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Lawrence credits hard work for improvements

first_imgJamaican fullback Kemar Lawrence believes hard work, humility, and his faith in God are responsible for his significant improvement over the past few months since he joined the New York Red Bulls in the USA’s Major League Soccer in March this year.The 22-year-old Lawrence, known affectionately as ‘Taxi’, who was also a standout while he played for Red Stripe Premier club Harbour View FC, was this week named to a CONCACAF Gold Cup XI for his outstanding play, which helped the national team become the first from the Caribbean to advance to the final of the competition.He was one of four Jamaicans named to the squad. It was only last month that Lawrence was named to a Copa AmÈrica XI following the team’s performance in the competition, losing 0-1 each to world number one Argentina and Uruguay and Paraguay.So what’s been the secret behind Taxi’s success?”It’s just me doing the things that I know how to do, being simple, listening to instructions, listening to my teammates, being more relaxed, being more composed on the ball, and taking the time out, even though I don’t have a lot of time, to do some extra work and taking the time out to pray and ask God to guide me through this new adventure,” he said.defensive maturityHis quality at left back has also helped Jamaica play some of its best football in recent times. He demonstrated exemplary defensive maturity and leadership when Jamaica won the CFU Caribbean Cup in 2014, and he continues to shine during national representation. He feels however, that it is more than his doing why Jamaica is improving on the field of play.He gives much of the credit to Head Coach Winnfried Sch‰fer.”Coach Sch‰fer gives us a lot of respect and he gives us the opportunities to go out there and do what we know how to do. He lets us be relaxed and be the team that we want to be. He doesn’t force anything on us,” Lawrence said.He also revealed that Sch‰fer does not impose his ideas on the players, opting instead to hear what their ideas are as it relates to how they play.”He doesn’t force anything on us,” Lawrence said. “If he has an idea, he brings it across to the captain or a couple other players and then he brings it across to the group, and I think that’s the difference with him. Instead of going out and doing what he feels like, he tries to get everybody together to find out if everyone understands and if everyone wants to go in that direction. He tries to get the group involved, and that is why he has been so exceptional.”last_img read more

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Bolt points to Rio with more gold in his hands

first_imgBEIJING (AP): Hard as this is to believe, there were questions about Usain Bolt when the World Championships first started. Was he healthy enough? Was he fit enough? Was he – gasp! – fast enough? Yes, yes, and a resounding yes. The Jamaican great left the Bird’s Nest with three more gold medals and ended any suspicions about his dominance. Just in time, too, with the Olympic track competition in Rio de Janeiro starting 49 weeks from now. Once again, the Americans struggled getting the baton around the track. The men’s 4x100m relay was disqualified for stepping outside its lane on an exchange between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. That marked the eighth time since 1995 the American men have either been disqualified or failed to finish at the Worlds or the Olympics. The women’s 4x400m squad wasn’t clean on an exchange between Allyson Felix and Francena McCorory, opening the door for a Jamaican win. The U.S. has gone to camps to fix these foibles. Bottom line: It may simply be between the ears. KENYA’S GOOD GIVE ‘EM A HAND Counting Bolt out Kenya finished with 16 medals – and not one in the men’s marathon. Javelin thrower Julius Yego won the first gold medal in a field event for a country renowned for distance running. All the doubts about Bolt – his fitness and whether Justin Gatlin might be primed to beat him – only provided more fuel. “People pretty much counted me out this season,” Bolt said. “They said, ‘He’s not going to make it. That’s it for him.’ I came out and proved you can never count Usain Bolt out. I’m a champion and I’ll show up when it matters.” As if there was ever a doubt. The only thing that tripped him up was a clumsy cameraman who ran into him from behind on a two-wheel motorised vehicle. He even bounced back from that, anchoring the 4x100m relay team to gold after winning the 100 and 200 on his own. One thing that became clear as the meet went on is that Bolt doesn’t just beat people by being faster, he gets in their heads, too. Gatlin lost the 100 on a last-second lean that many viewed as a pressure-induced mistake. The U.S. relay team missed the handoff – and Bolt said he pretty much expected that. “We just know the key thing is just to get the baton around. Doesn’t matter,” Bolt said. “Because the US knows we always have the best team, they tend to panic. Pressure gets to them sometimes.” Gatlin appears to be the only man with the speed to push Bolt. Beating him is another matter. “What will it take?” Gatlin said. “It will take staying in front. That’s what it’s going to take.” Good luck with that. Here are some other things we learned from the World Championships in Beijing:last_img read more

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Nicholson takes aim at Golden Boot – RSPL’s Young Player of the Season shooting for higher stakes this campaign

first_img More to do “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them,” is a quote attributed to basketball legend Michael Jordan and one which last season’s young Player of the Year seems to be guided by. Eighteen-year-old Shamar Nicholson, who scored seven goals in 20 games and was named the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Young Player of the Season, has set himself the lofty target of being the top scorer this season and reaching a mark of 20 goals. This despite the fact that he will enter the League at a later date than most of the others he will be competing against. “Last season was a great experience for me. It gave me the confidence that I can compete at this level and I am looking to doing even better this season by being the top scorer with at least 20 goals,” said the Boys’ Town youngster, who will not enter the league until the Manning Cup ends in early December. The confident youngster, who scored on his RSPL debut last season against Humble Lion in a win for his struggling club, is not just one with his head in the clouds. He recognises that he has a lot of work to do. “When I look at last year, I know I scored seven goals and scored against teams like Rivoli, Tivoli, Harbour View and Cavalier, but there is more I can do. I need to improve on my finishing, to be more calm in front of goal and I am working on it. I want to be more like my hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who always finds a way to score. It could be off his shin, his chest or whatever. It is not always fancy, but he scores. “I expect to show what I have learnt in the Manning Cup this season as I will now be playing for Charlie Smith, with Trench Town and Charlie Smith merging,” explained the six-footer. Nicholson sees himself as a future Reggae Boy and said that an impressive performance in the League could earn him a call up to at least a national age group team. “In January, I was a part of Jamaica’s Under-20 World Cup qualifying squad, but I only played one match as a substitute. The truth is that I was kind of nervous as it was my first time at that level. At 18, I am more mature and the next chance that comes I will be ready for it. I am hungrier now and I want more,” he declared.last_img read more

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Caribbean Equestrian Association Championship abandoned

first_imgAfter 18 years, the Caribbean Equestrian Association Championship has been abandoned. The shortage of horses was the main reason given for the cancellation, as horses were in short supply and were insufficient for the championship to go ahead.Since 1997, the championship gave young riders from the region the opportunity to compete against each other, and the scrapping of the tournament is seen as a major blow to the sport in the region and for the young aspiring riders.Jamaica’s coach, Susan ‘Betty’ Wates, in a television interview, explained that owners invest a lot of money and put a lot of commitment into their horses, and with the changes taking place economically, these owners are finding it increasingly difficult to lend their horses to a host of riders for this tournament each year.However, Barbados coach Di Clarke does not believe it is all bad for the young regional competitors.Clarke argued that competition in the region has evolved, and they will continue to have invitational tournaments in the various countries. However, because the Caribbean championship is a borrowed-horse competition, Clarke believes the young participants will perform better when they have their personal mounts at their disposal for these invitationals, adding that the invitationals will still help cultural exchanges to continue.Jamaica won the first of their seven Bernard Payen Memorial Shields in 1998. This was followed by victories in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014. Jamaica won their last championship with 12 faults, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago, who won the two previous tournaments, with 14.last_img read more

