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Are we about to have a speed drain?

first_imgWe used to love it when Jamaica-born sprinters won major international championships for their adopted home countries. Even though they retired long ago, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey are still heroes here, and that despite Johnson’s tainted past. Today, we take delight whenever Kingston native Sanya Richards-Ross wins big for the USA.Johnson, Christie and Bailey crossed the line first in consecutive Olympic 100 metres finals that were run before this current golden age of Jamaican sprinting. They were taken as a sign of our greatness. To be frank, I felt awkward celebrating those performances because they displaced Raymond Stewart and Michael Green. The former, lest we forget, was in the 1988 and 1992 finals where Johnson and Christie arrived first at the finish, and the latter was in Bailey’s magnificent world-record race at the 1996 Olympics.Recent news of the pending athletic migration of three Jamaicans to Bahrain revives those memories and writes a new script for the future. True to our ‘chicken merry, hawk deh near’ heritage, there’s a worry that Jamaican Bahranians will rise on our backs to the top of world sprinting.annoying possibilitiesSince Bailey’s wonderful win for Canada in 1996, Jamaica has truly taken over world sprinting. For those who curse the migrating trio as much as Jamaica did with cricketers who went on a rebel tour of South Africa decades ago, the possibilities are annoying.The worry foresees a speed drain similar to the brain drain occasioned by migration to the United Kingdom and the USA in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Funnily enough, athletes have been moving to the Gulf States from distance kings Kenya and Ethiopia for more than a decade. It was only a matter of time before sprinters would go too.Ironically, it’s 10 years since Brandon Simpson, an Olympic and World Championships 400-metre finalist, moved from Jamaica to Bahrain. Since then, hurdler Oniel Wright ran for Liberia, Merlene Ottey made a big move to Slovenia, and Jamaica’s 2003 Pan-Am high jump champion Germaine Mason won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in 2008.Those moves, and the 1988 departure by world-class 400-metre hurdler Sandra Farmer to the USA, have happened for different reasons. There is one common denominator. All went seeking opportunities not available here, just like those who left in the brain drain.In recent years, there has been much athletic migration from the USA to Nigeria and from diverse places to Great Britain. Jamaica has got in on the act with the recent arrival of national cham-pions Ahkeem Gauntlett and Aisha Praught. Athletes, like the rest of us, just keep on moving.Curiously, I haven’t ever heard of a Bahamian athlete making tracks to Bahrain. That might be because of the vibrant athlete support programme operated by our Caribbean colleagues. Given our economics, that might be a hard act to follow. It may well be the only way to go.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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Klopp’s Liverpool no different from mine, axed Rodgers tells talkSPORT

first_imgBrendan Rodgers claims Jurgen Klopp’s attacking approach at Liverpool is nothing new to what he was doing at Anfield.Klopp’s demand for a fast, high-intensity pressing game has been blamed for the Reds’ recent injury crisis.But Rodgers, who was axed to make way for the German in October, insists the Liverpool squad should be well used to playing in that manner.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Northern Irishman said: “In fairness to Jurgen, it is maybe something that has just happened.“I’m not there so I don’t see the training schedule or how they are working but all I can say is that when I was at Liverpool for the majority of time I was there we played a similar game. We were a team that pressed the ball and got after teams in that way.“All these guys can do it. The Jordan Hendersons, the Milners, the Coutinhos, they have been programmed to work that way.“Sometimes it is down to the number of games. He has probably just been unfortunate there and I’m sure the injuries will clear up.”LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH BRENDAN RODGERS ON TALKSPORT HERElast_img read more

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THUG BEATS PENSIONER, 83, DURING ROBBERY BUT ESCAPES WITH SUSPENDED SENTENCE

