BOXING: Contender SeriesKINGSTON:Described as ?a lean, mean, fighting machine?, Kemahl ?The Hitman? Russell, winner of the 2015 Wray & Nephew Contender Series, is the new Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Brand Ambassador.?Kemahl Russell is an exceptional athlete. He has combined top performance in his sport with resilience and spirit. These are precisely the qualities that are embodied in our Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum brand,? said Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, White Spirits at J Wray & Nephew Limited, in explaining their choice.Russell is expected to be a role model to the contestants in the upcoming season of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series.?Kemahl is a reflection of hard work, discipline and determination to reach the highest heights of boxing. He displays a heart of gratitude to the Wray & Nephew brand which has created the number one platform for boxing. He wants to show Jamaica that the Wray & Nephew Contender Series is an opportunity given to Jamaican boxers, which if taken seriously can be the beginning of the best to come.?Most of all, he displays the ?spirit of a fighter?. This is the one thing Jamaica could never forget about ?The Hitman?,? Gramegna further stated.Since winning the Wray & Nephew Contender Series for 2015, Russell has been training at Gleason?s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, under the tutelage of world class trainer, Hector Roca.With the assistance of his management team, Russell will be strategically placed in fights and moved through the ranks towards the world title.Russell, who grew up in the tough Tower Hill neighbourhood, says he won?t stop until he fights his way to the top.?Being a brand ambassador for Wray & Nephew rum means a lot to me. I think it ties in so well with who I am, as I always am in high spirits even when the going gets toughHe remains inspired by other sporting athletes as he pursues career excellence and shared that his boxing role model is the Jamaican hero of the 1970s and 80s, Mike ?The Body Snatcher? McCallum and his favourite sportsman is the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.?I admire Usain Bolt,? he said respectfully, ?for making our little country so pronounced in the world through sports?My career goal was to become a world champion, but is now to be remembered as one of, if not the best boxer Jamaica has produced.?He believes the Wray & Nephew Contender Series has revived boxing and kept the sport relevant in Jamaica.?I admire the Wray & Nephew brand for attaching itself to a sport such as boxing and creating opportunity for Jamaican boxers like myself to showcase their talent and improve their record,? Russell said.When his manager was asked ?what?s next for Russell??, she said: ?Kemahl will continue the same training programme in New York. At this stage of his career we are also assessing the trainers to determine who is best to develop and polish Kemahl?s natural fighting ability. But for now he will remain at Gleason?s Gym under the training of Hector Roca. We are presently trying to determine what his next fight will be. However, it is slated to be in March.?Wray & Nephew is assisting Kemahl financially with his entire training programme, which involves living expenses, nutrition and all the training related expenses, which we are extremely grateful for.?
An impressive line-up of young stars will parade their skills this afternoon in the 2016 renewal of the All-Manning, All-daCosta XI football match, set for the STETHS Football Complex at 4 p.m.The clash forms part of a double-header that will be preceded by the Jamaican Under-17 versus ISSA Academic XI at 2 p.m.The two matches are expected to rekindle excitement for schoolboy football fans and will also provide an opportunity for scouts, mainly from United States colleges, to have a first-hand look at potential young stars.Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will have several players in the All-Manning starting eleven, as will St George’s College, who will be represented by golden boot awardee Alex Marshall and Chevon Stewart.Donovan Dawkins, the man whose clinical header was enough to win JC the urban-area title in December, is also among the All-Manning stars on show. JC’s title-winning coach, Miguel Coley, will issue instructions for the All-Manning team, who won it last year by a 3-1 score line.Dinthill Technical’s Rodave Murray will lead the attack for the All-daCosta team, which also features the hard-running Neville Morgan and Shevar McCullugh from rural area champions STETHS.The talented attacking midfielder from Rusea’s Deshane Beckford, is also among the big-name players to turn out for the rural area eleven, which will be guided by STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn.The match will give the daCosta Cup XI another chance at redemption as their urban-area counterparts have set themselves apart in recent years with strong victories, as demonstrated in the newly contested Flow Super Cup, which was won by JC in 2014 and St George’s College in 2015.Entrance fee is $200.