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Day aiming for Rio medal

first_imgWorld Championship relay gold medalist, Christine Day, revealed that she has ambitions of winning an individual medal at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, following what was merely a training run at the inaugural McKenley-Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Calabar High.Day, 29, whose best time ranked her sixth in the world in 2015, won the Olympic Development 800-metre run in 2:15.34 on Calabar’s brand-new synthetic track ahead of her sister, Jonique Day, and Tiffany James, respectively, before telling of her ambitions for later this year.”I really want to get an individual medal at the Olympics, but you have to make it to the trials, which is what I am working towards,” said Day, who finished fourth in the 400m in Beijing last August in a personal-best 50.14.So far, under new coach Bertland Cameron, Jamaica’s first-ever World Championships gold medalist, Day said training has been going well. “Training is going great, and I’m really looking forward to this season. I am working on weak areas, getting stronger in areas I used to struggle with. Once I stay healthy, greater things will come,” said Day, who ran a blistering lead-off leg for Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m team that upset the United States to win one of Jamaica’s seven gold medals in Beijing.As for the 800m run, Day explained the performance was more about training and supporting the inaugural meet named in honour of two of Jamaica’s greatest athletes, Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley.”It was just a part of our training. Coach just wanted to support the track meet, so he sent us out to run an 800m,” she said.last_img read more

