#glnrCHAMPS: Calabar, St Jago impress in Class One high jump qualifying

first_imgCalabar High School and St Jago had two qualifiers each entering the final of the Boys’ High Jump Class One at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on Friday afternoon. Ricardo Clarke and Andrew Betton from defending champions Calabar and Lushane Wilson and Tony Haughton all cleared the bar at 1.95 metres. The other qualifiers were Brian-neil Robinson of St Elizabeth Technical; Peter Clarke of Camperdown; Alexander Thompson of St George’s College; Horatio Humphrey of Buff Bay; Malik Cunningham of Jamaica College, and Jon-Michael Davis from Kingston College.  The final takes place at 5:33 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Chelsea’s best attack line revealed! Is Drogba right?

first_img Chelsea won the double in 2009/10 1 Veteran Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has hailed the Blues’ current attack force, labelling them the most attacking side he has been a part of.Although he accepted that it will matter little unless they are rewarded with trophies at the end of the season, the Ivory Coast international proclaimed Jose Mourinho’s latest crop of forwards as the best he’s played alongside.That’s some high praise indeed, especially considering the exemplary line-ups Drogba has been apart of in his two spells with the club.During his eight-and-a-half collective years of Stamford Bridge service, Drogba has been part of a side that blew the Premier League away, storming to a record points haul in the process, and featured heavily in the side that bagged a record number of league goals in 2009/10. So is he right with his latest claim?talkSPORT takes a look…NUMBER OF GOALS SCOREDFollowing their recent 5-0 demolition of Schalke in the Champions League, Chelsea took their current tally for the season to a hugely impressive 48 goals in all competitions. The Blues may be well on course to breeze past the 100 mark, but they have some way to go if they are to surpass the sensational tally of 142 that Carlo Ancelotti’s 2009/10 double winners achieved.That year the Blues bagged a Premier League record 103 goals and scored 17 times en route to winning the FA Cup.The 2004/05 and 2005/06 league winning sides both reached the 90+ points mark – a phenomenal achievement – but weren’t known for their prolific front lines. Both scored a respectable, if slightly low 72 goals each in the league.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 team with 142 goals in all competitionsSPREAD OF GOALSBy the end of the current campaign, Drogba’s claim may eventually ring true, but for the moment, there is a pretty heavy weighting of goals – in the Premier League at least – on one man.Diego Costa has been arguably the signing of the summer and his blistering start to life in England has been commendable, even more so given his 11 league goals so far. There is no one really looking to challenge the Spaniard though in the scoring charts, with Eden Hazard the closest with six goals in all competitions.When looking exclusively at strikers though, rather than attacking lines as a collective, and this disparity is even more noticeable, with Loic Remy and Drogba recording two and four goals apiece.Once again, the attack line of ‘09/10 stands out, with four of the club’s six recognised attacking players reaching double figures for the season and Drogba himself ending the campaign with a mammoth 37 goals in all competitions.Indeed even Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka pitched in with 15 goals each and Salomon Kalou hitting 12.However, in terms of an attack line’s contribution, the exploits of Chelsea’s 2004/05 team just shades them. While three of the six recognised attackers hit double figures that season, they contributed 67 of the overall total of 108 goals, equating to 62 per-cent, narrowly edging out the ‘09/10 attack line, who contributed 60 per-cent of goals scored.WINNER: Chelsea 2004/05WHAT DID THEY ACTUALLY WIN?As Drogba concedes, all talk about this Chelsea side and it’s attack line as the ‘best ever’ will be in vain if the Blues fail to win silverware. Although it is still incredibly early, their lead at the top of the Premier League – while still just six points – is already looking unassailable, but they will need more that just league honours to underline themselves as a true vintage.Indeed the 2004/05 league winners are hailed as a great team for winning two trophies, as well as setting a new Premier League points record, something that perhaps sees them rather than the arguably stronger side of 12 months later as a side fondly remembered by fans.Once again however, it is the 2009/10 side that comes out on top in this regard, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team winning a league and FA Cup double. Although they came up short on the European front – crashing out at the last 16 stage to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side – on the domestic scene they were kings.WINNER: Chelsea 2009/10 – Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.Chelsea fans, who do you think was the club’s best modern-day attack line? Comment below…last_img read more

49ers Garoppolo on his dad, knee comeback, even Nick Bosa

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SAN JOSE — Jimmy Garoppolo beamed with family pride Wednesday morning in his warm-up act before reporting to the 49ers facility for more rehabilitation work on his rebuilt knee.First, Garoppolo joined his father, Tony, a recently retired electrician, in a signing-day presentation for nearly 100 high school students entering skilled trades as a profession.[vemba-video …last_img

Parties welcome Gordhan’s Budget

first_imgUnited Democratic Movement deputy secretary general Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said the UDM was happy with the budget overall. “We feel it was a good speech under circumstances because you must keep in mind we are operating in an environment where there are declining revenues and ever-increasing demands for expenditure on government,” Kwankwa said. “We are a bit concerned about the impact that would have during a time when liquidity is fairly tight,” he said. It exceeds R1-trillion – for the first time ever – with the bulk of spending, R615.7-billion, earmarked for social services. Revenue is expected to be about R904.8-billion. Democratic Alliance spokesman Tim Harris said the money allocated for infrastructure and growth was “not good enough”. “I don’t think we got it today, but let’s give the minister credit because he managed to bring the budget deficit down. African Christian Democratic Party spokesman Steve Swart said the budget was a pleasant surprise. “All in all [it was] a very positive budget in difficult circumstances.” Tax relief for small and micro business was welcome, but “we should view the tax relief offset by inflation and by the rising input costs”. Positive under circumstances Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the budget was “somehow predictable, both in terms of what it addresses and in terms of what it fails to address”. “It is very important that Cosatu supports him [Gordhan] now. If they don’t do it, we are going to have trouble with regards to the state wage bill,” Koornhof said. 23 February 2012 Encouraging saving The move to encourage savings was a sensible one and really a move to lower the risk of the state having to take care of people who had not made provision. Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder welcomed plans aimed at encouraging the public to save. There were a number of positive announcements in the budget, he said. However, SA Chamber of Commerce CEO Neren Rau was concerned about the increase in taxes on business. “Our biggest concern is the increased taxes on business – capital gains tax and the corporate tax. Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director Viola Manuel said overall the budget was encouraging. “We support the minister’s call for demand-driven growth and we also thank him for acknowledging the importance of all the social partners working together.” “The fact that he managed to do that shows us that we have more space to be bold on growth and on infrastructure particularly. We want to see far more on growth. Those numbers aren’t good enough,” he said. Nick Koornhof, of the Congress of the People, said government should lead the way and show it could spend taxpayers’ money properly. It was also important for the Congress of SA Trade Unions to support the budget. Much would depend on whether or not, this time around, declarations of policy would materialise into programmes of action. The most concerning aspect was the insufficient emphasis on economic growth, he said. “If the cost of doing business is increasing, lowering tax only marginally offsets the problem,” Manuel said. Political parties and others have broadly welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012/13 Budget, tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Sapalast_img read more