Who do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards?

first_imgLenroy Stewart:Usain Bolt for sure. It’s a given that Bolt will win, he is the best always. Swimmer Alia Atkinson will win the Sportswoman of the Year for me. She has been making waves in her sport.Oshane Green:I would definitely give it to Usain (Bolt). Alia Atkinson did a great job but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been consistently delivering. I would give the Sportswoman title to Shelly.Clive Carr:No doubt in my mind, Usain Bolt is the greatest. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the big lady for me. She always rises to the occasion.Vanessa Madden:Usain Bolt will win the Sportsman of the Year title because he is the best. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is my pick for female sportswoman of the year because she always wins her races.Lisa Hall:I pick Usain Bolt because he has done things which have never been done before at the World Championships. For the women’s award I will pick Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as she is a champion.Heather Frampton:Usain Bolt deserves it, as he has performed well. For the women I think Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce will win. She is the clear leader. Who do you think will top tonight’s RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman awards?last_img read more

Dr Paul Wright: Life ban for drug cheats

first_imgThe news that Liverpool footballer Mamadou Sakho has tested positive for a banned substance comes as a shock to football lovers, and indeed, fans of sport around the world. Sakho tested positive after a Europa League match in which he played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United, helping his side to earn a draw, thus qualifying them for the next round. The banned substance has not been officially released, but information suggests that it is a ‘fat burner’ similar to the drug used by his friend and teammate Kolo Toure, who tested positive in 2011 and received a six-month ban. While Sakho is not banned by the administrative body controlling the Europa League (UEFA), he has been provisionally banned by his club, who now awaits the B sample result and the mandatory investigation. This blot on the integrity of sports is another in the spate of positives from icons in a variety of sports. In December last year, Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah tested positive for a banned substance (a diuretic and masking agent) after playing in a one-day international (ODI) against England in Abu Dhabi. Maria Sharapova, a tennis superstar, has admitted to using the banned drug Melindronate (Meldonium) “for years”. And the list seems to be endless. Everybody is looking for an edge. Elite athletes seem to be especially vulnerable to “expert” advice from confidants and medical acquaintances who promise a “boost” that is necessary to compete consistently at the highest level. It seems as if the standard advice from anti-doping agencies that you don’t need dope to cope is falling on deaf ears. The lure of these supplements seems to lie in the promise of “extra energy”, not weight loss as the name suggests. They work by increasing your heart rate and metabolism so that you feel less tired, and in the case of an elite footballer, these drugs allow you to play at a high level of output for 90 minutes. However, taken as supplements, these substances can have devastating effects. DMMA, (DimethoxyNmethylamphetamine and methylhexanamine) have been implicated in the death of a marathon runner in the 2012 London Marathon. I have noticed the spirited attempt at defending athletes who bought a supplement that supposedly guaranteed them faster sprint times but was found to contain methylhexanamine. These athletes were appropriately sanctioned, mainly in the hope of sending a message that would resonate in the local athletic community. One athlete, unfortunately, never competed again, but if memory serves me right, none of the other athletes affected in that sordid episode tested positive again. Message learnt! Sport fans around the world are very wary of some of the astounding performances that we see from time to time. Drug testers are under keen scrutiny as laboratories are being accused of reporting negative results on samples that contain banned substances, while one lab simply threw away the samples. Administrators, doctors, doping control officers, and chemists have all been named and implicated in protecting cheaters. But the fight for clean sport continues. Money seems to be the driving force in the continued effort to win at all costs. I do believe, however, that once anti-doping agencies are given the requisite funding and an appointment to these positions is no longer in the hands of politicians, the fight can be won. Clean sport is possible. Those who are caught cheating have no business in sports. Life bans, after investigation and hearings, must be the new international order.last_img read more

Scorpions struggle on rain-hit opening day

first_imgThe batting frailties of Jamaica Scorpions were again exposed at Sabina Park yesterday.Sent it to bat on a grassy but even-paced batting pitch, the Scorpions struggled at 83 for six at the end of a rain-hit first day of their Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship clash against the Windward Islands.The batting, which started with John Campbell and Guyanese-born Trevon Griffith opening, had its only resistance from the former, who struck 32 runs against the controversial off-spin of Shane Shillingford and left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson.Shillingford, who has been reported at the international level for an illegal bowling action, and has since done rehabilitation work, ended with majestic figures of three for 11 off seven overs, and Johnson; two for 30 off 13.OPENING FIXTUREThe not-out batsmen at the end of play, are Devon Thomas, who after entering in the number three position, is on 18, and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, on one.Jamaica, in their opening fixture under new coach Robert Samuels, made 208 and 147 against Guyana last weekend.This follows a series of similar average and below-par scores over the past three seasons, which saw the team finish fourth, fifth and third, respectively, under then coach Junior Bennett.The day began with Jamaica handing debuts to fast bowlers Reynard Leveridge and teenage pacer Oshane Thomas.Leveridge, a recent surprise pick for West Indies ‘A’ after impressing regional selectors during a West Indies training session, replaced the injured Jason Dawes, while Thomas, a member the recent title-winning Jamaica Tallawahs, replaced Marquino Mindley on the morning of the match.SCORING OPPURTUNITIESMindley is said to have picked up an illness overnight.The toss was won by the Windwards, who in short order imposed them self on the game with the opening pair of Johnson and Mervin Matthew limiting runs-scoring opportunities.It also saw Johnson dismissing Griffith caught at slip for six off 32 balls with the score on 19. Devon Thomas thereafter entered the fray and along with Campbell the pair putting on 39 for the second wicket.However, after getting into a groove Campbell was caught off Shillingford with the total on 58.A batting collapse, which yielded a mere 21 runs for four additional wickets then pursued, pushing Jamaica to 79 for six, before rain again brought an early closure.Play is scheduled to resume today at 9:30am weather permitting.last_img read more

Mixed emotions as Mario Bonleon bids UST farewell

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mapua dethrones La Salle Greenhills for 22nd NCAA juniors title ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Bonleon had a rollercoaster stay with the Tigers, experiencing the Finals in his rookie year in 2015 before witnessing the team’s sudden crash to the bottom at 1-13 just the year after.He left the team and sat out season 80 after a falling out with then-coach Boy Sablan but decided to return under Aldin Ayo in his final year in the UAAP, which still had its disappointments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exit “This has to be the low point of my basketball career because I was injured the whole preseason and it was just in September that I was able to return,” said Bonleon in Filipino after UST’s 102-62 loss to Ateneo, his final game in the UAAP, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio 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 Taal LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Embons Bonleon is leaving University of Santo Tomas with mixed emotions.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Bonleon admitted that he wasn’t on top condition for the Tigers in Season 81, where the Tigers finished sixth and missed the Final Four for the third straight year, after he injured his right shoulder in the preseason.It may not have been a largely successful collegiate career for Bonleon, who transfered to UST from University of the East, he still is leaving behind memories with people that helped him become who he is.“Make no mistake, I’m happy that I’m leaving but I’m also sad because I had so many friends and these are people who truly support me,” said Bonleon.“I’ll miss this team because in all of my teams this is the one that I made friends with all of my teammates and coaches. Bong LozadaADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Akhuetie hits game winner, UP forces decider vs Adamson