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Caymanas tips

first_imgCAYMANAS TRACK LIMITED TIPSTERS’ COMPETITION Racedate : 31/01/2016CABLE SPORT NETWORK TRACK & POOLS RJR DAILY GLEANER—————- —————- —————- —————-1. BONGO KING DWAYNE STAR #DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STAR2. REGGAE GOLD SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. MIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STAR BOLD AVIATOR #MIRACLE STAR4. #FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR BIMINI5. #LEGAL ARENA #BRIDLED PRINCESS LAZZA LAZZA6. HEY CHAMP #MR. DOITBETTA WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORY7. HAWKEYE NUH VEX HAWKEYE HAWKEYE8. EDISON RED FLAG RED FLAG #EDISON9. CHEERS CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAMENEWS TALK 93 WESTERN MIRROR STAR KLAS—————- —————- —————- —————-1. BONGO KING BONGO KING ACTION MAN LEGAL ACCOUNT2. SUPERTRONICS #SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS #TWILIGHT CITIZEN3. #FLYING MIRACLE #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR MIRACLE STAR4. COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR #COMMANDING AVIATOR FIRE ALARM5. YOUR EXCELLENCE LAZZA LAZZA LAZZA6. PIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE GOLDEN GLORY MR. DOITBETTA7. #NUH VEX HAWKEYE NUH VEX #HAWKEYE8. EDISON EDISON RED FLAG EDISON9. CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME CHEERSCVM TV TVJ IRIE FM POWER 106—————- —————- —————- —————-1. LEGAL ACCOUNT DWAYNE STAR #PIZARRO LEGAL ACCOUNT2. SUPERTRONICS REGGAE GOLD SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. GOLDEN BULLET MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. FOREST FLAME BIMINI FOREST FLAME COMMANDING AVIATOR5. LEGAL ARENA LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE LAZZA6. PIANO MAN WILL IN CHARGE WILL IN CHARGE PIANO MAN7. NUH VEX #HAWKEYE HAWKEYE GOLD CHARM8. #RED FLAG EDISON EDISON EDISON9. #CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAME CHANGE HIM NAME #PRINCESS SHEMIKAJAMAICA OBSERVER SPORTS GLOBE—————- —————-1. DWAYNE STAR DWAYNE STAR2. SUPERTRONICS SUPERTRONICS3. MIRACLE STAR #MIRACLE STAR4. COMMANDING AVIATOR COMMANDING AVIATOR5. #LAZZA CAPTAIN GRANVILLE6. #HEY CHAMP WILL IN CHARGE7. NUH VEX RULES OF THE CAT8. FORCE DE JOUR EDISON9. CHANGE HIM NAME #CHANGE HIM NAMElast_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. KIRI OWhite 51.0 6/1*2. BALLON D’OR SEllis 55.0 Neck3. MIND SET OWalker 56.0 1/2L4. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 3LWIN: $370.00PLACE: $104.00, $58.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 27.0, 52.1, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 4yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESSTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $467.00 Ex: $1,312.00Trifecta: $731.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. LAZZA HPottinger4 53.02. OPTIMUS JInnis4 51.0 5-1/2L3. SLEW DI CLOCK LSteadman3 54.0 2-1/4L4. RED EAGLE RLunan 56.0 1-1/4LWIN: $283.00PLACE: $107.00, $160.00, $90.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.4, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – DAYTON FLYER – MISS POLLYTrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner : LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQu: $1,953.00 Ex: $5,294.00D/E: $2,687.00Superfecta: $13,382.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)&NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.02. SILVER CLOUD JErwin 53.5 6L3. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L4. DREAMCOMETRUE SMuir 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $137.00Final Time: 1:39.1 Splits : 23.4, 46.1, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – REGINA ROYALETrainer: HARRY PARSARD Owner: HARRY PARSARDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $196.00 Ex: $263.00D/E: $564.00Trifecta: $383.00Rolling Triple: $4,592.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 56.02. DOC HOLIDAY DaneNelson 53.0 1-1/4L3. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 5/1 Neck4. TOUCH DE ROAD RoshJohnson4 52.0 1-1/4LWIN: $279.00PLACE: $137.00, $107.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4Winner: 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – ONEMOREFASHIONTrainer: DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner: GERAINT PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $530.00 Ex: $1,263.00D/E: $1,649.00Superfecta: $5,681.00Rolling Triple: $7,332.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. BULLET RAJ JErwin 54.0*2. BIG DATA AChatrie 54.0 5L3. MISTER BONES RWilson 54.0 1-1/4L4. ZEPHYR KPowell 52.0 1-3/4L5. DYSFUNCTIONAL OWalker 56.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #12 GALAHANNWIN: $204.00PLACE: $68.00, $56.00, $56.00Final Time : 0:57.3 Splits : 22.3, 44.3Winner : 3yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DANCING GOLDTrainer : ROBERT PEARSON Owner: W. B. RACINGBred by WILBERT BAGWANDEENQu: $340.00 Ex: $518.00D/E: $4,668.00Trifecta: $349.00Hi-5: $4,257.00Rolling Triple: $7,985.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 6 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.I)1. SPORTING CLAY DaneNelson 54.02. MONEYNEVERSLEEP BebHarvey3 52.5 3L3. WAR CHIP WHenry 54.0 13/1 1/2L4. SERIOUS BUSINESS SMuir 55.0 2-1/2L5. POCKET MONEY AndrePowell4 50.5 1-1/4L*6. PRINCE OSHAUN RWilson 54.0 *8/5 1/2LLate scratch : #7 AWESOME MARQUE, #13ALDEBARANWIN: $141.00PLACE: $88.00, $220.00, $158.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 24.2, 49.1, 1:15.4,Winner: 5yo b gelding – URBAN KING – DANCIN ROSETrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN M TODDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,759.00 Ex: $3,050.00D/E: $1,101.00Trifecta: $11,197.00Hit-6: $39,039.00Rolling Triple: $15,133.00Super-6: $479,006.10Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)*1. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 54.02. HELLO LADY SEllis 54.0 5L3. BOLD SYMPHONY OEdwards3 51.0 3L4. SWEET DESTINY ABudhu 56.0 2-1/2LLate scratch : #5 MASTER ADAM, #9 PHOTOGENICWIN: $86.00PLACE: $57.00, $155.00, $104.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3Winner : 3yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS -NO MONEY NO HONEYTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TRUE FRIENDSBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $807.00 Ex: $1,194.00D/E: $229.00Superfecta: $9,112.00Rolling Triple: $2,212.0Race 8 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. SURE MAN DaneNelson 56.02. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 8L3. SEAL THE DEAL AChatrie 55.0 1L4. MIRACLE TRAIN OScott4 50.0 3/4L5. OMEGA AndrePowell4 51.5 1-1/4LLate scratch : #3 SIR ROLANDWIN: $119.00PLACE: $61.00, $77.00, $117.00Final Time : 1:31.2 Splits : 24.3, 49.2, 1:17.0,Winner : 5yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – LADY KUMARITrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: PATRICK HALLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $716.00D/E: $142.00Trifecta: $1,928.00Hi-5: $130,655.50Rolling Triple: $435.00Pick-4: $4,840.00LONG SHOT TROPHYRace 9 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE OCT.20&NB5YO&UP(MDN) (DIV.II)1. BURNING MEDIC OEdwards3 50.02. GO TO HELL CChow 54.0 3/4L3. ALEXANDER LSteadman3 54.0 Head4. CAUSE FOR CONCERN DDawkins4 51.0 2- 1/2L5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 57.0 NeckWIN: $194.00PLACE: $77.00, $118.00, $65.00Final Time : 1:24.2 Splits : 24.4, 50.1, 1:16.1,Winner: 8yo ch horse – BURNING MARQUE – WILD MEDICTrainer: PATRICK FONG Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $1,629.00 Ex: $3,877.00D/E: $619.00Trifecta: $2,896.00Hi-5 carry-over : $348,627.50Rolling Triple: $656.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. SOUTHERN CRUISE PFrancis 52.0*2. FUTURE KING OWalker 54.0 Sh.Head3. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 53.5 2-1/2L4. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 56.0 3/4L5. BLACK THORN DaneNelson 52.5 2-1/2LWIN: $220.00PLACE: $61.00, $56.00, $112.00Final Time: 1:40.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.0, 1:13.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $298.00 Ex: $871.00D/E: $1,077.00Trifecta: $978.00Hi-5: $27,239.50Rolling Triple: $5,442.00PlacePot 8: $6,165.00EILEEN CLIGGOTT MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 11 1300 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. POKER STAR OWalker 54.52. PHINEAS WHenry 53.0 1-3/4L3. CAMPESINO PFrancis 52.0 1- 1/2L4. UPPA TUNE SEllis 57.0 2-1/4LWIN: $90.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:18.4 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:11.4Winner : 4yo b colt – LIQUIDITY – BUYABOOKTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTAOwner: ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $459.00 Ex: $451.00D/E: $298.00Trifecta: $263.00Rolling Triple: $4,894.00Race 12 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins4 52.02. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.0 10L3. TEISHA’S DREAM AGray4 51.5 Sh.Head4. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 1L5. MEDICAL INSTINCT RNelson 53.0 3/4LLate scratch : #3 FREE AS A BIRD, #9 SMART TRAINWIN: $81.00PLACE: $119.00, $81.00, $177.00Final Time: 1:02.2 Splits: 23.4, 48.2Winner: 5yo colt – ADORE THE GOLD – UP FOR GOLDTrainer: PAUL SMITH Owner: DELETA BREWSTERBred by HOPETON DRECKETTEQu: $796.00 Ex: $2,077.00D/E: $806.00 (1-3) $106.00Trifecta: $4,906.00Hi-5 carry-over : $116,220.00Rolling Triple: $3,602.00Pick-4: $16,556.00Super-6: $17,051.00Pick-9: (8/9) $10,754.50 (7/9) $318.00Carry-over : $1, 414,054.90last_img read more

