Christmas this year promises to be brighter for hundreds of children in the inner-city community of Waterhouse as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s annual Christmas treat promises to be bigger and better than in previous years. The treat, set for Boxing Day, will have all the usual fun rides and giveaways, but according to the multiple World and Olympic champion, there will be a lot more toys for the kids this time around. “For them, as long as you have sugar, lime and water and a little music, they’re good with that,” she joked, “but I think they are more excited about the toys and gifts. SPONSORS AND DONATIONS “This year, Nike, my sponsor, donated a lot of stuff, including bags and T-shirts with my name on them, bottles, stuff for them to go back to school, but Tank-Weld donated over 500 gifts.” What this means for the 2015 World champion is that she will be able to provide most, if not all the children who turn up, with a gift this Christmas. “Each year, I say 300 kids. but it’s closer to 600 because all different areas within the community. And this year, I think I will be able to facilitate all of them, so I am really excited that Tank-Weld provided a lot of additional toys. Her other sponsors, Digicel and GraceKennedy, she said, are also on board. “Amazingly, this is our eighth year, and I’m really excited that our sponsors are able to share Christmas with the kids in the community,” she said. She added that to be able to do this for the community where she was raised means a lot to her. “Growing up in the community for me was okay, but I am glad that I now have the opportunity to give them a good Christmas,” she said. “For me, it’s just the joy to see the smile on their faces, just to see them enjoying it; that’s the purest form of joy we can see.”
Marsha Francis, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate vying for the western St Thomas seat, is feeling pretty confident about her chances. According to her, the comrades are already celebrating and as a daughter of the soil, she is confident that she will be victorious. Francis, who was made aware of the low voter turnout, says that she knows for sure that the comrades came out to vote. “Especially in my division! Comrades definitely showed their support. I believe that the constituency is depressed and as a daughter of the soil I have experienced it too. People are unsatisfied with level of representation so it’s time to move on,” she said. Francis told reporters that she sees herself as a hard worker who is ready to rebuild her constituency.
KOLKATA, India (AP):Captain Shahid Afridi produced a superb all-round effort as Pakistan opened their World Twenty20 campaign by dispatching Bangladesh by 55 runsyesterday.Afridi’s 19-ball 49 boosted Pakistan to a record 201-5 total after electing to bat. He then grabbed 2-27 with his leg spin as Bangladesh were restricted to 146-6.Afridi built on a 95-run,second-wicket stand between Mohammad Hafeez (64) and opener Ahmed Shehzad (52) on a good batting surface at Eden Gardens, smashing four fours and four sixes. Hafeez hit seven fours and two sixes off 42 balls while Shehzad struck eight fours off 39.Shehzad played solidly and was quick to punish loose balls before he was caught at midwicket off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 14th over.Hafeez got to his first 50 in the World Twenty20 with asingle off Mashrafe Mortaza in the next over, which went for 18 runs as Afridi bludgeoned some huge shots on the leg side.Hafeez was out to a brilliant catch by Soumya Sarkar at the deep midwicket fence. Sarkar plucked the ball from high on his left and, realising he would cross the boundary, flicked it up and jumped back inside the boundary line to complete the catch.Afridi, too, was caught in the deep, but promoting himself up the order paid off as Pakistan registered their highest score at a World Twenty20 and the seventh highest in tournament history.KEYROLE”My performances play a key role,” Afridi said. “It’s a big event and as captain, as a senior player, I had to lead by example. The first six overs were important and Hafeez and Shehzad did very well.”In reply, Bangladesh could not put up a spirited fight and failed to build enough partnerships.Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 50 not out off 40 balls with five fours and one six, but the pressure of a huge target told on their batsmen.Afridi removed well-set batsmen Sabbir Rahman (25) and Tamim Iqbal (24) to undermine Bangladesh’s chase.”Chasing 200 is always difficult with the Pakistan bowling attack,” Bangladesh captain Mortaza said. “And after six overs, it was almost impossible. Shakib batted very well and we got 150, so it’s not that bad. We didn’t bowl well today.”
Red-hot Kingston College will be on the hunt for their seventh straight victory today when they face Denham Town High in a top-of-the-table Group C clash in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup at the Edward Seaga Complex. Kick off time is 3:30 p.m.KC are in impressive form, following six wins from as many games, to be on top in the group on maximum 18 points. Denham Town are next on 15 points, followed by Papine High (7), St Mary’s College (5), Ascot High (4) and Norman Manley High (2).A win for KC today would guarantee a spot in the Manning Cup second round and also put them in a good position for automatic spots in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout competitions.Denham Town were beaten 4-0 by KC in the reverse fixture two weeks ago at the National Stadium, but head coach Ludlow Bernard said it will be a tough away game.”I expect Denham Town will be in the their comfort zone at home. We have three players (Shamar Bloomfield, Trayvon Reid and Nathan Thomas) from the Tivoli community and will play all three,” Bernard told The Gleaner yesterday.LEADING MARKSMAN”The three players will be at home and we also expect the other players to adapt to the situation as the field is a small one,” he added.KC also have in their line-up Rashawn Mackison, who is the competition’s leading marksman on 14 goals. He has scored in all KC’s games.However, Bernard said they are not a one-man team. “He (Mackison) has lifted the tempo in the Manning Cup in terms of goalscoring. It is a team effort and we don’t rely heavily on one player.”Denham Town coach Omar Edwards, says that his team will be ready for the return game against KC.”I believe the team was still in preseason for the first game. We have moved from strength to strength since that game,” Edwards said.”We are mentally prepared for KC as they are a really good team. However, we will give them a fight and, hopefully, come away with a positive result,” Edwards, who is also assistant coach of the national Under-17 team, added.Today’s gamesDenham Town vs KCAscot vs Norman ManleySt Mary’s College vs PapineJonathan Grant vs MeadowbrookHaile Selassie vs ArdenneSt Catherine vs Pembroke HallDunoon vs Wolmer’sJosÈ Marti vs Kingston TechnicalEdith Dalton James vs CamperdownCampion College vs CumberlandCalabar vs St JagoHydel vs Bridgeport*Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.Points standingTeams GP W D L GF GA GD PtsGroup AExcelsior 4 3 1 0 14 3 11 10G Portmore 5 3 1 1 12 12 0 10St George’s 3 3 0 0 13 1 12 9Tivoli 5 1 4 0 6 10 -4 3Tarrant 5 0 0 5 3 21 -18 0Group BJC 3 3 0 0 9 0 9 9STATHS 4 1 2 1 2 3 -1 5Eltham 4 0 2 2 1 3 -2 2Vauxhall 3 0 2 1 2 8 -6 2Group CKC 6 6 0 0 35 1 34 18D Town 6 5 0 1 11 4 7 15Papine 6 2 1 3 12 7 5 7St Mary’s 6 1 2 3 6 19 13 5Ascot 6 1 1 4 6 25 -19 4N Manley 6 0 2 4 4 18 -14 2Group DH Selassie 6 5 0 1 13 5 8 15St Catherine 6 4 2 0 7 2 5 14J Grant 6 4 1 1 14 5 9 13Ardenne 6 2 1 3 5 12 -7 7M’brook 6 1 0 5 5 10 -5 3P Hall 6 0 0 6 2 12 -10 0Group EC Smith 5 4 0 1 13 4 9 12H Trinity 5 4 0 1 10 2 8 12Waterford 5 3 0 2 13 6 7 9C Carty 4 0 1 3 0 11 -11 1Mona 5 0 1 4 2 15 -13 1Group FWolmer’s 6 6 0 0 22 0 22 18C’down 6 4 1 1 13 4 9 13KTHS 6 2 2 2 5 4 1 8Dunoon 6 2 1 3 4 9 -5 7J Marti 6 1 2 3 6 9 -3 5Edith Dalton 6 0 0 6 2 19 -17 0Group GSt Jago 6 4 1 1 12 2 10 13Bridgeport 6 4 1 1 9 3 6 13Hydel 6 3 2 1 19 4 15 11Calabar 6 3 0 3 11 5 6 9Cumberland 6 2 0 4 8 12 -4 6Campion 6 0 0 6 0 33 -33 0
KINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has sent congratulations to Jamaica’s swimmer Alia Atkinson, who broke the world record in the 50 metres short course breaststroke event in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. Atkinson posted 28.64 seconds to break the previous world record of 28.80 for the 50 metres short course breaststroke, which was set in 2009. “What a joy it is to receive this great news and to see the wonderful headline across the world: ‘Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson breaks world record’. We should add the word ‘again’ to that headline because Alia has done this before,” said Minister Grange. “Alia consistently brings glory to Jamaica and continues to be an inspiration to us all,” she continued. “I congratulate her on this magnificent achievement, which adds to a long, growing and impressive list of outstanding performances. “Let us all celebrate with her and wish her continued success,” said Grange. Atkinson is also currently a joint world record holder for the 100 metres breaststroke, after tying the record in 2014 and again earlier this year. At the 2016 Rio Games, she became Jamaica’s first ever two-time Olympic swimming finalist, having already done so in London 2012.
BERLIN, Germany (AP): It was far from convincing but Bayern Munich did enough to return to the top of the Bundesliga on goal difference with a 3-1 win at Mainz yesterday. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals against his favourite Bundesliga opponents with Arjen Robben grabbing the other as Bayern joined promoted Leipzig on 30 points. The defending champions are three goals better off before Leipzig’s game at home against Schalke today. “I’ll be relatively relaxed watching the game,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “I mean, it’s up to Bayern. If we keep delivering then we’ve every chance of being Bundesliga champions.” Rummenigge’s side suffered an early setback when Jhon Cordoba fired Mainz ahead in the fourth minute. The Colombian easily eluded Javi Martinez’ weak challenge and fired beyond the despairing Manuel Neuer inside the far post. Lewandowski equalised just minutes later, however. Robben set him up with a simple pass after Philipp Lahm broke up an attack with a finely timed challenge on Yunus Malli to start a counter. “You can see that he got me first and then the ball,” said Malli, unhappy that the referee waved play on. Mainz continued attacking and was enjoying the lion’s share of possession but Robben made the difference. The unmarked Dutch winger headed Bayern in front in the 21st, when Thomas Mueller chased down Franck Ribery’s wayward cross and produced a fine cross.
RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for 2016, Elaine Thompson, has described the recognition at her accomplishments over last season as ‘overwhelming’. Thompson, who took top honours over swimmer Alia Atkinson, received the award for the first time in her career and said that it was a great honour, given her displays last year. “Last year’s season was amazing,” Thompson said at the RJR Sports Foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night. First woman “To capture the 100 metres and the 200m (gold medals) in my first Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and to be the first woman in the last 28 years (to capture both), … is overwhelming,” she said. Thompson was nominated along with Atkinson, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and MVP Track Club teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, and in describing them as “tremendous ladies”, she said that anyone of them could have won the award given what each achieved in the year. “To be up against a lot of super talented ladies and to come out on top, it’s an honour and a privilege. I will just continue to work hard and to look forward to more achievements.” One of the achievements which was surely considered by the RJR Sport Foundation was her equalling the national 100m record of 10.70 seconds at the JAAA’s National Senior Championships. When asked by The Sunday Gleaner if she thinks she can lower it in 2017, Thompson said: “We’ll see what happens.” Her coach, Stephen Francis, who was the recipient of the Sagicor Iconic Award on the night, also received praise from Thompson for the technical and other support given to her in training. “I would like to say a huge thank you to my coach, Stephen Francis, for motivating and believing in me to invest invaluable time in my track career,” she said. – Rachid Parchment
LACKING EXPERIENCE The victory of the West Indies cricket team over Pakistan in Friday’s opening match of their three game One Day International (ODI) series last came as a shock to many of us fans of the game. There may have been West Indians who genuinely thought that we could win the game after Pakistan posted 308 runs in their time at the crease. I have yet to meet any of those fantastic optimists, but I am willing to accept that they may really exist. If memory serves me right, that is the first time in 31 tries that the West Indies have chased such an imposing total and won – a record according to the statisticians! Once again, cries of “dem turn the corner” echoed throughout the region, and Coach Law was rightly credited for explaining to any who would listen that cricket demands “thought” and not “brute force!” Wonderful! Then in the second match on Sunday, the very formula that enabled us to win, was inexplicably abandoned for brute force as thinking was apparently deemed irrelevant. The result: another loss, spectacularly ill-timed as it was necessary to beat Pakistan by three games to nil in order to pass them on the list of teams that will automatically qualify us for major tournaments. On Sunday, the captain of the team, Jason Holder, was praised for his defiant innings, with a strike rate of 87 per 100 balls. He did defy the odds, and he did show the earlier batsmen what was needed early in the game to keep wickets in hand for an onslaught at the end. But I do believe that when he came to the wicket and when the game was over, a strike rate of 87 gave us absolutely no chance of victory. How could a “thinking” victory in the first ODI morph in to a ram-bam-thank-you-ma’am in the second? Experience, my dear Watson, experience. Legendary former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards publicly bemoaned the fact that our best and most experienced cricketers were plying their trade in other leagues while our young and inexperienced “second eleven” struggled. He placed the blame for our predicament squarely on the shoulders of the Dave Cameron led Board, whose policies seem to value “respect” for board members over ability to play cricket. So it is left to Coach Law and Jimmy Adams to fast track thought over brute force in young and inexperienced cricketers. I think that they can, given time. My fervent hope is that for the rest of this year, none of the two gentlemen named pass any board member anywhere and not smile and call them “Sir”. London Marathon and Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong has tested positive for the banned substance EPO in an out-of-competition ‘no notice’ drug test two months ago. The result will be confirmed if the athlete forgoes a B sample test. This is another blow to the authenticity of some of the results seen and lauded in Track and Field. Readers may recall that in the London marathon, Sumgong fell dramatically at the start, and got up and eventually won the race to praises and plaudits all around, only now to be unmasked as a cheater. Then the race director for the London Marathon, Hugh Brasher, has been quoted as saying that there are more cheats in sports. They just have not been caught as yet. He blames the quantum of financial rewards for victory as the driving force behind the use of drugs in sport. He may be right, but spare a thought the idea that if and when cheaters are caught, they can be banned for life, and money earned in the 18 months prior to their positive test be calculated and a repayment schedule implemented with court proceedings to follow if the money is not paid back in full. That would be an attention grabber that would dramatically tilt the scales when contemplating the cost/benefit ratio of taking drugs. Currently, whistle-blowers, no-notice, out-of-competition tests, athletes’ passports and the now-dreaded retest eight years later do not seem to be enough to halt the use of drugs. The sport is being tarnished regularly by these revelations. Something else is needed to discourage cheating.
Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, Gilas Pilipinas rookies both, can now bury ugly memories of the first time they got to play Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas And the Philippines, which started out underdogs in the Fiba Asia tournament, can now gun for a sweep of the preliminary round.Standhardinger and Cruz came up with superb performances in an 84-68 dismantling of Iraq Friday night (Manila time), just three weeks after locking horns with the rugged Iraqis just three weeks before in the Jones Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’That win put the Philippines up in Group B with a 2-0 slate after Gilas Pilipinas opened the tournament with a rousing victory over defending champion China.The Philippines takes on Qatar Sunday eveing at 9 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon, with practically nothing at stake. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1 LATEST STORIES Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.The two players eventually apologized for their actions.This time, in Lebanon, Standhardinger joined hands with the amazing Terrence Romeo in helping Gilas Pilipinas peel away from a tight first half and set the stage for a potential sweep of their group.Cruz, on the other hand, was a steady presence off the bench, knocking down all of his three attempts from three-point territory and finishing with 11 points for Gilas Pilipinas.It was the best way for the duo to get back at all the cheap shots they and the rest of the team took in that game, and the good thing about it is that they won’t have to apologize for it anymore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano But Reyes doesn’t want the Filipinos easing up the pressure on the gas pedal.“We have to keep the low-key attitude and have the hunger in us,” Reyes told Fiba.com.Locking up the top spot means Gilas Pilipinas can steer clear of the favorites in the quarterfinals.Tempestuous showdownStandhardinger and Cruz were both banished from the game—in the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German’s case, the court—for losing their heads in a tempestuous showdown with the Iraqis.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
LATEST STORIES Nocturnal animal Mayweather visits strip club Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Huynh Thi Ngoan led the still winless Vietnam (0-4) with nine points in the defeat.The Scores:PERLAS PILIPINAS 118 – Resultay 26, Dy 23, Pontejos 15, Castro 12, Animam 8, Almazan 6, Bernardino 6, Cabinbin 6, Tongco 6, Abaca 4, Sambile 4, Lim 2.VIETNAM 44 – Huynh 9, Trat 8, Nguyen TCT 7, Bui THT 4, Nguyen TLV 4, Nguyen TTD 4, Bui KN 2, Linh 2, Nguyen NB 2, Tran 2, Pham TDT 0, Pham TTB 0.Quarters: 20-21, 52-23, 86-33, 118-44.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu FILE PHOTO from FIBA.comPerlas Pilipinas wrapped up its 2017 Southeast Asian Games campaign in style, decimating Vietnam, 118-44, Friday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.The victory kept the Filipinos in the running for at least a bronze medal finish with their 4-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cindy Resultay caught fire and unfurled 26 points, eight steals, three rebounds, and three assists, while Raiza Rose Dy contributed 23 markers.Janine Pontejos came off the bench and added 15 points and four steals, while Claire Castro got 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Analyn Almazan controlled the boards with six markers and 12 rebounds.Perlas got it done on defense and outscored the Vietnamese, 32-2, in the second quarter to turn a 20-21 deficit into a 52-23 halftime edge which ballooned to the final spread of 74.