TRACK AND FIELD GLORY DAYS MONEY IN SPORTS The sport of track and field continues to enjoy days of glory. Jamaican sprinters are the envy of the world. The quarter-milers are ganging up for a return to the days of the Helsinki 1952 Olympics foursome. The Racers and MVP track clubs are churning out quality athletes, some to the benefit of adopted countries to whom they have redirected their allegiance. Through the dreams of a few coaches, dedicated to sharing the spotlight – and Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell must be mentioned – world-class throwers are emerging. Jamaica, with sports aficio-nados gaping in disbelief, qualified three discus men to be at the Beijing World Champs last year. Having two of our male sprint hurdlers making the final at that elite event was both startling and spoke to good days ahead in the discipline for that gender. The women had accomplished that time and again. None other than five-timer at the Olympics, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, with the added benefit of a political platform, said recently on social media that more medals than the 12 mined at London 2012 could be expected this summer in Rio. All that said, where is Foster’s Fairplay taking its highly respected readers this week? The image of West Indies cricket, built on the real version, is taking a severe beating. One has to be prepared for a verbal broadside from friend and fellow analyst, Oral Tracey, for the usage of the word ‘real’. He is known and respected in the arena of comedy. However, he sees nothing comic in his often-stated view that Test cricket, as a spectacle, is like a three-dollar bill – non-existent. However, that scenario is not of immediate concern to this column. Followers of sports Jamaica-style still hold fond memories of the world dominance of West Indies cricket. To avoid confusion with the versions in which regional teams claimed three titles recently, the reference is to the Test format. With the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz having a significant player input, the breathtaking brilliance touched three decades. With minimal threats to the ascendancy established under skipper Clive Lloyd to be continued with Viv Richards at the helm, there were series whippings administered one after the other. Scheduled five-day matches, being completed in three days, became a feature. The most fearsome foes, England and Australia, were flattened at home and abroad. The former suffered on two occasions what was first called a whitewash – five Test match batterings to nil. In short order, to highlight the ethnicity of the victors, the term ‘blackwash’ was coined. All this came to a sad end in 1995, when the Aussies injected their earlier conquerors with a losing serum. The effect is long and lasting. Debate as to what went wrong continues to rage. Taking the parlous state of Test cricket into active consideration, one fears a trickle over into the sport that is now bringing such joy to our people. It is also advertising the nation and its attributes to the world, who is watching on television, when the little rock called Jamaica blows away the most powerful nations on the global stage. The Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce breakout in 2008 in Beijing and their prolonged maintenance of tenure at the top rung have taken effect. All actors have been alerted to the reality that there is money in the sport and in copious quantities. There is a host of cloak and dagger games being played out with the ‘innocent’ athletes as the carrot. Allegations state that they are being forced into contracts with them as the silent partner. Uncaring coaches, the big cash returns superseding sound judgement, are left unmolested to exploit the talents of their charges. Shoe companies, too, play their role. The sickening effect mushrooms as parents and guardians are in need of the newly injected funds to keep household pots on the fire. What is missing is the knowledge required to be able to properly monitor the coaches, who them as their meal ticket to prosperity. Someone or organisation has to either ‘bell the cat’ or ‘sound the trumpet’ on these questionable activities threatening to destroy the Beijing 2008 template. The case rests, as the show of hands is awaited. – Send feedback to [email protected]
Jamaican sprint star, the world’s fastest man ever, Usain Bolt, says he gets extra satisfaction from beating American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay.However, the three-time triple Olympic gold medallist, in an interview on ESPN’s First Take, admitted that he has a lot of respect for the pair because they help keep him focused and on top of his game.”There are a few guys out there that I am always extra happy to beat,” he told the presenters. “Always leading up to a championship, there is a lot of chatter and people saying what they are going to do and how they are going to beat me, so when I beat them, it’s always a different joy, but it’s not about humiliating anybody. It’s always about having fun.”When asked if there were any runners in particular, the Jamaican sprint icon declared: “Especially the guys from the States. Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. Gatlin, for the last three years, has been the one saying he is going to beat Usain Bolt and do this and do that, so there is always that extra pleasure,” he said.”But they definitely drive me because I’m in good competition with someone who makes you have to keep your game up, keep your game high, and step your game up when they show up,” he added.Bolt told the crew that hard work and determination are the keys to his longevity and success.”I am determined and I am a hard worker. Those are the key that kept me going I just wanted to be like Muhammad Ali and those guys. That was always my goal, and I said if I can get to that level I will be one of, the greatest, and that is what I have worked for, and that’s what my goal is,” he stated.Motivation from Kevin HartThe global superstar revealed, however, that he receives daily motivation and inspiration from American comedian/actor Kevin Hart.”I started following him (Hart) on Instagram and he works out a lot. Then I started following him on snapchat and noticed how he works out every day. There is no day that he doesn’t work out, so he motivates me because a lot of days, I get up and I, don’t want to train hard, I don’t want to do my abs workout but when I go, on Snapchat and I see him no matter what; I’m up,” said Bolt.”So (although) I didn’t want to get up this morning, I’m up, so that helps me because if Kevin Hart is not a sports star and he is working so hard, I just get up and go do what I have to do,” added Bolt.The Jamaican is expected to retire after next year’s World Championships in London.
ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Kieron Pollard’s cameo and Chris Jordan’s brace helped Adelaide Strikers to a convincing 48-run victory over Sydney Sixers and their first points in the latest edition of the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in at Adelaide Oval, Strikers rallied to 152 for nine off their 20 overs, with wicketkeeper Ben Dunk top-scoring with 37 from 20 balls and captain and opener Brad Hodge getting 36 from 29 deliveries.first-class matchesPollard, batting at number five, chipped in with 29 from 20 balls with two sixes. The West Indies right-hander kept the innings together as Strikers lost seven wickets for 51 runs, sliding from 100 for two in the 12th over.Jordan, the England all-rounder who has played several first-class matches for his native Barbados, struck 18 from 19 balls with a single six.In reply, Sixers slumped to 104 all out in the 19th over, with Jordan returning with his right-arm seam to pick up two for 27 from his three overs.Pollard’s one over of slow medium went for six runs.England’s Sam Billings was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20, as he top-scored with 40 from 30 deliveries.Strikers lie one from bottom of the eight-team league with two point while Sixers are third on four points.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness: “Jamaica has lost a treasure. Lindy’s talent was not limited to football. He was a track athlete, a cricketer, a golfer and simply loved life. Many people in my generation remember Lindy Delapenha’s riveting sports presentations and commentary on television. He was one of the greats.”Dr Paul Wright, who worked alongside Lindy Delapenha on local radio: “He was a wonderful man. Lindy had a passion for perfection and helped a lot of persons. We worked together, and he will be greatly missed.”Fae Ellington, veteran broadcaster who worked alongside Lindy Delapenha on TVJ: “What we need to do as a nation is recognise his contribution to Jamaica and outside of Jamaica.”Allie McNab, former national footballer who worked alongside Delapenha at the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC): “Lindy’s life was more than being a footballer. He was a sportsman and a personality. Black people in England owe Lindy a great gratitude for breaking down the black barrier.”Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View Football Club: “He broke barriers. I worked with him at JBC and he always shared his knowledge. It was an honour to know Lindy, as he set standards. He will be greatly missed.”Minister of Sport Olivia Grange: “His exploits on the football field earned him an induction into the American Black Caucus Hall of Fame. Lindy was also a fine golfer who represented Jamaica for many years in the Hoerman Cup Caribbean competition.”
