FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Cayla Burch and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Burch competed across a pair of events for the Ladyjacks at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station, Texas. The freshman’s best performance came with a second-place finish during the 400-meter event. NSU’s Steels collected a first-place performance in the long jump for the Lady Demons at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Cayla Burch, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Minneapolis, Minn.The freshman ran the 400-meter race for the first time this season, clocking a Southland season-best time of 54.61. The performance also placed her 54th nationally in the quarter-mile event. Additionally, Burch ran a leg of the 4×400 relay team which clocked in at a 3:49.13 pace. The mile-relay squad’s finish stands as the third best mark in the Southland this season.Honorable Mention: Alejandra Ruiz, Central Arkansas; Soren Underwood, Abilene Christian; Aleyah Donald, McNeese.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasThe College Station product took first overall after covering a distance of 20’7 ¼” in the long jump event. Her performance at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational currently stands as the ninth best jump in the nation and the second-best mark in Northwestern State program history.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Malaiya Jedkins, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, believes that Chris Gayle has been humbled by the consequences of his recent actions in the Australian Big Bash and said that the Jamaican cricketer needs the support of the Caribbean people. Gayle drew the ire sports fans and administrators alike two weeks ago over comments he made to Australian female sports journalist Mel McLaughlin during a post-match interview. While the cricketer later apologised and was fined almost US$10,000 by his Melbourne Renegades, there were calls by some for him to be banned from cricket. Beckles, who said that in his judgement, Gayle is the best cricketer in the world and that he prayed every day for his return to the West Indies fold, added that the player was guilty of a lack of diplomacy. “I take his words for what he said, that he meant no offence. I take his word for that. I think he has given his apology,” Sir Hilary, who was guest speaker at Friday evening’s RJR Sports Foundation Awards ceremony, told The Gleaner. ‘Dust’ it off “We have to give him the support that he needs. Lots of sportsmen and women from time to time might not say the diplomatically pleasing thing, but in most cases, the environment of sport, comments are sometimes taken in the wrong way, and I just want to see Chris dust off all of this,” he added. The Barbadian educator was himself at the heart of a controversy involving Gayle in 2011, when during the Sir Frank Worrell Lecture on the rise and fall of West Indies cricket, he referred to Gayle as the “don” of the contemporary West Indies team. “All of us who are educators – and I am first and foremost an educator – I have seen how all of us can sometimes make statements that are not ideal under the circumstances. But he is a cricketer, and he is a sportsman; and like every sportsman, you make mistakes on the field and off the field. “When you make mistakes on the field, you go to your coach and you correct them. When you make mistakes off the field, you go to your support team and you correct them. And when you correct them, you come out and demonstrate that you are much better and much bigger,” Sir Hilary said. While adding that he wished to leave his own controversy in the past, Sir Hilary also said that he believed Gayle to have learnt from the experience, adding that he believes the Jamaican has a role to play in the future of the Caribbean sport. “This event has humbled Chris, and I want to big him up to get back. I have known him for many years, and I wish him all the best, and I say to him, ‘Come back and fulfill your destiny, and your destiny is in the heart of West Indies cricket’,” he said.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.
NEW YORK, (CMC): Two-time doper and controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin has vowed to defeat the World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Rio Olympics later this year. Gatlin is seeking revenge after Bolt put a troubled build-up behind him to beat the American and retain his world 100m and 200m titles in Beijing last year. The prospect of another clash between Bolt and Gatlin sets the tone for an epic 100m showdown during the summer Olympics in Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of August. “I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York,” declared Gatlin in an interview with TMZ sports. “We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.” Although Gatlin came into the final in Beijing last year on a 28-race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second. Gatlin says he considers himself the closest threat Bolt has ever had and he is working hard to be even better. “It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock,” said Gatlin. “Last year was a nail-biter to the finish line at the world championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now, I am working to be better than that.”
