‘I wanted the gold more’, says Alphanso Cunningham

first_img optimistic team “Come October, it will be tough, tough. But let’s see; the world may very well be at my feet,” he warned ominously of the World Athletics Championship scheduled for Doha in October. With Jamaica’s camp going into those Games hoping for a medal per member, Jones, who spoke to The Gleaner from Toronto yesterday, maintains that “a podium finish per day is on the cards”. “I am not going with a medal per member, I am expecting a podium finish a day from the team,” he said. “I am optimistic about the team we have here,” Jones said. Meanwhile, coach Neville Sinclair evaluated Team Jamaica’s performances on Monday as quite encouraging. “Alphanso (Cunningham), predictable in the way he focuses, handled the competition and delivered. He is a model athlete,” the coach assured. The Jamaicans were on the hunt for more medals yesterday, with Sylvia Grant in the women’s F56/57 shot put, while Tanto Campbell is on a medal charge in men’s F54/55/56. Jamaicans are being urged to support the Para Pan team on of the Jamaica Paralympic Association website for daily updates and videos at www.jamaicaparalympic.com. Like a true ambassador, Alphanso Cunningham answered his country’s call, led from the front for Jamaica’s six-member contingent and struck an early gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 Class at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games on Monday night. The country’s Paralympic star thrower opened the medal count, yet again, and set the tone for what is expected to be ‘a-podium-finish-a-day’ for Jamaica, according to chef de mission, Edmund Jones. Despite being already used to the big stage and competing under pressure at the highest level, the Jamaican delivered spectacularly as promised. “The guys showed grit and determination, but I suspect I wanted the gold more,” he outlined of his gold medal effort. Cunningham’s class is known, having achieved a world record 24.30 metres in the men’s F52-53 Javelin at the IPC Paralympic World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, two years ago. The Jamaican, who clearly has no intention of slowing down, is already looking forward to more international dominance.last_img read more

Fire on Ice! … Mayhew looks forward to historic bobsled competition

first_imgMeet 17-year-old Daniel Mayhew.He cannot drive a car, but he is quite competent, and on evidence, very comfortable guiding a bobsleigh downhill at 110km/h.The Charlemont High school student will head off to a training camp next week before taking his place as Jamaica’s first representative at the Winter Youth Olympic Games where he will feature in the Monobob competition.Remember that movie Cool Runnings?Well this is yet another version of Jamaicans defying logic and excelling on ice.Mayhew’s case becomes even more outstanding when the fact that he only stepped in a bobsleigh for the first time a mere 11 months ago at a Swiss training camp is taken into consideration.”I can’t recall exactly what I was feeling, but I know I was very nervous at first. They started me at the middle of the track, so that I didn’t get as much speed as I would if I started at the top,” Mayhew recollected during a recent chat with The Gleaner.HEARD HORROR STORIESHe heard many horror stories before that maiden voyage, but his first few runs were incident free, and as his confidence grew, so did his popularity among the other young athletes at the camp.The Jamaican, who lives in the St Catherine community Orange Field, which was also home to former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, went on to win two ‘B’ finals and book his place among the qualifiers for the February 12 – 21 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.”I am a little bit surprised. I was the underdog and coming out on top in the B finals shows that I am going somewhere and I can see that I am improving my driving skills and my overall performance,” Mayhew added.”Going to the Olympic Games is a really extraordinary feeling. When I finished my qualifying run and knew that I qualified, it was an overwhelming feeling. I am hoping to get a medal possibly even the gold. The potential is there for me to do it, all I have to do is listen to my coach and I know I can come out on top,” he said.It was that well-rounded coach Harry Nelson, his eighth grade physical education teacher, who took the academic enthusiast out of a class one day and greeted him with the words: “I am have mission for you. You are going to compete in the bobsled.”Hard words to process for a teenager, who had little interest in actually competing in sports. But Nelson, who was impressed with the form shown during eight grade PE, was convinced he had the potential.”At first I was not attracted to the sport, it all happened really suddenly … I really wasn’t that interested at first; who wants to do that (bobsled)?” he laughed. “It’s a very different experience, but it has been extraordinary.”Mayhew, who has passed eight subjects all with ones and twos has hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future but is, however, happy that he decided to take the leap in the bobsleigh and is looking to do his best in Norway.But has he seen the movie Cool Runnings?”I saw that movie before. It was really just like any other movie to me. It really wasn’t that interesting to me at first, but before I left I watched it again because I had a feeling people were going to ask me about it,” he laughed.Maybe his story will play a part in a sequel.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Brown Burke accuses JLP supporters of intimidation

