Weir can pull off another surprise

first_imgWarren Weir is no stranger to pulling a surprise.In 2012, not many persons expected him to make Jamaica’s team to the Olympic Games in London much less win a bronze medal in the 200m there. He would later show it was no fluke with a silver medal upgrade at the World Championships in Moscow a year later.Two years later, Weir again finds himself in a position where not much is really expected of him, but, according to the 25-year-old sprinter, that’s just the way he likes it.To be fair, Weir has not had the best of seasons so far and, in fact, last year wasn’t exactly anything to shout about either. In fact, the sprinter has only posted one sub-20 seconds time in the 200m since the start of last season and has not looked anything close to his 19.79 seconds calibre.Nonetheless, Weir says he is not too bothered with his form coming into these championships and revels in the opportunity to again prove his doubters wrong, as he gears up to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.”Whenever there is doubt towards me, it gives a platform to prove them wrong, and that gives you a boost and an energy to strive towards that, and I have definitely been proving people wrong since day one,” said Weir yesterday. “I’m just looking forward to the competition and to putting together a good performance for myself and my country.TOUGH INDIVIDUAL”I am a tough individual. I am very focused and it doesn’t matter what’s happening around me, I will definitely go for what is out there and I wont let any other person’s times get me scared. I always do my best and try to get on the podium,” added a defiant Weir.The sprinter pointed to a knee issue after the Commonwealth Games last year and another setback ahead of this year’s New York Diamond League as reasons for his flat months but believes he has enough in him to make an impression inside the Bird’s Nest.”It’s not so much of a concern because it’s not like I had only one sub-20 time while being injury free. I have had a lot of injuries so I’m not worried about it. I know when everything is fixed we will see a lot more sub-20s,” Weir said. “I’d like to think that I am at a good enough place where I can go out there and put on a wonderful performance after a long season … . It has been a bittersweet season, but I’m sticking there.”Weir may not always get the respect he deserves, but in times of trouble he almost always seem to answer all the questions around him.”Respect is earned, but sometimes even when you deserve it a lot of people don’t show you that respect. I know that I am respected in some areas of the sport so I’m good with that. Respect is being shown from the people who need to show it,” said Weir.Another medal at a major championships will not only again defy the odds, but may also take his respect to greater heights.andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Golden girls: US wins 3rd straight women’s hoops World Cup

first_imgThe pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn’t lost a World Cup game in nearly 12 years, including Sunday night’s 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.“It means a lot. I was saying yesterday in the press conference that there’s this misconception out there that this is easy for us,” Bird said. “I get it, because the scores can say that at times. But this isn’t easy. We’re thrown together and need to figure it out on the fly. We need to peak at the right time. It’s extremely satisfying when we get it done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBird now is the most decorated athlete in World Cup history, winning four gold medals and one bronze.“I don’t know if I can put it in perspective because I’m still in it,” Bird said. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The victory gave the U.S. 10 World Cup gold medals and was the 22nd win in a row overall for the Americans dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006. That was the same year that Australia won its only World Cup title. The Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals and haven’t lost since in the World Cup or Olympics. The win also made Dawn Staley the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.The U.S. didn’t have its entire team together until a few days before the tournament started as Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were winning the WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm. Stewart, who was the WNBA regular season and postseason MVP, added the MVP of the World Cup to her resume after scoring 10 points in the championship game.“It’s been an incredible few months, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “The biggest thing about it all is it’s all focused on the team and having the team win.”Brittney Griner scored 15 points to lead the U.S. and anchored a stellar defensive effort against Liz Cambage. Australia’s star center came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, but was held to just seven.She remained the No. 1 enemy of the Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball. Cambage keyed Australia’s win over the host nation in the semifinals. Spain won the bronze medal, beating Belgium 67-60 earlier Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taurasi, who scored 13 points, helped the U.S. get off to a strong start with a 10-0 lead. Australia could only get within three the rest of the way. It was the first time in the tournament that the U.S. didn’t trail in a game.“It was huge,” Stewart said about the fast start. “Dee (Taurasi) was talking about being the aggressors as Australia’s used to punching first. Today we were going to punch them first. That’s what we did. We rode on that momentum the rest of the game. That’s something they hadn’t seen this whole tournament.”The U.S. led 35-27 at the half and didn’t give Australia any chance to come back, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.This was Australia’s best finish at the World Cup since 2006.“To beat the USA we had to play really good defense and rebound,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said. “We contested a lot of shots, but they found too many shooters.”FLAG FLAPAs the flags of the three medalists were being raised during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Australia’s fell down midway through the song. It drew some laughs and shocked expressions from the Opal players. Cambage tweeted, “our shots didn’t fall but our flag did.”TIP-INSThe Americans remained unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0. In the World Cup, the U.S. has 11 wins over Australia, although this was the first time the teams had met in the final. … Brondello joined a select group of people to win a World Cup medal as both a coach and player. She starred for the Australians as a player in the 1990s before taking over the coaching job this year. … With the win, the U.S. earns an automatic spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. FIBA is changing the qualifying format next year for the Olympics and World Cup. … The Soviet Union won a record five World Cups titles from 1959 to 1975. … Since the 1996 Olympic Games, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program will have posted a 100-1 record in major international competitions, winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five FIBA World Cup golds (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).RECORD BREAKER Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? United States players celebrate after winning the Women’s basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship.The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bird passed Staley’s career U.S. mark for most assists at the World Cup. Bird fittingly got the record-breaking assist on a 3-pointer by Taurasi, her teammate since their days at UConn in the early 2000s.Staley had 103 in her three World Cups while Bird now has 107. The U.S. coach had joked after the semifinal win that she would sit Bird for the gold medal game to keep the record. Bird arguably had it easier than Staley because FIBA changed the way it counted assists in 2014, giving one to a player if her pass led to free throws.SCOREBOARDSpain beat Belgium 67-60 to win the bronze medal. Canada edged Nigeria 73-72 to finish seventh while France topped China 81-67 to come in fifth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals took place over the weekend in Merritt

first_img5th – Carson GundersonJunior Breakaway Roping Short Go:5th – Carson GundersonJunior Ribbon Roping:7th – Korbin Mills / Fallon JonesJunior Ribbon Roping Short Go:7th – Korbin Mills / Fallon JonesJunior Girls Goat Tying:3rd – Shelby Corr6th – Rylie Dowling8th – Twiggy EsauJunior Girls Goat Tying Short Go:Advertisement 5th – Korbin Mills7th – Carson GundersonJunior Team Roping:5th – Rylie Dowling / Carson GundersonJunior Team Roping Short Go:5th – Rylie Dowling / Carson GundersonJunior Barrel Racing:7th – Kerri MoatJunior Barrel Racing Short Go:8th – Kerri MoatJunior Breakaway Roping:Advertisement 2nd – Shelby Corr8th – Rylie Dowling9th – Twiggy EsauJunior Boys Goat Tying:3rd – Wyatt Bondaroff4th – Korbin Mills5th – Ethan Nelson6th – Carson JohnsonJunior Boys Goat Tying Short Go:3rd – Wyatt Bondaroff4th – Korbin Mills5th – Ethan Nelson6th – Carson JohnsonJunior Saddle Bronc:2nd – Danny JonesSenior Boys Cutting:1st – Wyatte CopelandSenior Boys Cutting Short Go:1st – Wyatte Copeland3rd – Ben JacksonSenior Tie-Down Roping:1st – Ben Jackson7th – Kolton Johnson8th – Wyatte Copeland10th –  Jesse JonesSenior Tie-Down Roping Short Go:1st – Ben Jackson7th – Kolton Johnson8th – Wyatte Copeland10th –  Jesse JonesSenior Girls Cutting:7th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Girls Cutting Short Go:7th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Team Roping:4th – Ben Jackson / Kolton JohnsonSenior Team Roping Short Go:9th – Ben Jackson / Kolton JohnsonSenior Saddle Bronc:5th – Zane Jones6th – Jesse Jones9th – Tyrel RobertsSenior Saddle Bronc Short Go:4th – Zane Jones6th – Jesse JonesSenior Pole Bending:4th – Aspen Wollen7th – Daylyn CallisonSenior Pole Bending Short Go:4th – Aspen WollenSenior Barrel Racing:2nd – Aspen Wollen6th – Kali Clare AtkingsSenior Barrel Racing Short Go:2nd – Aspen Wollen8th – Kali Clare AtkingsSenior Breakaway Roping:5th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Breakaway Roping Short Go:Tyler BondaroffSenior Goat Tying:5th – Rylie BondaroffSenior Goat Tying Short Go:5th – Rylie BondaroffSenior Steer Wrestling:3rd – Zane Jones4th – Ben Jackson5th – Wade Roberts6th – Jaytin JonesSenior Steer Wrestling Short Go:1st – Ben Jackson2nd – Zane Jones3rd – Wade Roberts4th – Jaytin JonesWorking Cow Horse Short Go:2nd – Rachel Moat3rd – Rylie Bondaroff6th – Wyatte Copeland FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals took place over the weekend in Merritt.A great number of cowboys and cowgirls from the Peace Region took part in this year’s Rodeo Finals in both the Junior and Senior divisions.One of the local participants of note from the Rodeo Finals is Wyatte Copeland, of Fort St. John, who managed to win the Senior Boys Cutting, making him the Senior Canadian High School Champion in that event.- Advertisement -Copeland was also named Canadian Reserve All-Around Champion for winning the Boys Cutting Short Go event.Gracie Chapple, of Fort St. John, was the 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals Rodeo Queen.Here are the results for participants from the Peace Region:Advertisement Junior Pole Bending:1st – Twiggy Esau4th – Kerri Moat8th – Cashlyn CallisonJunior Pole Bending Short Go:2nd – Twiggy Esau5th – Kerri Moat8th – Cashlyn CallisonJunior Chute Dogging:2nd – Korbin Mills6th – Carson GundersonJunior Chute Dogging Short Go:Advertisementlast_img read more