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As can be expected, the incomparable Usain Bolt is looking forward to the Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The picture isn’t so clear when it comes to the 2017 World Championships in London. According to a report carried in the November issue of Track and Field News, Bolt will make his mind up about competing in 2017 after Rio. According to Track and Field News, Bolt is contemplating advice from coach Glen Mills. “After Rio, as I said, my sponsors want me to go one more year,” he recounted, “but my coach said: “Listen to me, ‘if you’re not going to be serious about going to the World Championships in London, then I shouldn’t go’.” Bolt, who has won two Olympic sprint doubles and seven individual World Championship gold medals, explained: “So it’s all about how I feel after Rio, if I can really put my body through one more season.” This year, he suffered through a restrictive back injury. Treatment in Germany helped him to recover just in time to defend his World titles in Beijing, China. Olympics outlook bright His outlook on the Rio Olympics was much brighter. “As long as I don’t get injured next season, it’s going to be great,” he said just after winning the 200 metres in a world-leading time of 19.55 seconds in Beijing. The interview appeared in the ‘Last Lap’ section of November’s issue of Track and Field News. Sprinting is a young man’s game, but there are instances of high performance at a relatively advanced age. Thirty-year-old American Carl Lewis won his third World 100 metres title in 1991 in world record time. Linford Christie of Britain took the Olympic gold medal a year later at 32 years old and confirmed his superiority with a World Championship win in 1993 at 33. Bolt will celebrate his 31st birthday just after the 2017 World Championships. A win there in the 100 metres would break his tie for the most wins in that event with Lewis, who won in 1983, 1987 and 1991 when the Worlds were staged every four years. The Jamaican already has the most wins in the 200m with success in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. By comparison, Calvin Smith and Michael Johnson of the United States both won the event on two occasions each, with no one else taking gold in the curved sprint more than once.
Supreme Ventures Limited, through the brand ‘JustBet’, has been making strides in becoming the preferred brand for sports-betting for both regular punters and novices alike. Wagering on international sports such as football, basketball, cricket, and American football has become a habit for many sports fans as the fixtures of the various leagues run throughout the year. These fixed-odds betting options benefit from the sportsman who is trying his hand at wagering and the seasoned bettor who sees a new more predictable game for his valued betting dollar. Live international sporting events have only a few games scheduled on particular days and only during the respective seasons. This restricts the content available for sports-betting fans and does not provide many options and continuity. On January 14, 2016, Supreme Ventures launched its virtual sports betting product branded ‘Quick Sports’ in 10 pilot locations. The product is now available to existing and potential customers at 50 JustBet locations islandwide. Quick Sports virtual football matches and horse races allow for five minutes of betting time per event followed by two to three minutes of actual game time. There are nine betting types offered on football and seven betting options on horse racing. The minimum bet on each betting type is $20. The events run on a daily schedule starting at 7 a.m. up to 2 a.m. Matches, races, and odds are displayed using computer-animated 3D graphics on two dedicated TV monitors inside select agent locations. Winnings are available for payment to customers at the end of each event. Currently, horse racing and football are the two virtual games in play for now, however, the game portfolio will be expanded with more sports in the latter part of the 2016 calendar. Quick Sports will be officially launched at Supreme Ventures flagship store, State Mall, Cross Roads, St Andrew, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The 50th renewal of the annual Roper Cup football extravaganza between North Street rivals St George’s College (the 2015 Flow Cup champions) and Kingston College (Roper Cup defending champions) will be held today at Emmet Park, St George’s College. Action will begin early. The first match starts at 10 a.m. with the Under-14 teams, followed by the Under-16 teams. These teams will play for the George Thompson Trophy, which will be decided by the aggregate score. The Roper Cup is played between the Under-35 and the current Manning Cup teams (again decided by the aggregate score line). In between the Under-35 and Manning Cup match will be the Over-35 match for players from both institutions. The Over-35s will play for the Pancho Rankine Cup. The day’s matches will showcase the football skills of many former Manning Cup greats from both schools, including this year’s honourees Maurice Rhoden and Derrick “Sastri” Denniser. This year’s event will feature a family oriented entertainment package. There will also be spot prizes and giveaways throughout the day from the event’s sponsors. Sponsors include Supreme Ventures, Vitamalt, CB Group (through CB Chicken & Bad Dawg Sausages), SportsMax TV, Barco Caribbean Limited, Hi-Lyte Sport Drink, Crimson Dawn, Spanish Court Hotel, and Marksman Limited.
Two-time Olympians Mike Fray and Isa Phillips and 1983 World Championship sprinter Everald Samuels are part of the rich track and field history nurtured at St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS). If a new ambitious thrust hits the target, STATHS will make more history by winning one or both of the team titles at Boys and Girls’ Championships six years from now. That goal is entrenched in a ‘2-4-6’ plan that is now guiding track and field at the school. “It’s a plan to win Champs step by step and we’ll try to win it in the sixth year,” said STATHS Champs hero, Donald ‘Cherry’ Davis. According to the school’s past students association, the first step has been successfully taken and has seen the STATHS’ track and field team increase in size to 130 student-athletes. They train under the guidance of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) level five instructor, Roy Thomas, who has replaced Ransford Spaulding as head coach. Launched earlier this year, the STATHS 2-4-6 plan aims to build the teams from the lower age groups and to work towards finishing in the Champs top 10 in 2018, which is year two, in the top five in 2020, year four, and to challenge for the team titles in 2022, the sixth year of the new programme. Centrally, STATHS expects to create opportunities for their graduating athletes to obtain a free college education via athletic scholarships. Davis, a STATHS Boys’ Championship high jump winner in 1980, is part of a group that is helping to steer the school to glory. “When you see people making an effort, you have to join them,” he smiled. “And they’re real making some effort and I’m proud of them.” Davis, a long time supporter of his old school, is encouraging fellow past students, corporate sponsors and friends of STATHS to help. “We just need to get the financial backing,” he said. Donations can be made via the GoFundMe website at www.gofundme.com/2na4tebh?r=95143. Coach Thomas is being assisted by a team of four assistant coaches Kenneth Darby, Vanissa Brown, Collin King and Nigel Brown. Darby and Brown returned to the island last summer, after studying athletics for the past six years in Cuba at the Universidad de Pinar del Rio. Together, Thomas and his team of coaches are targeting success at both Boys Championships and Girls Championships. So far, Excelsior High and St Jago High schools are the only Co-Ed teams to win at both Boys and Girls Championships. STATHS placed 10th and 11th at Girls Championships in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The boys’ team didn’t score any points this year, but reached a four-year high of 21st in 2014. During this period, the school’s top athlete was Ayesha Champagnie, who took three gold medals at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2015. Work has already begun to improve facilities at STATHS, with the opening of a gym there and Davis predicts that past students will help as the programme progresses. He said: “I think what will turn it around is when we get to Penn Relays.” He believes that will spur US-based STATHS alumni to come on board.
Table-toppers Pride have been strengthened for their clash with the back-to-back champions with five West Indies players returning to the 13-man squad. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who has taken over from all-rounder Kevin Stoute as captain, will be joined by left-hander Jonathan Carter, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Shai Hope and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse. “Obviously, the game is very important for us taking into consideration we are just .2 points ahead,” Crandon was quoted by the Guyana Chronicle as saying. Despite a below par performance so far, Jaguars are leading the points table on 33.6 points, 0.2 more than second place Pride. “It is important that we press home any advantage we have. We know that Barbados are very fierce opponents over the years, but obviously we know the conditions better than they,” said head coach Esaun Crandon, a former Guyana fast bowler who took 90 wickets from 38 First-Class games. “We had the opportunity to play a day/night game in St Lucia, so we know what to expect during the day and what to expect during the night, but overall we need to play better cricket than Barbados.” Strengthened for clash GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): Front-runners Guyana Jaguars are hoping to exploit home advantage against rivals Barbados Pride in a top of the table clash when the Regional Four-Day Competition enters its fourth round here this weekend. Jaguars, the reigning champions, are facing a reinforced Pride in a day/night encounter at the Guyana National stadium from Friday, following a short break in the tournament.
LONDON ( AP): Manchester City and Liverpool were expected to be slugging it out for the English Premier League (EPL) title on the home stretch. Instead, they meet at Anfield on Sunday in a tussle just to be among the four Champions League qualifiers. City, who are reeling from their Champions League exit at Monaco, are only a point ahead of Liverpool in third place. Despite the swirling storm around Arsene Wenger, fifth-place Arsenal are only five points behind Liverpool with two games in hand. But Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow having only won twice in the last month both times against fifth-tier teams in the FA Cup. Leicester are on a roll again since Claudio Ranieri was replaced by Craig Shakespeare. The ailing champions have moved three points clear of the relegation zone with two Premier League wins under Shakespeare, who has also steered the Champions League newcomers into the quarterfinals. Middlesbrough will be hoping the end of Aitor Karanka’s reign yesterday produces a similar uplift as they sit next-to-last in the standings going into Sunday’s game at sixth-place Manchester United. In Spain, Sevilla can’t dwell on their Champions League elimination if they want to guarantee a return to the competition. Five points ahead At the start of the month, third-place Sevilla were nine points in front of Atletico Madrid. Now the gap is down to five points ahead of their meeting in Madrid on Sunday. Finishing fourth requires teams to contest a play-off to reach the group stage of the Champions League. Besides the 2-0 loss at Leicester on Tuesday, Sevilla are coming off two league draws. It will be a clash of Serie A’s top scorers when Inter Milan visit Torino tomorrow. Torino forward Andrea Belotti is at the top of the scoring chart with 22 goals. Mauro Icardi scored a nine-minute hat-trick in Inter’s 7-1 rout of Atalanta last weekend to take his tally to 20. Inter’s victory kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive. Inter are fifth, six points behind third-place Napoli and the final Champions League spot. Napoli visit Empoli on Sunday, when it will be a case of the league’s best attack against the weakest. Napoli have scored 65 goals, while Empoli have found the back of the net only 15 times. Lazio, who are four points below Napoli, visit Cagliari, while second-place Roma host Sassuolo. Also, Juventus visit Sampdoria as they go for a record sixth straight Serie A title.
LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Lesnar to Jones: ‘Be careful what you wish for, young man’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Trevis Simpson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBlackwater is taking a cautious approach as it remains in search for a new reinforcement this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Elite were left with no choice but to look for a replacement import after Trevis Simpson tore his groin muscle Saturday in their 118-93 loss to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Team manager Johnson Martines shared Blackwater has yet to select a new reinforcement to backstop the squad and will wait for team owner Dioceldo Sy’s return overseas before making the call.“We have not decided on it yet. Maybe, by Wednesday, we’ll have our guy,” he said in a text message.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’Simpson averaged 24.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his first two games for the Elite before being going scoreless in 10 minutes against the Beermen.The 25-year-old was evidently playing through the pain as he hobbled all over the court and the team decided to shut him down for the second half. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Luckily, Blackwater has the luxury of time with its next game set on August 6, against Rain or Shine, giving the Elite plenty of time to integrate the new import.The Elite are currently at the cellar of the standings with a 0-3 record together with the Kia Picanto and Alaska Aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ
Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate Valdez was a picture of confidence in the Philippines’ first game with her game-high 14 points on 13 of 21 spikes.The opening win over Hong Kong, she said, was just a part of the process they’re looking to fulfill in the tournament.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’The Philippines’ 1-0 puts them at an early position atop Pool A and another win will see them strut to the quarterfinals.“We have a bigger goal, and the whole team’s mindset is to achieve that bigger goal of advancing,” said Valdez. “We really have to take it one game at a time.” 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “This game was really for our country. We really wanted to show everyone that we’ve prepared hard for this tournament while we were in Japan and now that we’re here we’re also preparing for the SEA Games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took an emphatic opening game win in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, and talisman Alyssa Valdez hopes the Filipinos could to build on that confidence-booster in the coming days of the tournament.“We’re really getting our confidence and we’re hoping we can bring this confidence to the future games and of course this is also in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games,” said Valdez at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments
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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Barangay Ginebra is expected to play big—literally—as the Gin Kings try to negate the quickness of TNT KaTropa when they seek a Finals slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Filipinos seek strong Powerman stint In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “We have four bigs who are very agile,” said Ginebra guard LA Tenorio after the Kings snatched a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series with a 106-103 win Friday.“That’s our strength and we have to take advantage of that,” added Tenorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Kings hope that strategy closes out the Texters Sunday and arrange a rematch for the crown against Meralco, which badly wants to rebound from losing the Finals last year.Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger, Baser Amer, Ranidel De Ocampo and the Bolts swept the Star Hotshots in the other semifinal pairing. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Starring Glen Rice Jr. and speedy guard Jason Castro, the Ka Tropa nearly toppled the Kings in Game 3 if not for a couple of miscues and Joe Devance’s heroics down the stretch.“We tried to pound it inside and they used their quickness to blow by our big guys,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Again, we played our style and they played their style. I’m sure it’s going to be the same in Game 4.”Seven-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar form Ginebra’s formidable frontline quartet together with the 6-foot-7 De Vance and 6-foot-5 import Justin Brownlee.Rice attempted in vain to neutralize the Gin Kings’ imposing ceiling by scoring 44 points last time out built on sheer quickness and athleticism.On the defensive end, the Texters have to bring out the best from Kelly Williams, Troy Rosario and Anthony Semerad to contain Ginebra’s bigs.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Even when he wasn’t born yet, his father was my player,” said Guiao. “We’re very close to Bong and Mozzy, but it’s not really that closeness that made us decide to pick him. What he has earned for himself through the years, he has proven that he is a winner, and he has proven that he’s an intelligent player who can play in any system.”With Ravena in tow, Guiao likes what he has as he sees Ravena forming a deadly backcourt duo with Kevin Alas.“Kiefer’s style is good for our system. Now, we have a K-and-K tandem, Kevin and Kiefer in our backcourt and they’ll be the future of this team,” he said as he expects his rookie to bring in instant impact with the Road Warriors.“Kiefer is coming to the league that he doesn’t need a lot of the learning experience that the other guards have to go through. He doesn’t need that long of an adjustment period. But I’d like to see him improve his outside shooting and his consistency, maybe being able to defend bigger guards also. He doesn’t need to improve much.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UP coach Perasol not focused on standings as race to Final Four heats up Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwenty-five years ago, then-Swift coach Yeng Guiao missed his chance on drafting his former player in the amateur ranks Bong Ravena in the 1992 PBA Draft as the deadeye gunner was selected one pick ahead by San Miguel.Fast forward to 2017 and the fiery coach once again had a chance to draft another Ravena, Bong’s son Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Luckily for Guiao, lightning didn’t strike twice as San Miguel went with Christian Standhardinger as the top pick, allowing NLEX to draft the younger Ravena at second in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXFEATURED 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 no surprise because from the beginning, he was really the one we’re eyeing,” Guiao.Guiao and the Ravenas share a tight-knit relationship given their history but he said it wasn’t the reason why he drafted Kiefer. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments