‘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

Navotas nears playoff berth

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P3.5-billion sports training center rising in Pangasinan Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Jai Reyes exploded for a career-best 33 points as Navotas pulled the rug from under Manila, 96-92, to close in on a playoff spot in the North division of the MPBL Datu Cup at San Andres Sports Complex.The former Ateneo star, who transferred from Laguna early in the season, hit seven triples before wrapping up the victory with two free throws with 12 seconds remaining as the Clutch secured their 11th win in 23 games for sixth spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Navotas’ victory also formally knocked Mandaluyong out of playoff contention as the El Tigre absorbed a 60-76 defeat to the San Juan Knights in the first game.The Knights leaned on John Wilson’s all-around performance of 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals to whip a Mandaluyong squad that has shown little fight after a 5-0 start. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

Dawson Creek liquid nitrogen plant expansion

first_imgA liquid nitrogen plant in Dawson Creek hasn’t even started production yet and already the operator is doubling its capacity.Ferus Incorpoated says its 200-tonne-per-day liquid nitrogen plant will be operating by this fall, but a new plant is already under construction.The second state-of-the-art plant will boost production of liquid nitrogen to 400 tonnes daily as Ferus scrambles to meet the needs of B.C’s expanding energy sector.- Advertisement -The Calgary based company says the second plant will be on line by early next year and liquid nitrogen from both facilities will stimulate production of clean-burning natural gas from wells located throughout Northeastern B.C.last_img

Video: Neymar gets a taste of his own medicine

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Redfearn ‘very close’ to becoming permanent Leeds boss

first_img1 Neil Redfearn says he is ‘very close’ to signing a contract to become Leeds United’s permanent boss.The 49-year-old is understandably seeking assurances over the job before taking it on, given the fact the club’s owner Massimo Cellino has already seen off three managers in just five months, but expects to firm up a deal in the next few days.“It’s very close,” the former Barnsley and Charlton midfielder said on Thursday.“I had a good chat with Massimo yesterday and we went through one or two things. It’s not that far away.“I wanted some assurances from the conversations I had, where he saw me at the club and the club going forward. He said I was the future and I wanted to know if that was still the case. He said ‘you are’. I wanted the contract to reflect certain things.”One of the granted assurances is that Redfearn will return to his role at the head of the academy if Cellino decides to end his reign early.“It seems to be shorter here (a coach’s life) but you can spend the rest of your life wondering. You have to go on and make things happen and be positive. There’s no let up now,” he said.“This is a massive honour. It’s a massive football club with a great tradition and the owner has a desire to make it great (again). I can see that, that’s a genuine opinion from me and if I can be part of that down the line it’s a fantastic honour.“I’m capable of doing it. Now it’s a case of knuckling down and concentrating on the footy.”A lifelong Leeds fan, Redfearn’s ascent to the top job at Elland Road has been a slow one, having joined the club’s academy staff in 2009.He has had four caretaker spells since then and resisted interest from other clubs in order to remain with Leeds.But, even if things do not work out with the first team, he is sure he will continue to enjoy working at his boyhood club.“I would be happy taking the Under-11s,” he added.“Massimo sees me here for the long haul but there are no guarantees in football. If it was as easy as guaranteeing wins we would all be managers. It’s got to be worked at and earned and I know that as well.“The bigger picture is whatever happens needs to be for the good of Leeds United. If it takes me on, great, if it doesn’t I will be back with the academy.” Neil Redfearn last_img read more

Jose Mourinho Stadium Ban: Chelsea boss could challenge FA decision

first_img1 Jose Mourinho could yet challenge the Football Asscoiation ban that will see him miss Chelsea’s game against Stoke City on Saturday.The Blues boss’ fractious relationship with the FA deteriorated further on Thursday as he failed in his appeal against a suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fine.The self-proclaimed Special One was sanctioned for implying match officials were biased against the Premier League champions in comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton.It was a charge he rejected, but his appeal was thrown out, the FA announced on Thursday.Chelsea are understood to be disappointed with the appeal failing and are still mulling over whether to challenge the punishment which forbids Mourinho from entering the Britannia Stadium this weekend.The Blues are still to pore over the written reasons before making the decision.The ban was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.The Blues boss “admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area” at Upton Park and was fined £40,000 alongside the stadium ban.Only if Chelsea appeal against that penalty will Mourinho, who is slated to speak to the media on Friday lunchtime, be permitted to enter the Britannia Stadium or surrounding area on matchday.YOU CAN LISTEN TO LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE NATIONAL RADIO COMMENTARY OF STOKE v CHELSEA ONLY ON talkSPORT FROM 5.3Opm ON SATURDAY Jose Mourinho last_img read more

