together; and in the end Jamaica's performance in track and field took precedence as a small Caribbean country with outstanding output especially in the sprint events.

Most notable are the 11 medals the country achieved at the games:

6 gold, 3 silver and two bronze. The male athletes had 3 medals while the females garnered 8

Standing out was Usain Bolt who earned himself 3 gold medals all in world record time. Great performances by female athletes included: Veronica Campbell-Brown’s gold in the 200 meters, where she defended her title; Melaine Walker’s gold in the 400 meters hurdles in Olympic record time and Shelly-Ann Fraser’s gold in the 100 meters.





Miami Dolphin's coach wants Bolt for NFL

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Rumour has it that Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Parcell is interested in trying out the 6 foot 4 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt for the NFL.

It is reported that Parcell has always joked about trying out Bolt, but sources say that a scout for the Miami Dolphins is on his way to China to hold discussions with Usain's manager. So is it fact or rumour? Keep tuned.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser


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Jamaica won the 4 by 100 relay in world record time of 37.10 seconds today at the Beijing Olympics, sending a clear message that the land of wood and water is not to be underestimated.

The fast and furious team broke the world mark of 37.40 set in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the US team that was equalled by another US squad at the world championships in Stuttgart in 1993.

Nesta Carter was the first man with the baton that he passed to Michael Frater; then it was Frater to the indomitable Usain Bolt who went on to hand the baton to Asafa Powell who breezed on to the finish line in record breaking time.

Bringing home another gold medal for Jamaica, the relay team conquered all odds. Top sprinter Asafa Powell got the opportunity to finally land himself a gold medal for the first time on an international platform. The gold had been eluding Powell and this was his chance to redeem himself.





Olympic committee leader criticizes Usain Bolt

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usain_new.jpgToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge had stiff criticism for Jamaican record breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

According to the Associated Press the former Olympic yachtsman who hails from Belgium told a small group of reporters that he did not consider Bolt’s "doing a show" following his historic win as being respectful of the other competitors in his race.

The elated and proud Bolt danced, did his victory run around the field draped in the Jamaican flag, beat his chest in glee and even declared that he was number one – using finger gestures in a television close-up; however Rogge felt that somehow Bolt was not entitled to express himself as his personality and possibly as his culture dictated.

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Campbell-Brown takes the 200 meter gold

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Jamaica’s domination of the sprint events at this year’s Beijing Olympics was completed today as Veronica Campbell-Brown took an impressive gold in the women’s 200 meters.

She beat the United States’ Allison Felix into a silver medal position with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart claiming the bronze.

The defending champion produced a smooth performance across the finish line in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Jamaica has now won all four of the individual sprint events. Campbell-Brown’s victory will mean that the U.S. team will return home without a gold medal in the individual sprint events for the first time since they boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Yardflex would like to congratulate Veronica Campbell-Brown on her victory.





Lightening strikes twice

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.





Shericka Williams makes dramatic silver run

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sherika20050628rm.JPGJamaica added another medal to their tally as Shericka Williams performed amazingly, coming in second place this morning in the women’s 400 meter flat race. It was a bit of a surprise for avid track fans, since most sports analysts did not predict she would medal.

Williams copped the silver medal unexpectedly in a time of 49.69 seconds. The race was won by Christine Ohuruogu from Britain in 49.62 seconds and Sanya Richards came third, taking the bronze medal for the United States.

Richards, who was listed as the favorite to win the women’s 400 meter, finished in a time of 49.93 seconds. Although representing the United States in Beijing, she is a naturalized US citizen of Jamaican parentage.

In another final event today the 100 meters hurdles for women saw both Jamaican contestants, Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster disappointingly failing to make the podium. Finishing fifth and sixth respectively, they ran the race in 12.65 and 12.66 seconds.

After many years of international competition, Foster announced today that she plans to hang up her track shoes and retire.

The Olympic finals began on August 15 and Jamaica is currently number 4 in the world in athletics with 5 medals – 2 gold and 3 silver medals. Russia, the United States and Kenya rank first second and third.





The-Three-Terrific

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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On a day when Jamaica celebrated the 121st birthday anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s sprint queen Shelley-Ann Fraser as well as gold and silver medal winners Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, celebrated their clean sweep of the women’s 100 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China.

Fraser stormed to a life time best 10.78 seconds to win Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter finals; leading the sweep with Simpson and Stewart, as both clocked identical 10.98 seconds in a dead-heat for second.

This was a phenomenal accomplishment for all three athletes as they broke world history in the 100 meter race. No other country can boast having three winners represented on the podium for the 100 meter women’s Olympic final.

