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Johnson hails fitness, team work for Jaguars Four-Day dominance

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Captain Leon Johnson has hailed the achievement of Guyana Jaguars after they wrapped up their fourth straight Regional Four-Day Championship title with two rounds to spare.With second-placed Barbados Pride managing to earn only 7.6 points from their tame draw against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday it left Jaguars with an unassailable lead on 135 points.“As you can imagine, it’s a very good feeling for us to win the title for a fourth straight year,” Johnson said.“I am someone that delves into the history of the game – Barbados would have achieved this in the late 1970s, and Jamaica did it between 2008 and 2012.”“We are only the third team to have achieved something like this in Windies first-class history. It is very pleasing to be part of it and to be at the helm for the fourth consecutive year of our winning this title.“It is testament to our hard work. We have won it with two matches remaining, which is a feat in itself.”Jaguars entered the eighth round with a healthy lead – almost 43 points clear of Pride – and earned a further 17 points following their nerve-jangling two-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Saturday.The victory was their sixth in eight outings this season without defeat and Johnson praised the commitment of his players, stressing they were now focused on finishing the campaign unbeaten.“It is also testament to the way we have played this season. As a team, we have played well,” the Test batsman said.“I think everyone who has played has made a contribution, some more significantly than others, but I do not think there is a game that we played where someone did not put his hand up and played well for the team with bat or ball.“We have two matches remaining – against Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – and we want to play unbeaten this season. We accomplished this two seasons ago (2015-16) and this is our aim for those two matches.”Jaguars have been carried by strong performances from their senior players with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (494 runs) and Vishaul Singh (485) their leading run-scorers, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul taking 44 wickets.Veteran former Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul has also been key with 333 runs from six matches, with a hundred and three half-centuries.However, Johnson said the players’ conditioning and mental toughness had also been crucial to the winning campaign.“There are a number of factors that contributed to our recent success. Fitness is a big part of it,” he explained.“Our players have remained fit throughout the competition. We have not had a lot of injuries during this period, and we have not had to change a lot of players and bring in new players.”He continued: “Players have also responded well when put under pressure. We have won a lot of games over the last four seasons, but it has not always been smooth sailing by any stretch of the imagination – and at those times, when we have come under pressure, players have always found a way to dig us out of the hole.“The weather sometimes has not always cooperated and allowed us to prepare as well as we would have liked but we have always found a way to make do with what time and facilities are available, and so this means a lot to us were able to remain this consistent over such a long period.”last_img read more

Former Mets star Dwight Gooden arrested on another DUI charge

first_imgAccording to the report, Gooden, 54, was “a mess” and allegedly urinated on himself, although he told police he was a diabetic. After he was picked up, he was taken to University Hospital in Newark. It’s unclear if he has diabetes. Related News Dwight Gooden was arrested and charged with DUI Monday night, marking his second DUI arrest in the span of a few weeks.The former Mets pitcher was stopped after he was seen driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Newark, New Jersey, the New York Post reported. Mets’ Pete Alonso on breaking bat over his knee: ‘I know I’m better than that’ MLB wrap: Twins turn triple play, hit 5 home runs in win over Yankees Gooden was one of the driving influences behind the Mets winning their 1986 World Series and was also the NL Cy Young winner in 1985.He spent 10 years (1984-94) with the Mets before signing with the Yankees in 1996 as a free agent. He went on to play for the Indians for a season and had stints with the Astros and Rays — then known as the Devil Rays — before retiring in 2001 after he tried to re-join the Yankees for a second time. In 2010, he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame. Monday’s incident comes less than two months after his June 7 arrest. He was seen driving erratically and when he was stopped, police found two baggies in his car that was suspected to be cocaine.Gooden has a history of substance abuse. He tested positive in 1987 before baseball season began and went to rehab to avoid suspension by the league. He has multiple arrests in the 2000s, which includes DUI and misdemeanor battery, and was in prison for nearly seven months due to a probation violation for testing positive for cocaine.He also was charged with child endangerment after he got into an accident while under the influence in 2010 with his then-5-year-old son in the car. MLB trade rumors: Big-contract players Braves, Indians, Phillies should deal for no matter the costlast_img read more

Mancuso is tied for lead in World Cup standings

first_imgJulia Mancuso has moved atop the World Cup overall standings for the first time this season as she bids to become the first American woman to win the title in nearly a quarter-century. But she’s not alone. Renate Goetschl of Austria won her record 17th World Cup super-giant slalom , by more than a second Sunday to join Mancuso at the top of the overall standings. Goetschl, who already had clinched the season’s super-G title, skied the 1.2-mile Prampero course in 1 minute, 18.66 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 1.01 behind, and Mancuso was third, 1.22 back. in Tarvisio, Italy Matt wins second straight: World champion Mario Matt won his second straight World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and Benjamin Raich finished second to reclaim the lead in the overall standings. Bode Miller was 23rd in 1:43.89. Also: Raphael Poiree shot clean and won the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit race for his third straight World Cup biathlon victoryin Lahti, Finland. … Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset won the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race on the final day of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan. … Oskar Svard won the 56-mile Vasaloppet cross-country marathon by two seconds in Mora, Sweden. 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