The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, set for Sunday, February 21, is ready to raise $50 million to contribute to three worthy causes. Sagicor Group raised a record $26 million in 2015 and the aim for the 18th staging this year is to double the target of $25 million set last year. This year’s beneficiaries are Children with Cancer across the island, as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit in St Elizabeth. President and CEO of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, challenged Jamaicans to donate and pledge funds towards Sigma Run 2016. “Over the years, we have raised $166 million mainly for children and institutions,” Byles disclosed at the media launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Last year, we raised the most money in one year of $26 million. This year, we hope to raise $50 million. We have some special contribution cards in order to reach the target,” Byles added. “This year, we are focusing on cancer. We could not want a more worthy cause,” he disclosed. DONATION TO HELP CHILDREN “We plan to give most of the funds to the Jamaica Cancer Society. We also want to help the children with cancer and the Black River Hospital,” Byles said. This year’s patrons for the event are track and field stars Asafa Powell and Novlene Williams-Mills and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills, a relay gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said she could not turn down the opportunity offered by Sagicor. “It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of this year’s Sigma Run. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor going back to 2012 when cancer became a part of my life,” an emotional Williams-Mills stated. “I know what it is for a family with a breast cancer survivor. It is a burden. I have to look in the mirror and see the many scars on my body. It is hard to deal with this thing called cancer, it will rip you apart,” she said. “Cancer has been a part of my family, as my sister died from ovarian cancer and my mother is also a cancer survivor. I ask for support for other survivors as they need help,” Williams-Mills added. Sheryl Lee Ralph revealed that cancer took away her father. “In 2013, prostate cancer took my dad, he fought every minute of the disease. I’m very happy to be partnering with Sagicor to help educate others about the disease. Health really matters,” the actress said.
The goals just keep on coming for Montego Bay United’s forward Owayne Gordon, who fired in a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s opening Group Three Caribbean Football Union Club Championship win over Scholars International of Cayman, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Gordon scored in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes with an own goal coming from Scholars midfielder Courtney Duval in the 42nd minute. It was Gordon’s first-ever hat-trick for MBU. MBU’s win sets up what will likely be an interesting match against the defending champions Central FC from Trinidad on Sunday. Central will bow into action this evening when they meet the wounded Scholars in an 8 p.m. kick-off at the complex. MBU were made to work hard in the first 15 minutes to break down the Scholars team before Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached team began to settle and eventually turned the game in their favour, with Gordon in particular looking sharp upfront. “I was enjoying myself out there; it’s always nice to score goals but I think I enjoyed these greatly because it is my first hat-trick for MBU,” Gordon said. “They played hard but we are MBU and the team did what the coach asked and we got the important win,” added Gordon. The opening goal came from the penalty spot. Gordon stepped up to fire to the left of Scholars goalie Jermaine Brown after a defender had handled the ball. From there on there was little the visitors could do to stop the now marauding MBU team, buoyed by the early goal. The local team’s third goal and Gordon’s second was MBU at their best; a series of neat passes ended up with Gordon being fouled close to the area. Gordon struck the ball sweetly to the left of Brown in Scholars goal for a 3-0 lead. His hat-trick was completed when he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the unprotected net to complete the rout. “I am just happy to win tonight. I hope we play better in our next match and score more goals too,” added Gordon. Western Bureau
WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):With just a month left in the Assiniboia Downs season, the jockeys’ championship seems destined to go down to the wire, with the top-five riders separated by just five wins.Jamaican Chavion Chow leads the standings with 40, but is just one clear of fellow countryman Dane Nelson, who is closing quickly.Defending champion, Barbadian Chris Husbands, lies third on 36 wins, only ahead of Adolfo Morales – also on 36 – on second-place finishes.Guyana’s Rohan Singh has 35 wins and is also well poised in fifth.Based on form, Chow will be the bookmakers’ favourite to take the title at the small western Canada racetrack.Back in May, the 28-year-old produced an outstanding display to win five of the eight races on the day’s card and create space for himself at the top of the standings in what is a tight title race.After finishing fourth last year, Chow is now in pole position to pick up his first riding title since arriving here seven years ago.Nelson, meanwhile, has burst into contention following his four-timer on Monday’s nice-race card, with Chow managing just a single win.The season wraps up September 7.
MAN CITY VS SUNDERLANDMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV, FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING, AGUEROSUNDERLAND (5-3-2)DEFOE, WATMORE, JOHNSON, M’VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O’SHEA, COATES, JONES, PANTILIMONOn Monday, Manchester City lost 2-1 to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, leaving them in third place and six points behind leaders Leicester City.It further highlighted City’s problems away from home.; of their 33 goals in the Premier League this season, no fewer than 25 have come at the Etihad Stadium.Sunderland, meanwhile, have lost their last three and five of their last seven, results that leave the Black Cats in the relegation zone, in 19th place. And they arrive at the Etihad Stadium where they have never won in the Premier League.In 11 visits to City’s home ground, Sunderland have lost nine and drawn two. They last won at City in January 1998 in the second tier.And Sunderland have picked up just five points in their last 11 Premier League away games, winning one, drawing two and losing eight. The Black Cats have also conceded the most goals (33) and have allowed their opponents the most shots on target (106) in the Premier League this season.City recalled Sergio Aguero for the Arsenal game though, after three games out, he lasted just over an hour before being replaced. City were still without Vincent Komapny but the captain could return in time to face Sunderland.Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta also missed the Emirates match and will undergo tests. But Samir Nasri is still absent.Sunderland, meanwhile, will miss Jack Rodwell after the midfielder collected his fifth yellow card of the season, at Chelsea. Sebastian Larsson is also missing while Lee Cattermole a doubt after missing the last game with a back problem.
After knocking on the door for several years, GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had their greatest moment at the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays last week with a win and several top-three finishes, ending as the most successful Jamaican college team in Philadelphia. The Maurice Wilson-coached team had its biggest moment in the Championship of America men’s college 4×100 metres. Entering the meet as the second ranked team, the team of Colin King, Chadic Hinds, Everton Clarke, and Brandon Tomlinson clocked 39.31 seconds to defeat the University of Houston, who finished second in 39.49 seconds. Defending champions University of Technology were fifth in 39.73 seconds. Meanwhile, Andre Clarke was second in the collegiate 400 metres hurdles while Aubrey Allen, Orrin Powell and the men’s 4×400 metres team all finished third. Powell threw 70.35 metres in the javelin; Allen cleared 15.83 metres in the triple jump; while the 4x 400 metres team clocked 3:08.19. Wilson was pleased with the team’s achievement. “We have worked hard all year and we are extremely thankful to God who played a pivotal role in our success,” said Wilson, who is also the technical leader of Jamaica’s senior athletics team. Meanwhile, the University of West Indies duo of Fedrick Dacres (65.19) and Traves Smikle (63.42) finished one-two in the college men’s discus. The University of Technology had two individual second places. Megan Simmonds was second in the college women’s 100-metre hurdles in 13.24 seconds, the same time done by winner, Sasha Wallace of the University of Oregon. Shimarya Williams clocked 11.54 seconds in the women’s 100 metres, behind winner Gabrielle Farquharson of Rutgers in 11.36 seconds. UTech’s 4×200 metres female team anchored by Shericka Jackson finished second in 1:32.69, behind Tennessee in 1:31.84.
The first Olympic Games were heavily based on religion and were tributes to the gods of Ancient Greece. The Games can be traced as far back as 776 BC and were held every four years in Olympia, Greece, until 393 AD when they were banned by a Christian, Emperor Theodosius I, who saw them as pagan festivals. The ancient Olympics was also an opportunity to show the abilities of young people and to promote good relationships between competing cities. A truce was declared during the games, all fighting had to stop. Married woman were strictly forbidden to watch the Games, which officially lasted one day, but gradually went to three and then five days of competition. The events competed in included athletics, boxing, wrestling, pentathlon, which consists of three running races, jumping and discus throw, chariot racing, equestrian events, and the pancratium, a violent combination of boxing and wrestling. Winners were given laurel wreaths and palm branches, which were highly regarded. The Ancient Olympic Games Cuba was the first Caribbean country documented to have entered the Summer Olympic Games, doing so in 1900 in Paris. They won two medals, gold and silver in fencing. Haiti entered in 1924, but it was not until 1948 that teams from a number of Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago participated. Arthur Wint won Jamaica’s first gold medal and Rodney Wilkes won a weightlifting bronze for Trinidad and Tobago. In 1998, a meeting of Caribbean delegates took place to discuss Caribbean Olympism and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees came to be established. The Caribbean Olympic History 1896 Athens 1900 Paris 1904 St Louis 1908 London 1912 Stockholm 1916 cancelled (World War I) 1920 Antwerp 1924 Paris 1928 Amsterdam 1932 Los Angeles 1936 Berlin 1940 cancelled (World War II – 1994) 1948 London 1952 Helsinki 1956 Melbourne 1960 Rome 1964 Tokyo 1968 Mexico City 1976 Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta 2000 Sydney 2004 Athens 2008 Beijing 2012 London 2016 Rio de Janeiro The IOC chooses the host city through its members’ votes. Cities, not countries, put their names forward. A number of scandals showed a great deal of bribery was involved in the process and new rules were introduced by the IOC in 1999. Cities cannot now be accepted as official candidates until the IOC Executive Board is satisfied that they are properly prepared, in line with IOC guidelines. IOC member visits to such cities and gifts to IOC members are banned. All Summer Olympics since 1984 have made healthy profit. There is status and publicity for both the city and country. They must improve their facilities as well as roads, transport system, guest accommodation and tourist attractions. Holding the Olympics provides other commercial opportunities because of the large influx of competitors and spectators during the Games. PAST OLYMPIC GAMES The modern Olympic Games In 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin became inspired by a number of events that were held all claiming to be the revival of the Olympic Games. This led him to set up the International Olympic Committee (IOC), initiating the modern Olympic Games. The baron had been impressed by the games he had seen in the English public schools and the athleticism they generated. He wanted to improve the physical health of his countrymen and thought the Olympic Games would be a good way to do it. The first game took place in Athens, Greece, in 1896, where 241 male athletes from 14 countries competed in nine sports. Today, the Olympic Games is the world’s biggest and most famous sporting event. Held every four years with both summer and winter sports competition, the aim is to promote the ideals of: – Personal excellence – Sport as education – Cultural exchange – Mass participation – Fair play – International understanding. The International Olympic Committee works to ensure that a lasting legacy is developed, helping the host cities to change their community for the better. They are also working with developing countries to help with expansion of sporting programmes, focusing on education and sport, peace and sports, women and sport, and sports and the environment. The Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship are of huge importance before, during and after the event. The last Olympic game in 2016 was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where 204 countries took part in 26 sports. The next Olympic will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020.
While some might consider local field hockey to be in a dormant state, new Jamaica Hockey Federation president Fabian Stewart wants to establish strong and consistent governance to elevate the sport’s profile nationally.Stewart was a national junior and senior field hockey representative and coach, serving at the national, club and collegiate levels.According to the new President, the sport needs “realism and optimism going forward”.”It is very important that we establish stronger and consistent governance of the hockey federation; we can’t operate outside of good government structures,” he pointed out.Stewart outlined that the country’s male and female ranking internationally, which are around the high 50s and 60s, respectively, should be improved.”We know that most sports are driven by the success of the senior national team, so we want to set up the sport that it allows for success at the higher level,” he continued.The local hockey federation, based on its constitution, is run by committees and professionals. Stewart wants to be proactive, and make the organisation self-reliant.”We have to try to generate as much revenue as possible, look at revenue opportunities as we are one of the few associations that have a home ground,” he told The Gleaner in an interview.”We are definitely looking to maximise revenue from events held there, using it as an entertainment centre, and trying to benefit from the use of the facility for some revenue,” Stewart underlined.He wants investment in local talents at the high-school league level, and improvement in the quality of coaching.Stewart was unopposed as a presidential candidate, and will lead the local body over the next two years.The Jamaica Hockey Federation’s leadership is completed by Dave Lemard, who will serve as honorary treasurer, and directors Carlton Campbell and Michelle Thomas, respectively.Stewart will look to bring his extensive experience in management to his new role. He arrives with more than 18 years experience at the senior level in business development and operational management at JAMPRO; the High Commission of Canada; FIMI Investment Jamaica Ltd (FIMI Group); ASAPH Promotion and Distribution Ltd.
On the other hand, the Hummingbirds’ top shooter, Thristina Harwood, who netted 38 goals from 48 attempts in game one, said they are very determined to close out the series today. “I know that the St Ann Orchids are going to come out very strong for the second game but come Thursday, I will be ready,” said Harwood. “I know for sure that there won’t be a game three because I am going to play my all out and so Kingston Hummingbirds will come out victorious at the end,” she said. Harwood is expected to receive support from national representatives Stacian Facey, Shamera Sterling, Mellissa Wright and Tracey-Ann Robinson. The Marvette Anderson-coached Hummingbirds, who won the title in 2014, are seeking their second hold on the island’s premier netball trophy. The game is set to start at 7:30 pm. Determined Janet Guy, coach of the St Ann Orchids, says that her team must execute in all four quarters in order to level their best-of-three finals in the Berger Elite League against the Kingston Hummingbirds, this evening at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology. The Orchids trail one-nil in the series after they were beaten 57-43 by the Hummingbirds in game one at the same venue last Thursday. Guy said they have made some adjustments in training and are very determined to win tonight’s game. “It must be a win for the Orchids,” she said. “We have to step up to the game, and we will try to look at how we can get the centre pass into the goal circle convert them. We also have to find a way to steal their centre pass and capitalise on them,” Guy added. The veteran coach added that she is expecting what she describes as a very tough game from the Hummingbirds, but she is confident that they will come out on top. “It is up to the girls now to go out there and execute, but I am looking forward to a competitive game because it is game two,” Guy said. “Adean (Thomas) is back with us after her eye poke, and I am also hoping that our shooting team executes for us,” she said. Along with Thomas, the Orchids will be depending heavily on the likes of Sabrina Spence, who is the competition’s leading scorer, former national captain Simone Forbes, Shanice Beckford and Althea Byfield, to lead their charge to victory.
ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE BURNLEY, England (AP): The players and coaches of non-league team Lincoln wandered the field, some singing and celebrating among themselves, some on their phones with family and friends, others just in shock at the size of their achievement. Behind one of the goals, the club’s jubilant supporters belted out as one: “We’re going to Wembley.” Lincoln had just become the first team from outside of England’s top-four leagues to advance to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in more than a century. And it had been achieved in dramatic style, with an 89th-minute goal – agonisingly requiring the approval of goal-line technology – seeing off Premier League side Burnley 1-0 away on Saturday. “It’s unheard of in modern-day football,” goalscorer Sean Raggett said of Lincoln’s feat. “Crazy! Unbelievable!” The last non-league team to reach the last eight was Queens Park Rangers in 1914. Lincoln were playing in the last 16 for the first time in 130 years. Lincoln’s FA Cup run started in October when the team needed a replay to get past Guiseley, a rival in the country’s fifth-tier National League. Since the turn of the year, Lincoln – a sleepy cathedral city in the East Midlands – has had cup fever, with Cowley’s men eliminating second-tier League Championship teams Ipswich and Brighton. Burnley were another proposition entirely. This was a team with the third-best home record in the Premier League, a team that held runaway leaders Chelsea to a draw in its last match, a team that made some changes to its team, but still retained most of its key players with the quarter-finals in sight. Lincoln, though, rose to the challenge. Matt Rhead, a giant throwback of a striker who was working in a factory four years ago, caused problems with his height and presence. Nathan Arnold, a winger who has worked as a hairdresser in his spare time, was a constant threat down the right with his pace. In the end, the key moment came when a deep corner was headed back across goal and Raggett rose above a crowd of Burnley defenders at the far post to nod goalwards. The ball just about crossed the line before Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton clawed it away. Results: Burnley 0 Lincoln City 1; Huddersfield 0 Manchester City 0; Middlesbrough 3 Oxford Utd 2; Millwall 1 Leicester 0; Wolves 0 Chelsea 2.
Rhea Dimaculangan and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERPetron Blaze Spiker Aiza Maizo-Pontillas is no stranger to winning individual awards.And she added another hardware to her collection Thursday night, taking home the MVP in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Thursday after helping Petron dethrone F2 Logistics in five sets, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES 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’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “I think I’m more pressured right now because I won the MVP,” said Maizo-Pontillas, who won several MVPs when she bannered University of Santo Tomas in the Shakey’s V-League.READ: Petron claims PSL All-Filipino title, sweeps F2FEATURED 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’Maizo-Pontillas likened her MVP trophy to being part of the national team, as immense pressure comes along with with both distinctions.“This MVP trophy is like being named to the national team because not only does it bring pressure but the expectation for you to perform well is also there,” said Maizo-Pontillas, who had 14 points in the title-clinching game. View comments Cignal’s diminutive defensive ace Jheck Dionela was the conference’s Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “But I will still work hard to show that I deserve the MVP.”Maizo-Pontillas’ teammate and fellow UST alum Rhea Dimaculanagan, meanwhile, won the Best Setter award.READ: Petron blanks F2, closes in on PSL titleMika Reyes also took an individual trophy for Petron, winning the 2nd Best Blocker Award while silver medalist Mary Joy Baron was named the Best Blocker.Foton teammates EJ Laure and Jaja Santiago won the Best Outside Spiker and Best Opposite Spiker trophies, respectively, while F2 Logistics’ Ara Galang was named the 2nd Best Spiker.ADVERTISEMENT Froome loses Tour lead to Aru, Bardet wins 12th stage Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