Serena eyes challenge of post-baby comeback

first_imgWilliams, who announced her engagement to Reddit social media site co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December, revealed Wednesday that she is having a baby, in a Snapchat photo with the caption “20 weeks.”If her timing was precise, it would mean Williams won the Australian Open, her 23rd Grand Slam crown to set an Open Era record, without dropping a set on January — while eight weeks pregnant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnREAD: Serena Williams expecting baby this yearIt would also mean she could give birth during the US Open, which begins on August 28. MOST READ Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, told AFP only that Serena “is expecting a baby this fall” and “looks forward to returning in 2018.”After the flurry of well-wishes, a question quickly came to the fore: can Williams, who turns 36 in September, return from having her first child and overtake Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns?Moreover — would she even want to?READ: Serena beats Venus to win record 23rd Slam title“This is another one of those ultimate challenges for Serena Williams, say around the age of 37, to try and tie Margaret Court,” said Pam Shriver, a 1980s US tennis star-turned-commentator for ESPN.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte ‘Anything is possible’While former rival Lindsay Davenport and onetime world number one Tracy Austin question her motivation to return after motherhood, Serena should have her chance to join the select group of mom Slam winners, and match Court’s all-time mark, sometime in 2018.“Anything is possible,” Shriver said. “A lot of it is up to Serena, how fit is she going to stay during the pregnancy.”Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed almost a full year due to a pulmonary embolism.She won her next major at Wimbledon in 2012, launching a run of four Slam wins in six tries that set up “Serena Slam II” from the 2013 US Open through 2015 Wimbledon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “There’s no reason she can’t do it. What she has done in her 30s is more than any other tennis player.”Court was 29 when she gave birth to son Daniel in 1972 and the next year captured her final three Grand Slam titles, sweeping the Australian, French and US Open crowns.FighterWilliams has not backed down from challenges, injuries, age, controversy and tragedy in becoming the face of women’s tennis for most of the past two decades.She grew up in the crime-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Compton, learning the game she would come to dominate from her father Richard and practicing mainly against her older sister Venus.READ: Serena Williams shakes off rust for comeback winThey shunned the typical junior development circuit for work on their own, Venus drawing laughs when she said she expected to battle her sister for world number one — only to be proven correct in epic fashion.Serena’s storied WTA Tour career began at age 14 in 1995 in Quebec City.She then stunned top-ranked Martina Hingis to capture the 1999 US Open at age 17 for her first Grand Slam title, becoming only the second African-American woman to win a major crown after Althea Gibson.READ: Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founderWith success, though, came controversy. (FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 2016 shows Serena Williams of the US reacting after winning a point against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.Tennis great Serena Williams hinted April 19, 2017 that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned “20 weeks”. The photo, captured by US media, shows Williams in a yellow swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.Williams, 35, hasn’t played since beating her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERTSerena Williams has spent her career defying the odds, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles and becoming the oldest world number one at age 35.But now she will face perhaps the ultimate challenge — making a comeback after motherhood.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town In 2001 at Indian Wells, fans jeered Venus defaulting a semi-final to her younger sister and booed Serena in the subsequent final, which she won.Serena boycotted the event until 2015 as a result of the treatment, her father insisting racist remarks were made to him by spectators. ‘Serena Slam’Williams began the first “Serena Slam” in 2002 with wins at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open and finished the feat at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating Venus in all four finals to join Court, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Maureen Connolly as the only women to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously.Her run ended with a loss to Justine Henin in the French Open semi-finals, but she rebounded to win Wimbledon before undergoing quadriceps surgery to miss the US Open.Tragedy then struck in September 2003 when her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Serena took eight months off before making a triumphant 2004 return at Miami.READ: History beckons for Serena, Venus in the wayShe overcame a left knee injury to win the 2008 US Open at a time when tennis stardom took a back seat to other interests — fashion design, television and music.A penalty point for yelling profanity at a lineswoman cost her a 2009 US Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters, who would go on to win the 2009 US Open and two more major titles.Clijsters become the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Australia’s Evonne Goolagong in 1980 at Wimbledon. Court was the only other mom to win a Slam. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View comments WATCH: Bucks introduce Raptors players with ‘Barney’ theme songlast_img read more

