Walters returns home – Reflects on drawn Sosa fight

first_imgFresh from a controversial draw decision in New York against American Jason Sosa, Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters arrived in Jamaica last Saturday for an extended holiday in his hometown Anchovy, St James. “I will be in Jamaica for about a month. I will be taking it easy for the first week or so, just relaxing after my fight with Sosa. After that I will be getting back into training with my dad, as I cannot afford to get out of shape now, as 2016 will be a big year for me,” he told The Gleaner. The Walters versus Sosa fight has been the talking point in boxing circles for the past few weeks, following the surprising draw decision in Verona, New York, on November 19, in which nearly everyone except the three judges thought that Walters had won easily. One judge had Sosa as the winner 96-94, while the other two judges scored it 95-95, for a majority draw decision. The punch statistics favoured Walters as they showed that he landed 436 of 610 punches thrown, while Sosa landed 121 of 225. Walters also hurt Sosa in the fifth round but did not go in for the kill. Commenting on the fight, Walters said that there was no doubt in his mind that he had won his first fight as a super featherweight, and that he did not see his opponent winning more than possibly one round. What he has learnt from this experience he said, is that he has to “knock out all my opponents, so as to avoid any more bad decisions”. His father Job, who returned to Jamaica with him after being in his corner for the fight, said that ” it was a very poor decision. I think that Nick won every round. That is behind us now, however, and we are looking to the future”. He went on to say, “I think that it was a blessing in disguise, as we got more publicity from this bad decision than when Nicholas beat Donaire to become super champion. Everywhere we went, Nicholas was mobbed. He received a great welcome when he returned to Panama, and when we landed in MoBay, the people were all over us. It has been good, and the important thing is that he is still unbeaten.” Walters is now 26-0-1. A decision that has to be made by the Walters connections is whether he will fight as a featherweight at 126 pounds or as a super featherweight at 130 pounds in 2016. He told The Gleaner that when he returns to Panama next month, he will sit down with his team, go through all the options and make the decision. ” I can fight at either weight” he added.last_img read more

God answers ‘Tuffy’s’ prayers as Waterhouse pull off great escape in RSPL

first_imgDespite spending the majority of the season at the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, Waterhouse pulled off the great escape on the final day of the season, beating Boys’ Town 3-0 to secure their place in the top-flight for next term. Needing a win and other results to go their way, veteran striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson rose to the occasion with a goal and an assist and also had a hand in the other. Anderson put the hosts in front after 35 minutes and had a major hand in the own goal in the 52nd. He then set up DeAndre Brown for the final goal on 83 minutes. Boys’ Town went down to 10 men after Wayne Ellis was sent off in the 63rd minute. The results meant that the Anthony Patrick-coached team finished the season in ninth spot on 34 points, one ahead of Rivoli and Cavalier – who both lost their final fixture – and ahead of Reno on goal difference. Anderson, Waterhouse’s leading scorer for the last four seasons, said: “I have to give God thanks because night and day I pray to Him. Even this morning, I woke up and gave Him a nice prayer, asking Him to guide and protect the team this day (Sunday),” he told The Gleaner. “I always believe in the Almighty … and Waterhouse is good now and I thank the Almighty God for keeping us up.” Waterhouse’s coach, Patrick, said they were always confident of winning their game and that other results would go their way based on the other match-ups. “We knew that we were going to get a victory … because of the support we would get from the community. They (fans) really came out today and gave us that extra boost,” he said. “When you look at the fixture and look at the two teams destined for the semi-final, Humble Lion and UWI, playing against the two teams at the bottom, we have to give ourselves a chance. So we knew once we got the maximum points, we would have a very good chance of staying up,” he reasoned. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell was obviously elated with the club’s last-minute dramatics. “I feel like we just won the league,” he said when quizzed by The Gleaner. NINTH SPOTlast_img read more

