Sprint hurdlers seek improvement for big final

first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaica’s 110m hurdles finalists, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, will both be looking for improvement as they go in search of Jamaica’s first gold medal in this event at the World Championships.The pair enter today’s final at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, as the third- and fourth-fastest qualifiers heading into the medal round. However, none was particularly pleased with their performance and are well aware that a medal in what has been one of the closest races this year, will most likely not come their way unlessMcLeod, the fastest hurdler in China, this year, after his 12.97 run at Jamaica’s national championships a few weeks ago, showed no mercy towards the hurdles in his semi-final, hitting all 10 on his way to a 13.14 second-place finish. This followed early problems in his heat and despite taking solace in his ability to remain focused even when the race has fallen apart, McLeod is aware it’s the hurdler with the least mistakes who is likely to win.”I’m going to do my very best to have a clean race, I want to do well for myself, my country, and my family so I’m trying to prove that I can do great things against these big boys,” said McLeod. “Coming this young, is an exception, I have nothing to lose. I just need to go out there and run my race, run the same race I have been running all season and once I do that relaxed, great things will happen.””It (the ability to recover in bad races) shows that I’m strong, so I’m happy that I have something to work on. Hurdles is something you have to be technically sound in. I think it’s going to boil down to who has the perfect race because I think everyone is going to be up there, I’m just focusing on getting out, holding it together,” McLeod told The Gleaner.”It would mean everything to win a medal here, it would be exceptional! Coming here as a 21-year-old, medalling. I mean making the final is a great thing but medalling would be the icing on the cake and I really think I can do it. I have trained hard, the focus is there, the exuberance is there,” McLeod beamed.Parchment, the Olympic bronze medal winner, who was second in his semi-final with a 13.16 mark, said he is looking to improve his focus at the start as he expressed confidence in his chances of winning here.”I am very happy that I got through, but I’m very disappointed with the first part of the race it was a very slow start, I don’t think my mind was in the right place but I’m into the final and I’m very happy about that,” Parchment said.”I think I was thinking about the start or about getting out too much so when the gun went off, I was still thinking and then I realised its time to race. I need to focus and not worry about these things and just leave it on the track,” he added.The 110m hurdles final gets under way at 8:20 a.m. today.-A.L.last_img read more

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Spurs beat Knicks, Popovich alone in 5th for coaching wins

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) puts up a shot against New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in New York. The Spurs won 100-91. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — He’s now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, though there are some things Gregg Popovich still doesn’t know.Like what everybody was yelling about after Manu Ginobili’s overthrown pass, for example.ADVERTISEMENT Hectic EPL schedule will ‘kill’ the players, warns Guardiola Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “They just for 48 minutes played consistently,” Porzingis said. “They talk on defense. And they also know when they need to push the pace and when they need to slow it down.”The Knicks led 29-25 after one quarter but couldn’t break 20 points in either of the next two. The Spurs began to pull away midway through the third, which ended with confusion.Ginobili, the Argentine veteran who got some loud cheers as he often does while playing in New York, appeared to be attempting a lob pass from beyond the 3-point line to Aldridge, but the pass went over his head. Beasley grabbed it and began dribbling up the court as Ginobili and other Spurs waved frantically to the officials that the ball had actually gone into the basket.“It went so clean that nobody saw it and I went crazy because once you make a shot like that, you want it to count,” Ginobili said. “So yeah, it was very awkward, but common sense, I guess. The refs reviewed it and we got it.”Referees eventually credited the basket to Ginobili — but only for two points. The basket was reviewed after the quarter ended and counted as a 3-pointer, giving San Antonio an 81-67 lead.Leonard played 30 minutes for the first time this season. It was just his seventh game after his return from a quadriceps injury. He shot 8 for 20 and grabbed eight rebounds.“I felt good,” he said. “Still got a little bit of ways to go as far as my conditioning, legs, just the whole rhythm of the game, figuring out things.”TIP-INSSpurs: Leonard missed his first five 3-point attempts, and then made his final three. … Danny Green, who has battled a left groin injury, didn’t play in the second half and Popovich indicated he may be shut down to rest.Knicks: G Ron Baker missed the game because of a broken left orbital bone sustained when he was hit in the face trying to stop Anthony Davis’ drive to the basket in New York’s victory at New Orleans on Saturday. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Baker took part in the non-contact portion of practice Monday but the mask he was fitted for to wear in games wasn’t available yet. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NEW YEAR, SAME OL’ SPURSThe calendar has changed but the Spurs rarely do. Tim Duncan is gone, but Ginobili (40) and Tony Parker (35) are still around in 2018.“I still miss Timmy and Manu will go at some point, maybe in the next five, six years,” Popovich joked. “Tony, he thinks he’s going to play for 10 more. Those contracts are pretty good.”BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONPopovich didn’t want Parker after the Frenchman’s first workout as a teenager.“I thought he was soft, I thought he didn’t care, I thought he thought he was too cool for school and I said no and we sent him out of town,” Popovich said.He agreed to give Parker another workout and came away impressed by his toughness.“If you have time to go through all that, I guess you learn a little bit and it might help you take a chance on someone,” Popovich said.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 25 for the Spurs. Ginobili finished with 12 points — three of them coming on what appeared to be a pass that went into the basket without everyone noticing.“He makes magic happen,” Aldridge said. “He’s the only 40-year-old that can make plays like he does every night.”The Spurs beat the Knicks for the second time in six days and won for the fourth time in five games. They beat New York 119-107 on Dec. 28.Michael Beasley had 18 points for the Knicks, who were playing one of just four home games this month. They play 12 times on the road.Kristaps Porzingis shot just 5 for 19 and was one of three Knicks to finish with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments He was just as fooled initially as the referees and didn’t realize the ball had gone in the basket, the most bizarre bucket of San Antonio’s 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.“I did not, in all honestly. I did not,” Popovich said. “Then everybody started grabbing me and saying the ball went in. I said, ‘Yeah, the ball went in!’ I acted like I knew what was going on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe almost always does.Popovich earned his 1,176th victory, all with the Spurs. The five-time champion broke a tie with his friend George Karl. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

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Watford give up pursuit of former Newcastle man

first_img1 Davide Santon in action for Inter Milan Watford have given up their pursuit of former Newcastle man Davide Santon.The left-back is back at Inter Milan but he is unlikely to feature regularly there under former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.That gave Watford the impetus to make a move for the Italy international but Hornets owner Gino Pozzo says the deal is dead in the water“There is no breakthrough to bring Santon to our London club,” the multi-club owner told fcinternews.it“In fact, I can say that the deal is now dead and there are no longer the conditions to continue.“I did not see much enthusiasm in the boy, despite all the time that we gave to evaluate the situation.”last_img

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