Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely READ: Brady leads biggest Super Bowl comeback, Patriots win in OTRiding in duck boats, a trademark land and water vehicle familiar to the Boston faithful, the Patriots slowly made their way down Boylston Street in downtown Boston on the way to City Hall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFans chanted Brady’s name at times and he even caught a football and threw it back with a perfect spiral to a telecaster. At City Hall, a pep rally allowed Brady to speak with the fans.“One more,” Brady yelled. “I told you we were going to bring this sucker home and we brought it home. Thank you guys. We do it for you. “These aren’t easy to do, but this team gave everything it had and… damn, that game was hard. That game was real hard, but you know what, we’re going to remember this moment for the rest of our lives.”Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards and two touchdowns to earn a fourth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.READ: Brady gives credit to his mom, White for Super Bowl MVP winPatriots owner Robert Kraft called Brady and Belichick the greatest of all time, using the initials G.O.A.T.“There has been a lot of talk over the last couple weeks about goats,” Kraft said. “And you all know we have the G.O.A.T. when it comes to players in Tom Brady. We have the G.O.A.T. when it comes to coaches in Bill Belichick. And I (want) you to know that my family and our organization feel that we have the G.O.A.T. of fans on the planet.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kings nail semis berth New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick hold Super Bowl trophies during a rally Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston to celebrate Sunday’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. (Barry Chin /The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)Members of the New England Patriots hold up Super Bowl trophies and gesture to the crowd during a rally Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston to celebrate Sunday’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEW YORK—Thousands of New England Patriots supporters filled Boston streets on a cold and snowy Tuesday for the NFL team’s Super Bowl 51 victory celebration parade.The Patriots defeated Atlanta 34-28 in overtime on Sunday in Houston, bringing star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick their fifth NFL crowns.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Belichick led fans in chants of “No days off”.“These players, they work harder than any team I’ve ever coached,” Belichick said. “They came to work every day and there were no days off.”Fans watch a parade for the New England Patriots, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, through Copley Square in Boston, to celebrate the team’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Russell Westbrook #0 missed out on a fifth straight triple-double Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Oklahoma City Thunder’s 110-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook netted a game-high 28 points but missed out on a fifth consecutive triple-double Saturday in Oklahoma City’s 110-94 home victory over the Sacramento Kings.Westbrook, averaging a league-high 31.7 points a game, also passed off 10 assists but managed only eight rebounds before being removed with 58 seconds remaining and the outcome not in doubt.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Time will come’ when FEU will finally beat Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The Thunder’s fifth consecutive victory improved the team’s record to 40-29 to match the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the Western Conference.READ: Westbrook’s Thunder stop Spurs’ winning streakFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith 13 games remaining in the regular season Westbrook has so far this season managed 34 triple-doubles — double-digit performances in three statistical categories in one game.That leaves Westbrook seven triple-doubles shy of Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 in a single season from the 1961-62 campaign. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos That season was also the one in which Robertson became the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.Robertson scored 30.8 points, pulling down 12.5 rebounds and passing off 11.4 assists a game for the Cincinnati Royals, who moved to Kansas City in 1972 and again to Sacramento in 1985.Westbrook could become the second NBA player to average a full season triple-double. In addition to his top point total, the 28-year-old American guard is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 10.4 assists a game. CBBADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES
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 LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely TNT KaTropa signed up NBA vet Lou Amundson, and the Texters will be making their PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut against Meralco on Friday not looking to rush franchise player Jason Castro into coming back.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Castro is still the most important piece in the TNT puzzle, though coach Nash Racela heaped praises on the former New York Knick Amundson, who came here on short notice after the Texters sent Denzel Bowles home for “self-destructing.”“He’s OK, he’s very seasoned,” Racela said of Amundson, a 34-year-old who passed the 6-foot-10 height test on Thursday at the league’s offices in Libis, Quezon City. “He can definitely help the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRacela bared that Castro is listed as doubtful for the 7 p.m. contest against the Bolts, though the 5-foot-10 dynamo voted as Asia’s best point guard twice will suit up.“He’s been practicing, but his timing is definitely not there yet,” Racela said of Castro. “He’s still working on it. As a matter of fact, we needed to do scrimmage (on Thursday) to get him (Castro) and Amundson on board.” Azkals not panicking over scoreless draw, looking forward to Nepal match The Bolts will be coming off a 91-84 decision of NLEX last week.“Alex moved a little better,” coach Norman Black said of his burly import, an imposing presence in the paint who fights ferociously for those rebounds.The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they face Mahindra in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Castro missed Game 7 of the Texters’ Final Four series against eventual champion San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup because of a hamstring pull. He was ordered to rest for at least two weeks after that.Racela gave him more than that, knowing his value in the import-spiced conference.“He actually had three weeks of rest, just to be sure,” Racela said. “He might be out (against the Bolts) and might play on Sunday (against Phoenix Petroleum). But it all depends on him on how he feels.”Meralco will actually be shooting for the early lead and will try to stay unbeaten.Alex Stepheson is slowly but surely improving and is plugging all the holes in the middle for the Bolts, who finished at the tailend of the All-Filipino where their weakness at the spot was exposed to the hilt.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ceres crushes Hanoi, inches closer to AFC Cup KO stage Williams, 35, hasn’t played since beating her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.She cited a knee injury in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March.In December she announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site.sADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Serena Williams is pregnant!! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/u2RfhSzlcB— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 19, 2017Tennis great Serena Williams hinted Wednesday that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned “20 weeks”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe photo, captured by media, shows Williams in a yellow swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Williams has reportedly deleted the snap. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
UNDERRATED Consultant veterinarian at Caymanas Park, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, believes that there needs to be greater appreciation for grooms plying their trade in the racing industry. Bartlett, who was one of the main speakers at a recent one-day grooms’ seminar, which was held in Kingston through the support of McKay Security, said a lot of the grooms in the local fraternity do not have high levels of formal education and so they are least appreciated. “There are many situations with the grooms; for example, education is a major part of it, and a lot of grooms are youngsters that actually have had very weak life development,” said Bartlett. “A lot of them never get to the level of a high school and a lot of them came to the track as youngsters and have been there all the years until they become a groom, and they just pick up things around and about the horses,” he said. “They have not really been trained; and some of them are not even academically able, because some of them are unable to read and some of them are not functionally literate, and so they have a lot issues,” Bartlett added, while bemoaning that grooms are the most underrated members of the horse racing profession. “They are underrated because they are the least educated and are the least in terms of their social mobility … the work that they do is really the dirty work and the work; that they do a lot of people don’t give any ratings,” he said. “They are underrated, they are underpaid and they are overutilised.” The seminar, which saw 35 grooms taking part, was put on by the McKay Security Company and was held at The Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston. It served to improve grooms’ professionalism and register their status as stable assistants and grooms working in the racing industry. Bartlett said his presentation was well received by the grooms and it will certainly help them to better understand their roles in the racing industry. “I think that they were very receptive to my presentation and I also indicated to them the necessity for the industry to have a training programme for them because we have training programmes for the jockeys and trainers, but we really don’t have any training programmes for the grooms,” Bartlett said. “The grooms are the ones who are with the horses all the times, and so they should know more about the horse and how they should take care of them,” Bartlett noted.
