Taylor gives Bucknor ‘the chills’

first_imgAs members of Calabar High School’s track and field team gathered on the National Stadium’s blue mondo on Saturday to celebrate a historic fifth straight hold on the Mortimer Geddes trophy, one image stood out among the revelry.Sprinter Christopher Taylor, who, of course, played a major role in Calabar’s 26th ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships title, was understandably the centre of attention, with hordes of teammates, fans and officials clamouring for photographs with the young star.However, it was the few minutes he shared with one of his school’s greatest Champs icons, Richard ‘Jabba’ Bucknor, that stood out, as a Calabar giant of the past and the Lions’ newest hero stood side by side for the first time, in a ratheral literal timeline of Calabar excellence.SETTINGRECORDSTaylor set records in the Class Two boys’ 400m (46.33) in the heats and the 200m (20.80) in the semi-finals, before returning to win gold in both events. Adding the 4x100m gold and a smart 45.3 anchor leg run, which led Calabar to a title-underlining 4x400m relay Open win over the Akeem Bloomfield-anchored Kingston College.It was a run that impressed Bucknor so much, that the two-time Olympian was compelled to make his way from his seat in the grandstand to the track, for a chance to meet the youngster he considers to be the future of Jamaican sprinting.”This young man (Taylor) puts a chill on me. I don’t have my voice any more. That race that he ran; that last leg, I will put this down as the best mile relay I have ever seen or witnessed ever in Jamaica,” said Bucknor, who represented Jamaica in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona, respectively.That’s a huge compliment coming from a man that in his time was seen as one of the island’s brightest talents.At the 1986 Boys’ Championships, two years before his first Olympics, Bucknor, who is widely considered as one of the greatest Jamaican high school track and field athletes ever, had his own magnum opus.DOMINANTDISPLAYIn a dominant display, Bucknor ran 50.53 in the 400m hurdles – a record that would stand for two decades – in addition to claiming the 110m hurdles and helping Calabar to a win over the highly fancied Camperdown High team of that time in the 4x100m, before running a leg on his team’s gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team.Calabar, coached then by the legendary Herb McKenley, would go on to win the 1986 championships, breaking a Clarendon College spell of two straight wins and three in the previous four championships.Currently living in Texas, USA, where he went to college, Bucknor told The Gleaner that he decided to return to Jamaica for Champs as a part of his 50th birthday celebration and also for the chance to see his school win a fifth straight title – a feat they had never managed before.”It brought back a whole lot of memories and amazing feelings witnessing this in the stands, I mean just seeing that final race and just seeing a Class One man giving it his all and then having a youngster – I won’t say put him in his place; but the boy showed us all what it’s like to be an athlete in Jamaica, you have to come hard every single time no matter who you are running against,” Bucknor said.”I wanted to see this happen, Calabar winning a fifth straight title. This is history and I’m a part of history and back in the day I never had the experience of just being a spectator in the stand so today in the stand with all the fans and just the way everyone was, the way everyone came together, was simply amazing!”He wouldn’t leave without a world of advice for young Taylor.”Stay healthy and as my old coach Herb McKenley used to tell me, stay away from all the women dem,” he laughed.”Seriously though, he has a great future ahead of him, he has some great advisers around him and if the country comes around and keeps him in check, we are going to have another Usain Bolt on our hands pretty soon.”last_img read more

Ronaldo Brown aiming to fire Jamaica College to 2015 titles

first_imgJamaica College (JC) forward Ronaldo Brown said he will be looking to lead the defending champions’ goal scoring charge in their title defence this year, and hopefully surpass ‘idol’ Junior Flemmings’ 20 plus goals last season. Brown is now in his second season at Jamaica College, and has notched three goals so far this season. He moved to JC last season from Holy Trinity High, but did not land a regular starting role due to more seasoned players in that team. This year, however, he is among coach Miguel Coley’s main go-to players for the goals needed to defend the Manning Cup, Olivier Shield and FLOW Super Cup titles. He stepped up with a vital brace in the 24th and 86th minutes for JC on Monday, which saw them beat Clan Carthy High 4-0. “It is an amazing feeling to score two goals today,” Brown said on Monday while noting that he idolises Flemmings, who captained and led JC’s scoring charge last season. Building own legacy “I idolise Flemmings, and Coach has called on me to step up and get goals like he did for our school. We are a championship team, and I am trying to build my legacy without being under pressure of living up to his name,” (Flemmings’) Brown added. Meanwhile, coach Miguel Coley said his team is shifting and changing, and he is trying to put the pieces in place as the season progresses. They will next play Tivoli High at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in West Kingston, tomorrow. “We are looking better and better and that is good for us. We have to work on our finishing and keep our noses in front, and continue working hard,” stressed Coley, who is also the assistant coach for Jamaica’s senior Reggae Boyz.last_img read more

What to know

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Plucky Dinthill could spoil STETHS’ party

first_imgWestern Bureau:After a long, often frustrating 34-year wait, Dinthill Technical now have the chance to once again play for the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup title, when they clash with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) in this afternoon’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 4:30 p.m.Much is riding on this one, as Anthony Patrick, in his first year as head coach of Dinthill, will be on the cusp of joining an elite set of coaches – Jackie Walters, Oliver Clue and Frank Brown to have won both the daCosta and Manning Cups, but for him the focus should rightly remain on his players.”It’s really about them. If we play our game and win the final against STETHS, everybody associated with Dinthill will be happy. That is what we are hoping for,” coach Patrick said.”It is their good side against our good side. Anything can happen, but we are very happy to be here and want to do our best. We want to win and is going out there to win,” he added.According to Patrick, his team has what it takes and have been preparing all season for this moment.He said that as far back as in April, along with assistant coach Curtis Hamilton, the team’s management, the entire school have been in support of their dreams.”Everyone has played a part in us reaching this far, but my hat is off to the players. They have given all to this moment. Confidence is right where we want it to be and it’s a good feeling,” the coach said.As well it should be. With the prodigious talent of Rodave Murray in full swing, he has one of the most lethal strikers in the game. They will need him and the team’s tenacity to be crowned champions. Murray has 27 goals to his name.Not to mention goalkeeper George Brown, whose efforts between the posts has been underrated to say the least. Brown has been a tremendous part of Dinthill’s march to the final and will be called upon this afternoon to once again be the wall to stop Michael Kerr and company from scoring.”Big Brown is a huge part of our success. I think he is the best at the position in his age group,” stated Patrick.”But football is a team sport, so all our players have been impressive. Now we must take it to the STETHS team to win,” he said.- Paul Clarkelast_img read more

Javon Francis focused on Olympics, not records

first_imgFor two and a half months last season, Javon Francis was just one stride away from the five-year-old national 400-metre record of 44.40 seconds. Then national teammate Rusheen McDonald blasted the record to 43.93 in the heats of the World Championships in Beijing. Now, with the Olympic Games on the horizon, Francis is happy for McDonald, but says he isn’t chasing records. His focus is on the Games. The former Calabar High School standout just missed the World Championships final last year in Beijing, China, and wants to improve on that at the Olympics. “Right now, I’m staying focused, trying to make the final this year,” he said quietly, but confidently earlier this week. He wishes his national relay teammate well, and noting McDonald’s troubles with injuries, he said: “I hope he stays injury-free. Rusheen is a good guy.” Francis emphasised: “I’m just going to work hard. I’m not going after any record. Records come, records go. “I just want to try to stay focused for the Olympics,” he reiterated, “and just go out there and do my best and represent my country to the fullest.” Now a repeat semi-finalist at the World Championships, the Michael Clarke-coached Akan Track Club athlete bettered his old personal best in 2015. That mark was his 2014 Boys’ Championships Class One record run of 45.00 seconds. Last year, he sprinted past that time on five occasions, with his fastest clocking – 44.50 – coming with McDonald not far behind in 44.60 seconds on June 13 inside the National Stadium. That was McDonald’s lifetime best until his destruction of the national record held by Jermaine Gonzales.last_img read more

