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Monthly Archives: January 2020

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Reifer, Bishop spur WICB U-15s to victory on UK Tour

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Half-centuries from compatriots Nico Reifer and Joshua Bishop have helped the WICB Invitational Under-15s to victory in the two latest matches on their tour of the United Kingdom.Reifer cracked 60, spurring the WICB Under-15s to a nine-wicket victory over Hertfordshire Under-15s Thursday at West Herts, while Bishop scored a vital 57, propelling the visitors to a one-wicket victory over Barmy Army Colts yesterday at Stanmore.On Thursday, Reifer, the younger cousin of former Barbados batsman and West Indies captain Floyd Reifer, smashed five fours and four sixes from 48 balls as WICB Under-15s successfully chased 135 for victory in a Twenty20 contest at the Herts Under-15s.Before he was the only scalp claimed by the Herts Under-15s, Reifer shared an opening stand of 91 with Crystian Thurton, whose run-a-ball 42 not out included five fours and one six. The visitors’ captain, Kirstan Kallicharran, was not out on 29.Collin Barlow was the Caribbean side’s bowling with 3-23 from his allotted four overs after West Herts won the toss, chose to bat, and posted 134 for seven from their 20 overs.Batting for victoryYesterday, a rearguard innings from Bishop, which included four fours and five sixes from 41 balls, catapulted the WICB Under-15s to victory.The visitors were wobbling on 42 for seven in the 18th over, chasing 143 for victory, before Bishop entered to get them back on track with a stand of 83 for the eighth wicket, with Johnnel Eugene, son of former Windward Islands batsman John Eugene, supporting with 30.Earlier, Raewin Senior grabbed 4-22 from nine overs, and Eugene captured 3-20 from the same number of overs to undermine the Barmy Army Colts’ batting.Summarised scores:At West Herts CC on Thursday: WICB Invitational Under-15s won by 9 wickets. HERTFORDSHIRE UNDER-15s 134 for seven off 20 overs (A. Neal 39, A. Verdi 32, W. Latham 23 not out, O. Marin 22 not out; Collin Barlow 3-23, Nyeem Young 2-36). WICB INVITATIONAL UNDER-15s 135 for one off 17.2 overs (Nico Reifer 60, Crystian Thurton 42 not out, Kirstan Kallicharran 29 not out).At Stanmore CC yesterday: WICB Invitational Under-15s won by one wicket. BARMY ARMY COLTS 142 off 43.2 overs (A. Laws-Mather 40, W. Latham 25, A. Neal 24 not out; Raewin Senior 4-22, Johnnel Eugene 3-20, Nyeem Young 2-18). WICB INVITATIONAL UNDER-15s 143 for nine off 37.5 overs (Joshua Bishop 57, Johnnel Eugene 30; C. Yorath 3-26, T. Stock 2-22, A. Neal 2-26).last_img read more

Back Bush community embraces summer baseball clinic

first_imgSummer 2015 has been a blast for a group of over 40 youngsters from the traditionally tough community of Back Bush in Mountain View, St Andrew, courtesy of an exciting three-week baseball clinic which was staged by a team of professional coaches, with support from a prominent political and corporate representative.Leon Taylor, a professional scout for the Pittsburg Pirates Baseball Club in the United States and assistant district administrator for the Jamaica Little League Baseball Association, was in charge of the clinic recently when the one-day-a-week exercise entered its final leg. He and other coaches took the youngsters, aged between six and 16 years, through the fundamentals of the sport before treating the community gathering to an impromptu game.In between the activities, Taylor outlined that little league baseball is played in 86 countries globally, including Jamaica, with the sport being represented in places like Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth; Manchester, Portland and Westmoreland. Drawing on the accepted position that Jamaica produces an abundance of natural athletic talent, he said it is logical that the phenomenon will extend to baseball.guidance and attitude”Professional baseball players earn on average about US$1 million a year. With good opportunities through early introduction to the sport and the availability of scholarships, youth from Jamaica can make it there, with the right guidance and attitude, of course,” he indicated.The head coach said playing equipment will be left with the youngsters after the clinic, with two teams being formed to continue to train and compete with each other.Business executive and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams, who partnered with the coaching panel and the Back Bush community to stage the clinic, was elated at the success of the event, to which there were continuous enquiries from youth groups engaged in other summer activities in neighbouring communities.”I am really delighted to partner with the Little League Baseball Association to bring this initiative to the community of Back Bush in Mountain View,” she said. “It is a relatively different sport from what we are used to in Jamaica, but it is exciting and the kids clearly love it.”Williams said offering opportunities to the youth fell within both her corporate and political responsibilities.”The opportunity that is provided to them can be really meaningful when fully exploited,” said Williams, who personally tried her hand at the game. “Sports in general fosters discipline and the kids are learning about this very important factor. Things like rules and teamwork help to shape their overall development, whether in the sport or otherwise in life.”last_img read more