T20 PREPARATION “A lot of our preparation, I must admit, has seemed to focus a lot more on the T20 World Cup coming up, so we’re looking for players to shift a little bit in gear, be a lot more patient – it’s 50 overs, a longer version of the game- so it’s about spending a bit more time in the middle, but I’m certain that we’ll do that come Wednesday.” Windies Women bowled well to restrict South Africa to 201 for nine off their 50 overs, especially after the visitors had cruised to 104 for one in the 28th over. However, the hosts were then let down by a sloppy batting effort in their run chase with only Shemaine Campbelle, in her first ODI in two years, showing any enterprise with 46. Logie said the batsmen had failed to apply themselves properly and stressed the importance of senior players taking responsibility. “I think at the halfway stage we felt really confident that this total was gettable and that we could have chased that down but, unfortunately, it did not work out,” Logie lamented. The series forms part of the eight-team ICC Women’s Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): West Indies Women’s coach Gus Logie has backed his side to put Sunday’s opening loss to South Africa behind the, and come out swinging in today’s crucial second one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series. The hosts produced a limp performance with the bat, failing to chase down a modest target of 202 and crashing to a 40-run defeat at Kensington Oval. However, Logie said with much of the preparation having focused on the side’s defence of the Twenty20 World Cup title in November, it was now critical they made the adjustment to the requirements of the 50-over format. “It’s just a matter of reinforcing the positives and at the end of the day, hope that the players learn from [Sunday’s] experience,” the former West Indies batsman said. “I think the preparation stage was very good, so I don’t think that any player can critique the fact that we were well prepared in terms of numbers; of balls hit, time in the nets, and it’s evident, when you look at the nine-ten-Jack (tail-enders), the way they shaped – they shaped pretty well – it gives you courage, so I’m sure the top order will take some more responsibility comes Wednesday.” He added: “It’s a work in progress. We keep talking about what we’re aiming towards. It’s a build-up as well, despite the fact [that] it’s a competition within itself, but it’s a build-up, to what happens later in the tournament in terms of the T20s and certainly the T20 World Cup.
Ainsley Walters/Gleaner WriterHOVER CRAFT has the handicaps in his favour and could emerge from the shadow of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, his more illustrious stablemate, in this afternoon’s 10-furlong Governor General’s Stakes.Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has three runners in the event – HOVER CRAFT, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and DYSFUNCTIONAL – ganging up on their main rival, Ian Parsard’s SUPERLUMINAL.Returning at 119lb, SUPERLUMINAL sits level with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR who he had beaten by three-quarter length for second behind WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes a month ago, both carrying 110lb.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was slowly away from the gate and ran well to get within three-quarter length of second-place SUPERLUMINAL, who tried hard but was outclassed by WILL IN CHARGE.Though boasting contrasting running styles, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL are proven 10-furlong specialists, leaving the race hinged on tactics and pace.SUPERLUMINAL rebounded to form, two races off a four-month layup, with a strong overnight allowance victory over useful DONTAE, going his signature distance on August 6.HARD TO BEATParsard’s runner skipped class 19 days later and bravely took his chances against WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes, a run which should make him hard to beat if he gets a chance to control the pace.However, SUPERLUMINAL will have HOUDINI’S MAGIC and DYSFUNCTIONAL to contend with, leaving him open to DaCosta’s two closers – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and HOVER CRAFT.Sneaking in under the handicaps, HOVER CRAFT is no 10-furlong specialist but will get at least 14lb from HOUDINI’S MAGIC and seven each from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL, making him the fly in the ointment.The eight-year-old gelding flew home at odds of 15-1 to beat sprinters at five furlongs straight two weeks ago, albeit returning off a near four-month play-up, carrying 126lb to boot, winning the event in 57.2, nailing speedy CRUCIAL APPEAL at the wire.With that recent blowout victory under his girth and getting seven pounds from SUPERLUMINAL and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, horses who he has extended in two-turn races before, makes HOVER CRAFT an enticing choice to upstage the specialists at a decent price.The last time HOVER CRAFT faced slowly declining PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was March, in the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy, at nine furlongs and 25 yards, losing by a half-length, getting 14lb from his stablemate. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR had to fight tooth and nail to stave off DONTAE and HOVER CRAFT, who ran out of character by leading the event, which his stablemate won at odds of 2-5.
