Alia is a big deal – Swimming boss crowns top swimmer after stellar year

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Handel Lamey, is throwing full support behind his sport’s standard bearer Alia Atkinson, who he is hoping will win her second RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award next month. The prestigious annual awards ceremony will be held on January 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Two years ago, Atkinson, 28, won her sport’s first national award since Belinda Phillips’ 1974 nod. According to Lamey, the only blemish on Atkinson’s high-calibre performances this year was her failure to medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year, but he was quick to underline her impact on the sport both locally and internationally, pointing to her as a worthy candidate. “I think she is a very strong candidate for this year being that she (equalled the) 100m world record, (set a new) 50m world record and the only thing is that she did not achieve an Olympic medal, but in terms of performances, she has done exceedingly well,” the ASAJ boss told The Gleaner yesterday. Atkinson, who won three medals at the Short Course (SC) World Championships recently and broke the 50m breaststroke SC world record, will be looking to upstage a high-level field which favours double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, who is looking for her first hold on the award. TREMENDOUS IMPACT Locally, Lamey describes to the swimmer’s impact as tremendous, noting that the she has now become a household name and continues to lift the sport in a positive light. “It’s a big deal for us, considering that she has been the only swimmer in a long time that has won the award,” said Lamey. “She is very good to have been nominated on so many occasions and having won it.” Meanwhile, the overseas-based Atkinson has also lifted the prestige of swimming by virtue of being back-to-back runner-up in 2012 and 2013 behind sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “She is our winner, she is our standardbearer and topped the sport here in Jamaica, and she has a very good international ranking and standing also. When you look out there in the swimming environment, there aren’t that many black swimmers coming from this region who are participating at that level,” said Lamey. After her disappointment in Rio, Atkinson equalled the 100m breaststroke world record in her return to the pool, clocking 1:02.36 on August 26 in France. She then posted 28.64 to break a seven-year SC record by 0.16 seconds at a meet in Tokyo. The Jamaican finished second in the overall World Cup points standings and in a dominant showing, won all eight 50m breaststroke events that she started. Besides Atkinson and Phillip, the only other swimmer to win the National Sportswoman of the Year award is Frances Noble, who did so 1968. Phillip Alexander (1965) and Paul Nash (1969) are the only National Sportsman of the Year recipients.last_img read more

Woods struggles with greens in first round since Masters

first_imgTiger Woods watches his approach shot on the third hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiger Woods’ first round since the Masters left him perplexed and questioning his putting.Woods shot an opening-round even par 71 at the Wells Fargo Championship, leaving him six shots behind leader John Peterson, but in decent position with 54 holes left to play.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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident He won this tournament 11 years ago, but hasn’t played here since missing the cut in 2012. He said the Quail Hollow course is much more difficult than the previous time he teed it up, but he feels as if he is playing well enough to be a factor.“Ball-striking-wise, I’m fine,” said Woods, who received a warm welcome from the fans on the first tee box in his return to Charlotte. “I’m right there. If I make a couple putts, I’d be 2 or 3-under par, which is fine.”Woods said his putting woes may have been the result of starting late in the day. He felt the grass on the greens had grown since earlier. He knows that won’t be the case on Friday when he will be in one of the first groups off the tee.“It should be a little quicker,” he said.Woods finished tied for 32nd in last tournament at Augusta National after a final-round 69. Strangely enough, Woods said Augusta National is probably the easiest course he has played all year in terms of scoring.“Seriously,” Woods said. “Most of the golf courses I’ve played have been really difficult setups. … Augusta was more wide open than pretty much any event I’ve played in so far this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Well, that is if the 42-year-old can figure out the speed of the greens at the Quail Hollow Club.“They are on the slower side. They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way,” Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion. “What I was feeling and what I was sensing just didn’t match up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens.On a day when fans joked that Woods and playing partner Patrick Reed were “twinning” — they wore similar pink shirts and carded the same score — his round easily could have been three to four strokes better had he holed a few makeable putts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie. He took three putts on Nos. 4 and 16 and was exasperated after missing out on a chance to birdie the difficult closing 18th hole, rolling a putt just past the cup.Woods came up with a couple of big putts though, rolling in a 27-footer for birdie on No. 8 and a bender from 17 feet on the over-the-water par-3 17th hole to save par.Woods’ best finish this season is a tie for second at the Valspar Championship, but said he’s still trying to get a gauge for where his overall game is following years of persistent back problems.“I felt like I’ve played my way into playing shape now — whether it’s the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week,” Woods said. “I feel like I’ve played my way into the rhythm of it. Now I’m just trying to get a little better.”Woods has not won on the PGA Tour since 2013, but is optimistic about his prospects this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