Arsenal clip Chelsea 1-0 to retain Community Shield

first_img MISSED CHANCE Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best chance for an equaliser when Cesc Fàbregas found him in the area around the hour mark, but he blasted his shot well high under pressure from Laurent Koscielny. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, making his full debut for Arsenal against his former team after transferring from Chelsea during the off season, then made his only difficult save in the 68th when he punched away Oscar’s free kick at the near post. Radamel Falcao made his Chelsea debut when he came on as a substitute for Loïc Rémy in the second half but was kept largely quiet. Both teams fielded near full-strength teams. The only changes from Arsenal’s side that won the FA Cup final last season was Cech in goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain starting instead of Alexis Sanchez, who was given an extended break after winning the Copa America with Chile. Diego Costa was the only notable absence for Chelsea as he was rested with a hamstring problem. Santi Cazorla could have added a second for Arsenal in the 86th but hit a weak shot straight at the onrushing Thibaut Courtois and Aaron Ramsey lobbed the rebound just wide. Courtois then denied Kieran Gibbs when he was clear on goal in injury time. “I believe that when we got out of our defence we looked dangerous to score,” Wenger said “But I think maybe, in our half, we were a bit cautious.” LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over José Mourinho yesterday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside César Azpilicueta before hitting a left-footed shot inside the top far corner to decide the traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s Premier League and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. Wenger had not beaten Mourinho in 13 previous meetings – a rivalry stoked by plenty of verbal barbs between the two and which shows no sign of dying down. Wenger didn’t shake hands with the Chelsea manager after the game, and Mourinho said Arsenal had left “their philosophy in the dressing room” by playing defensively in the second half. “The best team lost. And the defensive team won,” said Mourinho – who is usually the one being accused by others of deploying overly defensive tactics. Wenger acknowledged that his players may have been affected by their recent struggles against Chelsea but that his own winless streak against Mourinho “didn’t play on my mind at all. “But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team,” he said. “It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way.” And the Arsenal manager may be tempted to see this win as another sign that his team is finally ready to challenge for the Premier League title again when the season starts next week. However, Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in last year’s Community Shield only to falter early in the league before finishing third – and defender Per Mertesacker was careful not to read too much into the victory. “It’s still preseason,” Mertesacker said. “But it keeps our confidence high. I think we deserved it.” Mourinho responded to the defeat by throwing his losers’ medal into the crowd before leaving the pitch.last_img read more

Newcastle out, Liverpool struggle in League Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Newcastle’s troubled season lurched to another low when the Premier League strugglers were knocked out of the Capital One League Cup by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, while Liverpool only avoided embarrassment against fourth-tier Carlisle United by winning on penalties yesterday.Liverpool only led briefly in the first half at Anfield through Danny Ings’ goal, with Derek Asamoah quickly levelling to force the game into extra time. In the shoot-out, Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made three saves on his debut to ensure Carlisle was beaten 3-2 in the third round.Newcastle’s home humiliation to a second-string Wednesday side came as Steve McClaren remains winless this season in the Premier League after six games in charge. Lewis McGugan netted for only the second time this season, on his fourth appearance to send Wednesday through with a 1-0 win.Arsenal eliminated Tottenham in a north London derby, with the 2-1 victory secured by Mathieu Flamini grabbing his first career double on his first appearance of the season. Defender Calum Chambers had scored an own goal to level the game before Flamini’s sublime first-time volley sent Arsenal into the fourth round.”I had a point to prove, I haven’t played for a while,” the 31-year-old Flamini said. “But I’m working hard.”Four other Premier League teams had no problem dispensing of lower-league teams.Anthony Martial made it four goals in four games at the start of his Manchester United career by completing a 3-0 victory over Ipswich.Other results: Walsall 1 Chelsea 4; MK Dons 0 Southampton 6; Crystal Palace 4 Charlton 1, Norwich 3 West Brom 0.FOURTH-ROUND DRAWEverton vs NorwichHull vs LeicesterLiverpool vs BournemouthMan City vs Crystal PalaceMan United vs MiddlesbroughSouthampton vs Aston VillaSheffield Wednesday vs ArsenalStoke vs Chelsealast_img read more

Benteke lifts Liverpool

first_imgSUNDERLAND, England (AP):Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification yesterday.The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, too.Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points (30) with Manchester United but behind their great rivals on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.Sunderland stayed next to last with their fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety as recently hired manager Sam Allardyce struggles to turn around the fortunes of the perennial relegation contenders. Sunderland’s home game against last-place Aston Villa on Saturday assumes even greater significance.It was Benteke’s sixth goal in seven career games against Sunderland – more than he has scored against any other club.”I came to Liverpool to try to score a lot of goals; I’m in good shape,” said Benteke, who has six league goals this season. “I hope I can keep it up.”last_img read more

Messi, Lloyd win Ballon d’Or

first_imgNow score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor.”It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.”It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage,” Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, “after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.”Five major titles for Barcelona last year – leaving none for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – brought the golden ball back into Messi’s hands. It was not even close.Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries.It was a stellar night for Barcelona and the World Cup-winning United States women’s team.best coachLuis Enrique was named best coach after guiding Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.The women’s awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis.Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.”I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,” said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.Lloyd got 35.28 per cent of the voting points, ahead of Germany’s Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.Ellis won the coaching award in women’s football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.English-born Ellis got the most dominating win. She scored 42.98 percent, ahead of Sasaki on 17.79 percent and Sampson’s 10.68 percent.Pep Guardiola, now coaching Bayern Munich, placed second to his former teammate yesterday, getting 22.97 percent against for 31.08 per cent for Barcelona’s Luis Enrique. Neither could attend due to team commitments. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli placed third, on 9.47 percent, for guiding the host to a first Copa America title.Messi lost out in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal to Wendell Lira of Brazil. Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico-GO in a league game topped an online poll that logged more than 1.6 million votes.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Something to smile about

first_img BRAVO BAT WELL Bravo did bat well, unbelievably well on a fifth-day pitch, probably the best by a West Indian on a fifth-day pitch. At close on Sunday, the West Indies were 95 for two, Bravo and Samuels were not out, and the hope of a stunning and surprising win was still alive. As fate would have it, Samuels was out to the first ball of the day, and although Bravo batted on to score 116 runs off 249 deliveries, the 251 runs that were then needed, the target of 346 runs was always a little too far. It was always a distant dream. When all was said and done, it would have been the seventh-highest total to win a Test match. And it might have been, but for some cricket earlier on, but for Bravo’s late dismissal, and but for some careless running between the wickets at the end. It was just six runs less than Sri Lanka made against South Africa in 2006 to win a match. It was always a challenge, a stiff one at that, and against one like Yashir Shaw on a turning pitch, it was almost improbable, if not impossible, for a team like the West Indies team at the moment. Pakistan’s batsman played terribly in that second innings, and maybe it was because of their impressive first-innings performance. It was, however, some good bowling by Bishoo, some good batting by Bravo, and the hope is that they will continue to perform in such manner, not in taking eight wickets all the time, not in scoring a century every time, but in bowling well and in batting well most of the time. This West Indies team is not the best in the world, but it is also not so bad that a little pride, a little fight, a little discipline in their play, and a little improvement in the thought process cannot change. What happened in Dubai last Sunday should help to convince the fans that all is not lost in West Indies cricket, that the performance of the team does not necessarily depend on the performance of the board, and that what happens on the field depends almost entirely on the players. The players are the ones who play the game. After facing a massive 579 for three declared and the dreaded follow-on, the West Indies routed Pakistan, the number-two ranked team in the world, for next to nothing and battled into the last hour of the Test match to lose by 56 runs and 12 overs, and that, after batting once for 123.5 overs and again for 109 overs. It was the second-highest number of overs the West Indies had ever batted in the second innings of a Test match. The first Test match against Pakistan ended in Dubai last Monday in a thrilling, exciting, and almost dramatic fashion. It ended, surprisingly, in almost victory for the West Indies. Going into the match short on confidence after being the beating stick of almost of every jack man in cricket, and after losing the T20 and the ODI assignments 6-0, and easily at that, the expectation going into the Test match was for nothing less than a 3-0 thumping. And against Pakistan, who, despite their previous showing against England in England, are known as cricket’s most inconsistent performers, good today and unrecognisably bad tomorrow. And after getting away to an astonishing start at 215 before the first wicket fell, to 352 before the second wicket, to 517 before the third wicket fell, and to reach 579 for three declared, with Azhar Ali posting 302 not out, the feeling was “here we go again” with a sound thrashing in sight. It was even worse when, under different circumstances, the West Indies’ best bowler, Devendra Bishoo, finished with two wickets for 125 runs off 35 miserable overs. The end, however, was not as many expected it be. The West Indies, instead of crumbling on what the West Indians described as a slow, unkind pitch, surprisingly put up a fairly good show, with top batsmen Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels contributing nicely to a first innings of 357 runs. Not surprisingly, Pakistan did not enforce the follow-on, preferring, as most captains do these days, to bat the opposition out of the Test match. The plan, no doubt, was to get around 180, or so, for the loss of a few wickets, add that to their lead of 222, and to leave themselves with enough time to bowl out the West Indies a second time. You can bet your bottom dollar that after scoring such a massive first-innings score, and that having things easy, Pakistan never even figured, at that time, that they could lose the match. They would just go, rattle up a few runs, and let loose leg-spinner Yashir Shaw on the fifth-day pitch. Bishoo, the right-arm leg-spinner, who, a few years ago, was named the best young cricketer of the year, but who never lived up to his potential, had other ideas, however, and in a short while, in 31.5 overs, Pakistan were in and out, rolled over for 123. Bishoo, “bowling straighter and at the stumps” than in the first innings when he “bowled short and at a fourth or fifth stump outside the off-stump”, ripped through Pakistan’s batting, claiming eight wickets for 49 runs off 13.5 overs. The end really came quickly, and Pakistan really realised that they were in danger, not when they were 112 for 4, but when their last six wickets crashed for 11 runs. “I pitched the ball up, I pitched it on the wicket and in the rough, and that was that. We had a chance of winning the Test match,” Bishoo said. Some time around 10:30 on Sunday morning, Reds Perreira telephoned me from St Lucia. He asked me if I had heard the score, and he told me Pakistan were 121 for eight and that Bishoo had picked up six wickets. Fifteen minutes or so later, Easton McMorris, as he usually does, telephoned me and asked me if I thought that we could win. “Win what?” I asked him. “The Test match”, McMorris said. “You don’t hear the score? We bowled them out for 123 … Bishoo run through them.” It was then that I sat up straight. “Maybe. Three hundred and forty-odd is a lot to get, especially on a turner. Bravo and Samuels will have to bat out of their skin for us to win.” After that, my telephone kept ringing all day. People kept calling and asking, as if I had a crystal ball in my hand, if the West Indies would win, or if they could win. If Bravo and Samuels both bat well, maybe they could.last_img read more