first_imgPeople’s National Party (PNP) vice president Angela Brown Burke has claimed that PNP indoor agents at the Mountain View Primary School, in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern were chased away by gunmen. Brown Burke told The Gleaner that she had gone to the centre to oversee a change-over of indoor agents when they were accosted and intimidated by gunmen. She said she has reported the incident to the police and the Electoral Office of Jamaica. The superintendent of police in charge at the polling division said he had received no reports of intimidation.last_img

Super eight! – RJR names stars for top sports awards

first_imgJust eight names were announced yesterday as nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards set for January 13, 2017. However, chairman of the selection committee Mike Fennell pointed to the committee’s “strict criteria” for the small number of nominees this year even as chairman of the Foundation Gary Allen, highlighted the event’s remarkable growth over the years. Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt heads the list of three male nominees compared to last year’s five, while Rio sprint double champion Elaine Thompson topped the list of six female nominees. There were eight in 2015. “This is what the performances indicate, and based on that, we are not lowering the bar to go to other events because it starts at the world level,” said Fennell at yesterday’s launch at, he Jamaica Pegasus. “The year was dominated by the Olympic Games for individual performances. There are other performances where people were a part of relay teams, and so those people will get special awards.” Fennell added: “It will be good if we had more in many other sports. It would be ideal, of course, if we had half a dozen different sports on the nomination list, but we have ways to go with those other sports in getting to the world level.” The other male nominees are Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels. The remaining female nominees are track stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, swimmer Alia Atkinson, and female cricketer Stafanie Taylor. The cut-off date for possible additions is December 31. Allen noted that the committee has to look at ways to increase the accommodation for the awards ceremony because of the huge demands. “We now have an event were the demand is outstripping our ability to accommodate people here at The Pegasus,” Allen said. Last year, he said more than 500 people were in attendance and some were even turned back. “We don’t want to do that, and so for the last couple of years, we have been looking around and saying, is there a way we can influence potential venues to step up to another level in terms of us being able to expand the numbers,” Allen said, noting that many of those with interest in the ceremony are key players in sports in Jamaica. The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) Youth Award will be a new addition to this year’s award ceremony. This award will focus on athletes considered to be not only new talent, but also those who are not professional, meaning they do not earn a living from their sporting discipline. Each nominee must be under 21 years old. According to Vivienne Bayley-Hay, director of marketing and corporate affairs at VMBS, the award is going to recognise Jamaica’s “next Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce”. “We think the winner can come from any sport. One of the things that was tremendous in the Rio Olympics is the fact that we have expanded the sporting disciplines that Jamaica was represented in.” “I think that with the talent we have in this country, if we continue to support and to recognise them, I have no doubt that Jamaica will excel in all disciplines. No nominees for the award have been named as yet. Bayley-Hay said the nominees will be selected closer towards the end of the year. Bahamian Olympian Pauline Davis-Thompson would be the guest speaker at this year’s awards ceremony. Other awards include the Chairman’s award, the People’s Choice award, and the Lifetime Achievement award. The nominees for the People’s Choice awards are Atkinson’s 50m short-course breaststroke world record swim; Calabar’s 4x400m Open relay win at Boys and Girls Championships; Michael Binns’ 35-yard goal in the Premier League; Elaine Thompson’s 200m run in Rio, and Yona Knight-Wisdom’s series of dives at the Olympics. (Sportsman of the Year) Usain Bolt Omar McLeod Marlon Samuels (Sportswoman of the Year) Alia Atkinson Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Elaine Thompson Shericka Jackson Stafanie Taylor NOMINEES:last_img read more

Shot fired as players, fans clash in match brawl – St Catherine FA investigates incident

first_imgThe St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) has launched an investigation after a shot was reportedly fired during a fracas between players and fans of Newland and New Raiders FC during a Major League match on Monday. The contest, which took place at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, descended into chaos after players and fans traded blows, saw one off-duty policeman reportedly discharging his firearm in an effort to restore order. According to reports, the game was nearing its end when a Raiders player was shown the red card for a hard tackle on an opposing player. This led to players from both teams squaring off in a fist fight, triggering the involvement of rivalling supporters. According to information reaching The Gleaner, the off-duty lawman, who was watching the game, fired a single shot to calm the melee, before helping to restore order and the resumption of the game. The match was completed at full time, 3-1 in favour of Newland. However, SCFA boss Peter Reid said the association is conducting an investigation into the incident and that the appropriate sanctions will be applied after the facts are ascertained. “We take any incident like this very seriously as discipline is the hallmark of St Catherine FA and we will leave no stone unturned. Our competition’s committee is doing their investigation and will make their findings known and then make a decision based on the rules. “If it is something the rules address, we will apply it accordingly, but if it is more than that, we have to refer it to the disciplinary committee. So until those things have happened, we have nothing more to say,” he said. “We apologise to our sponsor FLOW and the football fraternity, because things like this should not happen … . It’s very unfortunate to have a situation like that,” added Reid. Efforts to contact officials from both teams proved futile. SANCTIONS COULD BE APPLIEDlast_img read more

Eastern athletes ready to shine

first_imgArch-rivals St Mary High and Buff Bay High are again expected to fight for the title at the second meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series, the Eastern Championships, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track tomorrow.The head coach of Titchfield High, Julian Ivy, welcomes the Digicel Grand Prix initiative, calling it “a wonderful idea.”Most of the schools in the Eastern region are really strapped for cash,” he said.”The eastern region is looked upon as the least in track and field in Jamaica. However, we’ve produced a lot of top athletes who have gone on to excel at the highest international level; and we’ve to understand that before they got to that stage, these coaches aided their development,” Ivy added.Some of the most notable include Morant Bay High alumnus Juliet Cuthbert, who won sprint double silver at the Barcelona Olympics; and another Morant Bay High star – who later transferred to Kingston College – sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment. Parchment won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.Competition away from their training grounds this season has been sparse for most schools participating at the Eastern Championships, but St Mary High’s boys and girls have shown all-round strength at some of the development meets.These include The Queen’s Grace Jackson Invitational and Camperdown Classic, with Class Two girls Keresa Richardson, Janaeli Campbell and Kay-ann James looking dominant among the Eastern Championship entrants, along with Class Two boy Lenard Hall.PARTICULARLY STRONGThe latter is particularly strong in the 800m, where his female colleagues also appear quite strong in Classes One and Two, with Tameria Howell (Class Two) and Shanice Panton (Class One) headlining their charge.Among the boys’ sprinters, Morant Bay’s Jaheim Henry and Annotto Bay’s Kenoy Francis have done fairly well and should be among the Class Two front-runners, with St Mary High’s Travis Henry and Nicardo Vincent also expected to shine.Among Class One girls, Morant Bay’s Tishelle Fulcott and Nneka Francis, along with Oberlin High’s Latoya Graham, should feature.Though Buff Bay High have not shown their hand, they have gone toe to toe with St Mary High for the championship in recent years and are expected to feature big time again.”Right now, it’s between Buff Bay and St Mary High,” Ivy predicted. “Morant Bay will be coming strong as well.”We (Titchfield) are not expecting to be in the top three, as we’ve a fairly young team.”Nonetheless, Ivy said his Class One boys, Kai Chang and Moses Parkinson, will place high in the Class One Digicel Grand Prix Championship events, the high jump and discus.The Digicel Grand Prix Championship events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and 4x400m relays for Classes One and Two boys’ and girls.The series consists of five meets and the top two athletes from each of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship events will advance to the final, the G.C. Foster Classics, which will be held at the National Stadium on March 11.Each athlete can only participate in one individual event at the final, which carries a grand prize of $1 million dollars in gym equipment for the top boys’ and girls’ schools, $500,000 for second, and $250,000 for third.last_img read more

