An August August for sports fans, argues Hubert Lawrence

first_imgAugust is looking august for sports fans. Not only does the eighth month contain important landmarks in Jamaica’s history, but it also brings two magnificent World Championships.With Emancipation and Independence raising patriotic fervour and the noteworthy performance of the Reggae Boyz fresh in memory, August puts netball and athletics on centre stage. Unfortunately, there’s a catch.The Sunshine Girls go first, in the Netball World Cup Down Under in Sydney, Australia, which starts tomorrow.Third last year in the Commonwealth Games, the Girls face two huge hurdles in their search for the gold medal. The hosts and their neighbours, New Zealand, have dominated these revamped and renamed World Championships since they started in 1969. Jamaica will need to be consistently brilliant to win a title that has always eluded them.Experienced under pressureMore than any of the Girls, Romelda Aiken knows what to expect Down Under. She anchored the Queensland Firebirds to a buzzer-beating one-goal victory in this season’s ANZ professional league final. It was as hard and passionate as the World Cup will be.Perhaps Aiken’s familiarity in those surroundings will be the little edge that will make the difference for the Girls.A week after the last ball bounces in Sydney, the finest track and field athletes will return to Beijing for the World Championships.Seven years ago, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melaine Walker launched a golden era in Jamaican athletics.Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and VCB return with glittering achievements under their collective belt. Bolt is the best male sprinter ever. With two World titles and two Olympic gold medals, Fraser-Pryce is the most successful female 100m sprinter of all time and VCB is one of the best 100-200 combination speedsters the world has ever seen.They go, with the likes of Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson, Kaliese Spencer, Pan-Am throwing champions Fedrick Dacres and O’Dayne Richards, Javon Francis and Stephenie McPherson, to Beijing at a time when the sport is in crisis. That’s the catch. It takes the shine off what could be a month to remember.Bolt has the task of beating Justin Gatlin in a race for the soul of athletics. Allowed to return four years after a second drug-related offence, Gatlin has become a virtual persona non grata despite the contribution his 2006 plea bargain may have played in shutting down bandooloo networks.Their meetings in the 100 and 200 metres take place in the context of recent vexing revelations of ‘suspicious’ test results stored by the sport’s international governing body.Much to watch forMany will watch the World Championships just to see Bolt versus Gatlin. That would be a mistake. The men’s triple jump has two men – Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the USA and Cuban Pablo Pedro Pichardo have pulled the 20-year-old world record within reach. Keshorn Walcott, the Olympic champion, is part of a stellar field in the men’s javelin and the women’s high jump is getting high again.Besides that, world records have already fallen this year in the women’s 1500 and the women’s hammer.Add the Ashes and the return this week of English Premier League football and August could hardly be better.If the Girls win and Bolt leads a big Jamaican performance in Beijing, it would be perfect. I’m sure I’m not the only one with my fingers crossed.n Hubert Lawrence was in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.last_img read more

Chelsea performance shows the players are behind me, claims Carver, as he pleads for Newcastle job

first_img John Carver 1 John Carver reiterated his desire to become Newcastle United manager on a full-time basis after the club’s defeat to Chelsea.The Magpies have not won any of their three games under Carver since he was put in caretaker charge but he insists progress is being made and claimed the performance at Stamford Bridge proved the players are fully behind him.Newcastle posed plenty of problems for the Premier League leaders before going down 2-0, and Carver, when asked if he still wants the job, said: “Absolutely, and it just shows if I do have a week to prepare what we can actually do.“You can see the reaction of the players – they have played for me today. The staff behind the scenes have been fantastic, everybody has been together, and if it that is a recommendation for the job, then we have done alright.“I said to the players at the end of it that I was proud of how they performed and how they worked.”Carver has yet to hold talks with owner Mike Ashley about taking the job full-time, but expects to be in charge for next Saturday’s visit of Southampton.“I was told to look after the game against Chelsea and possibly Southampton and after that it is the FA Cup fourth round, when we don’t have a game, so I do expect things to start moving now,” he said.“We have two weeks so let’s see what happens but as far as I’m concerned I will be on the training ground on Monday preparing for Southampton.”last_img read more

