Danielle Williams eyes faster times, more success

first_img hungry for more Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Williams is hoping her 100-metres hurdles title at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)/World Champion-ships in Beijing, China, will lay the foundations for a successful and rewarding international career. With her superb 12.57 clocking, the Jamaican finished ahead of Germany’s Cindy Roleder, 12.58, and joined Brigitte Foster-Hylton as the only Jamaicans to win the event at the world level. Now, Williams, who also won the World University Games title this year, says it is back to the drawing board and more hard work as she looks to get her personal best time below 12.50 in the coming season. “I had set a target this year of running 12.49. I haven’t met that target as yet, but I think I will make that my goal for next season,” she told The Gleaner. She’s on top the world in her event, but Williams says she remains humble and still has the hunger for even more success. “My life hasn’t changed one bit; nobody recognises me. I’ve been told I look quite different in person than on the television,” she said. “I am an adidas brand ambassador. It is a big achievement. Five years ago, if somebody had told me that this is the way my life would have gone, I would have probably said ‘that’s not possible’, but I am happy, and I think I am extremely blessed and just embracing it,” she acknowledged. “I have been working hard. I wouldn’t say that I’ve been working harder than anybody else, but it’s my time,” she continued. Williams added that she went into the World Championships just hoping for the best. “I was just hoping to make the final. I thought I could make the final, but I wasn’t confident of medalling until I made the semi-final run. Then I saw that it might be possible at that point in time,” she explained. “I always relish being an underdog, I don’t like going into any competition and being the one to watch. I don’t think it puts pressure on me, but I like being the underdog,” she stressed, adding that coach Lennox Graham had advised her to run a few races before the national trials and a few races afterwards so that she would be sharp for the Beijing World Championships.last_img

Roberts lifts W’House to win over Humble Lion

first_img He added that. “It’s the first since I have been coaching that I have lost three games consecutively… so I had a serious talk with them and they dig deep and worked hard for this one.” Both teams were evenly matched for the most part but after the break Waterhouse created the better opportunities and deservedly went ahead when Sean Coleman’s shot hit the bar and fell to Kenroy Howell, whose shot was also blocked. However, there was nothing that anyone could do to stop Roberts’ low shot that hit the bar and went in. Oshane Roberts’ 54th minute goal gave Waterhouse a 2-1 Red Stripe Premier League win over high-riding Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium yesterday, giving the home team their first win in four games, while ending Humble Lion’s three game winning streak. Wolry Wolfe spectacularly fired the visitors in front after nine minutes but Evan Taylor put the host back on even terms from the penalty spot, after Gary McIntosh was brought down inside the area. Roberts then sealed the win with a low strike inside the far-post nine minutes after the break. “It’s a great win, we needed the three points and we came out and did it. We dug deep and fought hard to get the three points,” Roberts told The Gleaner after the game.  However, the player who says scoring goals is normal for him is looking to add to his tally in the next game. “My performance (this season) is not a hundred percent but it’s fair to me but it is always an overwhelming feeling to score a winner and it feels great to get off the mark,” he said. The game was just nine minutes old when Wolfe’s acrobatic half-volley gave Richard McCallum no chance in goal. However, when McIntosh was fouled in the box, Taylor made no mistake from the spot. In other games, Mobay stopped Rivoli 3-0 to stay top of the league with 24 points. Portmore (21) stayed second after a 1-0 win over Arnett Gardens. UWI stunned Tivoli Gardens 5-2 on Girvon Brown’s hattrick to jump from second-to-last to nine with 12 points. Tivoli (14) slipped one place to sixth. Boys Town (15) turned back Reno 2-0 on Andre Dawson’s brace to climb three spots to fifth. Reno (14) dropped two places to seventh. “He’s a very good player but at times he has to be more calm and collective, sometimes he let his youthful exuberance get the better of him but he has been doing this all season and the last few games they (shots) were hitting off defenders, so it’s about time one went in,” Waterhouse coach Anthony Patrick said of Roberts. Sunday’s results Waterhouse 2  –  Humble Lion 1 Portmore 1  –  Arnett Gardens 0 UWI  5   –  Tivoli Gardens 2 Mobay 3  –  Rivoli 0 The win lifted Waterhouse (10 points) off the foot of the table temporarily, as they are one point above Cavalier, who play Harbour View tonight.last_img