I am committed to Windies – Brathwaite

first_img PRIORITY “My priority is always the West Indies. I want to be part of all three formats, and I want to be on that New Zealand tour next,” the all-rounder said here this week. “If I’m not in New Zealand, and an opportunity presents itself here – I’m not in New Zealand for whatever reason, and I’m available – I’d love to come back to Sydney and the BBL.” Brathwaite’s commitment to West Indies was already evident in his decision to return to the Caribbean following the Thunder’s final preliminary game on Wednesday, to represent his native Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50. The tournament, the Caribbean’s premier 50-overs competition, is a requirement for West Indies players in order to be eligible for selection in the ODI format. STAT SPOT Brathwaite’s batting bundle Tests – 3 Runs – 181 High Score – 61 ODIs – 20 Runs – 228 High Score – 33* T20 – 13 Runs – 99 High Score – 34* SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite has reiterated his commitment to playing international cricket, despite the demand for his services in Twenty20 leagues across the globe. The 28-year-old has been an instant hit with Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Australia Big Bash and already the franchise are weighing up the possibility of securing his services for next season. However, West Indies are scheduled to tour New Zealand from November 2017 to January 2018 for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and one T20I – a series that will clash with the early stages of the Big Bash, which bowls off a week before Christmas. And Brathwaite, who is trying to forge an international career in all three formats, said he was focused on making the Windies squad for the full series.last_img read more

Start with very fit Laws of the Code

first_img OLD RIVAL ZEPHYR enjoys a 5.0kg swing with old rival LITTLE BIG HORN and even with in-form champion jockey Omar Walker now taking the ride aboard the latter, the Wayne Parchment-rained ZEPHYR is given the edge in a nine-strong field. BIG BLACK NATION, the mount of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, has not been running badly for trainer Fitzroy Glipsie this season and could provide the answer to the knotty looking fourth race over a mile in which 13 have been declared. Horses such as BOUNCE, WARTIME, PIANO MAN, HEY CHAMP, KAMALI STAR and JON MARSHALL will all have their supporters in a race of this nature, but BIG BLACK NATION could prove best of all from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the well- forward firrst time runner TIZ A VIBE (working well for trainer Anthony Nunes, Steadman up) and down in class RALLY BABY under champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan in the sixth race over the straight. With fancied horses such as SEEKING MY DREAM, CRAFTY STAR and smart newcomer TWILIGHT DREAMS dominating last Saturday’s meet at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race programme with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. On a day when the three-old fillies and colts will undergo their final Guineas prep races in the Thornbird Stakes and Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres, the Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 3-y-o maiden race over 1200 metres to be contested by 11 starters, including the likely favourite, LAWS OF THE CODE, who has been narrowly beaten in her last two races. Owned and trained by Carl Anderson who is enjoying tremendous form this season, LAWS OF THE CODE obviously has less to do in present company judging from her close second to ROGAMMA on March 4 and also to LIGHTNING LILY behind a fast time (1:06.4) over 1100 metres on February 25. Coming back with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of the apprentice Javaneil Patterson 2.0kg claim, should lead home RAKSHA with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. Twelve maiden five-year-olds have been declared for the second race over 1300 metres and while at first glance it has a difficult look about it, on closer examination the winner should come from a trio comprising MR COOKIE (Henry up), BRAVE HEART (Linton Steadman) and MOUNT ZION KING (Odean Edwards). All three figured prominently last time out, MOUNT ZION KING failing by 3/4 lengths to beat WISE JOHNNY over the straight on March 1. BRAVE HEART, on the other hand, beat all barring KHOSHAKEL over 1100 metres on February 11, while MR COOKIE ran well against four-year-olds (behind SMASH AMUSEMENT) over 1400 metres on February 13 and could well start favourite given Henry’s presence. Preference is for the Colin Ferguson-trained MOUNT ZION KING, but only just from MR. COOKIE from the Terence McWhinney stable. They all have the consistent ZEPHYR, with competent apprentice Jerome Innis aboard, to beat in the third race over the straight. The four-year-old chestnut filly was 21/4 lengths third to LORD EQUUS and LITTLE BIG HORN over 1300 metres recently and prior to that went down fighting by half a length to LOTTERY TICKET and again to LIKE A LADY in fast run 1100-metre races. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) LAWS OF THE CODE (2) MOUNT ZION KING/ MR COOKIE (3) ZEPHYR/LITTLE BIG HORN (4) BIG BLACK NATION/ BOUNCE (5) TIZ A VIBE (6) RALLY BABY/ SAMORAlast_img read more

