US champion off WC roster over Nike uniform squabble

first_imgMIAMI:As other runners wrap up their preparation for the World Championships in Beijing, Nick Symmonds plans to retreat into nature, seeking solitude after being left off the United States squad in a squabble over Nike uniforms the team must wear.Fishing and climbing rocks are a way for the middle-distance runner to clear his mind and deal with the “frustration and letdown that I’m experiencing right now”, he said.Symmonds, a silver medallist at 800 metres at the last World Championships, refused to sign a contract that USA Track and Field (USTATF) requires of all athletes before they’re placed on the team. When the official roster was named on Monday, Symmonds wasn’t on it despite his win at the US championships in June.For Symmonds, the issue is Nike’s standing as USATF’s official uniform sponsor. Anyone going to Beijing later this month on the US team is required to wear Nike gear at team functions. Symmonds is sponsored by a rival shoe company, Brooks, and wanted a clear definition of what a Team USA function was.”I guess a small part of me thought they weren’t stupid enough to leave me off the team,” Symmonds said. “Apparently, they are.”Emotionally and physically, I’m beat up right now.”Except for the exclusion of Symmonds, there were no surprises on the roster released Monday. There are five defending World champions on the US squad, including Ashton Eaton (decathlon), LaShawn Merritt (400 metres), David Oliver (hurdles), Brittney Reese (long jump), and Brianna Rollins (hurdles).Marquee sprinters such as Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Allyson Felix are also on the team.Taking Symmonds’ place in the 800m is Clayton Murphy, who finished fourth at nationals.too much powerThe 31-year-old Symmonds is known for taking stances on social and business issues that surround what he believes is a widely corrupt world of track and field. He said he couldn’t sit idly by on this topic, believing that giving Nike so much power on what athletes can and can’t wear at major events may hinder sponsorship deals down the road.”We have to wear Team USA kit at all official Team USA functions, which is fine. I’m fine with it,” said Symmonds, who plans to eschew training for a bit to fish and rock climb. “The problem is they never define what a Team USA function is. They do that almost on purpose so they can call anything a Team USA function.”USATF makes about $20 million a year in a sponsorship contract with Nike that was recently extended to run through 2040.The federation issued a statement on Monday, saying, “The only restriction USATF places on athletes’ apparel or appearance at any time is when they represent the United States in national team competitions, award ceremonies, official team press conferences, and other official team functions tied to these national team events.”USATF said it invests more than 50 per cent of its revenue directly into athlete support.”We look forward to continuing to expand our programmes for athletes and we hope to see Nick on future national teams,” the statement said.Symmonds was a Nike-sponsored athlete for about seven years before switching to Brooks last year. He did so because “I needed a company that could work with me and match my personality a little bit better”, Symmonds said.He won the 800m at the National Championships in June, finishing in a time of one minute, 44.53 seconds. Symonds decided to skip lucrative competitions in Europe to concentrate on his training in Seattle so he could be in prime shape for Beijing. He felt like he was possibly in even better condition than when he earned silver at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.”We’re not going to get a chance to find out what I can do,” Symmonds said. “That’s a travesty.”Although he has an airline ticket and a visa into China, Symmonds isn’t sure if he will attend as a spectator or watch from home.”I want to apologise to the fans who want to see me run,” Symmonds said. “I just feel that I can’t go out there and put on that Team USA jersey and feel good about it, while all the athletes are being mercilessly bullied and threatened by USATF at the same time.”last_img read more

We’ve to win – McIntosh says of Jamaica’s remaining Pool E matches at Netball World Cup

first_imgTechnical Director Jill McIntosh said the Sunshine Girls have no room for error in their remaining Pool E games at the Netball World Cup, warning that their opponents are no pushovers.”We have to win our two games to be in the semi-final. We have to win,” McIntosh pointed out. “If we lose, there is no way we will be in the semi-finals, so to win is our focus.”We have to play our best. We have to go out and play our normal style of netball as we have been doing and just take it one game at a time as we go. Uganda are looking good and Malawi are very good,” observed McIntosh, the former Australia coach.Jamaica lost their opening game 55-48 to New Zealand on Tuesday and played Uganda (earlier this morning) in their second match of the group, knowing they had to win to keep their semi-final chances intact.Malawi, in the meantime, had lost to New Zealand 57-49 yesterday.”Malawi only lost to New Zealand by eight (goals), so they are a very good team,” McIntosh noted. “They are number six in the world, so we have to be very careful when we play them on Friday, that one won’t be easy,” she said.Despite that, McIntosh is confident that the Sunshine Girls will have enough in the tank for the two African nations.”We have our tactics worked out, we played them (Malawi) last year at the Commonwealth Games and we know we can beat them, but in saying that we know that they are very good, they have improved again, they play a very nice style of netball, so we have to go out and play our best game,” she continued.New Zealand leads Pool E with maximum four points from two matches, while Malawi follow with two points from two games. Prior to last night’s fixtures, Uganda had lost both their matches, while Jamaica had lost once and were yet to get off the mark.last_img read more

‘It’s a fantastic feat’ – Barbican target extending four-year unbeaten run, more titles

first_imgCoach of Barbican FC Charles Edwards says his team aims to continue its dominance in the local Women’s Football League. Barbican notched their 11th Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women’s League title when they beat Waterhouse 4-2 in the final at Stadium East last Sunday. Tashika Small netted a brace for the champions, scoring in the 13th and 52nd minutes, while Kenesha Reid (11th) and Latoya Duhaney (61st) scored the other goals. Waterhouse’s national Under-20 player, Jessica Johnson, scored in the 68th and 90th minutes. LEAGUE TITLE It was also Barbican’s eighth consecutive league title. The east St Andrew club has won 24 trophies in women’s football and seven Sherwin Williams Colourscape knockout titles, plus six mid-season trophies. That has made them the most successful club in women’s football locally. Barbican had also beaten Waterhouse 4-1 in the KO final a week earlier. “We have not lost a game since 2011, so that is a record we would like to strengthen as long as possible,” Edwards disclosed. “It is a fantastic feat in winning so many titles and the girls want to win to add more, so they are motivated and certainly looking forward to next year,” the long-serving Barbican coach added. Barbican FC will be handed the trophy, medals, and $400,000 at the awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston.last_img read more

Infantino wins FIFA presidential election

first_imgZURICH (AP):Gianni Infantino is the new president of football’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning the election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues.Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot yesterday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of US and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015.The stunning outcome seemed to catch the 45-year-old Infantino off guard. He had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech and saluted voters by patting his heart with his right hand.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA, and everyone in the world will applaud us,” said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe’s soccer body UEFA.”I am convinced a new era is starting,” said the Swiss-born former lawyer. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.Infantino pledged to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA”.There were only four candidates on the ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters. The four were Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the Asian confederation president; Prince Ali of Jordan; and Jerome Champagne of France.WORLD LEADERInfantino, who had waged a globe-trotting campaign in the four months leading up to the election, gave an impressive 15-minute speech only 20 minutes before the first-round vote. The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just Europe’s wealthy confederation.His campaign promised to spread the World Cup largesse to more federations, including additional guaranteed funds. He also pledged to expand the World Cup from a 32-team tournament to 40 teams, and give more opportunities to countries to stage the World Cup with multinational regional hosting.”The money of FIFA is your money,” he said, jabbing his left index finger to the 207 members of soccer federations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe before the election.”It is not the money of the FIFA president. It’s your money,” added Infantino, sounding more like a CEO promising a dividend to shareholders.A rare burst of spontaneous applause followed, signaling a shift in momentum towards Infantino, who since his 30s managed the billion-dollar Champions League revenues for the UEFA.last_img read more

Hales, Root lead the way for England

first_imgCHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP):Alex Hales and Joe Root made half centuries to help England to 310-6 at stumps on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka yesterday, although the tourists had a late boost with the dismissal of in-form Jonny Bairstow just before stumps.Hales made 83 and Root 80, and their third-wicket partnership of 96 pushed England into a solid position at a cold and cloudy Riverside Ground. However, both missed out on centuries when they appeared set for three figures.Hales was out to a reaction catch at slip by Angelo Mathews off spinner Milinda Siriwardana, dismissed after he had launched a big six down the ground off the slow bowler. Hales is still searching for his first test century.Root, who had played serenely, was surprised by the bounce of a delivery from Nuwan Pradeep (3-69) shortly after tea and was caught in the covers.Bairstow, coming off a century in England’s big win in the first test, contributed a typically attacking 48 from 57 balls with five fours before becoming seamer Pradeep’s third wicket of the opening day. Bairstow was dismissed four overs before stumps when he bottom-edged through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal.Moeen Ali was 28 not out and Chris Woakes undefeated on eight at the close.last_img read more

Hamilton: F1 title comeback ‘not as tough as you think’

first_img PERFECT STYLE SINGAPORE (AP): Having seen his title rival win three straight races in four weeks, Lewis Hamilton could be forgiven for fearing the worst about the destiny of the 2016 Formula One title, but the Briton still believes he can reverse the current championship tide. Hamilton had a frustrating weekend in Singapore and was off the pace of his rival and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race. That was compounded by a hydraulic failure in practice that cost him a lot of long-run practice. Given that, a third place finish and an eight-point championship deficit to Rosberg represented an acceptable level of damage limitation. “A very trying weekend, these ones come along sometimes and you just have to take it on the chin sometimes,” a philosophical Hamilton said post-race. Hamilton has overcome championship adversity already this year. When Rosberg won the opening four races of the season, the points gap was 43, but seven races later, the Briton had pulled ahead. Now he has to do it again. “It’s not as tough as you think, I don’t know why,” Hamilton said. “We’ve come from 43 points down, so theoretically, eight points isn’t anywhere near as steep as that. “With everything that’s gone on this year, I’m still in the fight, there’s still a long way to go and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.” Hamilton suffered through the first two-thirds of the race with overheating brakes on the punishing stop-start circuit. “I just had to slow down and watch the other guys pull away,” Hamilton said. “Once I did my (last) stop, all of a sudden my brakes were under control.” Rosberg hung on for the narrowest Formula One victory for six years, celebrating his 200th career start in perfect style as he reclaimed the championship lead. Rosberg held on to beat a fast-finishing Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull by just 0.488 of a second at the Marina Bay street circuit, while Hamilton took third place, narrowly in front of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Rosberg’s third successive win and first in Singapore, took him back to the top of the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Hamilton with six races left. Ricciardo, having pitted for fresh tires with 14 laps left, sliced Rosberg’s lead from 25 seconds to under a second, but ultimately fell just short of overtaking the German. It was the closest F1 finish since the 2010 race at this venue when Fernando Alonso edged Sebastian Vettel by three-tenths of a second.last_img read more

The Wright View | The JAAA’s vote and our Sunshine Girls

first_img Vote white At the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) special Congress, attended by Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake and secretary Garth Gayle, president Sebastian Coe asked the invitees to vote on a proposal to reform the IAAF, an organisation that has been under fire recently amid charges of corruption, which included an investigation by the police into activities of its previous president: Lamine Diack. As I understand it, there were three proposals to consider. The first was to make sure that more women were involved in the high echelons of the IAAF. Second, there would be term limits on the president and council members, and third, there will be an integrity unit to handle doping cases of international athletes, which would also see the speeding up of the disciplinary process. One hundred and ninety two delegates voted. This voting process for the very first time was not secret! The process had delegate votes recorded. Those voting to agree to the reform proposals recorded as “green”. Those against the proposal were recorded as “pink” and those with no opinion being recorded as “white”. One hundred and eighty two delegates supported the reform proposals. Ten delegates didn’t. There is information being circulated that Jamaica’s vote was recorded as ‘white’. Could this be true? Why would Jamaica not support these reform proposals? What objection could there possibly be against, more women in positions of authority in the IAAF? What objection could there be to term limits for the president and council members, and what objection could there be to having an integrity unit to handle cases of doping cases of International athletes and to oversee the speeding up of the disciplinary process? I do believe that if the Jamaican delegation did indeed vote ‘white’, then the public of this country deserves an explanation. We are well aware of the extraordinarily long time that it takes disciplinary processes against our international stars who are accused of running afoul of doping regulations to come to a conclusion. This creates unusual and unfortunate pressure on the athlete involved, who if innocent must be very interested in clearing his/her name in the shortest possible time. I am confident that there must be a very good reason why Jamaica’s vote was recorded as ‘white’ and not ‘green’. I am requesting ‘transparency’ as outlined by the IAAF president, who defended the decision to publicise the voting preference of delegates as the new transparency in the running of the organisation. Hopefully similar sentiments exist in the recently re-elected hierarchy of the JAAA. After the defeat of Jamaica by Malawi in a recent International netball, competition and a public spat between the president of netball Jamaica and one of its star players, there has been talk, of the “demise” of local netball since the retirement of long-time president Marva Bernard. This column has also been critical of coaching decisions that seem bereft of ideas when the game plan going into a game does not appear to be working. Well, Jamaica sent a relatively young team to England; (ranked third in the world) to play three Tests. After an opening win of 66-49, our Sunshine Girls succumbed in the second match to lose 63-50. England made the necessary adjustments and won the match decisively. However, in the final and deciding game of the series (attended by over 4000 fans) Jamaica, after leading 29-23 at half time overcame a late rally from England in the third quarter to win the match 64-57. Jamaica’s coaching staff and players made the necessary adjustments to their game to defeat a strong England team. Congratulations are definitely in order. Could this be the “turning of the corner” when Jamaica ceases to be sometimes third most times fourth, or was this just an aberration? Only time will tell. Let us support this new “vibe” in the camp, and urge our Sunshine Girls to “move on up”!last_img read more

Tough cross-examination – Spencer now awaits fate; Panel to announce decision on June 15; Athlete’s attorney confident

first_img While giving her account of what transpired on the day in question – April 27, 2016, Spencer argued that she was never approached by JADCO testers, who had turned up at her then training base at Stadium East. She insisted that the group, led by Sample Collection and Testing manager Tajae Smith, had all opportunity to notify her of their intention to take a urine sample from her for testing purposes. Spencer further noted that she was later informed by her manager, Marvin Anderson, that the JADCO officials wanted a sample from her, while she was driving home from training, close to two hours after the JADCO team had arrived at Stadium East. The athlete continued by telling the panel that upon hearing from Anderson, she then started to make her way back to Stadium East before receiving another call from Anderson, where she was instructed to meet at the JADCO office in Half-Way Tree instead. There, she met executive director of the anti-doping watchdogs, Carey Brown, along with her then coach Bert Cameron and fellow teammate Riker Hylton, who is also facing similar charges. Close friend and training partner Christine Day was also with her at the time. Robinson, however, sought to establish that Spencer’s witness statement, and particularly her argument that she was never notified by the JADCO officials that she was needed for testing, while at Stadium East, was not truthful, raising and pointing to several conflictions between her original statement and her account before the panel. In her defence, Spencer pointed out that she simply did not remember some of the details of the day given that the incident occurred a year ago. Greene, who also called to the stand Spencer’s friend for over a decade and training partner Christine Day, Jonique Day, as well as the athlete’s former coach Bert Cameron, who JADCO sought to argue had told Spencer that she was to be tested – a point which was denied by the coach, underscored his assessment of the hearing. “All of them (JADCO officials) admitted under oath – Mr Carey Brown, Tajae Smith and Wilmot Rowe – all admitted that she was never notified under the WADA international standards under Article 5. Notification is when the period begins when the athlete is required to remain for testing. They all admitted that she was never notified by anyone from JADCO and that was clear in their testimony,” Greene said. “We are hopeful; you always have to be hopeful. Certainly, the panel is a world-class panel, and we are happy with the way things went, and we appreciate the opportunity to be heard so quickly. The hearing is over and will be done on a timetable that will allow Ms Spencer to come back and compete at nationals and have a chance to go to Worlds. Assuming we win and even if we don’t prevail, we will have an opportunity to go to CAS and seek a stay which would allow her to compete at nationals, also so we are thankful for that timetable,” added Greene. The other members of the panel are Herron Dale and Dr Donovan Calder. Brown, Smith and Rowe, along with Spencer, were all heard on Monday’s opening day of the hearing. NEVER APPROACHED Jamaica’s Olympic 400-metre hurdler Kaliese Spencer will know her fate in just about a month’s time after her anti-doping rules violation hearing was wrapped up at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday, where the athlete faced a testing 90-minute cross-examination. Four witnesses were called before the Kent Gammon-chaired Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which will present its decision on June 15, 2017 following the second day of proceedings into the matter. Written submissions are scheduled to be presented on June 2, 2017. Spencer is facing a four-year ban. Spencer, who is alleged to have violated article 2.3 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015, which speaks to “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection”, was placed under the microscope by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) attorney Lackston Robinson, who sought to point out several discrepancies in the athlete’s witness statement, while seemingly bringing her credibility into question. However, Spencer’s attorney Paul Greene was quick to underline after the hearing that JADCO failed to establish that Spencer was properly notified that she was required for testing, adding that he was happy with the timelines established going forward, which he notes will give the athlete a chance to compete at the National Championships with an eye on a World Championships spot.last_img read more

Macaraya on loss to Lyceum: We gave them everything we got

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya doesn’t regret anything after the Golden Stags’ disappointing 78-73 loss to Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.“That was everything that we could’ve given, and that was the gameplan,” said Macaraya in Filipino. “We let them shoot from outside but they made those shots.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 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 ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Munsayac unsure of severity of ankle sprain Despite the loss, Macaraya was still proud of his team’s effort and for sticking to the gameplan he prepared against the Pirates.“I’m very proud of my team because they didn’t give up, they fought until the very end,” said Macaraya whose team slipped to a 1-2 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I really can’t say anything bad against my team because they played good defense.”San Sebastian’s scheme worked for the most part as the Pirates attempted just 14 shots at the basket with seven going in.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’Lyceum’s offense came mostly from jumpers with the Pirates converting 19 of their 45 attempts, but the final jump shot was the one that took out the Golden Stags.Jesper Ayaay caught a pass from Reymar Caduyac and hit a gut-wrenching triple from the left corner with 26 seconds left that gave Lyceum a 77-70 lead. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for Gilas

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The former Lakers star, who is in town thanks to the efforts of SnippetMedia, shared that his son is working on his game in hopes of one day getting a nod to join Gilas Pilipinas, even going to as far as applying for a Philippine passport before he turned 16.READ: Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food cravingFEATURED 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’“My son has been coming over to the Philippines and he’s very motivated. He’s working very hard. He’s going to be a senior next year. He’s very good academically and he got an offer from Yale and a lot of Ivy League schools. He can also play in Division I college also so he’s a very smart kid,” the NBA legend said.The younger Artest, who is a 6-foot-1 guard, is currently studying at Beverly Hills High School in California and is about to graduate in 2018. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated READ: Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact But World Peace knows that his son’s path to the national team—or any team for that matter—won’t be easy just because he’s the son of the former Ron Artest.“I told him it doesn’t mean that you’re my son is that you can play basketball in America, or you can play anywhere in the world and you’ll get to the team. You have to earn it,” he said. “And he’s working really hard. I’m so proud of him and I hope it all works out. He definitely wants to be on the team.”RELATED VIDEO Teen gunned down in Masbate ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as hercenter_img Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFor Metta World Peace, having his Fil-American son Jeron Artest don the Philippine colors will be one of his biggest achievements considering that he has never been called up for national team duty.“I was never invited to play to the Olympics. They said that they don’t need a player like myself for the team. That was tough for me because I wanted to play in the Olympics. So anytime your kid gets a chance to play for the national team, I do feel like it’s special. To play for the national team is really something different,” he said on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more