PACE BOWLERS With about eight months or so to go before the next staging of the 50-overs ICC World Cup, the West Indies selectors must be having sleepless nights pondering on a potential squad. There are still a few ODI matches to go between now and then, so there is still time, but as of right now, the selectors must be scratching their heads and wondering what their team should be like. The just completed ODI series against India, rather than helping them to settle on the core of the team, has, if anything, made the job of the selectors that much harder. Let us look at a potential batting order. Pencilled in at the top will be Chris Gayle. Gayle has shown that he still has something left in the tank. If he stays fit, his place is automatic. The first problem the selectors have is who opens with him. Kieran Powell averaged a mere 18.8 in the ODIs in India. His position cannot be considered safe. The youngster Chanderpaul Hemraj was tried at the top. He averaged only 17. He did little to enhance his claims. The decision to open with Rovman Powell in the last game must be seen as nothing more than a desperate coaching staff clutching at straws. That cannot be long term. So the first question that is plaguing the selectors is who will open with Gayle. The bowling spots are, for the most part, up for grabs. Holder and maybe Kemar Roach should be two of the three pace bowlers, but who else? Both Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy were given their ODI debuts in India. Neither can say that they staked an obvious claim. McCoy got four wickets, but his economy rate was 7.79. Thomas’ economy rate was even higher, 8.92. Keemo. Paul was expensive too. He took one wicket in the two games he played, going at over nine an over. With people like Jerome Taylor looking to make a comeback and one or two younger pacers impressing in the just-completed super 50, none of those three can breathe easy. In the spin department, Ashley Nurse should feel fairly comfortable. His economy rate in India was under six. He took five wickets and showed that he can hit the ball effectively in the lower order. I hope the selectors realise that Devendra Bishoo is not the man for the job as the teams front line spinner, certainly not in one day cricket. So, all in all, there are only maybe half a dozen spots that can be called automatic selections for this West Indies team. The majority of the squad is still up for grabs. There are still a few games to go for people to put their hands up. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if come World Cup selection time, Courtney Browne and company may have to resort to ‘eenie meenie miny moe’! THREE ‘H’s Shai Hope has solved the number three-problem. In fact the three H’s, Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, and captain Jason Holder, have ensured that three of the top six spots are cemented. Holder has batted at seven and eight, but those days should be over. He is too good to be batting below six in this fragile West Indies line-up. That leaves one spot in that middle order wide open. Under normal conditions, that should be Marlon Samuels. Samuels, however, had a very poor run in India, and the real question now is whether the selectors will persist with him. He didn’t score 30 or more in any innings and averaged only 12.8. On his, day he is a proven match-winner and a big match performer. That may still work in his favour, but … Shai Hope as the wicketkeeper and Holder as a genuine all-rounder batting in the top six should mean that the number seven spot should still go to a batsman, or at the very least, a batting all-rounder. Will Rovman Powell hold on to his spot, or will the selectors still be looking around for a possible replacement? He averaged a mere 12 in India. He can be a dangerous lower-order batsman. He is a brilliant fielder and a reasonable seamer, but his limitations to high-quality spin are well-documented. Fabian Allen was tried in the India series but really didn’t distinguish himself. He is one for the future, though. Here again the selectors job is cut out.
