NFL-DECALSNFL to allow social justice decals on helmetsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names. Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names once a final agreement has been reached with the players’ association. The program will continue for the entire season.In other NFL news: The team, tentatively named Angel City, will bring the league to 11 teams. Louisville FC joins the nine current NWSL clubs next season. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, who is president in the majority-female group. Others involved include actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Uzo Aduba. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-COLLINSDanielle Collins kicked out of World TeamTennis for COVID violationUNDATED (AP) — Danielle Collins has been kicked out of World TeamTennis for breaking the league’s COVID-19 protocols.WTT CEO Carlos Silva says Collins left The Greenbrier resort hosting all of the matches during the league’s three-week season and went out of the state of West Virginia.Collins is a 26-year-old American who was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 23 and currently is No. 51. She was playing for the Orlando Storm at WTT, which took all nine of its teams and put them at The Greenbrier, where the season began July 12 and ends Aug. 2. Associated Press Manager Terry Francona said the group had an “honest” conversation and he came away proud of how it was handled by all involved.Francona stressed that nothing has been resolved over the controversial topic.The franchise recently announced it was in the early stages of meeting with the community and appropriate stakeholders “to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.” The Indians’ move coincided with the recent decision by Washington’s NFL team to drop the name Redskins, which had been decried as being racist for decades.Cleveland removed its contentious Chief Wahoo logo from its game jerseys and caps. Fans, however, can still buy merchandise bearing the red-faced, toothy mascot that became a symbol of hatred to some and civic pride to others.In other MLB news:— The Dodgers have optioned infielder Gavin Lux and agreed on a one-year deal with pitcher Jake McGee. Lux arrived late to summer camp and has appeared in only a few of the team’s intrasquad games. Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez have also gotten starts at second base. McGee was placed on waivers by Colorado last week. The 33-year-old left-hander was 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 225 games in four years with the club. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season. July 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-INDIANS-NAME CHANGEIndians players, owner meet to discuss potential name changeCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s players met Tuesday with owner Paul Dolan to discuss a potential name change for the team, which has been called the Indians for the past 105 years. Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday. Tickets will not be sold after Friday. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry. Concession stands will be limited to mostly prepackaged foods. WOMEN’S SOCCER-LOS ANGELESPortman, Nortman to bring women’s soccer team to LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women’s Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-CITI OPENAugust tournament in Washington, D.C. is canceledWASHINGTON (AP) — The hard-court tournament in the nation’s capital that was supposed to mark the official return of men’s professional tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic has been canceled. But the group in charge of the U.S. Open immediately said the tuneup’s cancellation “in no way impacts” its Grand Slam event. The Citi Open tournament in Washington had been scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying. It was called off Tuesday because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” The number of coronavirus cases has been spiking in spots throughout the United States.The men’s and women’s pro tours both have been suspended since March and are planning to return next month. The first event on the most recently announced calendar is a women’s tournament in Palermo, Italy, starting Aug. 3. — Washington’s NFL team has hired TV reporter, anchor and host Julie Donaldson to oversee its broadcast operation and be a member of a three-person radio booth for games. Donaldson will be the first woman to be a regular on-air member of an NFL radio broadcast booth. The move comes less than a week after longtime broadcaster Larry Michael announced he was leaving Washington after 16 years. A day after his departure was made public, Michael was among the team executives named in a Washington Post report about sexual harassment by club employees.— Veteran defensive end and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. He also played for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.— The Panthers have now signed all seven draft picks. The team signed its final six unsigned draft picks, including second-round draft picks Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn on Tuesday. Also signed were fourth-round selection Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame, fifth-round pick Kenny Robinson Jr. from West Virginia, sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy from Baylor and seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver from Florida International. First-round pick Derrick Brown from Auburn signed back in May. NBA-JAZZ-SLOAN TRIBUTEJazz to remember Sloan with patch SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. The team also plans to wear jerseys with a commemorative black strip and the same “1223” design next season. Other tributes will be announced later.INDY 500 FANSAttendance at Indy 500 will be 25% of capacityINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” TRUMP-JIM RYUNTrump to honor former track star, congressmanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday.The Wichita native entered the record books in 1964 at age 17 by becoming the first high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress.
He said: “As a government that believes in doing things for the generality of the populace, the Rivers State Government is proud to be associated with Polo.“Port Harcourt Polo Club in its own unique way, put up the Golden Jubilee Polo Tournament to celebrate Rivers State @50.Wike assured the Port Harcourt Polo Club of the continued support for the sport, noting that awareness for the game will be heightened.He appealed to the people of the state to support all aspects of the Rivers Golden Jubilee Celebration.Kobani handed out prizes and trophies to winners at the polo tournament.He was assisted by the Alternate Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee, Chief Onueze Okocha, SAN.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Polo players from across the country gathered in Port Harcourt at the weekend for the Rivers @ 50 Polo Tournament hosted by the Port Harcourt Polo Club.Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Kenneth Kobani during the polo tournament stated that the popularity of polo as a sport is growing across the state.The governor said that Polo is no longer a sport exclusively for the elite as it is now a sport for all lovers of competition.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Clad in a snazzy red, white and blue uniform and squeaky clean sneakers with a microphone in hand, 6-foot-9, 250-pound Big Easy stood at center court midway through the third quarter.“Hey fans, who wants a Toyota?” he shouted, pointing to the left then the right, bobbing his head and acting as if a sleek car were actually in the building, ready to be given to one lucky fan. He walked toward the stands, scanning the audience for a viable candidate. 20 seconds, two layups. One fan would get a chance.After much deliberation, he chose an elderly-looking man wearing a brown plaid suit and a Safari hat. The man walked out in no particular rush, grabbing the ball from Big Easy and turning to face the basket.He made the first layup and then went into slow motion, trudging down the court in snail mode. The clock ticked down to nine as he crossed half court. 5. 4. 3. Then, all of a sudden, he accelerated and burst up toward the rim, dunking the ball with authority as time expired, cementing his feet on the backboard and hanging upside down like Spiderman.Big Easy turned to the man, who was actually teammate Scooter in disguise, and grabbed him by the shoulder.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He wins a brand new Toy…Yoda,” Big Easy said, unveiling a miniature toy Yoda and handing it to Scooter, as members of the crowd cracked up at the atrocious word play and classic Globetrotter shtick. That was one of many sensational highlights fused with comedic ploys Friday night at the Carrier Dome, as the Harlem Globetrotters knocked off the Global Select 114-100 to win the World Cup Championship trophy.The night started when Globetrotter mascot Globie busted out his snazziest dance moves, even executing a flawless Gangnam Style rendition with his little brother Mini Globie. The brothers channeled their inner Psy, psyching up the crowd and setting the atmosphere for what would be a highly entertaining evening for the audience.For the first time in 87 years of Globetrotter basketball, the fans had the opportunity to truly impact the game. Before each quarter, fans voted for a specific rule change they wanted to see implemented in the game. In the first quarter, that rule change was a shooter’s dream: the 4-point shot.The Select took full advantage of the rule, nailing 4-pointer after 4-pointer. But then Harlem responded with back-to-back 4s to take back the lead heading into the second quarter.Out walked Stretch. Standing at 7 feet, 4 inches, the third-tallest player in Globetrotter history, Stretch palmed the ball in his left hand high above his head as a small child looked up in awe at midcourt. After teasing her for a few seconds, Stretch bent down and handed the ball to the kid as a souvenir.On the next play, Scooter was called for a questionable foul. He objected, but Big Easy was fine with the call.“No ref, that’s a good call,” he said, handing the opposing shooter the ball.When the shooter unleashed the shot, the ball – actually a beach ball – floated up toward the roof of the Dome as an uproar of laughter ensued.Harlem guard Bull got a little carried away amid the brouhaha, though, climbing up onto the rim and kicking away a shot attempt. Goaltending was called, and, with the baskets counting for double their usual point value that quarter, the Select snatched six points in the wild exchange. Global took a 59-58 lead into halftime, but the Globetrotters were just warming up.With a two-balls-in-play rule in the third quarter, Harlem went on a run that would eventually propel them to victory. Sparked by eight points from high-flier Moose in the first two minutes of the half, the Globetrotters went on an 8-2 run, taking a 66-61 lead.They wouldn’t trail again. After a strong third quarter, the Globetrotters kicked it into another gear in the fourth, outscoring the Select 34-16 and coming away with the 14-point win.But the fourth quarter wasn’t all business. A young fan was chosen to attempt a 3-point shot – a shot that was clearly just a tad out of his range. It barely reached the paint. Upon seeing the miss, Big Easy grabbed the kid by the collar and hoisted him into the air, visibly infuriated.Big Easy calmed down, though, instructing the fan to move to the free throw line and give it another shot. Another airball. Another shot, another airball. The trend continued, until finally, Big Easy knew he had to think creatively. He asked his teammates Bull, Scooter and Bones to gather around the paint and pray for the shooter.They got on their knees, clasping their hands and looking toward the rim in desperation.The next three shots all ricocheted off Bull’s head, as he contorted his body so the ball would bounce off his glistening, bald scalp. Each time he fell to the ground, while the crowd continued to enjoy the entertainment.The fan kept missing, but his shots were getting closer. Then players from the Select came out and bent down to the ground as well, willing the ball to go in the basket.And on the 11th try after swirling around the rim, it did, capping off a night of made baskets, priceless entertainment and happy endings for the fans. Comments Published on February 9, 2013 at 1:03 am Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass
Published on October 10, 2015 at 11:00 am Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on South Florida (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) in its final nonconference game of the year. The Orange could get two-thirds of the way to bowl eligibility with a win at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. See how our beat writers think the game will unfold.Sam Blum (4-0)By the hornsSyracuse 31, South Florida 17Syracuse continues its successful season by pulling away late from USF. Eric Dungey flashes the same potential that excited everyone before his injury against Central Michigan, and all is well in Orangeland.Jesse Dougherty (3-1) Florida Oranges Syracuse 28, South Florida 20Syracuse caps nonconference play with a convincing win over South Florida, which scores late after trailing by two scores for most of the second half. Dungey is slow to start but heats up as the game does.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman (4-0)Bull rushSyracuse 27, South Florida 21Syracuse’s defensive front is a little too much for mobile quarterback Quinton Flowers and USF running back Marlon Mack. Dungey and Ervin Philips guide SU to a win in their return from injury.Paul Schwedelson (4-0)Almost bull eligibleSyracuse 21, South Florida 20The weakness of Syracuse’s defense this year has been its secondary but luckily for SU, the Bulls pass just 36 percent of the time. Another turnover-free Dungey performance allows the Orange to squeak out the win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team made a commanding statement this weekend after sweeping No. 16 Texas A&M University and No. 2 University of Texas on the road.Last weekend the Badgers returned to Madison with questions swirling after an early-season stumble to No. 11 University of North Carolina and a crushing injury to junior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis. But this weekend, the Badgers returned home with back-to-back statement wins over top-20 Texas A&M and the second-best team in the land — Texas.Wisconsin (8-1) came out with its foot on the gas in Friday night’s clash with the No. 16 Aggies. UW took the first set, flying to a 25-16 advantage. Before Texas A&M (6-5) had a chance to breathe, the Badgers were up 2-0 after Wisconsin took the second set 25-17.The Aggies would respond in the third set with a much closer finish, but UW still emerged on top with a 25-23 win to sweep its opponent 3-0 on the night. Freshman outside hitter Molly Haggerty set both a career high and new school record with 27 kills through only three sets in the Badgers’ 3-0 rout over Texas A&M.Wisconsin also out blocked the Aggies 11-5 as part of six-block efforts from senior server Lauren Carlini and sophomore middle blocker Tionna Williams. The Badgers managed a 45-40 advantage in digs as well, with junior outside hitter Kelli Bates posting a match-high 14 saves.Despite having to travel from College Station to Austin between Friday night and Sunday afternoon’s battle with Texas, the Badgers returned to the court with electric performance to knock off the No. 2 Longhorns.Wisconsin fought valiantly in the first two sets but ultimately fell 25-21 and 26-24, respectively. After falling behind 2-0 in sets facing the No. 2 team in the nation on the road, the Badgers were in a tough spot to say the least. But Sunday’s game was far from over.With its back against the wall, UW surged back to take the third set 25-23. The Badgers built off of the momentum from the resiliency and took the fourth set 25-21 to force a fifth and final set.After sliding through the previous two sets and allowing the Badgers claw their way back to 2-2 tie, Texas finally regained its footing. The fifth set was so close that it could not be determined by a plus two advantage for the first team with 15. The Badgers would carry the game to a 20-18 finish and complete the comeback by winning the last three consecutive sets to escape the road trip with a perfect 2-0 record.For Wisconsin, a win over the No. 2 Longhorns means so much more than just a quality victory over one of the best teams in the country. In last year’s NCAA tournament, sixth-seeded Texas made a run all the way to the national championship, where they were defeated by current No. 1 University of Nebraska.A win like this is a sign of key progress and an indicator that this year’s team has what it takes to defeat programs that have competed on the highest stage. UW has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the regular season over the past three years, but getting over that hump to compete in a national championship has been something the Badgers have struggled to do.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 4, 2019 at 6:41 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman On Saturday afternoon against the defending national champions, the moment was too big for Syracuse, senior outfielder Bryce Holmgren said.The moment was too big for Holmgren and the seniors, who combined to go 0-for-7 at the plate on Senior Day.But it wasn’t just the seniors. Syracuse’s whole lineup managed just three hits in total.Too big for junior ace Alexa Romero, who allowed eight earned runs and walked four in 4.2 innings.In the fifth inning, a seven-run barrage from No. 5 Florida State (47-8, 18-5 Atlantic Coast) was too much for Syracuse (21-30, 8-15 ACC). The six hits — two that left the ballpark — and one error in the top of the fifth snowballed the game out of reach, head coach Shannon Doepking said. A competitive 2-1 game turned into a 9-1 slaughter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We gave them the opportunity to put up seven runs,” Doepking said. “Nothing good ever happens when you let a team like that open the door, and good God, did they kick the door in.”To lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, senior Alicia Hansen reached on an error, and later scored on sophomore Neli Casares-Maher single in the hole between shortstop and third. Hansen’s run cut Florida State’s lead in half, to 2-1. Syracuse’s dugout had hope; they realized they could score on Florida State, Hansen said.But the hope quickly vanished. FSU catcher Anna Shelnutt started the inning with a home run down the left field line. Romero held her head down as she walked back to the circle after the hit. The Seminoles entered the game with 81 home runs on the season, tied for fourth-most in the country, so Shelnutt’s rocket didn’t bother Doepking as much as the walk to the next two batters.“You put yourself in a situation where you have runners on first and second with one of the best hitters in the country,” Doepking said of Sydney Sherrill.Sherrill (.427 BA, 13 HR) lined a double off first baseman Alex Acevedo’s glove, which trickled down the right field line and scored one run. Sherrill’s hit gave FSU a 4-1 advantage with no outs in the inning.Romero got the next Seminole to pop out to shortstop on a riseball, but runners remained at second and third base with junior Dani Morgan coming up. Though Morgan flew out to shallow right field, the FSU runner on third tagged up and barely slid under catcher Gianna Carideo’s tag, despite a nearly perfect throw from Lailoni Mayfield.Romero, who was backing up Carideo on the throw, threw her hands behind her head in disbelief at the umpire’s call.“That was a really great throw from Lailoni,” Romero said. “I thought she was out, but he called her safe.”The run gave Syracuse the second out of the inning, but three runs had already crossed home to push FSU’s lead to 5-1. And the Seminoles weren’t finished.On Romero’s first pitch after the play at the plate, Cassidy Davis drove a poorly-located pitch over the fence in right-center field for the third FSU homer of the afternoon. After Davis rounded the bases, Florida State held a 7-1 lead.“The few pitches they hit home runs off of,” Romero said, “they were just bad pitches that they took advantage of.”A double and a single on consecutive at-bats ended Romero’s start. Those two hitters scored on a single and a throwing error.When reliever Sophie Dandola struck out Cali Harrod to finally end the inning, the Seminoles had already scored seven runs, all charged to Romero. The Orange retreated to the dugout with their heads down, facing an insurmountable 9-1 deficit.“We’re pretty much expecting Lex to be perfect to give us a chance,” Doepking said, “and I don’t think that’s fair.”Romero hasn’t been perfect, but the lack of hitting puts incredible pressure on the lefty and shrinks the room for error, Doepking said.With one game against FSU remaining before the ACC tournament, SU has lost five of its last six contests. Syracuse’s softball program is “nowhere close” to Florida State’s, Doepking said, but SU wants to rise to the occasion and compete against the defending champs, like it did until the top of the fifth inning.“We’re more than capable of beating this team,” Hansen said. “We proved that when we hung with them in the beginning.” Comments