‘We’ve signed you to win the UCL’ – inside Real Madrid’s European obsession

first_img3 3 Bale dreamed of playing for Madrid. At his 2013 unveiling, a photograph of Bale as a boy grinning in a Real shirt loomed large on club TV screens. We suggest that his father, seeing his son’s prodigious talent, bought a job-lot of replica kits for Europe’s top clubs and got him to pose in each – just in case such a photo was ever needed. The 26-year-old laughs in response.“No, I just loved watching Real Madrid when I was a young kid,” he says. “I loved the white kit, the players playing for them, the special football they played, the goals they scored… I remember when Steve McManaman came over, then David Beckham, then Michael Owen. I started watching more and more. Just seeing top British players playing alongside the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos was amazing.”Zidane, assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti when Bale joined the club, is now Real manager. Does he ever get involved in training? “He did in my first season!” says Bale. “He dropped the shoulder on me a few times as well. I grew up watching him. Such a good player, he was.”MEET BART SIMPSONWatching a Champions League match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is a unique experience. There are plenty of excited ‘day trippers’ at big Premier League clubs, but this is a different level. Excited visitors from France, Japan and China clamour outside the gargantuan 85,000-capacity stadium, posing for pictures with a man in a giant Bart Simpson costume plus Real Madrid kit (though we doubt he was endorsed by either club or cartoon). It feels more like Times Square on a Saturday night than the preamble to a football match. The stadium fills up late (well, this is Spain), but it is packed full when the match begins.Before Real score, however, the atmosphere is slightly unusual. Alert, but also pensive. A friendly voice sat beside us offers an explanation: “The fans are quiet; they have such high expectations. Whatever is normal at a football club, they expect three times as much. If the team score three, they want four. That’s why it takes a special player to play here.”Sport’s new amigo isn’t referring to talent – that’s a given. He taps the side of his head: “It’s the mental strength needed to play for these fans. Not everyone can do it. You need to have a mental resilience not to fall before these expectations.”Bale concurs. “Being here is like being under a microscope,” he says. “It’s a lot easier to go out in England. Here, the sole focus is football. They have whole newspapers dedicated to Real Madrid. But that’s just part of being a Real Madrid player – you get used to it.”Bale seems settled into life in the Spanish capital. Scoring match-winning goals in the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League (against rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, no less) in your first season probably helps. Yet he felt the fierce gaze of media scrutiny last year.“I feel like I’ve grown up [since I arrived], especially since you’re not in your comfort zone any more,” he tells us. “You’re really thrown into the deep end – and I think maybe last year, I didn’t play so well in the second half of the season. In a way, I’m quite glad it happened, because it has made me a stronger person, a stronger player. You learn more from when things are not going well than if you were just a winner. I’ve really benefited from it.”Fitness niggles have disrupted Bale’s third season in Spain, but he has also looked in excellent form in the middle (scoring 11 goals in his past eight games, although he hasn’t played since January 17). Madrid will want him back fit for the Champions League crunch matches, not least because it represents perhaps their ultimate challenge of the modern era.GALACTICO TO CLASICOWhen the European Cup first came into existence 60 years ago this season, Real Madrid’s name was the first on the cup. Four years later, it was still the only name on the trophy. The galactico policy of signing the world’s best players that caught the eye of a young Bale didn’t begin in the late 1990s – it stretches back to the 1950s.Real Madrid built a team around their greatest player, Alfredo Di Stefano, but improved it each year. Raymond Kopa played superbly for French club Stade Reims against Real Madrid in the 1956 final. He was quickly convinced to switch sides. In 1958, after two years out of the game and at least two stone overweight, Hungary’s glorious galloping major Ferenc Puskas signed. He slimmed down (well, a bit) and shone. So it goes. Take the tour around the Bernabeu and, alongside the rich history of mementos, boots worn by great players and Ballon d’Or awards, two things stand out. One is a FIFA Club of the Century award, underlining Real’s status as the most successful club side of the 20th century. Then, at the end, 10 European Cup/ Champions League trophies stand proudly in a row inside a glass case filled with a constant whirl of gold and silver paper. A bit like the end of The Crystal Maze, but admittedly more impressive.Whisper it quietly around these parts, but the newest version of this trophy resides not in Madrid. It’s in Barcelona. With one win each from the past two Champions League finals, the rivalry between the two clubs stands tall above European football. It’s never been more fierce. But there must be figures at both clubs who realise it is terrific for business.In his book Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Sid Lowe covers why the labels attached to both clubs (Real as the establishment club, Barca the rebels) isn’t just a simplification but often plain wrong. However there’s one quote in the book, from former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano, that sums it all up: “If Barcelona didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them.”They are two clubs constantly trying to one-up one another, pushing each other to greater heights. It’s Barcelona who currently top the pile in La Liga. Now, however, they’re stepping on Real’s patch of Europe, with three Champions League titles in the past seven years. In 2016, they’re aiming to be the first club to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.“My plan when I first started playing football was to try and reach the pinnacle – and Real Madrid is the pinnacle of football teams,” Bale tells us, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. And yet it’s now Barcelona looking to carve out a fresh piece of European history.The good news for Real is that stopping Barcelona is in their own hands. The two Spanish clubs – along with Bayern Munich – are favourites for this season’s Champions League. Wouldn’t it be just like Real to gatecrash Barca’s party? ‘La Undecima’ is Spanish for ‘The Eleventh’ – just in case you need to know.Gareth Bale is an ambassador for BT Sport: the new home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League exclusively live – btsport.com This feature appears in the current edition of sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukEurope has several big football clubs, but only one that judges itself on the highest altar of all. Don’t believe us? Consider England’s two most successful sides. Manchester United endured an agonising, 26-year wait without a domestic league title from 1966/67 to 1992/93. Liverpool fans look back to their previous league win in 1989/90 and wince. Their wait is growing.It’s natural that England’s big clubs gauge their success by this marker. Real Madrid judge themselves on a similar criteria. Yet their domain is all of Europe. This is a club that marks its success in relation to the continent’s biggest prize; that considers the European Cup (or Champions League) its benchmark. When the club won that trophy for the 10th time in 2014, it had been just 12 years since the their previous triumph. Most clubs would gladly settle for a Champions League win every 12 years. To those at Real Madrid, the wait felt like a lifetime.Gareth Bale offers a shy smile when Sport asks him how much pressure there was to win the fabled La Decima when he signed in 2013. “Massive,” is the word he settles on. “It literally felt like the reason they signed me. Whenever I spoke to the president here [Florentino Perez], he was always telling me: ‘We’ve signed you to win the 10th Champions League.’” Sport magazine spoke to Gareth Bale about his club’s Champions League obsession 3last_img read more

Four held in Target thefts

first_imgNORWALK – A group of thieves pilfered merchandise from Target stores in four communities in a two-week period, authorities said Wednesday. Four suspects were in custody while others were still on the loose. The Targets hit were in Norwalk, Burbank, Pacoima and Woodland Hills. Saul Gonzalez, 42, Jesus Flores, 24, Carlos Beltran Lopez, 26, and Carlos Flores, 47, will have a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Dec. 10. Gonzalez lives in Los Angeles while the others are Bellflower residents. Deputies arrested the four men on Nov. 1. Prosecutors have charged the men with five counts each of second-degree commercial burglary. They pleaded not guilty to the charges, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Carlos Flores was being held at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, Lopez was at the Pitchess Detention Center North Facility in Castaic, and Jesus Flores and Gonzalez were at the North County Correctional Facility in Saugus. Their bail is $500,000 each. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe men allegedly stole from the stores during the day, according to Detective Mark Christiansen of the sheriff’s Norwalk station. He said the men are believed-to have hit other stores as well. Authorities remained tight-lipped about the case and wouldn’t disclose details including the alleged thieves’ modus operandi, what items were taken and what happened to the stolen loot. Christiansen said the case is ongoing and that authorities are still looking for other associates and the person who fenced the stolen goods. He said they haven’t been able to confirm if the suspects were part of a theft ring. The alleged thieves hit two Target stores in Norwalk on Oct. 19. The other stores were hit Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. last_img read more

