Ashley wins WBC award

first_imgJamaican female boxing sensation Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Comeback of the Year Award last Friday night at the 2016 Female Boxing Convention, which was held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.Ashley, who lost her WBC Super bantamweight title on September 6, 2014, to Mexican Jackie Nava by way of a controversial majority decision in Mexico, regained the title on October 29, 2015, with a sparkling victory over Ireland’s Christina McMahon in New York. She was nominated for three awards Comeback of the Year, Champion of the Year, and Event of the Year.She dominated the fight, floored McMahon in the eighth round, and had her in serious trouble in Round 9. McMahon was able to weather the storm however, and ended up with a loss by unanimous decision. This obviously impressed the judges.Ashley told The Gleaner on Sunday that the competition was keen for the various awards and that she was elated to have picked up the award for her fight against McMahon.”Winning this award is great. It is icing on the cake after regaining my title, and it shows recognition not only from the WBC, but from the fans all over the world who were part of the decision making process,” she said.Ashley, who has been consistently nominated for the RJR Sportswoman of the Year Award, won the Chairman’s Award in 2014 for her achievements as a boxer. She was the 2015 Female Boxer of the Year and was nominated for the 2015 Sportswoman award.OLDEST FEMALE BOXERShe said that she was surprised at the ceremony on Friday when she was also presented with certificates from the Guinness Book of Records organisation for being the oldest female boxing champion in the world in 2013 and again in 2015 when at age 48, she defeated McMahon.She said: “I always get a thrill when people say to me, ‘You do not look 48 years old’. This is a tribute to my lifestyle and my work ethic, and I plan to box for many years to come. I want to continue doing well for myself and my country, so I work very hard.”It would be great if it is a title fight, but if not, I will still be happy as long as I get to fight before my home crowd and hear them cheering me on over an opponent.”last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgWindies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.last_img read more

Pan Am Games silver for Dwyer, Facey gets bronze

first_imgJAMAICA increased its medal tally by two at yesterday’s Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.Rasheed Dwyer picked up silver in the men’s 200 metres while Simone Facey captured the bronze in the women’s equivalent. With just one day of competition to go, the country’s medal tally stands at seven overall – three gold, two silver and two bronze. The country has six medals in track and field and is fourth overall behind the United States, Canada and Cuba.Facey, the silver medallist two years ago in Mexico, had to settle for bronze this time around. She clocked 22.74 as teammate Kerron Stewart finished a disappointing fifth in a pedestrian 23.07.The United States were one, two. Seventeen-year-old Kaylin Whitney captured the gold medal after winning in 22.65 seconds ahead of teammate Kyra Jefferson who finished second in 22.72.Following his record-breaking run on Thursday’s third day of competition, Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer went into the men’s 200m final as the howling favourite to capture the gold medal. Drawn in lane four, Dwyer came off the curve into the lead and, with less than 50 metres to go, looked all over the winner. However, this was not to be as Dwyer lost his form with less than 20m and 100m champion Andre DeGrasse, spurred on by his home-crowd supporters, came storming through in lane eight to score a close win in a bang-up finish. DeGrasse clocked a personal best 19.86 for the gold as he completed the sprint double.Photo finishIn a very tight photo finish, both Dwyer and Alonso Edwards of Panama werecredited with the same time of 19.9, but it was the Jamaican who was given the nod for silver.Competing in his first senior meet, last year’s world junior 110 metres hurdles silver medallist, Tyler Mason, had no luck in the men’s 110m hurdles final. Mason, who went into the final as the fourth-fastest qualifier after clocking 13.40 seconds in the preliminary round earlier in the day, could only manage seventh in 13.69.American David Oliver pocketed the gold medal, winning in a Games record 13.07seconds. He erased the old mark of 13.10 set by Cuba’s Dayron Robles two years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. Miguel Francis of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in a personal best 13.17 while it was also a personal best for Shane Braithwaite of Barbados who captured the bronze medal in 13.21.The country will be hoping for more silverware today when track and field comes to an end. Both male and female 4x400m teams finished second in their semi-finals to advance to today’s final. The women clocked 3:30.29 , behind winners the United States, 3:28.15.The men also finished behind the United States in 3:03.72. The Americans clocked 3:02.99. The semi-finals of both the men’s and women’s 4x100m were scheduled for last night.last_img read more