Although it was the first time ever that three female athletes from the same country took the top three places in an Olympic track final, American male sprinters have been first second and third on two previous occasions; in 1906 in Athens and during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The most recent occasion of seeing three athletes from the same country on a medal podium was in the triple jump in 2004 when three Russian athletes took all the medals on offer.





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Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Providence Stadium, Guyana: Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).

The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica had a bright start against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue, having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana on Friday night (0-3), Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.

After a mere 7 minutes into the game, Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well aimed shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.

Suriname, on the other hand, was just getting into a rhythm, which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica 's defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.





Jamaica's Flag flies high in Poland

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jam-flag_poland.jpgThe Jamaican contingent to the World Juniors Championship, held July 8 to 13 in Poland, was successful in achieving six medals, one gold four silver and one bronze. They placed ninth in the overall medal standings of the 181 countries that competed at the Championship.

The most notable of all the medal winners was the gold won by Dexter Lee in the Men's 100 meters in a creditable time of 10.40 seconds, finishing ahead of his country man Yohan Blake in 10.51. In all fairness to Blake who won the bronze two years ago, he was on the path of recovering from a hamstring injury.

In other events Nickel Ashmeade finished second in the 200 meters in 20.84 seconds, Keiron Stewart placed third in the 110 meters hurdles in 13.51, while the male quartet of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake won the silver in the 4 by 100 meters relay in a time of 39.25 seconds.





Bolt –Asafa, who is better?

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By: Dave Lindo

bolt_asafa.jpgThe big clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and former world record holder, Asafa Powell at the recent Jamaica National Trials, not surprisingly, did not materialize. Both had played down the clash in pre-race interviews and said that they would do just enough to qualify for the Olympics team.

In the end Bolt won, looking very relaxed, even having time to glance twice at his friend Asafa, winning in a time of 9.85. While Powell just as relaxed came second in 9.97 sec.

So all focus now is on that Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing summer Olympics. Both athletes said that an Olympic Gold far outweighs having a world record as the record will easily go but the gold medal stays with you for ever.

The Bolt - Asafa debate about which of the two is 'faster' in the 100m is still circulating. I would stick my neck out in saying that presently, Bolt is in much better condition than Asafa and is capable of running faster.

However, as the outstanding track and field analyst Earl Bailey said on a Talk Show programme on RJR on Monday, June 30, 2008, "with 6 weeks to go before the Beijing Olympics anything can happen. An athlete can improve as well as drop form."

Even on the day itself, in just under 10 seconds, the 100m finals race will be completed and the winner of the Olympic Gold medal would have been decided.





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Below are scenes from JAAA National Championship on Sunday June 29, 2008:


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Jamaica Romp 6-0 Victory

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Jamaican forward, Luton Shelton, registered a first half hat-trick in eight minutes to propel the Reggae Boyz to a comfortable 6-0 victory over The Bahamas, in their return leg CONCACAF second round qualifying match, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on Wednesday. This feat was witnessed by a fair size crowd of spectators.

Added to the 7-0 drubbing in the first leg on Sunday, Jamaica advanced to the semi-final phase of the qualifying series with a 13-0 aggregate margin.





Boyz makes explosive start

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz made an explosive start to their 2010 South Africa World Cup Finals campaign when they comprehensively beat an inferior Bahamas outfit 7-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.

Playing before an almost capacity crowd the Boyz made a giant step towards advancing to the semi-final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series.

Captain Ricardo Gardner started the on-slaught when he scored in the 17th minute. This was followed by goals from Demar Phillips, Marlon King, Andy Williams, Omar Daley and a double strike from Luton Shelton.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica's senior Reggae Boyz turned in a spirited but somewhat patchy performance to defeat the St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5-1 in their friendly international at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday night.

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Marlon King, (in the 26th and 42nd minutes), led the way for the Rene Simoes coached squad as the hard running Demar Phillips, of Stoke City in England, got his name on the score sheet as well, with a beautiful finish earlier in the 17th minute of play to open the scoring and send the spectators in a frenzy.





Usain Bolt the fastest man in the world

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Usain Bolt lightning run in the men's 100m ahead of the field at last night's Reebok Grand Prix in a new world record time of 9.72 seconds.





West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

portmore_united_FC.jpgPortmore United won the National Premier League played by top football club's in Jamaica. Twelve teams vied for pole position, with Portmore United coming out on top. After playing 38 games, of which they won 21, drew 12 and lost 5, amassed a total of 75 points to walk away with the trophy.

