Thompson helps Curry-less Warriors edge Rockets

first_imgHOUSTON (AP):Golden State’s Klay Thompson covered for the absence of star player Stephen Curry by scoring 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 114-110 win at Houston on Thursday.Having suffered only their second defeat of the season on Wednesday when Curry missed his first game due to a lower leg injury, the Warriors found just enough to compensate for the loss of the reigning league MVP and edged the Rockets.Among other results on New Year’s Eve, Oklahoma City hung on to send Phoenix to a seventh successive loss, and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a perfect five-game road trip by defeating New Orleans.Golden State’s Thompson made six 3-pointers, while Draymond Green had a triple-double of 16 assists a career high along with 10 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden had 30 points for Houston, which has dropped seven straight regular-season games to Golden State.Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant steered the Thunder to a 110-106 win against Phoenix.Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, while Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of 14 games. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.STILL LOSTT.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures but still lost.Scores were tied with 1:34 left when Durant scored on a fade-away jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds remaining.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul made up for a poor shooting performance by pulling off some pivotal plays in the closing minutes to seal a 95-89 win for the Clippers at New Orleans.Paul missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but hit a 19-foot step-back jumper with a minute to go to give Los Angeles a 90-87 lead. Before and after that score, Paul assisted on baskets by Jamal Crawford. Paul, who finished with 12 assists, then added three free throws in the final 21 seconds.J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the Clippers for a second straight night.Anthony Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak and edged Indiana 120-116.Detroit also arrested a three-game skid and swept past Minnesota 115-90, with Andre Drummond contributing 23 points and 18 rebounds.Utah broke clear in the second quarter to beat Portland 109-96 as Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points.last_img read more

Windies set for Dubai camp

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):West Indies will use a camp in Dubai as their final preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup in India starting in March.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday the 15-man squad would be engaged in a camp there from February 22 to March 6, before heading to Kolkata for the official warm-up matches.They clash with India on March 10 and take on South Africa three days later.West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the preliminary stage of the T20 World Cup alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and a yet-to-be determined qualifier.Also on Thursday, the WICB finally confirmed the 15-man squad Twenty20 World Cup.The squad, which will be led by Darren Sammy, had been leaked by several media organisations earlier this week.As expected, the unit features the core of the side, which captured the title four years ago in Sri Lanka, when they beat the hosts in a dramatic final.Superstar opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, along with Kieron Pollard, have all been included.Off-spinner Sunil Narine has also been named in the squad but will undergo a test on his action next month before he can be confirmed.last_img read more

Martins, Cicognini top Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgPortugal’s Pedro Martins and Italy’s Jeanine Cicognini won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the second annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which ended with the finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday.Martins defeated the steady and purposeful play from David Obernosterer (Austria), using his strong defensive play and consistent attack to handle the hard hitting of the Austrian, to emerge with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.Third went to Howard Shu (USA) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba).In the women’s showdown, Cicognini defeated Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte 21-16, 22-20 in a very closely contested match.The Lithuanian fought back in the second game, but Cicognini, using a series of crafty plays, eventually defeated her opponent. Third place awards were won by Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) and Telma Santos (Portugal).Jamaica’s Katherine Wynter/Ruth Williams combination continued their dominance and emerged as the country’s top female pair by defeating Geordine Henry and Mikaylia Haldane in the women’s doubles.Wynter and Williams won the first game, lost the second game, but rebounded in the third to take the crown.This was Jamaica’s only positive result for the tournament.The third place awards went to Jamaicans Tiana Daley/Shezelle McTyson and Christine Leyow/Esther Reynolds.MEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPSBelgians Matias Dierickx and Freek Golinski (Belgium) are the new men’s doubles champions, after scoring a 21-19, retired margin over Alwin Francis and Kona Tarun of India.The match lasted only one game as the Indians retired due to injury. However, in the only game of the match, they were able to match the Belgians with excellent defence and crafty shots in a very exciting game.Austria’s Obernosterer and Elizabeth Baldauf defeated Bjorn Sequin (USA) and Ugalde (Mexico) for the mixed doubles crown. Seemingly tired from the effects of the singles final, Obernosterer and his partner closed the first game easily, but struggled and lost the second. After a commanding start in the third game, the Austrians did not look back and took the championship 21-19, 28-21, 22-11.Third place finishers were Gareth Henry/Geordine Henry (Jamaica) and Dennis Coke/Katherine Wynter (Jamaica).The major sponsors were Mayberry Investment Ltd, Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Sport, RJR, The Gleaner, as well as Sun Island, JMMB, Milex Security Ltd, Yonex, Tastee, Icool, North Business Eco Systems, Yardie Sport, National Outdoor Advertising, Pure National Ice, Zip Technologies, HiLyte and Jamaica Producers Ltd.last_img read more

