Spotlight on The Axeman

first_imgDespite losing his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title on the scales last June 13 when he came in one pound overweight, Jamaican boxing star Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters gave a superb performance at the Madison Square Garden Theatre against Miguel Marriaga to win his 12-round non-title fight by unanimous decision. Tonight, he seeks to show the world that he is still championship material when he takes on American Jason Sosa over 10 rounds in the co-feature bout on an HBO promotion. The other featured bout is a WBA heavyweight title contest between Luis Ortiz and Bryant Jennings, and the venue is the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona, New York. An interesting note with regard to tonight’s fight is that it will be in the super featherweight division, which is 130 pounds. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Walters said that the decision was taken by his camp to make him fight at the higher weight class, to see how he handles it. “In boxing, three pounds of additional weight makes a lot of difference, and I just want to see how comfortable I am at that weight,” he said. He added: “There is big money in the featherweight class, particularly with Lomachenko on the horizon, but if I feel comfortable fighting at 130, I may just move up. There are some good boxers up there too, and the Japanese Super champion (Takashi) Uchiyama is a crowd pleaser. A fight against him would pull in some good money. “I am just going into this fight with an open mind. I have trained hard, I am feeling good and very strong, and I am going to let it all hang out.” STUDYING THE OPPONENT Asked about his opponent and whether he had watched tapes on him, Walters replied: “I don’t watch tapes. My trainers do that and then make suggestions as to how I should fight an opponent. When we get into the ring, however, I see what my opponent has to offer, and I then show him what I have. After that, may the best man win.” Based on the records of the two fighters, tonight’s fight promises to be explosive. Walters has a 26-0 record with 21 knockouts and Sosa has an 18-1 record with 14 knockouts. Sosa is on a 13-fight knockout streak. Walters has an 81 per cent knockout ration, while Sosa’s is 64 per cent. Because of these statistics, the predictions are that the fight will not go the distance, and Walters is starting as the favourite. Walters’ dad, Job, who has been assisting with his training for over a month, is confident that his son will win. “This will be an early Christmas present for Jamaica,” Job Walters said.last_img read more

UWI hold off Tivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

Newcastle move out of drop zone

first_imgLONDON (AP):Less than 24 hours before the global football spotlight falls on Leicester in their bid to win the top tier for the first time, Newcastle came out best in the scrapping at the other end of the English Premier League yesterday.The Magpies moved out of the drop zone for the first time since February after midfielder Andros Townsend’s superb free kick gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.”The victory means a lot. It gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.Sunderland again had to rely on its top scorer Jermain Defoe, with the striker grabbing a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Stoke, who took the lead through striker Marko Arnautovic.”Where would we be without Jermain Defoe?” said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce before answering his own question. “Relegated probably.”Despite drawing, Sunderland dropped into the relegation zone, one point behind 17th-place Newcastle and one point ahead of 19th-place Norwich, who lost 1-0 at Arsenal after Danny Welbeck’s goal in the 59th.”The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves,” said Norwich manager Alex Neil. “We didn’t get what we deserved.”Both Sunderland and Norwich have three games left while Newcastle have two.At the top, leaders Leicester can win the title by beating Manchester United today.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison Brown: The digestive and absorptive system

first_img Digestion Digestion and absorption requires a large volume of blood in the capillaries in the walls of the intestine. If exercise is done too soon after eating, blood is moved from the digestive process to working muscles and the food is left undigested. It is important to keep physical activity to a minimum after eating. Generally, it is best to avoid exercising until at least three hours after a meal. By that time, the food would have entered the small intestine, where it passes quickly into the bloodstream and is stored around the body, ready to be converted to energy during physical activity. Digestion and exercise Digestion is the breakdown of food into simpler molecules (nutrients), which can be absorbed into the bloodstream and used by the cells of the body. The process begins in the mouth, where the food is chewed into smaller pieces and mixes with saliva that contains the digestive enzyme amylase. Amylase digests starch (e.g. bread, rice, pasta, yam, etc.). After chewing, the food is swallowed into the oesophagus, which leads to the stomach. Food moves through the oesophagus by a process called peristalsis, whereby muscles automatically contract, producing rhythmic waves. When food reaches the stomach, it is mixed with a number of acidic substances, collectively called gastric juices. This gastric juice kills any harmful bacteria that may have been ingested with the food. Some nutrients and water contained in the food are absorbed into the bloodstream. The enzyme pepsin starts the breakdown of protein. Food stays in the stomach for about two and a half hours, where it is churned into a liquefied state to form chyme. The chyme is released in small amounts into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. In the duodenum, a number of enzymes produced by the gall bladder, the liver and the pancreas are mixed with the food. The gall bladder stores bile, which neutralises the acid leaving the stomach. Bile also helps to break down fats in the small intestine. The liver produces bile, which also helps with the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein. It also acts as a filter, maintaining the balance of nutrients in the blood. The pancreas produces insulin and other enzymes, which help with the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The end products of digestion (glucose, amino acids and fatty acids), along with minerals, vitamins and water are absorbed into the blood stream by hair-like projections (villi) on the inner surface. All the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine is carried to the liver first. The level of nutrients in the blood is adjusted to the best levels for the body to function. Excess glucose is converted to glycogen and fat. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles and fat is stored all over the body, but particularly beneath the skin. Excess fatty acid is also converted to fat, while excess amino acid is converted to glucose and the toxic waste urea. Urea is eventually excreted by the kidney. If glucose and fatty acids are in short supply, the liver reverses the processes described above and releases glucose from the glycogen stores and fatty acids from the fat stores. The body cannot store protein. Therefore, if amino acids are in short supply, the liver cannot produce more. After the liver has adjusted the amount of nutrients to the correct level in the blood, they pass on around the body. Glucose and fatty acids are used as energy sources. Amino acids are used to make the proteins necessary for growth and the repair of tissues; e.g. muscle tissue or as a source of energy, if necessary. The remaining undigested food passes into the large intestine (colon), where water is reabsorbed and the undigested food moves to the rectum and eventually passed out the anus as faeces. The digestive and absorptive system consists of the alimentary canal (mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus), salivary glands, the pancreas, the liver and the associated blood vessels.last_img read more

Bernard’s KC aim for trophy success

first_img Home game against Ascott Confident his team has the right balance and is very hungry for silverware this season, Ludlow Bernard has warned his charges, who comfortably top Group C, that anything short of lifting the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, FLOW Super Cup or Walker Cup title will be unacceptable this year. Bernard, who is in his second season in charge of his Alma Mater, feels he has players who are mentally strong enough to deal with the conditions of competition this year. “The hunger is very much there in my team. They are probably seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and we are hoping that we can bend the corner and of course, get out into the light. The trophies are there for the taking, and we are one of the contenders,” he told The Gleaner. The many-time Manning Cup champions have gone over two decades without Manning Cup success, and Bernard wants his charges to believe that this year could be the year. Today, Bernard’s KC will line up against Ascott High in a home game at 3:30 p.m. looking to push their winning record to a perfect four. “I can’t really speak for the second round now. We will have to continue our progress, we are playing these games and hoping we can build a momentum with and try to provide as much exposure as possible for all of our players,” he said following his team’s 2-0 defeat of Papine High, last Friday. He wants to win every game and qualify for the Flow Super Cup and Walker Cup. “We are definitely eyeing the Super Cup, that is one of our priorities to try and top the zone and qualify for the Super Cup as well as the Walker Cup. “I guess anything short of that would not be acceptable, but I think we are on course, and we are going to try and maintain our form going forward,” stressed Bernard. The ‘Purples’ have dispatched St Mary’s College, Denham Town and Papine High so far, with Bernard expecting even more wins. “The team is a lot more balanced, and there is quite a bit of depth inside of the squad,” Bernard outlined, noting a number of national Under-17 players will help their title chase in future games.last_img read more

Vishaul career best puts Windies A in command

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84, while tailender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three at 32 for two when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball ‘duck’ at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker, Karunaratne, produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours, while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.MORE RUNSEarlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished, thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika, who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first class century in sight when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80 balls at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler, with four for 104.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_img Mourinho charged by FA MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho found himself in more trouble with English football authorities yesterday when he was again charged with misconduct, this time for verbally abusing a referee in a Premier League game. Five days after being charged for comments made about a referee ahead of a game, Mourinho was accused by the Football Association of using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” during United’s 0-0 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday. He could be handed a touchline ban. Joshua to fight Molina MANCHESTER, England (AP): Anthony Joshua will make the second defense of his IBF world heavyweight title in a fight against American challenger Eric Molina on Dec. 10. Joshua’s promoters announced the fight yesterday. It will take place at the Manchester Arena in northern England, a rare fight outside London for the unbeaten British boxer. It is the 34-year-old Molina’s second world title fight, after losing to compatriot Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt in June last year. Molina beat Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round of their fight for the IBF inter-continental belt in April. Joshua, whose 17 straight professional wins have all come inside the distance, won the world title by knocking out Charles Martin in the second round at London’s O2 Arena in April. He successfully defended the IBF belt with a seventh-round win over Dominic Breazeale, also in London. Joshua had hoped to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko in December, but the bout was postponed after the Ukrainian picked up an injury. Man City tops UCL prize money NYON, Switzerland (AP): Manchester City earned 83.8 million euros in Champions League prize money last season to top the table of UEFA payments to clubs. Although Man City lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Real Madrid, their share of lucrative British television rights lifted them above Madrid’s 80 million euro share of the 1.345 billion euro UEFA prize fund. Juventus were third with 76.2 million euros.last_img read more

Former world champion to train J’can boxers

first_imgFormer WBC heavyweight champion American Oliver ‘The Atomic Bull’ McCall will be visiting Jamaica later this month to work with the island’s amateur boxers.McCall, who is most known for his title win against Lennox Lewis in 1994, says that Jamaica has been relatively quiet in boxing internationally. However, he says, he intends to make world champions of young local talent in the future.”I want to spend the next few months working with some of the amateur boxers there, so once they do turn pro, they will go up to another level of expectancy and win titles,” McCall told The Gleaner.He says Jamaica has to ensure it does not get left behind by other countries, especially European nations, who he says are elevating in the sport.McCall has trained with world-famous coaches such as Emanuel Steward and George Benton and he says he wants to pass on what he has learnt from them to young Jamaican fighters.”I want to pass some of this on so we can compete with all the other countries in the world and I believe that really starts at the amateur level,” he said. “As the years go by, it might be two, or even 10, but the ring generalship and the ring knowledge will be passed on, and you will see a wave flow of what I’m able to give that has been given to me by hall-of-fame trainers.”JOY FACTORMcCall will be brought to the island by I-Fight Promotions, led by his friend Chris Joy.Joy’s popularity in Jamaica has grown in recent months as he was the promoter for Team USA in last season’s Wray & Nephew Contender Series, which his fighter, DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley, won.Joy also put together the Jamaica versus Cayman Islands Pro-Am Fight Night, which saw Jamaicans Jermaine ‘Cross Breed’ Bowen and Sakima ‘Mr Smooth’ Mullings in separate main-event bouts.Jamaica Boxing Board of Control President Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones is welcoming McCall’s visit.”Chris Joy has very good connections with the professional side of the sport and the fact that he is bringing the likes of an Oliver McCall to work with our amateurs, in my eyes, can only be positive,” Jones says. “We definitely have the talent here so more and more bouts bode well for the activity necessary to get our athletes to that next level.”last_img read more

Williams ready for Windies chance

first_imgSt Catherine Cricket Club’s Oraine Williams believes he is getting closer to a West Indies call-up, following his 146 runs against Kingston Cricket Club on Saturday. The knock was crucial as St Catherine CC registered their third successive hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50 Overs title. Williams was the star of the show as the defending champions brushed aside the challenge of Kingston by nine wickets. The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who opened his team’s inning with Shacaya Thomas (43), after Kingston posted 220 runs, smashed 15 fours and five sixes before partnering with captain Danza Hyatt to see out the inning with one wicket lost. “The season didn’t start well, but in life, it’s not how you start but how you finish. I kept working hard and kept pushing. So when the captain asked for someone from one to five to bat the 50 overs and we will win, I put up my hand and accepted the challenge and carried it home for my team,” he reasoned. Williams says confidence is never an issue with him, but making 86 in the quarter-final and 49 in the semis was a great boost heading in the decider. “I am always confident but I was just not getting the big scores (this season), but I knew time would come. I just remained patient and did the work. But getting 86 and 49 in a quarter-final and semi-final leading was a significant boost, so I was confident going into the final,” said the 24 year old, who has been a part of all three St Catherine’s title wins. STILL WAITING KEPT PUSHING However, he believes his consistent performances over the last few years warrant a chance in the West Indies set-up. “The ambition is to play for West Indies and I believe I am that much closer now. I have been performing consistently over the years and I am still waiting on my time, but I don’t think it should be long,” Williams told The Gleaner. “It’s just for the selectors to take a look and give me a chance because I have been sitting and waiting on my time, and when it comes, I plan to take it with both hands,” Williams added. “This is my highest score in a final. It’s a great feeling to get a hundred in a final … Former captain Tamar Lambert told me someone is always remembered in a final, so I tried to push hard. But it’s just hard work and dedication over the past few months.. so it’s just the hard work paying off,” continued the former Innswood High school student.last_img read more

Edwin Allen, Hydel, Holmwood shine at Jamalco

first_imgFans at last weekend’s JAAA/Jamalco Development meet saw a lively battle between Edwin Allen High and Holmwood Technical High in the 1500 metres events. The pendulum swung back and forth with Edwin Allen in charge in Class One and Class Three and Holmwood on top in Class Two. The fastest time came in Class Three, courtesy of Rushana Dwyer of Edwin Allen. Dwyer won in 4:53.34 seconds. Even though, the times were slower in the higher classes, the racing was close. Kara Grant outkicked Chrisanni May of Holmwood to clinch the Class One title in 4:59.54 with May not far off at 5:00.08. The tables were turned in Class Two as last year’s Boys and Girls Championship double winner Cemore Donald of Edwin Allen was beaten in a close finish. Holmwood’s Brittany Clarke got home in 4:56.97 edged Donald by 0.2. Class 1 Tahjay Wilson Bellefield 4:09.74 seconds Class 2 Jordan Jones MHS 4:21.38 seconds Class 3 Jahiel Stamp Mavis Bank 5:12.19 seconds The best sprint performances came from the University of Technology. First, former Garvey Maceo sprinter Tyquendo Tracey covered 200m in 21.68 seconds. Later in the meet, his new University of Technology teammate, Junelle Bromfield, who won four gold medals for St Elizabeth Technical at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2016, put in a notable bout of speedwork. Bromfield dazzled the field in the women’s 100 metres and won her heat in 12.14 seconds. The best 400m run of the day came from tall G.C. Foster College hurdler Marzel Miller. He circled the track in 48.64 seconds. Off track, the organisers honoured retired Olympians Wellesley Clayton, Garth Case, Byron Dyce, Trevor Dyce and Dennis Dyce. Men Selected results 3000m Jade Jones Hydel 11 minutes 12.15 seconds 400m Class 3 Daniella Deer Hydel 57,87 seconds Class 2 Abigail Brooks Holm 55.85 secondscenter_img SPEEDWORK 200m Girls Class 1 Isheena Belnavis Hydel 24.55 seconds Open Roniesha McGregor Hydel 24.21 seconds Tyquendo Tracey UTECH 21.68 seconds. Boys 1500mlast_img read more