Grand Slam As for the ‘Serena Slam’ concept, that reflects the difficulty Serena Williams and all tennis players face in winning the Australian, French and US Opens and Wimbledon in one calendar year. That’s the Grand Slam. The ‘Serena Slam’ describes something that comes close. Winning all four Slams across two calendar years is a fine achievement, but it isn’t quite the same. Just as the fuss about Gatlin ended when Bolt beat him twice at the recent World Championships, the ‘Serena Slam’ idea will disappear from discussion if she wins this year’s US Open. Already in 2015, she has taken top spot in Australia, France and at Wimbledon. Regarding Bolt, his career IS the stuff of legends, but it isn’t over yet. I look forward to the races he still has ahead of him and driving to Port Antonio from Montego Bay via the Usain Bolt Highway. – Hubert Lawrence prepared this column with an Olympia typewriter and delivered it via fax machine. One of my favourite people describes me as a recalcitrant. The description fits because of my resistance, in some areas, to change. Now you know, you’ll understand why I’m slow to embrace concepts like ‘the living legend’ and the ‘Serena Slam’. True to my nature, I think we should wait until the incomparable Usain Bolt retires before we start naming parks and erecting statues in his name. For the recalcitrant in me, it’s like sending him out to pasture before time. When the right time does come, a Bolt likeness would go beautifully in the statue garden at the National Stadium. It would fit right in with the existing statues of the Helsinki Quartet, Herb McKenley, Don Quarrie and Merlene Ottey. For all we know, that could probably be a stop on a new sports-flavoured JUTC Kingston bus tour. Statue not enough When the time comes, a single statue probably won’t be enough of a tribute to a man whose achievements have outstripped everyone else’s. He’s been so good that you can number all the men who have beaten him since 2008 on one hand. In case, you’ve forgotten, that elite group only includes Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin. His five world records, with four in major championship finals, seven individual World Championship titles and back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles deserve more. There are schools named after Ottey and Quarrie. Courtney Walsh Drive takes us to Melbourne and Arthur Wint Drive leads us to the National Stadium. Our sporting heroes have opened our eyes to our potential and Bolt towers over them all. When the time comes to pay lasting tribute to the tall man, the nation will have to think big. Here’s big. When Bolt hangs up his spikes, let’s rename the North Coast Highway in his honour. It passes nearby his Trelawny home town and runs the length of the island. That should do nicely.
The two sides of Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson were highlighted during 10-man Tivoli Gardens’ 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in round two of the Red Stripe Premier League at the Barbican Complex yesterday. Boys’ Town who are utilising the Barbican Complex as their home field while the Collie Smith Avenue ground is being resurfaced, took the lead through Kimarley Fray two minutes after half-time break but Tivoli found the equaliser through Miguel Ricketts four minutes later. However, it was the behaviour of out-of-favour national midfielder and Tivoli captain Jermaine Johnson, that took centre stage as the player was sent off in the 75th minute. After a slow start Johnson gradually got into his game and was a handful for Boys’ Town’s defenders especially national full back Xavian Virgo. But at half-time, the controversial player got into a verbal clash with a spectator and attempted to jump the perimeter fence to confront the Boys’ Town supporter. Boys Town’s goalkeeper, Kirk Porter, in an effort to quell the dispute, was pushed to the ground twice by the former Bolton Wanderers player. The Boys’ Town spectator was also attacked by a group of opposing fans. On the resumption of play Boys’ Town went ahead in the 47th minute when Fray headed home from Virgo’s free-kick. But Johnson showed why he is one of the most feared attackers in the league as his dribble opened the Boys’ Town defence and Nickoy Christian crossed to Ricketts who slammed in the equaliser. However, 15 minutes from full time the player was fouled and not given the call, and he proceeded to verbally abuse the referee who responded by showing him the red card. Johnson’s behaviour did not go down well with most onlookers with coach Christopher Bender calling it ‘unacceptable’. “It is unacceptable. It is something that we have to talk about, we have to sit him down and let him know that as the leader of this club I will not tolerate or accept behaviour like that,” he stated.. Goalkeeper and senior player Edsel Scott called on his teammate to show more professionalism. “He’s the captain and he is my friend but you have to put friend aside, we have to know how to conduct ourselves. We look up to you, you play overseas so you have to carry overseas professionalism here and guide the youngsters,” Scott said. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price said he will have a word with the player. “Jermaine is a talented player and even at his age he has to be given the type of respect he deserves. But he and I are good enough friends and I will have a word (with him) about what happened today,” Price said. Yesterday’s results Boys’ Town 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 1 Harbour View 1 UWI 0 Montego Bay 3 Portmore 1 Rivoli United 0 Reno vs Waterhouse (Called off because of waterlogged field)
President of Melbourne Cricket Club, Mark Neita, is hopeful that the establishment of an academy at the institution will lead to an identification and nurturing of future Jamaica and West Indies players.The academy, which seeks to develop the talent of youngsters between the ages of nine and 17 years old, is set to open today at the club’s Courtney Walsh Drive location.”The idea behind the academy is two fold,” said Neita.”Firstly, we are responding to the call by the president of the West Indies Cricket Board for clubs and parish associations to have an academy.”This, of course, is to help with the development of players for national and regional levels.”Secondly, we at Melbourne hope to continue to enhance the technical abilities and skill of our members.”The academy, which will be headed by national assistant and Under-19 head coach, Robert Samuels, is set to run for 10 months.Throughout the period, it is expected to feature as guest coaches a number of current and past West Indies and Jamaica players. These include former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh, Robert Haynes and Nikita Miller.The academy will also turn out an Academy XI, which, according to Neita, will traverse the country to play other academy units.”The Academy XI will play a number of age-group teams from around the country, including similar academy teams from the BREDS Foundation in St Elizabeth and Lucas CC,” he said.The academy, which attracts a cost of $5,000 per month per participant, will be staged on Saturdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m, and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WESTERN BUREAU:Hydel High’s Stephen Barnett scored in the second minute for the All-Manning team, who again won their clash with a select All-daCosta Cup team yesterday at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex to maintain their hold on the trophy they also won last year.Winning coach Miguel Coley told The Sunday Gleaner he was happy to be on the winning side again, but was full of praise for the All-daCosta Cup team comprising the likes of Deshane Beckford (Rusea’s), Travar McCulloch, Chris Andrew Dixon and Neville Morgan (STETHS), and Rodave Murray of Dinthill Technical.”It was a great game. We won, but I was also impressed with a number of players from the All-daCosta Cup side,” said Coley.”It shows that Jamaica’s football is in good hands, but the onus must now be on moulding the individual talent and making sure that we get the best out of each player to strengthen the nation’s football,” he added.Barnett’s strike came against the run of play, as the All-daCosta team started with more intent and were unlucky not to have score at least one of their chances.FANTASTIC GOALKEEPINGThe All-daCosta team were kept out by the brilliance of the All-Manning goalkeeper Akeem Chambers. The Wolmer’s Boys goalkeeper was absolutely fantastic and was the difference in the final scoreline.The quality of the players was not lost on the University of Rhode Island football coach Gareth Elliott, who was among the scouts who watched the match.”It’s wonderful witnessing the quality players here in Jamaica. We could use some of their speed and skill in certain areas of our programme,” he said.”We have been looking at several players who could possibly fit into our programme but that all depends on their academic level,” stated Elliot.The ISSA Scholastic XI edged the Jamaica Under-17 team 1-0 in the day’s early game.