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Jaguars, Pride battle for title in nervy final round in WICB Regional Four-Day Championship

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Championship leaders Guyana Jaguars and challengers Barbados Pride both enter the nerve-jangling final round of the Regional four-day championship starting today, hoping to deny each other the prestigious Headley/Weekes Trophy.Jaguars, the title-holders who have led all season, are on 130 points, while the clinical Pride outfit are seven points behind in second. They are the only two teams in with a chance of clinching the championship.Were it not for their stumble in the penultimate round last week against minnows Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jaguars could have virtually wrapped up their title defence by now.However, they will now hope to get the better of a resurgent third-placed Jamaica Scorpions, who crushed Windward Islands Volcanoes last weekend, in order to stave off Pride.Captain Leon Johnson, the leading run-getter this season with 714 runs, believes Jaguars will be under pressure, but backed his side to prevail.”We are playing at home, we are defending champions and we have all to lose. There is a little bit of pressure, but we just need to put that behind us and play a good game of cricket,” Johnson said.Jaguars are unbeaten this season, winning seven of their nine games and drawing two. They reeled off five consecutive wins before the break for the Regional Super 50, but have won only two of their four games since the resumption.Fittingly, Jaguars host Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium and will hope hometown advantage pays dividends.Meanwhile, Pride will be focused on beating fifth-placed Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts and hope Jaguars stumble, in order to emerge champions.They take on a Hurricanes side which has been poor all season, but have lifted themselves in recent rounds and actually moved off the bottom of the standings for the first time last week.”The key for us will be to remain disciplined. We need to stick to our plans, build pressure around them and we will win it,” said Barbados captain Kraigg Brathwaite, whose 645 runs leaves him fourth on the run-getters list this season.”We must not become complacent. We need to give 110 per cent. These will be the keys for us going out there and trying to win this last game.”They have lost just once this season ironically to Jaguars but have been on a good run of recent.The other game of the final round will see Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who lie fourth, clashing with bottom-placed Volcanoes at the National Cricket Centre in Couva.last_img read more