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Neil’s huge save

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Neil Etheridge elevates to thwart an attack on the Walsall goal by Shrewsbury Town in England’s League One.Neil Etheridge kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel as he talked with passion and pride, his baritone reverberating inside the car.The drive from Walsall, where he was playing his club football then, to London, where he was based, took three hours. Just a few minutes after League One side Walsall’s frustrating 0-1 loss to Macclesfield Town in an FA Cup game, Etheridge was in the mood for a talk on that cold November night.ADVERTISEMENT “I stayed on Chris’ couch for three weeks,” Neil recalls. “Probably the toughest time of my life. I had no job and was nowhere close to getting the deal that I wanted. My savings [were] running out. I was really depressed and Chris was one of those friends who helped me get through that tough time.”Neil and Chris have been good friends since their days together at Fulham.Left with little option, Neil took a massive pay cut. He needed an opportunity and Charlton gave him his chance to be seen by other clubs. That stint led to a deal with Walsall, a League One side with a loyal fan base, which he nearly led to promotion to the Championship a year ago.“When you’re a player for a Premier League team, it’s easy to live in the moment, spend money and have that feeling that this career is never going to end,” says Neil, who had one Europa League appearance for Fulham. “But losing that job and dropping to the lower leagues will make you work harder and think about your future.”Etheridge went on to play 81 matches for Walsall, compiling a highlight reel of spectacular performances.Etheridge’s story takes extra significance on July 1 as he completes his lucrative move to Cardiff City, a Championship side, based in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff is looking to make a push for a place in the Premier League, and manager Neil Warnock has tipped Etheridge to be a key player in their drive back to the Premiership for the first time since 2014.The impending transfer was the reason why Etheridge had to skip the Philippines’ “friendly” against China, as well as the Asian Cup Qualifying match against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday.“I have always put the Azkals first, but this is such a big move going to Cardiff and for once I have to step back and put my career first,” he says. “This contract is surreal to me. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”Taking into account the lessons of the past, trust Neil to make the most out of this massive opportunity. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Neil knew he could have done better, but he’d also been playing the game long enough not to worry about things that were beyond his control. Make no mistake about it, he’s all about winning. But Neil knew he couldn’t get too harsh on himself, too, with every defeat.The drive is still Neil’s routine after each game. A day before the match, he travels to Walsall and stays in a hotel to prepare for the weekend game. During the season, he’s at the training ground at 9 a.m. and lifts weights in the afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundNeil’s focus and attention to detail in an effort to become the best player he can be has always been impressive ever since he started playing for the Philippines in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in Iloilo. Sure, he’s a specimen at 6 feet 3, but the swagger which has highlighted his early days with the Azkals has been replaced by an unmistakeable assurance and maturity.Neil, whose mother, Merlinda Dula, hails from Tarlac, wasn’t always this way. He loved the spotlight and the parties, but these things don’t excite him much anymore. Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player PLAY LIST 01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player01:32Neil Etheridge on PH reaching the Asian Cup for the first time00:55Neil Etheridge on his decision to not hold a soccer academy in PH this past summer01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES Remember Mario Manubay? China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img “I’ve mellowed,” Neil tells the Inquirer. Neil’s answer begged another question: What happened? “Going jobless for a few months can do that to you. It makes you appreciate things that you have now,” he replies.Three years ago, Neil thought about quitting the sport altogether. Neil was released by Fulham at the end of the 2014 season. But the timing of the release was awful because he had just aggravated an injury. Worse, he was left out by Azkals coach Thomas Dooley from the Peace Cup lineup, along with Stephan Schrock.Neil sent out a tweet in response to his omission and that didn’t sit well with Dooley. “It was a really emotional time for me and I was hoping I could get a call-up for the national team so I could play and at the same time take my mind away from the struggle of looking for a club,” the keeper says.Etheridge had been a reliable No. 1 for the Azkals. He’d been part of almost every major victory of the team since the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam. “But that (call-up) didn’t happen and I felt hurt,” he says. “It’s all in the past now.”Neil stayed at Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s place as he tried out for several clubs. Those clubs weren’t ready to give him the deal that he enjoyed at Fulham, which was just relegated to the Championship.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View commentslast_img read more

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McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday, June 14, 2017, he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never been in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand arena. The fight will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)SINGAPORE — Conor McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 has been described by critics as a novelty and a sideshow, among other things.McGregor’s camp doesn’t care what it’s called, promising only that it’ll be a contest.ADVERTISEMENT “Keep doubting us. We love it,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an interview Friday with Sports News Television. “The human element of sport is that anything can happen.”Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after winning all his 49 professional fights as a boxer, is back in training at age 40 after accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse from the mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“These are two world-class combat sport athletes,” Attar said. “Yes they come from different disciplines. Yes there are going to be different rules, so it’s going to be confined within those set of rules and we understand that. But I don’t think you can take away from (McGregor’s) ability, his power, his reach, his … all these different attributes that I think he will bring to the table.”Las Vegas oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favorite when the fight — scheduled for 12 rounds in Las Vegas at 154 pounds in a boxing ring and under boxing rules — was announced. Pinoy windsurfers bag gold in RS: One World Championships in Vietnam For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor, the wildly popular UFC star, is 21-3 in UFC fights, and is coming off a win in November against Eddie Alvarez. Although he hasn’t boxed professionally, McGregor did box while growing up and is known for his striking expertise.“Floyd’s been an amazing tactician in term of his quickness, his ability to get in there, his ability to elude punches,” Attar said. “But I think on Aug. 26, I’m bullish on the idea that that’s going to change and he is going to meet someone that is going to have the physical attributes that will potentially catch him and be that one, 49-1.”Attar said Mayweather was arguably the greatest boxer of all time, “but there’s some things that he hasn’t faced before and Conor brings those … unique differentiation attributes and strategies.“Both of their styles will cause them to engage differently than Floyd’s other competitors before Conor. And in my opinion, that’s going to yield a different result.“I’m more confident on the idea that we’re gonna be that one. 49 and one.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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LOOK: Cristiano Ronaldo introduces his twins

first_imgRonaldo, 32, shared a photo of him cradling his nurslings, who were born from a surrogate mother, on his social media pages on Thursday. Although Ronaldo has yet to confirm his twins’ identities, Portuguese news sites revealed that the twin boy was named Mateo, while the girl was named Eva, according to TMZ.“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he captioned his photo.His first son, Cristiano Jr., was also born from a surrogate mother in 2010. Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s girlfriend, model Georgina Rodriguez, is gossiped to be expecting a child as well.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESCristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid – bossRonaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New ZealandADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finaleSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos 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 Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash LATEST STORIES Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation View comments ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed “two new loves of my life.” McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

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Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao

first_imgMOST READ Pacquiao, who is defending his WBO welterweight belt, is the heavy favorite against the unbeaten and unheralded challenger in Horn.The 38-year-old Pacquiao got 46 percent in INQUIRER.net Twitter poll that garnered a total of 1,467 votes.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’However, 30 percent don’t seem to care about the fight, picking neither fighters, while the remaining 24 percent are rooting for Horn.Pacquiao holds a record of 59 wins against four losses and two draws with 38 knockouts while Horn’s card stands at 16-0-1, 11 KOs. The INQUIRER.net Twitter poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Battle of Brisbane: Mosley Jr. disappoints, Toussaint stays unbeaten Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowds End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentscenter_img LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks It’s no surprise that more followers are rallying behind Manny Pacquiao to beat hometown bet Jeff Horn in their world title fight billed as “Battle of Brisbane” Sunday in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending 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 Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastationlast_img read more

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Ricketts: We can do a good job

first_imgNew Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Michael Ricketts, says there will be no honeymoon period for his administration after he was elected to local football’s top post at the annual general meeting and voting congress at the JFF secretariat yesterday. However, he revealed that he is fully aware of the challenges facing the federation and he is confident the personnel within the ranks can move Jamaica’s football forward. “This is no honeymoon and I am very much aware of the challenges that we will face going forward. But I am absolutely sure that we have the machinery, we have the personnel that will do the repair job that is necessary,” he said. Ricketts said in the absence of the late Captain Horace Burrell many things went quiet, but insists they are ready to move again and take the sport forward. “We feel we have the full support of the board of directors and I hope we have a very positive impact going forward, and from what we have seen, there are good things on the horizon. We cannot speak of any particular arrangement, but we are working and we do hope that in short order, we will see positive change,” he said. Throughout the campaign, Ricketts’ opponent, Stewart Stephenson, received popular support. However, the new president said life is about proving your detractors wrong and he and his administration will be working to prove his doubters wrong. “Who am I that I should have no detractors? This is an election and not everybody can vote for you in an election so you are going to have detractors. So now we must work and prove our detractors wrong. We have a mandate from our directors and we will be fulfilling our mandate … and with the staff we have, plus the directors, we are pretty confident we can do a good job,” he continued. “I am a parish president and I know the challenges of the presidents, and based on my experience and the number of times I was exposed by the late Captain Burrell, I believe I have the credentials and the support to do well. But we must work together as a family in the interest of building football. We must work with the parish presidents and improve the support to the parish and once you improve support to the parishes you will improve your team and administrators. “But each component of the game will be addressed under this new administration – refereeing, coaching and administration. And we must end up with a better product, because once we have a product of high quality, then we become more marketable,” he reasoned.last_img read more

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Orville Higgins | Waiting for that WCup buzz

first_img Luddy would tell us how he had heard that Zico could kick the ball from one spot on the centre circle and it travelled all the way round and came back to him! He would tell us how Socrates could control the ball on his chest so well that sometimes it stuck there! The more bizarre the stories, the more we used to gather around him, spellbound by his almost daily repertoire of Brazilian stories. The day when Italy beat Brazil 3-2, I was worried that Luddy would commit suicide. Maradona ended the tournament in disgrace, but I had seen enough of his mercurial talent to know he would create waves. I couldn’t wait for the ’86 tournament, where Diego dazzled. He became my first non-cricket hero. Luddy now started to hate Diego only because he had surpassed the Brazilians, and he couldn’t convince anyone anymore about those wacky Brazilian tales. To this day, he won’t admit it, though. By 1990, I was a student at Church Teachers’ College. I remember hurrying out of exams to watch games. Sometimes I would take two hours to do a three-hour paper just so I could catch the kick-off. My classmates thought I was crazy. I probably was, or I was unknowingly preparing for my later profession. I argued long and hard with my college friends about that Argentina vs Brazil game where Claudio Cannigia scored after getting that pass (right-footed, by the way) from Maradona. Brazil, they said, played much better. I did not agree. I took on the whole college. My argument was simple: you cannot play better than a team and lose. We still have that argument almost 30 years later! The World Cup was more fascinating for us then because we didn’t see the footballers on TV as readily as we do now. The amount of club football being shown now has taken away from the World Cup experience for me. There is no more mystery about what a player can do. It was the World Cup we used to settle arguments about who the best players were. Nowadays, we hear that Champions League performances must carry greater weight than World Cup performances. We have become almost too familiar with the players. I will watch of course. Do not get me wrong. But now, I will watch the way you watch your favourite actor in his new movie. You do it out of the need to be entertained, not with the kind of breathless anticipation that I used to feel back in the day. Maybe I have simply grown up! – Orville Higgins is a sportscaster and talk-show host. LUDDY’S STORIES Maybe the promotional campaigns have not been good enough in both the local and overseas media. Maybe I was too caught up with the NBA playoffs and my mind has not yet made the mental switch over to football. Maybe I have watched (and been part of) too many World Cup discussions, and now I simply want the action to get underway. Maybe I am simply getting old. For some reason, the World Cup bug hasn’t quite bitten yet. I am waiting for that adrenaline rush to take over when I think about the tournament in Russia. It is not happening, and I am not sure why. Maybe I should not be questioning this. Maybe as time passes we all get less excited about certain events. Do we feel the same buzz about Christmas or birthdays at 40 as we did at 20? Should we? Maybe not. Maybe as we get older some of us adopt an “I have seen it all before” position on most things and, therefore, find it hard to feel the same level of excitement. Maybe it is unreasonable to expect that I will feel the same way about World Cups now as I did way back in the 1980s. In the build-up to the 1982 tournament, I was a mere lad, but for some reason, I remember reading with interest anything that involved Diego Maradona. He fascinated me. Not many people talk about it, but Maradona was then quite a handsome dude with an aura about him. Like the Michael Jackson of the early 1980s, Maradona grabbed my interest not just with his talent, but also his captivating image. Everybody around me was saying Brazil. Everywhere you turned, people were saying that the team with Zico and Socrates and Eder and Falcao were simply too good to lose. Maybe all that talk about Brazil made me want them to lose. In looking back now, I may have been fixated on Maradona only because I saw him as the one who would beat Brazil and shut up my neighbours. There was a fellow in my first-form class at Mannings High who used to tell us all kinds of fanciful stories about that 1982 Brazil team. God alone knows where he got his stories from. Ludlow Spence, you need to tell us where you got that over active imagination.last_img read more

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Caribbean football on the decline – Yorke

first_imgFormer Trinidad and Tobago and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said there is a major decline in football in the Caribbean and believes the governing bodies must move swiftly to address this matter. The 46-year-old Yorke, who led Trinidad and Tobago to the FIFA World Cup in 2006, said a lot more needs to be done to ensure that this rapid deterioration of the game is halted. “We have declined in football at the moment and certainly in the Caribbean region. When you look at Trinidad and Tobago, which used to produce quite a lot of players in European football, there are not many (players) now,” said Yorke. “We have seen Jamaica in decline in terms of local players being able to play in the foreign areas and so that is something that we have to look at throughout the Caribbean,” he added. LACK OF ORGANISATION “I think it is just the lack of organisation in terms of the quality of football that we are producing … . (We should) invite people to come here and have a look at the Caribbean players a lot more on a regular basis,” Yorke said. Yorke added that following the qualification of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to the World Cup in 1998 and 2006, respectively, none of the teams in the Caribbean have come close to qualifying for the football spectacle. Yoke, who retired from international football in 2007, has a Level B coaching badge in England. He noted that he would love to play a part in the development of the sport in the region, but has not been approached by any of the regional bodies. “I was very privileged to play in the English Premier League for 20 years and I have that experience and knowledge to play under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, who is arguably one of the great managers,” Yorke said. “You would feel that with your achievements that somewhere along the line that you would want to contribute something back to football here in the Caribbean and in particular in Trinidad and Tobago. I would love to contribute, but it hasn’t happened yet, but I am sure that at some point it may happen,” he said. Yorke, who is an ambassador for Manchester United, was in the island as part of a promotional tour for content on FLOW Sports, which includes the upcoming English Premier League and UEFA Champions League competitions. Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing at FLOW, underlined the value of Yorke’s visit. “We have had a number of legends here and this is really part of our partnership with Manchester United, bringing legends into the market to sort of help us connect with our costumers and connect with our Premier League property that is on FLOW Sports and also kind of build a programme to help the development of football in Jamaica,” said Redwood.last_img read more

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RJR Sports Awards | The Nominees

first_imgRJRGLEANER National Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year 2018 The Nominees Christopher Binnie (SQUASH): Jamaican squash star, Chris Binnie created history when he claimed the silver medal in the men’s singles at the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships in the Cayman Islands. In the process, he became the first Jamaican to make the finals at the prestigious tournament. Binnie then led the Jamaican men’s team to an eight place finish in the tournament, thereby gaining qualification to the 2019 Pan American Games. The 8-time Caribbean champion also earned a bronze medal at the CAC Games in Colombia and reached the round of 16 at the Commonwealth Games, defeating the then world number 13 ranked and number three seed in the tournament. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (ATHLETICS): Danniel Thomas-Dodd had her best year to date in 2018. She threw 19.36 metres to take the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and was also the second best indoor shot putter with a throw of 19.22 metres made in Birmingham at the IAAF World Indoor Championships to earn the silver medal. The Jamaican champion also made the Diamond League finallast_img read more

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3 County Creek Jam for February 19 @ Aziza Acouza

first_imgThe Aziza Acouza Resort on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway is the place to be on Sunday, February 19, for “3 County Creek Jam”.The beach-styled party will see deejays from the three counties – Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice making sure that patrons have a blast in the sun with the best music booming through the sound systems. The event is about promotion unity among deejays from across the country. Music will be provided by Silver Star Sound, Black Stone, Thunder Bolt Sound and Big Life Sound along with Fearless Squad, Afrikan Vybes and for the first time on the Creek, Stitchie One Man Band.Apart from the deejays and the fun, the delegates vying for the Miss District 4 title will be unveiled to the public for the first time. So far, several villages have confirmed their participation in the pageant.These villages include Supply, Land of Canaan, Soesdyke, Timehri, Circuitville, Yarrowkabra, Kuru Kururu Swan Turn and others.“3 County Creek Jam” is sponsored by Shakura, Banks DIH, White Castle Fish Shop, Urban Styles and Deals Unlimited. The event is promoted by Boss Level Entertainment.last_img read more

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