Amateurs don’t beat professionals, says WICB’s director Conde Riley

first_img– Admits that the decline in performance of our senior teams in ODI and Test cricket has been slow and painfulDIRECTOR of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Chairman of the Barbados Pride cricket franchise Conde Riley admitted that the WICB was aware that amateurs don’t beat professionals, adding that the decline in performance of the senior teams in One Day International and Test cricket has been slow and painful.Riley made the announcement during his feature address at the Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) 2016 Awards ceremony Thursday night at the Umana Yana.““The board was aware that amateurs don’t beat professionals and whilst the richer members of the ICC had moved to professionalize their game decades before us, we were stuck by a combination of factors.“Over the last 10 years, following the domination of the Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards’ led teams, the decline in performance of our senior teams in ODIs and Test cricket has been slow and painful,” Riley pointed out.Conde Riley during his feature address at the Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) 2016 Awards ceremony Thursday night at the Umana Yana.Perhaps no cricket team in history is as revered as the West Indies side of the 1980s. From 1980 to 1995, the team did not lose a single Test series. The Caribbean cocktail of ferocious fast bowling and aggressive batting resonated far beyond the field.But seldom does one get to witness a fall as dramatic as that of the West Indies cricket team in international cricket, or for that matter, in any walk of life. The West Indies were so dominant in the 70’s and 80’s that all the other teams struggled to compete at the same level.The golden era ended on May 3, 1995, when Australia crashed through in Jamaica for a series win.But critics agreed Caribbean cricket lost its way with failures off the field. Most fingers are pointed at the West Indies Cricket Board.However, Riley blamed part of the decline of West Indies cricket to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which was aimed at not only giving the WI players a voice but also making them the consummate professionals.“Successive presidents and boards were stifled by a Collective Bargaining Agreement which was designed at the time when Sir Wesley Hall was president, to give players a voice in their professional management through the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”“The WICB finally got approval to renegotiate the old Collective Bargaining Agreement with WIPA and moved swiftly to spread the 25 per cent of its revenues which is set aside for players’ salaries from 15 players to an additional 90 players and we also brought 10 ladies on board,” Riley stated.He added “It suited the then leaders of WIPA to hang on to an outdated document that should have been renegotiated many years before the High Court in Trinidad said enough is enough and ruled that a new CBA be negotiated between the WICB and WIPA.Riley also pointed out that the advent of T20 cricket with its large sums of money brought new challenges for the WICB and its territorial shareholders, is also a contributing factor for the West Indies cricket Test and One-Day teams slowly moved down the ICC rankings to the bottom of the table.last_img read more

Cricket News I Don’t Want To Let Go A Good Start: Rohit Sharma After Record Series

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma was making a comeback to the Indian Test team after a stop-start Test career. After being dismissed for 0 in the Board President XI’s game against South Africa in Vizianagaram, there was concern that Rohit might not perform as an opener in the three-Test series against South Africa. However, Rohit put up a fabulous display that silenced the detractors. The Mumbai batsman smashed a century in each innings in the Vizag Test, making him the sixth Indian player to achieve this feat. Despite a failure in Pune, Rohit responded with his maiden double ton in Ranchi. His 529 runs in the series made him the fifth Indian opener to smash over 500 runs in a series. Speaking after receiving both the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series Awards, Rohit said he wanted to capitalise on this opportunity. “It’s been a great start, so I don’t want to let it go. That started long back in 2013, when I started opening for India in white ball cricket. I realised you need to have discipline at the start of the innings. Once you are in, you can play your game. That’s what I have done, I follow a certain template that allows me to have some success,” Rohit said. Rohit added that he needed to maintain discipline and that support from the team management and the skipper played a vital part in his confidence. “You need support from the management, coach, captain, that has helped a lot. Test cricket is a different ball game, getting that big score will give me confidence moving forward. I was trying to be mindful about that. You need to be disciplined, I kept talking to myself,” Rohit said. In the series, Rohit gave the Indian top order a feeling of intimindation with his clever batting and aggressive hitting. In Vizag, he hit 13 sixes which was a record for the most sixes hit in a Test. In Ranchi, he went past 50 sixes in just his 30th Test and Rohit said countering the new ball and then opening up was the key to scoring big hundreds. Also Read | MS Dhoni Vists Indian Dressing Room In Ranchi After South Africa Whitewash”Considering how the series has gone by, I can take a lot of positives, especially how to counter that new ball. The new ball will be a threat anywhere in the world,” Rohit said. With an average of 99.84 at home after 12 Tests, Rohit is now greater than Sir Don Bradman but tougher challenges await him outside India.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney calls time on his England career

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from the England national team yesterday, ending a 14-year stint in which he became the country’s top goalscorer with 53 goals.Rooney said he had made the decision despite being told by England manager Gareth Southgate that he would be recalled to the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.“It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that,” the 31-year-old said in a statement.“However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.”“Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out,” he added.Rooney’s decision comes two days after he scored for Everton in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City in the Premier League and was widely praised for his performance.It was Rooney’s second goal in as many games for the club he rejoined last month after spending 13 years with Manchester United and prompted speculation over an England recall.But the Liverpudlian has decided to concentrate all his efforts on his club career.“Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful,” he said.Rooney earned his first cap against Australia in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 111 days to become the youngest player, at the time, to represent the national side. He also leaves as England’s most-capped outfield player with 119 appearances.The former England captain has not played for his country since a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley last November.Rooney’s goal on Monday meant he became only the second player to score 200 Premier League goals behind another former England striker Alan Shearer.But while he won five Premier League titles and a Champions League, among other trophies, during his time at Old Trafford he remained without a medal for England, who have not won a major tournament since the World Cup in 1966.“I will always remain a passionate England fan. One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side.“Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team,” said Rooney, who believed he would eventually see England triumph.“One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan – or in any capacity.”last_img read more

Unofficial state title up for grabs

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoTonight, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is in position to win the unofficial state championship for the second year in a row with a win over UW-Milwaukee. The No. 7 Badgers (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) have gone 15-2 against the Dairy State’s Division I competition during head coach Bo Ryan’s tenure.However, Ryan, his staff and his players aren’t placing too much significance on winning the championship.”It really has absolutely no significance,” UW assistant coach Howard Moore said. “I don’t want to sound too much like coach Ryan, but it really is just the next game on the schedule.””It really doesn’t mean all that much, when you say winning the state,” sophomore forward and Milwaukee native Marcus Landry said. “We just want to win the next game.”Still, with the recent emergence of UWM and UW-Green Bay, the fact that the Badgers have been able to maintain such in-state dominance has been somewhat remarkable.”Basketball in Wisconsin has really never been stronger,” Moore said. “It speaks to the level of focus and execution we have been able to maintain, that Coach Ryan has instilled, that we have a record like that against schools of that caliber.”The Panthers (2-9, 0-1 Horizon) have been a major part of the Badger State’s rise in national recognition, having made the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, including a romp to the Sweet 16 last season.However, Milwaukee’s meteoric rise from a year ago has led to the program taking a step back, as the Panthers lost nine seniors, including all five of their starters. In fact, of the 68 points that UWM scored in last season’s loss to Wisconsin, players still on the roster scored only 10 points. “It’s a young team,” Ryan said. “It’s trying to get some things done and mature and blend. But you know, the rest of us are trying to do the same thing, but only we have older players, guys that have had a few more minutes.”Thursday’s meeting will be the 24th in a series that UW has completely owned.The Badgers are 23-1 in their history against the Panthers, with the lone loss coming in the UW Field House Dec. 12, 1992, when Milwaukee pulled out a 77-72 victory.More important, however, is that this will be the second time Milwaukee head coach and former Badger assistant Rob Jeter returns to Madison to take on his friend and mentor, Ryan.”You can tell that those two have a very special relationship,” Moore said. “It’s teacher and student out there.”Ryan isn’t the only member of the squad who enjoys the opportunity to see Jeter back on the Kohl Center floor.”I love seeing coach Jeter back here,” said senior guard Kammron Taylor. “I was real glad to see him get a head coaching job. He did a lot of work with me, and I owe him a lot.””He’s like an older brother to me,” said UW assistant coach Greg Gard, who also stressed that such feelings are forgotten during the game. “Once the ball goes up, it’s just 10 guys who are just going at it on the court.The Panthers currently have eight players logging 13 or more minutes, but only two averaging double-digit points, as the youthful inexperience has led to some serious growing pains for Jeter’s squad.”He’s basically just starting over,” Gard said. “You lose nine seniors, seven scholarship players off of a back-to-back NCAA tournament team, it’s hard to be able to bounce back. “You look at his roster, and the majority of his players have never played college basketball.”Milwaukee is led by Avery Smith, who has paced the Panthers with 15.2 points per game, making almost 45 percent of his 3-point attempts.As Milwaukee looks to make a turn in its season, Jeter will look to rely more on the all-conference candidate.”As they get settled, I think you’ll see [Jeter] start to see his team make some noise in their league,” Gard said. “Hopefully he gets it rolling soon, just not Wednesday night.”last_img read more

DPS chief to focus on crime, reputation

first_imgAfter several high-profile public safety incidents in 2012, newly appointed Dept. of Public Safety Chief John Thomas is inheriting a 280-member force that finds itself directly in the public eye.Power change · The Dept. of Public Safety Chief John Thomas replaced Carey Drayton, who served as chief for seven years at USC. – Daily Trojan File PhotoThomas assumed the position of chief over winter break, after former Chief Carey Drayton left the post to work as special assistant to Charles Lane, associate vice president of Career and Protective Services. Drayton left his DPS position after talking about exploring other opportunities, Lane said“The position of Chief of the Dept. of Public Safety is extremely demanding,” Lane wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Carey Drayton was in the post for seven years and in recent years had expressed an interest in other opportunities.”Drayton said he plans to remain in his new post, at least through the end of the spring semester, but is considering work in the private sector.“For me, it is a great time to explore other professional opportunities, which may include work in the ever-growing private security sector,” Drayton wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I began working in campus law enforcement in 1980, serving students at premier institutions, and it is time to evaluate all my options as I look at the next couple of decades in my career.”DPS was heavily involved in responding to several widely-reported incidents last year, including an off-campus shooting that fatally wounded two graduate students from China and an on-campus shooting in October that prompted new security measures, such as the implementation of fences around the perimeter of campus.As chief, Thomas, who formerly worked at the Los Angeles Police Department, said his top priorities are to reduce crime and ensure that DPS functions professionally.“In a nutshell, ensuring that our department is well-prepared [and] well-trained for responding to various types of situations,” Thomas said.Because of the visibility that inherently comes with policing a bustling campus, Thomas said it is important that DPS treat people on campus respectfully.“When people come to this campus, when they come to this community, we have an obligation in every aspect to make sure that we are representing the university in a manner consistent with the values of the university,” he said.Despite DPS’ good reputation with other agencies such as the LAPD, Thomas stressed the importance of improving the department’s reputation among students, the community and regular visitors.“I don’t think we’re horrible, but I do think we have a lot of work to do to enjoy the same type of reputation and respect that we enjoy among our law enforcement peers,” Thomas said.Thomas said he hopes to improve DPS’ reputation by ensuring that interactions with officers are positive.“There is no excuse for us, in the heat of whatever we’re engaged in, [to] become part of the problem by exacerbating the situation,” Thomas said. “Those days of responding out of emotion and out of bias -— those things are unacceptable to me.”For Thomas, increased transparency is another  important step toward changing DPS’ perception among some members of the community.“I want us to explain our actions to those that we encounter,” Thomas said. “And when we make mistakes — and we will make mistakes — I want us to apologize to people — unqualified apologies.”Thomas also hopes to promote more collaboration between the community and students who live in the local area.Thomas’ resume includes working as the adjutant to the LAPD chiefs William J. Bratton, Martin Pomeroy and Bernard C. Parks. Before coming to USC in 2006, Thomas served as deputy chief of police in the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management at the University of the District of Columbia. In 2010, he helped oversee plans for President Barack Obama’s visit to USC.Lane said Thomas, who grew up near USC, fit many criteria that the university was looking for in a new chief.“He was a natural choice to become executive director and chief,” Lane said.Drayton, in his new position, will help Thomas transition to the role of DPS chief, according to Lane.last_img read more

Being a Trojan comes at a price

first_imgOn a warm day in early April, a group of USC students stood in the center of campus chanting and protesting the most recent hike in tuition fees.“Nikias, step off it, put students over profit,” they shouted into a megaphone just a few feet from Bovard Auditorium, where President C. L. Max Nikias’ office is located. The 11 students convened were speaking out against the most recent $3,000 tuition hike for the 2016-2017 school year, putting USC’s price tag ahead of other universities like Stanford University and Harvard University as one of the most expensive colleges in the country. The cost of USC can quickly become prohibitive for lower-income students even if they take on a job, an issue that the University has been attempting to address for centuries. As far back as the 1960s, the students and faculty of USC were exploring ways to broaden perspectives and open up the Trojan Family to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. USC’s tuition increase follows a growing national trend. Tuition costs for private universities have been outpacing inflation since before the turn of the millennium, and the average cost of attendance at a private four-year university is now $38,762 compared to $18,573 in 2000, according to U.S. News. Given the rising cost of attending college, the University tries to help students plan for the future.“From the financial aid perspective, we’re consistent in our message that the University does increase tuition every year and that the average tuition increases so that people can plan for it,” said Dean of Financial Aid Thomas McWhorter.For many students, this warning is not enough, and they would like more specific information about where the extra money is going. The University’s full financial statement is available online with details about assets, investments and the operating budget of the institution. However, it is a difficult document to digest for the average viewer and doesn’t include an easy way to visualize changes in the budget over time as tuition costs increase. Between the rising cost of tuition, fees, housing, books, transportation and other expenses, the current estimated price tag of the USC experience is around $69,711 per year. The Undergraduate Student Government is looking to change this and has been working with the administration to find a way to communicate these changes to students.In response to tension and protests regarding the homogeneity of the undergraduate and graduate student body, the University passed a student-initiated referendum in 1970 called the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund to provide scholarships for qualified low-income students. The program required all students to contribute a modest $4 fee to the fund each semester, a small price to pay for a program that would bring new perspectives onto campus, particularly from the neighborhoods surrounding USC.In 1993, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article about the students who had benefited from the NTSAF. One student said, “this diversity is what America is going to look like in the future.” Fast forward to today, and the NTSAF still raises funds for scholarships — now with an $8 instead of $4 fee — but the University has developed many other opportunities to make the Trojan experience available to people of all backgrounds. While answering questions of how tuition is being used, Nikias is also working to raise money so that students don’t have to pay as much.In 2011, Nikias launched a $6 billion fundraising campaign with the vision of strengthening USC’s impact on the community and the world. Part of this vision involves providing more opportunities for students, as a significant portion of these funds will go directly into the endowment for student scholarships. According to McWhorter, the increase in funds could open up new opportunities for students with need.“With more money at our disposal, we could be more generous in how we analyze need,” McWhorter said. “We could provide less financial aid package in loan, and also provide more merit scholarship opportunities.”Additionally, though USC stands out as one of the most expensive schools in the country, it also stands out as one of a limited number of schools in the country to offer need-blind admission, meaning the school does not consider financial circumstances while evaluating applicants. The financial aid system also meets full demonstrated need, theoretically making the USC experience available to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The question though, for students such as those protesting outside Bovard Auditorium, becomes whether low-income students have access to the same USC experience.An important part of the USC experience involves student organizations. There are hundreds of student organizations on campus and many of them require dues that range anywhere from $80 to $3,000, which can be a formidable barrier for low-income students. USG President Edwin Saucedo understands the struggle for low-income students joining organizations with expensive dues.“I am a low-income student and so I am at USC on a full ride,“ Saucedo said. “However, that full ride applies to my studies, applies to my housing, applies to some expenses, but it doesn’t support being able to get involved with these types of organizations. So having to pay $2,000 in dues every semester would have to come from my pocket, and some people just can’t afford to do that.”Even students from a financially secure background face barriers to joining these student organizations. Jeff Fischer, a senior majoring in psychology, does not receive financial support from his parents beyond the estimated cost of attendance. As a result, he works at local restaurant Study Hall to pay his fraternity dues, housing and social expenses. He said the balancing act of working and completing school work has been difficult but rewarding.“It’s a burden, and it’s a lesson,” Fischer said. “I have to work to maintain the social life that I want at USC, but then I don’t take it for granted because of the fact that I do earn it.”However, students are also worried about where their money is going, regardless of how much of their tuition they are paying. USG has also been fighting for tuition transparency to alleviate students’ concerns about the steadily rising price of their education. “It helps students understand that if they’re getting an increase in tuition, where is that additional money going to?” Saucedo said. “Is it going to the professors or simply into the pockets of the administrators? And I don’t think it’s the latter, but I think a lot of students are skeptical that it is. So that’s really what we’re trying to prove.”Tuition costs will continue climbing and students will continue to struggle with how to finance college. But the administration and USG have both set forth a goal — to keep money from being a prohibitive factor to anyone who hopes to someday become a Trojan.last_img read more

STEM program engages high school students in research

first_imgThe Young Researchers Program was founded in 2009 by two doctoral students in the earth sciences department to provide research skills for local high school students interested in STEM fields. Photo courtesy of Erin McParland.The USC Young Researchers Program is evolving in its seventh year as a summer program for high school juniors and seniors, which is run by USC doctoral candidates and mentors to integrate local students into research conducted at the university.The main purpose of the program is to have one-on-one mentoring sessions between the high school student and the graduate student in a professional laboratory setting. The program was founded in 2009 by Carie Frantz and Laurie Chong, two former graduate students in the earth sciences department, with the help of professor Will Berelson.“I knew I wanted to be a mentor for YRP when I first started at USC,” said Emily Burt, a doctoral student studying geological sciences. “I thought it was a tangible way to help increase diversity [in] academia and also for me, personally, to start gaining mentorship skills right away.” The program provides free interactive experiences to students within a five-mile radius of USC, especially to those who are underrepresented in the community and in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, according to doctoral student Joyce Yager, the program’s recruitment coordinator. Through the Young Researchers Program, these students are able to develop research skills while being exposed to college and laboratory work.   “I think that this program really gives students the confidence to work in a research lab and be on a college campus,” Burt said. “They’re gaining research skills but also getting some college preparedness about the different aspects of applying to college like financial aid, admissions and four-year institutions.”The application opens during spring, and students are admitted to the program through a lengthy process that includes short-answer questions, personal statements and letters of recommendation. Afterwards, the program board reviews and selects the best applications.“We are just looking for students who show a genuine interest in the STEM field and also for those who never had an opportunity like this,” said Erin McParland, a doctoral student studying marine biology and biological oceanography. “We try to bring in students who are very impressive applicants who just never had the chance to shine.” Each high school student is paired with a graduate student and given six weeks to create a research poster based on their specialized topic, McParland said. The students are also expected to work 15 hours a week over the summer to complete their research. “I was interested in volunteering and working with a student,” Yager said about her experience as a doctoral student. “Especially since as graduate students, one of the things that we think about is if we are going to become faculty members a few years from now and mentoring our own students. So mentoring high school students is a great way of starting to work on those skills.” The doctoral student-volunteers study in a variety of specialized fields, such as marine biology and engineering. The types of sciences researched vary from year to year because they are based on the preferences of the student, Yager said. Many of the mentees are matched with a mentor who is studying and already doing research in a field that they are interested in. However, in Yager’s experience volunteering, the most common sciences that are explored are neuroscience, chemistry, computer science, geology and biology. “A good number of the research projects tend to fall under testing different methods that graduate students might use,” Burt said. “The research project that my mentee did was testing the way that we collect water from soils to see if that affected its chemistry. Some other students learned to code games using Python or they learn how to create codes to manage information systems.”At the end of the program, the students present their research posters to USC faculty, mentors and their family members at a poster symposium. The mentors hope that YRP cultivates more underrepresented students to develop an interest in pursuing a career in STEM and to build confidence in applying to and attending a four-year college.last_img read more

