NEW YORK (AP): The only bit of trouble for Roger Federer in his fourth-round match at the US Open was when he felt the tightening of a muscle at the back of the top of his left leg. Federer asked for a medical timeout after the second set against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, briefly left the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to get a quick massage from a trainer, and soon was right back at it, finishing off his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory Monday night. “It was more precaution. It’s all good. No problems there,” said Federer, who did not face a break point. “I’m not worried about it.” The state of the 36-year-old Federer’s physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows. Federer said he was worried about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny and both of those contests went five sets. On the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s. “I went from Tiafoe, then to the oldies, so that was good,” Federer joked. “Yeah, back to the ’80s.” In the quarterfinals, he’ll face someone who turns 29 this month and whose presence does not conjure good memories for Federer at the US Open: Juan Martin del Potro. Five consecutive wins Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he’s played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s streak of five consecutive championships in New York. “Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow,” Federer said. Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016. That has had an effect on his two-handed backhand, to be sure, but the righty swing that produces massive forehands and serves is still intact as Federer himself noted at his news conference and on Twitter. That was clear as del Potro shook off the effects of a fever and erased two set points while coming back from a big deficit to eliminated No. 6 Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4. When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: “Well, of course, I admire him, too. Everybody loves him.”
Western Bureau: Coach of defending champions Cornwall College, Dr Dean Weatherly, wants to maintain a 100 per cent record in this year’s daCosta Cup. Cornwall, 4-1 victors over Green Pond last Saturday, remained on a winning trail with a 3-0 victory over Irwin High yesterday in their Zone ‘A’ fixture. The winners grabbed a foothold in the game as early as the sixth minute with a strike from Denyu Ricketts. Shavon McDonald then scored from the penalty spot in the 30th before Oshane Brown sealed the win for Cornwall in the 61st. Coach Weatherly described the game as ‘a bit sub-par’ and wants his players to get more consistent pace into their game ahead of Saturday’s clash against St James High. “I was looking for a game with more pace. We did it in patches … but we have to go to the drawing board.” Weatherly said. The competition continues today with 17 games. Yesterday’s results Zone A Maldon 0 St James High 5 Green Pond 0 Anchovy 0 Zone B Hopewell 0 Knockalva 1 Green Island 3 Frome 0 Cambridge 0 Rusea’s 2 Zone D Godfrey Stewart 1 Grange Hill 1 Petersfield 1 Mannings 1 Zone E STETHS 5 B. B. Coke 0 Munro 1 Maggotty 2 Newell 0 Lacovia 0 Zone F Belair 1 Manchester 2 May Day 1 Mile Gully 11 Zone H Claude McKay 0 Edwin Allen 2 Thompson Town 0 Clarendon College 2 Zone L Titchfield 0 Happy Grove 0 Port Antonio 4 Horace Clarke 0 Zone N Garvey Maceo 1 Old Harbour 0 Kemps Hill 0 Vere 0 Bustamante 0 Central 2
Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay is brave enough to undertake the impossible. This is to offer a prediction as to what the big man is expected to do. The view here is that he will prolong this football escapade and having come to a conclusion that it is too much for him to handle, will revert to that which he knows best. He has to decide some time in 2019 as he will need to refocus to take on the Tokyo Olympics which is in the following year. All this might seem like wishful thinking, but it would have needed a brave individual to predict the stellar performances that came after 2002 when he first tickled the world with his class. What must be realised in all this is that Usain Bolt is a special athlete, the likes of whom the world might never see again. This has to be respected as his future in the sport he has supposedly exited is contemplated. The loss of a single gold medal is not going to change this as he is a true legend, and that, too, will not change. – For feedback: email – laurieFoster2012@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/lauriefoster Bolt’s Requirements All this is coming two months after the club’s boss, Peter Stoger, after seeing Bolt in training, outlined what he needed to do to earn a professional deal. He commented to the Sunday Express, “I think he is talented but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.” He ended by saying, “The physique he needs for his other sport is clearly different from what he needs for football but it was really fun for us.” For this columnist, this suggests that there is little hope for Bolt in his new role. Knowing Bolt from his antics over time, however, it is not surprising that he would wish to continue to pursue his football dream. He has often shown a liking for Manchester United but if that, too, seems elusive, one cannot see him walking away from the glare of cameras only because the words from Dortmund are not encouraging. However, Foster’s Fairplay believes that he will weigh his options, and this is not to be taken to rule out a return to sprinting. This is what legends do, and the access to a world where he has been crowned on so many occasions might just be too tempting. At 32 years old and a possible three years in his favour, a lot depends on how he is received if and when he enters competitive football. That will be a lot more than just a training session, and the demands could prove more onerous than even he anticipated. Prediction The final chord in the Nesta Carter retroactive drug test saga was struck last week. It all started when it was decided that substances which were undetectable under a former testing regime could be up for analysis up to 10 years after, as a result of the introduction of updated technology. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there could be no return of the male sprint relay gold medal won by Jamaica when the team was disqualified several years after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The entire team, including a reserve, Dwight Thomas, who ran in the preliminaries, was sanctioned. They were Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, Carter and the legend himself, Usain Bolt. Carter, who led off in the final, has expressed his disappointment with the outcome and Bolt has preferred to continue to savour the actual win experience. Meanwhile, news out of the Borussia Dortmund football camp is that the triple treble minus one legend has impressed in a workout encounter, scoring a header as well as a penalty kick in a shoot-out. The report ended with,” Now it remains to be seen how his football career progresses.”
Team Canada’s Dave ‘Fast and Furious’ Leblond and his technical team have said that there will be no boxing match between him and Jamaican Michael ‘Wasp’ Gardener in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series tomorrow night. This is because Gardener weighed 151lbs at today’s weigh-in ahead of tomorrow’s bout. On Saturday, Team Canada promoter Tyler Buxton told The Gleaner that his boxers have said they will not allow their opponents to continue showing up for fights overweight and compete while surrendering what is considered a small fraction of their match purse for the night. With the competition being contested in the welterweight division, fighters cannot be over 147lbs, however, it is understood that at yesterday’s pre-weigh-in, Gardener registered 154lbs on the scale, and after losing three pounds since, he could not get rid of the further four pounds needed within the two hours he was given after weighing this afternoon. Gardener’s trainer, Castro Brown, confirmed that the fighter had been overweight, but told The Gleaner that the fight was still on as negotiations took place and the issue was settled. However, Buxton refuted these claims, saying no such agreement had been reached. Contender promoter Mark Kenny declined to comment on the matter when contacted.
– Excelsior 2 – 1 St. Catherine – Campion 0 – 6 Jamaica College – Cumberland 0 – 1 STATHS – St George’s College 3 – 0 Papine – Kingston College 2 – 0 Calabar – Tivoli 0 – 1 Innswood Yesterday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Results: Anthony Patrick, coach of St Catherine High School’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup team, knew a bevy of schools would be gunning for their heads because of their strong start to the competition and as such made adjustments defensively to stave off the attacks. However, Excelsior High School breached their back-line twice to end their dream start to season yesterday after a 2-1 win at their Courtney Walsh Oval home on Mountain View Avenue. St Catherine came into the contest unblemished, having scored 36 goals without conceding. Their record thrust them into spotlight as one of the schools that could make a deep run in the competition this year, but Patrick believes his side needs to plug the holes in their defence in order for that to happen. “We have to make some adjustments defensively. We knew all season that we were having some problems defensively and we tried to correct it, but we have to do better,” Patrick said. “We have two centre-backs who are six footers and they made some five footers get around them today.” He continued: “We knew Excelsior were going to come like this. The first game we beat them 2-0 at home. We got a little bit carried away today (yesterday) but we still have a lot of confidence and when you look at the changes that we made today you could see the difference.” Rohan Beadle put Excelsior in front in the 35th minute when he struck the ball over the head of the St Catherine custodian, who was caught off his line and when Damorney Hutchinson headed home in the 62nd minute to double their lead, it sent students and supporters the Mountain View-based institution into delirium. John-Christoff Pringle threatened a comeback for St Catherine in the 73rd minute, when he fired home a rebound, but Excelsior’s constant press suggested that it would be hard for them to get back. Patrick, who led Bridgeport High School to Manning Cup titles in 2001 and 2006, believes his side still has what it takes to go all the way. “We know that we have the team to go all the way and as I said, once we make the adjustments then we should be tough to beat,” Patrick said. Excelsior’s coach, Daniel Riley, said the victory should serve as a warning to those who are not taking his team’s title hunt seriously. “We are going after it so if you don’t want to take us serious we will just continue to score and beat teams,” Riley said. The result means that both teams are locked on 18 points but St Catherine lead the group on goal difference. Adjustments needed
The Windies had the worst possible start they could have imagined as Brathwaite was bowled on the last ball of the first over for nought by Shakib. Four runs later, Mehidy got one to keep straight and go through bat and pad to bowl Kieran Powell for four. Soon after, Sunil Ambris became the third victim, also bowled by Shakib. Roston Chase made a first ball duck, bowled by Mehidy, and Shai Hope became Mehidy’s third wicket, when he too was bowled for 10. The Windies were left reeling on 29/5 after 12 overs. Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich planted themselves at the crease, despite several appeals and shouts, and played their natural but cautious game. Hetmyer, for his 32, accounted for three fours, while Dowrich’s 17 included one four. The Windies recovered somewhat to close their first innings reply on Day two on 75/5, still some 433 runs adrift of Bangladesh’s first innings total. Mehidy Hasan was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking 3/36, while Shakib Al Hasan had 2/15. DHAKA, Bangladesh: The Windies bowlers and batsmen were put through the wringer by Bangladesh on the second day of the second Test match in Dhaka, with Bangladesh taking firm control of the first innings. Resuming on their overnight total of 259/5, Bangladesh wasted no time in going after the Windies bowlers. By the end of the first session, they added well over 100 runs to their total while losing no wickets. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah punished the Windies bowlers, who had no answers on a pitch that offered no assistance. The pair posted a mammoth 111-run partnership before Kemar Roach broke it, removing Shakib for 80. The Bangladesh tail-enders frustrated the Windies as they continued building partnerships. Mahmudullah then got a trusted partner in Liton Das and the pair added 92 runs to the total before Das was bowled by Kraigg Brathwaite trying to reverse sweep. Mehidy Hasan did not stick around too long, on 18, Jomel Warrican had him caught behind. Taijul Islam joined Mahmudullah, the pair added 56 runs together, when Brathwaite got his second wicket, that of Taijul for 26. Mahmudullah eventually fell for 136, bowled by Warrican. Bangladesh ended the innings on 508 all out. Kraigg Brathwaite returned the best bowling figures for the Windies, taking 2/57, while Kemar Roach has 2/61, Jomel Warrican 2/91, Devendra Bishoo 2/109 and Shermon Lewis 1/69. WORST START
J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Limited has struck a double deal with the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation to host mentorship sessions for the nation’s youth, and deliver a special prize – the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award – at the yearly RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award. The wines and spirits company has been an event sponsor of the annual RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards since its inception 57 years ago and JWN Chairman Clement Lawrence highlighted the initiatives during the event launch on Wednesday, November 28, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. “I am happy to say that the RJR Foundation and the J. Wray & Nephew Foundation will be collaborating to host a mentoring session in 2019. This session will see an athlete or athletes sharing their experience with youngsters from the JWN communities, and in so doing inspire the next generation of leaders and nation-builders,” said Lawrence. The JWN Foundation is hugely involved in philanthropy and focuses largely on communities surrounding its business operations at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth and New Yarmouth in Clarendon. Lawrence, who is also chairman of the JWN Foundation, highlighted its mantra of ‘transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’, under the pillars of education, social inclusion and culture. “Sports, although not specifically named, is integral to all three – our sports heroes often have personal stories of triumph over tremendous adversities; they often come to the fore via an educational institution; and without a doubt they become cultural icons,” he outlined. “J. Wray & Nephew recognises the fact that sports can teach lessons that are applicable to all aspects of life,” Lawrence added. The company’s upgraded sponsorship package also includes an award to the guest speaker, which is named in the honour of JWN’s world-renowned Master Blender, Joy Spence. Guest speakers have included prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Dr Keith Mitchell, as well as other notable and inspirational personalities, such as former men’s 400m hurdles world record holder, the United States’ Edwin Moses, Jamaica-born British Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, Jamaica-born US Olympic gold medallist, Sanya Richards-Ross, UWI Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, former West Indies fast bowlers Courtney Walsh and Michael Holding, now international cricket coach and commentator, respectively, and Senator Don Wehby. Four men and eight women have been nominated for this year’s awards. They are (men) – Fedrick Dacres, Ronald Levy and O’Dayne Richards (track and field), and Chris Binnie (squash). The women are Alia Atkinson (swimming), Khadija Shaw (football), Stafanie Taylor (cricket) and track and field athetes Aisha Praught-Leer, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Janieve Russell. There were four nominations for the People’s Choice Awards – Reggae Girlz (football), Brianna Williams (track and field), Nico Yeyo (boxing) and, AndrÈ Russell (cricket).
The Albion Community Centre Ground will once again come alive on Old Year’s Night when Chutney Soca Resolution is held to ring in the New Year. The event is promoted by Dreamz Unlimited Promotion and will feature live performances by several regional and local artistes.Trinidad’s Chutney Soca artiste Saleem Beharry, also called “Master Saleem” is expected to perform before a large audience along with GI, Mystic, Steven Ramphal, Bunty Singh, Saint, Righteous and Kady Kish.In addition, “Party Boss” WR Reaz along with Deejay Dauren, Selector Andy and others will add some flavour to the show with the best hits and mixes on the console. The Shalita Dancers and the Shakti Strings Orchestra will add some steam to the party.One of the main attractions will be the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Tickets for the event cost $1500 in advance and $2000 for vehicle passes. These tickets will be available at Imran and Sons and Imran and Daughter General Store; Fresh Direct – Albion; Sankar and Sons – Williamsburg; Sensation Phone Store – Springlands; Turning Wheels – Rose Hall and Sham Beer Garden.Gates open at 18:00h with showtime commencing at 20:00h.
