Will DaCosta break the Superstakes jinx?

first_imgChampion trainer Wayne DaCosta will mount a three-pronged assault on the $4.5 million Burger King Superstakes at Caymanas Park on Saturday, as he bids to win the prestigious mile and quarter race for the first time.The Superstakes remains the only major race on the calendar that has eluded the 14-time champion trainer in a long and distinguished career spanning close to 40 years. But DaCosta feels it’s about time be breaks the jinx and believes he has the horse to do it – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR.The 2013 derby and St Leger winner is enjoying a rich vein of form, having won three of his last four races in grade one company, including the Prime Minister’s Stakes and Governor General’s Stakes, both over the Superstakes distance in recent months. And for good measure, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ran on strongly to win the popular Gold Cup race over 1400 metres on October 17.”Perfect Neighbour is an exceptional horse”, DaCosta emphasised. “He has done everything asked of him coming into the race and with Robert Halledeen retaining the ride, having struck up a good partnership with him in all three wins this season, I am quietly confident that everything will fall into place this time around.”Of course, Typewriter, the reigning Horse of the Year, is a very dangerous horse and should ensure a close race in a bid to win the race for the third straight year. But I am keeping my fingers crossed that Perfect Neighbour will deliver this one for me,” added DaCosta, who faces what amounts to the biggest challenge of his career.DaCosta, who also saddles HOVER CRAFT and ROYAL VIBES both of whom will get the distance but lack the class of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, said PERFECT NEIGHBOUR represents his best hope in a nine-horse field, despite the presence of last year’s winner TYPEWRITER, who seeks his third consecutive win with big-race jockey Shane Ellis and Spencer Chung teaming up once again.Last year, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, though highly fancied at 2-1, finished 10 lengths third to TYPEWRITER and the outsider UNCLE TAF who will again try his luck in Saturday’s 37th running of the race.Superstakes a graveyardOver the years, the Superstakes has been a graveyard for several high profile DaCosta trained horses. The most celebrated was the 1996 Triple Crown winner WAR ZONE, who that year was backed as if defeat was out of the question with Andrew Ramgeet aboard, but heavy rain on the day turned the track into a quagmire and poor WAR ZONE, who was unbeaten in 12 races going into the race, could not handle the going, finishing third to Trinidadian horse ADORING GROOM and the celebrated claiming horse PRINCE AKEEM .Despite this, WAR ZONE was voted Horse of the Year and years later was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred racing in Jamaica to the delight of his proud owner Edmund Thomas.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Sturridge fit and ready

first_imgDaniel Sturridge claims he is “fit and ready to go” ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League tomorrow. Sturridge, who is yet to play under new boss Jurgen Klopp after he suffered a knee injury before Liverpool’s match against Tottenham on October 17, returned to training at Melwood this week. Now the England international says he is ready to return to action and put his numerous injury problems behind him under the new Liverpool manager. “I’m fit and ready to go and it’s going to be a great time for me,” said Sturridge. “It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived. “It’s an exciting time to be at the club and I’m enjoying working with him and the style of football. It’s important for us to understand what he wants us to do.” Sturridge says he is encouraged by what he has seen under the new manager but admits recent results throughout the division show how competitive the Premier League is. “I was on the outside but it was great to see the boys win at Chelsea,” he said. “We had a disappointing result last time out against Palace but it’s important to move on. “The Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of competitiveness. There are teams up there this season you wouldn’t have expected. “It’s up for grabs this season, there isn’t a real favourite. It will come down to who can be the most consistent.”last_img read more