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Speaking to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the Laker executive shared that he had no qualms about trading the potential-laden player.“I am not one of them dudes. When I say bye, that’s it,” he said regarding the trade.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’“I keep moving. I can’t get caught in emotions and all that. That is not who I am. We moved and we kept moving. After that trade we went on to the next thing,” he added.Before assuming the front-office position for his former team, Johnson spoke highly of Russell and said he wanted to mentor the crafty lefty. His replacement, Ball, meanwhile, wowed fans during the recently concluded 2017 NBA Summer League en route to bagging the tournament MVP Award. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for LakersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’ PLAY LIST 01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:40Filipinos 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 READ: NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo RussellHowever, he opted to trade him for the betterment of the team after multiple franchises showed interest.“Like five teams called for D’Angelo [so] we knew that we could move D’Angelo for one of the pieces that we were looking for,” he explained.“So we decided on Brooklyn, they got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” he added.Although he played erratic at times, the 21-year-old Russell showed promise in his first two years donning the Purple and Gold.ADVERTISEMENT Former Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Before Lonzo Ball took over the spotlight as the “point guard of the future” for the Los Angeles Lakers, the squad was raving about another promising young stud, D’Angelo Russell.Instead of letting the two duke it out for minutes at the point guard position, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson opted to trade the former Ohio State Buckeye to the Brooklyn Nets and give full reigns to the UCLA product.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, Conor McGregor looks on before fighting Jose Aldo in a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Aldo believes McGregor has no chance to accomplish a stunning upset of Floyd Mayweather when the fighters meet in a boxing match Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/John Locher, FileLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will fight with smaller gloves, though not nearly as small as the ones McGregor is used to wearing.Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves, approving 8-ounce gloves for the Aug. 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission to request the waiver.ADVERTISEMENT Title hopes end as Philippines falls to Korea anew in Fiba Asia Cup Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Commissioners also approved veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the fight.Under Nevada regulations, 10-ounce gloves are required in fights above 147 pounds and the bout is set for 154 pounds. But Mayweather has worn 8-ounce gloves most of his career, and McGregor has worn 4-ounce gloves in his UFC fights.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’Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell led the way in approving the smaller gloves, but not before chastising the two camps for using the issue as a pawn in social media to try and sell tickets for the event. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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’
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano Break new ground View comments Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Yu scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals in just 15 minutes off the bench.“I don’t know what he ate today but he just played so well,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.He unleashed eight points in the third quarter, where the Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a 17-3 run after a 42-deadlock.“I could say all my hard work paid off but it’s still not enough. It’s only the start of the season and I have a lot more to show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It’s really a great feeling because I worked so hard for this for three years,” the National University guard told INQUIRER.net.READ: NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogYu was shelved in his first three years in the league due to limited playing time and a slew of major injuries, including an ACL tear in Season 78.He made up for lost time as he reintroduced himself at the start of Season 80 against University of the East. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning start MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu waited years to finally get a shot to show what he’s capable of.His moment came on Saturday and he relished every minute of it.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWritten off as a contender couple of weeks ago, Arellano is determined to make the most out of its lifeline in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four race.But a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the availability of Chiefs’ main man Kent Salado as they continue their postseason push on Thursday against the Perpetual Help Altas at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Perpetual lost to fellow also-ran Mapua, 76-81, last week.The Altas are bent on finishing the season on a positive note just like the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, who clash with the St. Benilde Blazers at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Salado scored 22 points before limping off the floor due to a knee injury late in the 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Stags last Tuesday when Jose Rizal U clinched the third Final Four berth.Up until Wednesday afternoon, Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera remained unsure on the status of Salado, who averages 18.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Hopefully, he (Salado) can play, but with or without him, we have to be ready,” said Codiñera, whose team still has to beat Mapua on Tuesday and hope that Letran splits its last two games to forge a playoff for the last Final Four spot.The Chiefs will be up against a Perpetual team that is no longer in the running for a Final Four spot, but intends to play the role of spoiler. Azkals forge tie with Yemenis, inch closer toward AFC Asian Cup slot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?