first_imgA MAN with a string of previous convictions, has been given a six month suspended sentence for assaulting an 83-year-old Fahan man. Alan Thompson, 30, of 533 Curragh, Killygordon, appeared before Buncrana District Court where he faced charges of assault causing harm against Michael Bradley at Lisfannon on April 9, 2015. He was also charged with attempting to rob Mr. Bradley, the unlawful taking of a car and intoxication at the same location on the same date.Thompson pleaded guilty to all of the charges before him in Buncrana Court last Thursday.The court heard that Mr. Bradley had been tending to his land at Lisfannon when Thompson and another man tried to steal his car from him.Inspector David Murphy said when Mr. Bradley refused to hand over his keys, the two men beat him up and stole the keys from him, however they were unable to get his car started.Insp. Murphy said the incident was witnessed by two local garage men and they gave chase to the two men, contacting Gardaí in the process. When the Gardaí arrived they found Thompson at the entrance to the Lisfannon Business Park.Insp. Murphy said Thompson was intoxicated and became aggressive and started shouting when he saw the Gardaí.The second man, involved in the incident, ‘made his escape’, according to Insp. Murphy, adding that Gardaí are still seeking him in relation to the matter.Under interview, Insp. Murphy said Thompson attributed his behaviour to his level of intoxication.“He admitted his behaviour was wrong and said he was sorry,” added Insp. Murphy.He said Thompson had a ‘considerable number of previous convictions’, adding that he has previously served prison sentences for dangerous driving and been banned from driving for twenty years.Insp. Murphy said Thompson also had a previous conviction from the Central Criminal Court for which he received a five-year jail sentence.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had difficulties in gaining employment due to his previous conviction, which he added he was ‘reminded about on a daily basis’ within his local area.He said Thompson wanted to improve his life and had recently taken up a hairdressing course in Strabane.Mr. Gallagher said his client had brought €400 to court and consented to the €500 cash bail being used for compensation for Mr. Bradley.After reading the probation and medical report, Judge Paul Kelly said Thompson admitted his ‘wrongdoing and was remorseful’ towards his victim.He said that Mr. Bradley submitted a ‘very brief’ victim impact statement.“He said he had a cut to his right eye and had a black eye. He said he had a stiff neck and had trouble sleeping for four weeks,” said Judge Kelly.“He [Mr. Bradley] is clearly a man who doesn’t want to make a song and dance about his injuries. This was obviously a very frightening appalling experience for this poor man,” added Judge KellyJudge Kelly gave Thompson a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for the section three assault charge. He ordered Thompson to keep the peace for the two year period and comply with the orders of the probation service.He took the remaining charges into consideration and ordered that €900 compensation be paid to the injured party, Mr. Bradley.THUG BEATS PENSIONER, 83, DURING ROBBERY BUT ESCAPES WITH SUSPENDED SENTENCE was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alan ThompsonbuncranadonegalJudge Paul KellyLisfannonthuglast_img read more

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Roma make classy gesture to aid recovery of injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News MONEY Roma have donated £133,000 to aid the recovery of injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox.Irishman Cox was attacked by Roma supporters before the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield in April and is still unable to talk as a result of his injuries. RANKED “Today’s announcement comes after club officials flew to Ireland on Friday to meet with Sean’s wife Martina and representatives helping to manage the family’s fundraising efforts.“Having offered an initial financial donation, Roma have also agreed to work with the Cox family on further fundraising initiatives that will help cover ongoing costs for Sean over a multi-year period.”Roma also tweeted an invitation for Giallorossi fans to contribute, while players wore ‘Forza Sean’ (Come on Sean) T-shirts in training.The main fundraising page for Cox, www.gofundme.com/SupportSeanCox, has so far raised over £308,000. Footballing figures including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Everton defender Seamus Coleman have already made donations on Cox’s family’s GoFundMe page, and Roma have now followed suit.A statement published on Thursday read: “Roma and club president Jim Pallotta have today announced that they will donate an initial sum of 150,000 euros to the family of Liverpool fan Sean Cox to help with his medical and rehabilitation costs.“Roma will donate 100,000 euros through its Roma Cares foundation, while Pallotta has decided to make a personal donation of 50,000 euros. 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED no dice BEST OF center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Roma have donated to Sean Cox’s GoFundMe page huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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Lancers postseason hopes sunk by Rams

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Rams jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter, extended it to 11-4 at halftime and poured in nine more in the second half to build a 10 point lead. Two quick goals by Jacob Schuster and James McLennan were the highlights of Lakewood’s third quarter. Scott Butler and Brian Mattingly topped the Rams with five goals apiece and Santiago Bryan-Zwick added three. Schuster led Lakewood with four goals and Josh Charitan had two. Millikan’s goalie Dylan Wood grabbed six saves, while Kyle Grieving of Lakewood snared 11. “We needed two win our games the last two weeks in league to get into the playoffs,” McWhorter said. “Unless we knock off Wilson, and I don’t think we have the man power to do, it doesn’t look like we will be in the playoffs this year.” Millikan (11-5, 2-0) will close out league play against Wilson. The Rams will have a hard time trying to upset the four-time CIF Southern Section Division I champs. The Lancers (12-6, 0-2) have already lost to the Jackrabbits, and still have a date against the Bruins. “It came down to us playing a perfect game, controlling the ball, and not allowing Millikan to counter-attack us and score goals,” McWhorter said. “Hats off to Millikan. They (the Rams) played great defense and made their shots. And we couldn’t answer.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Lakewood High boys water polo coach Sean McWhorter saw his team’s chance to secure a share of third place in Moore League snatched away by visiting Millikan Thursday afternoon. The Rams beat the Lancers in nearly every facet of the game to cruise to a 20-8 victory in front of a modest crowd of supporters and to set up a showdown against Poly on Thursday, a contest which will likely decide second place. last_img read more

