FRISCO, Texas – Lamar guard Nick Garth is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The Houston, Texas native recorded a pair of 20-point performances as the Cardinals extended their win streak to three games with a 75-70 victory over Northwestern State and a 75-72 upset of conference-leading Sam Houston State, the Bearkats first loss in league play (12-1).Garth and the Cardinals hit the road for a pair of conference matchups against Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday and against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Nick Garth, Lamar – Senior – Guard – Houston, TexasGarth accounted for Lamar’s last seven points as he hit all four free-throws in the final seconds to fend off previously undefeated Sam Houston and finish with 21 points. He converted all nine attempts from the charity stripe against the Bearkats and made both of his free throws against Northwestern State to finish a perfect 11-for-11 on the week.Garth provided a clutch play down the stretch against Sam Houston State, draining a three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining after the Bearkats’ Marcus Harris had hit from beyond the arc to pull within one.Garth shot 9-of-15 (.600) from the field, including 3-of-6 from long range, against Northwestern State to finish with 23 points for the second-straight game. He also snagged a pair of rebounds and dished out four assists. Honorable Mention: Shannon Bogues, Stephen F. Austin; Ian DuBose, Houston Baptist; Moses Greenwood, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “We had a good trip. She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside. At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me. When she made the lead, she waited on that other filly a bit, but then she got back to business.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SNEAKING OUT, SECOND: “She ran absolutely huge. It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”TRAINER QUOTESRODOLPHE BRISSET, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “The way she hit the front today is one of the reasons we decided to put the blinkers on. She can lose focus pretty quick. The first time she ran, she ran a beautiful race without them. When I stretched her out to a mile and a sixteenth at the Fairgrounds, it was the worst race ever. She acted like she’s never been on a racetrack before. So she really seemed to need them and as soon as we added them, she’s changed.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me. It was a small field and at the end of the day if we ran third, it’s still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully Tex Sutton helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.“At the end of the day, if you look at it just from a breeder standpoint it was always a good choice and we thought it had a lot of value to come.”OWNER QUOTESJUDY HICKS, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “Rest her Grandmother (Shining Victory) who was a great race horse, her Mother (Victory On Tap) was okay and now it’s all in the family so we are going to continue on.NOTES: Rodolphe Brisset is a former assistant trainer to Bill Mott and now out on his own. This is his first runner and winner here at SA under his own name.Judy Hicks’ My Majestic Rose and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II $200,000 Summertime Oak Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
2nd 2 17% $491,027 5 4 EIGHT RINGS HAS FINAL WORKOUT FOR BC JUVENILEWorking in company with Azul Coast, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings this morning had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race at a mile and one-sixteenth, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60.“I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said of Eight Rings, six-length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27. Evin Roman was aboard for the 7:45 a.m. drill.“He’s healthy and he looks good,” Baffert said of the $520,000 Empire Maker colt. “The track’s pretty deep today. It’s different, a lot deeper, than it was yesterday . . . overall, it was a very good work.“Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”Juvenile Fillies contender Bast, winner of the Grade I Chandelier, worked five furlongs in company with Hot Sean, for Baffert in 1:01.60 for Friday’s $2 million test at 1 1/16 miles. Hot Sean was given a four furlong time of 49 flat.Dirt Mile contender Improbable, meanwhile, went “five-eighths in 59 and one,” Baffert said of the son of City Zip, who had Rafael Bejarano in the irons. Santa Anita clockers had an official time of 59.20, fastest of 42 drills at the distance.Classic favorite McKinzie is scheduled to have his final major breeze tomorrow morning for the $6 million race on Saturday.IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Additional Breeders’ Cup works recorded this morning included those by Elate (Classic), three furlongs in 36.80 for Bill Mott; Awesome Again winner Mongolian Groom, five furlongs in 1:02 for Enebish Ganbat; and Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods (Distaff) five furlongs under Abel Cedillo in a minute flat for John Shirreffs, while on the training track, Mirth (Filly & Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato.Dan Blacker was pleased with Hit the Road’s four furlong work on the training track in 49.80 for the Juvenile Turf on Friday.“Everything went very well,” the trainer said. “He’s doing great. He’s as good as I can have him. I’m very pleased.”TRAINER HAS ‘GIANT EXPECTATIONS’ FOR START IN DIRT MILEGiant Expectations has nickeled and dimed his way into millionaire status.A rarity in the sense that he’s a New York-bred based at Santa Anita throughout his lengthy career with trainer Peter Eurton, the son of Frost Giant has a 4-5-4 record from 22 starts and earnings of $1,336,600.A chunk of that was gleaned through minor awards, but Eurton is hopeful the versatile chestnut, still a full horse at age six, can alter his modus operandi with a victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile on Saturday.“He loves to run second and third,” Eurton said. “He got beat a nose in New York at a mile (in a $200,000 stake restricted to state-breds on May 27) when he stepped on himself leaving the gate, then went five wide.“After that he got beat a head in the (Grade II) Pat O’Brien (at Del Mar Aug. 24). A mile should suit him and I’m not that concerned about how close the start is to the Club House turn.“For him it’s all about the break.” He’s got that right.A sample of some of his “trouble lines” from Daily Racing Form reads like a glossary of balked beginnings: “Hesitated, off slowly, off bit slow, stumbled, off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, awkward start and stumbled.”Seems if Giant Expectations didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.“Going a mile, if he breaks well, he can be there hanging out with anybody,” Eurton said. “Going seven-eighths, he tends to close.” Asked who rides the reluctant runner, Eurton said, “Ortiz.” Pressed on which brother, Jose or Irad Jr. , Eurton cagily replied, “Either one.” Pressed further, he put it to bed with “Jose.”LADY’S SECRET CEMENTED HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS 33 YEARS AGOAlthough she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1, 1986 at Santa Anita.And although some may downplay the significance of final time, her 2:01 1/5 was a tick faster than Skywalker’s 2:02 2/5 an hour and 15 minutes later in the $3 million Classic.Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Pat Day, Lady’s Secret, a grey daughter of Secretariat, out of Great Lady M., by Icecapade, was foaled in Oklahoma on April 8, 1982. Off as the 1-2 favorite along with stablemate Twilight Ridge, she won by 2 ½ lengths and paid $3.00 to win in what was her 15th and final start of the year.As was her custom, the diminutive Lady’s Secret, who broke from post position five, darted to the front heading into the Club House turn, with California-bred Fran’s Valentine and Bill Shoemaker in hot pursuit. Passing the half mile pole, Lady’s Secret had opened up a five length advantage and the Distaff was essentially over.“I was a really good passenger that day,” said Day by telephone from his home in Louisville. “I let her come away from there, took a long hold and let her do her thing. She always wanted to drift just a little bit and Wayne reminded me of that. He said if she wanted to drift out coming off the turn, ‘Go ahead and let her and come on home.’”With Horse of the Year very much on everyone’s mind, Day was scheduled to ride the Gary Jones-conditioned Turkoman, who would square off with another HOY candidate, Precisionist, two races later in the $3 million Classic. Turkoman would finish second and Precisionist third, behind Skywalker. And although he would be named Eclipse Award Champion Older Horse, Turkoman’s prospects for Horse of the Year were effectively tanked.“I knew they were both in the running, but I really wasn’t thinking along those lines,” said Day when asked if he was aware of the fact that both of his prized mounts were leading candidates for the same award. “I knew they both had had great years and I wanted to win both of those races and leave the results in the hands of those that had a vote.”A self-made mega millionaire who had parlayed his ability to sell cars in the post war era into becoming one of America’s most recognizable sportsmen, three-time Eclipse Award winner Eugene Klein, who also owned the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, redefined “high-profile connections” when teamed with Lukas and racing’s “Iron Lady” on the sport’s biggest stages.“It wasn’t one of those years where a particular horse had dominated,” said Lukas from Louisville, where he is recovering from back surgery. “So, it got down to what the Breeders’ Cup is supposed to do, crown a champion and make it so if you do crown one Horse of the Year, you don’t have to explain it to everybody.“Lady’s Secret was so typical of Gene himself. Very brassy. ‘To hell with ’em, let’s take ’em on. We’ll run anywhere, get ’em in the gate, let’s go.’ That’s the attitude, you know? And that’s how she was . . . She was bred in Oklahoma and she was so small, but so tough, so tough. Gene was an ideal owner, really. He knew how to win and he knew how to lose. He knew that you could draft the best players and not all of them were going to play in the NFL. He knew that you could give x-dollars for a yearling and it wasn’t always gonna be a Grade I Santa Anita Handicap winner.“He was just wonderful as far as dealing with him as a client. He didn’t want to know how fast they worked in the morning and ‘What’s the plan?’ He wanted to know, ‘What the hell’s the purse and where do we go? We’re gonna have some fun and let’s do this.’”Lukas, who has gone on to win 20 Breeders’ Cup races and five Eclipse Awards, was in the midst of a reign of dominance in which his late son Jeff was an integral part.“Jeff was a stellar horseman,” said Day. “Jeff and Wayne did a tremendous job overseeing Lady’s Secret every day and bringing her up to that race. If she got beat that day, it was gonna be because she got outrun. It wasn’t gonna be because she didn’t have enough gas in the tank.”With Easy Goer ranking as the best horse he ever rode, where does Lady’s Secret, who retired the following year with 25 wins (11 of them Grade I) from 45 starts and earnings of more than $3 million and, along with Day and Lukas, be enshrined in racing’s Hall of Fame, fit on Pat Day’s all-time list?“She’d have to be right up there, close to the top.”RESTRAINEDVENGENCE SHARP FOR LURE STAKESDespite drawing the outside post in a field of 10 going a mile on turf, Val Brinkerhoff is optimistic Restrainedvengence will dance the dance in Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes.“He’s training great,” the hard-working trainer said of the four-year-old gelding that was second by a head at 43-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5.“He’s ready to go,” said Brinkerhoff, who has had the son of Hold Me Back for all 17 of his races. “I bought him when he was a yearling at Keeneland for $67,000 and he’s more than paid his way, earning $265,860, and we’re going to make more.”The Lure, race eight of nine: River Boyne, Lanfranco Dettori; Declarationofpeace, Joel Rosario; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira; Double Touch, John Velazquez; Brown Storm, Javier Castellano; Ritzy A.P., Flavien Prat; Lil Milo, Tyler Baze; Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke; Andesh, Abel Cedillo; and Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia.EDUCATION A PRIORITY FOR TEAM GLATTTrainer Mark Glatt won three races Saturday to give him eight for the meet, moving him into a tie for third with Richard Baltas and Bob Baffert through 18 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet that concludes next Sunday, Nov. 3.The 43-year-old conditioner comes from a third-generational racing family, as his father, Ron, is a former trainer of note in the northwest, and Ryan, Mark’s 17-year-old son, is currently perpetuating the vocation by providing welcome assistance to his father.“He loves the horses and loves the game,” Mark said of Ryan, “but he’s still in school (Monrovia High). His future might be in racing, but his education comes first, so he has to get through school and college, then decide if he wants to be with the horses or not.