Guyanese fashion icon, Sonia Noel has recently launched the cover of her new book as a gift to herself for her 47th birth anniversary.MOTHERHOOD – The Mountains and the Valleys will comprise stories based on the highs and lows of motherhood and valuable lessons learnt.Noel’s elder daughter, Mariska Jordan Fiedtkou, who has a six-year-old son, will be contributing a chapter to this new book. Also, Noel’s mother, Claudia John, will be sharing her story through the latest literary work of her eldest child.Noel shared an excerpt from the book on social media and people are already excited. The fashion designer recently concluded a successful motivational tour to 14 cities in the United States of America (USA) as she promoted her last book.The tour started in New York City at the Guyana Consulate in Manhattan where all four books were presented. Living with Intention – Beyond the Runway and the two anthologies WOMEN ACROSS BORDERS were well received.The second stop was New Jersey where Jacqui Phillips – who is a celebrity makeup artist and one of the co-authors of WOMEN ACROSS BORDERS hosted that leg of the event.Some of the other cities and states visited were Cambridge, Malden, Boston, Connecticut, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando.While in Washington, DC, the Guyanese Ambassador was invited to make a presentation on Capitol Hill on the importance of creative sector to the Caribbean.Veteran journalist Francis Quamina Farrier and businessman Gerry Gouveia delivered brief remakes and congratulated Noel for her continued determination. Sonia Noel not only showcased her books but also made a presentation on her literary journey.Apart from the motivational talks, fashion was also featured on the tour. The positive energies permeated the air at every event; and on some occasions the books were sold.Upon her return to Guyana, she is living with intention and living true to the first sentence in the book. Determination, faith, focus, self –discipline and consistency can really make anything a reality.
We’vealways had a problem with crime in Guyana, but the situation has become untenable under the Coalition.We have a President who defends that the mother of all crimes is narcotics, when in fact it is poverty and social disparities that engender crime, including narco-trade. At the same time, President Granger has cultivated the image of being a criminal-lover by releasing almost one hundred prisoners to date, without ensuring that proper rehabilitation measures were implemented to guarantee their successful reintegration in society. It is therefore unsurprising that quite a few of the same pardoned criminals went right back to re-engaging in illicit activities, some of which they were previously condemned.At the same time, we have a Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who, albeit being forced to dwell in Granger’s shade, was handed a diminished portfolio which is a now but a mere shadow of what the Home Affairs Ministry used to be. But even with his reduced responsibilities, Ramjattan has to date been incapable of fighting crime, much less containing it.The alarming crime rate is intrinsically tied to several factors, notwithstanding the President’s notorious leniency towards criminals. Socioeconomic issues, such as chronic unemployment, the current economic stagnation, the lack of private investments, inaccessibility to higher learning for young people, or decent jobs for young professionals, etc, all engender poverty, which in turn contributes to the increase in crime.Perhaps it is the President’s laissez-faire attitude and the Public Security Ministry’s incompetence in cracking down on crime, that have invested criminals with a sense of immunity from law and order, resulting in their reinforced brazen attacks on Guyanese from all backgrounds combined. But if we can be certain of one thing, it is that Guyanese are fed-up of the Government’s inaptitude in proposing a durable, long-term strategy to fight crime and its root cause. The recent gunning down of young man in Albouystown has resulted in the people of the neighbourhood in question, to demand that President Granger “step-up” to put a muzzle on crime.But in all appearance their call has gone unanswered and President Granger continues to show reticence in holding the much awaited press conference he owes to the Guyanese people. One might rightfully venture that the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is afraid to acknowledge his cumulated failures to people, but also, that he has no regard for democratic principles such as transparency and accountability.Today, however, I join my voice to those of thousands of my frustrated country-women and men, and ask President Granger to come out and face us, the people of Guyana. President Granger must tell us what he has done so far to secure the future of Guyana’s youth, to lift us out of poverty and by extent, break the vicious cycle of crime.Why is it that contrary to his campaign promises, President Granger claims that it is not the Government’s responsibility to provide jobs for young people? Why will the President and his administration not take responsibility for the thousands of jobs lost in both the private and public sectors since 2015? Is it not the Government’s responsibility to create sustainable policies which stimulate economic growth and job creation? Is this President Granger’s definition of a socially inclusive and cohesive society?Why is cook-up rice, plantain chips and cassava chips the President’s best employment strategy on his Public Interest show? When should we expect real solutions to Guyana’s problems on the Public Interest show? Where is President Granger’s long-promised crime-fighting strategy and what are all those military-trained advisors who were hired, doing to contain and reduce crime?If President Granger cannot be a man of his words and live up to his own promises, then perhaps he should stop wasting time and hard-earned tax-dollars on his weekly propaganda dubbed Public Interest, and focus the country’s resources on tackling poverty and crime.President Granger and his administration have done little to prove their worth so far. Instead, they are draining the energy out of Guyana and sucking the marrow out of our people.
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