Men’s 4x100m: André says Ja, KC picks USA

first_imgAndré: It’s Jamaica vs the USA in the men’s 4x100m relay final. This is gonna be fun – two strong teams going at each other for bragging rights in an exciting and dramatic event. KC: After losing to the United States at the World Relays in the Bahamas, I do not think the Jamaicans will be taking their opponents lightly this time around. André: Well, I’m not sure they took the Americans lightly in The Bahamas, but none of the Jamaicans were in good physical shape at the World Relays. That has changed. Usain Bolt is back to his best, Asafa Powell has been running well and there have been solid performances by the Jamaicans all around since then. KC: Yes, things will be much different this time around as with Bolt in such magnificent form, he only needs to get the baton on the anchor leg in a good position. I think anyone on his leg will be scared to death. André: As they should be. The Jamaicans will start with the reliable Carter as usual with the interesting tweak being Asafa Powell on the back straight. Powell has never had to handle the baton twice – receive and hand off. So, it will be interesting to see how he manages, but his speed on the back straight against Gatlin is key for the Jamaicans and will prevent the Americans from building a big lead if at all for the anchor man. KC: On paper, the Americans are the favourites here as Trayvon Bromell, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay are well rested. With Bromell on the lead off leg, Carter cannot allow him to get away too far from him as this could be danger for us. Also, as you know, Powell will be up against Gatlin on the second leg. André: It seems we will be running Nickel Ashmeade on the third leg against Gay. Ashmeade isn’t in good form, but he’s a better curve runner than Gay right now, I believe. The Jamaicans only need to get the stick around to restore order and continue their dominance at World Champs and Olympics. KC: It is Rodgers who will be anchoring for the United States as Bromell is expected to give them a good start. The key will be the third leg. Ashmeade cannot allow Gay to get away from him here and give the anchor man a big lead. André: I expect that all the legs will be close, Asafa’s execution is key but once whoever is on anchor is within a few steps of Bolt, it’s game over for the US. KC: I am a bit concerned with Asafa on the second leg as this is new territory for him as he is used to just getting the baton and not passing it. I have been in tremendous form in my selections over the past five days and I hope this will continue and I am giving the USA the slight edge here to win gold as Bolt will have too much to make up on the anchor leg.last_img read more

Highlanders, Matadores in quarterfinals

first_imgThe Highlanders, who finished second in the Freeway League, earned their trip after scoring back-to-back 5-2 wins over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel and Santa Monica. La Habra (17-5-3) is led by Carly Clements, who was impressive in both playoff wins. She had two goals in the win over Calvary Chapel and followed it up with a four-goal effort against Santa Monica. La Habra and La Mirada high schools continue their quest for a CIF-Southern Section Division III girls soccer title with quarterfinal road games today. La Habra travels to Riverside to face Martin Luther King, while La Mirada visits the Palos Verdes peninsula to face Chadwick. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m. starts. King (14-3-8) scored a 1-0 victory over Fullerton on Tuesday. La Mirada (17-9-2) is coming of a tough 1-0 victory over Norco. The Matadores are led by freshman forward Natalia Ledezma, sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Cope and senior midfielder/defender Sha Wheeler. Prep League champion Chadwick (17-1-2) advanced by beating Garden Grove Pacifica on penalty kicks. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWITH thousands of fans heading for Clones and Lisnaskea this Sunday to watch the minors, seniors and senior ladies play Ulster Championship semi-finals, Donegal’s players have helped launch a safer driving campaign.The County Health & Wellbeing Committee of CLG Dhún na nGall and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group have launched a campaign to encourage all road users to change their behavior and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.The message is simple – make smart choices about how you use the roads, never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving. The campaign asks motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive responsibly and a special appeal is being made to all Donegal supporters traveling to this Sunday’s Ulster semi-final in Clones against Antrim and any subsequent games to drive with care.On the road as on the pitch you need to be alert. The campaign is fully backed by Donegal GAA and Donegal Road Safety Working Group with Donegal Senior Team Player, Ryan Mc Hugh as its Ambassador.Footballers and management will be encouraging people to make their pledge to decide every time they sit in a vehicle before they turn the key, that they will make smart choices about how they use the roads. The hope is that everyone takes note and thinks road safety when using the roads.This Road Safety campaign for the football season is being co-ordinated by Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Sean Dunnion, County Chairman, Donegal GAA as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy. “This is another opportunity to remind football fans about their road safety responsibilities Fans should ensure the enjoyment of the game isn’t followed by tragedy on the roads,” said Brian O’Donnell.“Individuals and organisations should follow their football team’s example and make a commitment to support this campaign and ask all their family members to adhere to the rules of the road at all times and lead by example. It is also important to factor in a rest break on your journey from Donegal to the game.”Sean Dunnion, County Chairman said: “The new County Health & Wellbeing Committee formed earlier this year immediately identified that Road Safety should be a focus area for their plan for 2014 so we are delighted now to partner with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in delivering a campaign for our members and supporters as they travel to venues across Ulster and indeed hopefully outside the province later in the season as they support the Donegal Minor and Senior football teams.”Ryan Mc Hugh said: “It was a great honour for him to be selected as the Donegal GAA Road Safety Ambassador and looked forward to working with both the County Health & Wellbeing Committee and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in promoting a safe driving culture for both young and older drivers.”He also appealed to everybody, both drivers and passengers, to heed the many safe driving messages that will be delivered particularly over social media channels in the coming months. Donegal’s minors taken on Antrim in Clones from 12.15pm this Sunday, with the senior game to follow at 2pm.Donegal’s Ladies play Armagh at 5pm in Lisnaskea.DONEGAL FOOTBALLERS GET BEHIND ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian O’DonnellClub DonegalDonegal GAAroad safetyRyan McHughSean Dunnionlast_img read more