Looking forward to a productive year

first_imgAFTER finally completing his first year of his 4-year scholarship at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) Guyanese athlete Emanuel Archibald is looking forward to having another productive year when he starts out his 2018 season.Like many Guyanese athletes, he’s also eyeing the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Australia in April, for which the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) has been allotted five places.Archibald specialises in the sprints, as well as the long jump. He also has a personal best of 10.36s in the 100m, and 20.95 seconds in the 200m, but it is his skills in the long jump that have gained him most of the attention. So far he has a personal best of 7.88m, which he achieved last year.Guyana’s national record in the men’s long jump, according to reports, stands at 8.07m and was achieved some 25 years ago. Archibald is just some seven inches off the record and is hoping to get even closer as his 2018 season progresses, and maybe even to surpass it one day and go down in the record books himself.“I’m looking forward to becoming Guyana’s record-holder in long jump, and maybe even the sprints. I’m looking forward to one day representing my country at every major championship and international games, if possible; maybe bringing home a medal from Olympics as well as putting my country out there on the international scene and showing the world the talent we have,” Archibald established.Training in Jamaica under jump coach Kerry Lee Rickets, Archibald feels even more prepared to reach his goals. Having entered 2017 with a-then personal best (PB) of 7.2m, Archibald has already added over two feet to his previous PB, and is looking forward to not letting up anytime soon.“I’m healthy and looking forward for a productive track season, with new personal bests,” Archibald shared.But despite his natural talent in athletics Archibald has actually not been into the sport that long, and he has University of Guyana Sports Coordinator, Lavern Fraser-Thomas to thank for leading him down the path.But with natural talent like that, it comes as no surprise to learn that the former UG student is a product of Linden, which has well established itself as the hub of Guyana’s athletics talent.Unlike many athletes with a trail of athletic achievements from a young age, Archibald boasts no such record, despite the skills. Despite growing up in Linden and being encouraged into athletics, it just never stuck for Archibald.“Basically track was something I used to do when I was small, but I grow to dislike it the older I got; so even throughout secondary school I never really did it. I preferred basketball, but when I joined the University of Guyana, Miss Lavern invited me out to the University sports day and I did well so she asked me to come to the trials to make the university team.”Though the University did not have its own coach, they were able to utilise the skills of Police Progressive Youth Club’s coach, Mark Scott, who eventually roped Archibald into his club, where Archibald’s skills progressed.“Miss Lavern and coach Scott encouraged me to keep doing it because they saw talent, so I fall back in love with the sport,” Archibald explained.But Scott and Thomas-Fraser were not the only ones noticing the bright future for Archibald. Travelling and representing UG, Archibald was spotted by a UWI coach, who offered Archibald a place at the college. Thanks to the benevolence of the Guyana government, Archibald, along with three other athletes, was given a four-year scholarship to make his attendance possible.Even as he focuses on his athletic pursuits it was not all easy for Archibald at the beginning at UWI, juggling classes and training“It was longer training hours, sometimes 2 times a day, and a lot of gym work I was not used to. Training started at 06:00hrs until 10:00hrs then my first class was 11:00hrs -13:00hrs and the next one was 15:00hrs -17:00hrs; so basically after a hard morning session I’d have to go to class tired,”“But I was able to cope pretty well; but sometimes I would miss class. But the advantage is how the school system set up. All notes are posted on the internet as well as I can go into another lecture timing and get the information (that was) taught earlier.”last_img read more

Super Falcons’ Home Jersey Voted Best at Women’s World Cup in…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Falcons home jersey has been voted the best women’s national team jersey at the last FIFA Women’s World Cup held last year in France.The nine times African champions featured at their eighth tournament in France in that breezy green and white outfit designed by NIKE shortly before the country’s senior male team featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The jersey sold out in just few hours after it was launched in London two years ago. It was also one of the most sought-after jersey in Russia despite the fact that the Super Eagles failed to progress beyond the group stage.This perhaps explains why when the Super Falcons filed out for the Mundial in France, it became an instant hit with the fans and got nominated on Sunday amongst the four jerseys shortlisted for votings. It was the only African team jersey that made the list.The other countries jerseys listed for the poll include England, Germany and Australia.In the voting which ended yesterday, it was little surprise that the Super Falcons jersey polled over 50 per cent of the entire 2,348 votes cast.Australia’s Women’s team jersey finished a distant second behind Falcons, polling 21 per cent while England (15) and Germany (15) placed third and fourth respectively.Those who believe the hood does not make the monk were however right at the tournament in France as the Super Falcons with their beautiful jersey did not record more than just one victory- the 2-0 defeat of South Korea in the group game. They however lost out of the tournament in the Round of 16 to Germany just like they did at the 1999 edition hosted by USA.Interestingly, the men’s version of the jersey was voted amongst 20 iconic World Cup jerseys of all time last April.In the final poll conducted in 24-hours by BBC Sports, the Super Eagles’ 2018 kit was voted fifth among the iconic football shirts worldwide across all generations.The shirt was beaten by those of Brazil (1970); Netherlands (1988); West Germany (1990) and England (1966) in the top four places.The Nigerian shirt had nine per cent of total votes cast whereas the winning shirt, that of Brazil, had 14%. England in the fourth place had 10%, just one to pip Nigeria to the fourth place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PODCAST: Breaking down USC’s win over Texas

first_imgAssociate managing editor Eric He and sports editor Ollie Jung break down USC’s thrilling win over Texas on Saturday at the Coliseum.Intro music: 10K by Joakim Karudyoutube.com/joakimkarudlast_img

Will Lakers’ second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge pay off?

first_imgBut it represented a pleasant surprise in a week in which very little has gone right. Various Lakers officials took a cross-country flight late Tuesday night for a visit on Wednesday afternoon with Detroit center Greg Monroe. But on Thursday morning, Monroe agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal with Milwaukee. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan considered the Lakers “very professional” and the team delivered a “strong presentation” in their meeting Wednesday night, according to a league source familiar with Jordan’s thinking. But Jordan is expected to choose between either the Mavericks or Clippers.The Lakers also could not retain Ed Davis, who agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with Portland on Thursday. Davis hoped to stay with the Lakers and expressed gratitude for the opportunity that enabled him to average 8.3 points per game as well as career-highs in field-goal percentage (60.1), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2) and assists (1.2) in his fifth NBA season.“They wanted me to come back,” Davis told Los Angeles News Group. “But I felt like this was the right decision for me. I didn’t really want to wait around. I was comfortable with everything there. I wanted to go back. Nothing went bad or anything.”Yet, the Lakers still placed higher priority on receiving clarity on the marquee free agents, including Aldridge and Jordan. The Lakers have $23 million in cap space, and would need $18.8 million available for a max contract.“That played a big part of it,” Davis said. “They want to have that cap space open for one of those guys. I felt Portland would help me with my career down the road. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”It seems too early to know what the Lakers’ backup plan will entail. They could look to acquire Golden State forward David Lee, who will likely be traded amid a diminished role. But the Warriors do not want to absorb salary and would like outside shooters. The Lakers have expressed interest in Amare Stoudemire and Jason Smith, according to league sources, but those players are not game-changers.Currently, the Lakers’ summer league roster could represent most of their actual team, including Russell, Randle, Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Anthony Brown, Tarik Black and Jabari Brown. All of which brings the Lakers back to their latest meeting with Aldridge. Will the sequel feature a more compelling script and happier ending? The Lakers’ free-agent fortunes likely depend on it. • Whicker: Why are Lakers unable to attract free agents?How will Kobe Bryant stay durable and effective in his 20th and perhaps final NBA season after suffering three-season ending injuries in three consecutive years? How quickly will the Lakers’ young core of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson develop? Who else will the Lakers target in free agency?The Lakers’ second meeting contrasted the full cast the Lakers brought to their first meeting, notably featuring Bryant, Scott, Kupchak, president Jeanie Buss, executive Jim Buss and former Showtime Laker James Worthy. The Lakers’ meeting also included assistant general manager Glenn Carraro, senior vice president of business operations Tim Harris, team publicist John Black as well as representatives with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG. Before the first meeting started with Aldridge, the Lakers rolled out the red carpet in Hollywood fashion. The Lakers’ Twitter account began an “LA to L.A.” hashtag campaign. Musical artists Adam Levine and Snoop Dogg also publicly pleaded for Aldridge to change his favorite colors to purple and gold. Did the Lakers’ latest effort work? Who knows. After all, Aldridge also has reportedly attracted interest from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Toronto, Phoenix and Portland. Even if their original performance elicited poor reviews, the Lakers still followed up with a sequel before a willing audience. The Lakers met with free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to a league source familiar with the situation, marking the second time in just over 48 hours the two parties discussed a potential partnership.Aldridge left his meeting with the Lakers on Tuesday night reportedly believing they stressed the wrong things in their presentation. It apparently focused too much on business opportunities and less on the team’s rebuilding strategy after ending last season with its worst record in franchise history. Hence, a league source said the Lakers centered their second meeting strictly on basketball and general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott were believed to be the only participants. Perhaps then, Aldridge received more clarity on a few things that could determine the Lakers’ success or failure in the 2015-16 season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nemanja Anđušić Signed a Contract with FC Sarajevo

first_img(Source: Fena/photo FKSarajevo) The member of the Academy of the football club Sarajevo, Nemanja Anđušić, signed a contract with FK Sarajevo today.-Talented player, who was born in 1996 in Trebinje, will increase competition in the wing positions, and next season will have a chance to compete for the U-19 team selection”, was announced from FK Sarajevo.last_img

Selection of the Best Athlete of BiH: Mladen Ivanic is Sponsor of the Event

first_imgMladen Ivanic, a member of the Presidency of BiH is a sponsor of this year’s 16th selection for the best athletes of BiH in the traditional organization of “Nezavisne novine” and Radio-Television of BiH.“The Presidency of BiH supports this important event organized by “Nezavisne novine” and Radio Television of BiH from the very beginning and I am glad that this beautiful tradition continues this year. An expert jury is composed of competent and prominent people from the world of sports. I wish them success in their work and to recognize and award the best ones in healthy competition, which will certainly be an additional incentive for even better results in the future,” said Ivanic.President of this year’s jury is Zarko Varajic. In the organization and implementation of this project each year participate most prominent and most responsible people from the world of sport, business, politics and media. There is also a support of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, as well as from the partner of the event, the Olympic Committee of BiH.This year’s announcement of the best will be held on the 15th of December in the Congress Hall of hotel “Holiday” in Sarajevo at 8 pm with a live broadcast on BHT 1.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more