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Jamaican surfers at the Olympics? … New national coach thinks it’s possible

first_imgRecently hired national surfing coach, Ben Bourgeois, believes Jamaican surfers can make it to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty teams will be given the chance to participate in surfing at the next Olympic Games for the first time and Bourgeois believes with the right equipment, Jamaica could be one of those who make the cut to the Japan capital. “I think the chances of us qualifying for the inaugural participation of surfing at the Olympics Games are good,” Bourgeois, who is a retired professional surfer, said. “I think we can do it especially that there are some smaller events leading up to it that the surfers can really gain some experience from.” He continued: “But we have to get the right equipment and it is difficult to get equipment down to the island.” One of those tune-up meets will be taking place in Barbados early next month. President of the association, Anthony ‘Billy’ Wilmot, said the event will expose the team to the competition they are expected to face in the qualifiers. “The competition we are having in Barbados is one of the largest surfing events in the Caribbean, attracting professional surfers from around the region, Central America, and the United States. It is going to give our surfers the opportunity to go in the water and compete with people of the standard they are expecting to face at the qualification event next year,” he said. Wilmot said the association will be also be using the event to whittle down the squad to the three entrants who will be allowed to represent the country at the qualifiers. “We have a squad of youth and experience, and the event will give the newcomers their chance. We didn’t want it to seem as though we are just handpicking the team, so we will be using the event to narrow down the squad to six,” Wilmot said.last_img read more

Walsh explains Windies spin trap

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh does not believe that excluding seamers from the attack for the second Test against West Indies was a setback for the country’s fast-bowling prospects.The legendary former Windies pacer said that the decision to play all spinners in the second Test was a tactical one, aimed solely at getting a positive result and securing the historic series win against the side he formerly represented.All 40 wickets fell to spin in the match as West Indies went under by an innings and 184 runs inside three days on Sunday to concede the series 2-0.RESULT MATTERS”It is just one Test match that no fast bowler played. This was a Test to try to win the series. For me, it is not sending the wrong message,” Walsh said.”Tactically, we felt it was the best for Bangladesh to win without a fast bowler. It might be the first time one hasn’t played, but the result matters. It is a tremendous feeling to have a series win.”I think everything went according to the plans of the coach, captain, and the rest of the guys had to win the series.”Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan finished with match figures of 12 for 117 as West Indies could only muster 111 in their first innings – a record low against Bangladesh – and 213 in their second.Mahmudullah’s career-best 136 had earlier propelled the hosts to 508 in their first innings.In the opening Test in Chittagong, left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was the only seamer picked and went wicket-less from four overs.MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMEWalsh, who holds the record for the most wickets by a West Indies bowler with 519, said there would be opportunities for Bangladesh seamers on upcoming tours, where wickets were more conducive to seam.”Hopefully, when we go to New Zealand [in February next year], the seamers might get a better opportunity,” Walsh said.”We might get different types of wickets, and they should want to grab those opportunities as well. We haven’t grabbed it in any overseas tour, and that to me is a bigger concern.”Walsh hinted that being a former West Indies player, there had been some ambivalence over the series result.”I might say that I am disappointed with probably how things have unfolded, but I am very happy to be involved with Bangladesh,” said the former Windies captain and selector.”We are in a winning situation, so my pride is intact. As a West Indian, you are going to be disappointed in the performance.”last_img read more

All Blacks branded cheats after France card row

first_imgAll Blacks flanker Sam Cane was penalised on the field for a high shot on Grosso, while prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi escaped punishment for his role in the head-high collision with World Rugby saying his role fell “just short” of the red card threshold.Immediately after the Test, won by New Zealand 52-11, French coach Jacque Brunel described the double hit as “dangerous” and “illegal” but later softened his stance, saying the collision was probably accidental.But World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot attached the words “should be cited (in) my view” to a tweet showing video of the tackle, which has ended Grosso’s tour.A former top referee, England’s Rob Debney, wrote in The Times that officials’ leniency towards the All Blacks “exists on a subconscious level. The accountability for taking a decision against them, the scrutiny it comes under compared with other teams, is incredible.”Gourdon said the All Blacks tended to get the rub of the green from referees “because they win all their games”.The All Blacks “cheat, of course, but it’s certainly related to the fact they play good rugby… which has a positive effect on the referees”, added the flanker.– Sin-binning not ‘significant’ –All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster dismissed the cheating allegations, and denied the world champions and number one Test team received any favouritism from officials.“I think if you look at the penalty counts (and) yellow cards last year, we were one of the top yellow-carded teams in the world so I’m not sure how this ‘soft on us’ comes to fruition,” he said.Foster also reiterated that the All Blacks did not agree with the yellow card handed out to France lock Paul Gabrillagues last week for a tackle on Ryan Crotty.“I think we’ve been pretty open and honest about how we interpreted last week,” said Foster.“We thought they were a little bit unlucky with their yellow card; it was one of those marginal ones. Was it up there? Yes it was. Was it significant? Probably not.”Cane’s tackle on Grosso was high, for which he was penalised at the time.“The question is: was it worthy of a yellow card? And, I guess, between a referee and an independent citing commissioner, they’ve said no. So we’ve just got to take the emotion out of it,” Foster said.Brunel has made five changes for the second Test with Gourdon the only loose forward to survive from the first Test hiding, although he has been moved from the flank to the back row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Kevin Gourdon has raised temperatures ahead of the second Test against the All Blacks. © AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEYWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jun 14 – France backrower Kevin Gourdon called the All Blacks cheats on Thursday and said they were treated leniently by referees after they escaped punishment over a contentious incident in last week’s first Test.Gourdon’s outburst, two days before the second Test in Wellington, follows condemnation of World Rugby’s decision not to hand out further punishment over a tackle in which French wing Remy Grosso suffered two facial fractures.last_img read more

FKF offers to finance two extra clubs for 18-team league

first_imgHe said they are willing to forego their annual grant of Sh10mn from KPL as well as top it up with a Sh5mn sum which sponsors SportPesa have expressed willingness to add, and will increase it from within their own accounts to ensure the league goes on without hitch.“Each team is entitled to Sh7.5mn a season in grants and that makes it Sh15mn for the two extra teams. In our own small calculations with experience in running the National Super League, Sh5mn is enough for all the administrative costs of these two teams. So with Sh20mn, we will be able to effectively have these two teams play,” Mwendwa told the Sports Tribunal.He adds that the Federation has its coffers full and it will be no problem financing the two teams with a Sh70mn per year sponsorship from SportPesa, Sh125mn per year grant from FIFA and a further Sh20.5mn per year from CAF.The FKF head gave this as one of his prayers to the tribunal, on top of asking it to throw out the case presented by KPL.FKF President Nick Mwendwa confers with his lawyer Ken Ochieng as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe league governing body in its initial move had asked the tribunal to interpret a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between them and the Football Kenya Federation over management of the league.FKF however now argues that the MoU signed on their behalf by the previous President Sam Nyamweya and his Secretary General Michael Esakwa contravenes its own Constitution as it gives the KPL more powers than it should have, thus insubordinating the Federation.“This MoU signed created a body called a Joint Executive Committee and is given more power to run the league which in fact is the function of the National Executive Committee according to Article 34 of the Constitution,” Mwendwa noted.According to him, giving KPL the powers to decide a vote when it’s tied at the JEC level is a huge contravention of FIFA, CAF and FKF’s statutes.He also went on to allege that the MoU signed in September last year which is the bone of contention did not have the blessings of FIFA and was not the initial document which was agreed on and brokered by a delegation led by Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi in April.FKF President Nick Mwendwa persuses documents presented by KPL as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwendwa went on to play an audio recording of the press conference addressed by Nyantakyi alongside a delegation from FIFA after brokering a truce between KPL and FKF when the war over expanding the league went ugly in March 2015.“The agreement signed in 2015 was a clear departure of the FIFA mediation process. Why delay the whole signing for a document that was initially set to be signed by June? We feel that the Federation got a raw deal,” Mwendwa posed.He also argued that contrary to requirement, the said agreement was signed without a resolution of the FKF NEC nor the KPL shareholders. However, the KPL legal counsel Geoffrey Obura objected saying both sides had discussed and agreed to sign the document.FKF has also provided the tribunal with a new agreement to end the war between them and KPL and asked it to consider adoption of the same.The case was adjourned to Tuesday morning where Obura is expected to continue grilling Mwendwa after which the tribunal will give a date for the ruling.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa stresses a point as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal on December 15, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has said they are willing to incur extra expenses of bringing in two additional teams into the league as the Federation goes on with its push for an 18-team league next season.Mwendwa said this on Thursday evening as he was being cross-examined at the Sports Disputes Tribunal on the second day of full hearing in a case presented by the Kenyan Premier League.last_img read more

