ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP): Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.” He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.” The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air on Sunday and was shared in advance with The Huffington Post. The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-ageing clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-ageing clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high-profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent. “The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.” The NFL and players’ union added human growth hormone testing to the collective-bargaining agreement signed in 2011, but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since November 15 by a left-foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place tonight when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).
Coach of Waterhouse FC Paul Young is very elated with his first win in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) since he took charge late last year.Waterhouse won their first game in the last 11 matches following a 2-0 triumph against Humble Lion away at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen on Sunday.The win pushed Waterhouse out of the relegation zone for the first in a long time as they eased to 20 points, just one ahead of Tivoli Gardens and Rivoli United.”I’m very elated for the win as the team deserved the points. But we have a lot of work to do in the final stage of the preliminary round,” Young told The Gleaner.”We’ve beaten a top-four team, and that is good. It is a platform for us to move forward. The aim is to get as much points as possible in the remaining 11 games,” the former Reggae Boyz striker added.Although Waterhouse are not yet clear of relegation, Young says there is the possibility that they can make the last four and challenge for the title.”Well, if after six matches in the next round and we can challenge for the top four, we will give it a shot,” the former Wolmer’s Boys’ Manning Cup star reasoned.Waterhouse added some experienced players, as well as schoolboys, to the squad, and Young is impressed with the group.”We added veteran Kevin Lamey, Theo Brown, Weston Forrest, plus Manning, and daCosta Cup players such as Paul Young Jr, Kimarley Campbell, Dominic James, Dale Reid, Nicholas Nelson, and Akeem Chambers; and they are working hard for the team.”We have a good balance of youth and experience, so it is a work in progress. We need to continue winning games,” Young noted.Waterhouse will next tackle Montego Bay United in the RSPL on Sunday at Drewsland.
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete.
A training programme is designed to improve fitness, sharpen skills and encourage team work. Many sports are seasonal, therefore the programme is divided into parts called periodisation. Some sports use three main periods: 1. Preseason – Focus on a high level of general fitness for the particular sport. – Concentrate on muscular endurance, power and speed work. – Development of techniques, skills and strategies for the particular sport. 2. Competitive/Peak season – Emphasise speed. – Practise skills at high speed and competitive situations (training circuits and practise matches). – Extra fitness sessions for strength and power for key muscles. – Adequate recovery and rest to avoid injury and fatigue. 3. Off Season – Aims for complete recovery from competition through rest, relaxation and other sports (active rest) to maintain a level of fitness. The training programme can be long-term or short and designed for a particular sport, specific level of ability, an individual sports person or group of sports people at a similar level of ability. The skill requirements, type of fitness needed, demographics (age, health, experience, etc) must be considered. The training principles, including the FITT principle and training methods, must be incorporated in planning training programmes. The components of a training session. Having decided on the programme of training, the actual training session should have three parts: 1. Warm-up The warm-up helps with mental preparation, increases heart rate and blood flow, warm muscles, loosen joints, increases flexibility and reduces the risk of injury to muscles and joints. The warm-ups must last at least 20-30 minutes and should include: – Gentle exercise for the whole body, such as jogging. – Gentle stretching to increase range of movement at the joints and prevent strains on muscles tendons and ligaments. Each stretch must be held for 10-30 seconds with no bouncing. – Specific warm-up for the activity, e.g., minor game passing the ball around. 2. Training activities This is the body of the training session and prepares the individual or team in different ways for fitness and skill development, depending on the demand of the particular sport. The training activity should include the following: – Physical preparation A fitness session, e.g., continuous, fartlek, interval or circuit training – Psychological preparation Players need a certain intensity of motivation called arousal, which aids performance. If the arousal level is not high enough, boredom sets in and performance declines. Anxiety, stress level and aggression must also be managed. The team psychiatrist will help the players to recognise and manage these problems. – Technical preparation These are the basic patterns of movement which have to be developed in every activity. Skilful performance is the product of using techniques correctly, e.g., a netball player may work through a series of practices designed to improve footwork skills. – Tactical preparation How the opponent is beaten will depend on a number of different factors. Therefore, in order to win, a tactical game plan is needed. The main tactic for most sport involves either attack or defence. The basic principles behind these should be done during the session. For example, corner or free kicks can be done by using drills and practices for each situation. 3. Cool down The cool down is where the body recovers after vigorous activity and is as important as the warm-up. It prevents soreness, keeps circulation up so that more oxygen reaches the muscles to clear away lactic acid, and loosens tight muscles to prevent stiffness later. The cool down must begin with a few minutes of jogging, then finishing with stretching exercises. Special attention must be given to the main joints used. Recovery rate is how quickly the body gets back to normal. Make sure enough time is given to recover between training sessions. If training is done every day, follow a heavy one-day session with a light session. During a heavy training period, at least one rest day must be taken per week.
Masters LeagueChristian Ambassadors were one of six winners in the INSPORTS St Catherine FA Masters Football League last Sunday.Christian Ambassadors defeated Flamingo 3-1 in Zone Two, while Maxfield clipped Spanish Town, also in the same zone. DB Basovak tagged Windsor Lion 2-0 and Above Rocks beat McCook’s Pen 2-1 in Zone One, while Eastern Strikers stopped Steadham 2-0 and veteran club Nautica got by Dunbeholden 1-0 in Zone Three. The competition continues tomorrow.Joy for Cedar Grove EstateThe Cedar Grove Estate community is still in a celebratory mood as their football club won its first York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League crown at the Dunbeholden playing field last Sunday.Cedar Grove Estate defeated Braeton United 3-0 courtesy of a second half hat-trick from Damion Jackson, that left the Braeton hopefuls in shock. The win saw Cedar Grove collecting one of the most coveted trophy in Portmore football and will now turn their attention to Division One duties next season.”This is pure joy for the community. We had a mini motorcade as we drove back to Cedar Grove Estate,” said Bryan Cunningham, president of Cedar Grove Estate FC.He added that hard work has paid off for his team, noting that Division One will take an extra effort and a high level of commitment for his players and executive body.Church cricket league starts this morningThe Power of Faith Ministries Church Cricket League will officially get under way this morning, after water woes forced its postponement last Saturday.Defending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, in the curtain-raiser of a double-header at the Bridgeport Sports ground this morning, at 10 a.m. Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly at 2 p.m.The league will be played in a round robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final. Christian Gardens, Greater Portmore in INSPORTS Community League finalChristian Gardens and Greater Portmore Strikers will contest tomorrow’s final of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League at Dunbeholden playing field at 3 p.m.They booked their spot after narrow semi-final victories last weekend at the Cedar Grove community playing field.Christian Gardens came from behind to overcome a stern test from Dunbeholden to win 5-4 on penalties, after playing to 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time. Jevonne Munroe (64th) scored for Christian Gardens and Ricardo Boothe (21st) netted for Dunbeholden.It was also another nail-biting battle in the feature game of the afternoon as Greater Portmore Strikers edged East West Strikers 6-5 on penalties, after both sides remained inseparable at 1-1 following full and extra-time. Mario Wilson (49th) equalised for Greater Portmore, after Jevoh Robert (30th) had given East West Strikers the lead.INSPORTS St Catherine FA
Michael Binns scored a double and Tremaine Stewart got the other goal as Portmore United defeated 10-man Humble Lion 3-1 in their second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex Monday night to reach the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League final. Portmore advanced 4-3 on aggregate after Humble Lion won the first leg 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre. Kemeel Wolfe scored the consolation goal for Humble Lion. Last night’s winners will meet Montego Bay United in the May 2 final. On Sunday night Montego Bay got past defending champions Arnett Gardens, also 4-3 on aggregate, after the teams played to a 2-2 extra-time draw.
POS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 38 23 12 3 68 36 32 812 (3) Arsenal 38 20 11 7 65 36 29 713 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 13 6 69 35 34 704 (4) Manchester City 38 19 9 10 71 41 30 665 (7) Southampton 38 18 9 11 59 41 18 636 (5) Manchester United 37 18 9 10 46 34 12 637 (6) West Ham United 38 16 14 8 65 51 14 628 (8) Liverpool 38 16 12 10 63 50 13 609 (10) Stoke City 38 14 9 15 41 55 -14 5110 (9) Chelsea 38 12 14 12 59 53 6 50POS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS11 (12) Everton 38 11 14 13 59 55 4 4712 (11) Swansea City 38 12 11 15 42 52 -10 4713 (13) Watford 38 12 9 17 40 50 -10 4514 (15) West Bromwich Albion 38 10 13 15 34 48 -14 4315 (14) Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 39 51 -12 4216 (16) Bournemouth 37 11 9 17 44 64 -20 4217 (17) Sunderland 38 9 12 17 48 62 -14 3918 (18) Newcastle United 38 9 10 19 44 65 -21 3719 (19) Norwich City 38 9 7 22 39 67 -28 3420 (20) Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 27 76 -49 17
Evan Thompson, head of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, has sought to defend the credibility of his organisation in light of the threat-level downgrade expected from Hurricane Matthew.The National Hurricane Center, which is based in Miami, Florida, indicated yesterday afternoon that Jamaica was now likely to experience tropical-storm conditions from Matthew.Jamaica was placed under a hurricane warning last Friday, and despite various models suggesting that Matthew was moving east of Jamaica, the authorities kept the country under high alert for impending disaster.”We have never hidden anything that we have been saying, so I believe that our transparency should lead to us being considered to be credible,” Thompson said.Thompson, when asked whether the Met Service could have predicted the shift in the system earlier, said yes.”It was seen to some extent,” he said.Thompson, however, explained that the erratic nature of Matthew and its slower-than-expected approach contributed to the delay in communicating to the public that Jamaica was no longer likely to experience hurricane-force conditions.Up to press time last night, approximately 3,500 Jamaicans had gone to 158 emergency shelters as Hurricane Matthew threatened the country.The hurricane has maintained Category Four status for more than 72 hours and is expected to hit the southwestern Haiti and southeastern Cuba on Tuesday.
Solid half-centuries from Andre McCarthy and season debutant Brandon King highlighted the first day of the fourth-round WICB/Digicel First-Class Championship clash between Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park yesterday. McCarthy, who recently returned from Sri Lanka with the West Indies ‘A’ team, scored a patient top-score of 82, while the attacking King, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, hit a boundary-filled 78, as the Scorpions, winning the toss and electing to bat, posted an improved 314 in their first innings. The Red Force, in their response, closed on 35 for two at the close of play. Heading into the match with scores of 36, two, one, one and 22, and one of several Scorpion batsmen who have been struggling to make their mark, the 29-year-old McCarthy struck five fours and six sixes off 137 balls. King, in the meantime, has been a consistent performer in local competitions but has also been struggling to make the first team. Yesterday, he found his best form and slammed 10 fours and three sixes off a mere 87 balls. The pair also put on a stand of 139 runs for the fourth wicket, the highest of the innings. The second highest was that of the second wicket between McCarthy and number three batter Jermaine Blackwood, who made 34. They put on 61 for the second wicket. The other specialist batsmen, openers John Campbell and Shacaya Thomas, made 33 and 11, respectively, while wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, batting at number six, got seven. The Red Force were led in the field by promising all-rounder Roshon Primus, who, bowling seamers, claimed three wickets for 32 runs off nine overs. He was supported by Jamaica-born left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, and another West Indies returnee, part-time off-spinner Jason Mohammed, who picked up two wickets each. The Red Force, in their turn at bat, and after facing 5.2 overs, were then jolted in late afternoon by leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who, after 1.2 overs has figures of two for seven. Emerging West Indies batsman Kyle Hope will resume today on 15 when play starts at 10 a.m. SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings J. Campbell c Hope b Primus 33 S. Thomas c wk Katwaroo b Primus 11 J. Blackwood c wk Katwaroo b Primus 34 A. McCarthy lbw b Mohammed 82 B. King c Cariah b Cottrell 78 +D. Thomas c Ottley b Cottrell 7 R. Powell b Mohammed 1 D. Jacobs lbw b Imran Khan 25 *N. Miller c wk Katwaroo b Imran Khan 11 D. Green c wk Katwaroo b Richards 9 R. Leveridge not out 0 Extras (b12, lb2, w2, nb7) 23 Total (all out, 78.4 overs) 314 Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-56, 3-117, 4-256, 5-265, 6-268, 7-269, 8-299, 9-310, 10-314. Bowling: Cottrell 13-4-42-2 (w1, nb1), Richards 11.4-2-47-1, Primus 9-3-32-3 (w1, nb3), Jagessar 9-0-64-0 (nb1), Imran Khan 22-5-74-2, Ottley 6-1-25-0, Mohammed 8-2-16-2. RED FORCE 1st innings K. Hope not out 15 I. Rajah c wkp Thomas b Jacobs 9 M. Richards lbw b Jacobs 0 Extras (b4, nb2, pen5) 11 Total (2 wkts, 5.2 overs) 35 To bat: J Mohammed, Y Cariah, *Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Primus, Imran Khan, J Jagessar, S Cottrell. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-35. Bowling: Leveridge 2-0-4-0, Green 1-0-13-0, Jacobs 1.2-0-7-2, Miller 1-0-2-0. Toss: Scorpions. Position: Red Force trail by 279 runs with eight wickets intact. Umpires: V Smith, G Brathwaite. SPECIALIST BATSMEN
Excelsior topped the girls with 381.5 points and they were followed by Camperdown 260, the Queen’s School 250.5, Immaculate 162.5 and St Andrew High 147.5. On a day where the athletes had to battle a strong head wind there were several records on the track and in the field. One of the most impressive records came in one of the Grand Prix events, the Class Two boys 800 metres where Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson clocked 1:52.92. KC’s Kristoffe Derby, a double winner, also wrote his name in the record books as he won the Class One 1500 metres in 4:01.11. His other win came in the 800m where he stopped the clock at 1:54.49. There was also a record run for KC in the Class Two 1500 metres, where Aryamana Rodgers won in an impressive 3:59.59. Excelsior dominated their rivals in the girls’ events. In the discus Class Two Grand Prix event they took the first two places. Kimberly Luggage won with 37.49 metres ahead of teammate, Sean Kay Wright, 36.06m. Rushelle Jones also had a record leap of 1.75 metres to win the Class One high jump. KINGSTON College (KC) and Excelsior High captured the third and penultimate leg of the Digicel Grand Prix Series after being crowned male and female champions respectively at yesterday’s staging of the Anthrick Corporate Area Development meet at the UWI Usain Bolt Track. KC continued their impressive form this season in their bid to unseat Calabar at this month’s GraceKennedy ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships. They amassed 344 points to finish well ahead of Calabar with 228.5. Jamaica College were next with 202 followed by Excelsior 143.5 and Wolmer’s Boys 141. TOPPED THE GIRLS