Tivoli Gardens came second with 66 points, Boy's Town third with 58 points, last season champions, Harbour View fourth with 51 points and Waterhouse fifth with 47 points.

Coached by former Reggae Boyz defender Linval Dixon, the champions had a strong nucleus of National players with experience and youth.





The lightning Bolt strikes again

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lightning_bolt.jpgAlmost one year to the date when he broke the National 200 metres record Usain "Lightning" Bolt struck up an awe inspiring performance at Kingston's National Stadium, at the Jamaica International Invitational Games on Saturday, May 3.

A plethora of stars including the World Championship and Olympic medal winners from the United States, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Sanya Richards led the way for the "Stars and Stripes" against Usain Bolt, Danny Mcfarlane, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Deloreen Ennis-London, wearing the black green and gold representing the, "likkle but we tallawah", Jamaica in the three hour clash.

The fact that all the big name MVP runners; Micheal Frater, Bridgette Foster-Hylton, Sherone Simpson and the world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, stayed away, the I.A.A.F area permit meet was a quality one nonetheless.





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The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.





bolt_gay.jpgAmerican sprint star Tyson Gay, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and Jamaica's Usain 'Lightning' Bolt, who last weekend stunned the sports world when he ran a lighting fast 9.76 seconds, the second-fastest 100-meter dash in history, will meet at 100 meters at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, organizers announced.

Bolt, the 21-year-old Jamaican who took the 200-meter and 4x100-meter World Championship silver medals behind Gay in Osaka, is the 2002 World Junior Champion at 200 meters and holds the World Junior Record of 19.93 seconds for the distance.





Campbell_large.jpgIcahn Stadium, New York will be 15,000 seats larger come May 31st as organizers expect mega crowds for the Reebok Grand Prix during this Olympic Year.

Another big reason that they will be heading out to the Randall's Island site will be to take in the headliners, who are all mega track stars in their own right.

World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of a short list of top ranking Olympians who will headline at the event. Liu Xiang, a major Chinese track star and Lauryn Williams, who was the highlight of 2007's World Championships 100 meters, join Campbell-Brown as headliners.





West Indies victorious in final test match

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thumbnail_ramnaresh_sarwan.jpgWest Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a fluent 102 and his Guyanse couterpart Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 86 to pilot the West Indies to a series-levelling six wicket victory over Sri-Lanka in the second and final test from the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Sri-Lanka had won the first test played in Providence, Guyana by 121 runs. Both players added a record fourth wicket partnership of 157 as they came together with the score on 73 for 3. The target set for the West Indies to win with two day's remaining was 253. However captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon fell in successive overs with the score on 24 for 2.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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Jamaica on Wednesday squandered a glorious opportunity to chalk up another victory against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago when they surrendered a two goal lead to end the game 2-2 in front of a fairly disappointed crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Reggae Boyz looked vastly superior to a largely ineffective though young and inexperienced T n T aggregation. The Boyz with a couple of senior professionals from England, including Luton Shelton, Demar Phillips, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Omar Daley and the recalled Deon Burton waltzed to a comfortable two goal half time advantage thanks to strikes from captain and Wigan FC player Marlon King in the 34th minute and Tyrone 'Granny' Marshall - who plays for Toronto football club in the U.S Major League Soccer - in minute 41.





Another Glorious Boys and Girls Champs

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships for 2008 came to an end on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Kingston in spectacular fashion with Calabar High School Boys and Holmwood Technical Girls repeating as champions.

Andrew Riley of Calabar High and Salcia Slack of Holmwood Technical were winners of their respective heptathlon titles, and were fittingly named as the overall points champions at the end of the four day meet.





By: Dwight Fraser & Devon Anderson

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Trinidad and Tobago defeated Jamaica in the luxurious Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua, by 9 wickets to walk away with a whopping 1 Million US Dollars.

Oh gosh the sweet smell of success, and the taste of 1 million of Uncle Sam's dollars pushed the Trinidadian's all the way, as they knocked down the Jamaicans, captained by Chris Gayle for one of their lowest ever one day total of 91, not off 20 overs, but in 16.4 overs.





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Head Coach for the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics, John Barnes, was proud to commend the Jamaican National U-20 team yesterday, on their 1-0 win in a rigorous match against Seba United in Kingston, Jamaica. Marking the end of the eight country Digicel Clinics, the Nationals fought hard and were victorious against a strong team. In congratulating the U-20s, who he had been guiding for two full days before, Barnes said, "It was not an easy win, but a well deserved win. It is not always easy for a team that does not usually play together to win against a team like Seba United who play together all the time. You worked together well today in the true spirit of teamwork."