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Hop on Hover Craft

first_img HAT-TRICK Down in class HOVER CRAFT, to be ridden by champion jockey Omar Walker for 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, is tipped to win the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance feature over 1700 metres at Caymanas Park today. HOVER CRAFT, who has won in grade one company and was second to FRANFIELD in the 2015 Superstakes is out for the first time since finishing 12 lengths ninth to stable-companion and back to back “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10. Indications are the 7-y-o gelding by He’stherealthing out of Royal Pizzaz would have finished closer had he not run wide into the straight and despite getting on in age, is still good enough to take out his 10 opponents. His final time of 1:39.0 in the Diamond Mile against the best horses in the country was pretty decent and having worked well in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in 1;14.2 (bullet work) last Saturday morning, his final rattle should do the trick. Although fancied to win on the basis of his back class, HOVER CRAFT can expect stiff competition from his improving stable-companion IAN LINKS, who bids for a hat-trick of wins, proven campaigner UNCLE TAF now fully focused for this race and TIMEFORARMS, who failed by a neck to beat ROYAL VIBES in the recent Allan “Billy” Williams Memorial Trophy over 1400 metres. The Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS came from a long way behind to make it close in that race and now back to good form and the longer distance even more to his liking, looks the principal danger to HOVER CRAFT. Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, LORD EQUUS, with three-time champion Dane Nelson up, seems cherry ripe for a win and is preferred to DYSFUNCTIONAL, BIRD CATCHER and recent winner MY COMPANION in the competitive looking fourth race over 1400 metres. The Patrick Fong-trained LORD EQUUS caught the eye when finishing a close third to LIKE A LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday and with this trip more to his liking, gets the nod over BIRD CATCHER and the DaCosta-trained DYSFUNCTIONAL (working well) in a field of nine. I also like SILENCE to win the second, CONCLUSION, having finished second in his last four races, to finally break the ice in the third for maiden four-year-olds and up; BUBBLING KITTEN in the fifth and TUXEDO in the seventh.last_img read more

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The NBA play-offs have arrived – 10 things to watch

first_img This postseason will mark the end of Paul Pierce’s career. He’s been used sparingly by the Los Angeles Clippers this season, getting into just 25 games. And he might not have much of an on-court role – if any – in the play-offs, though his leadership and play-off experience will surely be valued. Pierce has played in 163 play-off games, mostly with Boston, the franchise with whom he got his first and so far only ring in 2008. Good luck, Indiana. LeBron James not only never loses in a first-round series, but the man rarely loses first-round play-off games, period. He’s played in 51 first-round games. His teams went 2-2 in his first four, and are 42-5 since – including 17-0 since May 6, 2012. James hasn’t played in a Game 6 in a first-round series since 2008. James has been part of 131 wins so far in his play-off career, tied with San Antonio’s Tony Parker for the most among active players. More milestones await James in these play-offs, too. If Cleveland makes a deep run, he may take over the No. 1 spot on the all-time career playoff scoring list. He enters this postseason No. 4 at 5,572 points behind only No. 3 Kobe Bryant (5,640), No. 2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and No. 1 Michael Jordan (5,987). Another landmark for James comes today in Game 1 against Indiana, when he makes his 200th playoff appearance. NEW YORK (AP): With the NBA play-offs starting today, here’s 10 things to know before the second season begins: VEGAS SAYS … Sports fans will be sufficiently busy in Boston over the next few days. Bulls at Celtics on Sunday. Ottawa at Boston in the NHL playoffs on Monday. Bulls at Celtics on Tuesday. Senators at Bruins on Wednesday. Greg Monroe has played in 538 regular-season games. Markieff Morris, 448 regular-season games. Combined, they have zero play-off appearances. That will change this weekend. Monroe and Milwaukee will play Toronto, Morris and Washington will play Atlanta. No active player had more games without a playoff appearance than Monroe. Once he plays this weekend, the active leaders in most games but no playoffs become Omri Casspi (499 after this season) and DeMarcus Cousins (487). There will also be play-off debuts for two referees. Brent Barnaky and Matthew Boland are the newcomers in the pool of 37 refs selected to work first-round games. Boland has more than 800 regular-season games in 15 years on his resume, Barnaky more than 400 in parts of eight seasons. MVP CANDIDATES COLLIDE UPSET WATCH BUSY IN BOSTON FINALLY, THE POSTSEASON HELLO AGAIN San Antonio are in the postseason for the 20th consecutive year. That’s now tied for the third-longest such streak in NBA history. Philadelphia went 22 consecutive times from 1950 through 1971. Portland made 21 straight trips from 1983 through 2003, and Utah got 20 appearances in a row from 1984 through 2003. But that doesn’t tell anywhere near the whole story of the Spurs’ consistent excellence. The Spurs haven’t just had an NBA-record 20 straight winning seasons – they’ve won at least 60 per cent of their games in each of those seasons. That streak is eight seasons longer than any other NBA franchise ever posted, and also the longest in any North American major pro sport (the Montreal Canadiens and San Francisco 49ers had winning percentages of .600 or better in 16 consecutive seasons). The first game of the play-offs will look like the first game of the regular season for some clubs. Washington visited Atlanta in Game 1 for both teams back in October, and Atlanta will visit Washington for Game 1 of their play-off series on Sunday. And Dwyane Wade’s first game with the Chicago Bulls was against Boston, so it seems fitting that his first play-off game with his hometown team comes against the Celtics as well. LEBRON IN FIRST ROUNDS FAREWELL, THE TRUTH ELDER STATESMEN The oldest two playoff-bound players this season are Vince Carter and Manu Ginobili. Odds are, they’ll be on the court together in the Memphis-San Antonio series. The 40-year-old Carter is still a key part of what the Grizzlies do, and the 39-year-old Ginobili – possibly in his final season, though speculating about his retirement has sort of become an annual tradition in San Antonio – plays about 19 minutes per game off the Spurs’ bench. THE SPURS REMAIN FANTASTIC No. 1 seeds almost always beat No. 8 seeds in the opening round. Turner Sports analyst and longtime NBA star Reggie Miller seems to think there’s a chance that might not hold up this year. He indicated that he wouldn’t be shocked if Chicago gave Boston all they want in the first round. “If you’re Chicago, you think, hey, Dwyane Wade and (Rajon) Rondo have won championships, Jimmy Butler has gone deep in the play-offs before. We have play-off savvy and we know how to win,” Miller said. “I think this is a great matchup for Chicago.” Mr Westbrook meets Mr Harden. No, the Maurice Podoloff Trophy – otherwise known as the MVP trophy – won’t automatically go to the winner. But this will be the rage of the Oklahoma City-Houston first-round series, with presumptive MVP front runners Russell Westbrook and James Harden set to lead their teams into the postseason. Westbrook averaged a triple-double this season, 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists for the Thunder. Harden averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds for the Rockets. Including play-offs, Harden and Westbrook have faced off 16 times, each player walking away a winner in eight of those. Westbrook has posted five triple-doubles in those games, including two this season. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas are showing Golden State as huge favourites to win the NBA title – 1-2 odds as of Thursday, far ahead of 7-2 second choice Cleveland. San Antonio are the 9-1 third choice, and Boston are showing up in the sports books at 20-1 despite entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The long shot? Obviously, that would be Golden State’s first-round opponents, Portland – 300-1 right now to win it all.last_img read more

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