JC hunt Super Cup glory again

first_imgHaving been knocked out of the Walker Cup via a penalty shoot-out defeat, Jamaica College (JC) are determined to retain the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup football competition title. JC will start their defence against Vere Technical at the National Stadium, starting at 6 p.m. This game is one of eight scheduled in the first round of the knockout competition dubbed ‘The Champions League of Schoolboy Football’. The second edition of the Super Cup will once again see a ‘town vs country’ showdown in the opening round. The top-eight Manning Cup teams and the top-eight daCosta cup sides will be battling for the trophy, top cash prize incentive of $1 million and bragging rights. JC is not the same team as last year, but coach Miguel Coley has been doing a good job with the team. JC breezed through Group A in the Manning Cup preliminary round and are on course to defend all three titles they won last year – Super Cup, Manning Cup and Olivier Shield. JC will look to seasoned players such as captain Allando Brown, Donovan Dawkins, Ronaldo Brown, as well as former Charlie Smith midfielder Chevon Crooks. On the other hand, Vere Technical easily won their Inter-Zone group with maximum nine points from three games on their way to the FLOW Super Cup. The former daCosta Cup champions have been making steady progress and will be no pushovers in the game against JC. In the opening game of the double-header, St Jago High oppose Lacovia. This game could go either way. In the first round, each team will get $25,000 and an additional $50,000 for advancing to the quarter-finals, with the four semi-finalists set to receive another $100,000. Each finalist will be paid $200,000, with the winners pocketing a further $625,000 for a local cash prize for a total cash prize of $1 million.last_img read more

Boyz desperate for victory in World Cup Qualifier against Haiti

first_imgJAMAICA’S REGGAE BOYZ and the team they will tackle today, Haiti, are under pressure to rebound with a victory, when they clash in their second Group B match of the CONCACAF Semi-final World Cup Qualifying competition in Port-au-Prince, beginning at 6 p.m.Both countries lost their opening match when the qualifiers got under way on Friday, Haiti 0-1 in Costa Rica and Jamaica worse off through the 0-2 margin of defeat, and the fact that it was their home fixture, which they surrendered at the National Stadium to Panama.Only two will qualify from this round-robin phase of six matches, three at home and three away, and by virtue of Friday’s results, Panama and Costa Rica lead jointly with three points, while Jamaica and Haiti are yet to get off the mark.”… Going to Haiti, we know that it’s a must-win,” said assistant coach Miguel Coley who led the team in the absence of head coach Winfried Sch‰fer last Friday. “It’s a tough group, and we have to do good and win.”Sch‰fer will return to the bench, having served a one-match FIFA ban owing to a verbal spat with match officials after the 2-0 win in Nicaragua, and his strong and measured guidance will be necessary.His players must improve big time on Friday’s non-performance if they are to win. They were very stagnant in the first half and could not build offensives from the back to get the ball to the forwards for practically the entire 45 minutes. Thus, Darren Mattocks, the team’s number-one striker, who had scored four goals in the previous four matches, and his striker partner, Giles Barnes, were starved.Mattocks actually got the ball in the net once, only to be flagged for offside. Given his excellent form, it was surprising that he was the first player substituted by the Jamaica coaching staff, early in the second half.Another big surprise was the non-selection of Simon Dawkins, who scored a last-minute goal against Nicaragua to save Jamaica from WCQ elimination in the last round.Dawkins has been playing as a starting player or first-change for every match at the prep tournaments for the WCQ – Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup – and even before. Additionally, he is one of the best link-up players in the Jamaica squad, apart from Joel Grant, whose talent has not been rewarded with playing time and even selection for these first two WCQs.SUBSTITUTESUSEDTwo players who haven’t been part of the Jamaica squad, Dever Orgill for years, and Clayton Donaldson for the first time ever, were among three substitutes used. The other was defender Alvas Powell, in an attacking role.Dawkins reportedly left the Jamaica squad ahead of the squad game and headed back to his club in Britain.Haiti is almost on a similar playing level as Panama. The big difference is their finishing, as the French-speaking Caribbean country’s players are not good at scoring. But they are very skilful, full of running and combination plays and will prove to be a handful for Jamaica, especially as they are playing at home and also desperate.Jamaica must show some fight, which was lacking on Friday night, and defend well if they are to win this tough game.It has also been reported that captain Rodolph Austin and Barnes will not play on the artificial surface in Port-au-Prince as a medical precaution, given their knee issues, making the task that much more difficult for the Jamaicans.The goalkeeper has a role to play, too. Duwayne Kerr was at fault for one Panama goal. Andre Blake and Ryan Thompson are at hand.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The body’s response to training