CSEC Physical Education Lecture Series: The nervous system

first_img The brain also receives information from three main types of receptor organs: i. Exteroceptors – outside the body (eyes, ears, etc.). ii. Interoceptors – Inside the body (chemical changes in blood or lungs) iii. Proprioceptors – From within muscles, tendons and joints. These are: a. Golgi tendon organs – detects the amount of stretch in a tendon. b. Muscle spindle – detects stretch in muscles. c. Joint receptors – tell the brain at what angle the joints are positioned. The information pick-up by these organs enables us to move our limbs quickly without the need to watch them. There are times when we are required to act quickly, for instance, if we touch something hot. This is where our reflexes come into play. The impulse does not need to travel to the brain for interpretation. The impulse travels in a fast arc from sensory, to relay, to motor nerves. Moving the hand from the hot object is the withdrawal reflex, which is similar to sneezing or blinking as a response to a foreign object in the nose or eye. Another example is the knee-jerk reflex, known as stretch reflex, wherein a bang on the knee results in the leg extending. The nervous system enables us to control and coordinate all the body activities. It enables performers to produce high-precision movements repeatedly, making them appear skilful, while other functions such as heartbeat carry on automatically. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves which supply all parts of the body. It is responsible for all our conscious (or voluntary) actions and has two main parts. 1. The central nervous system This consists of the brain and spinal cord. The brain is the central centre of the entire system and is where all the incoming (sensory) information is processed and from where the outgoing (motor) information originates. The spinal cord goes down the inside of the spinal column from the brain. It carries all the nerve (sensory and motor) messages (impulses) between the body and the brain. 2. The peripheral nervous system This consists of the nerve fibres that branch out from the spinal cord, and the various organs to which they are attached. Sensory nerves detect stimuli such as temperature, light, sound, touch, etc … and send nervous impulses to the brain. Once the information has been processed, the nervous impulses are sent out down the motor nerves, to the muscles and glands which carry out the necessary action Structure of Nerve Cells Nerve cells, or neurones, carry information to or from the spinal cord and brain. They have three main sections. – Dendrites receive messages in the form of nerve impulses. – The nucleus is the main body of the cell. – The axon transmits the impulse away from the nucleus. Neurones are not actually connected to each other but are separated by a microscopic gap called the synaptic gap. Impulses are able to cross this gap via the release of a chemical substance called acetylcholine, which allows an impulse to travel through the nervous system at great speed. Types of Neuron There are three types of neuron. Each has a different function and this determines where the impulse is sent. 1. Sensory (afferent) neurons – These receive information from the sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin) and from receptors in the body and send impulse to the central nervous system (CNS). 2. Relay neurons – These are inside the brain or spinal cord and does the decision making after the impulse from the sensory neurons reaches the brain. If a decision for action is taken, the impulse is passed to the motor nerve. 3. Motor (efferent) neurons – These carry impulses from the CNS to muscles or organs. The cell body is inside the CNS and the axon leads out of it. Involuntary Nervous System This part of the nervous system is responsible for functions over which we have no control for example our heartbeat and digestion. These actions are controlled by the medulla oblongata, an area that forms the top of the spinal cord. This is divided into two sections: 1. The sympathetic nervous system – Responsible for preparing the body for action. It stimulates the adrenal gland and causes the heart rate and breathing rate to increase. It also slows down the functioning of organs not necessary for physical activity. This is known as the fight or flight response. 2. The parasympathetic nervous system – Responsible for slowing the body down and functions in opposition to the sympathetic nervous system. Receptors and Reflex Actionslast_img read more

