Police athletes dominant at 10th Jefford Track and Field Classic

first_imgATHLETES  attached to the Guyana Police Force Track Club dominated the 10th hosting of the Jefford Track and Field Classic in Linden on Sunday, winning most of the marquee events. The Jefford Classic, hosted at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground over the last decade, has blossomed to become the country’s premier grass track event.Cassie Small easing over the finish line to win the women’s 400M at the Jefford Track and Field Classic.Unlike the previous years when the lucrative cash prizes went to the clubs, the organisers for the 10th anniversary decided to ensure that the athletes are directly compensated.Cassie Small won the 100m (12.02s), 200m and 400m (one minute, 03.7s), while Natasha Alder also came up big, winning the women’s Shot Put (12.55m) as well as the women’s Discuss event (37.92m). In the Shot Put, Aneesa DeAbreu (12.20m) was second, while Saphina Vanderstoop (10.80m) came third. Vanderstoop (33.90m) was second to Alder in the discus event, while DeAbreu (32.43m) took the bronze.Meanwhile, Davin Fraser clocked 10.37s to win the men’s 100m ahead of Noelex Holder (10.62s) and Owen Adonis (10.8s).In the women’s 800m, Javina Sampson ran two minutes, 28 seconds to beat Kezra Murray (2:30.01) and Aliyah Moore (2:33.5). And in the 400m, Sampson (1:04.0s) was second to Small, while Moore (1:07.0s) was third. Winston Dummett won the men’s 400m, running 52.1s. Samuel Lynch (52.9s) and Daniel Melville (53.1s) were second and third respectively.: A section of the jubilant crowd that was on hand at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground to witness the 10th edition of the Jefford Track and Field Classic.The men’s 1500 metres saw Anfernee Headecker putting on a show when he ran four minutes, 23.6s to edge Linden’s and fellow Police Track Club athlete Winston Messenger (4:26.7s) and Royston Fordyce (4:27.4s).  Anthony Williams leaped a distance of 6.83m to win the male long jump ahead of Damon Williams (6.72m) and Tremaine Brown (6.63m).Tasnica Lovell (5.32m) defeated Shaundel Browne (4.88m) and Leoni Adams (4.69m) to win the female long jump event.All the athletes received their cash prizes at the presentation ceremony, along with their respective medals.The Guyana Police Force won both the male and female 4X100m and 4X400m relays.  Edison Jefford said he was pleased with the athletes’ performance at the event.last_img read more

UW takes conference break to play ND State

first_imgFollowing the Badgers’ first Big Ten loss of the season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team limped out of Columbus, Ohio, quite literally. Playing with only 11 dressed players against Ohio State, UW also watched sophomore Brian Butch go down with an ankle injury, leaving the team with only six regular contributors.Fortunately for Wisconsin, they now have an opportunity to lick their wounds as they prepare to play North Dakota State at home Saturday morning, in what will be the non-conference finale for the Badgers.The Badgers will play the softest remaining spot in their schedule over the next week, as they will follow up their game against the Bison with a home game against traditional conference bottom-feeder Penn State, though the Nittany Lions are certainly improved this season.Although his team is undermanned and ailing, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is preparing for the game as he would for any other and is not planning ahead to try and get some players more rest time than they might usually see.”You don’t ever go into a contest ever assuming or thinking that something is going to be the outcome,” an incredulous Ryan answered when asked if he saw the game as an opportunity to rest his starters. “You go into each and every game preparing the same way.”The Bison are 10-8 on the season and are currently in transition from Division II status into Division I, and are not affiliated with any conference. The independent school is also in a transition year on the court as the team lost all five starters from a year ago, and only returned three letterwinners.Despite the inexperience, the squad of first-year starters has performed admirably, with four of them averaging double-figures in points.”You can see through the scores, you can see what they’ve been doing, they have just been getting better through the year,” Ryan said of the quickly developing squad.The team’s leading scorer is redshirt freshman Ben Woodside, who is averaging 17.3 points per game. Woodside is also the team leader in assists, dishing out five a game.The game will be a homecoming for Memorial High graduate and Wisconsin’s 2004 “Mr. Basketball” Mike Nelson. The Madison native has been averaging 11.9 points and is shooting three-pointers at a 48 percent clip (28-58).”[Nelson] was a good player coming out of high school. He gets into a system and gets a chance to develop in it and it just makes him even better,” Ryan said.Nelson won’t be the only familiar face to visit the Kohl Center this weekend. One of the assistant coaches for the Bison is Saul Phillips, who is a disciple of Ryan. Phillips was the Badgers’ director of basketball operations for three seasons and also was coached by Ryan at UW-Platteville.”Saul wasn’t going to be part of a program that wasn’t going to be solid, so he was pretty excited [at the opportunity],” Ryan said of Phillips.Freshman forward and South Dakota native Joe Krabbenhoft will also get the chance to revisit some past acquaintances.”I know some of the coaching staff up there,” said Krabbenhaft, who once lived in Fargo, North Dakota. “I’m familiar with them personally.” “We know they are a good team,” Krabbenhoft continued. “They do things the right way.”Regardless of any personal ties between the players and coaches, one prevailing theme rang through the team’s comments. North Dakota State would not at all be taken lightly.”It doesn’t matter what it says on the jersey,” Ryan said. “We prepare for every game the same. Ohio State, North Dakota State, Michigan State or whoever. We are going to prepare for them and we’re going to prepare to play well.”last_img read more

Women of Troy split roadtrip games

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team traveled up to Northern California, hoping to continue a modest two-game winning streak after a pair of home wins last weekend against Colorado and Utah. The winning streak didn’t last long, as the Women of Troy suffered a 79-60 defeat at the hands of No. 19 Stanford in Palo Alto, but bounced back to upset California 65-54 in Berkeley.Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama led the Women of Troy (14-11, 6-8 Pac-12) with a combined 31 points over the weekend, along with 12 rebounds. Senior forward Kaneisha Horn added 27 points and a team-leading 18 rebounds.Vaioletama led the Women of Troy with 14 points against the Cardinal, along with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Courtney Jaco scored 11 points, while Horn and junior guard Brianna Barrett added 10 points each. Horn grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, while Barrett added four assists and four rebounds.Lili Thompson led Stanford (19-7, 11-3 Pac-12) with 14 points and four assists. Amber Orrange and Briana Roberson added 13 points each, while Bonnie Samuelson finished with 12 points and six rebounds.The game started out with promise, as the two teams alternated leads throughout the first few minutes of the game. USC led            16-14 after a layup by Vaioletama with 13:18 left in the half. However, a 15-4 run by the Cardinal gave them the lead for good, and they’d continue to build their advantage en route to a 38-27 halftime lead.The Women of Troy wouldn’t give up, however, and started the second half with a 10-4 run to cut Stanford’s lead to 5. That’s as close as USC would get, as Stanford would keep building its lead, ending USC’s two-game winning streak, as well as the Cardinal’s two-game losing streak.“Our game plan was to come out with a lot of intensity and just push in transition,” Horn said. “When we were doing that, we were playing great basketball. I think we got away from that, and after we stopped protecting, it went downhill from there.”Stanford shot 55 percent from the field, compared to 38 percent for USC. The Women of Troy did win the rebounding battle again, grabbing 38 boards to Stanford’s 34.“We started off really strong,” head coach Cynthia                                      Cooper-Dyke said. “I just don’t think we maintained that level of intensity, and when you’re playing against a team like Stanford, you cannot have a letdown defensively.”USC would have to bounce back quickly, as it only had a day to prepare for a California team that was riding an eight-game winning streak after a 70-64 win over UCLA. They did just that, riding a strong second half. Vaioletama and Horn each finished with 17 points and seven rebounds against the Golden Bears. Sophomore guard Alexis Lloyd added 14 points off the bench.Reshanda Grey, Cal’s leading scorer with 18.1 points per game, led the Golden Bears (19-6, 11-3 Pac-12) with 32 points and 10 rebounds, but was unable to overcome a lack of offensive production from the rest of the squad. Grey was the only   double-digit scorer on her team, and Cal got no points off its bench, compared to USC’s 16.The first half was a promising sign for the Women of Troy, who kept it close throughout, even holding a 20-19 lead with 6:30 remaining. The Golden Bears would get hot down the stretch, entering the locker room with a 34-25 lead, with things looking like deja vu for USC.USC wasn’t about to let history repeat itself in Berkeley. After a layup by Grey gave the Bears a 39-27 lead, Vaioletama and Horn scored 11 unanswered for USC to put them back in the game. After a                  back-and-forth stretch, USC took a 49-48 lead with 8:17 remaining on a layup by Jaco, and held California at bay for a big road win“We’ve been waiting for Kaneisha to really showcase her complete game all year long, and I thought she did that tonight with her mid-range game,” Cooper-Dyke said. “She really knocked down some jumpers, and her ability to take it to the basket off the bounce. She utilized both of those [Sunday] to really keep the Cal defenders off-balance. When they played her outside shot, she went around them. When they played her penetration, she knocked down the outside shot. She did some good things, and kept us in the game when we were struggling scoring, and then helped seal the deal in the second half.”Both teams grabbed 34 rebounds, while USC shot 43 percent to Cal’s 40. USC had big advantages from behind the arc and in the turnover battle, shooting 30 percent from downtown to Cal’s 9, while committing 15 turnovers to Cal’s 20.“This is honestly just the beginning,” Lloyd said. “We have to take every game one step at a time. We can’t rush things, we can’t determine that we’re always going to win game after game. We just have to take one game at a time and practice on executing and playing 100 percent every time we step on the court.”USC will play its final two home games next weekend, taking on Arizona (9-16, 2-12 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and No. 12 Arizona State (22-4, 11-3 Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. The Trojans will conclude the regular season with road games against Washington   (19-7, 8-6 Pac-12) on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. and Washington State (14-11, 5-9 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The final three games will be available on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Tipp lose out to Clare

