BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, and newly appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, will sit down with coaches from the six regional franchises today to discuss crucial matters ahead of November’s start of the Professional Cricket League (PCL).Pybus, who will chair the meeting, said the coaches’ conference would allow every coach to be on the same page. Conveying their challenges while also networking to share tips and advice with each other.”It’s the first sitting of the franchise coaches with us and to get them all aware of what are our common goals as we approach the second season of operation of the PCL,” Pybus said.”It is very important that they also have the opportunity to share the challenges which they face at the franchise level, as we work together to build a world-class cricket-performance system.”At the end of the day, the goal is for us to be producing international quality players for the West Indies and we need to be able to identify what challenges we face and streamline the system, so that it works efficiently.”He added: “It’s also an opportunity for the coaches to network with fellow coaches and take practical examples back to their franchises, so that we are able to advance West Indies cricket.”Simmons, a former West Indies player, said the conference would be an important one as issues of training methodologies, fitness standards, and player evaluations would be discussed.”This is one of the first things for which I asked when I was appointed West Indies head coach, so that we can outline to everybody where we want them to be and where we want the players to be,” said Simmons.The conference will be attended by Hendy Springer and Dexter Toppin of Barbados Pride; Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith of Guyana Jaguars, Junior Bennett of Jamaica Scorpions, Reginald Benjamin of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Gus Logie of Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Ian Allen of Windward Islands Volcanoes.The PCL, the West Indies Cricket Board’s first class season, was staged for the first time last year with Guyana Jaguars lifting the title.
Throughout history, sports have played a variety of important functions in society as a form of recreation; preparation for war or the hunt; or later, as a substitute for war. Sports have undergone many changes; some have stayed much the same (e.g. wrestling); while others have adapted with the times. New sports are always being invented and developed. Medieval Sports After the fall of Rome came the Dark Ages. It was a time of much religious change and political conflict around the world. There was increase in wealth and interest in the arts and the sciences. In Europe, social class determined the sport in which one participated. Royalty and the aristocracy hunted, played cricket, watched horseracing, and fenced. The most famous sports in medieval times were jousting on horseback with lances. This was done by knights practising their fighting skills in mock battles. Sports were mostly associated with the Church and were played by peasants on holy days and festivals. An activity such as mob football was a chance for the entire village to get together and let off steam. The games had very few rules, if any, and were more of a free for all and were not played very often because they could be extremely violent and people even died. One of the oldest recorded forms of sports was bull-leaping in the Greek island of Crete, where slaves jumped over the horns of a bull. The ancient Greeks were lovers of sport and taught it to their children at school. The main activities were wrestling, running, jumping, discus and javelin, ball games, gymnastics, and riding as well as military skills. Sporting competitions took place regularly as part of religious festivals. It was also in Greece that the Olympic Games started in 776 BC and were linked to religious festivals. Each athlete had to take part in all the events. Many of the sports were linked to the training given to soldiers, and many such as discus and javelin are still in the modern Olympic Games. Roman sports were influenced by the Greeks, but they added their own emphasis. Chariot racing and gladiator fights were held at large sporting events. Individuals or teams of men would fight animals or each other to death. The Roman Games were big occasions, usually paid for by the emperor, making them popular with the people. The gladiator fights were extremely violent and were normally done by slaves and prisoners. Roman sporting activities also included animal hunts, wrestling, running, boxing, pentathlon (which consisted of running, jumping, discus, spear throwing, and wrestling) and pancratium, which was a combination of wrestling, boxing, and martial arts. The competitors were called athletae and trained full time as professionals. They became celebrities in the Roman society and enjoyed many privileges. Industrial Revolution At the start of the 19th century, sports became more organised and the development of modern sports started. Machinery was developed and used in the production of goods. This resulted in movement of the population from rural areas to towns to seek employment in these industries, and this had a great impact on sport. There was not enough space in the industrialised towns to play the sports they knew from their villages. Also, working for long hours did not leave them with much energy to play sports they knew from their villages. The village games died and new sports took their place. This new breed of labourers became watchers of sports instead of participators. The development of railways allowed for spectators and teams to travel around the country to watch and compete in sports, leading to the development of competitive leagues and cup competitions. 20th Century Several factors have had an effect on sports since the start of the 20th century. More persons are not only playing, but also watching. Sports have become more organised. New rules have been developed, and some sports revised to formed new ones. The value of games on the development of character was recognised as learned sportsmanship and leadership, and a willingness to abide by rules emerged. One of the most significant developments is the growth of televised sports. Sports will continue to change and develop in the future as technology progresses. The standard of sports has continued to be influenced by social change, commercialisation, media, sponsorship, government, and education. – Send queries and questions to: [email protected] Sports in ancient times
– 3 p.m: Portmore United vs Boys Town – Juici Park, Clarendon – 3 p.m: UWI FC vs Cavalier – UWI Bowl, Mona – 3 p.m: Rivoli vs Humble Lion – Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens – Drewsland Stadium – 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Harbour View – Anthony Spaulding Complex Paul Young Sr is not the product of a virgin birth, but he is being viewed by many as the equivalent of the football messiah, especially for Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) club Waterhouse, which he is expected to save. Having recorded the fewest wins, the most losses joint with 11th-placed Rivoli, scored the second fewest goals, only bettering the goal-shy Cavalier, and conced the third highest number of goals, a position they share with today’s opponents Tivoli Gardens, Waterhouse are really in need of a saviour. Young is an accomplished man, having distinguished himself at the high school, university and national levels as a player, and having followed suit at the club level, especially locally. This job, though, may just be his biggest yet as he has not before worked miracles. The much-travelled Calvert Fitzgerald failed to raise Waterhouse’s game from the dead. The loyal Anthony Patrick has since stepped in, but things have not improved at all. In fact, they are a little worse as the club is now firmly rooted at the bottom of the table after 16 games in the season. Young appears unwilling to speak about the current situation and what the future holds, but is perhaps taking inspiration from Humble Lions, who, last year this time, had less than 10 points, but ended up challenging for the title. Games between both teams have always been competitive and, according to Tivoli Gardens assistant coach Damion Gordon, this one could go either way. “History will play a big part in this game. Over the years, games between these two teams have been intense, and it did not matter where on the table one or both of the teams were,” Gordon said. Today’s games: – 8:40 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Reno – Montego Bay Sports Complex Tomorrow’s game:
Champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis will have a merry Christmas, thanks to a fabulous four-timer on yesterday’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park.Saving the best for last, the 42-year-old jockey, son of 1960s champion Winston ‘Nero’ Ellis, scored a runaway win aboard the 43-1 outsider ROMAN SPY for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres to move to 83 wins – 12 clear of his closest rival Robert Halledeen, who did not ride yesterday and has seemingly thrown in the towel with only two race days remaining.Ellis also won the fifth race for Plummer aboard 4-1 chance HOLOGRAM SHADOW, the six-year-old getting up in the nick of time to beat the front-running favourite RAGING PROSPECT by a neck over a mile, followed up with 8-5 favourite PERFECT FLYER for trainer Dwight Chen in the eighth, as well as 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT who made all impressively for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in the War Zone Sprint (11th race) supporting feature. ROYAL ASSAULT won by four lengths from ACTION MAN in the smart time of 105.3.Ellis, who won his first championship in the year 2000, was elated with yesterday’s windfall and indicated it would be much of the same next year.”My ability is unquestionable, so I will only have to put my mind to it in 2016. Looking back at the season, I told myself in mid-year there was no way I would be beaten by Halledeen and only had to avoid injury or suspension to win my second championship. The wait was long, but it was worth it,” said the popular jockey.Meanwhile, PHINEAS (3-1), with Wesley Henry riding for trainer Andrew McDonald, outfinished 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO under outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson by a neck to win the Gladiator Trophy open allowance feature over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1:24.1.
