Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 World Championships discus silver medalist is now in a race against time after undergoing surgery on his wrist to repair a damaged ligament suffered during a recent fall.

Dacres, who has already qualified for the Olympic Games, revealed his wrist in a cast on social media after reportedly undergoing surgery on the weekend while announcing that he had started his own YouTube channel.

With the rescheduled 2020 Olympic set to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021, a mere eight months away, Dacres could be hard-pressed to be healthy in time as there is the chance that his repaired wrist could take as long as six months to heal. There is chance, however, that he could be fully healed before then.

His coach, Julian Robinson is optimistic that the 2018 Commonwealth champion and national record holder will be able to recover in time.

“There is some physical work that we can do on the intervening period. We will try and maximize that,” he said.

“However, the throwing part will have to start after he has recovered. When that is, I don’t know. Time will tell. I am praying that its sooner rather than later.”

The affable 26-year-old is Jamaica’s most successful thrower. He became the first Jamaican to win a World Championship medal when he claimed silver in Doha in 2019. In 2018, perhaps his most successful year as a professional athlete, Dacres won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the NACAC Championships in Toronto, Canada.

He is the 2015 Pan Am Games champion and has a national record of 70.78m set in Rabat on July 16 2019. He is the only Jamaican to ever throw 70m in the men’s discus.

Since its reopening, the Area 51 Digital Lounge has been hosting a weekly competition called 'Climb Di Rankings: Soccer Satdezz' where players put their skills to the test with the FIFA 2020 video game series.

The survivors of the first round will earn the title of 'ultimate hombres'. After this, they move on to other rounds until there's a winner.

As the owner of Area 51, Milton Pellington, explains the tournament is different from other FIFA competitions.

“It's ultra-hard to win. The victor would have to prove himself to be the best of the best in what we have designed to be the most gruelling version of a FIFA competition any player can engage in,” Pellington explained.

Though future competitions will explore other genres of games, FIFA was chosen to spearhead the competition because of its mass appeal.

 "The fervor and passion for the sport in real life is carried over into the digital version perfectly," Pellington said.

Still, there was a low turnout last Saturday.

Pellington posited, "because of Covid-19, we have to intentionally limit our participants."

While players still had fun, a greater turnout increases the chances of developing and exposing tons of excellent players.

"The reason we've dreamed up this FIFA furnace is to test gamers and push them to go beyond the limits of ordinary gaming, so as to be competitive on the world stage. Esports is a big opportunity for recognition and revenues but it's currently one that will not be grabbed with both hands if our players are mediocre. Climb di Rankings aims to be the 'Ninja Warrior' for FIFA so that when our guys take to the world stage they do exceptionally well," said Pellington.

'Climb Di Rankings: Soccer Satdezz' happens every Saturday starting October 31st.

 

There has been a delay to the departure of Jamaica’s senior football team due to the Covid-19 lockdown in England and immigration issues in Saudi Arabia. The delegation should have left Jamaica today but because of the changes, the majority of the delegation from Jamaica will now leave on Saturday, November 7.

Members of the local delegation are to be tested for Covid-19 today.

The departing delegation scheduled to leave from the Norman Manley International Airport at 3:13 pm Saturday, will overnight in Washington DC, USA and leave for Riyad on Sunday, November 8. Meanwhile, the players based in Europe will travel from their respective locations to Riyad.

The majority of the delegation from Jamaica and Europe are expected to arrive in Riyad on Monday, November 9. On arrival in Saudi Arabia, the delegation will go into immediate quarantine for three days at the Holiday Inn Izdihar Hotel.

According to the JFF, the overall epidemiological situation could be described as controlled all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi government applied strict measures in the early outbreak of the virus in the Kingdom with partial lockdown including airport closures and these measures paid off with cases going steadily down to 357 as of October 26 from a peak of 4919 back in June.

Jamaica is scheduled to play the two friendly internationals on November 14 and November 17.

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Matthew ‘Gold Lion’ Colquhoun is scheduled to take on Mark Martin on December 4, in Kansas, in a fight to be televised globally.

Jamaican coaches Mark Elliott and Lennox Graham are in limbo after Clemson University announced today that it will discontinue its men’s track and field and cross country program at the conclusion of the 2020-21 athletic season.

Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich made the announcement this afternoon saying that the programmes to be discontinued include indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country. Radakovich said the university will honour the contracts of the coaches through to their full term, which means that the coaches will be paid up until June 2021.

Clemson Athletics will also honour the scholarships of all impacted student-athletes through their undergraduate years at the level of financial aid that they are presently receiving, the statement said.

The NCAA-maximum number of allowable scholarships for men’s track is 12. Clemson’s 12 scholarships are presently split among 26 student-athletes, 15 of whom are scheduled to graduate by August 2021.

Clemson also supports an additional 25 walk-on student-athletes in the program.

“This difficult decision is a result of an exhaustive examination of our athletics department over the past several  months,” said Radakovich. “After careful analysis, we concluded that discontinuing our men’s track and field  program is in the best long-term interest of Clemson Athletics. This decision impacts incredible student-athletes,  and we know how hard they work and the effort and pride they take in representing Clemson University.”

Head Coach Mark Elliott’s phone went unanswered when Sportsmax.TV called today. He took the Clemson head coaching position in 2013 after spending 12 years as an assistant coach at Louisiana State University.

Notably, Jamaican Olympian and 800m national record holder, Natoya Goule, who won an NCAA title under Elliott’s watch, followed him to Clemson that year.

Assistant Coach Lennox Graham (hurdles and long sprints) joined the coaching staff in 2017 after spending a decade at Johnson C Smith University where he enjoyed tremendous success guiding 27 athletes to NCAA Division II championships titles, both indoors and outdoors.

In a brief comment to Sportsmax.TV, he said he just heard the news prior to being called and that he was still processing it.

Graham’s professional club, TRS, currently trains at Clemson. Danielle Williams, the 2015 World 100m champion, Kyron McMaster, the Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion and World Championship 400m hurdles finalist Leah Nugent are all members of the club.

Men’s track and field has been sponsored at Clemson since 1953, claiming 23 combined ACC Team Championships, 16 individual NCAA champions, 22 Olympians and four Olympic Gold Medalists.

Szandra Szogedi, the General Secretary of the Jamaica Judo Association has been appointed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSF) to the Judo Classification Projects Research Committee that is tasked with the responsibility of redesigning the current classification rules, specifically for the para sport of judo, using evidence and research-based findings of stakeholders.

This marks the first time that in the story of the Paralympic movement that Jamaica will have a voice in shaping and implementing rules of a sport that will govern competition in local, regional and global games and championships.

"I humbly accept the appointment and wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to the Jamaica Paralympic Association, my Federation and colleagues for their strong support. I look forward to working with some remarkable people all in the name of my love and passion for sports," Szogedi said in reacting to the appointment.

Para sports continue to grow in Jamaica and Szogedi has acknowledged the importance of her appointment.

"We are at a critical junction in Jamaica's sporting history and this appointment will certainly facilitate further growth and development for Jamaica’s blind sports and sports in general,” she said. “I am deeply honored to be selected and will fly the Jamaican flag high with pride."

The committee will engage in a robust evaluation of the existing rules in guaranteeing a sport specific and evidence-based classification system in judo.

Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda said the JPA prides itself in positioning talent into becoming policy makers and benefactors rather than simply being beneficiaries of a system.

“We encourage creators and innovators rather than partakers,” Samuda said. “We inspire thought leadership in the boardroom, in the technical coaching labs and on the field of play. Szandra embodies our vision and mission."

It was also an historic moment for the JPA at the 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games when Theador Subba, inspired by Szogedi and coached by Stephen Moore, created history in achieving Jamaica's first Judo medal - a bronze - in the men's over 100 kg class.

Subba's achievement was remarkable as he only took up the sport just over a year before. Since then, he continues to be driven, under the watchful eye of Szogedi, to attain that coveted gold medal at the Paralympic Games while, occasionally but purposely, crossing the floor to the javelin circle where he is also gifted and striving for excellence.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the double-gold medalist from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, said it was with a sense of pride that she embraced her nomination for World Athletics 2020 Female Athlete of the Year.

The 28-year-old Jamaican track star was on Tuesday named among 10 nominees who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics.

World Athletics said the nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, despite the challenges that the global Covid-19 pandemic presented.

"I feel honoured to be in the company of these nine other incredibly talented ladies,” said the Jamaican, who was the only Caribbean athlete among the nominees, male or female.

“I put a lot of hard work and dedication into this year like any other, so it’s a joy to be acknowledged by World Athletics.”

Thompson-Herah ran undefeated over seven races during the season in which she ran a world-leading 10.85 over the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome. She also ran a time of 10.87s in Doha at the end of the season.

The other nominees included Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, Femke Bol of the Netherlands, Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya, Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, Laura Muir of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Helen Obiri of Kenya, and Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia.

According to World Athletics, the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics' social media platforms.

 Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes at midnight on Sunday, November 15. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2020 on Saturday,  December 5.

Controversial West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, according to reports.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah has been included on a shortlist of athletes for the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year award.

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 28-year-old double Olympic champion has put together a strong season.  Thompson-Herah won all seven of her 100m races and finished the campaign with a world-leading time of 10.85 seconds, which was recorded at the Rome Diamond League in September.

In addition to Thompson-Herah, the list includes Femke Bol (Netherlands), Letesenbet Gibey (Ethiopia), Sifan Hassan (Netherlands), Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya), Faith Kipyegon (Kenya), Laura Muir (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Hellen Obiri (Kenya), Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela) and Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia).

The Jamaican will face still competition to land the prize, with world records broken this year by Gidey (5000m), Hassan (hour run), Jepchirchir (half marathon, women only), Rojas (triple jump, indoors), and Yeshaneh (half marathon).

The list will be trimmed to five athletes after voting takes place among the World Athletics Council (50 percent), World Athletics family (25 percent), and by fans (25 percent) by liking individual athlete graphics on World Athletics’ Facebook and Instagram or by retweets.

Thompson-Herah is the only Jamaican nominated on either the male or female list.  American Dalilah Muhammad took the honour last year when she twice lowered the 400m hurdles world record.

 

 

 

Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake suffered a fractured right hand during last week Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire FC and could be out for the remainder of the MLS season, according to reports.

The 29-year-old Blake suffered the injury when he slammed his hand into the goalpost in the 76th minute and was eventually substituted 14 minutes later when the pain became unbearable.

Meantime, the Union’s management is hoping to get the MLS is Back Golden Glove winner back before the end of the season.

 “The hope is, if things go well, there’s a possibility that it is not a season-ending injury,” manager Jim Curtin said Friday. “But there is a fracture in there. We’re exploring the best possible way to get him back as quickly as possible.”

Blake, Jamaica’s number-one goalkeeper, had asked to be excused from national team duties so that he could focus on the Union’s playoff chances. The Reggae Boyz are expected to leave the island on November 6 for Saudi Arabia where they will play two international friendlies against that country’s national team on November 14 and 17.

Carlton Watson’s gelding King Arthur flourished in sloppy conditions Saturday to slam the field in an 18-1 upset in the 100th Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park that lifted top trainer Wayne DaCosta’s tally of Classic winners to 28.

Under first-time Derby-winning jockey Philip Parchment, King Arthur surged past the front-running filly Another Affair at the eighth pole and won the JA$6.5 million (US$45,000) Derby by a half-length over St Leger winner Nipster. Another Affair was a further 1-1/2 lengths back in third and Oneofakind fourth. The 9-5 favourite Wow Wow ended sixth.

King Arthur clocked two minutes 33.20 for the 12-furlong trip on a track made sloppy because of heavy afternoon showers.

“He had won in the mud (before) so after the rain and the track became very sloppy, I gave him an excellent chance,” ex-champion trainer DaCosta said after a seventh Derby victory that reignites his bid to challenge for the trainers’ championship title.

The lone filly in the field Another Affair at 40-1 odds cruised into the lead out of the starting gates under jockey Jerome Innis and was two lengths ahead of the stalking pair of King Arthur and Mahogany (4-1) as the 10-horse field passed the stands for the first time.

Behind the front three, Wow Wow raced in a four-horse group with joint 2-1 second-favorites Nipster and Oneofakind and Money Monster (38-1).

Another Affair, who was runner-up in both Fillies Classics – the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks – in the summer, accelerated down the backstretch to lead by over three lengths at the half-way stage, tracked by Mahogany followed by King Arthur and a quickening Oneofakind. Another Affair’s stablemates Wow Wow and Nipster were fifth and seventh respectively at that stage.

Another Affair kept her clear advantage approaching the final bend and as Mahogany faded, King Arthur and Oneofakind accelerated toward the lead.

King Arthur was the first to pounce on the leader early in the home stretch and while Nipster quickened with a motoring rail run reminiscent of his upset St Leger triumph last month, Another Affair appeared to lose some momentum when the whip flew from her rider’s left hand.

Parchment’s aggressive ride with right-hand whipping roused King Arthur past Another Affair who resisted briefly before fast-closing Nipster applied considerable pressure in the run to the finish.

“I can’t explain (my emotions), I am overjoyed,” Parchment said moments after only his second Classic triumph. He had won aboard Princess Annie in the 2019 Oaks for the same Watson/DaCosta combination.

Parchment, who won the Most Improved Rider award for 2019 at Caymanas Park, was aboard King Arthur for the first time in a race but his familiarity with the gelding on the exercise track served him well in the season’s last Classic.

“I am the one who has been working him in the morning. I kind of understand him. I know what he can and what he cannot do. When I saw how the rain was falling I knew he loves this and he was gonna enjoy this,” Parchment said.

With the win, DaCosta sliced into Anthony Nunes’s trainers’ championship lead which stood at JA$5.3 million (US$36,000) entering the Derby raceday. DaCosta also landed Saturday’s co-feature SVREL Sprint Trophy with England’s Rose to climb to JA$36.31m (US$251,000) in 2020 purse earnings and within striking distance of Nunes’s JA$37.68m (US$261,000).

Three Jamaican netballers have been signed by teams playing in the 2021 season of the Vitality Super Netball League in the United Kingdom.

Malysha Kelly, Rebekah Robinson and Gezelle Allison were signed on Friday by the Seven Stars, Celtic Dragons, and Wasps, respectively.

Kelly returns to professional netball after a protracted spell out recovering from a ruptured ACL while training in the ANZ Premiership. She brings a wealth of experience having already competed out in Suncorp Super Netball.

"I'm so excited to have her as someone brand new," Head Coach Melissa Bessell said. "She's been training hard and I can't wait to see what she can do back on the Superleague stage."

Allison, meanwhile, said she is eager to grasp the opportunity.

“I am happy. I am grateful for this opportunity,” she told Sportsmax.TV Friday, shortly after her signing was announced.

“Signing a professional contract will only build me as a player. It will also help me excel and build my confidence.”

Head coach Mel Mansfield is eager to see what the player brings to the Wasps.

"The 6ft, dual basketball and netball player brings Jamaican flair, power, strength and shooting accuracy," Mansfield said.

"We are thrilled to welcome her to the black and gold of Wasps. She brings something fresh, new and exciting to our attacking line-up.”

Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) is working towards the safe resumption of national squad training and competitions as soon as possible after suspending all tournaments earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ravel Morrison heads a list of four newcomers that have been named in a 24-man Reggae Boyz squad that will be prepared for two matches against Saudi Arabia on November 14 and 17 in Riyad.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) released the names of the selected players today.

Morrison, a midfielder, finally gets his maiden cap for the Jamaican squad after years of uncertainty over his availability. Team manager Roy Simpson said the player indicated Morrison was the one who reached out to the JFF saying he was now ready to represent Jamaica.

“He indicated to us that he had sorted out his situation. He is consistently playing now and is ready for his international debut.

Gregory Leigh, the nephew of Dr Warren Blake, President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), also gets his maiden call up for Jamaica. Simpson explained that Leigh, who plays for Aberdeen in the Scottish League, visited Jamaica on holiday and fell in love with the country. The JFF engaged him and the consensus was that he had a lot to offer at the left back position for Jamaica.

Forward Norman Campbell of FK Grafic was first invited to the national squad in February this year but the former Harbour View FC player unable to accept the invitation because he was travelling to Europe for a club trial. Simpson said the time is now right for him to become involved with the team.

Preston North End mid-fielder Daniel Johnson, Simpson said, had always expressed an interest in representing the Reggae Boyz.

According to the JFF, the local-based players will be tested for the Covid-19 virus on November 4 and will be sequestered along with some staff members at the UWI/JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence until they depart on November 6. 

The full squad is: Amal Knight (San Diego Loyal), Dennis Taylor (Humble Lion), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska FC), Kemar Lawrence (Anderlecht), Gregory Leigh (Aberdeen), Oniel Fisher (DC United), Alvas Powell (Inter Miami FC), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Damion Lowe (Phoenix Rising), Michael Hector (Fulham), Daniel Johnson (Preston North End), Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising), Jahshaun Anglin (Harbour View FC), Ricardo Morris (Portmore United), Leon Bailey (Bayern Leverkusen), Kaheem Parris (Krka), Ravel Morrison (ADO Den Haag), Junior Flemmings (Phoenix Rising), Kemal Malcolm (Arnett Gardens FC), Lamar Walker (Portmore United), Bobby Reid (Fulham), Shamar Nicholson (R. Charleroi SC), Javon East (Santos de Guapiles) and Norman Campbell (FK Grafic).

Jamaica international Leon Bailey has come in for some commendation from Bayern Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz after a string of strong performances from the Bundesliga club.

The 23-year-old has settled down well to life at the German club after missing the start of the season, due to enforced quarantine measures in his home country.  Since returning to the line-up, however, Bailey has shown solid form.  Not only has he proven to be elusive for defenders but he has also managed to notch four assists.  Two coming in the team's last two wins.

With a good portion of the previous season impacted by injury and indifferent form, the player will be happy to be rounding back into the form that saw him labelled as one of Europe’s brightest prospects.

"Well, Leon had it very difficult, last year and at the beginning of this season. But I can see that he gets better every game, physically but also in terms of football,” Bosz said.

"When you see how much he runs, but also how much he sprints and the quality of his football game, that always goes up. Last game in Nice the first goal he set-up for Nadiem Amiri was really great. And he played well today too. He improves every game. "

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