It’s ironic that Andrew Peart has had to defend his position after taking Jamaica College (JC) to the ISSA-Digicel Manning Cup semi-final and the ISSA Champions Cup final in his first year as head football coach. For almost any other team, that would be a fine start to his tenure. For Peart, it comes at a school used to winning and pales in comparison to the last five years of unparalleled success. When JC won the Olivier Shield last year, it broke a tie with Vere Technical, whose dream teams of the late 1960s won the shield, the time-honoured symbol of schoolboy football supremacy, four times straight. That’s what Coach Peart is up against. HARSH FANS Logic says that he is off to a good start, but fans can be harsh. Just this season, supporters of the successful Bayern Munich Bundesliga team booed their team off the pitch at their own Alliance Arena. Bayern were going through a bad patch, but have won the Bundesliga six times straight, including last season, and almost always make a deep run in the UEFA Champions League. Last Saturday, Chelsea endured a horrible day at Wembley and fell to local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs 3-1. The loss was Chelsea’s first of the Premier League season, yet Blues fans streamed out long before the game was over. You’d think Chelsea were in Manchester, but Stamford Bridge, the club’s home ground, is less than 40 minutes away from Wembley. Fans can be fickle here in Jamaica, too. Five years ago, when Jamaica was trying to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Reggae Boyz fell behind the USA at the National Stadium. With 15 minutes to go and the 1-0 scoreline favouring the visitors, fans drifted to the exit. Some presumably were well on their way home or in the Stadium car park when Jamaica equalised. Those on their way out turned back when they heard the roar of the faithful. It’s the way of football, and Peart isn’t the only high school coach in the hot seat. Though he has led Kingston College (KC) to trophies in his two seasons back at home, Ludlow Bernard is reportedly in the firing line. If his Purple-and-Whites do not win against St George’s College tomorrow in the ISSA-Digicel Manning Cup final, the curtain may fall on his reign at North Street. Ironically, again, KC haven’t won the Manning Cup since 1986 and, until 2018, hadn’t reached the Manning Cup final in 18 years. Bernard must be doing something good. Last season, Crystal Palace fired their new coach Frank de Boer after just four games in charge. Just weeks before, the club went into a long song and dance about how de Boer would transform Palace football. Four games and four losses into the experiment with the Dutchman’s Ajax style 3-4-3 formation, Crystal Palace fired him before the experiment could really get going. As hasty as that seems, others say that football is a result-oriented business and that the Dutchman had to go. On the results, it seems that Peart and Bernard, win or lose tomorrow, have done enough to earn extended stays at Hope Road and North Street, respectively. Peart has taken over from the super successful Miguel Coley and lost to two veteran head coaches – Neville Bell of St George’s College in the Manning Cup semi-final and to Dr Dean Weatherly of Cornwall College in the Champions Cup final. As for Bernard, he has brought trophies back to 2A North Street. Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track since 1980.
Good trend “You have to remember though, that in 2018, there were no World Championships or Olympics. There were other games, which merit consideration – the Commonwealth Games, Central America and Caribbean Games , and the other regional single-sport championships, but it is certainly something that we should recognise. It is certainly a good trend,” Fennell added. Fennell also underlined the remarkable performances of several of the country’s national teams and shared that though the major accolades are reserved for individual sporting accomplishments, they, too, will be duly celebrated. “This year has been particularly interesting for team sports. We started out with the sustained performances of the netball team. You had the Rugby Union and separately Rugby League teams. In the discipline of rugby sevens, Rugby Union continues to perform well and also Rugby League has a really distinguished record, mainly because of their victory over the United States and qualification for their World Cup,” Fennell stated. “The big one, which is exciting for everyone is, of course, the Reggae Girlz, and that is something that we really have to recognise. People have asked what will happen when the nation’s stars step away, but we see where other people are coming to the fore and certainly deserve the recognition that they will receive,” added Fennell. The RJRGLEANER Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards will be presented during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus on January 18, 2019. Mike Fennell, chairman of the Selection Committee of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation, notes that the diversity of the sports represented by the nominees for the 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards shows that the country is widening its impact on the sporting world. This after the board of directors of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation yesterday announced that national netballer Shamera Sterling was among three additions to the list of nominees, which was first announced during a launch event at The Jamaica Pegasus last week. Sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment, and sprinter Shericka Jackson were also added to the respective lists, bringing the number of Sportsman of the Year nominees to four and increasing the Sportswoman of the Year nominations to 10, following a submission from the Selection Committee. Sterling became the first defender to receive the Most Valuable Player award at the Fast5 Netball World Series, as the Sunshine Girls finished second. Parchment won silver in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships, while Jackson also won silver at the Commonwealth Games, in the 200m. Their addition means that this year’s lists feature six sports – athletics, swimming, squash, netball, football and cricket. Three sports were represented in 2015 and 2016, with that number increasing to five sports in 2017. This, Fennell believes, demonstrates clearly that the country is performing at a high level in a wider range of sports. “I think this shows that we (Jamaica) are broadening our scope in sports. In recent times, we would generally see a lot of sprinters, and so on, but we are broadening our scope, and it is a very impressive development in terms of what we are recognising,” Fennell told The Gleaner.