‘We spend £100m and still start Lucas’ – Liverpool fans react to line up v Southampton

first_img Lucas looks likely to start for Liverpool 1 Liverpool being the 2014/15 Premier League season hosting Southampton – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT from 1pm.The Redmen have been one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer window, spending over £100m on players, but their line-up for the opening weekend of the season looks to spring one or two surprises, with Lucas Leiva getting the nod from boss Brendan Rodgers.It’s safe to say that Kopites aren’t totally enamoured with the decision, as can be seen below…last_img read more

Muller, Lewandowski on double as Bayern demolish Besiktas

first_imgBesiktas fought gainly and held firm until just before half-time when Bayern captain Mueller scored from close range.The floodgates opened after the break at Munich’s Allianz Arena as Kingsley Coman struck before Mueller poached his second.Bayern claimed their fourth on 79 minutes when Lewandowski pounced on a rebound after defender Mats Hummels’s long-range shot was parried.Mueller then weighed in with an assist to set up Lewandowski for the fifth just before the final whistle.Besiktas, making their debut in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, face a near impossible task in the return leg in Istanbul on March 14 if they are to prolong their European adventure.Bayern made a bright start when Coman’s curling shot forced Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri into a save on nine minutes, Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick then headed wide by Arturo Vidal.But Besiktas were the architects of their own downfall as a poor pass from skipper Atiba Hutchinson was snapped up by Lewandowski, who was sent tumbling by last man Vida as he closed in on goal.Despite the dismissal of the Croatia defender, Bayern initially struggled to make the advantage count as the Besiktas defence, marshalled by Portugal veteran centre-back Pepe, refused to buckle.The Turkish champions created chances of their own as winger Ricardo Quaresma beat Bayern centre-back Hummels before firing wide, while Pepe shot over the bar.But Bayern broke the deadlock when Coman whipped in a cross and David Alaba flicked the ball to Mueller, who tapped the ball through Fabri’s legs on 43 minutes.Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez went off with a calf injury just after the goal, replaced by veteran winger Arjen Robben, a surprise exclusion from the starting side, in a move that pushed Mueller more to central to accommodate the Dutchman.Bayern maintained the pressure following the restart as Lewandowski hit the post with a free-kick four minutes into the second half.The Poland forward turned provider for Coman’s goal, passing back inside after being put in behind the defence by Mueller.With the Besiktas defence worrying about Mueller and Vidal, Coman steamed into the area unmarked to slam home Bayern’s second goal on 52 minutes.With Bayern peppering the Besiktas goal, visiting coach Senol Gunes sacrificed striker Vagner Love for defender Dusko Tosic to try and limit the damage.It had little effect though as Bayern grabbed their third when Kimmich’s cross was met by Mueller at the near post on 66 minutes.A speculative Hummels shot was kept out well by Fabri, but Lewandowski was on hand to tuck away his 28th goal of the season in all competitions on 79 minutes.Mueller and Lewandowski combined for Bayern’s fifth goal when the Germany forward squared for his Polish team-mate to cap the rout two minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ten-man Besiktas almost held on until the half-time interval but Muller pounced to fire the German champions in front. PHOTO/REUTERSMUNICH, Germany, Feb 20 – Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski netted twice as Bayern Munich thrashed 10-man Besiktas 5-0 on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.Disaster struck for Besiktas after just 16 minutes when Domagoj Vida was sent off bringing down Lewandowski when the Poland striker was through on goal.last_img read more