Revealed: clubs ranked by shots per game compared to goals scored in PL

first_img 18. Newcastle have had 10.4 shots per game and scored 26 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 20. West Brom have had an average 9.8 shots per game and have scored 23 goals in the 2015/16 Premier League season – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see where your club ranks – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19. Sunderland have had 10.3 shots per game and have scored 30 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 4. Arsenal have had 15 shots per game and scored 39 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 5. West Ham have had 13.9 shots per game and scored 38 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 3. Liverpool have had 16.3 shots per game and scored 32 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES Who has the most lethal attack in the Premier League?Top scoring Premier League players:Jamie Vardy (Leicester): 18 goalsRomelu Lukaku (Everton): 16 goalsHarry Kane (Tottenham): 15 goalsSergio Aguero (Man City): 14 goalsOdion Ighalo (Watford): 14 goalsRiyad Mahrez (Leicester): 14 goalsHere, talkSPORT looks at the teams with the most shots per game and the goals they have scored this season.REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATESStats courtesy of and correct as of 9 February, 2016. 19 Joint 15. Stoke (24 goals scored) and Aston Villa (20 goals scored) have had 10.8 shots per game – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 9. Leicester have had 13.3 shots per game and scored 47 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 2. Tottenham have had 16.7 shots per game and scored 45 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 12. Swansea have had 11.8 shots per game and scored 24 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 11. Crystal Palace have had 12 shots per game and scored 26 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 7. Southampton have had 13.6 shots per game and scored 33 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 14. Watford have had 11.5 shots per game and scored 27 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 13. Man United have had 11.6 shots per game and scored 32 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 8. Everton have had 13.4 shots per game and scored 46 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 6. Chelsea have had 13.8 shots per game and scored 33 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 19 17. Norwich have had 10.7 shots per game and scored 28 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 19 19 10. Bournemouth have had 12.6 shots per game and scored 29 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 1. Man City have had 17.2 shots per game and scored 47 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATESlast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned down Newcastle move

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he snubbed an offer from Newcastle to join Borussia Dortmund.The Gabon international striker is now wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs after scoring 31 goals in 34 games this season.However when he moved to Dortmund in 2013, interest in Aubameyang was not particularly high and he only commanded a fee of around £10million.Saint-Étienne, though, were keen for the frontman to join Newcastle but he shunned them in favour of the Bundesliga.“I received an offer from Qatar of €10m per year. If I accepted, my family would be set up for life,” Aubameyang told L’Equipe.“We chose to stay at Saint-Etienne, where I got €70,000 per month, knowing that, given my qualities, I could earn money tomorrow.“The following season, Saint-Etienne wanted to send me to Newcastle.“We opted for Dortmund, finalist in the Champions League, because my father studied Klopp’s game, even though the pay was lower.” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1last_img read more

