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first_imgDevaun Barrington made a huge statement Sunday by winning the men’s 800m final at the Independence Track and Field Meet held at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. Barrington, having somewhat of a point to prove, clocked 1:52.30s to comfortable win the event ahead of Anfernee Headecker who clocked 1:53.67s while Daniel Melville finished third in a time of 1:57.78s.Headecker, however, rebounded to win the 1500m final Akeem Stewart won the male category of the marquee 100m event despite a stumble during his drive phase recovered to win the men’s 100 metres in 10.44s on Day 1 on Saturday.Sprint sensation, Kenisha Phillips recorded a treble in the 100m, 200m and 400m events.  Phillips took the blue riband 100m race in 11.94s. Alita Moore clocked 12.18s for second while Cassie Small ran 12.31s for third.She then recorded the sprint double by winning the half lap event in 24.90s, besting the likes of  Alita Moore (25.42s) and Deborah Thorne (25.86s).In the 400m sprint, Phillips (58.99s), finished ahead of Moore (1:00.5s) and Savannah Adams (1:05.89s). Akeem Stewart won the male category of the marquee 100m event despite a stumble during his drive phase recovering to win the men’s 100 metres in 10.44s on Day 1 on Saturday.With Davin Fraser false starting in the final, it was Stewart’s race to lose and the ripped sprinter overcame a decent field of sprinters to win the event despite a tough first 30 metres.Young, rising sprint sensation, Loneil Marks finished second in 10.52s while Rupert Perry after a long lay off from the track clocked 10.69s in his second race of the season. Continuing with the sprints, Brianna Charles ran an impressive 12.20s in the 15-17 girls’ age category to top Princess Browne and Celine David who ran 12.50s and 12.91s respectively.Meanwhile,  Marks won the men’s 200m in 21.36s ahead of Daniel Williams who clocked 21.37s in one of the thrilling races of the meet.Williams also won the 400m in 48.97s. CARIFTA Games gold medalist Matthew Gordon continued his rich form with a win in the male 15-17 category 800m with a time of 2:00.92s while Aaliyah Moore won the women’s 800m in 2:23.97s.Bronze medalist at the last two CARIFTA Games, Princess Browne was also one of the day’s winner’s with a winning leap of 11.88 metres in the female 15-17 triple jump event while another 2019 CARIFTA bronze medalist in Adriel Austin won the 15-17 800m in 2:19.45s.Brianna Charles completed a sprint double by winning the girl’s 15-17 200m in 24.81s to top Keliza Smith who finished in 25.43s.The second edition of  the two-day event was billed a success by the organizers.last_img read more

first_img Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP AP Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) MILLSAP STILL SOLID: One big reason for the Nuggets’ hot start this year has been the play of Paul Millsap, who got his NBA start with the Utah Jazz as a little-known mid-second round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech.Because of a wrist injury, Millsap missed most of last season, but now that he’s healthy, he has made a big difference in Denver’s 8-1 start, particularly on the defensive end.“He has a high IQ and the ability to guard bigger guys and smaller guys and gives us a defensive versatility with great hands great timing around the basket,” said coach Mike Malone. “I think our guys feed off of that.”In Saturday night’s win over Utah, Millsap was his usual solid self, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and playing solid defense with three steals.Another ex-Jazzman, Trey Lyles, who burned the Jazz for 26 points last season in a Denver victory, finished with eight points and six rebounds Saturday night.TOUGH NIGHT FOR THABO: Thabo Sefalosha, who had to sit out the first five games because of a drug violation and then didn’t play in the next three games, finally saw his first action of 2018-19, starting the second quarter of Saturday night’s game.However, it didn’t go very well as his first shot in his first minute on the floor, a 3-pointer from the left corner, clanked off the side of the backboard and his second shot in the second minute, from the right corner, barely drew iron. He played a total of three minutes before departing for the night.JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz return home for three games at home, where they are 0-3 this season. They’ll play Toronto on Monday, Dallas on Wednesday at Vivint Arena before playing Boston on Friday in the Gordon Hayward homecoming game. … The last Jazz win in Denver came three seasons ago on April 10, 2016, when the Jazz cruised to a 100-84 win on their way to the playoffs. The last two seasons, the two teams have split their regular-season series 2-2 with the home team winning each time. … Last year, the two rivals played all four of their games by the first week of January. This season, they won’t play again until Jan. 23 in Utah and then play in Denver on Feb. 28 before playing again in Utah on April 9. Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)center_img David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O'Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Grid View Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — Utah’s trademark under coach Quin Snyder has always been defense, and last year, the Jazz ranked No. 1 in the NBA in team defensive efficiency with the defensive player of the year in Rudy Gobert.Going into Saturday’s game, the Jazz ranked in the middle of the NBA pack defensively — No. 14 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, 20th in field goal percentage defense and 18th in 3-point defensive percentage.Not exactly a Jazz defensive team.Part of the problem this year has been playing against teams with centers that play outside such as Memphis with Marc Gasol and Minnesota with Karl-Anthony Towns, plus Denver and Nikola Jokic Saturday night, but Snyder doesn’t want to place any of the blame on Gobert being drawn out of the paint by opponents.“That’s kind of become a big theme,” Snyder said, somewhat defensively before Saturday’s game. “I wouldn’t say Rudy can’t guard outside. We’re reacting to a few games. Nobody did anything different last year. Rudy’s a pretty good player.”Snyder thinks it’s more a matter of his whole team not performing defensively.“We gave up 34 free throws last night, and we’ve got to defend the ball and get into switching situations,’ he said. “A lot of where we are defensively right now is less to do with tactics and schemes as it does with discipline and urgency and communication.” Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O’Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Related 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 103-88 loss to the Denver Nuggetslast_img read more