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Battle of Isandlwana revisited

first_img19 January 2004Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and British Deputy High Commissioner Andy Sparkes will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the epic Battle of Isandlwana, one of the turning points of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.The commemoration, to be held on 24 January, will feature a re-enactment of two decisive phases of the battle, which was the greatest defeat ever inflicted on British forces during the Anglo-Zulu war.Barry Marshall, director of heritage KwaZulu-Natal, told BuaNews that several British regiments will also participate in the re-enactment of the great Zulu victory over the British.It was during this battle, on 22 January 1879, that over 1 300 British soldiers and 1 000 Zulus lost their lives.The following day, 25 January, a service of reconciliation will be held at Shiyane/Rorke’s Drift, where a small British garrison held off the Zulu army, earning the defenders a record 11 Victoria Crosses.The Anglican Bishop of Zululand, Reverend Anthony Mdletshe, will conduct the service in St Augustine’s Church. The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (Moths) will also parade at Rorke’s Drift.Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of Wales, will head a regional government delegation that will honour the role at Isandlwana of the Welsh 24th Regiment of Foot.In addition to the re-enactments, the commemoration will feature Mhibelo dancing (Sotho), Indlamu dancing (Zulu) and Amahubo – traditional Zulu songs.A large turnout of tourists and history enthusiasts is expected at the battlefield, which lies between Dundee and Babanango in northern KwaZulu-Natal.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Srinagar: Outrage over ‘assault’ on journalists

first_imgThe alleged thrashing of journalists by the police on Thursday invited sharp reaction from the fraternity in Srinagar, with journalists threatening to boycott all police functions in case no action is taken against the erring police officer.The Kashmir Press Photographers’ Association (KPPA), a body of photo-journalists, said the police swooped down on the journalists who had gone to cover the separatist leaders’ meeting at Srinagar’s Hyderpora on Thursday.5 journalists injuredThe association spokesman said senior photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa, Mubashir Khan of Greater Kashmir, Farooq Javed Khan of the European Photo Agency (EPA), Shauib Masoodi of The Indian Express and Umar Sheikh of Times Now were injured in the “attack.”‘Murder threat issued’“A police officer assaulted and caught hold of Mr. Mustafa’s throat and attempted to suffocate him. The officer abused the photojournalists and threatened Mustafa saying he was from Special Operations Group and would not hesitate in killing a photojournalist,” the spokesman alleged.The journalists later staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar and demanded action against the police officer.“If no action is taken, the entire journalist community will participate in a protest march against the police brutality on Saturday and stop covering all the events of the Jammu and Kashmir Police,” the spokesman added.Action condemnedMeanwhile, the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) strongly condemned the police action against newsmen.“The KEG has taken a strong exception to the misuse of power for muzzling the media. This has, unfortunately, been a routine than an exception,” a KEG spokesman said.“We demand intervention by the government at the highest level to ensure that the State’s principal arm does not exhibit an abnormal growth,” he added.last_img read more

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Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup: Gilas women’s stays unscathed after win over Taipei

first_imgLATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s squad remained perfect in the Qualifying Draw A after coming away with a 16-13 victory over Chinese Taipei in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Wednesday in Changsan in China.Jack Danielle Animam led the way for the Philippines with five points to take a its second win in the group.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos added four points apiece for Gilas while Clare Castro pitched in three.This win followed up Gilas’ record-setting 21-1 victory against Samoa which set the largest winning margin in tournament history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippines topped the group with a 2-0 record while Chinese Taipei and Samoa are at 1-1 with Vanuatu getting the lowest rank of 0-2.Yu-Chun Wei led Chinese Taipei with five points. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Figuring out how to beat Japanese ‘monster’ Naoya Inoue makes Nonito Donaire feel 21 again Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Cavani: Neymar will take PSG penalties

first_imgPSG Cavani: Neymar will take PSG’s penalties Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:22 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Edinson Cavani, Neymar, PSG Getty PSG Ligue 1 PSG v Nantes Nantes Neymar The two clashed over the taking of a spot-kick earlier this season but it appears that no such conflict will be needed again Neymar has been selected as PSG’s penalty taker, according to supposed rival Edinson Cavani.The pair were embroiled in an on-pitch argument over a spot-kick earlier this season during a 2-0 win over Lyon.Marseille 2/1 to beat Bordeaux Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Both players wanted to take the penalty, only for Cavani to win out and then spectacularly miss from 12 yards.Neymar Edinson Cavani PSG 2017However, it appears the issue has now been settled. Cavani told reporters, after being asked who will take the next spot-kick for the club: “Neymar”.He explained, too, that manager Unai Emery made the decision, despite Thiago Silva previously claiming that “we have decided that Neymar will shoot all the penalties”.Cavani scored twice as PSG beat Nantes 4-1 on Saturday to maintain their position as leaders of Ligue 1.last_img read more

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