Iniesta runs the show while rock stars falter at Euro 2016

first_img What wouldn’t Ibrahimovic or Ronaldo give for an Iniesta behind them? 1 The column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Follow them on Twitter, check out their Facebook page or download the FREE iPad app here.In football, as in tennis, we are lucky enough to be sitting down to watch a golden era of players. Perhaps not the era to end all eras, but a pretty good one nonetheless. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta and company – there are some bona fide legends on our televisions every week.However, this European Championship has reminded us that one or two of these superhumans are nothing of the sort. Ronaldo so rarely has a poor game that consecutive below-par shifts have caused the media to roar, and for some frankly genial memes to be created on social media. It’s the same with Ibrahimovic – a self-labelled boss who seems not to have clocked on quite yet.What surprises me, though, isn’t that these big names aren’t dominating – but the surprise with which this has been received. For me, it makes perfect sense that players like this would find themselves more likely to struggle in national teams, and it all comes down to teammates.So often the strikers – or at least the top goalscorers – are the rock stars, and understandably so. But most of these guys are expert at taking opportunities. Now, this is a hell of a skill, so I am not watering down the influence of a Zlatan or a Ronaldo, but it is slightly less conducive to success in national teams when compared to the likes of an Iniesta or, say, a Luka Modric.These guys are creators. Their job is effectively to get the most out of a team through picking out and executing creative passes, maintaining a shape for their side and, ultimately, serving strikers.Put simply, though Ronaldo can clearly pass a ball, he is far more about leaving defensive work to others, getting into good positions and profiting from the creative work of his providers. Now, he can also score from anywhere, and this is important, but lots of his success comes from the graft of others. This is fine; we’ve all played with players like this, and they’re often real assets, but it tends not to work out for them when the players behind or around them aren’t top-notch.The Portuguese players aren’t as good as the Real Madrid players, and the Swedish players probably aren’t as good as the PSG players. So when your best player by far is your chief scorer, he is bound to find success harder to come by at national level. Just look at Messi with Argentina.A top midfielder, though, can dominate any game. Again, though Iniesta may have lost a yard of gas and may not receive the level of exposure of others, I’d argue that his formula renders him far more likely to play well repeatedly at national level.Iniesta relies very little on others, and he doesn’t need a collection of variables to come together in order to deliver. He just quietly and repeatedly gets on the ball and feeds the beasts. What wouldn’t Zlatan or Ronaldo give for an Iniesta behind them?last_img read more

Sonics job should be a breeze for new coach Hill

first_img McGrady collapsed in pain with severe back spasms just before halftime of last Sunday’s loss to Denver. He left the floor on a stretcher, was taken to a hospital and missed the Rockets’ next two games. McGrady practiced on Friday and said he felt good enough to play, but left the final decision to Van Gundy. McGrady, who first developed back problems when he played in Orlando, strained his back in practice on Nov. 4 and missed three games. He returned for four games, then missed the next five when the back pain returned. McGrady said Friday that the injury is starting to take a psychological toll. “You’re just afraid to make certain movements out there,” McGrady said. “You think about, ‘OK, if I go up on this jump shot, what’s going to happen on the landing?’ All kinds of things go through your head.” McGrady is one of six Rockets players out with either injuries or illness. Houston’s other star, 7-6 Yao Ming, has missed 12 games since undergoing toe surgery in late December. Yao is expected to be out at least another two weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “The players really worked hard,” Hill said. “At one point – back then you didn’t have active or inactive or injured list – we had six CBA guys that were sitting on the bench.” Hill went on to have success in Indiana and later in San Antonio, where he went 121-43 and won two division titles from 1994-96. He joined the SuperSonics as an assistant this season, then was quickly promoted after the defending Northwest Division champions fired Weiss after a disappointing start. McGrady still hurting: Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady missed Saturday night’s game against New Orleans, the 11th game he’s sat out this season because of back problems. The Rockets lost all 10 previous games they’ve played without McGrady. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy gave no timetable for when McGrady might return. “When he feels like he’s capable of playing and the trainers and doctors concur and I concur, then he’ll go back out there and play,” Van Gundy said. Bob Hill’s first NBA head coaching job was so tough that it came with a warning. Hill’s third game after replacing Bob Weiss as Seattle coach was in New York, and he recalled his first head coaching chance – though it’s hard to say he had a chance at all. center_img “I was 31 years old and I found myself the head coach of the New York Knicks with a pretty decimated group of guys,” Hill said. “And the beat writers were great, they really were. They said, ‘You got no shot of keeping this job unless you make the playoffs, and your chances of making the playoffs are pretty slim. So you have a job, but you need to find one while you have one because you’re probably not going to have this one.’ ” Hill replaced Hubie Brown in December 1986 and went 20-46 the rest of the season while often playing short-handed. Bernard King, New York’s best player, played only six games that season because of injuries, and Patrick Ewing missed 19 games. last_img read more