Mendoza Jr now heads WBA

first_imgThe World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the leading controlling bodies in professional boxing, has a new president. He is Gilberto Mendoza Jr, a former vice-president who succeeds his father, Gilberto Mendoza Sr. The latter resigned recently because of ill health.There was a similar father-son succession two years ago with the World Boxing Council (WBC) when Maurice Sulaiman succeeded his father, JosÈ Sulaiman, as the head of the World Boxing Council (WBC).On that occasion, the older Sulaiman had died. The WBA is the oldest of the top four organisations that control professional boxing worldwide. The others are the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organisation.The elder Mendoza was in Jamaica with his son in 2012 for the world featherweight title fight between Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters and Dualis Prescott, a fight that Walters won by a technical knockout in Round 7 to take the then vacant WBA featherweight title. He has been ailing for some time, and because of his poor health, he decided at age 72 to “hang up his gloves”.tribute to Mendoza SrNo doubt as a tribute to Mendoza Sr, and also as a reward to his son for the hard work he has put in as a vice-president for many years, Mendoza Jr was elected unanimously by the 40 delegates who were present at a meeting of directors in Panama when Mendoza Sr made his retirement announcement by video stream.It had been generally expected that whenever Mendoza Sr decided to retire, his son, who has been by his side many years as a confidante, would succeed him.The WBA, which had its base in Venezuela for many years, relocated to Panama in 2007, and Mendoza Jr had been acting as president during the recent illness of his father.Commenting on his election, he said that he was happy to take over the leadership, and the only regret he had was that his father was not present physically when the directors made the decision to elevate him to the top spot.In accepting the position, Mendoza Jr said that the passion that he puts into his job was inherited from his father and urged the worldwide boxing fraternity to ” let us all work together for the good of the sport”.last_img read more

SportsFeva crowns tennis, soccer champions

first_imgTennis and soccer took centre stage last Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the American International School of Kingston (AISK).The schools’ Liguanea campus was host to the first weekend of the 2016 AISK SportsFeva tournament. The event is spread over two weekends and features more than 290 student athletes from Aruba, Cayman, CuraÁao and of course Jamaica.”SportsFeva 2016 has been going great so far. We had some hiccups with the rain on Saturday as it postponed the U12 TennisFeva finals, but that is to be expected as we deal with Mother Nature and a growing event. In the long run, however, the event continues to deliver for these young athletes and that’s what we are focused on,” said Shirley Davis, AISK’s Head of School.”We had TennisFeva and SoccerFeva last weekend and the turnout was great. Seeing our young athletes, and by ‘our’ I mean the region, compete and grow as athletes. Many of the competitors have been here more than once, and they have formed great bonds and friendships with each other,” added Bradley Ransom, who heads AISK’s athletics department.TennisFeva 2016 started with U-10s competing hard for bragging rights amongst their peers. A number of exciting moments kept on-lookers fully engaged in the rallies on court. In the end, Hillel Preparatory came out on top with the AISK “A” and AISK “B” teams taking second and third place respectively.The Immaculate Conception Preparatory School was recognised for being the most disciplined team and nine-year-old Tomas Bordeau from AISK was identified as the competition’s best sportsman.Hillel was not to be left out of the individual awards, as their nine-year-old Matthew James was named the most valuable player.On the U-12s side, St Peter and Paul Preparatory edged out Hopefield Preparatory for first place as Hillel “A” finished in third.Eleven-year-old Nathan Chin of St Peter and Paul was named the most valuable player, while Hillel Academy’s Xander Bicknell was named best sportsperson. Wolmer’s Preparatory was recognised as this year’s most disciplined team.The excitement of SoccerFeva could not be contained. The football tournament began on Friday with group rounds.Big winners in Friday’s group qualifiers were defending SoccerFeva Cup boys champions Jamaica College, who trumped AISK 5-0 and Campion College with their 4-2 win over Cayman Prep.In Saturday’s knock-out finals, Jamaica College defended their hold on the SoccerCup with a decisive 3-0 win over CuraÁao in the finals. JC earlier beat Hillel 1-0 to make it to the finals, while CuraÁao overcame Campion’s semi-final challenge with a 4-1 win.Competition was no less intense for the female footballers, as Cayman Prep overcoming AISK 1-0 to claim the girls title. Cayman Prep beat the American International School of Cayman 3-1 in penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-finals.AISK had turn back Campion College in the semis with a 3-1 win in penalties after a 1-1 draw.AISK SportsFeva 2016 ends tomorrow with ClayFeva, a clay-shooting competition, at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore. The excitement begins at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Tony Becca: The Australian inspiration

first_img Everybody was playing, young and old. They played in the backyard and in the front yard. They were seen on television enjoying the Test matches, and by playing everywhere and anywhere, and by playing every day and everywhere, the young players were in a position to replace the stars whenever their time came to step aside. They had the numbers. That was how it was in those days. While it is basically the same in the other countries, it is no longer so in the West Indies, and certainly not so in Jamaica where a cricket match, almost any cricket match, is like a ghost town. Today, the team, the West Indies team, still wins a few matches, but they are few and far between, and mostly against teams as low as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. And they are gradually catching up with the West Indies. Their performers are few and far between, and with one like Chris Gayle and probably another like Dwayne Bravo not involved, the relatively good performers are Darren Bravo, Kirk Brathwaite, and Marlon Samuels, and they are so only now and again. The reason is that those who are equipped to take the places of the stars are not around, or by playing only now and again, they take too long in getting there. It is difficult these days to spot, not only another Brian Lara or another Curtly Ambrose, another Shivnarine Chanderpaul or another Courtney Walsh, but also a player who really looks like for one for the future England, Australia, South Africa, and especially India turn these type of players out almost every season. They flow like off a production line, Alistair Cook, Ian Bell, Steve Hamison, Joe Root, Jos Butler, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Steven Finn, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Finch, Michael Johnson, and Mitchell Starc, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, Faf Duplessis, A.B. De Villiers, Makhaya Ntini, and Dale Steyn. And from India, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinka Rajane, Rohit Sharma, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Suresh Raina, and many more. It is almost like you hear about them today and by tomorrow they are gone, and not because they are not that good enough, but because a better one appears on the scene. One of the reasons why England, Australia, South Africa, and India keep producing more and better players more often than the West Indies is because their cricket fraternity really loves cricket. Based on what I have seen they go to cricket from they are young until they are old, and during that time, they play cricket, in the backyard, in the front-yard, and even competitively until after their 75th birthday. The Australians, who were in Jamaica two weeks ago courtesy of Paul Campbell’s Sports Innovation Group, played four 20-over games against a Kingston CC Masters Invitational X1, a Melbourne CC Masters Invitational X1, and two games against a Paul Campbell Masters Invitational X1, were from Victoria. They came to Jamaica from Mexico and Cuba, and they were heading to Vancouver in Canada before going on to Philadelphia in the USA for a seven-match series in five days to end the tour. The Philadelphia series has been going on for the past 20 years. The reason for the headline is this: the tour was an eye-opener for the Jamaicans, certainly to regulars like former Jamaica nationals Delroy Morgan, John Gordon, Terrence Corke, and Odelmo Peters and to regular master league players like Mark English and Myron Chin. The local players were, however, nowhere near 60 or 75 years old, and while there were maybe a few of them, who may play five or six games a season, the Australians number thousands, who play a minimum of 15 competitive games a season. It is because of that why the Jamaicans were astonished by these older Australians, who, while were attired in the green and gold of Australia, ran sprightly and smartly between the wickets, something which is almost foreign to West Indies cricket these days. “Boy, these guys certainly taught us a lesson. Imagine, 70 and 75 yeas old and still playing, and playing two games a day on top of that,” said one of the Jamaicans who was just pushing his 50th birthday. That’s what made cricketers like Clarke and Smith, and also others like Johnson, Starc, and company. “These guys really love cricket, man. We really have to take a leaf out of their book if we are to match them,” said one of the Jamaicans who required a substitute fielder half way through the match at Melbourne Oval. If the West Indies played cricket like the Aussies, they probably would not have suffered so badly for so long: 1995 to 2016 at the bottom, or near to the bottom, of the Test and One-day rankings. Competitively Some people may now be questioning the reason for this headline, The Australian inspiration. After all, the West Indies did go from 1976 to 1995 losing only one Test series against all comers, they defeated Australia mercilessly in seven series from 1980 to 1993 and during all those years there skill was such that they were considered the greatest set of cricketers ever to play the game. Maybe the headline reflected the 4-1 defeat in 1951-52 when Australia first played the West Indies, or maybe it brought back memories of the 3-0 thrashing they dished out in 1955 when they first toured the West Indies. No, it could not have been. Those defeats, and others, were well and truly avenged during the 19 years of ascendancy and the many thumpings that Australia received from the West Indies during that time, even though those victories are nearly as far away and as long ago as the wonderful and historic 3-1 victory against England in 1950. The headline is for another reason. Back in those days, cricket was popular among the six or seven countries which really played the game, and Test cricket was what other cricket was judged by. Whenever stumps were driven into the ground and two men in white walked out of the pavilion, it was the signal for the people to turn out in their thousands, or for rain to come tumbling down. People loved the sport, and they used to revel in who wins and the successful performers were the toast of the day, as they are today. In that atmosphere, with everybody, toddlers to grandparents, probably even to great grandparents, involved in the game, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies, India, and Pakistan were happy. They won series and they lost series. They produced good players. Young playerslast_img read more