More teams for Gold Cup in 2019

first_imgConfederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president Victor Montagliani says the Gold Cup tournament will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams in its 2019 edition.The competition, which started in 1991, currently has a format of 12 teams in three groups of four, but the confederation believes that the tournament can only be strengthened by including more teams to increase the number of games.”That will expand in 2019. That’s the plan right now,” Montagliani said. “That will increase the number of participants from the Caribbean and also Central America. We haven’t finalised what the platform will look like in terms of qualification, but, obviously, it’s a step forward as we’ve seen. Look at this year. you have two new countries – CuraÁao and French Guiana. You’ve got Martinique. Trinidad’s not in it, but they’re in the World Cup Qualifying Hex. The quality is there to go to 16. there’s no doubt.”The Canadian also spoke about a new tournament to be launched called the Nations League, but said it is still a work in progress.”We’re looking to establish a league of nations, where we have some consistency for our countries, where they can play on a more consistent basis,” Montagliani said.He added: “A lot of countries struggle getting friendlies, getting competitions. We’ve got some of our national teams, whether it be in the Caribbean or Central America or even in North America, like with Canada, where rather than playing 40 games in a four-ear period, which is every FIFA date, they play like single digits or 10. You’re not gonna grow or develop that way, so this League of Nations concept is for everyone to play on a consistent basis and keep the dream alive to qualify for things like a Gold Cup or obviously a World Cup.”Montagliani also ruled out the idea of CONCACAF merging its FIFA World Cup qualification tournament with CONMEBOL’s (The South American Football Confederation).”That won’t happen. Can CONCACAF AND CONMEBOL work on things together? Other tournaments and stuff like that? Absolutely! We are two specific confederations and so we’ll have our World Cup qualification and they’ll have theirs,” he concluded.last_img read more

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments LATEST STORIES For all the talk on their struggles of traveling and finding difficulty with the weather conditions here, the Yemenis looked likely to score each time they counter. “We’re satisfied with the result considering the difficult conditions of playing here,” said Yemen coach Abrham Mebratu. “Traveling here was tough and I have to give my players credit for fighting hard until the final whistle. We would have loved to get three points and take top spot in the group, but the Philippines also showed why it is one of the top teams in the group. We’re happy with our position now and we can be proud with the performance because the players have not played in this kind of weather.”The Azkals increased their haul to seven points from three matches for top spot in the group with Yemen two points behind. The two sides face off anew in Doha on Oct 10.Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd atPanaad. But Phil levelled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out – a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – It was a bittersweet homecoming for national team veterans Phil and James Younghusband last Tuesday night. Returning to the stadium where they represented the Philippines for the first time as teenagers, the Younghusband brothers scored a goal each to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here. ADVERTISEMENT But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari. James snatched another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute as the Azkals grabbed a share of the points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The result at Panaad Stadium was enough to keep the Azkals on top of Group F, although the Filipinos feel slightly disappointed not to make the most of home advantage against a team that had a difficult time reaching this football-loving city. “We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”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’“I’m happy with the 2-2 and being in first place in the group,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We didn’t get three points but a point is still good. The players gave their all.”Phil equalized with an exquisite free kick in the first half, before James made sure there was no heartbreak for the Azkals with a second half header. last_img read more

Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The ejection could cost Bolick a one-game suspension, which would take effect on Friday against Mapua, and eligibility to vie for any individual award.“I can only say one thing: I really don’t care if they hate me, and that’s fine with me. My teammates are telling me that I can still win the MVP, but I told them I’m not playing to be the MVP. I don’t want to play to be the MVP this season. I couldn’t care less. I’m not playing for MVP stats. I’m just playing to win. Give the MVP to anyone else,” he said.“One thing that they’ll never take away is the win, the love of the game that I bring to my teammates, coaches, and the staff. I really don’t care if they hate San Beda or whatever. That’s fine. But they’ll never take the will for me to win another championship this year and to give back to San Beda.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick was left dumbfounded when he was ejected late in San Beda’s 72-58 win over College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.Bolick was nearing a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before an incident involving him and Blazers guard Carlo Young triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “He took me down and I didn’t do anything. You saw the video, you be the judge,” he said.Bolick and his teammate Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee, were tossed with 2:28 still left.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’Tempers flared but Bolick understands that what happened is just part of the game.“I know him and that’s the way he plays. He’s Visayan and that’s how we play. He took me down, but I really don’t care. It’s part of the game. They’re frustrated because we’re up, but it happens to all,” Bolick said. “They want to win so bad, we want to win so bad. But they say I had a closed fist? Just watch the video. I know I did not do that. They think I did that so I’ll accept whatever consequences are.”The 21-year-old argued that he feels he didn’t do anything to merit an ejection in the tussle, saying that after he was taken down, all he was trying to do is to stand up and shoot the ensuing free throws — which makes all the judgment more baffling in Bolick’s view.The 21-year-old Bolick believes he did not deserve to be ejected.“You be the judge. You’re here every game and you can see it. Maybe on my side, when I feel that I am wrong, I know that I’m wrong. But I know I didn’t do anything. I just want to play the game that I love, growing up because this is my sport,” he said.“Whatever the referees or the commissioner does, if they’re mad at me, they’re critical of the team, it’s already their problem. That’s their job, and if they think they’ve done their job, then they’ve done their job. My job is to play for my team and bring the spirit, heart, love for the game and I hope that whatever the consequences they want to give me, I’ll accept it with a full heart. They think I did something? I was the one who got hurt and I was even thrown out.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger

first_imgMeanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said that the controversy surrounding the trade between Kia and San Miguel casts the PBA in a bad light.“I’m saddened more than angered. I’m just sad over the situation because everyone who I talked to had some misgivings about the situation, and I can’t explain it enough because I’m also part of the PBA,” he said.The Beermen acquired the Picanto’s top overall pick in this year’s annual rookie selection in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick, a deal which PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa green-lighted on Friday.“We have an intelligent basketball public. They know what’s happening. The sad thing for me is we’ve already been judged,” he said.Now the only thing left to do for the 11 other teams in the PBA is to be on  their 100-percent or more whenever they play San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Apart from the overwhelming talent at all posititons, the biggest problem the Beermen pose is size.“Well, our work just got harder,” quipped Alaska coach Alex Compton. “San Miguel’s clearly the best team in the league. I wish San Miguel has a weakness but they don’t. So our job, the rest of us coaches, is try to find a way, but it’s not gonna be being taller than San Miguel. So we’ll just work and try to make a way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s going to be nice to see June Mar and Christian play together, but my tweet was specifically for the Gilas program,” shared TNT coach Nash Racela. “I was hoping to see them play together in Gilas but it will happen in the PBA with San Miguel. This just makes it harder for all the other teams.”“The job gets harder because the disparity just got wider. That’s going to be our task, to compete with teams as strong as San Miguel,” said new Phoenix coach Louie Alas. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 “Maybe it’s time to move on. The more we give reasons, the more the people will be angered. We just have to live with that,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger.Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions this coming PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

F2 Logistics gears up for spot in final

first_imgWith the same push that propelled it to the top spot in the semifinals, F2 Logistics kicked Iriga City out of the running Tuesday night.The Cargo Movers took its place in the next round after a worry-free 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 triumph in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We played very focused tonight and we are thinking about the semifinals already,” said Maria Jose Perez, F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan reinforcement who accounted for 12 points.Now F2 Logistics will gear up for a spot in the final, going up against either Cignal HD or Cocolife which it both dispatched of in straight sets in the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more