We can do well in the 800m – Watts

first_imgMarvin Watts, the last Jamaican to compete in the men’s 800m at the World Championships, believes that the country can do well in the two-lap event. His advice to aspiring 800m men is to move to a middle-distance training programme when their highschool days are over and to stick with it. Speaking from first-hand experience, Watts pinpointed the heavier training load done by the athletes from the African middle distance superpowers as the big difference.He outlined the steps needed to make progress. “That would entail after high school,” he explained, “going into a middle-distance programme, whether locally or overseas, having the right coaches and sticking to a programme.”Watts competed in the 800m semi-finals in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2000 Olympics and the 2001 World Championships. In the latter meet, the tall, slim Jamaican strode through his heat in 1 minute 46.43 seconds, a personal best that lodges him at number 10 in the Jamaican all-time 800m performance list.”It’s really tough to make it to the finals,” said the former St George’s College and University of South Carolina star. “But again, I think what I would have needed, and what other athletes would need, is to join a strategic training programme.”The programme will get you there,” he assured aspirants. “That’s how many athletes worldwide – if you speak to them, they were average runners in high school. but they stuck to a programme, which entails endurance training, stamina training, speed work and, over time, you will come down in time and you will make the grade.”In 2004, Watts participated in a four-month training camp in Kenya. Injury derailed his plans, but the experience showed him the big difference between how Jamaica approaches the 800m and how Kenya approaches the same event. “I think it was just the load; compared to what we do, it was much more intense.”He also understands why Jamaican 400m runners don’t move up to the 800m.”You might have 45-46 seconds 400m runners who can do well at the 800m, but they prefer the shorter distances of 400m or less because of the popularity of the event,” he analysed.last_img read more

Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years,” Wawrinka said.Wawrinka follows countryman Roger Federer in having to cut his season short because of his knee. Federer sat out the second half of 2016 but has returned strong this year, winning two majors and beating Wawrinka in the finals at Indian Wells.Djokovic decided late last month he would miss the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow, ending his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. He aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men’s singles match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK  — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured knee. He will have a medical procedure and sit out the rest of 2017.“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said Friday in a statement through his agency.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.The fourth-ranked Wawrinka added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.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 32-year old Swiss was clearly bothered by his left knee then, icing it during changeovers. He said after the defeat the knee had been a problem on and off all season and he needed to figure out what was wrong.He finishes with just one title this season and says he is already looking toward his recovery and playing in 2018. Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Madayag rues ‘basic errors’ in shock loss to UP

first_imgUP still hopeful despite slim Final Four chance LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I think the basic errors happened, I think no one was talking and like I said before we need to work on our consistency,” said Madayag in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ateneo committed 22 errors, 12 less than what the Lady Maroons tallied, but there was one miscue that proved crucial for the Lady Eagles.After the Lady Maroons turned back Jhoana Maraguinot at the net, the ensuing rebound fell near the vicinity of Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino who both lunged, at the same time, at the ball.Both made contact but the tangling of arms caused the ball to go straight to the net and give the Lady Maroons a 25-24 lead in the third set.Before those happened, though, the Lady Eagles held a 19-14 lead and allowed UP to tie the third set at 19-all.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo was the hottest team in the league before it faced University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Lady Eagles have strung together five straight wins and haven’t lost a game the whole second round, but the Lady Maroons needed just three sets to put the breaks on the streaking gang in blue-and-white.Although Ateneo is on its way to the Final Four, the three-set loss could prove dangerous for the Lady Eagles, who are trying to build enough momentum heading into the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCaptain Maddie Madayag said they failed to display the consistency needed to beat UP after the three-set loss, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, and the loss left them searching for answers with just one game remaining on their schedule.And one area Madayag looked into were the “basic errors” they committed against a relentless Lady Maroon offense. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Read Next 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 award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “When it got tied at 19, we were in disarray and UP then took the lead,” said Madayag, who had eight points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

WCD farmers dissatisfied with GRDB’s response to infested rice fields

first_img…want comprehensive reviewAbout two weeks after rice farmers in Hague, West Coast Demerara, raised their concern over what was believed to be an infestation of several acres of rice fields, subsequent intervention by the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has reportedly resulted in little or no improvement. This has now left farmers in a state of disgruntlement. Several of these farmers reached out to Guyana Times on Saturday and what was related was a sense of dissatisfaction on the part of the GRDB.The farmers initially claimed that some 120 acres of their lands were being affected by a termite infestation but GRDB later dismissed this claim, saying that advice was given to the farmers to drain the fields and apply systematic pesticides, but the farmers refused to do so. However, according to 80-year-old farmer, Ganga Persaud, GRDB and the extension officers need to carry out an intensive investigation of their plight.“I am of the opinion that this thing can [result] in a big outbreak and if don’t figure out what is the problem, we are going to suffer seriously in this area,” Persaud pointed out.He said the GRDB only visited them once within the last two weeks and pulled out some rice plants for inspection. Persaud added that while there was some improvement, most of the crops died and as such, they want a comprehensive assessment.The GRDB said it determined that the farmer needed to drain the field, apply a systematic pesticide; in this instance it was recommended that Pronto and Regional at the recommended rates be used. According to General Manager Nizam Hassan, a subsequent visit by the GRDB showed that the farmer had water weevils and had not been spraying with the required pesticide recommended by the team. The GRDB Head claimed that the farmer also admitted to not draining his field despite being advised to do so and was, in fact, applying a contact insecticide instead, rather than a systematic pesticide. Based on a report compiled by an investigating team, dead water weevil larvae were found on the roots of some plants, the GRDB noted, adding that only one farmer, and 3.4 acres of rice fields, was presently affected.Guyana Times reported that close to 15 rice farmers were currently affected and lost much of their crop in the villages of Hague, Den Amstel, and several other areas.Omar Dhanny, a farmer who cultivates about seven acres of land at Hague, had said he and other farmers exhausted all efforts to address the situation, but to no avail.“This here affects me a lot, because this amount of rice here what damage for me, I already (gone) through all the doses of fertiliser and I already sprayed about six times. If you calculate, it is a lot of money, and nobody don’t know if we gonna get anything from the Rice Development Board,” he pointed out earlier this month.In recent years, farmers across the country have been earning reduced profits for their rice, especially with the collapse of the PetroCaribe (rice-for-oil) deal with Venezuela. Government has sought alternative markets such as Mexico and Panama. However, millers are delaying payments to farmers owing to challenges with ready access to payments from the foreign markets.last_img read more

Jann Arden concert tonight

first_imgAn awesome show is set for tonight in Dawson Creek – Canadian music superstar Jann Arden is playing the Encana Events Centre tonight in Dawson Creek – for last minute tickets and more information check out theEncana Events Centre Website Here. Recording artist, Jann Arden continues to be one of Canada’s most talented songwriters and performers. Starting 2007 as Chatelaine’s covergirl and with a personal transformation that people can’t stop talking about, her star will only continue to shine. With 9 CDs, 17 top ten singles, a substantial collection of industry related awards and honours, a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, acting, writing and charity work, Arden is truly an entertainment icon.- Advertisement -In February 2007, Arden released her ninth album, Uncover Me, a collection of Arden’s favorite songs. Uncover Me debuted at 1 on the Digital SoundScan Chart and placed 3rd on the Nielsen’s SoundScan Chart. This was Jann’s highest debut to date spanning her illustrious 15 year recording career. In April 2007, Uncover Me, was certified Platinum in Canada.Led by the hit single “Bring The Boys Home,” Arden takes ownership of these personally selected tracks crafted by some of the best songwriters of our time. The tracks include everything from “You’re So Vain” (Carly Simon) to an amazing rendition of “California Dreamin’” (the Mama’s & the Papas) and the Canadian Top Ten singles “At Seventeen” (Janis Ian) and “Son of a Preacher Man” (Dusty Springfield). Arden has not forgotten her loyal fans and has included a new original track “Counterfeit Heart”Arden has continued to tour at an unstoppable pace. Her recent Uncover Me Tour, visited 23 cities, performing 31 shows to sold out crowds across Canada, becoming one of 2007’s most anticipated and successful tours. She return’s to USA this summer on tour with Canadian crooner Michael Bublé. This will marked her fourth outing with Bublé – having also toured Europe, Australia, and the USA in the past 18 months.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United deals assessed: Improvements throughout the club in just a year

