Bolt drops 2020 hint, targets new 200m record

Sports January 26, 2016

BOLT…the coach says I can go on to even the next Olympics in 2020

Kingston, Jamaica (AFP) — Usain Bolt says he has considered the possibility of extending his remarkable sprinting career to the 2020 Olympics — but is targeting a history-making new world 200m record at this year’s Rio de Janeiro games first.                                                                                            The Jamaican sprint star has repeatedly said he plans to hang up his spikes after the 2017 World Championships in London, bringing the curtain down on a record-breaking career that has included six Olympic gold medals.

However, the 29-year-old told Television Jamaica in an interview aired on Sunday that his Coach Glen Mills had suggested he was capable of running in a fourth Olympics if he chose to.

“The coach says I can go on to even the next Olympics in 2020,” Bolt said.
“But I’m not gonna say what I’m gonna do. My coach says I should stop talking about it all the time; let’s just go through these two years and see what happens.”Pressed further on the possibility of an Olympic swansong in Japan, Bolt added: “We’ll see. The older you get, the harder the training gets.

“So 32, 33, 34, it’s going to be a lot of work — if I feel I can do it, I’ll definitely try. But, for me, I want to retire on top of my game.

“I don’t want to continue if I know I’m not going to push myself hard enough.”

Bolt said he had taken on board advice from US sprint great and former Olympic 200m and 400m champion Michael Johnson as he mulled his future.

“I asked Michael Johnson. I said, ‘Why did you retire, when you were dominating?’. He said, ‘Listen, I’ve done everything in the sport, I was on top, why should I continue?’” Bolt revealed, adding he did not want to emulate NBA legend Michael Jordan who returned unsuccessfully after retiring.

“He left the sport when he was great and he came back and made a small mockery of his career a little bit,” Bolt said.

“I don’t want to put myself in the same position, with other people stepping up while I’m going backwards.”

In the short term, Bolt said he is determined to light up this year’s Olympics in Rio, where he will be attempting to defend his 100m and 200m titles for a third-straight occasion.

Bolt revealed he is targeting a new world record in the 200m, hoping to become the first man to duck beneath 19 seconds.

“If everything goes as planned it’s going to be an awesome Olympics,” Bolt said. “That’s the main aim. Everyone wants me to win again, but what they really want to see is records.

“One of the big records I want is the 200. What I want is sub-19 — the first man to ever have done it, it would be a game-changer.

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Double the fun!

Sports December 17, 2015

KC cop all-island U-14, U-16 titles
 Members of the victorious Kingston College team celebrate with the ISSA All-Island Under-14 trophy after defeating rural champions Glenmuir High 2-1 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Tuesday. Kingston College (KC) swept both the Inter- secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) All-Island Under-14 and Under-16 titles with 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Glenmuir High and Munro College, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Tuesday. The Raymond Watson-coached teams completed the impressive double-double feat after earlier sweeping the urban area titles. In the curtain-raiser, played over 70 minutes, goals by Davian Williams (19th) and the versatile Shantamoi Brown (72nd) handed the North Street-based team their third- consecutive Under-14 crown. Chrisvaun Kirkpatrick had earlier pulled Glenmuir level in the 55th minute to send the contest into extra time.
It was a one-sided contest, for the most part, as KC were more composed in possession of the ball and dominated the entire first half. They opened the scoring when Williams slotted in what turned out to be the lone goal of the half. The famed ‘Purples’ maintained their ascendancy on the resumption, but paid for their profligacy in front of goal when Chrisvaun, one of the Kirkpatrick triplets, finished off a well-weighted cross from brother Christoff. Both teams failed to find the winner in the closing stages of regular time, and so it took an additional 10 minutes of extra time to decide the winner. KC would not be denied and found the decisive strike in the second minute of first-half extra time. The fleet-footed Brown outsprinted two defenders before slotting home to pierce the spirit of the Clarendon-based team. Glenmuir ended with 10 players as frustration took over and Jemoy Hayles picked up a second yellow card. In the feature encounter, KC defeated St Elizabeth-based Munro College 3-0 in what was a more dominant display. The win completed the double for the boys from North Street who had earlier ended a 20-year drought at the Under-16 level. Jahmal Pusey opened the scoring for KC in the 20th minute before substitutes Trevaun Reid (75th) and Horace Ramsey (80th+2) put the game beyond doubt with well-taken goals. The game was evenly contested in the early exchanges as both teams displayed an equal amount of ball-handling skills. But KC grabbed the ascendancy when Pusey finished off a cross from Michael McDonald. It was a lopsided affair on the resumption, as KC made light work of what was by no means a weak Munro College team. Reid made it 2-0 when he fired a well-placed shot past custodian Akym Davis, and Ramsey capped the win in fine style when he skipped by a defender and rifled a beautiful left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard box. Winning Coach Watson, who guided both the Under-14 and Under-16 teams, was excited about the unique double-double. “This is very great because the all-island [competitions] haven’t been played for awhile and I promised everybody at KC that we would win four titles, so I am very proud of the boys,” he told th eJamaica Observer in a post-game interview. “I am very impressed. All the Manning Cup teams were talking about winning four trophies and here we are winning four at the junior level, so I am very thankful,” Watson added. KC, who have not won the Manning Cup since 1986 and the Walker Cup since 2000, are yearning for a senior title, and with the blossoming prospects of both teams, the Old Boys fraternity and the extended KC family will be anticipating great things to come.
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Four officials face IAAF doping cover-up hearing