Stoke suffer transfer blow as Xherdan Shaqiri rules out £12.5m switch

first_imgStoke City target Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed he wants to stay and fight for his place at Inter Milan.Mark Hughes’ Potters had a £12m bid accepted for the Swiss midfielder last week but the player could not agree terms with the Premier League side.And now the 23-year-old has poured cold water on any hope of rekindling that deal and insists his future remains at the San Siro.Shaqiri, who joined Inter from Bayern Munich in January, has struggled to hit the heights for Roberto Mancini’s men so far but is determined to prove his worth in a Nerazzurri shirt.According to FcInterNews, the former Basel star has confirmed he turned down the Potters to see out the remaining four years on his contract with the Serie A giants. 1 Xherdan Shaqiri last_img read more

Confirmed: Tottenham’s Dele Alli handed three match suspension

first_img Dele Alli in action for Tottenham Hotspur 1 Dele Alli has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct by the Football Association which rules him out of action for the rest of the season.The 20-year-old Tottenham midfielder was hit with the suspension after appearing to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in Monday night’s 1-1 draw between the two sides at White Hart Lane, which all-but ended SPurs’ title chances.Alli accepted the FA charge – but saw his claims that the accompanying three-match ban would be an excessive punishment thrown out.Named PFA Young Player of the Year last week, Alli had been fouled twice in the early stages by the Argentinian and looked to react when the two came together in the penalty area.The incident was missed by referee Mike Jones but the FA acted quickly in charging Alli and announced on Thursday evening that a three-match ban was his punishment.“Dele Alli will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” an FA statement read:“The player accepted The FA’s charge but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be ‘clearly excessive’.“This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Thursday 28 April 2016].“The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in a 26th minute incident with West Bromwich Albion’s Claudio Yacob during their game on Monday [25 April 2016].”The news will come as a blow to Spurs and their head coach Mauricio Pochettino, although losing Alli now is less of a loss with the North London side unlikey to beat Leicester to the Premier League title.The draw against the Baggies, which saw Craig Dawson equalise his first-half own goal, leaves the Foxes just three points away from silverware, heading into their clash against Manchester United on Sunday.Alli has shone in his debut season at Spurs, and the benefit of his suspension is that the youngster will be fresh and fit heading into the European Championships this summer.last_img read more

Gibbs has his team on a roll

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson LaVar Arrington’s interception set up Clinton Portis’ 6-yard touchdown run, and Sean Taylor returned a fumble 51 yards for another first-quarter score for the Redskins, who rebounded from a three-game losing streak to win five straight to get into the playoffs. “I go to work with a great bunch of guys, and they have a lot of fight to them,” Gibbs said after his first playoff game since a divisional-round loss to San Francisco on Jan. 9, 1993. “They never gave up no matter what the circumstances.” Taylor was later ejected for spitting in the face of a Bucs player, further depleting an injury-riddled defense that held off two Tampa Bay scoring threats in the closing minutes, including a near catch in the end zone that could have tied the game with just less than three minutes to go. Chris Simms lofted a perfect spiral to Edell Shepherd on third-and-10 from the Washington 35, but the Tampa Bay receiver lost control of the ball as he was coming down in the end zone. Simms, unaware the pass was ruled incomplete, began celebrating near the sideline – and the Bucs’ stadium crew set off premature fireworks. Tampa Bay asked for a video review, burning its final timeout, but the call was correctly upheld by instant replay. “It’s unfortunate,” coach Jon Gruden said. “He was open, he had his hands on the ball, and he was in the end zone.” The Redskins advanced to a divisional round game on Saturday at Seattle (13-3). They also avenged a 36-35 loss to Tampa Bay (11-6) this season, a game the Bucs won on Mike Alstott’s 2-point conversion run with less than a minute remaining. “Our defense was incredible,” Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell said. “You can’t say enough about them.” Gibbs, who came out of retirement two years ago, took over sole possession of third place on the career playoff wins list for a coach, improving to 17-5 in the postseason, including three Super Bowl titles during his first stint with the Redskins from 1981-92. The Hall of Famer is known as an offensive innovator, but the Redskins were outgained in this one 243-120. “Our guys on offense were giving it everything we had,” Gibbs said. “We tried a little bit of everything, and we couldn’t get anything to work.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The victory was the sixth straight for the Redskins (11-6), who won despite gaining only 120 yards on offense – the lowest total in NFL history for a winning team in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “It’s been a tough fight these last six weeks,” said linebacker Marcus Washington, who recovered a fumble and had a fourth-quarter interception. “We ain’t ready to go home yet, so we’re going to keep sawing wood.” center_img TAMPA, Fla. – Joe Gibbs’ teams always had a knack for peaking at the right time, and these Washington Redskins are no different. With the Hall of Fame coach back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the Redskins – at least on defense – looked like a Super Bowl contender again in beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 in the NFC wild-card round Saturday. last_img read more

Letterkenny 24/7 members participate in gruelling event at Croagh Patrick – Pic Special

first_imgLetterkenny Triathlon Club NotesDonegal Senior Cross Country The club had seven members running in the Donegal Senior cross country held at a wet and mucky Finn Valley on Sunday.  In the men’s senior race, Shane McNulty was part of the winning Finn Valley team while there was also solid performances from Danny Mooney and Sean McFadden.In the ladies race Natasha Kelly was first club woman home finishing in 7th position overall, just one week after her Ulster success. There was also impressive performances from Siobhan Gallagher, Fionnuala Larkin and Niamh McDaid.Tollymore Ultra Marathon/MarathonThree Club members took the trip to County Down for the Tollymore Ultra marathon and marathon. The event was based within the Tollymore Forest park and the route followed a series of forest trails. Club chairman Nick Fowell took on the grueling 40mile Ultra event finishing in 10th position in a time of 06:14:27.Colin Dean and Patrick McNulty took on the 26.2mile marathon event, finishing in 03:46:29 and 04:32:12 respectively.Sea 2 SummitTwelve 24/7 members travelled to Westport over the weekend for the Sea 2 Summit adventure race. Over 2,500 competitors took part in Irelands largest adventure race involving cycling, running and hiking.Five members took part in the Supreme 56k event which included a grueling climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick. Paddy McGee was first club member home in a time of 03:15:03, giving him a fantastic 18th position overall, a good start to his Race 2017 preparations. Jason Black, Paul Lynch and Philip Robinson also completed the supreme course while Sharon Black was the only woman to tackle the longer distance.Anthony Sweeney was first 24/7 member home in the 30k Spirit race crossing the line in a very impressive 01:57:37 finishing 40th overall in a field of over 1400 competitors. Anne Robinson was first club woman home in the 30k Spirit race finishing in 02:27:43, improving her time by 14minutes on last year’s result. Martina McDaid was next over the line followed by the clubs newest member, Karol Harvey, Fiona McDaid Stephanie Dunleavy and Cathy Harvey.Club Christmas Party The club Christmas party has been scheduled for Friday 2nd December in Arena 7 at 8pm. Tickets will be available at club swim sessions or from committee members.Full Results:Donegal Senior Cross CountryShane McNulty                 36:16 Danny Mooney                 36:44Sean McFadden                               37:49Natasha Kelly                     20:12Siobhan Gallagher           20:55Fionnuala Larkin               21:40Niamh McDaid                  23:27Tollymore Ultra Marathon/MarathonNick Fowell                         06:14:27Colin Dean                          03:46:29Patrick McNulty                                04:32:12Sea to SummitSupreme Results:Paddy McGee                   03:15:03Jason Black                         03:38:04Paul Lynch                           03:47:54Sharon Black                      04:09:32Philip Robinson                 04:27:11Spirit Results:Anthony Sweeney          01:57:37Anne Robinson                 02:27:43Martina McDaid                02:38:18Karol Harvey                      02:42:44Fiona McDaid                     02:43:28Stephanie Dunleavy       02:46:27Cathy Harvey                     02:57:57Letterkenny 24/7 members participate in gruelling event at Croagh Patrick – Pic Special was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Croagh Patrickletterkenny 24/7newspic specialSportlast_img read more