Minister lauds SportsFeva for tourism impact

first_imgNatalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sport, lauded the American International School of Kingston’s contribution to Brand Jamaica through sports tourism ahead of their sixth annual SportsFeva tournament. The competition will see four international schools and an international party of 90 – 64 students and more than 20 coaches – travel to the island for the February 26 – March 6 showpiece. SportsFeva 2016 will feature local and international students from Jamaica, Aruba, The Bahamas, Cayman, and Curacao. They will compete in the under-10 to under-17 age groups. Overall, 20 schools and 300 students will compete this year. Tennis, clay shooting, football, and a new game component feature – GameFeva – will feature the FIFA 2016 tournament and other games. “Your involvement in tennis, in clay (shooting), and football will make this year’s staging even more exciting. We look forward to this going on for many years to come. On behalf of the prime minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, the Government, and the people of Jamaica, we welcome you, and we wish you every success in this year’s staging,” Neita-Headley said via video recording at yesterday’s launch at the school’s College Green Avenue- based campus. Shirley Davis, AISK’s head of school, said: “It’s one thing to have an annual event of this kind, but it’s another thing when it consistently grows. When AISK started SportsFeva, we had no idea that it would grow this fast or this quickly.” The tournament will see SoccerFeva feature 125 athletes on Friday and Saturday (February 26-27), while TennisFeva will host the biggest contingent of 168 students in the under-10, under-12 and under-17 age groups. ClayFeva will then climax the tournament on Sunday, March 6, with 73 athletes from junior A, B, and C; subjunior A and B; and girls A and B categories at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore, St Catherine. Bradley Ransom, AISK’s director of athletics, said SportsFeva “is pretty impressive for a small, non-commercial sporting event”. Flow, with a $1.5 million contribution, is the title sponsor, while patron sponsors are Stewarts Automotive Group, Ocean Splash, Gatorade, and Sagicor Bank. Product sponsors include Pizza Hut, Reggae Jammin, Watts New, Cafe Blue, National Outdoor Advertising, Manpower and Maintenance Limited, and Ranger Security.last_img

Defending champs Milex Eagles post first round win

first_imgKINGSTON:Defending champions, the Milex Eagles, got off to a winning start in 2016 KPMG Squash League which kicked off on Tuesday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.The tournament will see 16 teams vying for top honours. However, the competition’s handicap format adds an element of unpredictability to the proceedings as it creates a level playing field among players, regardless of experience and skill levels.Milex Eagles look like a good bet for two in a row as they beat Lemons Aide 3-0 in the first round of play. The team now includes two decorated junior champions; All Jamaica Under-17 Boys Champion, Tahjia Lumley who beat Don Nemhard 20/21, 21/18, 21/17, 21/18; and Caribbean Under-19 Girls Champion, Akelia Wiltshire from Guyana, who defeated Raymond Donaldson 21/17, 17/21, 21/19, 21/19. Alex Jordan sealed the deal for the Eagles when she beat Stewart Maxwell 21/12, 21/18, 23/20.In contrast, the Transformers, another highly touted team, had a rocky start losing 0-2 to Lemons Black & Tan. Former All Jamaica Ladies Champion, Alyssa Mullings, was beaten 21/19, 18/21, 20/22, 21/12, 15/21 by veteran Bobby Vaughan and rising star Mia Lake went down 19/21, 21/19, 9/21, 20/23 to Anthony Ayoub.New entrants, Levy Tax headlined by 13-time All Jamaica Men’s Champion, Wayne Burrowes, beat UTech Saints 2-1. Burrowes beat Mario O’Connor 11/21, 21/19, 21/18, 21/19 to give his team the lead; then Luke Roberts followed on by defeating Mike Fennel 21/17, 21/13, 21/11. Sebastian Levy lost to Sean Flynn 21/10, 21/11, 21/6; but Levy Tax had already secured the overall win.Similarly, debutantes, the Dream Team beat the Screaming Eagles 2-1. Nicholas Benjamin beat Stewart Murray 21/11, 17/21, 19/21, 21/9, 21/19 to put the Dream Team ahead but then Shane Murray beat Richard Ardito 21/16, 23/21, 21/14. However, Adam Ardito defeated Rajeev Venugopal 21/20,23/20, 21/14 and the Dream Team emerged victorious.The tournament, which will also enjoys support from associate sponsors, JN General Insurance, is scheduled to run for eight weeks. The first stage will feature round robin matches in groups of four, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.last_img

Fraser-Pryce to host Christmas treat

first_imgWorld and double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will host her ninth annual children’s Christmas treat in her hometown of Waterhouse tomorrow, starting at 12 noon. The treat will actually be held at 23 Ashoka Road, where she grew up. One additional feature this year will be a special outreach to also treat some 70 kids from the Majestic Gardens community. “Christmas is a time for giving to the less fortunate, and my hard work has helped me to achieve, so I will always want to share anything I have or gained with them. I did experience this situation they now face, and I want to make them feel that someone cares, as it fills my heart with joy when I see the smiles and reactions of these kids,” said Fraser-Pryce. “There are so many less fortunate people in our society who needs a helping hand, and I will always reach out to them through my foundation,” added Fraser-Pryce. She will receive support from Digicel and GraceKennedy, for whom she is their brand Ambassador, and international sportswear manufacturer Nike.last_img

Trainer Chen lands Eight Thirty double

first_imgThe debutants, EARTH ANGEL and MARLENE MY LOVE, both trained by Dwight Chen, kicked off the 3-y-o campaign leading up to the classics with contrasting victories in the divided Mercury Sprint for native-bred maiden fillies over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday.In Division I, EARTH ANGEL, running at odds of 5-1, with Arthur Budhu aboard, disposed of tearaway leader DELPHINIUM (2-1) approaching the distance to win by 51/2L lengths from the even-money favourite BLUE TRADITION in a field of 11.The chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Flint Ridge covered the distance in the fairly good time of 59.4 behind splits of 22.3 and 46.4 for the half mile. She is owned and bred by Trevor Dunkley Sr.Just over an hour later, stable-companion MARLENE MY LOVE, running as the howling 1-9 favourite, with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard, had to work overtime to catch and beat long-time leader ADORING LADY (6-1) by half a length, clocking 59.3.The Collin Blair-trained ADORNG LADY, with apprentice Andre Powell aboard, raced into a clear lead from her unfavourable draw on the far side, only to be caught close home by the fast-finishing MARLENE MY LOVE, closing rapidly on the stands’ side in a field of eight. A bay filly by Adore the Gold out of Miss Chestnut, which makes her a half sister to two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ MARK MY WORD, MARLENE MY LOVE is owned by Howard Hamilton and bred by HAM Stables Limited.DRIVING FINISHMeanwhile, leading all-time trainer and current champion Wayne DaCosta won the overnight allowance supporting feature for the Allan ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial trophy over 1400 metres with 9-5 favourite ROYAL VIBES.Coming from off the pace with Jevanne Erwin riding for owner Carlton Watson, ROYAL VIBES won in a driving finish from 6-1 chance TIMEFORARMS in a field of 11.In recognition of his historic 2,000th career win on the previous Saturday, DaCosta was presented with a commemorative trophy after the eighth race by CTL director Alvin Beckford.last_img

Young tennis star in Canada on scholarship

first_img DISCOVERED BY COACH Micheala Stephens, Jamaica’s top female tennis player, and who at 14 years of age is one of Jamaica’s brightest tennis prospects, left on Wednesday for the Ace Tennis Academy in Burlington, Canada, on a three-month scholarship designed to hone her skills and prepare her for international competition later this year. Douglas Burke, the former technical director at Tennis Jamaica, and now the president of the academy, made the offer to Stephens on a visit to Jamaica last year. Burke said then that he was so impressed with Stephens, who is both the female junior and senior champion in Jamaica, after seeing her play last year, that he not only gave her some tennis lessons, but decided to invite her to the academy in Canada for specialised training. “I was impressed with how Micheala had improved since I last saw her, and I am sure that with the proper training, she can go very far in this sport ” he said then. Stephens, has been playing tennis since she was eight years of age and was discovered by Jamaican coach Thomas Plummer. Stephens told The Gleaner before her departure that while a student at St Thomas Moore Preparatory School in Clarendon, she was invited to play the game by coach Plummer. “I was only interested in netball and football at that time, but one afternoon Mr Plummer told me that he would like me to try tennis and I agreed. I liked it immediately, and I have been in love with the game since then.” Stephens was thrilled when coach Burke told her that he wanted her to come to Canada to train with him. “I want to be a professional tennis player and be the first female from Jamaica to play at Wimbledon, so this will help me to get there. I will do whatever he tells me to do, as I want to get better,” she added. Stephens is a student at Liberty Academy in St Andrew and arrangements have been made for her to continue her schoolwork online, and her tutors have kindly agreed to facilitate this. “It will be difficult to keep up with both, but I will be doing my best to be successful,” she ended.last_img

Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “San Miguel’s a pretty complete team and coming into this game, I was saying it’s not about the individual match-ups. It’s team-on-team.”The latest showdown between the Slaughter and Fajardo was the complete opposite of their previous encounter last year where the Gin Kings handily beat the Beermen, 110-86, in what was SMB’s worst defeat of their entire 2016 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThis time, it was the Gin Kings who stared at a 26-point deficit in the third quarter before making a run that fell short in the end.Despite the result, Slaughter can take solace knowing that Ginebra never ceased fighting despite staring at a huge lead. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winning start Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled “That’s our calling card, never say die. We play all the way to the last buzzer, and just didn’t have enough time to make that comeback tonight. But I know we’ll probably see them again maybe in the playoffs so it’s just some game we have to learn from,” he said.One factor that has been constantly brought up for the Gin Kings’ lackluster start was fatigue, as they were coming off a 98-81 win over Blackwater last Friday.But rather than dwell on the defeat, Slaughter shared that the loss to San Miguel should be an eye-opener for Ginebra as it sets its sights on the playoffs.“We can’t make any excuse because when it comes time for the playoffs, we’re going to have a schedule just like that, when we play Friday and then we play Sunday. So for us, no excuses,” he said.“We just have to recharge, refresh ourselves, and get ready for these playoffs which are coming up,” said Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESFacing off against June Mar Fajardo was the least of Greg Slaughter’s concerns on Sunday.“I wouldn’t really think about individual match-ups because we got down pretty big,” Slaughter said, shunning talks about his much-awaited duel with his fellow Cebuano behemoth.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game MOST READ READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

Warriors don’t have enough down stretch, lose to Pacers

first_imgWarriors: The Warriors used their 24th different starting lineup — most under Kerr — after just 14 last season. During the record-setting 73-win season of 2015-16, Golden State used 12 starting lineups and only eight the previous season on the way to capturing its first championship in 40 years. … Golden State dropped to 16-3 following a loss this season. … When Golden State last played Indiana, Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes on Dec. 5, 2016.MISSING IN ACTIONBefore the past two games, the only time Golden State played without its four All-Stars was a 107-85 loss on March 11, 2017, at San Antonio. Durant was the only injured player in the group with a left knee injury, while the other three rested.REINFORCEMENTS COMINGKerr said Green still wasn’t feeling well after sweating through shootaround.Durant, who has fractured rib cartilage, had hoped to play Tuesday.“He’s doing great, he wanted to play tonight, but we didn’t let him. We’ll probably let him play Thursday,” Kerr said. “Draymond was scheduled to play tonight, but still wasn’t feeling well. He came to shootaround this morning and got a good sweat in, but still was reporting a lot of discomfort. He hasn’t been healthy in terms of keeping food down, so the illness is still lingering. It made no sense for him to play. He wanted to play, but we didn’t let him either. We’re not very nice.”ONE MOREThe Warriors need one victory to reach 55 wins for a fourth straight season — marking the 15th time in NBA history a team has done so. The Spurs were the last, for five seasons from 2012-17.UP NEXT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Pacers: At Sacramento on Thursday.Warriors: Host the Bucks on Thursday trying for a fifth straight victory in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Draymond Green had been set to return but was still feeling ill, while NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant had hoped to play Tuesday but is likely to be back from a rib injury Thursday against Milwaukee.Stephen Curry could be out through the first round of the playoffs with a left knee injury, while Splash Brother Klay Thompson is recovering from a fractured right thumb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRookie Jordan Bell sprained his right ankle in the third, had it re-taped and returned.Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points apiece for playoff-bound Indiana, which won its third straight and fourth in five. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State Warriors’ Quinn Cook, bottom, right, scramble for a loose ball against Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison (2) and Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The injury-plagued Golden State Warriors again lacked the firepower to finish off an opponent, and Victor Oladipo scored 24 points in the Indiana Pacers’ 92-81 victory over the defending champions Tuesday night.Nick Young scored 12 points as Golden State, playing without its four All-Stars for a second straight game, lost back-to-back contests for only the ninth time during coach Steve Kerr’s four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pacers reserve forward Trevor Booker headed to the locker room with 33.5 seconds remaining in the opening quarter with a sprained right ankle and didn’t return.Kevon Looney grabbed a career-best 11 boards off the bench as the Warriors outrebounded Indiana 51-38, but Golden State only managed to shoot nine free throws.The teams played for the first time, marking the latest the Warriors ever faced an opponent for the first time in a season — their 74th game.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana overcame a slow start in which it began 6 for 20, missing five of its first six 3s, and got outrebounded 17-8 in the first quarter to fall behind 27-18. … This was the Pacers’ first win in four games on Golden State’s home floor since a 102-94 victory on Jan. 20, 2014.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Isco hat trick leads Spain rout over Argentina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments read more