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Champions of the Weekend in Sports!

NBA FINALS 

WARRIORS VS. CAVS GAME 4

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The Starting Five of the Golden State Warriors celebrate their NBA Championship win last Friday (Photo: ESPN)

The Golden State Warriors swept the Cavs Friday night in a blowout! 108-85!

This is the 3rd NBA Championship win for Stephen Curry and the 3rd ring for Steve Kerr as a Coach to add to his 5 rings as a player.

Kevin Durant won Finals MVP, snatching it from teammate, Steph Curry after his epic, unforgettable Game 3 performance.

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KD accepting his Finals MVP Trophy last Friday night (Photo: Bleacher Report)

LeBron James had a great run carrying his team that had no chance in the Playoffs all the way to the Finals. But he has now been swept twice in the NBA Finals, where the first time was by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

Stay tuned for LeBron’s next move. It will be a long summer.

FRENCH OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL

SIMONA HALEP VS. SLOANE STEPHENS

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World no. 1, Simona Halep finally won her 1st Grand Slam! Congrats to her and well fought after losing the 1st set to Sloane Stephens and being broken the 1st game in the 2nd. She beat Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Simona Halep credited mental strength to winning her first Grand Slam.

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Simona Halep raises her long-awaited French Open Grand Slam Trophy last Saturday (Photo: Sports mole)

 

BELMONT STAKES

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Justify being ridden to victory by Mike Smith at the 2018 Belmont Stakes (Photo: New York Times)

Justify, an American thoroughbred racehorse, became the 13th winner of the American Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday. The 2018 Kentucky Derby and the 2018 Preakness Stakes preceded his big win at Belmont.

The last horse to do so was American Pharoah in 2015 who ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Both were guided by the same trainer, Bob Baffert.

JN RACER’S GRAND PRIX

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action at the JN Racer’s Grand Prix at The National Stadium Saturday, June 9, 2018.

The Queen is back! Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce not only improved on her time since her return, but won the 100m Women’s race as well in 11.10s!

This all went down at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

Also look out for our future Queen, young Briana Williams (16yrs), who had a faster start than our Pocket Rocket and sustained her speed throughout the race, finishing 3rd in 11.26. Congrats to Team Jamaica and thanks to other athletes who came to the island to compete.

Jenna Prandini of the USA and no stranger to Jamaica came a close 2nd to Shelly in 11.14.

FRENCH OPEN MEN’S FINAL

RAFAEL NADAL VS. DOMINIC THIEM

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Rafael Nadal reacts after winning Championship point and his 11th French Open title yesterday

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open yesterday! He beat Dominic Thiem who put up quite a fight, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Each set was about an hour-long, but the experience, strength, power and dominance of Nadal was just too much for Thiem. Winning never gets easier, but he has pulled it off again. Congrats Rafa!

Now let’s get ready for the World Cup!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Champions and Winners of the Weekend in Sports!

COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD COAST 2018 – ATHLETICS

The Commonwealth Games down under have come to an end and Jamaica did extremely well, winning International medals that we have never won before.

Over the weekend, we took over some of the Field events!

Jamaica’s thrower, Danniel Thomas struck Gold in the Women’s Shot Put!

Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle brought home the Gold and Silver respectively for the Men’s Discus.

Back on the track, Paralympian, Tevaughn Thomas won Bronze in the Men’s T47 100m!

Natoya Goule finally medalled internationally with a Personal Best in the Women’s 800m Final with a sweet Bronze medal finish.

Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson got Jamaica a Silver and Bronze respectively in the Women’s 110m Hurdles.

Jamaica also took home medals in the 4×400m Relays for both the Men and Women!

Bronze for the Men

Gold for the Women!

NBA PLAYOFFS – BASKETBALL

The NBA Playoffs started last Saturday and the Celtics are already 1 up on the Bucks and the Thunder 1 up on the Jazz.

Warriors blew out the Spurs and the 76ers routed the Heat.

The Raptors finally won an opening Game 1 in the Playoffs, beating the Wizards.