For her achievement in capturing the silver medal in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in a personal best 21.66 seconds, the second fastest time of the year. Thompson also ran the third leg of the women’s gold medal-winning 4×100 metres team which set a Championship Record and World Leading time of 41.07 seconds.
Graham-Royal, who became principal of the institution in 2014, said fixing the pool will be her next ‘big’ project and said she does not intend to begin the project until she is sure she has all the money to complete it as she does not want to start and not be able to finish. “(I need) at least three quarters of it because it wouldn’t make sense; it means work would have stopped,” she told The Gleaner. Students of the school, who train to be teachers of physical education, must now use a tiny pool in Old Harbour for swimming lessons. “So I have to pay more than $10,000 monthly for them to learn to swim. You’re not a complete PE teacher until you’re able to swim,” Graham-Royal, herself a graduate of the G.C. Foster College, who later studied abroad, said. “When I went to the University of Mainz in Germany to study, I could not graduate until I learned to swim,” she added. Meanwhile, Graham-Royal also noted that the institution as also losing money as there were some interested parties who would have used the facility had it been operational. “Just this morning some students from a university in Canada called. They had a contingent of 50 and wanted to come for the summer,” she said. “So we are missing all of that. We really do need some private sector injection. We can’t do it otherwise,” she concluded. GETTING THE MONEY The state of the swimming pool at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has been a sore point for decades. Current principal of the institution, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, said it will cost $91 million to repair the facility, which has never been used since it was built in 1980. In late 2014, Minister of Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had announced that Government would be donating the funds to repair the pool via the Sports Development Foundation. However, Graham-Royal told The Gleaner yesterday that she had since learned that the funds, which had been earmarked for the pool work, had been spent on refurbishing the synthetic track at the institution, which was reopened last October. The track cost $171 million to repair. Graham-Royal said because of the clay soil at the Spanish Town-based sporting college, repairing the track had cost much more than the projected figure. Successive principals over the last few years have threshed around with the idea and as recently as 2008, the estimate to repair the Olympic-sized swimming and diving pools was at $50 million.
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):Riding ace Patrick Husbands carved out a dominant ride aboard hot pre-race favourite Golden Hawk to snatch the CND$150,000 Grade III Grey Stakes in style at Woodbine racetrack here on Sunday.Going off at odds of 3-5, the pair made nearly all the running over the mile and sixteenth trip to slam the two-year-olds by 51/4 lengths in a time of one minute, 43.38 seconds.”With a small field, you don’t want to get trapped on the first turn,” the 43-year-old Husbands said. “So I just let him run away from there, and he just pricked his ears. I had everything my way.”Husbands broke the chestnut colt smartly and disputed the lead with Han Sense into the first turn before getting to the front to unleash splits of 24.51 seconds and 48.60 seconds.Han Sense tracked from second with Night Watchman tucked in behind, and Preemptive Strike and King and his Court bringing up the rear of the small field.On the final turn, the pace quickened as King and His Court and Night Watchman came to challenge on the outside, and Han Sense along the rails.But Husbands responded by finally releasing his hold on Golden Hawk, and the colt sprinted away from his rivals under a vigorous hands-ride and reached the wire without a challenger.The victory was one of two on the 10-race card for Husbands, who also captured race six over six furlongs, partnering with 4-1 chance Heard That to beat the two-year-old maiden fillies by 31/2 lengths.Husbands is a seven-time Woodbine champion jockey.
