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Calabar excite at inaugural Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgTHERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.last_img read more

Ex-Newcastle star in startling Spurs wage budget omission

first_imgTransfers Former Newcastle star Dyer reveals he earned more than one Tottenham ace gets now… back in 2002! Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:26 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kieron Dyer Newcastle Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle United Premier League The former England international claims he took home more at the Magpies than a leading performer currently working under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham’s wage structure is leaving them vulnerable, with Kieron Dyer revealing that he earned more in 2002 than a current international star.Spurs have been able to piece together a squad capable of competing with the Premier League elite, with title challenges mounted in each of the last two seasons.They have also been able to tie key men to fresh terms on a regular basis, with those working under Mauricio Pochettino buying into the long-term project in north London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There is, however, a strict budget in place and Kyle Walker has already left for Manchester City while Danny Rose continues to be heavily linked with Manchester United.Harry Kane’s exploits have also seen him spark transfer talk, and former England star Dyer feels there will be further exits unless Spurs start to match the financial rewards on offer elsewhere.Kieron Dyer EnglandHe told Radio 5 Live : “I spoke to a Tottenham player towards the end of last season. He’s a full international, regular for his country and regular for his team.“He told me what he was on wages wise and I was on more money than him at Newcastle in 2002.“This is a player now at Tottenham, who came second in the league, who is a full international in 2017 and he isn’t on what I was on at Newcastle in 2002.”It’s a massive problem.”England star Kane and Spurs captain Hugo Lloris are reported to be the top earners within Pochettino’s squad.There are, however, plenty of other international stars within the ranks that Tottenham will need to keep happy on and off the field if the club are to build on the progress made over recent years and challenge for top honours.last_img read more

Noprotest zones around abortion clinics could erode rights Manitoba premier

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says an Opposition call for buffer zones around abortion clinics and hospitals would be a slippery slope toward taking away some freedoms.NDP house leader Nahanni Fontaine has introduced a private member’s bill proposing a ban on protesters within up to 150 metres of facilities where abortions take place.The bill would forbid protesters from “attempting to inform” anyone about issues related to abortion services within the zones.The Ontario government introduced similar legislation last year following cases of harassment and Alberta has passed a similar law.Pallister says people have the right to protest.He added that existing laws can be enforced if anyone is being blocked or harassed on any issue.Most private member’s bills fail to become law because they need the support of the government, but Fontaine says the Progressive Conservatives should put aside politics and pass her bill.The Canadian Presslast_img read more