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBright Akhuetie sank the game-winning basket to lift University of the Philippines over Adamson in dramatic fashion, 73-71, Saturday night and force a rubber match in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena.Akhuetie, this season’s MVP, found himself free underneath the rim off a well-designed inbound play for the go-ahead bucket with only 2.6 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks beat Pelicans, win consecutive games for first time Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Adamson and UP meet again in a knockout for a spot in the finals on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Fighting Maroons are in their first Final Four appearance in 21 years but they certainly didn’t look like a team that lack experience as they proved to be the steadier team down the stretch with Paul Desiderio and Akhuetie coming through in the clutch.Desiderio, the unquestioned heart and soul of the Maroons, thrived in the pressure-packed moments again. He buried a contested step back jumper that put his team ahead, 71-69, with 5.5 seconds remaining before Falcons forward Sean Manganti knotted the count at 71 with a pair of free throws with 3.7 ticks to go. 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 awardcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Bright for the win! UP takes the 73-71 victory. One more game. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/46P93x3OoJ— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) November 24, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ “My guys made a play when it mattered, Juan made a great pas to Bright, Paul made a jump shot when it was needed,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“Adamson is very resilient and I keep on telling my players that no matter what happens we have to go through these kinds of games and we’re just blessed we got the victory.”The Soaring Falcons nearly spoiled UP’s party in the fourth quarter when they went on a 26-11 run to take a 69-65 lead after Sean Manganti’s transition layup with 2:18 left in the game.Desiderio led UP’s scoring with 19 points, all in the second half, with eight rebounds and four assists while Juan Gomez De Liaño also had 19 points with six boards.Papi Sarr led the Falcons with 23 points and nine rebounds while Manganti had 15 points and five boards.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

Bong Muslims Protest against Christian State

first_imgTension brewed yesterday, the third day of the National Constitution Conference (NCC), in Gbarnga, Bong County, when a Muslim group stormed the conference hall, protesting against one of the 25 proposed amendments that should have been brought to the floor for a vote by delegates.The conference later resumed after seven hours of closed door discussions among heads of the delegations from Liberia’s 15 counties.    The item, which was part of a preliminary summary of views of Liberians, expressed during the consultation meetings in 73 Electoral Districts and the Diaspora says, “Liberia should be declared a Christian Nation.”The conference should have set the pace for the amendment of certain provisions within the 1986 Constitution, of which item 24 was no exception.The preliminary summary was taken from the people by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC).It started while the delegates were having their breakfast, when a group comprising of men, women and children attempted to march to the conference hall and started shouting “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar.” (God is Great, God is Great). They held up placards with messages such as: “We are one people and nobody is going to divide us. No equality no peace.  “I am a Muslim and a Liberian. Do I need to be treated like second class citizen?” one placard read.They were demanding that the issue that was agreed during the CRC’s nationwide consultations should not be discussed.The protesters were prevented by CRC staffers from entering the hall.Yesterday’s protest was very peaceful with no reported casualty or vandalizing. However, armed riot police of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and those of the Liberia National Police were seen patrolling the conference hall.What was most surprising was that a majority of the protesters were not accredited by the conference organizers, to participate in the voting process, neither were they qualified to enter the hall.  Addressing journalists during their protest, Alhaji Bility, who claimed to be the group’s spokesperson, said, “Liberia, our country, is a secular state and we are going to prevent anyone changing it to a Christian nation.”“We have been living here peacefully and nobody is going to turn this country to a Christian state. We are going to protest against any decision of such from this meeting,” he maintained.Counter Bility’s statements, Rev. Jornah Woiwor, spokesman for the Liberia Restoration to Christian Heritage, insisted that they would make sure that item 24 would be voted upon by the delegates.  “This process will go on peacefully and nobody is going to stop us,” he said. “This is what our people asked us to do and we’re going to adhere to their request to turn Liberia back to a Christian nation,” he contended.“Nobody here is representing secularism. Our Muslim brothers here have the right to exercise their franchise. Are they not saying that they are a secular (group)?” he asked. “There is no possibility for the process to stall, said Rev. Woiwor, adding,  “we believe in the judgment of the CRC.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDrivers are being warned to take extra care as snow began falling heavily across the county this evening.Blizzard conditions are already setting in across many parts of the county with more snow forecast throughout the night.This pictures shows how precarious the roads have become with one motorist going into a ditch at Meenaroy (pictured right). Donegal County Council have gritted roads this afternoon and are hoping the grit will melt snow.However the heavy falls means that the council is being forced to grit the roads again this evening and throughout the night.Gardai are warning motorists to take extra care and not to travel unless necessary.Many roads however, are passable but caution is being urged if people are driving. Temperatures are set to dip to -1c across the county meaning the snow is likely to stay in many places once it freezes.Further snowfalls are forecast for throughout the weekend.Donegal County Council’s website www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie can be accessed for further updates over the weekend. IT’S HERE! DRIVERS WARNED TO TAKE CARE AS HEAVY SNOWFALLS REPORTED was last modified: January 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmeenaroysnowlast_img read more

Loggers claim another Lakin title

first_imgThe longest Charlie Larkin Memorial Tournament championship game may have also been the wettest, as Eureka topped St. Bernards 9-4 amid a light drizzle after a tournament-record three hours Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park. The Big 5 champion Loggers claimed their third straight tourney title — and bragging rights in the city of Eureka — with the win. St. Bernards, although on the wrong side of the win column, made tournament history as the first Little 4 team to reach the championship …last_img read more

Eats Shoots and Leaves

first_imgThis is not a crime story, but a story nonetheless.The latest human evolution star, Australopithecus sediba, ate leaves, according to its publicist, Lee Berger.  In Nature News on July 5 (Margaret J. Schoeninger entertained the idea, giving credit to the star behind the star, the father of evolution:In 1871, Charles Darwin proposed that our earliest ancestors lived in Africa alongside the ancestors of today’s gorillas and chimpanzees, and ate a diet of fruit, leaves, seeds and nuts, similar to that of these extant primates. More recently, however, an alternative hypothesis has taken precedence — that the human lineage split from the apes in part as a result of our ancestors’ ability to obtain foods in open habitats, such as grasslands and savannah woodlands, that emerged in Africa following climatic changes during the Late Miocene epoch approximately 7 million years ago. These foods included grasses, sedge plants, grass-eating insects and small animals. On page 90 of this issue,1 Henry et al. present evidence that our early relatives had a more diverse diet, and ate items such as fruits, leaves and bark. The findings will trigger a rethink of the selective pressures that resulted in the separation of the ape and human lineages, and the traits we now consider to be unique to each.Any paleoanthropology discovery failing to “trigger a rethink” would break tradition (trigger?  Remember, this is not a crime story).  Berger gave Amanda Henry the limelight as first of 9 authors of the paper,1 but Au. sediba is his baby.  Whether his baby ate leaves and bark from trees is less interesting to most readers as whether it belongs on the human family tree at all.  Scheoninger barked about some of the uncertainty involving bigger issues than just diet:The significance of these results extends beyond whether a diet based on C4 foods is a fundamental hominin trait. It also brings into question our understanding of the evolution of bipedalism — another trait that is thought of as being fundamentally human. The species in which bipedalism emerged, and the evolutionary pressures that drove this adaptation, remain topics of debate….How does the suggestion of dietary variation among hominins fit with this understanding of bipedalism and the branching of hominin species? Researchers have suggested that there was an adaptive radiation event approximately 2 million years ago, in which a common ancestor relatively rapidly gave rise to a range of bipedal species with novel traits that allowed them to move into new habitats. The unexamined assumption that all bipedal species share a unique genealogical relationship is reminiscent of evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould’s question: “What, if anything, is a zebra?”. Gould examined whether the three species of modern zebra are more closely related to one another than to other non-striped horse species. He concluded that striping evolved only once. We should also ask: what, if anything, is a hominin? Perhaps all ancestral ape-like species that walked on two legs and had a C4-focused diet were uniquely related to each other but were not necessarily human ancestors. Maybe humans emerged from some other hominin groups around 2 million years ago that were also bipedal and had more general, opportunistic foraging strategies, including meat-eating. Only enterprising studies into other aspects of australopithecine and hominin life, like Henry and colleagues’ analysis of Au. sediba‘s diet, will provide us with definitive answers.Since definitive answers are lacking here, readers might like to look elsewhere.  One place to look is Discovery Institute’s latest book, Science and Human Origins by Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe and Casey Luskin, announced June 20 on Evolution News & Views (see lengthy review at ENV June 25).  A later post on Evolution News & Views by David Klinghoffer described one chapter by Luskin that presents the appearance of the genus Homo as a “big bang” reminiscent of the Cambrian explosion.  Postulating ape-like australopithecines to be human ancestors is “plagued with problems,” Luskin’s research survey revealed, a fact that the media “labor to obscure”.  Particularly, Au. sediba presents evolutionary tree problems, Klinghoffer commented in another post on Evolution News & Views: a diet of bark and leaves makes it less hominin-like and more ape-like than Berger wants. So if Au. sediba eats shoots, barks and leaves, is Berger barking up the wrong tree?Click here for ENV’s list of articles about Science and Human Origins.  If Darwin led evolutionists down the primrose path for over 140 years, that would be a crime.1. Henry et al., “The diet of Australopithecus sediba,” Nature 487 (05 July 2012), pp. 90–93, doi:10.1038/nature11185.“Eats shoots and leaves” is a humorous phrase teachers use to point out the importance of punctuation to understanding (is it about a criminal or a koala?).  But even if we take Berger’s meaning, it doesn’t mean he has understanding: especially if, after 141 years, Darwin’s tribe of forensic investigators still has to stuff their understanding in the pigeonhole labeled “things to do tomorrow.”  We wonder what kind of “enterprising studies” Scheoninger has in mind.  If history is any guide, the Darwinian form of “enterprising studies” belongs at Comedy Central, where they try to keep you laughing but never serve the beef; just empty promises that further studies will provide understanding. Shoot; make like a tree, and leaf for a real burger joint. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Team South Africa: Bridgitte Hartley

first_img14 May 2012South African sprint canoe star Bridgitte Hartley carries realistic medal hopes into the London Olympic Games after a remarkable performance in qualifying for the event.The South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) required Hartley to prove her medal potential in international competition, which she attempted to do at the World Championhips in Szeged, Hungary in August 2011.Matters didn’t look good when she failed to qualify for the A-final. Undeterred, Hartley responded in the best possible way, flying to victory in the B-final in a world record time of 1:46.90, which would have won her the A-final by a tenth of a second.Beijing OlympicsShe represented South Africa four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, competing in the K2 500m with Michelle Eray. Despite having paddled only three months together, they made it into the semi-finals.The following year, in 2009, Hartley became the first African to medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships when she placed third in the K1 1 000 metres in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.She finished just over a second behind Hungarian great Katalin Kovacs, who also won the 500 metres title, and about half-a-second behind second placed Franziska Weber of Germany.World Cup successHartley has tasted gold medal success in World Cup events too, indicating that she has the goods to make it onto the podium.Last year, she was crowned the overall ICF World Cup series champion, which underlined her consistency competing at the top levels of the sport.Interviewed by Graeme Joffe on News24 in March, Hartley said: “I never dreamt 10 years ago that I would be competing in the Olympics.“I have always been an athlete and I have always been competitive, but I have never been a top athlete in any particular sport until I took up paddling,” Hartley said.The right coach“I found the right coach as well, and I think just to stay determined, and keep persevering because eventually you are going to get that reward and if you keep your goal in sight, and you keep going for it, you will definitely achieve it.”The coach Hartley referred to is Hungarian Nandor Almasi, a former South African national coach, who helped Ruth Nortje finish seventh in the K1 500 metres in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Alan van Coller finish eighth in the men’s event.He has also coached Shaun Rubenstein, who has excelled in everything from sprints to marathon, and sprinter Jen Hodson, who made the K1 500m final at the Beijing Olympics.‘Getting it right on the day’Hartley knows she can win in London, which was underlined in her comment to the Zululand Observer in April. “It’s all about getting it right on the day,” she said.“I have beaten the top contenders before in World Cup events and if I am blessed with an injury-free preparation, I will be ready for the challenge.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more