BEIJING, China:Kaliese Spencer is embracing her big sister role at MVP Track Club, sharing with The Gleaner that she takes pleasure in encouraging and offering advice to the younger athletes in the unit.It’s largely why she was so thrilled to see upcoming stablemate Janieve Russell join her in the women’s 400m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, set for tomorrow at 7:10 a.m. inside the Bird’s Nest Stadium.Spencer, whose run in the heats here in Beijing was also her return to competitive action after over a month on the sidelines, has looked good through her campaign and was easy as she qualified without breaking a sweat yesterday, clocking 54.45 for second place in her semi-final.The Commonwealth Games champion, who is also hunting her first individual World Championships medal, will have Russell for company in the medal race, as the University of Technology student booked her spot with a second place finish in 54.78 seconds.happy returnSpencer, who was disqualified after the first round in Moscow two years ago at the last instalment of the World Championships, was happy with her return to the 400m hurdles final and was also thrilled to see Russell, the bronze-medal winner at the Commonwealth Games, also secure her lane.”I watched her (Russell’s) race just now, she has been working really hard and it’s great to see her in the final with me,” Spencer said.”I’m getting old now, but I like to motivate people and even in training, I like to take the time out to motivate people because sometimes it’s very rough and sometimes you don’t get the chance to train properly, plus you know our coach, Stephen (Francis). But yes, I like to motivate and I guess it helps,” Spencer laughed. “They are young athletes and they listen, and I guess it’s helping as well.”I must give God thanks that I went through that race and I’m now into the finals, so I’m happy with that,” she added, before picking apart her race.”I got to the first 200m and I think it was pretty ok. When I got to the corner I had a bit of problems there, but I’m just grateful that I’m into the finals and I have a day’s rest, so I can go back and get ready for it,” said Spencer.An extremely calm-looking Spencer added that she is not overly concerned with her past experience in finals, noting that she is putting all her trust above as she prepares to launch an assault on a podium spot.”When God is in it everything is different, so I’m just getting prepared for my final. To God be the glory, I’m very spiritual, I knew I would be in the final and I’m really happy I’m there now and that’s my focus,” Spencer said.
In the not-so-distant past, FIFA, its six confederations, including CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the parish associations, clubs, and even school associations were quick to call their football organisations a family.They preached it day and night, “We are a family, no matter how much we fight internally”.FIFA is wealthier than 75 percent of the countries in the world. Its president, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, is afforded more respect that most heads of state. He lives and travels in grandeur. He has friendships with kings and some of the most respected humans on the planet.He was once listed at number 70 among the most powerful men in the world, alongside US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, by Forbes’ Ranking.He surrounds himself with vice-presidents who run things in their confederations, except Europe (well, not true anymore; we were just led to believe that). It now appears that Michel Platini was always on Blatter’s side. He was used to get rid of the Swede, Lennart Johansson, now 85 years old, the man who ran against Sepp Blatter twice and was Blatter’s biggest rival until Platini ousted him in Europe in 2007, eight years ago.Platini still cannot explain satisfactorily to FIFA’s Ethics committee how he got paid over US$1.3m, nine years after he did work for FIFA. Neither can Blatter.Well, Bleachers Report can state that eight years ago, he won the European presidency, and Blatter has had no challenge from within Europe since.Back to CONCACAF.Austin ‘Jack’ Warner ruled with an iron fist and foot. Under Jack, even the mighty US Soccer had to vote for Sepp Blatter every time. Jack delivered the votes en bloc from CONCACAF. A total of 41 (20%) votes out of 209 ballots is nothing to scoff at and, as you know, Jack was not only the CFU/CONCACAF boss.Jack chose his own vice-presidents in CFU and CONCACAF. If anyone else got themselves nominated, Jack just made it known that you could not run against his ‘Anointed’ without backlash, and he would force the ‘upstart’ to back down or feel his wrath.all powerfulJack was all powerful. He bought the Caribbean World Cup television rights for US$600,000 from FIFA and sold it for US$20m to a Jamaican media company. This is now being investigated.At the CONCACAF and CFU annual general meetings, financial statements are scarce commodity, and no one dares to ask any question.Jack’s general secretary, Chuck Blazer, lived like a king in New York’s Trump Plaza, renting two flats, one for his cats.This skinny soccer dad of 35 years ago grew to a 450lb man. Life was good in FIFA.Jack’s successor as CONCACAF boss, Jeffrey Webb, was already chairman of the FIFA finance committee at less than age 40 (very impressive). He became a FIFA vice-president before age 50, and even Bleachers Report liked him at first as we had compared him to Jack.All these powerful men then went from being powerful, as, once their actions came under scrutiny, they began to fall like ninepins.At a CFU meeting in 2011, the heads of some CFU affiliates in the Caribbean were filmed taking bribes of US$40,000. They even signed for the money.Jack resigned from his FIFA vice-president position in 2011 to avoid a trial by FIFA’s ethics committee.Blazer met his demise a couple years later, and fast forward to today, Blatter and Platini have been suspended for 90 days; Webb is wearing a monitoring anklet after taking up bail of $10m in the United States; Jack is awaiting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to the US to answer fraud and money laundering charges; Blazer’s affidavit was signed and lodged with US authorities. He has already named 40 co-conspirators, and the description of the co-conspirators are very familiar to other football officials that Bleachers Report has come in contact with over the years, while another six FIFA officials are in Swiss jails fighting extradition to the United States.Presidential hopeful Chung Mong-Joon got a six-year ban for actions while lobbying for South Korea to host the 2022 World Cup; FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was suspended for 90 days over ticket sales; and Frank Beckenbauer is in problems, admitting that the German Football Association made a mistake by paying over money to FIFA, which may have been used for a bribe.Bleachers Report agrees that FIFA is one big family and, at one time, all football administrators’ only ambition was to be a member of that family.Captain Horace Burrell missed no opportunity to remind all and sundry that he is part of the inner workings, and he is the man for the job in Jamaica, as he has political clout and his relationship with the FIFA hierarchy is unbreakable.Well, Captain Burrell, information garnered by Bleachers Report is that you will not be elected at the next go-around as a vice-president of CONCACAF, as not even the presidents in the CFU will support you or anyone close to the FIFA ‘family’.Daddy Sepp is gone from FIFA forever; Uncle Jack is going to the United States, whether he likes it or not; Cousin Jeffery will soon return to court in the US later this year; and Stepfather Blazer has confessed to his crimes.All FIFA’s bridges are falling down; brothers, sisters, grandfather, son (Jack’s sons have already confessed to their sins) will soon be going to the US or Switzerland. The Swiss and US authorities have said the scandal uncovered so far is at the tip of the iceberg.Captain, where is your political clout now?And here comes Montego Bay’s Orville Powell to challenge for the title. Next week BR will look at that challenge.
HOBART, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has defended the attitude and contribution of his senior players, following the side’s embarrassing innings defeat to Australia in the first Test yesterday, and believes a stronger collective effort is needed by the team in order to turn the series around.Australia media have been critical of the attitude of the West Indies senior players, in particular, batsman Marlon Samuels, who they accused of appearing indifferent in his approach throughout the contest at Bellerive Oval.However, Holder said the player had been showing the right attitude off the pitch.”I think there’s a lot of information shared in the dressing room,” Holder told a post-match media conference.COLLECTIVE EFFORT”Senior players pretty much get involved with players of the likes of Marlon Samuels – he has a lot of chats with most of the batsmen – and we have Jerome Taylor leading our attack having a lot of discussion with the fast bowlers, so I’ve been supported there by the fast bowlers and the senior batsmen.”It’s just about putting a strong collective effort together on the particular day – which we struggled with in the past. We need to correct it going forward in this series.”
TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.” DUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.”
Despite putting on a fearless, entertaining and commanding first-half performance which should have seen his Jamaican team outscore Costa Rica en-route to a comfortable win, Reggae Boyz’ head coach Winfried Schafer labels the 1-1 result in Friday night’s CONCACAF Semi-final Round Group Two World Cup Qualifier a good one and believes his charges will win the return tie tomorrow. Jamaica’s Je-Vaughn Watson scored a bullet header in the 16th minute, while a number of close chances for the home team went beckoning inside the almost full to capacity National Stadium. The Jamaicans also had the lion’s share of possession in the first-half and were more direct, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net more than once in Friday night’s game. Analysing his team’s performance during Friday’s post-match press conference, Schafer called his team’s play in the opening period exemplary. “We played with our all, that’s what we worked at in training and in the second-half the players got a little bit tired. The left side had a small problem, but we showed teamwork because we are one of the best teams in the CONCACAF and the end is OK, 1-1 is OK,” said the coach. Schafer admitted that his charges were short with that elusive second goal, but showed guts. “We were not complacent and (Rodolph) Austin is not here, but I am very happy about the performance of our team, it was fantastic and our team gave 100 per cent for the country and the people and I am very happy about that and how the team goes out against Costa Rica,” he underlined. The coach also defended his substitutions, stating that Lee Williamson, who was very good in the first-half, was taken out because he was tired, adding that forward Darren Mattocks might have been introduced a little too late. “Again, our team today played in this match was very good. We intend to beat Costa Rica at home,” he reiterated. “The plan is to recover the players, the players sleep good and we make our recovery. After that we go to Costa Rica,” he added, noting that captain Austin should be OK to play in Costa Rica.
PUMA has continued its commitment with up-and-coming athletes locally through the signing of five more Jamaicans.The five are 400m specialist Christine Day, 400m hurdler Leah Nugent, Fitzroy Dunkley (400m) and long jumpers Damar Forbes and Chanice Porter.Day was a member of the 2016 Rio Olympics Jamaican 4x400m relay team that won the silver medal, as well as the gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. She also finished a strong fourth place overall in the individual 400m at the same 2015 World Championships. Day has a personal best of of 50.14 seconds for the 400m.Nugent, 24, reached the final of the women’s 400m hurdles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, establishing a personal best of 54.45 in the process.The 23-year-old Dunkley holds a silver medal from last year’s Olympics as part of the 4x400m relay team, as well as a strong personal best 45.06 at the 400m. Fitzroy was also a member of Jamaica’s 2016 World Indoor Championships team.Long jumper Forbes is a two-time Olympian with a personal best of 8.25. The 26-year-old St Ann native won his pet event at last year’s prestigious IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco.At 23 years old, Porter is already a two-time national champion and former World Youth champion. She holds a personal best of 6.67m in the long jump.Last month, seven MVP Track Club athletes, including Olympic 400m silver medallist Shericka Jackson, World Championships medal winner O’Dayne Richards, Janieve Russell, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald and Megan Simmonds signed deals with PUMA.
Coach of Olympic Gardens Michael Peart believes that Okeem Forth would have had a ‘fighting chance’ to remain alive if officials at last Friday night’s Major League match had acted swiftly to assist the player. Forth died at the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital on Friday night after receiving an injury late in the Magnum-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) quarter-final game against Molynes United. He was substituted following the injury, but it took some time, according to his coach, for the player’s complaint to be treated seriously. “He got an elbow to the front of his neck and went down. He was substituted, but sat for a while off the field. He felt weak and asked for assistance and I sent two officials to assist him, then the ambulance team on hand made their way over and took him on a stretcher to the ambulance,” Peart said. “He would have had a fighting chance if things were done with more urgency,” the long-serving Olympic Gardens coach said. Peart described the 18 year-old Tivoli Gardens Manning Cup star as a versatile player. “He was a very good player who could play in any position, including as a goalkeeper. I have coached him for six years and don’t know of him having any medical condition,” he added. Forth gave his team the lead in the 67th minute, but Ramone Rose got an equaliser for Molynes United. After 1-1 at the end of regular and extra time, Molynes advanced to the semi-final after winning 4-1 on penalty kicks. KSAFA’s general secretary Dwayne Dillon issued a release early yesterday. “It is with deep regret that we advise of the sudden passing of Okeem Forth, who was a prominent member of the Olympic Gardens Football Club. Okeem played in the KSAFA-Magnum Major League quarter-finals versus Molynes United last Friday night until the 83rd minute when he was assisted off the field to receive medical attention. “After initial assessments by the team, he was rushed to the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital in the company of the medical doctor assigned to the game in an ambulance. Despite the valiant efforts by the medical team at the hospital, we were sadly informed of the untimely passing of this young, talented player. “The council of KSAFA would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and the Olympic Gardens Football Club family.” Medical condition
‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Nikolaos Philippoussis, the father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis, listens during his arraignment at the Vista Courthouse in Vista, California. APVISTA, California — The father of retired tennis star Mark Philippoussis pleaded not guilty Thursday to molesting two 9-year-old girls while he was a private tennis instructor in California.Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, entered pleas to 14 counts of committing lewd acts and sex acts with children. He could face life in prison if convicted.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Indians finally looking like defending AL champs 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Philippoussis is accused of molesting two of his tennis students for more than a year, beginning in June 2016.Prosecutors say the encounters took place at his home, in his car and at a San Diego County country club.FEATURED 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’Philippoussis was arrested Tuesday at his San Diego home. At the hearing Thursday, his bail was raised from $2.5 million to $9.2 million.“It is quite a colossal amount,” defense attorney Ryan Tegnelia said. Philippoussis, an Australian citizen, was ordered to surrender his passport if he does make bail, but his attorney told the San Diego Union-Tribune that was impossible.Philippoussis’s son Mark Philippoussis was in court for the hearing but declined to comment, the newspaper reported.He is a two-time Grand Slam finalist who ranked as high as eighth in the world and helped Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.Philippoussis was his son’s coach for much of that career. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite
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Because of Irma, the Dolphins told players Wednesday to take the rest of this week off.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The person confirmed the Dolphins’ plans to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly disclosed them.Team owner Stephen Ross flew players, coaches, traveling staff and their families to Los Angeles on Friday as the hurricane approached Florida, the person said. Other players who had already left the state in advance of Irma are also arriving in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Dolphins will have a team meeting Tuesday and will practice beginning Wednesday at the Dallas Cowboys’ complex in Oxnard. The Los Angeles Rams also offered the use of their complex.Miami will open its season at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 17. The Dolphins had been scheduled to open Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that game was postponed until Nov. 19. Winning start Hurting Keys tells Stephens ‘drinks are on you’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Elizabeth Ponder, center, hugs her daughter Exodus Ponder, left, while standing in line at the Savannah Civic Center before evacuating from he path of Hurricane Irma, Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017 in Savannah, Ga. Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday. Thousands of people in the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands, and more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia were warned to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins escaped Hurricane Irma by beginning an extended stay in California.The Dolphins evacuated from South Florida before the storm’s arrival and will practice in Oxnard, California, next week to prepare for their delayed start of the season, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments MOST READ Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson