Hubert lawrence | Omar McLeod – the new king?

first_img By comparison, McLeod’s best is three-hundredths off Parchment’s national record of 12.94. It’s a long way from 12.97 to 12.80 seconds, but nothing is impossible. For all we know, McLeod’s combination of quick starts, sub-10 sprint speed and slick hurdling could close the gap. With Parchment back from the injury that barred him from the Olympics, it’s a good guess that he and McLeod will lay siege to his national record. With the best returning to London this August for the 2017 World Championships, McLeod will no doubt be determined to win. If the record comes, as it did in 12.91 seconds at the 1993 Worlds for Briton Colin Jackson, then so be it. Record or not, if he wins the 110 metres hurdles in London in a World Championships that will be Bolt’s last, the mantle of Jamaican greatness will be passed to him. Based on all we’ve seen in 2016 and 2017, the 23-year-old McLeod looks ready to assume duties as Jamaica’s top male athlete. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Everywhere I turn, the same question confronts me: Who will take on Usain Bolt’s role as the male spearhead of Jamaican track and field? Yet, the sprint-focused answers I get tend consistently to leave out one fine candidate – 110 metres hurdles king Omar McLeod. Other than Bolt, McLeod is Jamaica’s first male Olympic champion since Donald Quarrie. In Bolt-like fashion, he is brilliant in big meets with wins at Boys and Girls’ Championships and the United States’ NCAA Championships as proof. Last year, he did the double with a fast 60 metres hurdles win at the World Indoor Championships and a safe win at the Olympics. If it takes some time for our male sprinters to cover Bolt’s absence, McLeod may lead a shift in public interest to the hurdles. In fact, the 110m hurdles is lining up to match the 100 metres as Jamaica’s best men’s event. Right now, McLeod, Olympic and World Championships medallist Hansle Parchment pack a powerful one-two punch. Add 2014 Commonwealth champ Andrew Riley, Olympic semi-finalist Deuce Carter and World Under-20 finalist DeJour Russell and Jamaica is set for another decade of progress in the barrier event. Russell broke McLeod’s Boys’ Champs Class One record to pinpoint him as one to watch. Ronald Levy of the University of Technology, the Jamaica Intercollegiate champion, beat Parchment recently and won at the Penn Relays. Once he stays healthy, Levy will be in the picture at the National Senior Championships. We aren’t dead in the sprints by any means, but if Bolt chooses to retire tomorrow, McLeod would be Jamaica’s top male long-range gold medal prospect for this year’s World Championships. As evidence, the 23 year-old blitzed a season opener of 13.04 seconds in rainy conditions on April 29. It was stunning. Some experts think McLeod has the capability to chase the hurdles record. It won’t be easy. In a superb 2012 season, Aries Merritt of the United States followed his Olympic triumph in London with a flawless run of 12.80 seconds.last_img read more

Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees “He’s a very good player and has a bright future,” said Sareyyet Ramallah forward Jamal Abu-Shamala.Ravena is leading Chooks in its first two games, averaging 21.0 points, which ranks third-best in the tournament so far. He is also collecting 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per outing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the former Ateneo Blue Eagle knows he has to stay focused after his team blew a chance to the top spot in Group A.“Tough game tonight. No excuses. Gotta stay positive and consistent. #Puso,” he wrote on Twitter. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentscenter_img Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas may have lost to Sareyyet Ramallah, 82-89, on Saturday, but that doesn’t stop Kiefer Ravena from earning believers in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup.Even foes couldn’t help but gush over the 23-year-old’s stupendous play.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas seeks to bounce back against Mono Vampire of Thailand on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump withdraws Warriors invitation to White Houselast_img read more

Klopp hands Sturridge Liverpool lifeline

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge in action during the 2018 International Champions Cup in the United States© AFP JIM WATSONLONDON, United Kingdom, July 25 -Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge can be a “decisive player” for Liverpool after impressive displays from the injury-plagued striker in pre-season matches.Sturridge, 28, went to West Brom on loan in January but was injured early on and managed just six appearances. With 12 months left on his contract it appeared Sturridge’s Anfield career was over but he has looked sharp in his five friendly games and Klopp, who became frustrated by the player’s unavailability last season, is prepared to hand him a lifeline.“We’re not in doubt — and nobody was ever in doubt — about his quality,” the Liverpool manager told liverpoolfc.com.“In this moment he looks really good to be honest. That’s cool — really cool for him and cool for us. (It’s) a very important moment for him. I am in talks with him, what he feels.“I don’t want to make him the most physically strong player in the squad or whatever.“The most physically strong player in the squad cannot play football like Daniel Sturridge and he has no possibility to be that, to be the marathon man of the team, but he can be a very decisive player.”Sturridge could be in line to start the Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12, with Roberto Firmino and new goalkeeper and fellow Brazil international Alisson only rejoining the squad at next week’s training camp in France.Liverpool are currently taking part in the International Champions Cup in the United States.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Trump warns countries that might oppose North American World Cup bid