KINGSTON: The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has described the support of the GraceKennedy Group for the athletes as unparalleled and essential. This is according to Mike Fennell, president of the JOA, who spoke at a special luncheon hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday to thank the GraceKennedy Group for its support of the 63-member Jamaican contingent at the Rio Olympics. “This is our way of saying thank you for your unparalleled support, especially for the recent Olympics Games in Rio. You have provided assistance through products and essential nutritional advice, which assisted us in maintaining our world-leading performances, and for that, we are grateful,” said Fennell. Representing GraceKennedy were Andrea Coy, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods, Jamaica (Domestic); and Angeline Gillings, chief global category officer, GraceKennedy Foods. Also present was chef Karl Thomas, who was contracted by GK Foods to oversee the preparation of meals for the Jamaican Olympians. In response, Mrs Coy said, “We are elated that you chose us to come on board for yet another Olympics, and we are proud to know that with our support, the team demonstrated a winning spirit and delivered such spectacular performances.” Chef Karl Thomas, who was also the lead chef for GraceKennedy Foods at the 2012 Olympics, said he was happy to have served the team and the country for the second consecutive Olympics. “It’s a thrilling feeling to be a part of this exceptional contingent, and it was an honour to prepare our athletes to take on the world, and to see them deliver so well,” he said. As a token of its appreciation, the JOA presented the trio with gift packages of official Jamaican team gear. As the official food and nutrition sponsor of the 2016 Jamaican Olympic team, GraceKennedy Foods, a part of the GraceKennedy Group, provided food products and other nutritional support for the contingent at the pre-Olympics training camp in Rio.
John Isner of the US celebrates winning a point from Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men’s singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — At long last, John Isner is a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, finally making that far in his 10th appearance.He’s also in the final eight at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 9-seeded Isner moved into a matchup against No. 13 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up at the All England Club, by beating 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) with the help of 22 aces and by saving the only break point he faced Monday.It allows the 33-year-old Isner, the highest-ranked U.S. man, to have something about Wimbledon to relish other than his victory in the longest match in tennis history: 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours spread over three days in 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He’d never even been past the third round at the grass-court Grand Slam until this year.“Certainly this tournament, since that long match, has sort of been a house of horrors for me,” Isner said. “I’ve lost a lot of close ones since that match in 2010 — a lot of very, very close ones, a lot of deep five-set matches, third round especially.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ He had lost four five-setters in a row at Wimbledon until last week.He’d been 0-3 in the third round until last week.“There was certainly some doubt, when you have left this tournament the last nine, 10 years pretty disappointed with my result, gone home sort of hanging my head a little bit,” Isner said. “But not the case this year.”His main asset is his booming serve, which he sees getting a boost because of the dry, hot weather that produces even bigger bounces than usual.If he can pick up just the occasional service break, he’s tough to beat right now.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a pretty weird match, to be honest. A lot of aces, short rallies. There was no play from the baseline at all. That was a bit annoying, because I was used to playing long rallies — play the point, construct the point,” said Tsitsipas, who was trying to become the first Greek man to reach a quarterfinal in Grand Slam history.“But today it seemed like there was no plan when I was playing. It was just happening, like, randomly. He was serving very well and didn’t give me a lot of options to break.”Could be similar on Wednesday between Isner and Canada’s Raonic, another top server who beat 103rd-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.Asked how he’d describe Isner’s serve, Raonic said: “Incredible.”Raonic’s isn’t too shabby, either. He hit 37 aces and never faced a break point against McDonald, who won the NCAA singles and doubles titles for UCLA in 2016.“The key is going to come down to one, two, three points, here and there. That’s pretty much it. I don’t think we’re going to have many consecutive opportunities on each other’s serves. It’s going to be coming down to those moments (and) being sharp in the right moments, who is going to be able to step up, be the one that’s able to dictate, putting more pressure on the other guy,” Raonic said. “I think it’s going to be decided by small margins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadal finally back in Wimbledon quarterfinals after 7 years Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Dear Editor,In last Cabinet’s press briefing, Minister Joseph Harmon mention that the three tiers of Government must work together in order for Government to be successful in serving the people.This is a fallacy, and it is evident that the minister only speaks about respect to local government authorities. Many decisions that are being agreed upon by majority agreement, or even unanimously, are not being respected and implemented by the Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in the Regional Democratic Councils that are being governed by People’s Progressive Party.Just a few months ago, a motion was unanimously agreed upon by the Regional Democratic Council for Region Six to provide transportation for school children of affected sugar workers. To date, there has been no implementation of this decision. Government may want to give the excuse that this expense was not budgeted for, so it can’t be implemented.Government should know that when three David G buses were implemented in one year, the expenses for drivers, fuel and maintenance were taken out from the budget when those provisions were not catered for in the budget. This cost for the sustenance of the David G bus programme is costing taxpayers millions to sustain the program. So why can’t sugar workers’ children enjoy the same benefit?Maybe because they are not the coalition Government’s children, or just because their parents are PPP supporters.Minister Amna Ally, at a Fyrish, Corentyne handing over ceremony of a David G bus, said, ‘Region Six did not vote for us, but the coalition Government still supports the people.’ This is a clear case of discrimination, and raises a lot of questions.I can be proven incorrect if this coalition Government can give clearance for the motions to be implemented immediately, to help these poor children to go to school.The President, at almost all the five Bs programme, reminds people that children should be given equal access to education. I only hope he remembers that and implement it immediately.Don’t play politics with children and their education.Another example where this coalition Government don’t respect local democracy is when the RDC in Region Six propose in their 2018 budget rehabilitation and extension of a fishing wharf and access road to the wharf at Chesney, Albion Corentyne, but that was taken out from the budget and another project was given preference. This particular project would have improved and expanded the fishing industry in this area, where more than 1500 persons directly benefit, and a few hundred indirectly.The question is: why get rid of a project of this magnitude? This is a national disgrace when you speak something that you really don’t practice.Sincerely,Zamal HussainRDC CouncillorRegion Six
Chaffey College men’s basketball coach Jeff Klein is justifiably proud that his team has reached the state playoffs in each of his six years. But it’s another streak he’d like to see his Panthers break – not bringing a team to Fresno for the state’s Final Eight. “I feel like we’re getting better, and closer and closer to Fresno,” Klein said. The playoff quest begins Saturday as Chaffey (28-6), seeded fourth in Southern California, hosts 13th-seeded Compton (20-9) at 7 p.m. “We play a high-risk style,” he said. “The rewards are great. But if we don’t shoot the ball well … we better defend and rebound.” Chaffey isn’t as star-oriented as last year, when T.J. Smith, Larry Dew, Vince Alvarado and Chris Brown each scored at least 11.7 points per game. This year, only two players, Michael Strawberry and Jamar Berry, average more than 11 points per game. But each of the current 15 players on the Chaffey roster have scored in double figures at least once, and 13 of them have scored at least 14 points at least once. “I think we have much more balance this year,” Klein said. “We like to freely substitute, and they don’t know who they’re guarding.” Klein also has utilized many different starting lineups. Only sophomore Alwyn Jordan has started every game. This team also seems to be more emotional than others at Chaffey, and Berry is a big part of that. “He’s a difference-maker. And he is very resilient. Many times after a tough first half he has a huge second half,” Klein said. Although there have been few speedbumps for Chaffey this year, he knows Compton could be one. Chaffey defeated Compton 101-87 at home this season, but that was more than three months ago. “It’s been so long, I don’t think either team is recognizable,” Klein said. “They tied for first place in their conference … They’ve got good athletes, but our expectations are to beat them.” Klein knows Chaffey has a great deal of potential, and that this could be the year. “When we’re on a high, we’re as good as any team in the state,” he said. “For 28 games, we’ve stayed together. In six unfortunate games, we didn’t. I feel at this time we are together.” The Chaffey women, meanwhile, don’t get much of a chance to savor Wednesday’s 56-54 victory on a buzzer-beater by Carly Horine in their opening playoff game before playing Mt. SAC. Like the Chaffey men, the Chaffey women have familiarity with their opponent. Mt. SAC barely beat Chaffey, 54-50 in a nonconference game in November. “This is not like the NCAAs with a 16 against a 1, and the Monmouth players are asking for autographs from the North Carolina players,” Chaffey coach Gary Plunkett said. “We feel we can play with them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Simultaneously, the 16th-seeded Chaffey women (22-9) will be playing at top-seeded and defending state champion Mt. San Antonio (32-1). Klein is hoping this team avoids the fate of last year’s Chaffey team, which earned the No. 3 seed but was upset by Riverside in this round. This Chaffey team is similar to Klein’s others. “We play the same style,” he said. “This team plays very, very hard and they have some interesting personalities. This team has a tendency to be a little looser.” Klein admits his fast-paced, 3-point oriented offense that he utilizes isn’t conservative.
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s defender Marcelo prepares to kick the ball during the Spanish league football match against Valencia August 27, 2017 © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREMADRID, Spain, Aug 28 – Real Madrid needed a late strike from Marco Asensio to prevent a shock defeat but still saw their relentless winning streak ended by Valencia in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Asensio had got the hosts off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes, but Carlos Soler rounded off an excellent Valencia team move to level shortly after. Valencia stunned the Bernabeu when Geoffrey Kondogbia, who joined the club this week on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, swept home Rodrigo’s cross from the edge of the area.However, like on so many occasions last season, Madrid had a late reply as Asensio curled home a free-kick seven minutes from time.A draw ends Real’s eight-game winning run stretching back to May and sees the European champions fall two points behind rivals Barcelona after just two games of the La Liga season.“I can’t be happy with the result, but the performance was excellent and we deserved more today,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.“That’s football, you can’t always win.“We’ve lost two points, but I am very proud of my players.Valencia have endured two dreadful years, finishing 12th for the past two seasons, but there were further encouraging signs of a revival under new coach Marcelino Garcia Toral after their opening day win over Las Palmas.“It was a great spectacle,” said Marcelino.“A draw was a fair result, although either side could have won.“I am sure the fans will be proud of their players.“You can see what we are working on and that we want to be a solid and bold team.”Madrid were without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos and their presence at both ends of the field was felt in a wide open game filled with chances at both ends.Another Real win looked on the cards when Asensio pounced on a slack pass from Kondogbia to fire into the bottom corner just 10 minutes in.– Stubborn Valencia –Yet, Valencia showed they are made of sterner stuff this season in their reaction to going behind as a fine team move cut open the Madrid defence down Valencia’s left and Toni Lato’s cross was turned in by Soler.Isco and Karim Benzema twice then passed up huge chances with just Neto to beat as Real ended the half firmly on top.Real Madrid’s forward Karim Benzema (C) heads the ball past Valencia’s defender Jeison Murillo (R) during the Spanish league football match on August 27, 2017 © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREMadrid’s pressure continued after the break as Casemiro and Luka Modric saw long-range efforts tipped wide by the impressive Neto.However, Valencia were also posing a threat on the counter-attack as Simone Zaza headed over a golden chance when unmarked 10 yards out before Keylor Navas produced a stunning save from Dani Parejo’s free-kick.Valencia thought they had secured their first win at the Bernabeu since 2008 when Kondogbia swept home Rodrigo’s cross from the edge of the area 13 minutes from time.But Asensio rescued Madrid when his free-kick wrong-footed Neto.And they should have snatched all three points when Benzema fired wide from point-blank range before being denied by Neto once more in stoppage time.Elsewhere on Sunday, there was a trio of 1-0 away wins for Sevilla, Leganes and Athletic Bilbao.Sevilla got their first league victory of the season thanks to Paulo Henrique Ganso as his sensational flicked finish with the outside of his left foot saw off Getafe.Leganes moved up to fourth with a surprise win at Espanyol thanks to Martin Mantovani’s solitary goal.And veteran striker Aritz Aduriz edged a Basque derby Athletic’s way at Eibar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Yaya Toure playing for Manchester City Yaya Toure’s agent has told Manchester City that their treatment of the Ivorian’s contract is ‘unacceptable’, with no indication that the club are ready to offer him a new deal.The midfielder has a contract at the Etihad until the end of next season, and it looks unlikely that City will offer him an extension any time soon.At the age of 32, Toure is drawing to the end of his playing career, and there have been few moments of quality from him this term, suggesting he is past his peak.Dimitri Seluk, his agent, believes that City need to make their intentions about Toure clear in the coming months, either offering him a new deal, or allowing the midfielder to leave the Etihad this summer.“This is unacceptable,” Seluk said.“A player like Yaya Toure should not be moving towards the last year of his contract wondering if he is going to get a new deal.“He is 32. He has three or four years left at the top and City must tell Yaya now what they want to do. The best idea would be to give Yaya a three-year contact that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The second is to say ‘thank you’ and allow him to leave for nothing.”Heading into the final year of his contract, Toure will be leaving the ‘protected period’ of his deal, meaning that he can buy out the remaining season, leaving City without any need for just cause.Seluk is adamant the 32-year-old cannot waste another year with the Premier League fourth-placed club, claiming he will write to FIFA to cancel the contract, with clubs such as Inter Milan tracking his services.The agent added: “I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contract. We can do this. It is an option. This is not a threat. I promise you that Yaya will leave City this summer one way or another if they don’t offer him a new contract.” 1