Sports December 17, 2015


United Kingdom (AFP) — Four senior athletics officials were due to appear before the IAAF’s ethics commission in London yesterday accused of covering up doping offences. The four officials, none of whom is expected to attend the private three-day hearing, include former IAAF consultant Papa Massata Diack, the son of the organisation’s former president Lamine Diack. The others are ex-IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle, former Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) president and IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and the ARAF’s former long-distance athletics coach Alexei Meln The four men are charged with breaching the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) code of ethics and could face lifetime bans. A decision is expected in early January. The hearing takes place against the backdrop of a French probe into allegations that high-ranking IAAF officials received bribes in return for concealing positive drugs tests by athletes. Lamine Diack is accused of receiving over one million euros ($1.1 million) in bribes, while Pape Massata Diack, Dolle and Balakhnichev are also under investigation. The charges stem from claims by Russian runner turned whistle-blower Liliya Shobukhova, a former London marathon winner, that she paid around $600,000 for doping violations to be covered up. Shobukhova had a 38-month suspension reduced by seven months after she agreed to testify to the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). The ethics commission panel will be chaired by Michael Beloff QC, a leading English barrister. “A hearing has been fixed to take place in London over 16-18 December 2015, to consider the cases against them, including their defences and evidence to be provided by or on their behalf,” Beloff said in a statement last month. “In accordance with the rules of the ethics commission the hearing will be held in private.” The IAAF, world athletics’ governing body, has banned Russia from international competition after a report by WADA’s independent commission found evidence of “state-sponsored doping”.

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Boxing promoter, bookmaker Lucien Chen dies

Sports December 17, 2015

 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Ace Jamaican boxing promoter Lucien Chen died in Miami, Florida on Wednesday. He was 88 years old.  Chen played an integral part in Jamaica’s boxing history and arranged a number of title fights both locally and overseas. He was instrumental in the heavyweight title fight between George Foreman and Joe Frazier being held at the National Arena in Jamaica in 1973. Chen was also a lover of horseracing, and is the former owner of the country’s largest booking firm, Track Price Plus.
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Mourinho sacked as Chelsea manager — club

Sports December 17, 2015

  A picture taken on November 29, 2015 shows Chelsea’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho looking on before the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane in north London. (Photo: AFP) LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has left the club “by mutual consent” after a disastrous start to the season, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday. “Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement on their website, confirming earlier media reports. “All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.” Mourinho led Chelsea to a Premier League and League Cup double last season, but they are currently one point above the relegation zone after nine defeats in 16 games.
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MoBay soar to top after blanking Reno in Monday night affair

Sports December 17, 2015

Montego Bay United..2 Dino Williams (14th, 55th) FC Reno………………….0

FC Reno’s goalkeeper Devaughn Hawthorne is beaten by a penalty kick from MBU’s Dino Williams to give his team the lead in their Red Stripe Premier League game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Monday. MBU won the game 2-0. CATHERINE HALL, St James – Former champions Montego Bay United returned to the top of the points table in the Red Stripe Premier League on Monday night after beating FC Reno 2-0 in the western derby at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Montego Bay United’s ninth win took them to 33 points, two more than Portmore United (31), with defending champions Arnett Gardens (29) and Humble Lion (28) rounding out the top four teams.  Striker Dino Williams scored both goals, one in either half as he also regained the lead in the scoring tables, one more than Rivoli United’s Cory Burke, who equalled his best tally in one season with only 17 of 33 games so far. FC Reno played most of the second half with 10 men after captain and central defender Rondell Morris was sent off by referee Karl Tyrell in the 49th minute after an incident that also saw Williams cautioned. It was the second win over FC Reno this season, and despite what was by consensus an “easy” victory, Montego Bay United Captain Dwayne Ambusley agreed they missed too many easy scoring chances. “We created a lot of scoring chances which is good, but one major concern is not converting them,” he told the Jamaica Observer after the game. “We would have won the game by a far wider margin if we finished better and we have to go back to the practice field and work on this as we must finish these easy chances,” he said. He hinted that they had a psychological edge over the Westmoreland team that had beaten them once in five meetings dating back to last season, a crucial must win game that saved FC Reno from relegation last season. “Based on our preparations we knew Reno is fearful of us and once we came here and possessed the ball, we should win easy and that’s what happened,” said Ambusley. FC Reno Coach Michael Graham agreed that his team never really put up a challenge to Montego Bay United. “It was a tough game, and playing against a quality team like Montego Bay United and then giving up a soft penalty will always be hard to come back from… then we lost the captain early in the second half; it was all downhill from there,” he noted. Williams and Owayne Gordon have combined to score 21 of Montego Bay United’s 29 goals, and they missed at least half of that against a FC Reno team that appeared to struggle against the pace of the Montego Bay team. The first chance came as early as the third minute when Gordon pounced on a wayward pass from a defender, but dragged his shot wide of the left post. Montego Bay United went ahead in the 14th minute after Williams buried a penalty that was awarded after Alburn Facey inadvertently handled the ball in the box, trying to break up an attack. Williams then set up Gordon nicely two minutes later, lofting a pass to the wide-open striker inside the 18-yard box, but he volleyed wide with only the FC Reno goalkeeper to beat. The home team had at last three other first-half chances, but heroics from the FC Reno custodian Devaughn Hawthorne and faulty finishing saw the score unchanged at the break. FC Reno suffered a blow after just four minutes into the second half when Morris was expelled and Montego Bay United doubled the scores after. Williams was sent through down the middle with a pass that caught the defence flat-footed, and he gave the advancing Hawthorne no chance with a low, hard shot. He had at least two more chances to get his hat-trick, but after beating Hawthorne outside the area in the 66th minute, squared the ball across the face of the goal. In time added, he missed a cross from Orlando McBayne at the far left post after the entire FC Reno defence was beaten. Johann Weatherly, who had his first start in three games, should have tapped into an open goal in the 73rd minute after a curler from Donovan Carey came back off the far right post and fell nicely in the path of Weatherly. The teenaged winger’s speed had, however, taken him ahead of the ball and he could only watch as the ball fell behind him. Teams Montego Bay United – Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams, Johann Weatherly (Ronaldo Rodney-74th), Donovan Carey (Corey Hylton-83rd), Jermaine Woozencroft (Winston Wilkinson-59th), Dwayne Ambusley, Keneil Kirlew, Kemar Drake, John Barrett, Orlando McBayne, Romaine Bowers. Subs not used: Jacomeno Barrett, Quante Abbott-Hill-Smith, Nicodie Haughton, Romario Clarke Booked : Weatherly (40th), Williams (49th), Wilkinson (75th), Hylton (90th) FC Reno – Devaughn Hawthorne, Roshane Sharpe, Rondell Morris, Kirk Mullings, Denmark Gillings, Alburn Facey (Renorio Downswell-46th), Afiba Chambers, Shamar Bernard, Jashane Foster (Jason McLean-46th), Kayce Bromfield (Tyshan Hill-63rd), Miguel Barnaby. Subs not used: Kavar Walker, Omar Johnson, Bershan Bryan, Leonard Rankine Booked: (Morris-ejected 49th) Referee: Karl Tyrell Assistants: Keble Williams, Oyinco McTaggart Fourth Official: Veralton Nembhard Match Commissary: Devon Maxwell.

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South Korea spank Jamaica 3-0 in international friendly

Sports October 13, 2015

The Reggae Boyz go through their paces during a training session inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium in South Korea on Tuesday evening. (PHOTO: RICHARD BELL)

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea spanked Jamaica 3-0 in their friendly international inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium earlier today.