first_img0Shares0000President Donald Trump says it would be a shame if countries that the US always supports were to lobby against the US’ FIFA World Cup bid. © AFP / NICHOLAS KAMMWASHINGTON, United States, Apr 27 – US President Donald Trump tweeted support for the North American FIFA World Cup bid Thursday, and hinted nations who oppose it could face political repercussions.“The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump tweeted. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”Morocco is the only other nation bidding for the 2026 football showpiece against the combined North American bid.World football’s governing body FIFA will announce the winning bid after a vote on June 13 in Moscow, ahead of the start of this year’s World Cup in Russia.Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Association, has said France will back Morocco.Le Graet said this month that Africa, where the World Cup has only been hosted once before — in South Africa in 2010 — “has often been neglected”.Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football, has urged European countries to support Morocco.In an exclusive interview with AFP this week, he appealed to European self-interest saying: “Vote for us and we’ll vote for you next time.”While Morocco can expect widespread support from African countries, the 10 countries of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said this month in a joint statement they had decided “unanimously” to support the North American bid.The North American bid has long been viewed as the front-runner to stage the tournament, thanks to its well-developed infrastructure.But there have been concerns that Trump’s comments on such issues as immigration could hurt the bid.US law enforcement were also responsible for exposing systemic corruption in FIFA in 2015, but US Soccer Federation chief Carlos Cordeiro said in March that he didn’t believe anti-US sentiment would be a factor in the vote.“This is not geopolitics this is football,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mertesacker would love to see Arteta at Arsenal again

first_img0Shares0000Mertesacker would love to see Arteta at Arsenal again. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 19 – Per Mertesacker has praised former Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta and admitted that he would enjoy having him back at the Gunners.The former Gunners defender, who now runs the club’s academy, played alongside Arteta for five years at the Emirates Stadium after they both arrived in the summer of 2011. Arteta then retired in 2016 and left to join Manchester City, working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and playing a key role in the club’s back-to-back Premier League triumphs.He was also touted as a candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger in North London in 2018 and, with pressure upon Unai Emery rising, has been mentioned as a candidate to be the next manager at the Emirates Stadium.Mertesacker has now thrown his weight behind Arteta, praising his former colleague colleague and admitting he would love to work alongside him in the future.“I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me. I was by his side during team meetings and we had a great bond. I’d love to work with him again, a top guy,” he told FourFourTwo.Mertesacker also praised former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was appointed last week as the new Head of Football Development at Fifa.“He has an aura – it’s difficult to explain. He demands a lot, but makes you feel comfortable, too. It’s about trust. In hard times, he was a rock protecting us. I’ll always be very grateful to him.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 2 visits today)last_img read more

LFC striker signings: Bundesliga’s top scorer and €30m La Liga star on the cards?

first_img 7 7 3. Charlie Austin – 17 goals in 30 games must be raising eyebrows at Anfield! But if rumours are to be believed, the Reds are already eyeing up a more surprising Premier League target (click right to find out who it is)… – QPR are still battling against relegation from the Premier League but, if they lose that fight, it seems inevitable they will also lose Austin. His 17 goals from 30 games makes him the second highest scoring Englishman in the top-flight this term – behind only Tottenham’s Harry Kane – and he is destined for greater things. A move to a top four club might be out of reach at the moment for the 25-year-old, however, so Liverpool may well be the next best bet for him and his career. 7 6. Patrick Bamford – Championship Player of the Year could be lured away with the promise of developing under Rodgers, rather than stagnating at Stamford Bridge. Speaking of which, there is a striker at Chelsea who could be a wildcard Liverpool signing… – A definite gamble but, if Liverpool are no longer shopping at the top table of world football, then they will have to cut their cloth accordingly. The England Under-21 striker has been a roaring success at promotion-chasing Middlesbrough this term (scoring 17 goals so far) and was named Championship Player of the Year at the weekend. He sees his long-term future at parent club Chelsea, but he will be 22 in September and is yet to pull on the blue shirt in a competitive match. He can’t afford to wait forever for his Premier League chance. 7 7 7 2. Alexander Meier – could the Bundesliga top scorer who’s getting better with age be a replacement for out-of-favour Rickie Lambert? Get the full SP, below, then click right for the Premier League player who’s banging in the goals and could end up at Anfield… – The top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, Meier, at 32, is no spring chicken, but he seems to be getting better with age. Has consistently scored at a goal every other game throughout the last five years at Eintracht Frankfurt, and he has upped that ratio this term, with 19 from just 26 matches. He usually plays as an attacking midfielder or second striker, so could potentially form a mouth-watering partnership with Sturridge (if the Anfield medical staff can keep the England man on the pitch). There is clearly plenty of work to be done for Brendan Rodgers this summer as he looks to rebuild Liverpool into a genuine Premier League force.And top of his shopping list has to be a new striker who can bear the weight of his side’s need for goals – their Premier League tally so far is comfortably the lowest in the top six – particularly with ongoing fitness concerns over Daniel Sturridge.Mario Balotelli seems certain to be shipped out in the summer, while neither Rickie Lambert nor Fabio Borini have shown they are capable of filling the void.But with it looking unlikely Anfield will be hosting Champions League football next season, it won’t be easy for Rodgers to persuade the top names to move to Merseyside. So just who could the Reds sign? talkSPORT examines the options… 7. Didier Drogba – you never know! – This would have Chelsea fans choking on their title-winning champers, but the Ivorian has already stated he intends to carry on playing for at least one more year and, having played little more than a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge since his return last summer, he might fancy a move to a club where he would get a little more game time. Not the long-term solution, and maybe not a starting solution, but is he a worse option off the bench than Liverpool have now? 1. If Liverpool are serious about improving, they need to consider spending big on someone like Antoine Griezmann. Read all about it below, then click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the Bundesliga hot shot (19 goals in 26 games) who could be a bargain buy for the Reds… – It would take a considerable offer to tempt Atletico Madrid to cash in on the French international, but they have proved in the past they are capable of cashing in on their star assets, replacing them with cheaper models, and continuing to deliver success. So could that pattern be set to repeat itself? The 24-year-old has scored 20 goals in 31 La Liga matches this term following his €30m move from Real Sociedad, and has a striking ratio of almost one in three for the French national team. Out of Liverpool’s reach? You never know until you ask… 5. Danny Ings – United reportedly want him too, but Liverpool could offer Ings more first team football. And if it’s young English talent the Reds are after, they could do a lot worse than consider a bid for the talented striker you’ll find on the next pic… – Ings has shown enough in his debut Premier League season for struggling Burnley to turn the heads of bigger and more powerful suitors. Liverpool are in the mix, but Manchester United are also reportedly keen on the 22-year-old, so the Reds will need to move quickly if they want to get their man. He’s not the finished article – but Rodgers has proved he can help develop young attacking talent – but he won’t break the bank, either. 4. Radamel Falcao – from Man United to Liverpool, via Monaco? It could happen, as could the signing of an exciting talent on the next page… – The Colombian might not be the most popular option among the Anfield faithful, but a man with a point to prove could be just what Liverpool need. His loan move from Monaco to Manchester United has not worked out and it seems unlikely that deal will be made permanent. His wage demands might be an issue (although his form this term may tip negotiations in the buying club’s favour) and his injury record is a worry, but perhaps a smaller basic package and some sort of pay-as-you-play-as-you-score deal would suit both parties? 7last_img read more

WOMAN ADMITS STEALING RING FROM LETTERKENNY ANTIQUE SHOP

first_imgA Romanian woman who stole a ring from a Letterkenny antiques shops has been ordered to keep the peace for 12 months.Letterkenny District CourtArgentina Rostas appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with stealing a gold-coloured ring worth €50 from Mourne Antiques on May 29th last. The court was told that Gardai were informed of the theft and a description of Ms Rostas was put out to Gardai.She was found a short time later at Tesco Car Park in possession of the ring and arrested.Ms Rosta, a mother of three aged 26, admitted stealing the ring.She initially gave a false name but Gardai then discovered her real identity.Barrister for Ms Rostas, Ms Catherine Henry said her client was very embarrassed by the incident and wanted to put the incident behind her.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Ms Rostas, of 15 Mark House, Stranorlar, to keep the peace for 12 months on her own bond of €150.WOMAN ADMITS STEALING RING FROM LETTERKENNY ANTIQUE SHOP was last modified: November 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football Falls At South Dakota