DOHA, Qatar:Finishing sixth in the final at the World Championships is a very creditable achievement, especially for a 21-year-old competing for the first time on such a big stage.But though Omar McLeod just that last season, many expected more given the form that he showed going into the final.”Last year, my legs were shot at World Championships, and that was because I was racing competitively every single week as a collegiate athlete,” McLeod explained. “So definitely, that took a toll on my legs, and I got hurt before the World Outdoor Championships.”McLeod, now 22, is fast out of the blocks this season, again winning gold at the World Indoors before running 9.99 seconds in the 100m to create history as he is the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110 m hurdles.With no collegiate commitments this season, he is assuring that he will not fade come Olympics.”This year, we are a lot smarter in competition. We are not competing every single week as this year is kind of a defrosting year,” McLeod said. “So this year, I will be doing more competitive races, and that will definitely get me sharp for Rio. I want to be in the middle (gold medal podium), so that’s the goal.”SURPRISED TIMEThe former Manchester High and Kingston College student admitted that he, too, was stunned by his sub-10 100m clocking, which was achieved last month at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville with a 2.0 metres per second wind. That was McLeod’s first competitive 100m outing since becoming a senior.”I knew I had speed, but I didn’t know I had speed of that sort. You can call that my first 100m ever,” McLeod told The Gleaner. “Though I haven’t done a lot of speed work, I just wanted to get sharp before opening, so my coach was like, ‘Go run a 100m just to get your feet wet’, and I really didn’t know what was going on in the race. I really didn’t execute it good. I just went in the blocks and ran, to be honest, and the time came. So it was definitely a shocker.”McLeod knows he will not only face strong competition on the circuit, but also at the Jamaican trials next month when he is scheduled to line up beside World and Olympic medallist Hansle Parchment and Andrew Riley.”It is always exciting competing with those guys because every time I line up with them, you can always expect a great race,” McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
Inter have officially announced that Mauro Icardi has extended his contract until June 2021. The striker’s new deal had been known about for some time, with his wife and agent, Wanda, confirming yesterday that there is a EU110m release clause in the deal. “FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached to extend Mauro Icardi’s contract until 30 June, 2021,” the Nerazzurri confirmed on their official website. “The Argentina striker, born in Rosario on 19 February 1993, joined Inter from Sampdoria in the 2013-14 season. “Since then, he has scored 58 goals in 114 games, giving him one of the highest goals per game ratios in Nerazzurri history. “And there’s a whole lot more still to come … .” The striker, who was sought after by several other top clubs in England, Italy and Spain before his extension, insists that he never thought of leaving. “Was I close to leaving this summer?” Icardi considered. “No, I never thought about it. I was calm, I was happy, I was giving my all in training to start the season well. Now I want to continue like this and help the team win. “I’m still young, and I can’t promise I’ll stay here for 20 years, but it would be an objective. “I’m the captain, and I’m always tied to this team. It’s an honour and a pleasure for me to commit to this club for a long time.” Icardi, who tops Serie A with 6 goals in seven games along with Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) and Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), was also asked about his relationship with coach Frank de Boer. “The relationship with the coach is very good; we’ve talked a lot about how to improve and that’s the starting point to build a great team. “I think he’s a great coach; you’ve seen how he’s changed our style. We’re doing things that will help us get better. “The coach has a philosophy. He’s just arrived, but we’re taking it on board. We have great players. If we get them training and on the pitch, then we’ll do great things. “Inter, like last year, want to return to the Champions League. “There are plenty of strikers better than me, but I’m happy with what I do for Inter. For a striker, it’s goals that count, and I’m happy to get them.”
In-form goalkeeper Neil Etheridge returns to the lineup when the Philippine Azkals face Yemen on Tuesday in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Panaad Stadium.A notable absentee in the 4-3 win over Tajikistan in Dushanbe in June due to club commitment, Etheridge has been recalled to the squad by coach Thomas Dooley.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 Gin Kings aim to sustain run The Azkals are looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches in Group F, where the Top 2 teams will clinch berths to the 2019 Asian Cup.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’ LATEST STORIES View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Back from injury, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) dribbles past Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Tyson Chandler dunked Dragan Bender’s inbounds pass from the opposite sideline with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Phoenix Suns a 99-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).Bender threw a perfect pass and Chandler jumped over a defender to slam it down, though the play was reviewed by officials to see if there was offensive basket interference. After replay review, the basket counted, and Kobi Simmons missed the Grizzlies’ last attempt to tie at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson T.J. Warren scored 17 points for the Suns.Evans had 25 points for the Grizzlies, who got 18 from Marc Gasol.Booker hit his first shot of the game, a 16-foot jumper 13 seconds after tipoff. He made 9 of 21 shots and 11 of 12 of free throws.The Suns used a 12-0 run to take a 21-10 lead in the first quarter, and led by 10 at the end of the quarter after handing out 11 assists. Alex Len’s putback dunk of a missed shot with 2.6 seconds to play made it 29-19.The Grizzlies trimmed the deficit to 57-53, at halftime. Booker scored 20 points in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Devin Booker scored 32 points in his return from a three-week injury absence before fouling out in the final minute, but the Suns needed one final play after Jarell Martin slammed in a rebound with 0.6 seconds remaining to tie it at 97.The Suns beat the Grizzlies in a tight game at home for the second time in six days after handing them a 97-95 defeat on Dec. 21. Phoenix has won four of its last six games while Memphis has lost nine of 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Suns used a 13-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 91-82 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies went nearly six minutes without a point.But Booker fouled out with 41 seconds to go and Memphis cut it to 96-95 when Tyreke Evans made a layup with 6.2 seconds left. Murray scores 22 as Nuggets beat Jazz
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Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina That basket capped Lassiter’s amazing night, where he went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with 25 points. He also collected eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals.Lassiter noted that the grind out nature Game 2 had is a perfect microcosm on how tough this duel is for the Beermen as they continue their quest for a four-peat.“Every game is gonna be hard and we came out working extremely hard,” he said. “We give credit to Ginebra for they played extremely well in the first half. A lot of guys stepped up for them and it took us a while to figure out what they’re doing.”“But in the second half, I think our defense actually picked up a lot. We kinda dictated the tempo a little bit. From there, we were able to make some shots. Our pressure led to some turnovers, their turnovers led to some easy offense for us and it was good that we kept it close throughout the whole game.”Lassiter has been a lethal weapon for San Miguel so far in this series, averaging 21.0 points on 45 percent shooting from three, alongside 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.“I just want to read the defense of Ginebra. I always want to play well and I want to continue to play team ball, just play our brand of San Miguel ball,” he said. “We know we have a great match over at June Mar in the post so we want to continue attacking, and just play and keep being aggressive.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lassiter went left and drew the attention of Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson before quickly flicking the ball to June Mar Fajardo, who was wide open near the basket..@TheSMBeermen’s Marcio Lassiter talks about that game-winning play in OT. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/EB1tm5l8HFFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 11, 2018 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel already fought too hard just to let go in the clutch of Game 2.Forcing overtime and a given one last chance to steal the game in the final seconds, Beermen coach Leo Austria went to Lassiter to make the game-winning play.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “Coach drew it up. We wanted to get some action in for the pick-and-roll and I just kinda saw June Mar roll. I’m surprised he’s open, honestly. I thought they were going to switch but they didn’t.” he shared after lifting San Miguel to a 104-102 win for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven semifinals series.Lassiter could have just let Fajardo do his thing but he had the presence of mind to follow the play and when the four-time PBA MVP overshot his lay-up, the sweet-shooting swingman was there to beat the Gin King defenders to the ball and tip what would be the game-winning bucket with 3.2 seconds left.“I found June Mar and I just knew I had to finish the play. If ever they did any switch, he might have gotten a block or something. I just wanna be there just to tip it in, and that’s what happened,” he said.Here’s that game-winning play! #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/UVX34O0BVd— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 11, 2018ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson ABL: Alab slides to fourth after loss to Chong Son LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew