WITH Jamaica collecting just one medal so far at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto – a silver from swimmer Alia Atkinson – things are expected to get better when competition in track and field will get under way this morning at the CIBC Athletics Stadium starting at 9:05 (all time listed are Jamaican).Some 42 athletes, 22 males and 20 females, will be hoping to bring more glory to the country and improve on the five-medal haul of four years ago at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.Originally, 47 athletes were selected to represent the country, but the Jamaica Olympic Association was forced to reduce the numbers by five due to the new qualification standard for the meet, as some of these who were originally selected did not meet the qualifying standards.Thirteen athletes are due for action on today’s opening day, where nine finals are slated to take place. Schillonie Calvert and Sherone Simpson will be the first two Jamaicans to take the track in the first round of the women’s 100 metres at 9:30 a.m.Sheldon Mitchell and Jason Livermore will be in action in the first round of the men’s 100m 40 minutes later.looking for first medalThree other Jamaicans are down to compete in the morning session. National long-jump champion Demar Forbes will be in action at 10:45 a.m. before Samantha Elliot and Ristananna Tracy compete in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles at 11:05 a.mTriple jumper Shanieke Thomas will be hoping to give Jamaica a first medal in track and field when she competes in the afternoon session in the women’s triple jump final at 5:05 p.m. Five minutes later, another Jamaican will be in a field event final, as Raymond Brown will compete in the men’s shot put, while Daina Levy will compete in the women’s hammer throw final at 6:35 p.m.Kimmara McDonald in the 800m and sprint hurdlers Monique Morgan and Kimberly Laing will close out competition for Jamaica on the opening day. McDonald will run in the preliminary round of the women’s 800 metres at 5:55 p.m., while both Morgan and Laing will compete in the heats of the 100 metres hurdles at 5:15 p.m., where they will be hoping to advance to the final, which is slated for 7:50 p.m.Schedule for Jamaicans9:30 a.m: Women’s 100m heats10:10 a.m: Men’s 100m heats10:45 a.m: Men’s long jump preliminary11:05 a.m: Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals5:05 p.m: Women’s triple jump semi-finals5:10 p.m: Men’ shot put final5:15 p.m: Women’s 100m hurdles semi-final5:45 p.m: Women’s 800m semi-final7:50 p.m: Women’s 100m hurdles final
MANCHESTER, England (AP): There have been considerable knock-on effects for Leicester following the team’s giddy rise to the top of the English Premier League. A ramping-up of global interest and adulation? Definitely. Qualification to the Champions League for the first time? Almost certainly, especially if the surprise leaders beat Southampton at home on Sunday. Then there’s growing international recognition for their star players. On Tuesday, England started with two Leicester players in this case, Jamie Vardy and debutant Danny Drinkwater for the first time in 42 years in the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. And on the same night, N’Golo Kante, Leicester’s enforcer in central midfield, made his full debut for France on his 25th birthday and marked it by scoring one of the goals in a 4-2 win over Russia. “Things are going fast,” said Kante, who was playing for Caen in France’s second tier only three years ago. “I wouldn’t have said it was possible four or five years ago,” said Vardy, a goalscorer against the Dutch and a striker who once worked in a carbon-fibre factory. Leicester’s fans will be saying the same kind of things. After narrowly escaping relegation last season because of an incredible run of results in the final nine games, Leicester are mounting the most unlikely of title challenges and are five points clear of second-place Tottenham with seven games left. The club has never won a top-flight English league title. Training would have been unusually quiet for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri over the recent international break, given the increased number of national-team call-ups. Ranieri, therefore, must reignite the team’s momentum from before the two-week hiatus ahead of the biggest six weeks in the club’s 132-year history. Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for Leicester, with the visitors from the south coast having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places. But Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning its last three matches 1-0. “They’ve been the best team this season, without question,” Alex Ferguson, a managerial great in English soccer, has told Sky Sports, “and they deserve to win it.” Tottenham would pile the pressure on Leicester by beating Liverpool tomorrow, a day before Leicester play. Last-place Aston Villa are heading into their home match against Chelsea without a manager following the departure of Remi Garde on Tuesday. With seven games left, Villa are 12 points from safety and has only won three league games all season. MAN CITY’S REINFORCEMENTS MANAGERLESS VILLA In danger of dropping out of the top four, out-of-form Manchester City have been handed a much-needed boost on the injury front. Three midfielders Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph were back in training this week after long injury layoffs and could be in line to play against Bournemouth tomorrow. De Bruyne’s return after two months out with damaged ankle and knee ligaments is especially important for City, who have not scored in their last three matches and have been short of creativity. City broke their transfer record last August to sign De Bruyne for more than US$77 million. City are in fourth place the final Champions League qualification position and only one point ahead of West Ham and Manchester United. West Ham host Crystal Palace tomorrow and Manchester United are at home to Everton on Sunday.
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Guyana’s national men’s rugby team, commonly called the “Green Machine”, produced a sterling performance on Saturday at the National Park Rugby Field to topple Barbados 48-17 in their first game of the Southern Zone of Rugby America’s North (RAN) 15s campaign, but the focus has shifted to improvement for the remaining matches ahead.Though the team seemed well-oiled on the day, coach Larry Adonis explained that improving the fitness level is vital for the team going forward.Larry Adonis“The fitness stood-up; I looked at the recovery rate and it was okay; it was about 85% and coming next month it has to be a full 100% firing and really ready to go,” he said.In the weeks leading up to match, many of the players found difficulty in attending training sessions due to work commitments and this could be a correlation to the fitness concern, but the coach is hopeful that the situation would change to allow the team to jell better.With respect to the performance against Barbados, Adonis highlighted that “it was a good game, Barbados put up a good fight at the start; we started to break them down and started to run up the score.”According to the coach, there are technical areas that need to improve to better the performance of the squad.“We still got some areas that we got to work on, especially in the line-outs and the malls, we [are] still a little weak there because they scored most of their tries in those areas, but otherwise the guys put up a good performance and we really pleased with this outcome,” the ruggers coach said.Their next opponent is Jamaica, who was easily defeated by Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday in the twin-island republic, but Adonis explained that the team needs to be cautious of the Jamaicans.“Watching at Barbados, they always come technically sound and we were able to do a lot of the stuff against them, the stuff that we practiced, but coming up against Jamaica it will be a different kettle of fish because it is years now we didn’t face Jamaica so that will be a different ball game, so we still got to prepare and try to get ourselves organised and ready for them,” Adonis explained.With quality players like Claudius Butts and Theodore Henry missing, the coach was asked if an inclusion of other players would be done for the upcoming matches.“Not much changes; people like Claudius Butts might be coming in, but we going mostly with the same squad; you don’t change your winning solution,” he posited.The national ruggers next encounters are against Jamaica on May 21, then Trinidad on June 19.
Guyanese youth on Friday joined their peers in other parts of the world in observing International Youth Day under the theme: “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.Following a march from the Ministry of Education, Brickdam, a youth village was held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) where hundreds of youths gathered. Present at the event were Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry, Permanent Secretary to the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport Alfred King, Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael, and Director of Sport Christopher Jones.Minister Henry in brief remarks said that International Youth Day focuses on the rights of young people to have full access to education, adequate health care, employment opportunities, and financial services.The minister told youths that a draft National Youth Development Policy that entails a strategic blueprint to see youth development in Guyana was recently laid in the National Assembly.According to Minister Henry, the policy has “a number of training programmes aimed at empowering our youth economically, politically and socially, have already been conducted in various parts of the country and attended by youths from almost every region.”The minister explained that when young people are empowered, they will be able to play a meaningful role in building strong and inclusive communities. However, it was pointed out that youth of today face more serious problems than those of previous generations.Youth Director Carmichael urged those gathered to continue to strive for greatness.Speaking also was United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Marianne Flach who said that young people are not only the future, but also the shapers of the present.Flach explained thus: “Youths must be embraced because there can be no true sustainable development if you keep them on the sidelines. Their initiatives should be supported and they should be given the opportunity to grow and shape their future.”The youth village featured a number of interactive booths aimed at developing youths’ knowledge, while addressing their needs and issues affecting them.They were also given the opportunity to be guided on a career path, as a number of government, business and non-governmental organisations were present.The youth were also afforded the platform to display their talents in dancing, singing, drama and poetry at the Youth Concert which was held on the tarmac at the NCC.
0Shares0000Players and coaches of German first division Bundesliga club Bayern Munich pose for a team photo, on August 8, 2017 © AFP/File / Guenter SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Aug 16 – Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday with the coaches of 13 of their 17 rivals expecting them to dominate again — although Usain Bolt’s recent shock defeat is being used as inspiration.Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena in the season opener, with the Bavarians the overwhelming favourites to win the title. In a survey by AFP subsidiary SID of the 18 coaches in Germany’s top flight, the overwhelming consensus is that Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern will claim a sixth straight league crown.“I’m tipping Bayern, but nothing is set in stone,” said Cologne’s coach Peter Stoeger.“If Usain Bolt can lose a 100 metres race, perhaps someone else can be champions in Germany.”Bayern Munich goalkeepers (from L) Sven Ulreich, Manuel Neuer and Christian Fruchtl pose with the German league trophy, on August 8, 2017 © AFP/File / Guenter SCHIFFMANNJamaica’s Bolt could only settle for bronze over 100m behind Justin Gatlin at the IAAF World Championships in his final individual race before retiring in London.In the last decade, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title seven times — five of which have been on the spin since 2012.They finished 15 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig last term.“Our required standard is to win the Bundesliga title,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeness bluntly.According to the SID survey, only Borussia Dortmund’s new boss Peter Bosz, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Stuttgart’s Hannes Wolf opted not to say which name they think will be engraved on the trophy for 2017/18.Leverkusen’s Heiko Herrlich was the only coach who tipped Dortmund, the last team to break Bayern’s stranglehold in 2011/12, to be champions.Bayern Munich’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELBut his was a lone voice.Bayern have strengthened their squad by signing midfielders Corentin Tolisso from Lyon and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.However, Bayern will be without the steadying influence of ex-captain Philipp Lahm and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, who both retired in May.“If everything goes normally, FC Bayern will be the champions again,” said Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.“We want to surprise again, even if this season will be a lot harder.”Bayern boss Ancelotti sees Dortmund, who are battling to keep hold of wantaway teenage winger Ousmane Dembele, as their main rivals.“Of course, we want to be champions again and I think we can do it,” said the Italian.“From everyone else, Borussia Dortmund will be our challengers.”Ancelotti expects Leipzig to struggle to come to terms with their first season in the Champions League group stages.Bayern Munich’s new signings, Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez (L) and French midfielder Corentin Tolisso, attend a training session in Munich, southern Germany, on July 13, 2017 © AFP/File / Christof STACHE“We’ll have to see how Leipzig fare, they have a stressful season ahead of them with the new experience of the Champions League,” added Ancelotti.Ex-Germany international and Bayern captain Stefan Effenberg expects a two-horse race in Germany with Dortmund challenging for the title.“I think Borussia Dortmund are in a position to annoy Bayern Munich this year,” the 49-year-old told SID.“Of course, for that to happen, things will have to go well.“I don’t see three or four teams challenging, but everyone will be closer together.”Effenberg thinks Leverkusen are fortunate to play Bayern first.“This is an advantage for Leverkusen, because when Bayern Munich get on a roll, then you don’t walk off the pitch there as winners,” he said.“In the first game, it’s a bit different. If you’re lucky, then anything is possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsenal fans were not impressed with an insipid performance in their 3-1 loss at Manchester City last week that suggested Emery has yet to get to grips with problems he inherited from Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.But the fixture list has been kind to the Spaniard and three points at Huddersfield would keep sixth placed Arsenal in contention for a top four finish.The trip to Yorkshire is followed by a longer journey to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov next Thursday as the Europa League returns.But Arsenal’s FA Cup elimination means they can enjoy a free weekend before completing the tie in London, with February then ending with winnable home games in the league against Southampton and Bournemouth.Top four rivals Chelsea, in contrast, play Manchester City on Sunday and then Tottenham in the league before the end of the month.Fifth placed Manchester United have the distraction of a Champions League last 16 tie against Paris Saint Germain looming and take on Liverpool in the league later in February.Arsenal will therefore have only themselves to blame if they finish the month in a weaker position than they began.Emery, the most successful coach in Europa League history, can legitimately expect to wait until March before deciding whether that competition offers a more realistic opportunity of Champions League qualification than a league placing.– Play with passion –But he is adamant the recent criticism of his stewardship had not affected him, even if Arsenal’s away form is a cause for concern.“My first critic is always myself,” he said. “I work over the criticism of me because I know that work in the present can change our way.“We have the possibility and the opportunity to get into the top four, but we know it’s not easy. One month ago, we were in the same situation. We are strong at home but we need to do better away.“We started very well away, changing also our mentality to get more points away, but now we need to recover this confidence and the next opportunity is against Huddersfield.“We know that defensively we need to do better. We have to continue in our way with passion and also stay calm.”Emery is hoping January loan signing Denis Suarez can make a bigger impact following a noticeably poor debut against his former club Manchester CityThe Barcelona winger, 25, trained on his day off in the hope of getting up to speed by the weekend.“His adaptation to us and also on Sunday in 25 minutes, in the first days with us, is not with good performance,” Emery said.“This week he worked Monday alone here with our coaches and he’s working with a different adaptation, better than last week.“I hope he’s continuing to improve every day. Then he can show in the next matches how he can help us, better than in the first match against Manchester City.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Unai Emery is seeking a cure for their away-day woes © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Unai Emery insists he won’t be affected by growing criticism of his Arsenal reign as the misfiring Gunners bid to get back on track at Huddersfield on Saturday.Emery’s side head to Huddersfield confident they can use the Premier League’s bottom club as a cure for travel sickness that has seen them fail to win outside the Emirates Stadium in that competition since November 25.
1 //storify.com/talksport/west-ham-fans-love-their-new-signing.js?border=false[View the story “West Ham fans love their new signing!” on Storify] West Ham fans have a new darling,Dimitri Payet has really hit the ground running after his £12m move from Marseille in the summer, and his double on Monday night against Newcastle took his tally to three in the league already.The Frenchman inspired the Hammers to an easy 2-0 win, and a first home victory of the season, taking his personal recent record to three goals and seven assists in his last 13 games.Could he be the signing of the season so far?Hammers supporters certainly appear to think so… Dimitri Payet
Aston Villa, Newcastle, Norwich and Swansea have all made enquiries regarding the availability of Florentin Pogba.The 25-year-old, who is the brother of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, has been impressing in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne this season.Clubs across Europe have taken notice of the defender and particular interest has emerged from the Premier League.Aston Villa, Newcastle, Norwich and Swansea, according to Foot Mercato, have all contacted Saint-Etienne to see if a deal can be done.But the French side are reluctant to sell now after their captain Loic Perrin sustained a thigh injury.As a result, Saint-Etienne cannot afford to let Pogba go and any deal is likely to take place in the summer instead. 1 Florentin Pogba
Ireland has been chosen to host a succession of international professional golf championships over the past number of years – from the hugely successful Ryder Cup in 2006, to the Smurfit European Open (1995-2007), The American Express WGC Championship (2002 and 2004) and the Seve Trophy in 2002 and 2007.In 2011, the highlight of Ireland’s sporting calendar will be The Solheim Cup. This event, the ladies’ version of the Ryder Cup, will be hosted in Killeen Castle, County Meath, between 23rd and 25th September.Fáilte Ireland will continue to support and capitalise on the recently rejuvenated Irish Open, which remains a key event on the annual European Tour Calendar. IAGTO hosts several workshops for their members around the world each year but this is the first time Ireland has hosted one.The workshops allow golf destinations, such as Ireland, an opportunity to give the world’s most important tour operators and buyers an experience of what this country has to offer – golf and otherwise. Welcoming IAGTO’s decision to come to Ireland, Padraig Harrington – in his capacity as Ireland’s Golf Ambassador – emphasised what the delegates would find here. Fáilte Ireland has significantly increased its golf budget for 2011. A new golfing brand has been developed – “Golf Ireland – Time to Play” – which is designed to rival competing destinations such as Scotland and Wales. A new national quality assurance scheme for golf courses in Ireland has also been introduced. This new quality standard will ensure that golfing visitors are assured of the consistency and quality of services they will experience in golf courses throughout Ireland.The move is a major coup for Deirdre McGlone and the staff at Harvey’s Point.BREAKING NEWS: PADRAIG HARRINGTON WELCOMES €1BILLION GOLF TRADE CONVENTION TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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) The golfing industry has faced a number of significant challenges in the last few years. To address these, Fáilte Ireland has been working with the golf industry, through a national Golf Forum, to put in place a number of initiatives that will support the industry and help it back towards growth. President and Chief Executive of IAGTO, Peter Walton, welcomed the opportunity for IAGTO members to visit Donegal. He said: “This is by far the largest and most important international golf tourism event to have been staged in Ireland and it is taking place at a crucial time when outbound golfing markets are recovering, at different paces, from the economic downturn.“This event will allow buyers and suppliers to fine tune this summer’s product and offers, whilst planning ahead for the 2012 season.” He said today: “Ireland is world-renowned for the high quality and wide choice of golf courses.“However, there’s much more than just fantastic golf. There’s award winning accommodation, a range of outdoor activities to complement a golf tour, and a unique culture and heritage that can only be found in Ireland. The Irish golfing community meets and welcomes almost 150,000 visitors annually. Golf is one of Ireland’s greatest tourist attractions, contributing an estimated €110 million to the economy. “We in Fáilte Ireland will also have our own experts on hand to promote all areas and activities available besides golf throughout Ireland. We hope to persuade these operators to sell Ireland to their clients and to significantly increase the number of inbound golfers along with the revenue they can generate for Ireland.” These spectacular links are complemented by an array of parkland courses which combine high-quality facilities and scenic beauty and offer a challenge to every golfer from beginner up to championship level. “The Irish people really make Ireland stand out amongst other golf destinations, it’s the friendly welcome that makes a tour to Ireland memorable and will make any golfer want to return.” IRELAND’S STAR golfer Padraig Harrington today welcomed a convention to Donegal – with tour operators with a billion euros worth of business attending a convention at the luxurious Harvey’s Point Hotel this Friday.The world’s top golf trade organisation visits Ireland for the first time this Friday – and Donegal is the place they have chosen to stay.Delegates from IAGTO (The International Association of Golf Tour Operators) will be attending a special Fáilte Ireland workshop at Harvey’s Point Hotel where they will learn first-hand from Irish golf industry members and Fáilte Ireland representatives all about what Ireland has to offer the overseas golfer. IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry. Established in 1997, IAGTO’s membership comprises almost 400 of the top specialist golf tour operators in over 50 countries.It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 80% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide (outside of Asia) and turnover of more than €1 billion per year. Golf plays a big part in Irish tourism. There are more than 400 golf courses throughout Ireland, many set against backdrops of spectacular scenic landscapes. Indeed, Ireland is famous for having a third of the world’s links courses. Keith McCormack, Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Golf Division, explained: “This is big news for the golf industry. As many of these tour operators do not feature or sell Ireland as a golfing holiday destination at the moment, they represent rich potential for significantly increasing visitors to our shores.“To achieve this, it is important to give them an opportunity to sample, for themselves, exactly what is on offer in Ireland and to get them to meet with a wide range of our golf clubs, accommodation providers, transport providers and local tour operators. Mr McCormack added: “The arrival of our guests from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators is in keeping with our plans for the future development of the Irish golf industry. We need to be sharp in how we present our golf product and how we sell it abroad. “Ultimately, we need to fight hard alongside our overseas competitors for a significant share of the international golfing market and the event in Donegal this week will help us towards that.”