first_img Full Schedule Roster Preview Story Links Caz Zyks Drake vs. South Dakota Final Stats Brock Reichardt Next Game: Drake vs. South Dakota Final Stats center_img Conley Wilkins Taylor Coleman STETSON (Parents and Family Weekend) 9/26/2015 – 1:00 PM Andy Rice VERMILLION, S.D. – The Drake University football team fell to South Dakota, 52-0, at the DakotaDome on Saturday afternoon.With three-year starting quarterback Andy Rice out of the game due to an injury, senior Cody Thibault earned the start. In his first career start, Thibault completed 14-of-37 for 147 yards and two interceptions.A bright spot for Drake’s offense was its running game, rushing for 116 yards. Junior Conley Wilkins rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries, while sophomore Brock Reichardt posted a career-best 37 yards on 12 touches.Defensively, seniors Caz Zyks and Taylor Coleman led the squad with seven tackles apiece.The Coyotes were able to take advantage of good field position during the first half, as they started seven of their 11 first half drives in Drake territory. Drake’s defense had a strong start, as the Bulldogs only allowed three first downs and 73 yards of total offense in the first quarter. The Bulldogs went on to only give up eight first downs and 82 yards passing in the first half.An interception set up USD’s first score as Trevor Bouma scored a one-yard touchdown run. USD then started its next drive on Drake’s 18 yard line with the help of a Drake special teams penalty. The Bulldogs’ defense held USD from converting a first-down on the drive and forced the Coyotes to a field goal.South Dakota took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter and opened the period with a 10-yard touchdown run to go up 17-0. The Coyotes’ final two touchdowns of the first half came with USD starting the respective drives in Bulldog territory, taking a 31-0 lead into the locker room.South Dakota scored on its opening drive of the second half, extending its lead to 38-0. The Bulldogs had a few good opportunities to get on the board in the second half, but came up empty with a missed field goal, a fumble in the red zone and a blocked field goal.  USD tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final score of 52-0.The Bulldogs will open conference play next week when they host Stetson to Drake Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Version Cody Thibault last_img read more

Brolly reveals his ‘brief’ encounter with Gay Byrne on Donegal beach!

first_imgJoe Brolly has shared the story of an unexpected run-in he once had with the late Gay Byrne on a Co Donegal beach.The pundit was going for a swim on his own one morning when he unexpectedly ran into Gay.In his column for the weekly GAA newspaper Gaelic Life, Joe explained how he had gone to the beach near Donegal Airport and ‘stripped naked’ before going for a swim. ‘I stripped naked, left my clothes and glasses in a pile on the sand, and jumped in the freezing ocean,’ Joe explained.Coming out of the water 20 minutes later, he heard Gay’s ‘unmistakable voice’ saying: “Young Joseph. What a sight for sore eyes.’Gay Byrne had been out for his morning walk on the beach when he happened across Joe Brolly emerging from his dip in the sea.The GAA pundit described how Gay joked to him: ‘I see you are making trouble again. Do make sure you keep it up,’ as he strolled past. Joe Brolly also remarked in his Gaelic Life column: ‘He was a colossus in our living rooms, giving the country a break from the tedium of daily life, thrilling and surprising us and making us laugh or cry.’Brolly reveals his ‘brief’ encounter with Gay Byrne on Donegal beach! was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachdonegalGay ByrneJOE BROLLYnakedlast_img read more

KZN kicks off 20 Years of Freedom celebrations

first_img11 March 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, joined by leaders from various communities, released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Monday to mark the official start of the province’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom. Mchunu also unveiled the symbolic 20 Years of Freedom Flame, which will criss-cross the province’s 11 districts over the coming months, with a series of activities been lined up in each district to welcome the flame. “It is impossible to talk about Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections in his lifetime without referring to KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said at the unveiling: “The unpleasant fact is that at any mention of apartheid, the people of KwaZulu-Natal remember a period of great cruelty, the torture and killing of political activists, the break-up of families and the suffering of orphans and widows. “In sharp contrast, at any mention of Tata Nelson Mandela, the faces of the people of KwaZulu-Natal lighten up, as he represents the end of suffering and hope for a better future.” Mchunu said Mandela understood the suffering of the people of KwaZulu-Natal under apartheid, and would often travel to the then Natal province to meet with ordinary community members, political activists and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC). Mchunu urged the province to “hold each other’s hands and embrace this freedom, reconciliation, acceptance and respect for all communities. “Respect for human rights must be the new culture of our new South African nation. Let no one take away your right to be free and enjoy the fruit of this democracy. Let us work hard together to create this positive future for our children.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more