Praise for Dodd, the record breaker

first_imgDanniel Thomas-Dodd upped her national shot put record for the second time in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the US NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, Dodd pushed the shot put to 18.40m. That added 8cm to a mark she set last month. Dodd broke the Jamaican record of 18.20m last month with a mark of 18.32. In College Station, she peppered the 18m line with a six throw series of 18.00, 17.90, 17.99, 18.26, 18.40 and a final-round foul. Willingness to work Marlon Gayle, who coached the Westmoreland native for two seasons at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, attributes her improvement to her willingness to work with a goal in mind. Speaking on March 12, he said, “If she wants something, she’s going to work towards it, and I told her regardless of which college you go to, university you go, you’re going to do well.” She left Edwin Allen with the 2012 Boys and Girls’ Championships shot put record – 14.47m – and set sail for Kent State University in Ohio. She has blossomed there. A member of Jamaica’s teams to the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the discus, the 2015 Pan-American Games where she punched the shot 17.76m to place 5th, she has also competed against the best on the planet at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. According to Gayle, the 24- year-old Thomas-Dodd is a coach’s dream. “What makes coaching exciting and achieving objectives a good thing, is to have an athlete who really knows what he or she is about”, he said. “That motivates any coach to really do their very best and be their very best for those individuals,” Gayle smiled.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Captaincy, a labour of love

first_imgLast month, Alastair Cook gave up the high-profile job as captain of England, and that after leading his country for five years and 59 Test matches, after being the most capped England player with 140 appearances, and after scoring the most runs, 11,057, and the most centuries, 30. And to top of it all, the England management, the England players, and the England fans, all thanked him and gave him a round of applause for a job well done and wished him good luck as he bade to continue his wonderful career as a batsman. Cook’s exit followed England’s 0-4 loss to India in India recently, and the 32-year-old left-hander stated, simply and precisely afterwards, the reason for his decision. “You can’t do the job at 95 per cent,” he said, hinting that he needed to devote all his time, all 100 per cent of his time, to the job of captaining the England cricket team. If I was beside him when he made that statement, I would have, without a doubt, shook his hand vigorously. To captain England, to captain any team, especially an international cricket team, calls for knowledge of the game, it calls for selflessness, it calls for leadership, and it calls for commitment, the kind of devotion which sometimes leads to obsession, almost like a religious fanatic. If one is to succeed in life, in one thing or another, one needs not to like what one is doing, but one has to love what one is doing, one has to know about what one is doing, inside and outside, and one has to do it day in and day out, day after day. Show me a successful man, or woman, in any sphere of endeavour, and I will show you a man, or a woman, who has worked tirelessly at what he or she is doing, knows what he or she is doing, tries to know more about whatever he or she is doing, and is fair to everyone, or tries to be to almost everyone with whom he or she comes in contact. And it matters not what he does, whether it is business or pleasure, or whether it is voluntary work, especially in social life and in sport. In fact, voluntarism is probably the greatest gift of all, especially in societies of limited resources such as Jamaica, and one with gifted people who generally need the support, such as Jamaicans. Voluntarism is good and valuable. It is good and valuable to those who volunteer if only for personal esteem, but also to those who benefit from volunteers, especially those who achieve their dreams and those who become great and famous because of volunteers. The good volunteers, however, are not necessarily those who do it occasionally, or at their own convenience, as some are often quick to say, or those who do not recognise the value of time, their own and that of other people, by acting or saying, almost defiantly, that they are volunteers whenever they get something wrong or arrive late. The good volunteer knows that once he accepts being a volunteer, it is his job and his commitment, he knows that he accepted the job and thus the commitment, and he knows that he is obliged to do the job, and to the best of his ability. A volunteer, a good volunteer, goes about his job, not at the expense of his regular job, but just like it was a regular job, sometimes with more devotion and dedication, and that is why he is successful. Alastair Cook was not a volunteer, but although as a professional he was paid to do the job as a cricket captain, as the England captain, he was like a volunteer – doing the job every day, from day to day, never complaining, taking the good with the bad, always reaching for the sky, or the mountain top, but never making a demand as if it was his by divine right to get there. He seemed to enjoy his innings in charge at or near the top. Cook may have had other reasons for his much-lamented decision, but whatever they were, if indeed they were any other, in his own words, he gave up the England captaincy when he could not give 100 per cent of his time and skill, and he knew that in whatever one does, that is what it takes to do a good job. If only there were more men, and women, like him, much, much more, and especially in Jamaica and in the West Indies. Although the 42-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq is the captain of Pakistan, the four captains of Australia, India, New Zealand are 27-year-old Steve Smith, 28-year-old Virat Kohli and 26-year-old Kane Williamson, respectively, and the new captain of England is 26-year-old Joe Root. They are all among the world’s leading batsmen, and with Root suggesting that he will follow the other three in their footsteps as a captain and as a leader, and is expected to do so. West Indians everywhere are hoping and praying that Jason Holder, the 25-year-old captain of the West Indies, will fall in line. They are hoping that in a short while, he will really develop into in a medium-fast bowler of immense skill, an all-rounder of some skill, and a captain worthy of comparison with Frank Worrell, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, and Vivian Richards. VOLUNTARISM VALUABLElast_img read more