“He needs to have some kind of a backup plan.”LIVE RACING RESUMES AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAYSanta Anita is dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing resumes 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There is simulcast racing Wednesday in the Paddock Room with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Post time for the first live race on Friday, Nov. 1, inaugural day of the Breeders’ Cup championships, will be 10:45 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8:30 a.m. Post time for the first live race on Saturday, Nov. 2, day two of the Breeders’ Cup, is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m.Early reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, Nov. 3. Turn your clock back one hour on Saturday night, Nov. 2.CARMA STAGES AFTERCARE AWARENESS EXPO BETWEEN RACES TODAYRepresentative of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will be participating in Aftercare Awareness Day today between races with two equine demonstrations on the main track.The first demo will feature barrel racing following race three and the second will feature jumpers following race five. Each demonstration will take five to six minutes. CARMA will also staff a tent in the East Paddock Gardens that will also include reps from aftercare charities.FINISH LINES: A racing rarity in California occurs in today’s third race when Bob Baffert sends out an Iowa-bred filly, Auburge. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, the bay daughter of Palace is the 2-1 second choice on Jon White‘s morning line . . . Parity for favorites is similar across the board through 18 racing days: winning favorites overall, 38.67 percent (58 out of 150); winning favorites on dirt, 39.08 percent (34 of 87); and winning favorites on turf, 38.10 percent (24 of 63) . . . Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs is expected to attract a full field, among them Almost a Factor, Been Studying Her, Bella Renella, Cholula Lips, Homehome, Smiling Three, Stradari, Warm Summer, Warren’s Showtime and Wicked Fresh. Win% Abel Cedillo102 $463,137 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 27th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Noses Out Songbird in the Epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBreeders Cup Memories: Arrogate Runs Down California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-26-19Bolo (Gaines) 10-26-19Selcourt (Sadler) 10-26-19Improbable (Baffert) 10-26-19Hit the Road (Blacker) 10-26-19Secret Spice (Baltas) 10-26-19Shancelot (Navarro) 10-25-19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19 49% Money Won 19% 1st ITM% 13 Jorge Velez84 45% 13 5 59% JockeyMts 6 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 26) 9 9 $564,467 45% 25% 11 EURTON SEEKS A ‘BIG ASS’ GOOD START IN DIRT MILE 19% 13 8 11 TrainerSts Mark Glatt37 28% GLATT WINS THREE TO CLIMB IN TRAINER STANDINGS ITM% 22% Win% 1st 3rd Money Won 7 17 Flavien Prat69 49% 35% 5 19 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $281,512 26% 3rd 43% $811,754 14 $297,284 10 17% Bob Baffert29 $688,673 8 Doug O’Neill66 3 CARMA STAGES ITS AFTERCARE AWARENESS TODAY Rafael Bejarano54 14 J.C. Diaz, Jr.52 10 29% 68% BAFFERT BREEZES EIGHT RINGS, BAST, IMPROBABLE $934,027 56% TRAINER HAS UNRESTRAINED HOPE FOR LURE STAKES 19 Richard Baltas46 5 DAY & LUKAS RECAL LADY’S SECRET 1986 DISTAFF WIN Drayden Van Dyke42 17% 8 Philip D’Amato43 57% 11 17 4 4 19% 44% 52% Peter Miller33 $470,001 John Sadler43 51% 10 6 10 $773,963 8 2nd 8 $1,103,672 $372,488 5 8 5 8 18% 14% $328,370
More than five teams competed in a heat before qualifying in the finals.The three categories in the challenge were “Open Men”, which comprised of 5 males, “Open Women”, comprising of 5 females and the “Open Mixed”, which comprised of two females and 3 males.The finalist for the “Open Men” challenge was the NCSL Nitro with a timing of 1.11 minutes and the runner ups being Yatchie Hobie Cats followed by NDB Gold Men’s.For the “Open Women” finalists, it was the Yatchie Marlins with a timing of 1.36 minutes and the AON Empower 1 and Yatchie Kiduruis as runner ups.The “Mixed Open” finalist had My Haus 2 with a timing of 1.23 minutes and Yatchie MacDhuis and Consort Corsairs as runner ups.President of the Konedobu Kanu Klab, Melissa Kivung says the challenge started back in 2008 but hasn’t had much coverage.Kivung adds that it is a new sport to the general public so for them it’s something to try out and experience and it is also good for both fitness and health.The challenge is held twice every year and this is the first challenge for this year.She adds that the second event will be held in October and whoever is interested is more than welcome to come down and give the sport a go.She says so far, the turnout for this year’s challenge has been successful and looks forward to more that will be joining in later this year in October.Potential paddlers are also encouraged to come along and join in on the fun.
Borja Garcia (Madrid, November 2, 1990) chat with AS on the phone and explains how he is carrying the confinement. Follow the marked guidelines by the Girona technical staff and the nutritionist with the illusion that the League to resume soonor. He does not want the season to be canceled because he intends ascend to First. He is self-critical about his performance, “I can still give much more” and refuses to talk about the future. The last summer discarded Primera offers to continue in Girona. If there is no promotion …How do you handle confinement?There are boring moments, but we must be responsible, supportive and stay at home. When all this happens there will be time to go outside.What are you trying to distract yourself with?With everything I can (jokes). I speak with family and friends and I’m from television, I don’t have a console. I watch series, movies and sports that play. I really like the street, but now you can’t go out so I take the opportunity to train.The coaching staff sends them training guidelines. Are you having a hard time working out at home?Yes. Besides, obviously, it is not the same to be on a soccer field than at home. I try to do as much as possible, follow the guidelines of the technicians and the nutritionist well for when we return to train, do it in the best way and have no problem. We have a very important goal this year and we cannot waste time.What information do they request from the technical staff?Every morning we send photographs of the weight and report our physical and emotional state and the hours of sleep. With the nutritionist we also have an almost daily deal because we ask him for advice and follow his recommendations so as not to overdo it. Eating well is very important. Do you think the League will resume?We are with uncertainty. It is clear that we want to finish the League as it is because we have a very important objective such as promotion, but there is something even more vital than health. We want to train and play again, but first everyone’s safety must be guaranteed.What do you think of the option to cancel this League?I wouldn’t see it fair. Safety must first be ensured and, once this pandemic is over, resume competition. There are 11 games left, which are many, and I would not care to play them in summer or when it was. You have to compete because the achievements of the teams must be decided on the field, not in the offices.Would you be willing to play without an audience?Football without the fans loses its essence. We like to play with our fans in the stands because they live it just like we do. Football always with an audience. A sports worker and one of his colleagues tested positive for coronavirus. Worried?Yes, but like the entire population. We want a quick recovery for everyone and what we must do is stay home and help in any way we can. We must have peace of mind.His Girona currently occupies playoff positions. Did this break come in one of your best moments?Yes, because we had a good streak of games without losing and we were, and still are, convinced of being able to make a great final stretch of the season. We hope to play again and make our goal come true, which is to move up. Are they able to directly upload to Primera?That is what we will fight for. The team is eager to have more regularity because it is true that we have as a pending task to make a definitive leap. When it was possible to get hooked to the first two classified it has not been achieved. It can be achieved because that is why many of us stayed this season, to return Girona to First Division.In the future key. What would happen if Girona failed to climb? Will you follow or accept any offer you have from Primera?I have a valid contract here. I am ambitious and I think we can achieve the goal this year. I’m here for it and I don’t think further.Do you see your team ready to play a hypothetical promotion playoff?Definitely. We are a few of us who have lived through the playoff and would fight to reach the goal. Of course, we do not rule out reaching the two positions above. But in these uncertain times it is difficult to talk about it. We must go day by day.How do you rate your season?I can still give much more. There have been days in which I have been well, but I must demand myself. I hope that the League resumes and demonstrate all my football.Injuries have punished them this season. The last to fall was Brandon …Yes, we are not having luck. Valery in preseason, Aday also had a problem and Brandon will no longer play this course. He is a person who brought joy, fresh air to the team and was sporty at his best. These days of break we hope that everyone gets well.Some First and Second clubs have done an ERTE. Has the club communicated any of this to you?What we want is for this to happen as soon as possible and if we can help in any way we will.What message do you want to send to the Girona fans?Let them stay home and try to pass the time as well as possible. It is a moment of union, of taking care of yourself. We hope to be playing in Montilivi soon, celebrate victories and at the end of the season, promotion.