FRONT RUNNER THE Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds commences its 12th season at Caymanas Park today\ with the first race in the series, the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. The series, which offers $11.4 million in total prize money, will continue on November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, before culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who has dominated the series with 12 wins since it started in 2005, holds a strong hand – as usual – with three challengers, led by the unbeaten pair of SHE’S A MANEATER, under leading jockey Omar Walker and ARMAGEDDON, with Ameth Robles up, as well as MR. UNIVERSE. SHE’S A MANEATER and ARMAGEDDON were impressive in victory on their only outing, the filly SHE’S A MANEATER looking awesome in winning the $1 million Front Runner Sprint over 1100 metres by 10 lengths (eased) in the smart time of 1:05.3, one of the fastest ever recorded by a two-year-old. This filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, is obviously a special brand and having looked razor sharp at exercise in her preparation, could do something out of the ordinary. DaCosta also believes that ARMAGEDDON has a touch of class, having won his only race by the proverbial city block recently. The son of Nuclear Wayne galloped 5 1/2 furlongs in a fast 1:06.3 at exercise some days ago and is focused enough to ensure that my selection, SHE’S A MANEATER, is extended. Other firm fancies on the Cash Pot raceday programme are FIERY PATH to go one better in the first race, DYSFUNCTIONAL to do likewise in the third, PRINCE KAMALI in the fourth and SHADE OF BEAUTY in the seventh.
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida (AP):Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores yesterday as the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC play-offs by beating the Dolphins 35-14.New England took a 20-0 lead in the first half, and turned away Miami’s comeback bid with the help of a 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Julian Edelman and a 69-yard fumble return by linebacker Shea McClellin.The Patriots (14-2), who were already assured of a first-round bye, became the ninth team since 1972 to go undefeated on the road during the regular season.The Dolphins (10-6), beaten for only the second time in the past 11 games, had already earned an AFC wild-card berth and will play their first postseason game since 2008 next weekend at Pittsburgh.The Patriots had lost their past three games in Miami and appeared intent from the outset on snapping that streak. By the time they led 20-0, they had advantages of 238 to 30 in yards and 17 to one in first downs.CONSECUTIVE DRIVESAfter Miami mounted consecutive 75-yard touchdown drives to make it 20-14, Edelman caught a short pass from Brady, benefited from a crushing downfield block by Michael Floyd and broke free to score on the longest reception of his career.The Dolphins threatened early in the fourth quarter, but Devin McCourty forced a fumble by Damien Williams, and linebacker Shea McClellin returned it 69 yards to set up a touchdown that made it 35-14.Brady went 25 for 33 with no turnovers. Edelman had a career-high 151 yards on eight catches.Miami’s Matt Moore, subbing again for injured starter Ryan Tannehill, went 24 for 34 for 205 yards.Brady increased his career yardage total to 61,582 to surpass former Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino for fourth place on the NFL’s career list. Next on the list is the Saints’ Drew Brees, who went into yesterday’s game with 65,761.Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions.Floyd scored his first touchdown with the Patriots when he caught a short pass from Brady and powered into the end zone for a 14-yard score to make it 14-0. Floyd was acquired by the Patriots last month after the Cardinals released him following a DUI arrest in Arizona.
MADRID (AP): Real Madrid tied Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga yesterday. Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Casemiro got one goal each at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Madrid are six points ahead of second-place Barcelona, who play fifth-place Villarreal today. Ronaldo, who was rested in Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win against Seville in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, scored with a close-range header off a cross by Marcelo. Before the match, he was honoured in a ceremony to mark the Ballon d’Or award he earned last month for world player of the year. The Spanish unbeaten record set by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona last season ended with a loss to Madrid at Camp Nou in April. Madrid, who have won eight of their last nine league games, will have a chance to take the record outright in the second leg at Sevilla on Thursday. Isco opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area after a mistake by the Granada defence while trying to move the ball forward, and Benzema – in an offside position – added to the lead off the rebound of a shot by Luka Modric. Ronaldo increased the lead after Marcelo cleared a defender in the left side before making a perfect cross into the area, and Isco netted again from close range after a low cross by Modric from the right flank for 4-0. In one other match played yesterday, Atletico Madrid blanked Eibar 2-0. Atletico avoided losing even more ground to Real Madrid thanks to second-half goals by Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann. The result moved Diego Simeone’s team to fourth place but still nine points behind Madrid.