first_img EFFECTS OF – The heart grows larger, its walls gets thicker, blood volume increases. More capillaries grow, fat is burned more readily; lower resting heart rate and larger arteries, leading to lower blood pressure. – Increased fitness of lungs and respiratory system, leading to stronger rib muscles and diaphragm. Therefore the chest gets bigger during inhalation, the lungs expands further, facilitating more air and more oxygen is picked up, preventing easy tiring. – Training at high altitude (eg. in Mexico City) makes the aerobic changes described above happen very quickly and is good for anaerobic events (sprints, jumps, throws). Most training effects that take place in the muscles happen as a result of our muscles having to work without oxygen during anaerobic activities. Therefore, the actual development will include muscle hypertrophy. The muscles become larger as the individual muscle fibres grow thicker, fast-twitch muscle fibres increase in size and become more efficient in coping with lactic acid before becoming tired, the muscle cells store greater amount of ATP creatine phosphate and glycogen, and the chemical reaction in the muscles that produce energy increases in quantity, speed and efficiency. Weight training also causes muscle hypertrophy. Muscle strength increases when very heavy weight is lifted for few repetitions. Muscle power increases when heavy weight is lifted for a number of fast repetitions. Muscle endurance increases when light weights are lifted for many repetitions. Muscle Atrophy will occur when the muscles become inactive. Therefore, they become smaller and weaker. Muscle atrophy usually happens when the athlete is out of training as a result of injury. Be reminded that when lifting weights you should know your onerepetition maximum (1 RM) in order to guide the following: – Maximum strength – at least three sets of six reps at near maximum weight – Muscular power – at least three sets of 10-15, using 60-80 per cent of 1 RM – Muscular endurance – at least three sets of 20-30 reps using 40-60 per cent of 1 RM. When the body starts to do physical activities a number of changes take place. The exact amount of change will depend on the intensity and duration of the activity. As mentioned in earlier topics, regular training will result in adaptation of our bodies. The type of training undertaken determines what adaptations or responses are effected. AEROBIC TRAININGcenter_img ENERGY SYSTEMS Most sports are a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic work. Training makes both energy systems better. However, the training is different for each. Aerobic respiration is the production of energy using oxygen: (C6H12O6 + O2-> CO2 + water +energy). Anaerobic respiration is the production of energy without using oxygen: C6O12O6-> Energy + lactic acid. Exercise will cause the brain to increase the number of brain signals to the heart. This will cause an increase in the heart rate. The heart rate shows how hard you are working and which energy system is being used. The fastest the heart can beat is called your maximum heart rate, and can be calculated using the formula: maximum heart rate = 220 minus your age. If the heart rate is about 60 per cent of your maximum heart rate, you are working aerobically. The actual rate is measured by taking the pulse. How fit an individual wants to be will depend on working within a range of heart rates, which is the target zones. Therefore, you must train above a minimum heart rate of 60 per cent of your maximum to gain fitness. Exercise below this will gain no aerobic benefits. This means, you must exercise below an upper limit. Once the heart rate rises above a certain point you are doing anaerobic work and lactic acid will build up and cause pain. The aerobic range should be anywhere between 70 per cent-85 per cent of the maximum heart rate. You must exercise below this point to gain aerobic benefits. This is called your aerobic training zone. The heart rates at the limits of the zone are called the training thresholds. The lower limit is the aerobic threshold. The upper limit is anaerobic threshold. An unfit person should be working at 60 per cent – 70 per cent of their maximum heart rate, a fitter person at 65-75 per cent, and a fit person at 75-85 per cent. For aerobic training, choose an activity which involves the large muscles of the body, e.g. walking, swimming, jogging, cycling etc. Work for at least 15 to 20 minutes per session at least three times per week. Work at least 60 per cent of the maximum heart rate within your aerobic training zone. Weeks of aerobic training must be done before anaerobic training. Working at, or above, 85 per cent of the maximum heart rate means you are working anaerobically.last_img read more