Jamaican athletics down but not out

first_imgJamaicans are either among the world’s most fickle people, or those accustomed to the best of times.Responding to relatively poor performances of Jamaican athletes at the recently concluded London World Championships the comments of some Jamaicans were very ungracious, to say the least. These included the same people who cheered and jumped hoops when Jamaicans had superlative performances at Olympics and World Championships over the past decade.Lulled into high expectationsThere’s no doubt about it. The performance of Jamaican athletes in London was disappointing. It was particularly disappointing because Jamaicans have developed very high expectations. They were lulled into expecting nothing but the best from the legendary Usain Bolt, and the brilliance of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and more recently Elaine Thompson.Only four medalsIn London, Jamaica won only four medals, the worst medal haul since the 1993 Helsinki World Champs, when Jamaica won three medals. Before Dion Hemmings won gold in the 400 meters hurdles at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Jamaica hadn’t won an Olympic gold medal since 1976 when sprinter Donald Quarrie won gold at the Montreal Olympics.In between, Jamaicans grew accustomed to celebrating bronze and silver medals, or just an athlete making it to an Olympic final.Then since the Athens Olympics in 2004, through intervening Olympics and World Championships to the Rio Olympics in 2016, Jamaica became a team to reckon with especially in the sprints.Father Time and injuriesHowever, in life, time and injuries take their toll. Father-Time reached out its withered hands to embrace the seemingly unbeatable Bolt. His bronze medal in the 100 meters wasn’t so much due to the brilliance of his nemesis Justin Gatlin but from legs grown weary. The same weary legs succumbed to an overburdened muscle just when Bolt seemed he would win his final medal in the 4 x 100 relay.Elaine Thompson ruled women sprints since she won the 100 and 200 meters in the Rio Olympics. However, a troublesome Achilles tendon, and stomach problems prevented her from medaling in the 100 meters, and out of the women sprint relay.KudosKudos go to Omar McLeod who gave Jamaica its only gold medal in London in the 110 meters hurdles; 400 meters hurdler Ristianna Tracey and the women 4 x 100 relay team that won win bronze medals.Where blame is justified is to female quarter-miler Stephanie Ann McPherson who refused to compete on the 4 x 400 meters relay team after a row with another athlete. Most likely her indiscipline cost Jamaica a medal in the relay finals. The young athlete who subbed for her pulled up and was out the race possibly because she was insufficiently warmed-up to run.The onus is now on Jamaica’s athletic officials to ensure utmost discipline be maintained on Jamaican teams.Promise of young athletesDespite the injuries, and under performances at London there’s no reason for Jamaicans to believe the pre-1996 days are back. Many of the young athletes who performed in London although they didn’t medal showed promise of being strong contenders in the near future. Plus, there are young athletes who didn’t make the team to London who excelled in the recent Youth Championships in Kenya and are on the periphery for big games competition.A silver lining, of sorts, in London was performance of Jamaicans in non-traditional events like the men 5,000 meters and women steeplechase. Jamaican made the finals in both these events. Promise was also shown in the women 800 meters, women shot-putt where the athlete barely missed a bronze medal, and men discuss.The London championship managed to shake Jamaican athletics out of complacency. The successes since 2008 lent Jamaica the moniker, “Land of Sprinters,” but this doesn’t mean medals come automatically.To maintain standards set since 2004, the young, promising athletes must commit themselves to relentless training, preparation, and self-discipline. This commitment must also come from coaches, and officials who govern track and field in Jamaica.Jamaican athletes took some serious blows in the London World Championships but they are far from out. To quote a popular Jamaican cliché, “Dem just have fi weel an come again.”last_img read more

City Star Makes Golden Boy Top Three Shortlist

first_imgManchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has been named in the final three for the 2017 European Golden Boy award.Brazilian star Jesus joins Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe on the 3-man shortlist.A 24-strong shortlist had earlier been released before it was trimmed to the final three.Italian newspaper Tuttosport are the organisers of the 2017 award, which honours the best player aged under 21 in European football based on their performances throughout the year.Young Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who is on loan at Welsh club Swansea City from German champions Bayern Munich, is the recipient of the 2016 award.GOLDEN BOY’S ORIGINAL 24-MAN LISTAaron Martin (Espanyol)Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig)Rodrigo Bergwijn (Juventus)Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)Amadou Diawara (Napoli)Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)Joe Gomez (Liverpool)Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen)Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid)Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)Emre Mor (Celta Vigo)Reece Oxford (B. Monchengladbach)Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice)Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)Youri Tielemans (Monaco)Enes Unal (Villarreal)Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham)RelatedKylian Mbappe & Marcus Rashford Headlines 25-Man Shortlist For 2017 Golden Boy AwardSeptember 19, 2017In “Europe”Kylian Mbappe Wins Golden Boy AwardOctober 23, 2017In “Europe”SCO Angers vs FC Girondins BordeauxJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Cyclist Dado Delić headed off to a 13.500 Kilometers Journey

first_imgThe BiH cyclist and adventurist Dado Delić took off yesterday from the Sarajevo International Airport to Tajikistan, from where he will head off to a new journey in the length of 13.500 kilometers.In the next seven months, Delić intends to pass ten countries on a bicycle.Delić will visit Kirgizstan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan in the end, thus competing his project “On a bike through meridians and parallels”, which he launched two years ago by travelling from Sarajevo to Samarkand.While saying goodbye to his friends and family, Delić said that a very challenging journey is ahead of him, but that he is ready for new adventures.“Several months of preparations are behind, both physical and technical. All administrational and technical obstacles are overcome, now the interesting part of the journey comes. I am very excited, but also determined to achieve my goal and I am looking forward to another unique life experience,” Delić said ant highlighted that this journey could not be feasible without help from his friends.With this project and the campaign “The Rolling Drifter – Cycling around the Globe”, Delić wants to draw attention of the public to the problem of global warming, he wants to promote the fight for a world without borders and cycling as a form of recreation and an ecologically acceptable means of transportation. All interested can support Delić financially via indiegogo service available on this page. ( previous Delić’s texts in the form of a diary, as well as photographs from journeys, can be found on the webpage and his Facebook fan page.(Source: read more