Edwin Allen ready to FLOW at Champs

first_imgThree-time Girls’ champions Edwin Allen are in a good position to retain their title at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships according to Principal Everton Walters. However, the $200,000, which was presented to the school by telecommunications sponsor FLOW as their Journey to Champs’ campaign continued, could not have come at a better time. “Although we are the champions, we have been struggling to find a way forward to Champs,” he explained. “We have had difficulties in terms of carrying out the different things that we are required to do funding Champs, which include food, accommodation, transportation, etc,” said Walters. “Receiving this $200,000 from FLOW is really timely. We appreciate it highly. It is going to help us as we prepare ourselves for Champs this year.” Walters added. The principal said the funds will go towards assisting with accommodation, which will cost the school close to $800,000 to cover the five days of the event which begins on March 15. COACH PLEASED Coach Michael Dyke was a happy man after receiving the funds. “It will definitely help us,” Dyke said. “We are strapped for cash, as everyone knows that financing this team from September to now is really costly. This assistance will go a far way in helping us as we continue to prepare for Girls’ Championships.” The coach said the three-time winners (2012, 2014, and 2015) are in “pretty good shape and everyone is rearing to go”. The Journey to Champs promotional campaign, which is run by FLOW and GraceKennedy, was well received by the school population. The students were treated to a stellar performance by popular recording artiste Busy Signal, accompanied by a team of FLOW dancers. Top class two sprinter Shellece Clarke said that FLOW and Grace’s involvement is positive. “I think it is a pretty good idea coming into the school and presenting such entertainment. We do not see this everyday, and we love it,” Clarke offered. The FLOW Journey to Champs moves on to reigning Boys’ Champions, Calabar High, on March 11.last_img read more

Marlin tourney in full swing

first_imgThe 55th Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament, sponsored by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, is in full swing in St James.Six days of activities will conclude tomorrow with the Appleton Estate Raft Up and beach party, from 11 a.m. until dark, at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel in Montego Bay.Yesterday, six Marlin were caught, tagged and released. Earlier in the week, a dolphin and a black fin tuna were among those caught.The final day of fishing is on today, with lines in the water at 7 a.m. and lines out of the water at 4 p.m. The day will end with the Digicel Awards presentation and performances by several stand-up comedians.last_img

Jamaica Farewell – Bolt sets date for last local race

first_img As always, he is expected to feature in at least one local development meet, but as his executive manager, Nugent Walker, added, he’s already looking forward to what he termed a special sign-off in front of his fellow Jamaicans. “The intention is for the Racers Grand Prix to be his last race on local soil as he has already qualified for the World Championships in London, which will be his last major championships, with him being the defending champion in the 100m and 200m,” Walker told The Gleaner yesterday. “After competing in Jamaica for all these years, the Racers Grand Prix will be his last event in Jamaica and he is already looking forward to it. It will be a very important day for him,” Walker added. Bolt and other members of Jamaica’s team to this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the Government of Jamaica. He will also take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run in his hometown, Falmouth, tomorrow. The event is being endorsed by his Usain Bolt Foundation and will support several charities in the parish of Trelawny, including the Granville Place of Safety for Girls. The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has set the date. His last race in Jamaica will take place next June at the Racers Grand Prix in what will be his final strides towards retirement. Bolt’s all-conquering career will come to an end after next year’s World Championships in London, and with the nine-time Olympic champion and triple world record holder already securing his spot by virtue of his defending champion wild card, there are no plans or requirement to compete at the 2017 National Senior Championships. The sprinter made the confirmation while chatting with presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer on Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica morning magazine programme yesterday. “The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica, people. It will be the last time I run in Jamaica,” Bolt declared, while confirming that he will walk away into the sunset after the World Championships, which is set for August 5-13 inside the Olympic Stadium. “Yes, I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London. That will be my last one,” said Bolt. The Racers Track Club, of which Bolt is a member, this year staged its first international track meet, the Racers Grand Prix, on June 11 to overwhelming acclaim, with Bolt winning the men’s 100m in 9.88 seconds. The IAAF provides wild card entries to defending world champions and diamond race winners of each event. The JAAA has established, through reference, that World champions will get the nod in cases where both are Jamaicans, which means that Bolt is not required to compete at the qualifier – next year’s National Senior Championships. special sign-offlast_img read more

Principals vote today on Champs changes

first_imgHigh school principals will vote today on a five-point proposal recommended by the technical committee of Boys and Girls’ Championships to the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).Last November, schools were informed by ISSA about several proposals to be introduced at the 2017 championships. The Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association, in response to the proposals, held an emergency meeting at Vere Technical and voiced their disapproval.Coaches of the respective schools were invited to a meeting at Wolmer’s Girls’ school on December 6 to discuss the changes with members of the organising committee of the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships. Coaches were briefed and then asked to discuss the changes with their principals.Following the meeting with the coaches, the technical committee met and made some adjustments to the proposals.The five final proposals are:1. The Boys’ 400 metres hurdles, which, up to last year was an open event, will now be contested in Classes One and Two.2. Only Classes One and Two girls will be allowed to compete in the 3,000 metres and the 2,000 metres steeplechase.3. Athletes will only be allowed to do two individual events and two relays, except in field events where athletes can do three individual events and one relay.4. Girls competing in the heptathlon can only do one other individual event while boys contesting the decathlon will not be allowed to do any other event.5. Only Classes One and Two boys can compete in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase.Several coaches still voiced their disapproval, stating that enough time was not given to implement these changes.However, ISSA’s competition’s officer, George Forbes has made it clear that once 75 per cent of principals vote in favour of the proposals, these can come into effect immediately.last_img read more

Gabriel praises team effort

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has heaped praises on his teammates and captain Jason Holder, following West Indies’ demolition of Pakistan in the second Test on Thursday.The spearhead of the Windies attack grabbed five for 11 in a brilliant spell of pace bowling on a wearing track as Pakistan were dismissed for 81 in pursuit of 188 for victory at Kensington Oval, giving the hosts a 106-run win.Gabriel, who finished with a nine-wicket match haul to earn Man of the Match honours, said the success had been as a result of a collective team effort.”I think it was a good performance, a good team effort,” the Trinidadian told reporters.”The way Roston (Chase) played in the first innings and the way the bowlers bowled – (Devendra) Bishoo picking up some key wickets and the rest of bowlers.GOOD LEAD”In the second innings, Shai (Hope) put up his hand and batted although he was struggling [previously], but we always know, as a team, once we got a good lead on a fifth-day pitch, things would happen for us.”Gabriel was well supported by seamer Holder, who claimed three wickets in each innings, and also gathered a fluent half-century in the first innings.However, the 29-year-old Gabriel also pointed to Holder’s captaincy as key in the success.”Jason is a good captain. He’s learning and improving a lot,” he stressed.”One good thing about him is that he’s willing to take advice and try new things, and that’s a good thing for the team and for West Indies cricket.”Following a slow start to his international career, Gabriel has picked up intensity in recent months and has now emerged as the leader of the West Indies attack.He has taken 62 wickets from 25 Tests, and his form in the longer format has subsequently led to his debut One-Day International, where he has also reaped success.last_img read more

Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score

first_imgMOST READ Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’ D’Antoni ran the NBA’s most potent offense when he was in Phoenix a decade ago, and in 2006-07 the Suns were the only team to average 110 for the season, finishing at 110.2.That would have barely cracked the top 10 entering Tuesday’s play. The Nets — yes, the Nets — are leading the way, averaging 123.5 a night. The system of playing small and firing 3-pointers may have been sneered at then, but it’s practically becoming the norm now.“It’s hard to keep your bigs in the game now, so there’s nobody tall at the rim anymore,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I think that’s made offense a lot easier. It’s really just kind of a style of play and stylistically teams are playing with more shooting and more guards and more speed and less rim protection around the basket, so it’s definitely benefited the offense.”He had Roy Hibbert in that role when he was in Indiana, and the Pacers rode their rugged defense toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, Vogel’s Magic have yielded 126 and 121 while splitting a pair of games against the Nets.Brooklyn is the first team since the Lakers, Pacers and Pistons in 1985-86 to open with four straight 115-point games.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A third of the league is averaging 110 or more, and the Brooklyn Nets became the first team to score 115 in their first four games in 32 years — and they only won half of them, because they were giving up more than 120 a night.The floor is open and offenses are flowing — with ease.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The game has changed. Offense has changed in the last 10 years radically just because the players are getting better, they shoot the ball better, offense has opened up, 3-point line, everybody shoots now,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “So the offense has changed radically. Defense traditionally has not changed that much.”It’s advantage offense in a big, entertaining fashion. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) gets between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) and Bismack Biyombo (11) for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Maybe it’s the 3-ball. Perhaps it’s all about small ball.Whatever the reasons, NBA teams had few problems putting the ball in the basket and piling up points through the first week of the regular season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set D’Antoni believes defenses will have to evolve because “they can’t keep up with the offense.”That, NBA fans, is an understatement.WEEK 1 MVPNobody has ever started an NBA season quite like Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.He put up 147 points, 43 rebounds and 21 assists during the Bucks’ 3-1 start, stats that the NBA said had never been reached in a player’s first four games. He scored at least 30 points in every game, including a career-high 44 against Portland.Antetokounmpo is also off to the best scoring start in Bucks history. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 146 in 1970-71, when he won his first of two straight MVP awards.Antetokounmpo might be on his way to one. The online sportsbook Bovada lowered his odds from 10 to 1 in the preseason to 5 to 2 Monday, listing the Greek player as its current MVP favorite.Other things to watch around the league:HOMECOMING WEEK: DeMarcus Cousins returns to Sacramento for the first time since his midseason trade to New Orleans last season when the Pelicans visit the Kings on Thursday. The next night, Paul Millsap is back in Atlanta for the first time since moving West to the Denver Nuggets over the summer.MOVING ON UP: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich needs four wins to pass Phil Jackson and move into sixth place of the NBA’s career list. Jackson had 1,155 victories in the regular season. Popovich has 1,152 entering the Spurs’ game in Miami on Wednesday.GEORGE’S GUESTS: Paul George will see his old Indiana mates Wednesday when the Pacers visit Oklahoma City for the first time since surprisingly trading their All-Star forward in the summer. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ BACKCOURT BATTLE: Two of the league’s best backcourts go head-to-head Friday when John Wall and Bradley Beal lead Washington into Oracle Arena to face Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia: 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists Monday in a 97-86 victory over Detroit. The rookie needed just four games for his first career triple-double.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday.Portis was suspended eight games. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more