Ji Dongwon gave his team a first-half lead in the 35th minute, before Captain Ki Sungyueng increased the lead from the penalty spot in the 57th minute. The visitors dug themselves further into a hole in the 63rd minute by aiding the marauding hosts to a third goal from Lee Jaesung for their well-deserved victory.

It was the third meeting between the two countries, with South Korea making it their second win to add to a 0-0 result in their second contest in May 1998. The first meeting a few days earlier had ended 2-1 in the hosts favour.

Ji Dongwon put his team ahead when he nodded home a header from a left-sided corner. Then moments later Hwang Uijo crashed a left-footed effort against the crossbar as the hosts failed to make their superior play translate into a convincing lead at the break.

Immediately upon the resumption, they could have increased their lead as Lee Jaesung was left unmarked for a clear header on goal from close range but Andre Blake was well positioned to avert the danger.

And 10 minutes into the second half, Shaun Cummings was adjudged to have bundled over an attacker inside the penalty area and Japanese referee Sato Ryuji did not hesitate to award the free kick from which Ki Sungyueng converted with a precise strike.

Joel Grant, who was introduced at the break despite arriving from England only earlier in the day, gave the Jamaicans a lift with neat combination plays with Simon Dawkins in midfield, but they just could not get on even terms and when Lance Laing committed a schoolboy like error with a low, underhit cross field pass, the attempt was picked off by an alert South Korean who dribbled to the edge of the area before rifling a shot which Blake could only parry into the path of Lee Jaeung who delivered the ultimate punishment.

Darren Mattocks almost pulled one back from Dawkins’ cross late on, but his reflex header flew on the wrong side of the goal frame with goalkeeper Jung Sungryong well and truly beaten.

But, on the day, the result was definitely what the Jamaicans deserved.



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AMCHAM to honour Shelly Ann Fraser next Tuesday

Sports October 7, 2015

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (AFP file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) will honour female sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at their prestigious AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Awards & Banquet on Tuesday October 13 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel

Fraser-Pryce is being honoured for her “outstanding contributions to Brand Jamaica”

“Her contribution to Brand Jamaica has been and will continue to be spectacular. She is a first-rate and world renowned Sprinter and frankly deserves this honour. She also has a big philanthropic and corporate social responsibility side. Jamaica is better for it,” AMCHAM President Ron McKay stated.

American Investor Wesley R Edens, Principal, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a US$62 billion alternative asset management, and also responsible for bringing natural gas to Jamaica, with plans to be a significant player in the Jamaican economy, will be keynote Speaker at the Awards & Banquet.

The event is being presented in association with GB ENERGY Texaco and will recognize and celebrate recognition of businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations that have been driving and achieving the economic and social progress in Jamaica through ethical leadership, stewardship, and community building activities.

Among the awards are: the Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding Civic Leader, Award of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Award of Excellence for Civic Leadership.

Past awardees include Richard Byles, Lascelles Chin, Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, Dr Henley Morgan, the late Maurice Facey and the late Olive Lewin.



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Kingston, Melbourne share spoils as rain intervenes yet again

Sports October 5, 2015

KINGSTON CC and Melbourne CC had to settle for a share of the spoils as the inclement weather placed a damper on their Zone D encounter in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-over competition at Melbourne Oval yesterday.

An aggressive knock of 59 by Jon-Ross Campbell had earlier pointed Melbourne CC in the right direction at 116-4 after 16.5 overs in a game reduced to 25 overs per innings when the rain stopped play.

Each teams received one point, which allowed Kingston CC to maintain pole position in the group on 25 points, while second-placed Melbourne CC moved up to 19 points in the competitive zone.

Overnight rainfall forced a lengthy delay to the start of the game as the bowlers’ run-up on either side of the batting strip was soft and had to be reinforced with sawdust, before being left to harden.

After a final inspection at minutes to two, the umpires agreed on a 2:00 pm start, before the spinning of the toss which was won by Melbourne CC.

Tarique White and Andre McCarthy gave the hosts a reasonable start, with White the more aggressive of the two, getting an early lifeline after being dropped by Garth Garvey on eight.

But McCarthy (five) was not so fortunate and stepped on his wicket while attempting a pulled shot-off pacer Fabian Forbes with the score at 22-1.

White carved his way to 16, but was bowled nine runs later when a good delivery from Boris Hutchinson went right through his defence. Campbell then joined Sadiki Bolt in the middle and the two added 84 runs for the third wicket.

Campbell, the aggressor, brought up his half-century off a mere 35 deliveries, including four boundaries and four sixes to push the score up to 115. However, he was later undone by a straight one from left-arm spinner Patrick Harty Jr after playing a loose drive which he failed to get close to the delivery.

Yannick Elliott came and went for naught after being adjudged leg-before-wicket from a full delivery to place Harty Jr on a hat-trick. But Damion Jacobs staved off the hat-trick delivery just before the heavens opened. Harty Jr ended with 2-2, while Hutchinson and Forbes had one apiece.

Kensington CC defeated St Thomas by two wickets in a humdinger at the Goodyear Oval, graced with sunny conditions which allowed the full allotment of overs.

Scores: (St Thomas 161 all out (37 overs); Kensington CC 162-8 (36 overs).

In another Zone D game, Lucas CC defeated Boys’ Town CC by 15 runs in a 30-over-per-innings contest at Collie Smith Drive.

Batting first, Lucas CC were bowled over for 130 off 28.1 overs. Ricardo McGhachy led the way with a composed 57, against Tishawn Lemonious who took 5-15. Kemar Brown (2-19) and Roderick Francis (2-27) got the others.

In reply, Boys’ Town struggled to 79-5 after 16 overs, and later stumbled to 115 off 24.5 overs. Asdel Whitley (34) was the only useful scorer against Markon Guy (3-21), Roshane Bird (3-27) and Orlando Rowe (2-16).

Reigning champions St Catherine CC and Manchester CA’s Zone B encounter at Chedwin Park was called off due to persistent rains. St Catherine CC, who are hunting a quarter-final berth, are now on 19 points, while out of contention Manchester CA now have seven points.

The other Zone B game between unbeaten leaders St Catherine CA and Kingston & St Andrew CA at Ewarton was also rained out. St Catherine CA moved to 25 points, while Kingston & St Andrew moved to seven points.

The top two teams from each of the four zones will advance to next weekend’s quarter-finals.

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Powell excited as he nears 100 sub-10 seconds races

News post, Sports October 5, 2015

Asafa Powell (right) poses with Richard Byles of Sagicor at a cocktail reception in the athlete’s honour held at Secrets Hotel in Montego Bay last Friday. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Asafa Powell says he is excited about his chance to become the first man in the history of track and field to run 100 legal sub-10 seconds clocking in the 100m race.

At the end of the 2015 season Powell, who was part of the Jamaican team to win the gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, had clocked 93 sub-10 seconds races and expects to surpass the century mark in the 2016 season.

“I am very excited about getting the 100 sub-10 seconds time,” he told the Jamaica Observer last Friday at a cocktail reception put on by Sagicor at Secrets Hotel in Freeport, Montego Bay.

Powell and teammate Novlene Williams Mills were guests of the insurance company and were scheduled to give motivational speeches to the employees on Saturday.

“People have been making a big deal over it,” Powell said. “And it has become a major part of me, a major part of my image to be the ‘sub-10 king’, and it is very exciting. Everyone is looking forward to it and I am looking forward as well.”

He said the plans were for his management team to ramp up the awareness as he starts racing next year. “We hope to push the marketing more so people can expect it and get excited,” he said.

The 32-year-old Powell broke the world record twice between 2005 and 2008, with times of 9.77 seconds and 9.74 seconds, before Usain Bolt broke it in New York in May 2008 when he ran 9.72 seconds.

His first sub-10 seconds run came in June 2004 when he ran 9.99 seconds at a meet held at GC Foster College. He was consistent this year with 10 runs under 10 seconds with a season best 9.84 seconds which he did twice, both in Kingston, at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May and again at the National Senior Trials in June.

But for an injury in 2012 at the Olympic Games and suspension in 2013 when he tested positive for a stimulant, Powell might have eclipsed the 100 mark by now. He managed just nine legal sub-10-second runs between 2012 and 2014 after his times in 2013 were wiped out by the stimulant-related suspension.

He ran just six sub-10-second races in 2012 before pulling up in the 100m final at the Olympic Games, and serving his suspension the next season returned late in the 2014 season with three more runs under 10 seconds.

Powell, who has two World Championships bronze medals, said he has no thoughts of hanging up his spikes just yet. “My body feels great, I don’t feel like I am 32 years old, I feel fresh and strong. Next year is a big year and I will continue to work hard, my body not overworked as I started my career late, so I have a lot left.”

He recently signed a new two-year contract with sporting goods giant Puma and said it “is a good fit” for him.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “Puma has been around the Jamaican national team since 2002 and I have been running in their gear for a while, so I know the company, I know the guys there, they are real cool people, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”

His management team, he said, “handled the business quite properly, so no turning back for me now”, as he explained that while the deal is for two years, he has the option to stay with them should decide to run past the 2017 season.



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Hydel, ‘Selassie’ Square Off In Manning Cup

Sports September 25, 2015

Dunoon High’s goalkeeper Jurvis Smith (in pink) goes high to punch clear during the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match against Papine High on Tuesday. Dunoon won 2-1.

Hydel High will square off against Haile Selassie High in today’s feature Group B clash of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup preliminary round at Cling Cling Oval, starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Hydel team leads the group with 10 points from four games, while Haile Selassie are in second position on seven points from four games.

The top two in the group are followed by Dunoon Technical (7), Greater Portmore (5), Papine (4), and Cumberland – without a point.

With the first round of games set to conclude today and the return games to start next week, teams are fighting for top positions in order to advance to the next stage.

Hydel’s veteran coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, says that any top-of-the-table clash is of great significance.

“We are on top in the group, but Haile Selassie must be considered a team that can hurt us,” Maxwell told The Gleaner yesterday.

“It is early days in the competition, and we are going through how we intend to play,” Maxwell, who guided Hydel to the Manning Cup final in 2012, added.


Expecting At Least 1 Point


Playing away, Maxwell is expecting at least a point from this encounter. “The worst for us would be a draw. The team has not been at full strength because of tactical reasons,” he explained.

Maxwell is expecting leadership on the pitch from captain Dale Reid as well as former national Under-17 striker Nicholas Nelson.

Meanwhile, coach of Haile Selassie Michael ‘Jah Mikes’ Williams is oozing confidence ahead of the crucial contest.

“Well, we are behind Hydel by three points, so the aim is definitely to win. We are playing at home and coming all out for maximum points,” Williams said.

He pointed out that due to lack of funding, the team did not have a good pre-season.

He added: “I think we can beat Hydel, but I expect a tactical game from Maxwell.

Captain Hamish Smith, Clive Bonner, and Ricardo Phipps should lead the way for Haile Selassie.



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No Rush For Bailey – Cole – Sprinter Healed After Injury But Pacing His Return To Training

Sports September 23, 2015

Kemar Bailey-Cole is reporting that he is almost fully recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, where he feels he missed out on a possible medal in the men’s 100-metre sprint won by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Bailey-Cole, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, had just missed out on a medal in Moscow in 2013 and was looking to atone in Beijing. But he suffered an injury at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London in July, while running a personal best 9.92s, the same time run by American Trayvon Brommel and Canadian Andre DeGrasse in the final in Beijing.

While trying to recuperate in Japan in time for the World Championships, the 2013 sprint relay gold medallist aggravated the injury, killing his chances for that elusive individual global medal.


Losing Muscle Mass


So while Bolt and others racked up medals for Jamaica, Bailey-Cole underwent acupuncture, ultrasound and massage therapy, as well as rehabilitation exercises which have allowed him to now declare that the injured muscle is healed.

The sprinter, who is in Barcelona where he is among a number of athletes from different sports shooting an Olympic promotional video for Coca-Cola, said that while he is healed physically, there is still a long road to recovery.

Revealing that he has lost some muscle mass because he has been unable to train during recovery, Bailey-Cole acknowledged that he may have been worrying too much about the injury.

“The injury isn’t behind me as yet. After feeling the muscle tear in Japan, I am still kind of scared of running, even though it has healed,” he admitted.

As a result, he does not plan on rushing back into training. “I have to begin slowly, start strengthening the area and the areas around it so the injury won’t occur again, and I am keeping a close eye on it whenever I feel something,” he said, while revealing that he is yet to discuss background training with his coach Glen Mills.

Meantime, Bailey-Cole rues what he believes to be a missed opportunity at an individual global medal.

“I think I would have run much faster this year [than I did in Moscow] and even got third at the World Championships,” he said.



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