Powell, Williams head World Indoor team

first_imgWorld Champs 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell headline Jamaica?s 24 member squad to the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.The women?s team of 13 also includes World Championships 4x400m relay gold medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson and 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson.Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas, combined events specialist Salcia Slack, and 800m runner Natoya Goule, who were members of the 2015 World outdoor squad, have also been included.The remaining females are Simone Facey, Patricia Hall, Chrisann Gordon, Samantha Scarlett, Anneisha McLaughlin, Verone Chamber and Ronda Whyte.On the men?s side, Powell headlines the 11-member squad, which includes world outdoor championships 110m hurdles finalist and 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division One 60m hurdle champion Omar McLeod.National record holder and 2013 NCAA 5000m champion Kemoy Campbell, Kevaughn Rattray, Odean Skeen, Ricardo Chambers, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Dane Hyatt, Demar Murray, and Demish Gaye complete the line-up.Glaring absences from this squad include 2014 WIC 60m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and men?s 60m silver medallist Nesta Carter.Trevor Campbell heads the management team, with Marvin Anderson and Merlene Hamilton listed as team officials.delegationThe delegation is completed by Jason Strachan (team doctor), Fitz Coleman (technical leader), Maurice Westney and Mark Elliott (coaches), Alvin Green (masseur), and Morine Dawson, (masseuse). The team will depart on March 16 and return on March 21.Jamaica won five medals at the last World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, in 2014.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgUS Under-17 to face Ja, Arnett Gardens in practice matches A 34-member USA National Under-17 delegation, including 22 players and 12 staff, will arrive in the island today for two practice games against the Jamaica National Under-17 team as well as an Arnett Gardens Under-20 team. Both Jamaica and the USA are using these two games as critical practice fixtures ahead of the 12- team CONCACAF Qualifiers to be played in April 2017 in Panama. The USA team will first train tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the UWI FC football field and Tuesday, November 1 at 3 p.m. at Stadium East. The first practice game will be Wednesday, November 2 at Stadium East at 3 p.m. Admission to this game is free of cost. Sri Lanka make strong start HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP): Sri Lanka made a strong start to the first Test against Zimbabwe, motoring along to 317-4 by stumps on the first day yesterday after a maiden century by Kusal Perera. Perera made 110 and opener Kaushal Silva 94 as Sri Lanka didn’t appear to miss captain Angelo Mathews and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal. They weren’t touring because of injuries. Zimbabwe, playing their 100th Test, struggled on the opening day of the two-Test series. Captain Graeme Cremer took 3-82 with his leg-spinners, but the home team rarely contained the Sri Lankans on a good batting pitch at Harare Sports Club. Perera hit 15 fours and two sixes for his 110 off 121 balls. His first Test century came after a 123-run opening stand between Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne (56) had already put Sri Lanka in a strong position. NZ 79 all out as India win ODI series VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP): New Zealand were bowled out for just 79 runs in 23.1 overs in the final one-day international yesterday as India won the five-match series 3-2. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra took five for 18 as the Black Caps lost eight wickets for 16 runs to collapse to their lowest ODI total against India. Mishra took the Man of the Match and Series awards with 15 wickets overall. Chasing the hosts’ 269-6, New Zealand got off to a bad start when Umesh Yadav (1-28) bowled Martin Guptill (0) in the first over. Tom Latham (19) and captain Kane Williamson (27) added 28 runs for the second wicket before Latham was caught at mid-on as he lobbed a rising delivery from Jasprit Bumrah (1-16). The visitors collapsed from 63-2 in the space of 51 balls. Earlier, India opted to bat first and scored 269-6. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 70 runs, including five fours and three sixes, with Virat Kohli hitting 65.last_img read more

Davies expelled from IAAF

first_imgLONDON (AP):IAAF President Sebastian Coe’s former right-hand man was expelled from athletics’ governing body yesterday after admitting to concealing cash payments during the scandal-plagued previous administration. But Nick Davies was cleared of corruption and allowed to continue working in athletics and at IAAF events.The senior IAAF official was found to have misled investigators from the World Anti-Doping Agency, French judicial authorities and the IAAF over the €30,000 received ahead of the 2013 World Championships.The payments from then-president Lamine Diack came via his son Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant at the IAAF, who was last year banned for life from the sport in a bribery and extortion case involving Russian doping. Both father and son are being investigated by French prosecutors on corruption charges linked to cover-ups of Russian doping cases.Davies served as communications director and deputy secretary general under Diack and, after Coe’s election in 2015, was promoted to director of the president’s office. The IAAF ethics panel accepted that Davies did not act corruptly and was not part of a cover-up of Russian doping cases but did criticise him for deceiving the probe.Davies “only admitted to his lie” about the payments after being forced to hand over bank statements, the IAAF said.Davies told ethics investigators €25,000 were provided by Diack as “extra funds which should be used at my discretion to improve the media mood” before and during World Championships in Moscow. Davies said he only spent a “fraction” of the cash because there was no major crisis at the event and kept the balance. Another envelope of €5,000 was described as a bonus from Diack to “recognise my attitude and good work”.”We were accustomed to receiving cash at the IAAF … I did not believe that there could be any sinister motives behind these payments,” Davies told investigators.The ethics board said Davies can still seek work “elsewhere in the sport” and be involved in IAAF events in “any new capacity”.Davies’ wife, Jane Boulter-Davies, who also worked at the IAAF, admitted to misleading the IAAF ethics board over the payment received by her husband.Boulter-Davies was provisionally suspended from the IAAF in 2016 and the six-month ban imposed yesterday was backdated so she is free to resume her work in the competitions department.The IAAF said Boulter-Davies will be back at work today along with Pierre-Yves Garnier, a senior medical and scientific manager, who failed to fully cooperate with the investigation into his payment of €10,000. Garnier was given a backdated three-month ban after the IAAF ethics board found that his conduct was not corrupt.last_img read more

LeBron resting strained calf

first_imgCLEVELAND, United States (AP): LeBron James will sit out Cleveland’s regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the play-offs. James did not play in Monday’s loss at Miami, and General Manager David Griffin confirmed yesterday the three-time NBA champion would also miss tonight’s game against Toronto. The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007. He logged 47 minutes in Sunday’s overtime loss at Atlanta. James is attempting to reach the finals for the seventh straight time. PRIORITISED HEALTH The Cavaliers have prioritised health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The defending champions also sat All-Star guard Kyrie Irving against the Heat. He’s been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Cleveland are also without centre Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.last_img read more

T&T retain Women’s Super50 title

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC): Opener Felicia Walters stroked a half-century as Trinidad and Tobago defeated Barbados by 21 runs here yesterday, to successfully defend their Women’s Regional Super50 title. Playing in the final at the Arnos Vale Stadium, T&T were bowled out for 164 off 46 overs, with Walters top-scoring with a patient 53. Reniece Boyce got 29 and Rachael Vincent, 20. Leg-spinner Keila Elliot was the best bowler with four for 47 while seamer Deandra Dottin picked up three for 41. In reply, Barbados battled back from a terrible start to appear on course for victory at 70 for two in the 19th over before collapsing to lose their last eight wickets for 63 runs. West Indies Women stars Dottin and Kyshona Knight both hit 32 while Charlene Taitt chimed in with 24. Slow medium Felicia Walters helped hurt the innings with three for 25 while slow bowler Karishma Ramharack (2-10), fast bowler Shenelle Lord (2-27) and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-36) all finished with two wickets each. Sent in, T&T got off to a decent start when Walters anchored two successive, productive stands, putting on 44 for the first wicket with Boyce and another 49 for the second wicket with Lord. Walters struck just three fours but held the innings together, batting through until the 45th over before finally being dismissed. UNDER PRESSURE T&T were well placed at 103 for two in the 24th over but lost their last eight wickets for 61 runs, with Elliot and off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-17) also doing the damage. Barbados were placed under pressure early in their run chase when in-form opener Matthews (9) and her West Indies teammate Kycia Knight (0) were both prised out cheaply with just nine runs on the board in the third over. A recovery followed, however, as Dottin and Knight then combined in a 61-run, third-wicket stand to ensure the innings flourished. Once Dottin was bowled by Ramharack in the 19th over, the innings went into freefall, with five wickets tumbling for 27 runs to leave Barbados tottering on 97 for seven. Taitt and tail-ender Shamilia Connell (20) made an attempt at a rearguard action in a 32-run, eighth wicket partnership but Mohammed had Connell stumped in the 42nd over to signal the final rites.last_img read more

Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comBolstering its roster for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season, reigning champion Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions have signed up Christian Standhardinger as their Heritage import for their title retention bid.You First Basket, the Fil-German big man’s agency, confirmed the news on Sunday in a tweet.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano China, Korea advance to AVC semis End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READcenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The 28-year-old Standhardinger has impressed in his short stint with Gilas Pilipinas, leaving a strong impression thanks to his fearless style of play down low.He averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in his debut for the national team in the 2017 Jones Cup and upped his scoring in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, netting 15.5 markers and 6.5 boards through the three games in the group stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Standhardinger’s addition to Hong Kong keeps the squad as the favorites in the regional league as he joins defending ASEAN Heritage MVP Tyler Lamb and World Import MVP Marcus Elliott this coming season. View commentslast_img read more

Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their men’s quarterfinals match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic’s streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of thesecond set.“I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment,” Cilic said.The other quarterfinals – Juan Martin del Potro against Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Roger Federer against Richard Gasquet – are later Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.Dimitrov extended the quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.“Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I’m very happy for everything,” Nadal said. “Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here … I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We’ll see tomorrow if I can have another good day.”last_img read more