first_img Man United have signed Ander Herrera (pictured) and Luke Shaw What a rollercoaster 12 months it’s been for Manchester United and the club’s long suffering executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Fresh from winning a 20th league title, the Red Devils embarked on a new chapter as Sir Alex Ferguson stood down, with David Moyes appointed his successor.What happened next was nothing short of disastrous for the club as poor results and a failure to lure top quality players saw United endure a fallow period, with many making Woodward culpable for the off-pitch failings.However, there is a fresh wave of positivity coming out of Old Trafford this summer, and riding the crest is Woodward, who has done far more this time around than he achieved a year ago.talkSPORT takes a look at his and Man United’s transformation.2013By 19 JulyTransfers: ZeroCommerical deals: FivePartnership with Vietnamese bank BIDV (April)Deal with Japanese company Gloops to be club’s social gaming partner (April)Sponsorship deal with Mexican banking group INVEX (June)Partnership with True to become official mobile partner (July)Partnership with Aeroflot as official air carrier (July)Despite being linked with a raft of players, United failed to announce a single transfer by the middle of July 2013. Instead, the club embarked on recruiting a number of new sponsors as they started a global pre-season tour.After 19 JulyTransfers: One (Marouane Fellaini – £26.5m)Commerical deals: 10Partnership with PepsiCo (July)Financial services partnership with AFB (August)Partnership deal with Bulova to be official timekeeper (August)Sponsorship deal with Federal Tyres (August)Sponsorship deal with Apollo Tyres in UK and India (August)Sponsorship deal with Manda Fermentation to be nutritional supplements partner in Japan (September)Sponsorship deal with Commercial Bank of Qatar and Emirates NBD Bank (September)Deal with Banif Bank (November)Renewed deal with STC to become telecoms sponsor for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait (November)Deal with Unilever to be club’s personal care and laundry partner in Southeast Asia (November)With the summer flying past, it was increasingly evident the Red Devils needed to sign players, but instead there were further commercial additions made. The club announced five more partnerships before the end of the transfer window, while in terms of personnel only Maroune Fellaini arrived, with an expected deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera descending into farce leaving United with just one arrival.2014By 19 JulyManager arrival: Louis van GaalTransfers: Two (Luke Shaw – £30m; Ander Herrera – £28.5m)Commerical deals: sixDeal with Aperol to be global spirits partner (January)Deal with Eurofood to become club’s official confectionary partner in five countries across Southeast Asia (March)Deal with Serbian bank Eurobank (April)Sponsorship deal with Cho-A Pharm to become official pharmaceuticals partner in Korea and Vietnam (June)£750m kit deal with Adidas (July)Sponsorship deal with Japanese food grooup Nissin where Nissin and Manchester United branded food products will be produced for sale across the globe (July)While the commercial aspects of the club’s operations have continued unabated, Woodward’s efforts in the transfer market are there for all to see. Following United’s announcement of Louis van Gaal as new boss following the departure of David Moyes, Woodward has played a role in landing two of the club’s long-term transfer targets in the form of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, ensuring there will be no repeat of last season’s fiasco.What next?Having clearly learned some tough lessons from last summer, United look likely to add to their recruitment drive, as they continue to be linked with some of the world’s finest players. Potential deals for the likes of Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria appear more likely than once perceived and while there will undoubtedly be more commercial deals struck, on the pitch at least United look in much better shape heading into what is an immensely important season.Man United fans, how confident are you heading into the new season? What players would you like to see arrival for the new season? Comment below… 1last_img read more

West Ham unsure over Morrison future after cutting short Cardiff loan

first_img1 West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison had his loan spell at Cardiff cut short West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he is unsure whether Ravel Morrison still has a future at Upton Park.The England under-21 midfielder has just returned to the club after having his loan spell at Championship side Cardiff City cut short.Reports have suggested the Hammers want to terminate Morrison’s contract at the club and have sent the former Manchester United star, 21, to train with the reserves.Morrison, who has hit the wrong headlines during his short career for issues away from the pitch, made nine appearances for Russell Slade’s men this term.Ahead of his team’s contest against Leicester on Saturday, Allarydce said: “It’s difficult to say because obviously it hasn’t worked at Cardiff.“With me having such a big squad this season I felt it better for him to try to go and get some football and see how it goes but it hasn’t worked that well and he’s back here with us now.“That’s before his loan expires at Cardiff so we’ll have to look at the situation over the New Year but my focus isn’t on Ravel, it’s on my first-team squad continuing the great run of form they’re on at the moment.”last_img read more