Jamaicans ready despite limited time – Wilson

first_img The final of the women 4x200m relays (9:21 p.m.) as well as men 4x100m (9:36 p.m.) relays will be contested later in the night after the heats. Jamaica will also be in action in the heats of the men and women 4x400m relay. The women will have Kenya, Botswana, Poland and Germany for company in their 8:57 p.m. heat while the male team will face Brazil, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Kenya and Botswana in their 9:36 p.m. heat. Javon Francis will lead the men 4x400m team and will be joined by Demish Gaye, Steven Gayle and Peter Matthews. Jamaica’s female 4x400m team have retained two members from the team that won the silver at the last championships, in Christine Day and Stephenie-Ann McPherson. The other members of the team are Verone Chambers, Shericka Jackson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Janieve Russell. FINALS AT NIGHT NASSAU, Bahamas: Despite managing just a single training session with the entire Jamaican contingent ahead of today’s start of the third IAAF World Relays, technical director Maurice Wilson remains confident that the island’s athletes will deliver a powerful showing beginning with today’s opening day of action. Wilson, who will be counting on established stars such as Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Nickel Ashmeade, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson, as well as a battalion of upcoming athletes, noted that the focus in the build-up was to use the limited time to iron out any baton exchange rust as the Jamaicans look to get closer to the USA after second-place finishes at the previous staging. “The time span for training was extremely limited, and so we basically tried to have the athletes get an easy workout and we tried to do some exchanges, but it was very difficult in such a short space of time,” said Wilson after yesterday’s training session. The bulk of the team arrived in Nassau on Thursday evening, which meant that yesterday’s training session, which took place adjacent to the championships venue – the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium was the first one, which involved the entire unit. Meanwhile, Jamaica will be aiming to better their second-place finish at the championships in the 2015, this after they tallied 46 points behind the winners United States, who won the championships with 63 points. A lot will be expected from Blake and Thompson, who are two of the most senior athletes on the team. This follows the absence of sprint superstars Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell along with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Blake will lead Jamaica’s 4x100m quartet, which includes Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jevaughn Minzie, Everton Clarke and Nickel Ashmeade. The team finished second behind the United States in 2015, with the throat-slashing celebration gesture from Ryan Bailey afterwards proving as memorable as the race itself. However, despite the absence of Bolt and Powell, Blake said he was confident the team will do well. “We are not worried about anybody because on the day we will be ready because as long as I get the baton in touching distance, then we are good to go,” said Blake. The Jamaicans will start in lane four in the opening men’s 4x100m heat at 7:59 p.m. tonight, with Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago expected to keep the Jamaicans honest. The real test will come from defending champions USA, who will be counting on former Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers. Thompson will lead Jamaica’s charge for the gold in the women’s 4x200m, which will see the heats being the first event on the track today. Jamaica will line up in lane 4 in the second of two heats, set to face the starter at 7:46 p.m. The Olympic 100m and 200m champion will be joined by the improving Sasherlee Forbes, Shericka Jackson and the experienced Jura Levy and Anastacia Le-Roy, as they seek to take away the gold medal from Nigeria.last_img read more