‘Good time’ for NBA

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP):With a multibillion-dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says “it’s a very good time” for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.The new agreement with ESPN and TNT, worth nearly $24 billion over nine years, will have a “significant impact on the viability” of teams, Silver said.That will also likely see players seek much more in their next collective bargaining opportunity, possibly in 2017, after they had their guarantees of revenues slashed four years ago when team owners insisted that they needed a new financial structure.The new TV deal, announced in October, came with an indication from players that they would be seeking a bigger slice next time round.new excuse, please”The whole thing that went on with the last negotiation process was the owners were telling us they were losing money. There’s no way they can sit in front of us and tell us that right now,” Cleveland’s LeBron James said last year.James said “That will not fly with us this time.”That was further underlined by Silver’s comments on Thursday, when he said business was much better.”I would say, generally, it’s a very good time for the NBA and its players right now,” Silver said.He was speaking in South Africa where players’ association president Chris Paul is part of a group of 20 NBA stars set to play an exhibition game today, the first by the NBA in Africa.For Silver, who took over as commissioner in 2014, there was an improved relationship between the league, the owners, and the players now, he said.last_img read more

Stoddart returns to Bird’s Nest

first_img “I’m very thankful for this accomplishment. It’s always a honour to represent your country, especially on this level and I’ve worked very hard to do this,” said Stoddart, who listed a new diet and increased treatments as reasons behind her return to form. “The 2008 Olympics was the last time I represented Jamaica. I got injured after the Games and it has been a battle to return. It took a long time to get where I am today, but I kept my faith and believed in my abilities,” Stoddart added, before pointing to her objectives. “My target is to leave it all on the track and compete the best I can,” Stoddart said. “Running a personal best is definitely something I want to achieve here at this Championships. I don’t know exactly what time will make it to the finals, I will just be making sure I am one of those finalists.” – Andre Lowe BEIJING, China: It has been seven years since Shevon Stoddart last wore the national colours at a major international event. Still, the 32-year-old 400m hurdler told The Gleaner that she never lost courage or self-belief and with the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, just a few days away, Stoddart is looking to show her worth in the place where she last competed at this level, the Bird’s Nest. Stoddart crossed the line in second place at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in 55.29 seconds, her fastest time this year and the best she has posted since going 54.71 in 2008. That mark is only bettered by her 54.47 personal best recorded in 2005. Still, Stoddart, who has also made a name for herself as a model, is some way down on the performance list in the event this year, with 70 faster times already posted in 2015. Nonetheless, the athlete, who said that she is honoured to be back on the Jamaica team, is also looking to improve her time in Beijing and is far from ready to count herself out despite her ranking on the top list. “I’ve never doubted myself. It has not been hard because I believe in my talent and I love what I do. I’m thankful for the career I’ve had so far. I’ve learned a lot and at the end of the day, nothing that is worth it comes easy,” said Stoddart. Grateful to returnlast_img read more