Fitzgerald aiming at NPL title

first_imgCalvert Fitzgerald is aiming at winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in his third stint as coach of Waterhouse Football Club.After guiding Rivoli United for several seasons in the nation’s top football league, Fitzgerald parted ways with the Spanish Town-based club, for another try at two-time champions, Waterhouse.”They (Waterhouse executive body) invited me to coach the team this season and I accepted,” Fitzgerald told The Gleaner yesterday.”We started training last Monday, which is a bit late. This week is about getting the programme going with physical training by Michael Brady,” he said.Although the club’s hierarchy is expecting Fitzgerald to bring them back to glory days, he is not putting too much pressure on himself to deliver.”The club’s expectation is to win. I want to win, but I don’t feel any extra pressure. We have some good players already at the club.”Most definitely, everybody has their own philosophy of coaching. I will look at any player who is interested in representing the club in order to lift trophies,” Fitzgerald noted.crucial rolesFitzgerald will have as his assistant coach, former Waterhouse and national player, Kevin Lamey. He (Lamey) is highly rated at the club and was a prolific scorer. He played crucial roles in the club winning the premier league twice, plus other trophies.”Kevin Lamey is my assistant and I think it will be a good combination. He understands the club and this is a good opportunity to start his coaching career,” he explained.last_img read more

EVERTON VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

first_imgEVERTON (4-1-3-2)HOWARD,COLEMAN, STONES, MORI, BAINES,BARRY,DEULOFEU, CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY,KONE, LUKAKUTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)KANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, LAMELA,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTottenham Hotspur arrive at Goodison Park in fourth place, just one point behind third-placed Manchester City. They have lost only two games this season, equal lowest in the Barclays Premier League with Leicester. They have also conceded only 15 goals, the fewest in the division.Everton, meanwhile, have dropped to 11th following two defeats in their last three games, including Monday’s dramatic 4-3 reverse against Stoke City. At Goodison Park, Everton have won just three, yet they have also scored 22 home goals, the most in the division.Spurs will hope that Erik Lamela maintains his good record; the Argentine has scored four goals in his past five games in all competitions for Tottenham. And team-mate Harry Kane scored 29 goals in 2015.Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is enjoying an equally rich vein of form; he has 18 goals in all competitions so far and has 11 in his last 10 games, scoring in nine.And while there are proven goalscorers involved, a draw is the favoured result given the history of this fixture. In 23 previous Goodison Park clashes, no fewer than 10 have been drawn (including five at 0-0).Tottenham have won on eight occasions including last season – when Kane got the winner.But when they met at White Hart Lane in August it finished 0-0, with Spurs extended their unbeaten run against Everton home and away to six games.Everton give tests to Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka while Tottenham have a doubt over Moussa Dembele.last_img read more

Maradona hoping for Napoli role

first_imgNAPLES, Italy (AP):Former Napoli star Diego Maradona is in talks to work with the Serie A side, where he is still idolised nearly 27 years after leaving the club.Maradona, who is in Naples for a theatrical event today celebrating the club’s first title win, met with Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis on Saturday night.”It was the first step,” Maradona said yesterday. “First of all I have to sort out the problems I have here in Italy, then I can work for Napoli in Italy and in the world.”We have to do things well because I want a winning team, a team that can play on level terms against Juve, Inter, Milan and Roma. He understood immediately because in these years he has grown from a president who didn’t know much about football to become an expert today.”An Italian court is scheduled to finally end the decades-long battle between Maradona and the Italian government on Feb. 28.Maradona has always insisted he does not owe any of the millions in back taxes the government claims are due.The 56-year-old Argentine arrived in the city on Saturday night and was greeted by more than 100 cheering Napoli fans, who had waited in freezingtemperatures outside his hotel for a glimpse of their idol.”It continues to surprise me,” Maradona said. “There are kids who have never seen me play and today they get excited and cry for a photo with me.”Every day I feel the affection and love the Neapolitan people have for me. The father has transmitted it to his son, who has then transmitted it to his and this will never end. After 30 years the same love continues, like the first woman you have in your life.”Maradona led Napoli to their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990 and scored a club record 115 goals between 1984 and 1991.”After a match against Cremona at the beginning of the season which didn’t count for anything but which drew 80,000 people, I understood that here at Napoli we needed to play for the title,” Maradona said. “I came from Barcelona, where we could win, draw or lose, but here at Napoli no, I couldn’t lose, I told myself then.”I would have been ashamed to have 80,000 people and then not to win. And we won everywhere, at Juve, at Inter, at Roma… And if now Napoli can think it can win the title, it is thanks to me.”last_img read more

Frater content with Racers time

first_img HIGH PRAISE He had high praise for his young Racers Track Club colleague Minzie. “I think he got a taste of glory last year,” Frater said of the 21-year-old who ran the 4×100 heats at the Olympics last year. “And it has really motivated him, so he’s doing tremendous work out there, putting in the hard work and it’s just for him to stick to the plan the coach has for him and it will pay off for him.” Minzie ran the 100m in 10.16 seconds in his last year at Bog Walk High School in a 2014 season, where he won the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 200m and the Carifta 100m title. In the Olympic year, he lowered his 100m personal best to 10.02 seconds. Frater outlined why he was in the stands and not on the track himself. “I took some time off to go to Australia, so I missed some training there. This is a very important year for me, so I have some work to put in for the next month or two”, he said of his trip Down Under for the innovative Nitro Team Athletics Series. The climax of the 2017 season will be the World Championships, which start in London on August 2. When Frater was there in 2012 as part of his third Olympic team, he helped Jamaica to set a 4x100m world record. Olympic gold medallist Michael Frater was watching keenly from the stands when his Racers teammates won the men’s 4x100m at last Saturday’s Gibson-McCook Relays. Speaking just after the race, Frater said that the run of 38.59 seconds was good for this stage of the season. He believes that there is more to come. Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevis, Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, and the Jamaican pair of Jevaughn Minzie and Yohan Blake combined to win the early season contest. Their win pleased Frater. “They didn’t look too bad out there at all,” was his initial view. “Just started some relay work this week, so I think they’re a bit rusty, but Zharnel Hughes and Yohan look very good on either straight,” he said. “It was a quick team put together,” he noted, “and to run 38.5 in February is not too bad.” Told that Blake’s anchor leg was timed in 9.2 seconds, Frater indicated that his 2012 Olympic 4×100 gold medal-winning teammate will get faster. “Speed work hasn’t started yet, and he looked very strong, but that’s good enough for right now.”last_img read more

Easy for Royal Assault

first_imgROYAL ASSAULT yesterday again proved his superiority in overnight allowance, returning off a five-month lay-up to outclass 11 rivals in the 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bucknor Memorial. Breaking widest from the favoured stands’ side draw over the straight course, the five-year-old horse briefly disputed the lead with ACTION MAN before powering to the front under apprentice Linton Steadman. Though drifting to the centre entering the main track, ROYAL ASSAULT’s class was obvious from two furlongs out. Ran a brave race Straightened out by Steadman, the Anthony Nunes-trained runner stayed on strongly to win at odds of 9-5 in 58.1 seconds on the recently sanded track, beating late-closing DANCING QUEEN with Percy Williams by two-and-a-half lengths. ACTION MAN ran a brave race for third, losing second almost at the wire at odds of 13-1 with Wesley Henry astride. ROYAL ASSAULT closed a two-timer for Nunes, whose MEMORY OF TS finished strongly under Aaron Chatrie to catch LIGHT BRIGADE stealing home in the seventh race at 1200 metres. Chatrie lit up the 10-race card with a three-timer, which included the two biggest outsiders on the day, starting with 25-1 chance CRUISING MOTION, beating another outsider, 16-1 shot SIEMPRE BUENO with Ahon Gray. The bustling rider closed the programme with another stunner, 27-1 longshot SHELLIAN GREY, running past 4-5 favourite MEET JUSTIN early in the straight. Apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode two winners, CLEARLY OURS in the second and SUBBIE in the fourth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.last_img read more

WATCH: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen reunite on the hardwood

first_imgWinners of the drill, of course, received a pair of Js, according to SLAM.Jordan and Pippen were catalysts of Chicago’s domination in the ’90s, as it won three consecutive titles from 1991 to 1993 season and again from 1995 to 1998.Both players have also been inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  /raADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ With both legends far removed from their glorious playing days, seeing them share the court still remains a sight to behold.Such reunion occurred over the weekend, as the former Bulls stalwarts took to the floor at Jordan’s Flight School camp in California.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’Now in their 50s, the pair showcased their ageless talent and participated in shooting contests with lucky camp goers.Judging by the clip, Jordan’s form remained as pure as ever, draining consecutive jump shots in the process. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43 Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts PLAY LIST 05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return It feels like it’s been ages since the dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ruled the hardwood together for the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Unheralded guard Geronimo fulfills PBA dreams, gets drafted Kia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The feeling is so great. Until now, I can’t imagine that this has happened. This hasn’t sunk in for me,” he said in Filipino.The 29-year-old knew that his chances of being plucked from the pool were slim, and was even close on accepting his fate as the annual rookie selection went deep into the rounds.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“I’m already telling myself that if I don’t get drafted, I’m fine with it. I was motioning to my girlfriend to not cry because I’m okay and at least I tried,” he said.But tears did fall down late at Robinsons Place Manila when the former car salesman was finally called and became part of the draftees that included the likes of Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Christain Geronimo was picked 42nd overall by Kia in the fifth round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Geronimo reached for the stars, and on Sunday, he got one.The little-known guard out of PUP made his dreams come true as Kia picked him in the fifth round as the second to the last pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Former FEU stars Jose, Belo reunite at Blackwater MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel like I’m dreaming. I can’t explain what I feel. I couldn’t believe that I will go up the stage in a PBA Draft,” he said.Now, the hardwork begins for Geronimo as he tries to prove himself that he’s worthy of a roster spot.“Whatever I could contribute, I will give to this team. I’m grateful to them because they gave me a chance. I will work hard and do my best to make it to their lineup,” he said.But if Geronimo doesn’t make it, he thinks he can be with Kia playing a different role.“I can also be an agent for them, a salesman,” he joked.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more