Related News NBA free agency: Danny Green explains why he signed with Lakers ESPN’s report states Irving has a total of eight incentives he is “unlikely” to reach that become more difficult in each year of his contract. The Nets are asking Irving to play in 70 games, shoot 88.5 percent from the free throw line and make at least 2.8 3-pointers per game in the regular season, among other things. He has played more than 70 regular season games three times in his eight-year career, is a career 87.5 percent free throw shooter and has averaged 2.8 3-pointers per game once (2017-18).There are team incentives that would likely require Irving to help Brooklyn rise to the cream of the crop as a unit statistically — on both sides of the ball. It didn’t rank better than 15th in offensive or defensive rating in 2018-19, according to NBA.com. Brooklyn has structured the contracts of its two stars in an interesting way.The Nets signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to four-year, max deals this summer with player options in 2022-2023, but the duo will have to meet some specific requirements to get all their money, according to a report from ESPN. Brooklyn included approximately $1 million apiece for the two in yearly performance-based incentives in a likely attempt manipulate cap space favorably. These marks won’t be easy to reach. On the other hand, Durant, who will likely miss most if not all of 2019-20 while recovering from a ruptured Achilles, has his own unique set of expectations. Durant receives his bonus if the Nets make the playoffs, win 43 or more games, he appears in 50 or more games or makes the All-Star team. While the two-time Finals MVP has had plenty of success in the past, it’s unclear how such a serious injury will affect his turnaround.Brooklyn was considered to have won 2019 free agency before the Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. But the Nets still have the opportunity to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference, and they’ll do everything they can to field a competitive roster in the meantime. Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal
When last November 10 Cristiano left the field, very angry, in the minute 55 of Juventus-Milan, barely wearing five goals in 12 days of Serie A and many began to wonder if the twilight of the Portuguese had arrived. It was a big mistake: the November selection stop woke up the beast, which has since become unstoppable. Christian marked tres goals before Lithuania, one before Luxembourg, then he returned to Turin and he hasn’t stopped scoring so many: he has ten in the last eight clashes from bianconero (nine in Serie A, one in the Champions League), and adds six consecutive days of calcium ‘wetting’. A goal before Sassuolo, Lazio, Sampdoria Y Rome, two against Udinese and the hat-trick with the Cagliari, the second of Juventino after the historic night with Atleti.In this grade, Cristiano takes 16 goals in 23 appearances and on Sunday he added another record to his immense medal winners: as Opta pointed out, John hansen, until now, he had been the only one to achieve 14 goals in the first 19 days from A series with the shirt of the Juventus in more than one season (he did it in the 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1952-53). Cristiano achieved these numbers in his first two years of bianconero: his exceptional moment He has returned the untouchable condition for Maurizio Sarri, which has aligned him at the start in every game since December 1, never replacing him. The technician it’s hard to use the trident, so next to it alternatesn Higuain and Dybala, that Sunday was annoying when the Pipita took its place. The triumph against Rome handed him over to the vecchia signora the winter title (two points of advantage over Inter), closing one almost perfect first lap, with 48 points: “We are back to the site that belongs to us, at the top of the rankings, “wrote the Portuguese in their social networks after the game Of course, the other team of the Italian capital, Lazio, was responsible for staining this month with the first league defeat of the course (3-1, December 7) and, above all, with the k.o. in the final of the Super Cup, that the biancocelesti they raised in riad with another 3-1.TO Cristiano and Juve, however, there are still many challenges: morning, before him Udinese, will start their adventure in the Italian Cup, the fight for Scudetto with the nerazzurri from Conte follows red hot and, above all, in Turin they want to break the badge of the Champions League. The Lyon, rival of the eighths, invites to be optimistic for the classification: with such a Christian, dream about Istanbul It is mandatory.
Ask anybody, anyone in their senior years, when were the golden days of table tennis in Jamaica, and without batting an eyelid, he or she will answer, the 1950s through to the 1980s. Those were the days of clubs like Cambridge, YMCA, Rainbow, Silver Slipper, Atomic Aces, Wilfost Aces, T’View, Hylton’s, JCYA, and Oliver’s Decorating. They were also the days of the many small clubs and church halls like Lyndhurst Methodist Church and St Matthews Anglican Church, and the York Park Fire Station, where the game used to be played regularly and religiously. Those were the days when players like Willie Estwick, Bunny McLean and Danny O’Connor, Fuarnado Roberts, Glen Mitchell, Leo Davis, Jeff Lewis, Jasper Adams, Cupidon Murray, Sammy Wright, Maurice Foster, Dave Foster, Joy Foster, Monica DeSouza, Ronnie Wills, Orville Haslam, Anita Belnavis, Ingrid Mangatal, Sandra Riettie, Roberto Byles, Stephen Hylton, Richard Stephenson and Michael Tenn used to wield their racquets. Those were the days when boys used to walk around with racquets in the back pockets and when it was five points to a set of serves, 21 points for a game, and three or five games for a match, and during those games, whenever the score reached anywhere from 15-15, or 16-16, or 17-17, or 18-18, or 19-19, it was time for “war”. In Jamaica, and in the Caribbean also, players like Roberts, Davis, Mitchell, Maurice Foster, Dave Foster, Haslam, Hylton, Joy Foster, DeSouza, and Belnavis were kings and queens, and in the Caribbean, Jamaica was tops for many, many years; many times in long, unbroken sequences. And, especially in the men’s section, Jamaica’s dominance was usually comfortable, as easy as, in those days of Swaything Cup, of 9-0 scorelines for almost all contenders. Those were the days also when Roberts once defeated former world champion Richard Bergman in a one-game ‘friendly’, and later on, those were the days of a trip by the national team to China, those were the days of a visit of a team from faraway China, of the Lovebird Table Tennis Tournament, which, year after year, brought many international stars, including a world champion like Stellan Bengtsson, to play here, and those were the days when the “nationals” were played year after year at the National Arena for four days each time, and before good crowds. Those were also the days of monthly tournaments; tournaments like the Keith Alberga Tournament and the Memorial tournament for seniors, the Scotiabank and the Jamaica National tournaments for juniors of three age groups, club tournaments for divisions one, two, and three, and, for a short time, a women’s league, and also including, for a time, the Super League Tournament, which was designed for men, women, and boys. There was also a business house tournament, for men and women played once per week, on every Thursday evening. Those were the days when DeSouza lost to the world champion Hu Yu Lan in the Round of 16 at the Asian African Latin American Friendship Tournament in China in 1973, and when Haslam defeated Trevor Taylor, the Commonwealth champion from England, during the ‘Lovebird’ of 1975. Table tennis was marked by four healthy periods in those days – the days of Roberts, the Fosters and company; Haslam, DeSouza and company, Stephenson, Tenn, Belnavis and company; and the days of Byles, Coin McNeish, Hylton, David Marshalleck, Managtal, Riettie and company. There were also the days of the promising juniors like Terrence Matthews, Ludlow Bailey, Michael Hyatt, Julie Armstrong, Sharon Becca, and Sophia Virgo. Those were the days up to the late 1980s, however. Since then, since the 1990s or so, table tennis, but for one or two occasions, and but for the one or two players like national champions Simon Tomlinson and Yvonne Foster, table tennis in Jamaica has returned almost to the days of “ping pong”. Fortunately, however, there is now a flicker of hope of a national resurrection. Once again, Jamaica has been playing the game around the country. It has procured the services of a qualified coach from a recognised table tennis country, and a country with a rich history. The hope is that Satoshi Takashima, the recently arrived Japanese coach and former Japanese national player, will contribute to Jamaica’s new approach towards building a love for the game and its climb, not only back to the days of old, but beyond, probably way beyond its previous accomplishments. Table tennis was once a big sport in this country, and it can be big again, if not as big, despite its disadvantage in the money stakes. President Godfrey Lothian is obviously not a very popular man in the fraternity, but he is attempting to spread the sport all over the country once again. He has got a coach who is now in place, he is moving the sport, and whether any one likes him, whether he played the game, he is now running the sport, and from most accounts, he is now doing well. Table tennis needed a breath of fresh air. It needed a man like Baz Freckleton despite his few weaknesses, other men like Keith Alberga, Roy Hylton, and Ken McLachlan, men who devoted their time to it, and it needed it a long time ago. It has now got some of what it wanted, it has now got a working president instead of a playing president and it has now got what it needed, a Japanese who is supposed to know the game inside and outside and one who can guide the development of Jamaica’s players. Jamaica may not, for now, produce world champions like Japan’s Ogimura, Tanaka, Hasegawa, and Itoh, Matsuzaki, Fukatsu, Morisawa, and Kowada, or rise to be world champions, but with a little luck, Jamaica may once again produce some players like Haslam and Roberts, Joy Foster and DeSouza, or even better, and rise to the top of Caribbean table tennis. MONTHLY TOURNAMENTS
Participants during a role play session.The USAID funded Maternal and Child Survival Program’s (MCSP) Human Resources for Health (HRH) project recently held a five-day gender technical update for 20 faculty members and preceptors from seven pre-service education (PSE) institutions in the country.The training was conducted from December 4-8 and coincided with this year’s just concluded observance of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign.Through role playing, group discussions and interactive games, participants in the five-day event explored key concepts on integrating gender into their workplaces and curricula by exploring topics such as: Understanding Gender and Social Norms; Gender-sensitive and Rights-based Care; Engaging Men in Sexual Reproductive Health Promotion; and Gender-based Violence.“It is very motivating to be together as educators, working through these issues and how to address them with our students,” said one participant from the Midwifery Training Program in the Southeastern Region.It is anticipated that MCSP/HRH staff, PSE faculty and preceptors will work with the regulatory bodies to develop standards that are gender sensitive with emphasis on sexual harassment and pregnancy.It is hoped that along with MCSP/HRH the PSE institutions will identify gender focal persons to create awareness in all supported schools, especially on gender-related standards, and will start discussions with the institutions to develop at least two policy documents focusing on sexual harassment and pregnancy as well as work with the schools to develop and implement a peer provider reproductive health/family planning program.The MCSP Liberia/HRH project is focused on strengthening midwifery and medical laboratory technician PSE in targeted institutions throughout the country as a part of USAID’s contribution to the health workforce program strategy for the development of a fit for purpose productive and motivated health workforce to help reduce maternal and newborn deaths.The PSE training institutions that participated in the gender technical update workshop comprised those with registered midwifery (RM) and/or medical laboratory technician (MLT) programs, including: Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA); Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences; United Methodist University (UMU); Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences; Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery; Phebe Paramedical Training Program; and Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)