Throughout the tour Barnes has been keenly observing the enormous talent in Caribbean football and now must execute his mandate to choose six footballers from the region to take part in one week's training at Sunderland AFC's Academy of Light in the UK. While this has been one main focus, Barnes' first-rate coaching skills, that facilitated development in an outstanding number of winners on every leg of the tour; have also been lauded in each island visited.





Trinidad U-20s prove powerhouse status

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"Trinidad is a football powerhouse," Jack Warner, President of the Caribbean Football Union said, and the U-20s along with their strong opponents, demonstrated this strength throughout the match. By half time the score was one all and the Nationals pounced on the chance to take the lead only one minute into the second half when they scored the winning goal.

Digicel Clinics' Head Coach, John Barnes thanked the young Trinidadian players after the match saying, "I'd like to thank you all for your hard work, discipline, diligence and enthusiasm over that past three days. I hope that you continue on this path of professionalism. Today you have proved that players such as Dwight York are not a rarity in Trinidad."





Digicel Football Clinic ends part 6 in Suriname

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With two countries to go the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic wound up its sixth leg in Paramaribo, Suriname, on February 3rd with a high tempo match infused with disciplined performances. At the Franklyn Essed Stadium, the National U-20 and opposing team, Robin Hood played the match taken by U-20 2- 1. with great spirit.

Described as showing commendable promise for the future development of
football in Suriname, U-20 players who attended the three day Clinic as well as their opponents, Robin Hood were highly commended by Digicel Clinics' Head Coach, John Barnes. "All the players exhibited the discipline and togetherness that I have been speaking about. There are about three or four players from Suriname that will be up for consideration to go to Sunderland and one of the players I'm considering is from Robin Hood," Barnes said.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

powell_campbell.jpgIn what was a glitsy affair at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, at the RJR Sports Man and Woman ceremony the world's fastest man Asafa Powell and the speed ball from Trelawny Veronica Campbell-Brown took the respective lions share of the accolades.

Powell walked away with his third such honour as 'Sports Man Of The Year,' dating back to 2005. A fitting bill after he was named the Central American and Caribbean top athlete for 2007 back in December.

Powell who won a bronze at the World Championship in the 100 metres along with a silver in the 4x100 metres relay, edged out fellow Sprinter Usain Bolt, World Championship Decathlon Silver medalist Maurice Smith and West Indies Pace Bowler Darren, Powell in the male category.

Smith was named the overall runner up in the male section.

Veronica Campbell-Brown in the meantime received her second such honour after winning in 2004.





Dwayne De Rosario; long road to soccer success

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dwayne.jpg"I like to think age 30 is the new 20" the vegetarian soccer great, Dwayne De Rosario said of the benefits healthy eating brings. While being the 'poster image' for thriving while staying away from junk food – De Rosario shines even brighter as Houston Dynamo's 'attacking mid-fielder' and in all his football endeavours.

Named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the finals this season and in 2001, as well as co-MVP on two other occasions, De Rosario forged a steady progressive path to success. The Ontario, Canada born; US Major League Soccer (MLS) star made his way from being spotted by a 'talent scout' at age 12 to becoming one of the top goal scoring players in the 11year old American soccer league.

Recounting the almost fairytale-like sequence of events that saw 12 year old Dwayne and his Guyanese born parents flown to England on a training/grooming scholarship; De Rosario said, "It opened my eyes to the football world...and when I played the Canary Cup, it opened my eyes [forcing me] to say this is something I really want and I knew at such a young age I could help my family."

From there the budding top player had numerous trials in Europe and at age 15 joined a huge club, AC Milan, playing with some of his favourite, and the world's greatest players. Then came the tough decision of accepting an offer to be signed or return to Canada; and back to Toronto De Rosario decided to go, where he ended up signing his first professional contract with the Toronto Lynx. After just half a year with them, De Rosario was off to Germany.

In East Germany in 1997 De Rosario was frequently made to feel ostracized from the tensions of the times. "The walls had recently come down...basically I was one man against the world; at times the players were against me...sometimes the whole stadium would start making monkey noises and things like that...people did not take too well to me in terms of colour and tradition...it was interesting to be amongst that," he explained, saying the experience encouraged him and many African players to unite, become stronger and form a brotherhood.

Then the easy choice of North America over Europe became appealing and De Rosario made the switch. Having received many honours that include the record MLS Goal of the Year for 2 consecutive years, he was no doubt an immense help in leading his team to MLS Cup Championships.