UFC: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones for winning title

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano UFC 214 over the weekend marked the end of a long rivalry between two of the promotion’s top light heavyweight fighters, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The action-packed five-round battle ended in three rounds, with Jones viciously knocking out Cormier with a head kick and a barrage of strikes, en route to reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return McCarthy, meanwhile, accepted the apology and aired his side on Twitter.1/2 @dc_mma U have nothing to apologize for. You have been an incredible champion who has represented the sport of MMA with class & dignity— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ READ: Jones regains UFC belt with brutal KO of Cormier, wants Lesnar next PH’s 1st full Ironman race set next year LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 2/2 I have watched the fight 2 many times & believe I should have stopped the fight 2 punches earlier. But I don’t get 2nd chances #AskBJM https://t.co/Qn1dQ4oP8c— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017Although he failed to avenge his earlier loss to Jones, Cormier pocketed a disclosed $1 million in fight purse, according to MMA Fighting.  /ra A day after losing his title, the 38-year-old Cormier took to Instagram to congratulate his bitter rival for his convincing victory.“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory,” he captioned a photo of himself.The former Olympic wrestler also apologized to veteran MMA referee Jon McCarthy for initially protesting against his decision to halt the fight.“Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight,” he wrote.“You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Celtics to play 76ers in London

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The NBA announced its five Christmas Day match ups Thursday with an NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and host Warriors representing the marquee contest. The two teams have met in each of the past three finals.The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced next week. The October 17 opening is the earliest start since the 1980-81 campaign began on October 10, 1980.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the team’s top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”Counting pre-season contests, it will be the NBA’s 16th game in London.“Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said.The Houston-Golden State contest will not only feature nine-time all star Paul in a new uniform but the Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings for the second time in the past three seasons.Gordon Hayward’s Celtics will also take on LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night in a NBA playoff semi-final rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ New York, United States — The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.The game, to be played January 11, will be the Celtics’ second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 pre-season contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 pre-season game at Manchester against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The league announced the London game, its opening night contests and Christmas Day games as part of a partial release of its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday.Chris Paul will make his debut with Houston on October 17 when the Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on opening night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 76ers boast some of the NBA’s top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer,” Embiid said. “We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.” 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more