Wood stoves popular again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No way was Ginger Rice going to put up with another year of $300-a-month heating bills. So when she heard natural gas prices would climb even higher this season, Rice did the only thing she thought would spare her bank account: She bought a wood-pellet stove. In doing so, the Albuquerque, N.M., resident joined a growing number of people turning to firewood and wood pellets for heat for the first time this year. Scared of what their fuel bills might be, customers are flocking to stove dealers while manufacturers struggle just to keep up with demand. “It’s just insane,” said Lori Pitman, spokeswoman for Country Stoves of Auburn, Wash. “We weren’t prepared for it, frankly. I don’t think anyone was in the industry.” The Energy Department predicts winter heating bills will be a third to a half higher this winter than last for most families across the country – an average of $350 more for natural gas users and $378 more for fuel oil users. The rising prices are blamed largely on hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which damaged oil and natural gas installations and disrupted production. And that prospect is sending people out in droves for wood stoves and, especially, wood pellet stoves. Pellet stoves, which run between $1,800 and $3,000, use small wood pellets sold in 40-pound bags for a few dollars each. On average, a home uses one bag a day. While the initial cost of buying the stove and pellets won’t save money, the savings come in the long run, said Leslie Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. “Nobody could have foreseen the price of oil, then add a couple hurricanes on top of that,” said Don Kaiser, executive director of the Pellet Fuels Institute, a trade group that represents manufacturers. “You can understand why demand is so high. People are buying early.” But good luck trying to get one anytime soon: Manufacturers are already weeks, even months behind in orders. “I think people are just panicking and the manufacturers all across the country have depleted their inventories,” said Cyd Ault, co-owner of Heatsource Stoves and Grills LLC in Albuquerque, N.M. “They’re now having to produce stoves as fast as they can.” Wood stoves aren’t as popular, but still are being sold at a steady pace. Firewood sales are experiencing a “phenomenal increase,” according to Stan Dykstra, owner of S&D Firewood in Belgrade, Mont. And national forests are seeing a jump in the number of permits issued to individuals to cut their own firewood. “Oh, my goodness, yes,” said Jim Maxwell, spokesman for the Forest Service’s regional office in Denver. “It’s gone through the ceiling this year because of those rising costs. It’s definitely impacting the behavior of folks and how they’re heating.” Environmental groups caution homeowners to use their heat source efficiently. Brendan Bell, Sierra Club energy analyst, said people need to make sure wood stoves don’t leak and that they aren’t using moldy wood. “The money you invest in a new wood stove would probably be better spent in buying a new gas furnace that is more efficient,” Bell said. “That’s what’s best for the environment and your pocketbook.” In Alaska, one official voices a different concern: Ernie Misewicz, Fairbanks deputy fire marshal, predicts all the new wood stoves will lead to more fires, as they did in the late 1970s when the price of fuel skyrocketed. “There was an abundance of wood out there. In a year or so, we started seeking a spike in the number of fires related to wood stoves,” he said. Environmental and fire warnings aside, the quest for alternative heat and that all-important price break continues across the country. Rice was among the fortunate ones who hit the stores early this year, so she already is basking in the heat from her cozy stove. “Love it,” she said.last_img read more

D’backs walk off against Giants’ Mark Melancon

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PHOENIX — If each start is a new test for Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson, the rookie is doing everything in his power behind the scenes to give himself a chance to pass.Anderson didn’t receive the final grade he was looking for in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday, but the right-hander has a clubhouse full of veterans convinced that brighter days are ahead.“He’s a bulldog,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. …last_img read more