Last Saturday, KC went into the last race, the 4x400m relays, on 309 points, smelling victory, courtesy of holding a four-point advantage over Calabar, and needing to finish at least second to become champions. However, Calabar showed that being favourites meant very little, they sped away to victory in a very fast 3:08.76 for 12 invaluable points. Jamaica College was third on 203, St Jago High fourth (157), and St. Elizabeth Technical High School completed the top five on 114.5 points. “That motivated the team so much so we just came out and worked extra hard, we came here at 80 per cent fitness for the most part. “Most of the athletes who garnered points for us on a yearly basis had issues with injuries. We had to be careful of where to run them, how to run them and why to run them,” the assistant coach outlined. Though jubilant in victory, he pointed to other factors that helped to deny KC. “We got some help because we can’t deny the fact that a St Jago team, a St Elizabeth team and Jamaica College team did the work that allowed us to be champions tonight, apart from the addition that we did, so we are glad for that as well,” he said. Hawes called Calabar “the team that never says die”. Hawes revealed to The Gleaner that the school will be throwing an upcoming celebration dinner to express gratitude for its athletes and parents in the near future. SMELLING VICTORY Defending ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Athletics Champions Calabar High might have gone in with five consecutive titles under their belts, yet, for many, they were the underdogs to retain the coveted Mortimer Geddes Trophy, inside the National Stadium. As the curtain came down on the meet last Saturday night, assistant coach Omar Hawes said he was happy ‘sweet victory’ was theirs yet again. But, before the dust even settled, he made it clear that C’bar has a programme in place to hold on to the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for at-least another five years. “Definitely! It’s not about boasting or showing off, but I think Calabar can go on probably another five years with what we have in terms of talent, so once we continue to marshal the troops, harness the talents, and keep the programme like it is now, I don’t see why we can’t continue to win,” a confident sounding Hawes noted. C’bar could be considered the current de-facto of local Boys Champs’ supremacy, overcoming arch-rivals and overall leaders with 31 titles Kingston College (KC), for a sixth consecutive season. “Calabar fraternity, this one is special, this one is for all of you out there who had worries about the analysts who said we were going to be down by 50 points. We did it for all of you across the world and across Jamaica. Big up, six love!,” gushed Hawes.
SAN JOSE — The look of the Sharks’ roster for opening night came into greater focus Saturday after the team announced two more cuts, assigning center Antti Suomela and defenseman Jake Middleton to the Barracuda of the AHL.The moves leave the Sharks with 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies in camp, although forward Manuel Wiederer (upper body) and defensemen Radim Simek (knee) and Artemi Kniazev (upper body) are all recovering from injuries.Simek, who had reconstructive knee surgery …
30 March 2009Despite its fearsome reputation, this year’s Absa Cape Epic, which ended in Lourensford on Saturday, saw only 118 riders of the 1 196 cyclists that had entered the eight-day event fail to finish. It was the highest percentage of finishers in the history of the race, even though many participants felt it was the toughest edition of the Cape Epic yet.Known as “the Magical and Untamed African MTB race”, this year’s event, brought together many of the world’s leading mountain biking competitors, for seven gruelling stages, covering 685 kilometres.The early pace in the race was set by the powerful combination of Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser, the cross-country mountain bike world champion and South Africa’s Burry Stander, the world under-23 cross-country champion.Altered the outcomeRiding as Songo.info, the pair dominated proceedings, building up a six-minute lead, until the kind of mishap that can happen at any time in a tough event like the Cape Epic occurred and incontrovertibly altered the outcome of the race.Heading down a downhill track near Greyton, during stage four, Stander had an accident and destroyed the front wheel of his bicycle. Max Knox, one of South Africa’s top MTB competitors, in a magnanimous gesture gave his bike to Stander so that Songo.info could carry on.They eventually finished 20 minutes behind the stage winners in ninth place, but worse was yet to come for the former race leaders. The race referees, after a number of teams had objected to the help received by Stander, penalised Songo.info a further 15 minutes. Later, this was extended to an hour when Sauser admitted that Stander’s broken bike had been carried by a third party.Bulls in the leadFrom being comfortably in charge of the race, the Swiss/South African combination tumbled down the standings and out of serious contention, leaving the way clear for Team Bulls, consisting of the German duo of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, to take the stage victory and move into the overall lead.It would prove hard to dislodge them from first place. After all, Platt and Sahm had finished runners-up in 2008 and had won the race in 2007.The stage win by Team Bulls came at a price, however, and it required a tremendous amount of courage from Karl Platt to ensure they took the line honours. He had dislocated a shoulder in the race’s prologue and dislocated it once more on the fourth stage.Songo.info stage winsSauser and Stander fought back on the next