Barrow signs new Swansea deal as Bony’s departure to Man City nears

first_img Modou Barrow 1 Swansea have announced Gambian forward Modou Barrow has signed a four-year contract at the Premier League club – as Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City moves closer.Barrow, 22, joined the Swans on a short-term deal last summer from Swedish side Ostersunds FK.He featured as a substitute when Swansea beat Arsenal in November, while further appearances followed against Manchester City and Crystal Palace.Barrow, whose new deal ties him to Swansea until 2018, scored his first goal for the club in last Saturday’s 6-2 FA Cup third round win at Tranmere.He enjoyed a number of impressive performances for Swansea’s under-21 side before being elevated to senior team duties by manager Garry Monk.Bony is expected to join Manchester City in the coming days, for around £30million, and the youngster’s new deal is believed to be in reaction to the Ivorian’s switch.“It’s great to sign the new contract. It was an easy decision,” Barrow told Swansea’s official website.“I came here until January initially, but now I can settle for the next four years.“It’s been amazing to play for the first team since joining in the summer.“I have tried to work as hard as possible in training and when I’ve been given my chance, but I know I must keep working for further opportunities.”last_img read more

Reports – Newcastle and Hull flop set for New York City FC talks

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa 1 Newcastle United flop Hatem Ben Arfa is in talks with MLS side New York City FC, according to reports in France.The 27-year-old is currently a free agent after being released by Newcastle following a disappointing loan spell with Hull City.The playmaker had looked set to join Ligue 1 side Nice, but FIFA blocked the move claiming it broke regulations regarding players playing for three different clubs in a single season.However, according to L’Equipe, New York City – who are owned by Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour – are ready to offer Ben Arfa a solution to his footballing nightmare.The Frenchman can move to the MLS due to the fact that their new season begins in March, meaning he will have not broken FIFA rules over playing for three teams in the same season.The newly founded MLS side are ready to offer the attacking midfielder a route back into a football and a place in the first-team, where he could star alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard.last_img read more

Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juve ease past Valencia

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo was left in tears after being dismissed on his Champions League debut for Juve© AFP JOSE JORDANVALENCIA, Spain, Sep 19 – Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia 2-0 without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday.A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief in the 29th minute, having aimed a petulant, but seemingly harmless, kick at Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, prompting referee Felix Brych to brandish the red card. Ronaldo dropped to the floor like the entire tournament was lost but Juve showed more composure, Miralem Pjanic scoring twice from the penalty spot to clinch a comfortable win.Valencia were even awarded a third spot-kick of the match deep into injury-time but Daniel Parejo missed.It remains to be seen how UEFA judge Ronaldo’s offence, and dissent, but he is set to miss the next European game at home to Young Boys on October 2. After that comes the more threatening double-header against Manchester United.Valencia’s fans celebrated Ronaldo’s dismissal at the Estadio Mestalla like a goal had been scored but, in truth, their team missed a golden chance to gain a foothold in Group H.Instead, Ronaldo’s absence had little effect. The Italians won and won with ease.“Come on Cristiano, give us Europe,” read the headline in Gazzetta dello Sport. “You could say he’s increased the players’ desire to prove themselves,” Massimiliano Allegri said. “He’s raised the bar for everybody.”They proved themselves here. Juventus have claimed seven Serie A titles in a row but the Champions League is the one they want. They last won that in 1996 when Ronaldo was 11 and still playing youth football for Nacional.Allegri is no stranger to this tournament either, with 77 games on the touchline, 77 more than Marcelino, who has given Valencia fans something to cheer again during his 14 months as coach.They lined the streets outside just to witness the buses pull in, booing the visitors and Ronaldo, in particular. They jeered him during the warm-up too. Ronaldo replied by banging a ball into the open net from two yards.After all, Valencia’s last game in the Champions League was Gary Neville’s first as manager and there have been four more in charge since.Jose Gaya and Parejo were the only players left here from that night but change has not yet bridged the gap with Europe’s elite. That much was clear.Ronaldo started brightly, with an ambitious shot from distance, and then had a hand in teeing up two glorious chances, crossing for Federico Bernardeschi to set up Sami Khedira, before misfiring into the path of Mario Mandzukic six yards out. Each fluffed their lines.Valencia had openings too but lacked punch. Michy Batshuayi, on his first start for the club, twisted round Giorgio Chiellini but was denied at the near post.Then the moment the match will be remembered for. Ronaldo let frustration get the better of him and Murillo made the most of it, falling instantly. Brych was convinced.But instead of capitalising, Valencia twice capitulated. First, Parejo missed a high ball and kicked Joao Cancelo before Murillo took a risk by bundling down Leonardo Bonucci.Pjanic stepped up for both spot-kicks and scored both, the first on the stroke of half-time, the next six minutes after.Valencia probed but even when Daniele Rugani collided with Gabriel for a third penalty, Parejo’s shot was saved by Wojciech Szczesny. There was never any hint of a comeback.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more