Going ape over Poppy Festival

first_img Concerts are included in the admission price. Young Dubliners perform at 1:30 p.m. April 22. After them at 3:30 p.m. is the Sauce Boss, a blues guitarist and vocalist who cooks gumbo while he performs, then serves it to his audience after the show. Lington, a Dane whose debut album “Stay With Me” has been on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart for 24 weeks, will perform at 1:30 p.m. April 23. Chaquico, who was a member of Jefferson Starship as a teenager and evolved into a smooth-jazz band leader, performs at 3:30 p.m. April 23. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A 6-year-old chimpanzee named Cody helped city officials announce entertainment for the April 22-23 California Poppy Festival. The 70-pound chimp, who will star in the festival’s children’s area animal show, took a special liking to Mayor Frank Roberts during a news conference – reaching out to shake his hand repeatedly, handing him a television news crew’s microphone and putting out his arm for a hug. “That’s called sucking up,” said handler “Ranger” Rick Kelly of the television series “Critter Gitter.” No one yet can predict how this spring’s wildflower crop will turn out, but the city’s 15th annual festival will feature Celtic rock band Young Dubliners, jazz saxophonist Michael Lington and guitarist Craig Chaquico, plus arts and crafts sales, flower and farmers markets and more than two dozen food vendors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Cody the chimp will appear on stage and interact with audience members along with pot-bellied pigs, pythons and ocelots in three shows daily. Workshops on home decorating and desert gardening will be presented by experts including Michael Payne, host of Home & Garden TV’s “Designing for the Sexes” series. “There’s always something new,” Roberts said of the festival. The festival grew out of the city’s co-sponsorship with the Lancaster Woman’s Club of an annual Wildflower Information Center, which provided information on wildflowers and gave visitors maps to areas with the best blooms. The festival has become known for its “smooth jazz” concerts, which draw visitors from all over Southern California, said Lyle Norton, parks, recreation and arts director. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 and 23 at Lancaster City Park, 43011 10th St. W. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and seniors age 62 and older, and free for children under age 6. Parking is free. last_img read more

NASA rehires firm to provide Dryden service

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The equipment includes aerospace and space flight ground support items, automotive and special-purpose vehicles that support Dryden research programs and general center operations. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – NASA has rehired an Illinois-based company to provide aerospace ground equipment support services at Dryden Flight Research Center. A follow-on to an existing contract that concludes June 30, the contract with Kay and Associates Inc. covers a three-year base period beginning July 1 and could be extended for up to a total of 10 years, with a potential maximum value of $21 million if all options are exercised. Kay and Associates, based in Buffalo Grove, Ill., employs about 25 people at NASA Dryden. The firm has provided ground equipment support services at NASA Dryden since 1988. Kay and Associates will provide maintenance, modification, repair, documentation and operation services for multiple pieces of ground equipment as well as labor to support that equipment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LAUSD president refuses to give confidential details

first_imgSchool board President Marlene Canter sent a letter Friday to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, refusing his request for confidential information about candidates vying to become superintendent of Los Angeles Unified. Canter said while she was open to Villaraigosa playing some type of role in selecting a successor to retiring Superintendent Roy Romer, she would not reveal the identities of candidates to him or to the mayor of any other city that the LAUSD serves. “I understand and know he wants to be involved. But now the main job of the board is to protect the process. It’s been held confidential, and he knows as much as we know,” Canter said. “When you get to this type of search with national leaders who don’t want to reveal who they are, I just don’t understand how anyone can think once you give out the information to a large number of people it will remain confidential. Canter’s letter was in response to one that Villaraigosa sent Monday, the day Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1381, the education-reform law. In it, he asked for “modified” use of his new powers until the law takes effect Jan.1. The law gives the mayor a significant role in the district’s operation and in overseeing three clusters of low-performing schools, and it shifts a large amount of authority from the school board to the superintendent. Canter said she had made every effort to involve Villaraigosa in the selection process and closed the letter restating her commitment to continue involving him. “Our students will be best served by choosing a superintendent that both the board and our mayor can unite behind,” Canter wrote. “I again thank you for your interest in the process, and we will be in touch shortly. (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“I would like there to be a way for him to be involved; I just don’t know what that is.” Villaraigosa’s office responded that he was “deeply disappointed” by Canter’s refusal. “This letter is a bald rejection of Mayor Villaraigosa’s call for partnership in choosing the next superintendent. It further isolates the board of education from the broad and historic coalition of parents, teachers, business and community leaders who have come together to bring fundamental change to our schools,” said Janelle Erickson, the mayor’s spokeswoman. “It’s time for the board to end their obstructionist tactics, recognize the Legislature’s mandate and open the process. The mayor made a specific and reasonable proposal for inclusion in the spirit of the new law. The board responded with a disappointing and weakly worded denial.” A seven-member search committee composed of community leaders is interviewing candidates and will whittle down the list to three to five people “in the near future,” Canter said. last_img read more

Marko Arnautovic: Austrian undergoing medical at West Ham ahead of £24m move

first_img Marko Arnautovic is expected to become a West Ham player on Friday West Ham hope to complete the transfer of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke on Friday afternoon after the forward undergoes a medical.The 28-year-old forward has agreed personal terms to move to the London Stadium after Stoke accepted a fee understood to be in the region of £24million – a club record.He is set to become their third high-profile signing of the summer following the arrivals of defender Pablo Zabaleta and goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City, the latter on a season-long loan deal earlier this week.READ MORE: ‘The West Ham fans won’t take him not tracking back’ – Stoke City’s Charlie Adam insists Marko Arnautovic must improveThe club have also agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen, believed to be around £13m, to sign 29-year-old striker Javier Hernandez, but the Mexican’s medical is not scheduled until Monday.Confirmation of Arnautovic’s signing would mean that for the second successive summer West Ham have broken their record transfer fee.Last August forward Andre Ayew arrived for £20.5m from Swansea, although he is yet to truly convince. As with Ayew, who joined the Welsh club a year earlier on a free transfer, the fee for Arnautovic represents a significant profit for Stoke.He joined the Potters from Werder Bremen for £2m in 2013 as one of Mark Hughes’ first signings, and has since scored 26 goals, including seven in 35 games last season. 1last_img read more

The Premier League bosses axed this season as pressure mounts on Sarri

first_img REVEALED 2 REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The pressure is mounting on Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea REAL DEAL Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January As well as Sarri, Marco Silva’s underwhelming start to life at Everton has seen his future be called into question while Leicester boss Claude Puel has also been feeling the heat.There were a total of 13 managerial changes throughout last season with the likes of West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace all opting to start afresh mid-campaign.Here’s who has lost their jobs so far in the 2018/19 season. shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow tense no dice getty gameday cracker center_img LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card whoops deals Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Everton are starting to lose patience with Marco Silva Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Chelsea are notorious for being cut-throat with their managerial position and Sarri could only have a few games left to convince the club’s bigwigs that he is the right man.The Blues face Malmo in the Europa League tomorrow before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City, the team they lost 6-0 to just a couple of weeks ago. Maurizio Sarri is feeling the pressure at Chelsea following Monday’s drab FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.The Italian only took over from Antonio Conte last summer but a string of poor results and question marks over his tactics have seen him come into the firing line. 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Arsenal, Arsene Wenger (resigned, May 13) – replaced by Unai EmeryEverton, Sam Allardyce (sacked, May 16) – replaced by Marco SilvaWest Ham, David Moyes (end of contract, May 16) – replaced by Manuel PellegriniChelsea, Antonio Conte (sacked, July 13) – replaced by Maurizio SarriFulham, Slavisa Jokanovic (sacked, November 14) – replaced by Claudio RanieriSouthampton, Mark Hughes (sacked, December 3) – replaced by Ralph HasenhuttlManchester United, Jose Mourinho (sacked December 18) – replaced by Ole Gunnar Solckjaer (caretaker)Huddersfield, David Wagner (mutual consent, January 14) – replaced Jan Siewertlast_img read more

Five things you need to see from this week’s Europa League action

first_imgMissed the week’s Europa League group stage action? Here are five things you need to see from Thursday night’s games.Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a winner for Manchester United, while Irish part-timers Dundalk upset the odds once again, beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv.Francesco Totti showed that he’s still got it, while Mauro Zarate scored a stunning double for Fiorentina.And Sparta Prague piled the misery on Inter Milan. Watch the action below.last_img

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