first_imgLast year’s Waterford Crystal Cup champions Tipperary have been knocked out of this year’s competition. Brendan Maher had a last minute chance to level the game with Clare but couldn’t convert it. The full time score was Clare 16 Tipperary 15. Clare now go on to play Cork in the semi-final of the competition.last_img

Premier face Cats in All-Ireland championship

first_imgThe Premier County – who’ve won one and lost one so far in Group 2 –  take on Kilkenny at Semple Stadium.Earlier this year the counties met in the National League Semi-Final with the Cats coming out on top after extra-time.Tipp manager Brian Boyle doesn’t believe that encounter will be an accurate guide to what will happen this afternoon. Throw-in is at 2.30 – we’ll have regular updates from Thurles.Tipp’s Intermediate camogie side are also in All-Ireland action against Kilkenny.The match in Danesfort begins at 2.30 as well.last_img

Khazri Cleared to Compete at AFCON

first_imgKhazri is one of Tunisia’s best hopes for the tournament despite a lack of game time for his Premier League club over the last few months.Tunisia face Senegal, Algeria and Zimbabwe in Group B at the Nations Cup. They face Senegal in their opening game on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri will be fit to play at the Africa Cup of Nations despite suffering an ankle injury in a friendly international on Sunday, the Tunisian Football Federation said on Tuesday.The 25-year-old Sunderland winger was carried off on a stretcher in Cairo on Sunday when his team lost to Egypt in a warm-up match before the weekend start of the tournament in Gabon, raising an alarm about his availability.“It’s not a serious injury. It’s a benign ankle sprain, he will be able to play in Gabon,” the federation said in a statement on its website.last_img read more

Angels try to improve their performance against lefties … by moving a sign

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The ad had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight since 2012, moving to its furthest left position, closest to straightaway center, in 2015.When the Angels returned home for this homestand on Tuesday, the sign – for the Pechanga Casino – had been moved to the right, clearing the fence in center field.Eppler said he’s not sure moving the sign will make a difference, and he’d never heard a player complain about the placement, but the numbers suggested enough evidence to move it anyway.“There was no downside in moving the sign,” he said. “We’ll see if there’s any upside or if this was just statistical randomness.”Right-handed hitters Trout, Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and former Angels Ian Kinsler and C.J. Cron were all asked within the past month about any visual issues that might have affected performance against lefties in Anaheim, and none said they had any problems. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Eppler presented the issue to club president John Carpino, who said they could move the sign during the team’s most recent trip. When the Angels returned home on Tuesday, the sign was shifted the farthest to the right it’s been since 2012.Trout, who debuted as a full-time player in 2012, has a reverse split at home throughout his career, but particularly since 2015. Over 2,254 at-bats since then, Trout has hit 48 points better against righties at Angel Stadium, but 17 points better against lefties on the road.Over that same span, Pujols has a 52-point reverse split at home, but a six-point positive split on the road, covering 2,485 at-bats.Cron is an interesting example because he played three years with the Angels and two seasons with other teams in that span. Over that entire period, he has a 79-point reverse split at Angel Stadium, but a 59-point positive split in all other parks. That includes 568 at-bats at Angel Stadium and 1,317 in other parks.Now with the Minnesota Twins, Cron was asked last month if something in the background could have affected his trouble against lefties in Anaheim: “I don’t think so. If there is, I never heard a complaint about it.” The numbers, though, say something unusual was happening.Since 2015, the issue with left-handed pitchers has been more pronounced among the Angels’ right-handed hitters, and more so at home. And it’s not just the Angels, but the visitors, too.Across the majors, right-handed hitters have hit .258 against left-handed pitchers and .250 against righties since 2015. That’s the expected platoon advantage.However, during that same time at Angel Stadium, it has been the opposite. Right-handed hitters in Anaheim – the Angels and their opponents – have shown an 18-point reverse split, hitting .235 against lefties and .253 against righties.From 2010-14, right-handed hitters had the normal split at Angel Stadium, hitting .249 against righties and .261 against lefties.The Angels’ analytics department had been working at this for months. Once they began filtering the results, a pattern emerged, Eppler said.“We started to notice a signal with the left-handers, more than just randomness, there was some kind of signal that kept showing up on left-handers that had certain release heights,” Eppler said. “We researched those heights and we came down (to the field) and got the optics on it. We thought there might be a contributing factor with one of the signs.”Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Never underestimate the power of advertising.The Angels suspect that an ad, of all things, might have contributed to their mysterious trouble hitting left-handed pitchers over the past several years.The Angels have the worst batting average in the majors against lefties since 2015, which has been a well-chronicled head-scratcher. Throughout that time, the Angels’ best hitters, including Mike Trout, have been right-handed.Months of study by the team’s analytics department concluded that a part of the problem might have been an ad on the center field fence, General Manager Billy Eppler said this week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer making gift to Harvard University

first_imgBallmer said in a statement that computer science, or CS, “is the operating system for innovation at Harvard.”“Whether it’s biology, history, public policy or medicine, the ability to help people get more done through CS is an area where Harvard has the resources and the perspective across those disciplines to be a leader,” he said.Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard College in 1977, and joined classmate Bill Gates at Microsoft in its early years. He led the company from 2000 to 2014, and now owns the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. >> Harvard University has announced that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a Harvard graduate, is supporting a major initiative to significantly expand its computer science studies.Ballmer is joining Harvard President Drew Faust and Cherry Murray, dean of its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at noon on Thursday to discuss further details of the initiative.“We’re so grateful for Steve’s game-changing support and welcome this opportunity for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to take full advantage of the entire University’s distributed strengths,” Faust said in statement.The SEAS, the newest of Harvard’s 12 degree-granting schools, expanded from division status in 2007. The university said Ballmer’s support will allow it to increase computer science faculty by 50 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Louise Harrison: Keeping the Music Alive

first_imgLouise Harrison, older sister of the late Beatle George Harrison, is working to Help Keep Music Alive—the music her brother spent his life creating.Today, Harrison’s music is being learned and performed by young, aspiring musicians in schools all across the country.Harrison was in New York City this week to promote a recently released CD of music the Beatles recorded 50 years ago when they made their first studio recordings in Hamburg, Germany.And while she is on the media circuit, Harrison is taking the opportunity to raise awareness about her latest effort to promote music education through her organization, Help Keep Music Alive.The nonprofit organization raises money for school music programs via performances by a Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, which travels to high schools and colleges.Help Keep Music Alive, were George’s words, his sister noted, and this work will be “carrying on in the spirit of what he wanted.”Harrison, who was speaking from New York by telephone on Tuesday (the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death from cancer), said this program grew out of a public service announcement George did in conjunction with the 1995 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, about a dedicated high school music teacher, in which George stressed the importance of education and encouraged young people to take their musical aspirations seriously.The program, still in its very early stages, would like to partner with schools that have performance spaces capable of holding 800 or more, arranging a Liverpool Legends appearance at the school with band members portraying the Fab Four during various stages of their career. The Liverpool Legends will incorporate some of the school’s students into their show, giving the young artists a showcase, and the proceeds from the performances, with the exception of expenses, would go to the educational institution.The band has performed for schools four times so far, with two taking place in Chicago last weekend. And at one of the shows, Harrison said, a 16-year-old musician approached the “George” character afterwards saying, “This is an evening that I will be able to tell my grandchildren.”“It was really, really gratifying,” to hear that, she said.And who knows what that student may achieve one day, she observed.Louise has lived in the U.S. since around 1963, but still possesses that distinctive Liverpool lilt, that, for those of a certain generation, immediately conjures up images of John, Paul George and Ringo in the skinny suits and mop-top haircuts of the early ‘60s. Louise told of her brother’s beginnings in music. When George was about 14 he saw an early performance of Elvis Presley on TV, “with the girls screaming and everything,” and it struck him, Louise said. A few nights later George approached his mother and asked, “Hey, Mum, do you think you could buy me a guitar? I think that is the kind of job I could do.”“A typical 14-year-old boy’s idea, let me do something that would make all the girls scream,” Louise said. With the guitar, he continued to hone his playing his entire life and career. “All the time, his whole life, he was saying, ‘I hope one day I could be good at this,’” she recalled.That early innocence and vitality and raw energy is on this CD, “The Beatles with Tony Sheridan: First Recordings 50th Anniversary Edition, Louise explained. And that is reflected on the CD’s cover with the four band members (with Peter Best, in the days before Ringo joined as drummer), clad as American rockers in Brylcreem-ed hair, leather jackets, white tee shirts and leather jackets, expressing their joy in early American rock and roll.“You get a sense they were starting to get to be pretty proficient musicians,” when you listen to this recording, she said.And from there they grew and matured as artists, spreading a musical message that still resonates today, 40 years after the breakup of the band.“Their message was just so positive,” Louise said, “to encourage people to be loving and caring about each other, to care about the home you live in, the planet that we live on,” she explained, “and to try to live together in peace and harmony.”“All these things, they’re messages that have been given to humanity throughout the ages,” Harrison noted.All you need is love.last_img read more

Williamson’s header nets sweet victory for Clarendon

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Seventeen combined chances fell for champions Clarendon College and Manchester High in the feature ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Inter-Zone football match at Middlesex International College in May Pen. In the end, it took just one to settle the hottest match of the Inter-zone round.That honour fell to Tremaine Williamson, whose 60th minute thunderbolt header was enough to seal victory for Clarendon College and hand Manchester High their first loss of the 2015-16 season.Ewarton High tagged Denbigh High 2-1 in the opening match to share the lead in Zone Seven with Vere Technical, who defeated Paul Bogle High 2-1.Billed as a blockbuster, the Zone Four game in May Pen surely lived up to expectations, with end-to-end action, particularly in the first-half, with both teams looking potent in attack.Seigle Knight, the Clarendon College attacking midfielder, was particularly bent on getting in a shot at goal as often as he could and should have hit the target on at least two occasions.Duhaney Williams, the danger man for Manchester High, should have given his team the lead in the 29th minute, after he was gifted the ball through an erroneous defensive pass. However, the in-form striker dragged his effort wide, with Eric Edwards in the Clarendon goal at his mercy.Manchester High again came close to scoring in the 40th minute, but this time Romaine Walsh took one too many touches and had his chance snuffed out by the Clarendon defender.The win was vital for Clarendon’s confidence, as noted by their coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis. He told The Gleaner he drilled his players on the importance of winning their first game in the Inter-Zone round.”It feels good to win as both schools came to score goals. But we knew it would come down to a single goal because we both have good, sound defence lines,” Davis said.Munro College, meanwhile, just keep getting better and join Clarendon on points as leaders of the zone, edging Spalding High 3-2 in their game.Former champions St James High took control of Zone One with a 2-1 win over Spot Valley High, while the game between The Manning’s School and Frome Technical ended in a 1-1 stalemate at Frome Sports Complex.Yesterday’s ResultsPaul Bogle 1 Vere Technical 2Dinthill 1 Port Antonio 2Petersfield 1 Rusea’s 1Clarendon College 1 Manchester 0Fair Prospect 0 Lacovia High 3Glenmuir 5 Bog Walk 1Munro College 3 Spalding 2Alston 0 STETHS 1Islington 1 Browns Town 2Spot Valley 1 St James High 1Manning’s 1 Frome Tech 1Seaforth 0 Kemps Hill 0Denbigh 1 Ewarton 2Lennon 2 Decarteret 0Annotto Bay 0 Marcus Garvey 1Cornwall College 1 Herbert Morrison 0last_img read more