The nature and meaning of physical education

first_imgTo define physical education, we need to say that it is an educational process that aims to improve human development and performance through physical activity. It tends to take place at school through formal lessons, but it also includes informal activity such as play.Physical education is a process of learning, the context being mainly physical. The purpose of this process is to develop specific knowledge, skills, and understanding and to promote physical competence.Different sporting activities can and do contribute to this learning process, and the learning process enables participation in sports. The focus, however, is on the child and his or her development of physical competence rather than the activity.Physical education has a holistic view within a societal context that identifies the interdependence of personal health with societal health and environmental health.On an individual level, physical education is an agent for health and wellness that can promote personal responsibility and control for active lifestyles. However, equally as important, physical education focuses students’ attention on understanding the problems of the social environment that may inhibit them and others from pursuing active lifestyles.Physical education contributes to individual wellness through the innate ‘experience of the moment’ and is reinforced on a daily basis through the knowledge, skills, and feelings of enhanced self-esteem and wellness that develop over time.Physical education is an area in which physical activity is valued and integrated into daily living. It is anchored in three fundamental axioms that lead to these guiding principles:Individual: It recognises that people are active for all sorts of reasons – work, play, challenge and achievement, health and personal development, contemplation and relaxation, creative and cultural expression, and social interaction.Social: It focuses on the individual, but it also recognises that social norms and values, available resources, influential learners, and other factors affect our choices and opportunities for participation. Our choices, in turn, affect these factors.Inclusive: It provides essential ways to express who we are as individuals or groups. It is a right of all, regardless of ability, age, gender, race, ethnic background, religion, socio-economic status, or educational achievement.Importance of physical educationThe importance of physical education and physical activity in our society is encouraged by a number of guiding principles entrenched in active living such as:1. Promotes a way of life in which physical activity isvalued, enjoyed, and integrated into daily life.2. Promotes the principle of individual choice by responding to learners’ individual needs, interests, and circumstances.3. Provides a unique contribution to lifelong development of all learners, enhancing their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.4. Facilitates learning processes, which encourage critical thinking, thereby affecting the learners’personal wellness and the well-being of society.5. Nurtures individual self-reflection and consciousness, which preserves human rights and the development of supportive and sustainable environments.Physical education on a daily basis establishes the foundations for active living by providing experiences, which enhance the learner’s knowledge, attitudes, and skills towards a wellness lifestyle. Physical education as a medium for active living in a school setting engages the whole person in the following ways:Physically – through high-level participation in appropriately selected activities.Mentally – through concentration and intensity while learning new concepts and skills.Emotionally – through the confidence that comes from enjoying established skills.Socially – through associating with others.Spiritually – through satisfaction, contentment, and a sense of inner peace.NEXT WEEKS’ TOPIC: The nature and meaning of sports.n Send questions and queries to jenelbro119@hotmail,comlast_img read more

Taylor joins Big Bash

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has become the latest Caribbean player to sign up for Australia’s inaugural Women’s Big Bash League after Sydney Thunder announced Wednesday that it has secured her services for the tournament, which bowls off tomorrow. The 24-year-old Taylor ranks among the elite batsmen in international women’s cricket and also bowls penetrative off-spin and is expected to immediately strengthen a Thunder side that already boasts the likes of Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes, Rene Farrell, and Erin Osborne. Taylor, who took over the captaincy of the West Indies side in September, said she was looking forward to contributing in all areas to Thunder’s campaign. “I know I’m going to be a huge asset to the team. The team is very strong, I am here to share my experience and, hopefully, have some good games,” Taylor said.last_img read more

Reno dent H View’s semi-final aspirations

first_imgRenario Downswell netted his fourth goal in three games to earn Reno a valuable point against Harbour View in their battle against relegation in the Red Stripe Premier League.The result also had far- reaching effects for the Stars of the East as it severely dented their hopes of making the last four.The point put Reno (34) four clear of the relegation zone, with two games remaining. However, Harbour View (40) are now five points off the semi-final spot and, with only six points available, coach Ludlow Bernard has thrown in the towel.”It is highly improbable (qualify) and I am willing to concede,” he commented after the game.Humble Lion (44) remain in the hunt as their 1-0 win over Boys’ Town (38) kept them just a point adrift UWI FC (45), who are in pole position following their 1-0 win over Cavalier.Reno came into the Harbour View game hunting all three points, but, for Downswell, the point is welcome.”This match, we had to win as you can see that we are down in the relegation zone. But the team came out and played some good football and got a result,” the goalscorer said.The former St Elizabeth Technical High School player only returned to the team in recent weeks, due to reasons he chose not to disclose. However, his contribution is worth its weight in goals.”This is my third game and my fourth goal in three games. This is the back end of the season and we have to step up our performance. We’ve had a bit of ups and downs this season, but the coaching staff talked to us and got back the team together. But it’s a very young team and we believe we can do better,” he observed.”As a senior member of the team, when I look back, I see that I have to step up, so I just stepped forward and told the coach I am ready to lead the way,” he told The Gleaner.”We need to finish off this season and get ready for next season. It’s going to be hard, but we are going to push those two games and we are not going to ease back,” he said.last_img read more

J’cans impress at CARIFTA Youth Chess tournament

first_imgJamaica won one gold, two silver and a bronze medal at the recently concluded Carifta Youth Chess Tournament held in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, between March 24 and 29.In the fifth staging of the annual regional youth chess tournament, players from seven Caribbean countries competed over four days across seven rounds of intense competition.After the final round of play, Jamaica’s Kishan Clarke, who achieved a positive score in six of his seven games, won gold in the Under-10 (absolute) section ahead of players from Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago.Clarke, a former two-time Carifta Under-8 (absolute) gold medallist, just missed the bronze medal in the Under-12 (absolute) section, placing an encouraging fourth.MORE MEDALSWomen Candidate Master Adani Clarke, Jamaica’s national junior (female) Champion who twice before won Carifta gold in the Under-12 female section, copped two silver medals in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections and a bronze medal in the Under-14 (absolute) section.Adani rotated positions with Surinamese Women Candidate Master Catherine Kaslan, who took gold ahead in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections, having finished behind the Jamaican representative in the 2015 edition of the Under-12 (female) Carifta competition.Nishani Clarke, a previous Under-10 (female) Carifta gold medallist, won the silver medal in the Under-12 (female) section.The top four in this section went into the final round on the same points and were paired against each other for the final game that determined the podium standing.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgbattleRight Stuff will want to keep pace with leaders Spit Fyah, when they play host to Eradication in the Jamaica Domino Federation City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League match tomorrow at Cedar Grove, beginning at 11 a.m.In others games, Spit Fyah play away to Exceptional International, Masterpiece are at home to Correctional Services, Chedwin Strikers battle Memory Lane, Felluchie Strikers welcome Spring Village, Unity Strikers oppose Passagefort United, Waterhouse United based in Passagefort entertain Ken’s Wildflower, Garveymeade await Fort International at their home ground, Garveymeade Sports Club and Soursop Tree host Highlight Strikers.Ricam cap first Manchester Major League titleRicam became the newest addition to the roster of teams which have won the Manchester Major League, when they defeated three-time champions Downs 3-0 in the final earlier this week.In addition to prize money and the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Trophy, Ricam will get the chance to participate in the upcoming JB Rum South Central Confed Super League playoffs.This competition caters for the four parish champions from St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, as well as the respective runners-up.This means beaten Manchester finalists, Downs, will have further incentive to reboot their season.Having come through a tough semi-final in which they needed penalty kicks to defeat Mile Gully, Ricam were assertive early and won the first-half honours when their national youth player, Maxwell Robinson, scored in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead.Robinson increased Ricam’s lead to 2-0 when he scored again in the 70th minute. Romario Rochester’s goal in time added on sealed the title.Jamalco are Clarendon New York-based Lacrosse coach in the IslandCoach Neil Davis from New York, USA, is expected to land in the Island this weekend on a month-long visit. While in Jamaica he will run lacrosse clinics and oversee the North Street Cup competition. Male students from Wolmer’s Boys’, St George’s College, Holy Trinity High and Kingston College should are slated to benefit and the practise schedules and fixtures are to be finalised.Lacrosse has being gaining momentum in high schools in Jamaica in recent times, especially with a league being contested by some of Jamaica’s top high schools. It is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball. The objective is to get the ball up to your opponents’ goal, while using a meshed lacrosse stick to carry and shoot the ball past a goalie.The Jamaica Lacrosse Association believes the sport captures the spirit of the Jamaican people. The game is fast, high tempo, fun, constantly flowing and celebrates creativity and is dubbed in international quarters as “the fastest game on two feet”.PFM Development upsetdefending champsPower of Faith Ministries (PFM) Development team upset their brother team and defending champion, Power of Faith International, by six wickets in the opening game of a double-header in the PFM Twenty20 Church Cricket League at Bridgeport Sports Ground last Saturday.PFM International batted first and were bowled out for 82 in 13 overs, as Leon Edwards top-scored with 23 runs. PFM Development’s Fidel McGregor took 3-20 from four overs and Demar Johnson 2-34 from four overs. In reply, PFM raced to victory in 15 overs. Demar Johnson (27) and Aaron Graham (16) made most runs, while Junior Stewart and Aston Canegon got a wicket apiece for PFM International.In the second game between Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) and Faith Temple New Testament, Faith Temple won by eight wickets. The PGA, which won the toss and took first strike, amassed 116 all out in 20 overs, with Damion Bryce hitting a top score of 68. Simon Clarke, 3-17 from three overs and Bryan Brown, 2-2 from one over, took most wickets for Faith Temple. Faith Temple successfully chased down the total for the loss of only two wickets. Roshane Baugh (60) set up the win for Faith Temple and Bancroft White chipped in with 20 not out.The league continues today with two games. At 10 a.m., PFM Development versus PGA and at 2 p.m., it’s PFM International vs Faith Temple.INSPORTS Community Football League final postponedThe final of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League between Greater Portmore Strikers and Christian Gardens has being postponed and a new date will be announced shortly.Greater Portmore should have played Christian Gardens last Sunday at the Dunbeholden playing field. However, the final was postponed, for reasons ‘beyond the control’ of the organisers.The finalists booked their spots after narrow semi-final victories recently at the Cedar Grove community playing field. Christian Gardens booted Dunbeholden 5-4 on penalties, after playing to 1-1 stalemate through regulation and extra-time. Jevonne Munroe (64th) scored for Christian Gardens and Ricardo Boothe (21st) netted for Dunbeholden in relegation time. Greater Portmore Strikers edged East West Strikers 6-5 on penalties, after both teams were locked 1-1 after full and extra-time. Mario Wilson (49th) equalised for Greater Portmore, after Jevoh Robert (30th) had given East West Strikers the initial lead.Right Stuff, Eradication docenter_img championsThe Jamalco football team successfully defended their hold on the Clarendon FA/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated New Bowens FC in a penalty shoot-out at the Effortville Community Centre. It was the third straight year they were winning the Clarendon title. In fact, last year they took the double by winning the knockout title.In the previous week, Jamalco had defeated Kemps Hill FC 3-1 in the semi-final, while New Bowens created the upset of the competition when they defeated former Red Stripe Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy 1-0 in extra time.The final between Jamalco and New Bowens marked the third time the two were meeting for the season. They were in the same preliminary group and on two occasions, Jamalco won. However this time was different as at the end of regulation and extra-time the score was 0-0.It took the dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the winner, thanks mainly to their goalkeeper, Sheldon “Budgie” Mills, who produced three brilliant saves to earn Jamalco victory.Starz Academy, Technical Strikers in Division One finalMany-time football champions of Manchester, Los Perfectos, lost in their bid to gain qualification to the Major League competition after they were beaten 2-1 by Technical Strikers in the semi-finals of the Jamalco-sponsored Division One competition. All three goals were scored in the second half.Rashawn Walcott scored the first of Technical Strikers’ goals in the 46th minute, Renardo Barrett then made it 2-0 in the 53rd, while Jason Givans’ 82nd minute strike proved to be only a consolidation for Los Perfectos.Despite the loss, fans have generally viewed as positive Los P’s re-engagement with Manchester football, this year after a 15-year absence.Starz Academy joined Technical Strikers in the final following a penalty shoot-out win over Star Zone, after the two had battled to a 1-1 draw. Interestingly, both finalists lead the preliminary round standings.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgAussie players want to limit day-night Tests SYDNEY (AP): Cricket Australia’s plan to stage two day-night Tests next season hit another hitch yesterday when the players’ association sought a limit of one. The initial schedule proposed that the third Test between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide – the venue for the only previous pink-ball Test – and the series-opener against Pakistan in Brisbane in December be day-night matches. South African players and officials have so far resisted the idea, although Pakistan have committed to playing a day-night match. “The feedback we are receiving from our playing group is that there still remain concerns over day-night Tests,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson said. “While there is acknowledgement that this format may grow the game, at this stage, the players would prefer to only play one day-night Test in 2016-17.” Williamson confirmed as NZ Test captain WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Leading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand’s 29th Test cricket captain. The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 Internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Williamson “has been a leader within the team for a long time and has already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain. He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field and has a superb cricket brain.” Williamson said he had learnt a lot from McCullum and “the culture that he and Mike (Hesson) have cultivated has been a huge part of this team’s success in recent times”. Ronaldo, Benzema to miss match MADRID (AP): Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will miss today’s league match as they try to recover from injuries in time to face Manchester City in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that neither of his top two scorers was fit for the trip to Real Sociedad, where Madrid need a win to realistically remain in the Spanish league title race. Madrid trail leaders Barcelona and second-place AtlÈtico Madrid by one point, with three matches to go. Madrid host City on Wednesday after the two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg, where Madrid clearly missed Ronaldo’s spark in attack and where Benzema played only the first half. “I am worried because each time you have a player injured it is difficult,” Zidane said yesterday. “Now, the most important thing is that they completely recover because we cannot take risks with Cristiano and Karim.”last_img read more

Munro battle to secure draw in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Munro College warmed up for Saturday’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup derby football match against rivals and defending champions, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Maggotty High at Appleton Sports Complex yesterday. The match, which had its kick-off last Thursday, was abandoned because of rain and persistent lightning strikes with 30 minutes played and Maggotty holding a 1-0 lead after Sandrae Facey scored in the 30th minute. Yesterday’s match was a shortened version for some supporters who turned up to watch the continuation. When play resumed, it appeared that Maggotty were ready to log their first win of the season. They were dominant in the remaining 15 minutes of the first half, with Facey in particular proving a danger once more to the Munro defence. But Munro persisted and could have easily won the game had they been a lot more clinical in the final third. In fact, were it not for a defender’s mistake – in chopping down Munro skipper Timar Lewis inside the box, as the forward bore down on goal – they could have been celebrating only their first three points of the season. Lewis got up to side-foot a penalty to the left of Delano Lewis in goal for Maggotty in the 78th minute, robbing the hosts of the chance of victory. “I think poor decision making around the back and in attack made us look real ordinary at times today,” said Lance Morgan, Munro’s coach. “All we needed was just to be more composed in attack, but overall I think we managed well, although we should have won the game.” He said the game was a hard one and that it sets them up well for the derby preparations against STETHS. “We will take this and go into preparations for Saturday’s big game. We need to win that one, so we are going put in some work for it,” Morgan told The Gleaner. Munro moved to six points from four matches, while Maggotty remain without a victory, but now have two points from their four matches. Yesterday’s Results Maggotty 1 Munro 1 Knockalva 1 Green Island 8 Newell 4 Black River 0 Belair 2 Decarteret 0 BB Coke 0 Manchester 2 York Castle 1 Marcus Garvey 1 Ocho Rios 0 Browns Town 2 Foga Road 2 Winston Jones 0last_img read more

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