Aussie cricket coach in hospital

first_imgSYDNEY (AP):Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has been hospitalised with deep vein thrombosis after falling ill during his team’s one-day international against India yesterday.Lehmann, who battled the illness as a player in 2008, complained of swelling in his calves prior to the match and was taken to a radiology clinic during the second innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Cricket Australia chief medical officer John Orchard said Lehmann would miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against India while receiving treatment, but indicated he was not seriously ill.Orchard said, “It’s a condition that’s got a very good outcome if you get it early, which we have. One of the factors associated with it is that it’s unwise to fly until you’ve stabilised the condition, so he will be absent from the Australian team camp for a short period.”last_img read more

Follow the Trace: Under-19s were perfectly prepared

first_imgNot very often in recent times have we had credible cause to heap praises on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The success of the Under-19 team presents us with one such precious moment. Conversely, the splintered criticisms of the board, pointing to the inadequacy of preparation of the triumphant team, seems spurious, irrational and lacking credibility. Since the objective of preparing any sporting team for competition is for that team to be victorious, in the advent that the team is victorious, there can be no guarantees that having prepared the team differently the team would still have been victorious. It is by that general principle that these particular criticisms of the WICB should be rubbished. If the WICB and the coaching staff had it to do all over again with the same set of players, it would be foolhardy for them to do anything significantly different. The WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, speaking on the arrival of the three Jamaican players in the squad, quite rightly took credit for the part the board played in the selection and preparation of the team. Mr Cameron pointed to the fact that at least five members of the team are already playing professionally and that the core of the team was selected as far back as 2014 and actually competed in the regional 50-over competition in the very same year. REGULAR TRAINING CAMPS Subsequent to that, there were regular training camps leading into the tournament, with the preparation culminating in a three-match warm-up series against the host nation of the tournament, Bangladesh. The genesis of these criticisms, I suspect, emanated from the relatively sparse number of warm-up games the team played leading into the World Cup compared top teams such as India, who played consistently together for two years and were unbeaten coming into the tournament. Bangladesh, we were told, played closer to a dozen warm-up games and were red hot early in the tournament, as were the Indians. The West Indies emphatically destroyed the myth of perfection that relates to the preparation of both India and Bangladesh by beating both when it mattered most. It is, therefore, quite plausible that the West Indies’ preparations were better than that of both Bangladesh and India. The West Indies team was the sharpest team mentally in the tournament, as evidenced by those two huge tournament changing moments, starting with that crucial run out against Zimbabwe, followed by the big stumping of the Indian star batsman in the final. SHARP, TALENTED Not only were they sharp mentally, they are talented, they were motivated and they appeared to get fitter and sharper as the tournament progressed, while the more fancied teams, with their so-called superior preparation, faded and fizzed at the business end of the tournament. The silly assumption being made is that because India and Bangladesh played 20 or 30 warm-up games between them they were better prepared. That is obviously not necessarily so. There is always the risk of overworking and burning out the players, plus there are cultural differences that must be considered. West Indians are naturally stronger and more natural athletes and perhaps need less physical drilling and more psychological work. The success of this West Indies team might very well serve to redefine the way teams at this level are prepared for competition, with less physical and game sessions and more mental and psychological preparedness. The victorious players, coaching staff, as well as the WICB leadership should all be congratulated for executing plans and preparations that in the end were proven to be perfect by the fact that the West Indies Under-19 team lifted the ultimate prize.last_img read more

Gone too soon

first_imgThe life of a brilliant high-school footballer was tragically cut short yesterday.Jordan Foote, who almost single-handedly led the unheralded Holy Trinity High School to the FLOW Super Cup final in 2014, lost his battle with bone cancer at 10 a.m. in the University Hospital of the West Indies.His mother Nadine Sutherland said the footballer died peacefully. Her home, she said, was “full of persons showing support” despite heavy afternoon rain.”His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” Sutherland said. “Words can’t explain how I am feeling. The family was right there with him through it all,” she told The Sunday Gleaner. “We are all taking it hard. He was our hero and pet,” added a tearful Sutherland.Foote took his last breath with his mother, a brother, cousin and school coach Devon Anderson by his side.Last year, Foote started feeling pain in his knee during preseason preparations for the Manning Cup. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his leg amputated last December. There were plans to get him a prosthetic leg but he was readmitted to hospital earlier this year.Foote, the third of four sons for his mother, was born on June 1, 1997 and attended Elletson Primary School before moving on to Holy Trinity High.COACH SHAKEN UPAnderson, who admits to sharing a fatherly relationship with his former charge, said he was shaken up.”It’s difficult to say how I feel right now,” said Anderson, adding he was at Holy Trinity High trying to gather his thoughts and reflecting.The late footballer was ruled out of last season’s FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup as well as school.His former principal, Margaret Bolt, described him as “a young man with potential and a lot to give back to society”.”He wasn’t a brilliant academic student, but he really tried. At football, he was unbeatable, he was the life of our team and put our school on the map,” Bolt underlined.Several organisations, including schoolboy football sponsors FLOW, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had made monetary contributions to help with Foote’s medical bills.”Condolences to his family on behalf of myself and FLOW. It is very sad news to hear of his passing. We want to remember Jordan as the bright, positive and happy young man he was,” FLOW’s head of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, said.President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, expressed sincerest condolences to the family, friends, schoolmates and former teammates of the footballer.”It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of his passing” Captain Burrell stated. “Many of us remember not just his skills on the field, especially in the 2014 season, but his positive attitude and encouragement to his teammates at Holy Trinity, even when he was in hospital.”This spirit, even in adversity, we are sure, impacted many. Our heartfelt thoughts also extend to his former coaching staff, the ISSA fraternity and the principal and staff of Holy Trinity.”last_img read more

Rusea’s in must-win battle

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:A cursory look through all eight groups of the of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup will reveal one glaring difference, in that all except in Zone Two are clearly defined, as to what teams will move on to the FLOW Super Cup and the Ben Francis KO.The eight winners of the respective zones will automatically advance to the quarter-finals of the daCosta Cup.Here is where things become really interesting. Of the four schools in Zone Two, three in Petersfield High (four points), Cornwall College (four) and Rusea’s High (two) will rely on today’s results to know who will move on and who may fall by the wayside.Petersfield will tackle Cornwall College at Frome Sports Complex, while Rusea’s will be playing with added pressure, knowing that only a victory over Herbert Morrison can save their campaign.They will be hoping for a nil-all draw in the game between Petersfield and their top rivals, Cornwall, while they themselves must win by at least three clear goals to advance ahead of those two. Herbert Morrison are already eliminated after two defeats in the round.”It’s still all to play for,” Aaron Lawrence, coach of Rusea’s, told The Gleaner.”Our aim remains to qualify to the next round, and that means whether or not we win the zone. But we are very confident and optimistic about our chances,” he said.The ‘Russians’ were left ruing after squandering a plethora of chances against Cornwall College in their big derby match on Saturday.Meanwhile, Frome Technical (four) will have a chance to advance to the Flow Super Cup if they manage to win against leaders St James High (six) in one of three scheduled matches at Jarrett Park. The other matches are Spot Valley versus Mannings and Rusea’s versus Herbert Morrison.Today’s matches2 p.m. Spot Valley vs Mannings at Jarrett Park4 p.m. Rusea’s vs Herbert Morrison at Jarrett Park6 p.m. St James vs Frome at Jarrett Park3 p.m. Petersfield vs Cornwall at Frome3 p.m. STETHS vs DeCarteret at STETHS1 p.m. Manchester vs Spalding at Kirkvine3 p.m. Alston vs Lennon at Kirkvine3 p.m. Clarendon College vs Munro at Juici Beef Field3 p.m. Marcus Garvey vs. Lacovia at Drax Hall3 p.m. Annotto Bay vs Fair Prospect at St Mary Banana Estates3 p.m. Port Antonio vs Browns Town at Carder Park1 p.m. Bog Walk vs Kemps Hill at Dinthill Tech3 p.m. Dinthill vs Islington at Dinthill Tech1 p.m. Vere vs Ewarton at Middlesex Int’l College3 p.m. Glenmuir vs Seaforth at Middlesex College3 p.m. Paul Bogle vs Denbigh at York Ovallast_img read more

Gordon shines for MoBay United

first_imgWestern Bureau:Owayne Gordon scored after a brilliant solo run to give ten-man Montego Bay United (MBU) a 1-0 victory over Boys’ Town at Wespow Park in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday.Gordon was scoring his eighth goal of the season, and it allowed MBU to maintain second place in the standings on 29 points.Defender Dwayne Holmes saw straight red from referee Danion Parchment in the 23rd minute for hitting out at his opponent, but Boys’ Town never made use of their advantage.But while Gordon’s strike was crucial to them winning at home, goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett also made crucial stops.Barrett was at his best in the 85th minute, producing a terrific double save to deny Boys’ Town the equaliser as the visitors pressed for parity.Boys’ Town allowed MBU too much space to launch attacks, and it was from one of their blisteringly quick counter attacks that Gordon netted. He picked up possession just inside his own half, turned his marker and outran another defender before slotting past Boys’ Town’s goalkeeper, Kirk Porter, in the 61st minute.”It wasn’t a good first half for the team, but we started moving the ball better in the second half, and we got the goal we needed. We can build on the good things,” said MBU coach Leonardo Leiva.last_img read more