Coach of Barbican FC Charles Edwards says his team aims to continue its dominance in the local Women’s Football League. Barbican notched their 11th Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women’s League title when they beat Waterhouse 4-2 in the final at Stadium East last Sunday. Tashika Small netted a brace for the champions, scoring in the 13th and 52nd minutes, while Kenesha Reid (11th) and Latoya Duhaney (61st) scored the other goals. Waterhouse’s national Under-20 player, Jessica Johnson, scored in the 68th and 90th minutes. LEAGUE TITLE It was also Barbican’s eighth consecutive league title. The east St Andrew club has won 24 trophies in women’s football and seven Sherwin Williams Colourscape knockout titles, plus six mid-season trophies. That has made them the most successful club in women’s football locally. Barbican had also beaten Waterhouse 4-1 in the KO final a week earlier. “We have not lost a game since 2011, so that is a record we would like to strengthen as long as possible,” Edwards disclosed. “It is a fantastic feat in winning so many titles and the girls want to win to add more, so they are motivated and certainly looking forward to next year,” the long-serving Barbican coach added. Barbican FC will be handed the trophy, medals, and $400,000 at the awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston.
“I clearly won the fight; that was no draw. I am shocked by this decision,” were the words of a disappointed Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters yesterday, when asked to comment on the majority draw decision of the judges in his fight against Jason Sosa, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Saturday night.In what has been declared by journalists who watched the fight at ringside as ‘the worst scored fight of 2015’, one judge, Tom Schreck, had Sosa the winner 96-94, while the other judges, Wynn Kintz and Don Ackerman, had it 95-95. The Gleaner scored the fight 97-93 for Walters, and as another point of reference, experienced HBO scorer and former international boxing judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 99-91 for Walters.It was a hard-fought and entertaining fight, with Walters, (26-0), fighting as a super featherweight (130 lb) for the first time. Having lost his featherweight title in June on the scale, when he weighed in a pound over the featherweight limit of 126 lb, Walters was using this fight as a benchmark to see how he would perform at the higher weight class.On this occasion, he fought a bigger man in the person of Sosa, who entered the ring with a 18-1-3 record, but he held his own in a fight that was mostly at close range, and his vicious body attacks clearly bothered his opponent. If one could find fault with his work during the 10 bruising rounds, it would be that he did not use his jabs enough.Whenever Walters went on the outside, he looked far superior than his opponent, and it was surprising that his trainers, Celso Ch·vez and Job Walters, did not tell him at any time in the fight to use his jabs more.The impression given was that they wanted to prove a point. They wanted it to be seen that Walters could outslug a bigger opponent.This tactic nearly backfired, however, as the judges clearly did not give Walters full credit for the good, clean punches to the body that he landed repeatedly. Walters was clearly the better fighter, and in the fifth round, he shook Sosa with a left hook to the body and right cross to the head combination.Surprisingly, he did not follow through and Sosa weathered the storm.BEST ROUNDSWalters gained the ascendancy as the fight progressed, and in the eighth round, he seemed as if he was trying to end it. This was one of his best rounds.Ironically, Sosa came out aggressively for the ninth, which was perhaps his best round.Walters came back firing on all cylinders in the final round, using jabs and hooks to good advantage, and it seemed a mere formality when the fight ended that it would be the Jamaican raising his hands in victory for the 27th time. That was not to be, however, as he had to share the spoils.He told The Gleaner that he will be taking a break for Christmas and the New Year and will be in Jamaica for a holiday soon.”I am coming home for a short holiday, after which I will sit down with my team and decide what we will do in 2016,” said Walters.
Take one look at Jamaican Olympic triple jump hopeful Shanieka Thomas and her potential is obvious. At six-foot tall and 145 pounds, she is built almost exactly like world record holder Inessa Kravets. Thomas, 11th at the 2015 World Championships, knows the similarity and hopes one day to match the Ukrainian’s fine achievements. Kravets set the record – 15.50 metres – at the 1995 Worlds and took gold as well at the 1996 Olympics. “The fact that the world record holder has the same build as me is encouragement to show I’m able to achieve the world record or even more,” she observed after a training session at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies last week. “A lot of people don’t remember that the world record holder has a really slim build,” she pinpointed. Thomas, a three-time US collegiate champion at San Diego State University, left California to train at Mona last season. “Everyone was asking me, ‘Why come back to Jamaica and there’s not a lot of people doing well in the field events?’,” she recalled. “It’s hard to have a lot of people doing well in the field events if nobody actually comes home to show the talent the coaches have here,” she analysed. “So it’s a big jump, and it was risky at first, but I like the transition because it’s been going well.” With astute advice from her coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts, the former Vere Technical High School student-athlete qualified for the Worlds at the last opportunity with a winning 14.23-metre jump at the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. Now their goal is to make her faster and stronger. MORE SPEED “This year,” she revealed, “we’re focusing on getting more speed down the runway, as well as strengthening, making sure I’m more powerful.” Now almost 24, Thomas has great respect for retired 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith and her former Vere Technical teammate, Kimberly Williams, who in 2014 succeeded Smith as Commonwealth champion. Mention of Smith’s national record of 15.16 metres and Thomas glows. “That’s a really big performance, and I would love to jump at least 15.01,” she envisioned, “just to be over the mark.” During her San Diego years, the 2008 Carifta Games Under-17 champion ran relays on a regular basis. Now she dreams of running the 4×400 in black green and gold. “Every season, I contemplate doing the 400, but when I start thinking about the training for the 400,” she shudders, “I’m like, no. I’m going to stick with the triple jump.” She is encouraged by the relay running of World and Olympic triple jump men’s champion Christian Taylor at the 2014 World Relays. “If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships,” she said, “if it’s even like the Pan-Am Games or something like that, I want to run a 4×4 … for Jamaica.” Runs over 350 and 400 metres are part of her background training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and she says “you’ll maybe see me on the 4×4 for UWI for the preparation towards Rio”.
West Indies Women’s cricket captain, Stafanie Taylor, has been added to the list of Sportswoman of the Year nominees, the RJR Sports Foundation announced in a release yesterday.The 2015 awards takes place on Friday, January 15 at The Jamaica Pegasus and Taylor joins eight other women vying for the National Sportswoman of the Year award. The other nominees are boxer Alicia Ashley; swimmer Alia Atkinson and track athletes Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Sherone Simpson, Elaine Thompson and Danielle Williams.Taylor topped the tables in a recent ODI home series against Pakistan with a batting average of 130.50 runs and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. West Indies won both the T20 and ODI series. She was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.The Jamaican all-rounder recently became the only overseas player selected for the Sydney Thunder Women in the inaugural Australian Women’s Big Bash T20 League.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):In the space of just four deliveries on Sunday, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite banished bitter memories that had haunted him for the last five years.Playing in his Twenty20 International debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka back in October 2011, a 23-year-old Brathwaite conceded 14 runs off the penultimate over with the hosts needing 22 off the two last overs, in pursuit of 133.With eight runs left off the final over, Bangladesh got home off the fifth delivery, to deal West Indies a three-wicket defeat and claim victory in the one-off T20 game.DEBUT IN BANGLADESH”I remember my debut in Bangladesh when I didn’t come through for the team and we lost and I made it my business to say Carlos Brathwaite will develop to be a match-winner.”Brathwaite became an instant hero at Eden Gardens as he blasted West Indies to a four-wicket win and to the capture of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.With the Windies needing 19 off the last six balls, Brathwaite clattered sixes off the first four deliveries in a stunning finish.”It’s better than a dream. Initially, the plan was just to get bat on ball and run as hard as possible. We knew we couldn’t waste any balls and that was just the first plan,” Brathwaite said afterwards.”Fortunately, I got the first couple of away, that kind of settled the nerves a bit. Then after the third one I knew that all I had to do was get bat on ball on the fourth one and we were world champions. Fortunately, all four went for sixes and here we are, world champions, a treble for West Indies cricket.”Brathwaite finished on 34 not out off 10 deliveries, in an exhilarating 54-run stand with Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels, who was unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls at the end.”It’s one of those out-of-body experiences. As a young man you dream of winning a World Cup – probably just winning a game – and to be able to do it among all these legends in T20 cricket, to be able to do it for the people of the Caribbean (is special).” he explained.Brathwaite had earlier contributed with the ball, taking three for 23 as West Indies restricted England to 155 for nine off their 20 overs.