Lawyer says Spears bid for custody of two young sons put on hold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Each parent will have a day with the boys this weekend, Kaplan said during a short news conference after the hearing. Gordon has previously said there was evidence that Spears is a “habitual, frequent and continuous” user of drugs and alcohol, withdrew approval for her to even visit the children after finding she had failed to comply with some conditions for shared custody. He later withdrew the ban and allowed her to visit Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 – but only in the presence of a court-approved monitor. Hours earlier, Spears arrived at the courthouse eating cheese puffs in her white Mercedes-Benz convertible and giggled when asked by reporters outside the courtroom if she was nervous. She was escorted by sheriff’s deputies and wore a black print dress and cowgirl boots. Her brown hair was lightly streaked with blonde highlights and she carried a large handbag. A bid by Britney Spears for custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline was put on hold Friday by a court commissioner after a three-hour closed hearing, a lawyer for Federline said. Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon was expected to issue a written ruling by next Tuesday after hearing extensive testimony on a number of issues in the case. Spears did not comment after the hearing. But during an earlier break in the proceedings, she uttered an epithet at a reporter in the hallway who asked how the proceedings were going. Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said “something has changed, but I can’t say what.” He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment. Federline arrived a few minutes after Spears, wearing a gray pinstriped suit and an earring in his right ear. Both were under court order to attend the proceedings. They were asked to stand, raise their right hands and swear to tell the truth, which they did. A few moments later, Gordon closed the hearing to the media at the request of Trope, who was expected to argue that Spears had complied with court orders and should regain the shared custody she lost earlier this month. During a morning hearing, another lawyer for Spears won a motion to bar videotaping of deposition testimony in the case. Attorney Thomas Paine Dunlap argued that video of the depositions would almost certainly wind up on YouTube. He said his celebrity client had a right to be protected from that exposure. Gordon made his ruling on that matter despite his concern that Spears is constantly courting “inordinate amounts of media,” which he said runs counter to her expressed desire for privacy. “I’m not chastising her,” Gordon said. “She’s an adult. But what I’m saying is someone who is always going to places where there is an inordinate amount of media, it doesn’t square.” Dunlap countered that the pop star was not trying to create media attention. “If she goes to Starbucks, there’s media there. If she goes shopping, there’s media there,” he said. Kaplan said his client wanted the depositions to be videotaped to preserve the demeanor of witnesses who testify during the closed sessions. After the commissioner’s ruling, Kaplan asked that experts and other parties be allowed to be present to see how witnesses responded. Gordon said he would allow two people to observe the witnesses. In preparation for the day’s proceedings, a special metal detector was installed outside the courtroom. Officials confiscated cell phones from people arriving on the floor to prevent media, attorneys and spectators from taking pictures in the courtroom. The process caused a backup of lawyers who had to empty brief cases for inspection. Dunlap complained in court that he was being forced to do things he had never done before to get into a courtroom. Gordon responded dryly, “This may be the manufacture of your client.” Outside the courthouse, about 40 members of the media gathered several hours before the afternoon hearing. A half-dozen satellite TV broadcast trucks lined the busy, downtown street. Reporters and photographers snacked and chatted, trying to figure out which of the several courthouse entrances the celebrities might use. Larry Mays, 59, stood among the crowd wearing a banner reading, “Ask Jesus to Save You Now.” He said he routinely stakes out court proceedings involving celebrities. “The cameras help me get the message out,” he said. The previous court order by Gordon was tough and unambiguous. Spears was to undergo random drug and alcohol tests and meet weekly with a parenting coach who would report back to the court about her parenting skills. Spears and Federline also were prohibited from making derogatory remarks about each other in their children’s presence and from using “corporal punishment” to discipline them. Both parents also were ordered to complete the court’s “Parenting Without Conflict” class. The custody fight has played out on a public stage, with paparazzi and celebrity Web sites reporting on the former couple’s every move – including sightings of Spears driving with her sons and a monitor in Beverly Hills.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mayor: L.A. ‘capital of homelessness’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The agency counted 20,023 people living downtown – mostly on Skid Row – followed by 16,787 in South Los Angeles, 11,275 in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and 9,254 in the San Gabriel Valley. The South Bay and Harbor areas had the next-highest total at 7,369. “It’s not just a downtown Skid Row problem,” said LAHSA Commission Chairman Owen Newcomer. The $350,000 LAHSA survey also found that 221,363 people – or one in 40 people in the county – were homeless at some point in 2005. The report marks the first attempt to gather detailed data on the homeless. The survey will be used to help officials develop strategies on how to end homelessness. Last year, the Board of Supervisors allocated an extra $34 million for shelter and services. Villaraigosa has committed an additional $50 million, along with supporting a $1 billion bond measure to develop more affordable housing citywide. Nearly 50,000 people in the city and more than 82,000 in Los Angeles County slept in a shelter or on the street in 2005, a study released Thursday found, prompting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to call Los Angeles the nation’s “capital of homelessness.” The report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimated that 82,291 county residents were homeless on any given day last year, including 48,103 living in Los Angeles. “These are staggering numbers when you think about it,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the capital of homelessness in the United States of America. “It dwarfs the homeless problem anywhere in the state, and the city of Los Angeles is ground zero for it.” Officials also hope to use some of the $280 million that will be generated over the next three years from the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act to provide housing and other services for mentally ill homeless people. LAHSA, a city-county authority, has been successful in obtaining more federal funds to house the homeless, watching those dollars grow from $47 million in 2002 to $60 million last year. In March, LAHSA and Bring LA Home plan to release a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in 10 years. “The first project will probably be in downtown Los Angeles,” said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “Housing for families that are on the edge of homelessness will be the first type of project the San Fernando Valley sees because they have lighter service needs.” Despite these recent efforts, only 12 percent of the county’s homeless receive shelter on any night. And contrary to the popular myth that homeless people from throughout the nation come to Los Angeles for its great weather, 78 percent said they had been living in the county at the time they became homeless. “We do not have a situation where hordes are coming in from outside the county,” Newcomer said. “Nearly half the homeless were renters immediately before becoming homeless. They fell on hard times.” Of the homeless, 47,813 were men, 17,543 were women, 1,088 were transgender and 19,882 were members of a homeless family. “A number that wasn’t mentioned is that there are 10,000 homeless children in the city of Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “Think about that.” The survey found that the typical homeless person resembles many low-income people with fragile safety nets. In the survey, 24 percent said the loss of a job was the primary reason for their homelessness. Of the homeless, 41 percent were black, 28 percent were white, 24 percent were Latino, 4 percent were multiracial, 3 percent were American Indian or Alaskan Native and 1 percent were Asian or Pacific Islanders. Another study by the National Coalition for the Homeless listed Los Angeles as the nation’s 18th “meanest” city for homeless people. “I don’t believe that to be true,” Villaraigosa said. “Very clearly, there is a united commitment to end homelessness here.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.B. City athletics are 2nd in state

first_img “We’ve found a way to win ball games now,” said Cerritos coach Gary Cain. “We were losing games by four, five points. The last few games the guys have found a way to win. It’s a pleasant surprise because we lost enough games early to last a whole season.” Following tonight’s divisional opener, the Falcons travel to L.A. Southwest on Friday and to defending conference champion Long Beach City on Jan. 25. “I still believe Long Beach is the team to beat,” said Cain, “… but I’m really optimistic about our chances.” Seven of the Falcons’ losses have been by six points or less. Since the winning streak began on Dec. 29 against Santa Barbara City, however, Cerritos has outscored its opponents by nearly 10 points per game (73.3-63.5). Freshman guard Aaron Thompson leads the Falcons in scoring at 13.2 points per game, with freshman forward Brandon Ivery close behind at 12.9 ppg. Ivery leads Cerritos in rebounding at 8.1 per game. On the dotted line Cerritos football player Clayton Caron will transfer to Southeast Missouri State over the summer and play for the Redhawks next season. Caron, a second-team All-Mission Conference National Division center, also considered Southern Utah and Western Washington. Southeast Missouri State competes in NCAA Division I-AA in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks went 2-9 last season, 2-6 in the OVC. Play ball Long Beach City softball coach Erika Blanco is looking for former Viking players to participate in Saturday’s Alumni Game. The game begins at noon on the campus field. Any former player interested in playing can contact Blanco at (562) 938-4026. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita This is the third year the Pepsi/NATYCAA Cup has been presented. Sierra College won the first in 2003-04 and Fresno City won in 2004-05. LBCC finished fifth and third, respectively, with Cerritos finishing eighth and 18th. The final standings will be announced May 31. On the rise Cerritos’ men’s basketball team has picked the perfect time to reel off six consecutive victories the beginning of South Coast Conference divisional play. The Falcons have improved their record to 12-11 entering tonight’s SCC South opener at home against El Camino. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thanks to two state championships and a state runner-up finish during the fall season, Long Beach City College is in second place in the Pepsi/National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup among California community colleges. The Vikings (82.5 points) trail only Mt. SAC (90.5) in the standings. LBCC earned 20 points from both the men’s water polo and women’s soccer teams, each of which captured state crowns in November and December. The women’s water polo team added 19 points with its state runner-up finish, with women’s golf (13.5) and women’s cross country (10) also contributing. center_img “It was a very impressive fall season for us,” LBCC Dean of Physical Education/Athletics John Fylpaa said in a press release. “It’s a testament to all of our great student-athletes and outstanding faculty members that are coaching them. I’m very proud of all of the jobs that everyone involved with the athletic department have done this year. Hopefully, the momentum will continue into the spring.” Cerritos (68.5) is sixth in the standings. The Falcons had six different fall teams score points: men’s cross country (9), women’s cross country (11), women’s soccer (8.5), women’s volleyball (8.5), men’s water polo (15.5) and wrestling (16). last_img read more

Liverpool ‘ready to bid £80m for Juventus star’ after Ronaldo’s Turin move

first_imgLiverpool are ready to make a £80million offer to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin, according to reports in Argentina. 3 Dybala is the poster boy of this Juventus team, but no doubt he will lose his place in the limelight to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.“Dybala is the main commercial and advertising image of the whole of Turin in the last season… but the truth is that Ronaldo will arrive and eclipse everyone,” the report from TyC Sports reads.The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar season for Juve, scoring 23 goals in 37 appearances and helping the team to a seventh-straight Serie A title and a fourth-straight Coppa Italia.He was among the host of Juventus players to welcome Ronaldo to the club on Tuesday, but it is claimed the 33-year-old’s arrival will mean other stars could leave. Dybala helped Juventus to another league and cup double this season The 24-year-old is one of the club’s top stars, but will be eclipsed by the arrival of Ronaldo 3center_img 3 Ronaldo completed a stunning €105million (£92.7m) transfer to the Italian champions on Tuesday, leaving Real Madrid after a historic nine years at the Bernabeu.But, it is claimed Juventus are now faced with having to sell a number of their top players this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play – and Liverpool are ready to take advantage.According to reports from TyC Sports in his native Argentina, Dybala is a target for the Reds after Ronaldo’s arrival cast doubt over his role in the team.It is claimed Dybala was not told by Juventus about the club’s plans to sign the Portuguese superstar this summer, and has also not yet been told if he is in manager Massimiliano Allegri’s plans to play alongside their new record signing. Paulo Dybala has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool Bienvenido @Cristiano ! Benvenuto! Bem-vindo!#CristianoRonaldo #cr7 #juventus #cr7juve #FinoAllaFine— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) July 10, 2018Gonzalo Higuain has already been linked with a move to Chelsea, and now Liverpool are said to be keen on Dybala and are said to have made contact with the Argentine’s representatives that they are prepared to pay £80million to bring him to Anfield this summer.last_img read more

La Habra holds off Lions

first_imgBy stopping a 2-point conversion in overtime, the visiting La Habra High School football team posted a 21-20 victory over Westminster in a nonleague game at Boswell Field on Friday night. La Habra linebacker Paul Estrada tackled Lions running back Mitchell Nhep short of the goal line to preserve the Highlanders’ victory. The Highlanders, after Francis’ fumble recovery in the third quarter, drove 52 yards in 12 plays. Benedict capped it with a 1-yard run behind the blocks of Nick Casey, Jerry Inzunza and Cory Waldner to reduce the deficit to 14-6. The extra point failed. La Habra tied the score on a three-play, 48-yard drive early in the fourth quarter. Benedict set up the score with a 38-yard pass to Jeremy Twist. The quarterback then raced 8 yards into the end zone before scoring a run up the middle on the conversion to tie the score, 14-14. Bendict completed 15 of 26 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Habra had scored first in the overtime when quarterback R.J. Benedict passed 12 yards to Aidan Metzinger for a the go-ahead touchdown. Pete Puga kicked the extra- point for a 21-14 lead. Westminster responded and made it 21-20 following an 8-yard TD run by Nhep. But La Habra came up big on the conversion to preserve the victory. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Earlier, Westminster took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Lions converted two fumble recoveries into touchdown drives. La Habra defensive back Greg Francis played a big part in turning the momentum back to La Habra. Francis intercepted a pass on the last play of the first half at the La Habra 6-yard line to keep the deficit to 14 points. Then on Westminster’s first play of the second half, Francis recovered a fumble on the La Habra 48- yard line. He came through again midway through the third quarter with a tackle that caused a fumble, which was recovered by Estrada on the La Habra 47. Then midway through the fourth quarter, Francis tackled quarterback Ben Chapple for an 8-yard loss that forced a Westminster punt. last_img read more