stage, pushing hard to stand atop the podium for the stage. In fact, the Songo.info riders captured five of the seven stages, as well as the prologue, but they couldn’t overcome the time they lost on stage five.Victory on the last day went to Spain’s Lukas and Mathias Fluckiger, with the South African combination of Brandon Stewart and Max Knox, Team DCM Chrome, finishing second.They were followed across the line by the Multivgan Merida team of Germany’s Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess. Fourth place was shared by Platt and Sahm of Team Bulls, who finished arm-in-arm with Songo.info’s Sauser and Stander.Overall winAlthough Team Bulls took the overall win, it was only on stage four that they finished ahead of Songo.info. They claimed the overall title with a time of 28 hours, 10 minutes, 13.8 seconds.It was a third victory in the event for Platt who, besides his win with Sahm in 2007, also took the honours in 2004 with Namibia’s Mannie Heymans.Second place went to the Trek-Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens, from the Netherlands, and Chris Jongewaard, from Australia, in 28 hours, 15 minutes, 07.9 seconds.Sweden’s Emil Lindgren and Switzerland’s Andreas Klugler, racing as Felt Factory 2, finished in third place.The top South African team was the MTN Energade combination of Kevin Evans and David George, who picked up the Best African Team award. Songo.info, the dominant team in the race, had to settle for sixth position.Women’s winThe Absa Ladies team of England’s Sharon Laws and South Africa’s Hanlie Booyens dominated the ladies’ race. They won every stage, which gave them a convincing overall victory.Laws and Booyens finished in 37 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds, over five hours ahead of second placed Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden of WSP – Jeep Girls, an all-South African team. Another South African pair, Nolene Saunders and Sarah Wielopolska, racing as Tread Magazine, took third place.MixedMountain Bike Hall of Fame member Alison Syder captured the mixed title with South Africa’s Nico Pfitzenmaier in 32 hours, 13 minutes, 09.5 seconds. Racing as the Adidas Tree team, they ended nearly 40 minutes ahead of Epic rookies, Esther Suss and Marcel Bartholet of Switzerland, competing as Team Wheeler iXS Pro.IMC/Momentum GT/Activeworx – an all South African duo, made up of Yolanda Speedy and Paul Cordes – completed the podium positions.MastersThere was a fantastic dice for honours in the Masters category. Victory went to Doug Brown of South Africa and Barti Bucher of Switzerland, the Absa Masters, who finished just over three minutes ahead of Cycle Lab Toyota’s Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean.Over three-and-a-half hours further back, Doug Andrews and Rich Bartlett of the USA secured third place.The Absa Cape Epic is the most widely televised mountain bike race in the world. The 2008 race was broadcast in more than 175 countries in 17 languages.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.
Satara: With the NCP witnessing desertions by a number of leaders recently, party chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday extended his “best wishes” to them and said he has experience of tackling such situation. Pawar also said local MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale resigning and embracing the ruling BJP would have no bearing on the NCP’s Assembly poll prospects in Satara district. He exuded confidence that the NCP would retain the seat. The opposition parties in Maharashtra, particularly the NCP, witnessed its MLAs and key leaders joining the BJP and Shiv Sena last month. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ These include three NCP legislators- Bhosale, Sandeep Naik and Vaibhav Pichad- who joined the BJP along with the party’s state women wing president Chitra Wagh. Besides, its Mumbai unit president Sachin Ahir and Shahapur MLA Pandurang Barora joined the Shiv Sena last month. “My best wishes to those in the party who have other ideas (of desertion) on their minds. Such situations arise in politics sometimes and I have the experience of dealing with it,” Pawar told reporters here. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The former Union minister said he was not concerned about the NCP’s prospects in Satara in the Assembly polls, due in September-October, after Bhosale’s decision to jump the ship. “I have received three applications (from candidates seeking the party’s poll tickets) from Satara Assembly segment. So, I am not concerned about (falling short of) candidates. The party will definitely retain the seat,” the NCP patriarch said. Pawar also said the Satara MLA had confided in him that the latter would not join the BJP. Bhosale had also sought a meeting with Satara MP and his cousin Udayanraje Bhosale, Pawar added. Shivendrasinh Bhosale and Udayanraje Bhosale are said to be sharing strained relationship. “He (Shivendrasinh Bhosale) wanted a meeting with the Satara MP. We decided we will discuss the issue after the (on-going) Parliament session is over. But he took the decision (of quitting the party) even before we could hold discussion,” Pawar said. The veteran leader also said he is clueless about how many more NCP men from Satara will quit the party. But in the same breath, Pawar added those who follow the ideology of late Deputy Prime Minister and first Maharashtra Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, a Congress stalwart who hailed from Satara, will not make such a move. Noting the NCP MLAs, who switched allegiance to the BJP-Shiv Sena, contended that they were unable to carry out public works while being on the opposition benches, Pawar said it showed the ruling parties were functioning with “vendetta”.