Laurie Foster: Testing times ahead for Lord Coe

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay spotlights, this week, Lord Coe, recently elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The double Olympics 1500m gold medallist, then Sebastian Coe, could not possibly have taken office at a more difficult and challenging time. It is worrisome that long-standing allegations of massive corruption in the sporting arena are now eyeballing their targets. The character of members of the hierarchy being besmirched, some beyond repair, only adds to what has become a most distasteful affair. One can envisage the British newspaper Sunday Times and BBC Panorama Show’s Andrew Jennings, “hopping on one leg” in ecstasy, while chanting a rhythm of “I told you so’s.” The now world-famous investigative reporter had waged a decades-long war against these acts of wrongdoing, and is now close to vindication. While these clouds of doom are encircling, and suspects are trying to cover their rear, in steps the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Through an investigating commission, led by its former president, Canadian attorney Richard ‘Dick’ Pound, the IAAF is now implicated, seemingly from the top. Its outgoing number one man, Senegalese Lamine Diack, is alleged to have received €1 million in drug-test results concealment bribes – a most unenviable situation – followed by his falling rapidly from grace. If that was all the world governing body in athletics had on its plate, it would be bad, but not so bad. With all that morass threatening one of the world’s most prestigious and highly regarded sporting bodies, it now appears to be but the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There seems no end to the sordid and sorry saga. Pound, looking somewhat like a dramatist, is reported to have made a series of stunning statements. They read, in effect, that what will be revealed as to IAAF involvement in the doping scenario will have a ‘wow’ factor. His words, published by the Independent newspaper, are ominous: “The next round of the World Anti-Doping Agency report that looks into possible corruption within the International Association of Athletics Federations will be even more jolting. “People will say: ‘How on earth could this happen?’ It’s a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.” SOLUTIONS It will take the best possible judgement and astute thinking of the man from the peerage and his team to fathom and arrive at solutions in this imbroglio. Who knows of the composition of that team, with more accusations to come, early January being the forecast? Lord Coe will be well advised to stay his remedial hand until all is revealed. Already, another British publication, The Sun, has referred to him, seemingly quoting Pound, as “playing politics”. It went on to say that the Olympic two-time gold medallist “has already been made to look foolish for showering praise on his predecessor” (Lamine Diack). Former Great Britain long jumper Jade Johnson has added her voice to the anti-Coe mutterings, calling into question his role as Diack’s deputy for eight years, saying, “As the vice-president of the IAAF for eight years while Lamine Diack was in control, I’m surprised that Seb (Coe) didn’t actually know what was going on.” It is difficult not to listen with interest to this observation. At best, it speaks to a lack of insight into matters of a serious nature, which could bring down the entire organisation, now tottering and attempting to rebalance itself. The fact that Pound is reported as saying, in reference to the IAAF that “there are no checks and balances as far as I can tell”, tends to considerably weaken the structure of a body that carries an oversight label. The Sun concludes. “Even if Coe was not also part of the problem, his words and deeds to date make it hard for him to be part of the solution.” If that is so, where does the boss find himself, with all eyes trained on him as the sports saviour? He recovered (taking the 1500m gold in that and the next Games in Los Angeles) from a most unjustified press tag “Coe’s Trail of Shame” after losing the 1980 Moscow Olympics 800m to his less-fancied-in-that-event teammate Steve Ovett. Can he do another now? Step up, Milud! lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Richards-Ross to take it easy in 2016

first_imgJamaica-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards-Ross told popular track and field outlet Athletics Weekly that she is looking to pace herself in training ahead of the 2016 season.The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships gold medal winner had a disappointing season in 2015, after failing to qualify for an individual event for the World Championships in Beijing, China.She was a member of the USA’s silver-medal winning 4x400m relay team, but will no doubt be looking to get an opportunity to defend the 400m title she won almost four years ago at the London Olympic Games at the upcoming instalment in Rio de Janeiro.As a result, the veteran sprinter, going on advice from other experienced campaigners – Kim Collins and Felix Sanchez – is planning to take things a little easier in training, pointing to an overly intense approach in her preparations as a reason for her disappointments this year.”This year I think, I over-trained,” she admitted.”At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Coach, I want to run faster than 48.7 this year. I want a PR.'”I was doing 1,000 sit-ups a day. I started running with the boys and pushed myself really hard and felt great in practice but flat in races. We couldn’t figure it out,” Richards-Ross looked back.”I don’t think anyone has won four successive relay gold (medals), so that’s what I’m going for in Rio as well as defending my individual title,” said Richards-Ross.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Claude Bryan – Track and field’s super agent

first_img At a time when the nation’s athletes are being accorded National Honours for their global exploits and the recognition and respect they bring to the country, Foster’s Fairplay calls on the powers that be, to take a serious look at the record of Claude Bryan. He has never been or is it expected will ever be one to draw attention to himself. That is left to those who have the insight and the will to let his tremendous success manifest itself through other channels. Foster’s Fairplay stands ready to sound the trumpet on the achievements of a true servant of Jamaica. Bryan has been through the trenches and manned the ramparts of an area in a sport where no quarter is given. It is sink or swim based on an ability to stay focused on a sworn mantra of which being dedicated and devoted to high principles, forms just a part. With all that in mind, Foster’s Fairplay sums it up. Let Claude Bryan be recognised for his work in Jamaica’s most successful sport. Equally yes, but can there be anyone more deserving who is still to be honoured? – Feedback: Email – lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. Foster’s Fairplay recalls a time when one of the main stakeholders in track and field received little or no recognition in local circles. They were not allowed to have a firm grasp on things as they now enjoy. Officially known as athletes’ representatives or agents, they carry branding by the world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and now play a pivotal role in the management of several aspects of the affairs of the athletes. For well in excess of 20 years, former analyst on local radio, Claude Bryan, whose outfit, the On Track Management group, is based in the state of Georgia, United States of America, has performed the supportive role for a few of Jamaica’s elite athletes. Leading up to the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, this columnist had sought to join the ranks of these professionals. Bryan, at the time, was part of a small group, who would offer advice and guidance in an area where others so qualified were known to keep that type of information very close to their chests. Their modus operandi was more akin to raiding a fledgling barn than to suggest ways to enhance its quality. HUGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE Without hesitation or reserve, Bryan provided the support that encouraged a new participant in the field to stay the course. The fact that other influences halted a positive advance should in no way be laid at his feet. For this new kid, it was a short stint, but proved to be a huge learning experience in the twists and turns of the sport, thankfully enabled by the constant stewardship afforded by a man who embraces the Christian faith. Despite the professional achievements during the Don Quarrie/Merlene Ottey era, Jamaica had not yet transformed itself into the copious talent supply as it emerged at the Beijing Olympics of 2008. However, Bryan had set his sights and was ready to take advantage of the golden breakout of our sons and daughters. Veronica Campbell, as she was then, was his first acquisition of the quality that was his clear mandate. Of the same ilk, Bahamian Shaunae Miller and sprint hurdles king, Omar McLeod, were subsequently to follow. A trend of attracting and accepting excellence and remarkable personality traits – top-drawer material – had been established. Recently, news broke that 100m hurdles world record holder, Kendra (Keni) Harrison had been drawn under the umbrella where some shining lights were already aglow. This undoubtedly places the man who has been giving thankless support to track and field athletes at all levels, among the best of the best in his chosen field. The class, charm and charisma that Harrison brings to the group are compelling and will surely embellish the image of an already outstanding aggregation of the world’s best. There is yet another feather in Bryan’s cap that begs prominent mention. It accentuates his stature among the top performers in his craft. A tally of Agents whose charges copped the most gold medals in Rio recently, sees him very high on the ladder, rubbing shoulders with the most elite of practitioners. When given the well-earned tributes from this columnist for his outstanding work, his response, while steeped in humility, was a mere, “I am just a trying man.” TRUE SERVANT OF JAMAICAlast_img read more

USA U-17s face Arnett U-20s in friendly clash

first_imgThe United States of America (USA) Under-17 team will continue its friendly series of games when they face an Arnett Gardens FC Under-20 aggregation today at Jamaica College playing field. Match time is 3 p.m.USA defeated Jamaica Under-17 team 3-0 on Wednesday at Stadium East in the first of two games between the teams.Now, the USA, who, like Jamaica, are preparing for the CONCACAF stage of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Qualification will engage local club team Arnett Gardens.Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite says he is looking forward to the game.”It will be a good experience for our players. It’s a first time a local club team will be playing against a USA national youth team. We will be taking the game seriously,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday.Waite was not able to disclose his full squad but said he is expecting players such as former Jamaica College winning Manning Cup captain Orlando Brown, Jamar Purcell, Dimani Deacon, Kimmarley Arbouine and Shamarley Clayton to be included.The USA squad reads – Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin Garces, Ethan Bartlow, Christopher Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, Rayshaun McGann, Carlo Titaccio, James Sands, Arturo Vasquez, Chadler Vaughn, George Acosta, Isaac Angking, Christopher Durkin, Blaine Ferri, Christopher Goslin, Adrian Villegas, Ayomide Akinola, Andrew Carleton, Zyen Jones, Bryan Reynolds Jnr., Joshua Sargent and Tonny Temple.last_img read more

UWI’s skipper Smith leading from the front

first_imgThe UWI FC captain, Rochane Smith, is certainly leading from the front. His team is on top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season and the midfielder is now the competition’s top scorer after nine of 33 preliminary round games. “I am feeling good to know that the hard work is paying off. The team is on top and also I am the competition’s leading scorer,” Smith told The Gleaner during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, Spanish Town Road, yesterday. “Our plan this season is to ultimately win the league. In our debut last season, we started slow but progressed and finished in fifth position, missing a semi-final spot by only one point,” he disclosed. “Now, we have set a goal and are off to a much better start than planned. We had targeted 18 points at this stage and we have accumulated 20. We want to keep pressing ahead,” the skipper shared. UWI have secured six wins, two draws and only one loss from nine games. They have defeated some seasoned campaigners, including Waterhouse, Tivoli Gardens, Boys’ Town, FC Reno, Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion. “It augurs well that we have defeated some top teams. We set out to win against top teams and have done that so far,” he said. ANOTHER TOUGH GAME UWI have set sights on beating reigning champions Montego Bay United FC when the teams meet this Sunday at WesPow Park in St James. “It will be another tough game. We are working on a strategy. Once we execute the plan, we should get a positive result against Montego Bay United,” Smith reasoned. The RSPL’s top marksman with six goals, five from the spot, has admitted that it’s all about building confidence. “Before the start of the season, I had set myself a target of scoring at least ten goals in my attacking midfield role and also a minimum of ten assists. Now, the aim is higher,” the lanky player said. The 24 year-old is a second year student studying history at the tertiary institution. He values highly the support he receives from UWI as well as family members. “Our coach (Marcel Gayle) is doing a wonderful job and there is great support from management. Personally, I also get support from my mom, Almarie Planter, and uncles – Barrington and Derrick Planter. That is encouraging for me,” he said. Smith started competitive football while at St John’s Primary in St Catherine, then St Catherine High, where he represented the Manning Cup team for five years. He also spent one year at St Jago High.last_img read more

Aguero to consider City future

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Sergio Aguero says his future at Manchester City will be decided at the end of the season after losing his place in the team to Gabriel Jesus. Speaking after City’s 2-1 win over Swansea yesterday, when he was started as a substitute for the second straight game, Aguero said: “I have to help the team as much as I can in these three months. Afterwards, we’ll see what the club wants to do with me.” The 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus has started ahead of Aguero for Premier League games against West Ham and Swansea, and scored three goals. City manager Pep Guardiola said Aguero was an important member of the squad, but added that “it must not be easy” for the Argentina striker. Guardiola said “he will be so, so important. He is going to play a lot of games, with Gabriel and without Gabriel”. Aguero says Gabriel Jesus will have a “great future at the club” and that “at the moment, I have to watch what he does, to learn.” Aguero, who joined City in 2011, has three years left on his contract after this season.last_img read more

Windies caught in Shadab’s web

first_img But needing 14 runs from the final over, Sunil Narine (9) lifted the Windies hopes when he hammered the first two deliveries of the over from seamer Hasan Ali for boundaries. Things then took a turn for the worst, however. Narine missed a swat at the third ball and even after Ali sent down a leg-side wide next delivery, the left-hander failed to connect with the fourth ball, leaving West Indies requiring five off the last two. Narine was run out off the fifth and Jason Holder, who finished unbeaten on 26 off 17 deliveries, could only muster a single off the final ball. The defeat followed the Windies’ opening debacle at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown last Sunday when they lost by six wickets, and comes against the backdrop of an embarrassing 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last September. Shadab, who claimed four wickets for seven runs on debut five days ago, finished with four for 14. Sent in, Pakistan rallied to 132 all out off their 20 overs, despite an innings which never really got off the ground. Shoaib Malik top-scored with 28, Babar Azam got 27 while tail-ender Wahab Riaz produced a cameo 10-ball 24 at number 10, to get the visitors up to a competitive total. FINAL OVER SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES E. Lewis run out 3 +C. Walton b Shadab Khan 21 M. Samuels c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 44 L. Simmons lbw b Hasan Ali 1 K. Pollard st Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 3 R. Powell b Shadab Khan 0 *C. Brathwaite b Wahab Riaz 15 J. Holder not out 26 S. Narine run out 9 S. Badree not out 0 Extras (w7) 7 Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 129 Did not bat: K Williams. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-60, 3-65, 4-76, 5-76, 6-81, 7-114, 8-128. Bowling: Imad Wasim 4-0-28-0, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-29-0 (w1), Hasan Ali 4-0-35-1 (w1), Wahab Riaz 4-0-23-1 (w1), Shadab Khan 4-1-14-4. Result: Pakistan won by three runs. Series: Pakistan lead four-match series 2-0. Man-of-the-Match: Shadab Khan. Umpires: N. Duguid, J. Wilson; TV – G. Brathwaite.center_img PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies were flirting with crisis after plunging to a fifth straight Twenty20 defeat, as Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the fourth match series with a dramatic three-run victory here yesterday. Chasing an uncomplicated 133 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies saw their run chase unravel spectacularly, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan once again proving their nemesis with another Man-of-the-Match four-wicket effort. The hosts were cruising at 60 for in the ninth over behind Marlon Samuels’s top score of 44 but Shadab’s introduction saw four wickets tumble for just 16 runs off 29 deliveries, leaving the innings in strife on 81 for six in the 13th over. PAKISTAN Kamran Akmal b Badree 0 Ahmed Shehzad c Brathwaite b Narine 14 Babar Azam c wkp Walton b Brathwaite 27 Shoaib Malik c Pollard b Brathwaite 28 Fakhar Zaman c Holder b Badree 5 *+Sarfraz Ahmed c Samuels b Narine 12 Imad Wasim c Brathwaite b Williams 4 Sohail Tanvir lbw b Narine 4 Shadab Khan run out 13 Wahab Riaz c Holder b Brathwaite 24 Hasan Ali not out 0 Extras (w1) 1 Total (all out, 20 overs) 132 Fall of wickets: 1-0 , 2-41, 3-43, 4-51, 5-87, 6-87, 7-91, 8-95, 9-131, 10-132. Bowling: Badree 4-0-14-2, Holder 4-0-32-0, Williams 4-1-27-1, Narine 4-0-22-3, Brathwaite 4-0-37-3 (w1).last_img read more

Golden run ends as athletics team salvages 4 bronzes

first_imgView comments What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang could only come up with a bronze in women’s long jump, leaping to 5.45 meters to finish third behind Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Thao (6.48m) and Indonesia’s Maria Natalia Londa (6.47).Melvin Calano barely managed to make the podium in men’s javelin after a 65.94m effort, way behind the 71.49m gold medal throw of Thai Jantra Peerachet. Indonesia’s And Hafiz was second with 69.30mFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Yet the big letdown was the relay teams which were powered by Fil-American athletes.Two-time champ here Trenten Anthony Beram, Eric Cray, Anfernee Lopena and Archand Bagsit clocked 39.11 seconds to place third behind Thailand (38.90) and Indonesia (39.05). Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Like their men’s counterparts, the women’s relay team also posted a new PH record, erasing the 45.29 seconds of the 1991 SEA Games team that was led by no less than Lydia de Vega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Cray, who had won gold in 400-meter hurdles and 100m silver, suffered a “turfed toe” during the relay finals.He said he’s not sure if he can run in the 4X100m on Saturday.“I could hardly pass the baton,” said Cray who was third runner before Beram anchored to the finish.But their time was good enough to rewrite the national mark of 39.96 established in 2017 in Hong Intercity ChampionshipMembers of the Philippine 4×100 relay women’s team after clocking 44.88 seconds to clinch the bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games athletics competition Friday at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKayla and Kyla Richardson, Zion Corrales and Eloisa Luzon settled for bronze in their event with a time of 44.81 seconds. Vietnam timed 43.88 seconds and Thailand 44.62 seconds to take gold and silver, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Members of the Philippine 4×100 relay men’s team (Eric Cray, Anfernee Lopena, Archand Christian Bagsit and Anthony Beram) after clocking 39.13 seconds to clinch the bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games athletics competition Friday at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ athletics gold machine ground to a halt and collected four bronzes by day-end Friday.The men’s and women’s 4X400-meter relay teams, counted upon to snare golds, faltered in the face of Thailand and Vietnam powerhouses at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson EAC halts 3-game slide, survives Perpetuallast_img read more