Jason Morgan, who set a new national record in the discus in 2015, is looking forward to being even better in 2016 and perhaps even win an Olympic medal in Rio this summer.He has reason to be optimistic. Training has been going well, he is working with a team of coaches, and best of all, he has a shoe contract with apparel manufacturer Puma that is expected to run until the end of his career.In other words, things are looking up for the 33-year-old 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who in June last year set a national record of 68.19 metres in Pearl, Mississippi.It was the second best throw in the world for 2015.”I am working a part-time job while I train and at this moment, training is going hard and well. I have a set workout plan and different cycles for the season. I also have a couple of great coaches that will assist me on the road to the Rio Olympic Games,” he said. “I have great support and a management team, and it’s a blessing to have Puma as my sponsor.”training in preparationFor the past few years, Morgan has endured great financial difficulty while training in preparation to represent Jamaica. Earnings from his job, plus some financial support from the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), were not enough to allow him to take care of his family, train, cover medical expenses and travelling to competition.He believes his work ethic and affable personality helped land him the Puma contract, revealing that officials there have told him that they have always admired his will power and hard work, as well as his character.The deal he signed with Puma last December now allows him greater freedom to focus on his preparation for what could be his last Olympic Games.”It’s like a dream come true,” said Morgan of the shoe contract. “They have supported Jamaica’s track and field and the world’s best athletes. They will assist me on the rest of my journey. It’s a blessing to be able to be part of a pioneer brand, and I will continue to inspire and break down barriers, and give young and old people hope to believe in themselves, no matter what the journey.”
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):Regional players union West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has hailed Shiv Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport.The West Indies Cricket Board announced Friday that the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection.WIPA president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and had seen his qualities up close.PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION”As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds, a former Windies player.”Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11 953 runs.He also managed 30 hundreds.Chanderpaul also played in 268 ODI matches, scoring 8,778 runs with an average of 41.60.He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following a run of low scores in three Test series against South Africa and England.
LONDON (AP):Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract.The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history, was informed about the decision before last week’s 1-0 league win over Arsenal.”I was in last week before the Arsenal game, and it (my contract) is not going to be extended,” he said. “It’s not going to be a fairy-tale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea.”Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. I needed to know now, like I have done every January, and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately, it was a ‘no’.”Terry has been offered a faint glimmer of hope about his future at Stamford Bridge, where Dutchman Guus Hiddink has taken over as interim coach until the end of the season, following the firing of JosÈ Mourinho last December.”They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a ‘no’ at the minute,” Terry said.”It took me a couple of days to get over.”Having joined the youth ranks and then made his senior debut in 1998, Terry was appointed club captain in 2004. His physical presence, anticipation and leadership qualities made him the outstanding figure in Chelsea’s defence as the club enjoyed a run of trophy success.In total, Terry has helped the club win four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League. He also captained England during a 78-cap career before he retired from international football in 2012.He held on to the Chelsea captaincy, despite being banned for four matches and fined in 2012 for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.Having made 696 appearances for the Blues, Terry’s next destination is likely to be abroad.”I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure,” he said. “I don’t know where, and I leave that to the people in charge.”Despite the lack of a fairy-tale ending, Terry wished the team well for the future.”The club will move on; no player is ever bigger than the club,” he said. “No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre backs.”I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well.”Chelsea’s season has so far been a chaotic one, with the champions languishing in the wrong half of the table after a poor start under Mourinho.However, yesterday’s 5-1 win over second-tier MK Dons in the FA Cup was the latest indication of a recovery under Hiddink – a revival that Terry wants to see continue in his final season.Chelsea are currently 13th in the Premier League standings on 28 points, 14 behind Tottenham in the fourth and final Champions League slot.”It’s going to be my last year, and I want to go out at the top,” he said.”We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.”
“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica. TRUMP CARD
Earlier, key batsmen Shahzad (24) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (16) fell early while trying expansive shots off Samuel Badree (3-14), who also clean bowled Usman Ghani off his fifth delivery. Samiullah Shenwari and Naib fell in the space of six runs and left their team reeling at 56-5 in an attempt to increase the scoring rate. Zadran and Nabi added 34 runs for the sixth wicket stand – going from 56-5 to 90-6 – before Nabi fell in the 17th over off a brilliant catch which was set up by Sammy. He stretched full length and palmed the ball into the safe hands of Samuels after intercepting Nabi’s hard drive at extra cover. Zadran held the innings together and took the total beyond 120 when he smashed two boundaries in Bravo’s last over of the innings with a switch-hit and a crisp drive through the covers. Key batsmen NAGPUR, India (AP): Spirited Afghanistan upset former champions West Indies at the World Twenty20 with a thrilling six-run victory in their last Group One match yesterday. Afghanistan’s four-pronged spin attack – led by 17-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan and experienced off-spinner Mohammad Nabi who both returned identical figures of 2-26 – restricted the West Indies to 117-8 on a turning wicket after Najibullah Zadran’s 48 off 40 balls earlier anchored them to 123-7. Despite the defeat, West Indies topped Group One over England on a superior net run-rate as both teams finished on six points with one defeat and three victories. West Indies will take on India in the second semi-final at Mumbai on Thursday. Afghanistan lived up to their promise to at least win one match in the Super 10 stage after earlier putting up brave performances before losing to England, Sri Lanka and South Africa. “We knew we could defend the total after watching low scoring games here in Nagpur,” Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq said. “Our spinners were fantastic today and the fielding was simply outstanding.” Extra cover Needing 25 off the last two overs, Carlos Brathwaite smacked two sixes off Gulbadin Naib’s gentle medium pace, but West Indies captain Darren Sammy holed out at extra cover in the same over. With 10 required off the last six balls, Brathwaite missed Nabi’s first two deliveries before Zadran took a spectacular diving catch at deep mid wicket to stun the 2012 champions. In the absence of rested Chris Gayle, West Indies couldn’t get the sort of start it wanted as Evin Lewis was out for a duck in his debut T20. In form Andre Fletcher pulled his hamstring at the end of the sixth over and left the field in pain. That opened the door for Afghanistan to have a crack at the middle order. Marlon Samuels (5) was baffled by Khan’s vicious googly and was bowled off the back foot and Dwayne Bravo (28) was trapped leg before wicket by Nabi. Denesh Ramdin was stumped by Khan’s sharp leg-spinner after the wicketkeeper-batsman made a pedestrian 18 off 24 balls, while Andre Russell (7) was run out by a direct throw from wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad to reduce West Indies to 98-6 in the 18th over.