‘Love-ly’ end to Champs career

first_imgExcelsior High and Jamaica female shot put and discus star, Shanice Love, had a dream to end her Champs career with gold and the shot put or discus record. On yesterday’s second day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Love recovered from two early bad throws to take the Class One discus with 52.73 metres, more than 10 metres farther than second-place Devia Brown of Hydel High, 42.76m. St Jago’s Tracey-Ann Simms was third with 41.52m. “This is my last Champs and I really wanted to make my mark and I did,” Love told The Gleaner. “I am very pleased with Champs (career), my God, I am so excited. I don’t know what to say, my teammates are happy for me, so too my mom, my dad and my coach.” Love admitted that she was a little unsettled at the start of the event, after messing up her first two attempts. “My two throws in the first round were bad, so I had to get in a standing throw. After that I decided I am going for it and when I say I am going for it and I go for it,” she said. “Nervousness caused the first one, but I forgot about it. The second throw was too early, I was an anxious throw, but I decided to go for it. I went into the final in second place but decided I was not staying in second, that I am going for first place,” she continued. ” I was very confident with my coach by my side and my teammates supporting me,” she said. – L. Slast_img read more

Portmore thrive on counter-attack

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: After defeating Montego Bay United FC 3-1 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Portmore United’s head coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, believes his team’s 3-1 victory proved they can adapt and still remain razor sharp. Hewitt employed a counter-attacking style in the second half as MBU had them pinned inside their half for the majority of the second half of a thrilling match, to come away with a result that put them back atop the standings with only three regular season games left in the schedule. “We knew how this Montego Bay team plays and we wanted to catch them on the break, which we did twice, as we can play counter-attacking football too, and we demonstrated that and got three goals for it,” said Hewitt. He said his core of players can play from the bench as well as from the start and whenever summoned they are ready to perform, which oftentimes ends in a good result for the team. Hewitt’s three second-half substitutes played key roles in Monday night’s victory, but Hewitt said they remain focused on the upcoming games and the semi-finals. Ricardo Morris fired Portmore into a fifth-minute lead, which they held way into the second half when substitute Mark Alves doubled the score in the 72nd minute. Tramaine Stewart made the game safe for Portmore when he scored in the 76th minute. CRISP SCORING FORM Owayne Gordon continued his crisp scoring form by netting in the 86th minute. However, it was the only goal MBU would muster on a night when they dominated the ball-possession statistic. Already assured a semi-final place, Portmore, according to Hewitt, went about embellishing their head-to-head record against MBU, posting a third win over their title-chasing rivals in emphatic style and now have eyes peeled on the bonus $1 million for the team ending the regular season with the most points. Portmore lead the standings with 57 points, one clear of MBU, and followed by defending champions Arnett Gardens FC (54). UWI FC (42), Humble Lion FC (41) and Harbour View (39) are also in a keen battle for the final semi-final spot. “We are taking it one step at a time. From this game, we will now concentrate on the next game and hope it gets us where we need to be at the end,” Hewitt stated.last_img read more

Maxwell blasts Premier League

first_imgNew Kingston FC Head Coach Geoffrey Maxwell says that the quality of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) has declined in recent years.Maxwell, who recently took charge of the KSAFA Major League side, says that this is because of the type of players that exists in the RSPL today.”Based off what I have seen of some of the name sheets in the Premier League at the moment, they’re not sides that you can’t coach [against] and beat,” he says.”Half of them [the sides] now are bringing in a lot of schoolboy players. Premier League and Dacosta Cup and Manning Cup are three different things. Sometimes, you can take a fool and programme him and make him go out there and win in the Premier League because, I think, the Premier League defenders are poor, but that’s just my opinion. I think the attacking players in the Premier League nowadays are also poor.”It is for this reason that Maxwell, who drew his first game with New Kingston after taking over a couple weeks ago, believes he could get them into Jamaica’s top flight and do well with them. He believes his team has the talent but just lacks experience. If he is to make this objective a reality, it will, however, take him at least two seasons as the Major League is two divisions below the Premier League.He says that the Premier League’s poor quality, as he describes it, comes down to the poor development structures that exist locally at the moment.Maxwell wants coaches to get rid of egos that exist in the youth level of Jamaican football and wants coaches to stop letting players see themselves as the focal points of their teams, but instead realise that it is a team effort, which requires humility and cooperation.The coach goes even further to say that Jamaica’s youth system has been led to become a “free for all”.”If we are supposed to go into the Caribbean again and start dominating it, we’re going to have to look to outlay development programmes. We have none!”last_img read more

Former world champion plans to assist Ja boxing

first_imgFormer heavyweight champion of the world, Oliver ‘Atomic Bull’ McCall, visited Jamaica for five days recently, a visit, he said, designed “to see what Jamaica’s boxing pool is like and what I can do to help it to grow” .McCall was invited to Jamaica by Chris Joy, an American boxing promoter who assisted in getting boxers for the Wray and Nephew Contender Show last year and who has plans to promote shows in Jamaica this year.McCall told The Sunday Gleaner that he was impressed with what he saw and that he is prepared “to come back to Jamaica soon to run some clinics and to assist with the development of boxing in Jamaica”. An animated McCall, who scored victories in world title fights over other former champions – Lennox Lewis in 1994 and Larry Holmes in 1995 – when he was at the peak of his career, said he had seen some promising young boxers who with the right training, could become world beaters.”I was at your National Amateur Championships and saw a lot of raw talent. Those guys showed a lot of spunk, and throughout the night, one could see there was no backing down.”A couple of the ladies showed promise, too, and I could not believe it when I was told that the little bantamweight Tenesha James was having her first fight. With the proper training, she can become a really good boxer.”Joy, meanwhile, said he did not want to just promote, but to help to develop the sport.”I want to help with the amateurs and get them into the pro ranks. That is what I want Oliver to assist me in doing. He has had a great career and can be an inspiration to young boxers,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.GOOD RECORDBacking this up, McCall said, “My record in boxing is a good one. I made some mistakes that affected my earning power, but I am at peace with myself now and I am trying to give back to a sport that gave me a lot.”When asked by The Sunday Gleaner about his meltdown in his second world title fight against Lewis on February 7, 1997, McCall said that he should not have taken the fight at that time as he was going through a lot of personal problems.”I was having lots of problems. I was getting counselling. I was a mess, but I got the offer and took it. The WBC (World Boxing Council) title was vacant, Lewis was ranked No. 1 and I was No. 2, and the fight was made by my promoter, Don King.There was talk of a postponement, but that did not happen and I made the mistake of going into the ring that night, and you know what happened.”What happened was that in round four, McCall stopped fighting and walked around the ring, only defending himself when Lewis attacked. He did the same thing at the start of round five, eventually started crying, and referee Mills Lane stepped in after 55 seconds, stopped the fight, and called it a loss by technical knockout.last_img read more

Bogut’s broken leg leaves Cavs cracked

first_img Last move CLEVELAND (AP): Andrew Bogut went from being perhaps the final puzzle piece to another missing one for the Cavaliers. The champions remain incomplete. Just an hour or so after saying how excited he was to be joining one of the league’s deepest teams, Bogut broke his left leg after playing just 58 seconds in his Cleveland debut on Monday night, an injury that could force the Cavs to resume their search for a big man. Bogut had just been welcomed with a roaring ovation by Cleveland’s crowd when his shin banged into the knee of Miami’s Okaro White in the first minute of the second quarter. Bogut immediately knew his leg was broken, and LeBron James said he heard Bogut’s bone crack on the collision. As Bogut was helped from the floor, Cavs general manager David Griffin could barely watch as his latest acquisition hobbled into the locker room. “It happened so quick,” said All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who knows about the suddenness of injuries after breaking his kneecap in the NBA Finals two years ago. “Adversity, it can come in waves. It can come just at the moment, and that’s what happened with Bogut.” Bogut’s injury came at the end of a day when the Cavs appeared closer to whole than they’ve been in months. At the team’s morning shootaround, All-Star forward Kevin Love did agility and shooting drills and appeared to be closer to a return than the projected six-week time frame the Cavs announced when he underwent knee surgery on Valentine’s Day. And then there was J.R. Smith playing in a vigorous 3-on-3 game before the Cavs’ 106-98 loss to the Heat. Smith, who has been out since December 20 after badly breaking his thumb and undergoing surgery, may be just a few days from making his return. Bogut’s signing, which came just days after the team locked up free agent and three-time All-Star guard Deron Williams for the remainder of the season, was supposed to be the last move the Cavs needed to make before the playoffs. Cleveland have needed a rim-protecting big man all season, and the massive Bogut was projected to give the Cavs more than that. The 32-year-old is a gifted passer with postseason savvy and was motivated to get back to the Finals for a possible shot at the Golden State Warriors, the team he won a ring with in 2015 but discarded him last summer to make room for Kevin Durant. It’s premature to say how long Bogut will be out, and the initial diagnosis of a fractured tibia doesn’t provide any time frame because it’s not known if he shattered the bone or chipped it.last_img read more