Holy Trinity footballer is dead

first_imgShayne Fairman                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gleaner Writer Former Holy Trinity High School footballer, Jordan Foote, lost his battle with bone cancer this morning.    Foote who had his leg amputated last December  died at 10 o’clock in the University Hospital of the West Indies. His mother, Nadine Sutherland, said the 18 year-old died with members of his family by his side.    “His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” she explained.         Foote passed away in the company of his mother, brothers, cousins and his former coach Devon Anderson.last_img read more

Prolific Princess upsets in Ahwhofah feature

first_imgRunning on, strongly leaving the furlong pole, PROLIFIC PRINCESS scored a 10-1 upset in the inaugural running of the Ahwhofah Sprint over 1200 metres for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park yesterday.Ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection, the 4-y-o chestnut filly won by 11/4 lengths from long-time leader DREAMLINER under leading jockey Omar Walker with a similar margin to highly fancied ROYAL ASSAULT (5-2) in third. Fourteen ran.As expected, TALENTED TONY K (5-1) led in the early stages before giving way to DREAMLINER and ROYAL ASSAULT, leaving the half mile as the 2-1 favourite BERRANCA raced off the early pace in fifth.In the straight, PROLIFIC PRINCESS showed how much she had improved. She stormed through on the outside, passing the battling leaders DREAMLINER and ROYAL ASSAULT on the rails at a crucial stage for a decisive win, her fifth from 15 starts this season.SECOND WINNERGraham and O’Shaun Connetion teamed up for a second winner on the card in 2-1 chance JUNIOR DON, ridden from off the pace by Walker in the fifth race over 1400 metres.Also notching two winners was trainer Paul ‘Sleeper’ Charlton in the divided straight five race with 7-2 chance AFRICA and 6-5 favourite BOLD SYMPHONY, both easy winners, as well as top apprentice Bebeto Harvey, who booted home DEMOLITION BOY (2-1) and 6-5 favourite RUNNING STAR.Shocker of the day came in the third race for maiden two-year-olds in which the howling 1-9 favourite PONTIUS PILATE, racing for the first time since fetching the record price of $5 million in last year’s TOBA yearling sale, could only manage third to 44-1 outsider THUNDEREBLE with Ricardo Duhaney riding for trainer Gary Subratie.Ridden by outgoing champion Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes, PONTIUS PILATE, by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty, was outpaced in fourth in the backstretch as SHE’S A LEGACY and THUNDEREBLE disputed the lead to the last furlong and, although staying on, never looked like catching the leaders and finished two lengths third.last_img read more

Phipps powers Haile Selassie to crucial win

first_imgCaptain Ricardo Phipps’ vital hat-trick kept Haile Selassie High in the hunt for a Group K semi-final spot in the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup, after they condemned lowly St Catherine High to a comprehensive 5-0 loss at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday.It was a rescheduled fixture that had been rained out last week.Phipps, who was front and centre in most of his team’s attacking plays, opened the scoring inside eight minutes, doubled in the 30th, and finished his first hat-trick of the season in the 51st minute, pushing his tally to eight goals this season.Haile Selassie was rebounding from a 2-1 defeat to St George’s College in their opening second-round game.”I think we performed excellent and worked for it. We wanted six goals and our only disappointment was not getting it,” Phipps told The Gleaner.”We want to go all out to beat Wolmer’s and advance to the semi-finals so we will try and put in hard work, and just have to be focused,” he continued.The other scorers were Theon Palmer in the 28th and Marvin Emmanuel (45th).Haile Selassie, who needed to beat St Catherine, did so easily against an inexperienced team, that did not hold up defensively or pose much of an attacking threat.The winners will next line up against group leaders Wolmer’s Boys this Thursday at the same venue starting at 3 p.m. Only a win will do for Haile Selassie, who have a better goal difference compared to Thursday’s opponents, while Wolmer’s simply need to avoid defeat to advance.Wolmer’s, firm favourites to qualify, are yet to concede a goal, and have six points from their two games played.Interim Haile Selassie coach Judith Wynter, who admitted to journalists the team will be looking a new coach next year, said she was impressed with the “disciplined performance of her team..”We always want to try and win a trophy, and we intend to go through to the final. There is no pressure, and I think we can beat Wolmer’s if we play discipline d(football),” she said.last_img read more

Paul Eales completes all-the-way win

first_img Challenge But his chip was excellent from the sand, landing him two feet from the flag and from there, he could not miss, with Gillis, the American who chased him all the way on the final day, just a stroke behind. Eales, who carded rounds of 68, 72 and 75 for a 215 total, managed to stave off the challenge laid down by Gillis, who also had a par on the last hole for a 72 (216 for the tournament). Delighted with the win, Eales said that his shot from the sand bunker gave him the match. “I was having a hard time of it really with the wind and the greens so hard to read, but that shot at the 18th got me the win,” said Eales. “I was the one of only two players today to break par, so it goes to show again how challenging a course this is and I think all of Jamaica should be proud of it,” Eales, the 2016 Jamaica Open champion, said. Jamaica’s John Bloomfield had a torrid time all day. Bloomfield played alongside Thomas Hurst and James Hazen. The three were expected to mount a challenge to Eales, but they faltered badly from the start. Bloomfield finished a disappointing 12th with a final-day score of nine over par 81 and 225 for the championship. Two other Jamaicans finished in the top 20. Orville Christie was tied for 14th with 230, Michael Rowe was joint 16th on 231, while Wesley Brown ended tied for 18th on 232. Owen Samuda had his worst scoring day of the championship with an eight over par 80, but it was good enough to land him the amateur title, ahead of compatriots Ricardo Perry and Zandre Roye, 11 over par 83, tied for second place. Wayne Chai Chong’s 14 over par for 86 was good enough for fourth in the amateur ranks. Final day Western Bureau: Englishman Paul Eales struggled on yesterday’s final day, but held on to save par in dramatic fashion to eke out a one-stroke victory in the 2016 Jamaica Open Golf championship at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay. Eales won the US$17,000 tournament under extreme pressure from American Tom Gillis, who tied the scores at the ninth hole, but had a few disastrous shots on the back nine to cede the lead once again to Eales. Paired with Gillis and Kenny Goodykoontz, Eales needed to hold par at one under to secure the title and when his approach shot sailed into the bunker to the right of the green, those watching were worried that he may not have made it.last_img read more

Jamaica ends level in USA vs World

first_img THE LEAD USA took a 2-1 lead in the next event, the Women’s Sprint Medley, as their Red team won in 1:35.59, as Jamaica was second in 1:36.67, and the USA Blue third in 1:37.22. Members of the Jamaica team were Audra Segree, Natasha Morrison, Anastasia Leroy and Verone Chambers. The United States Red team extended their lead to 3-1 after winning the men’s Sprint Medley in 3:11.45. The United States Blue were second in 3:13.12 and Nigeria third in 3:16.27. However, Jamaica captured the next two events, the Women’s and Men’s 4x400m relays to draw even. A gallant anchor leg from Olympian Fitzroy Dunkley which saw him making up a 10m gap to overtake the United States’ Calvin Smith, inches from the finishing line, gave Jamaican their first win in this event since 2005, in 3:03.14. The United States was second in 3:03.25 with third going to the Bahamas in 3:06.20. Other members of the winning team were Martin Manley, Leford Green and Jermaine Gayle. Jamaica closed off with a good win in the Women’s event as the team included Olympians Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell and Stephenie Ann McPherson and rookie Dawnalee Loney, as they won in 3:28.32 ahead of the United States second in 3:29.30, as both Bahamas and Nigeria failed to finish. JAMAICA shared the spotlight with their United States counterparts at Saturday’s USA vs the World Relays segment of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, winning three relays.Victories for Jamaica came in the Women’s 4x100m and the Men’s and Women’s 4x400m relays. It was the quartet of Christania Williams, Kerron Stewart, Gayon Evans and Elaine Thompson who drew first blood. Despite the United States’ Morolake Akinosun having a slight lead on anchor, she could not hold on as Olympic champion Elaine Thompson brought loud cheers from the Jamaican fans by overtaking her opponent very early to give Jamaica a win in 42.25 seconds as USA finished second in 42.42 seconds with USA Blue taking third on 42.90 secomds. Thompson was happy for her team winning the event. “Going to the World Relays in the Bahamas last weekend was a good motivation for me as that gave me a big boost for the season and knowing that I came here to anchor for Jamaica I was ready to do well,” said Thompson, who stated that she is looking forward to the Doha leg of the IAAF Diamond League meet next weekend. The United States drew level in the next race as their men’s Red team won the 4x100m in 38.87 seconds with Jamaica finishing second in 39.01 seconds with the Dominican Republic getting third in 40.32 seconds. Members of the Jamaica team were Kevaun Rattray, Oshane Bailey, Kavean Smith and Jevaughn Minzie.last_img read more