The no. 1 team in the West, the Rockets, had a fight to beat the Timberwolves, 104-101. This may be one of the best match ups for the West in the 1st round.

Surprises?

The Cavs lost to the Pacers 80-98. But if you think about it, LeBron James usually allows a Game 1 loss.

Pelicans beat the Trail Blazers, 97-95. They had a significant lead for most of the game and when the Trail Blazers came fighting back it just wasn’t enough.

PREMIER LEAGUE – SOCCER

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After Manchester United lost to West Brom over the weekend, Manchester City officially became Champions of the Premier League!

It’s Man City’s 1st title under Pep Guardiola. Congrats to them.

More exciting weeks ahead in Sports. Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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2 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games Today!

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL

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Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams leaps to victory in the Women’s Triple Jump at the Commonwealth Games!

Jamaica’s ever so determined Kimberly Williams won Gold in the Women’s Triple Jump! Congratulations to her as well as our Shanieka Ricketts, who took the Silver. Thea Lafond of Dominica got the Bronze.

MEN’S 110m HURDLES FINAL

Jamaica got the 1-2 in the Men’s 110m Hurdles too! Congratulations to Ronald Levy who won Gold and our Olympic medallist, Hansle Parchment who got Silver. Aussie, Nicholas Hough placed third.

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Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment celebrate after their 1-2 finish respectively in the Men’s 110m Hurdles at the Commonwealth Games today

MEN’S 400m FINAL

DONKEY MAN IS BACK!

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Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis before the start of the Men’s 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier today

…But so is MAKWALA!

At last, Isaac Makwala of Botswana wins Gold impressively in 44.35s! His compatriot, Baboloki Thebe got the Silver and Jamaica’s Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis got the Bronze!

If you missed it, watch the “Men’s 400m Final – Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018” on YouTube here:

Well done Team Jamaica!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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CONGRATS to Calabar & Edwin Allen, Winners of the Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships!

Another absolutely sensational Issa/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships have come to an end. Calabar was expected to come out on top, ahead of KC, but not by so many points. Their dominance was exceptional for their 7th straight title.

Final Standings for the Boys:

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Edwin Allen executed their races well for the Girls to come away on top for the 6th straight time ahead of Holmwood Technical.

Final Standings for the Girls:

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There were so many great Champs Moments, but here are Suga’s Highlights:

Sportsmanship

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Great Sportsmanship was shown between Great rivals, Tyreke Wilson of Calabar and KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson as they crossed the line in the Class 1 Boys 100m Semi-Final. This is what Champs is all about!

● Class 3 Boys 100m Sweet 16 Victory by KC 

KC’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie (1st) and Adrian Kerr (2nd) both smashed the record of Jhevaughn Matherson in 10.79s and 10.81s respectively.

Everyone has been asking if Nkrumie is also an import, but word has it that he has been going to school in Jamaica since Prep School. He speaks like a Jamaican as well.

Class 2 Girls 100m and 200m shines spotlight on our future Star in the Sprints

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Suga’s Championship Girl, Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High

The young lady called the Princess of sprinting amongst High schoolers, Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen, broke her own record that was set in the semifinals in 11.16s! Last year she false started and she has certainly come back with a vengeance. She is only hundredths of a second off from VCB’s Junior record time of 11.12s. I observed that she comes out of her drive phase quite quickly, so can you imagine when her form is improved?!

Her compatriot, Kasheika Cameron clocked 11.29 to win the 100m for the Class 1 Girls. This was a clear indication of the powerhouse, Kevona is.

The following day, she broke her own 200m semifinal record as well, to win in 22.72s.

Class 2 Boys 100m

Sachin Dennis of STETHS had a magnificent run, breaking the record in 10.20s!

Drama for the Class 1 Boys 100m

Calabar’s Michael Stephens, Defending Champ of the event started to feel cramps before the start of the race. He received a bit of Physio treatment before the race and was even on the phone. He was seen crying with his teammate and one of the favourites to win, Tyreke Wilson, but surprisingly still headed to the start line for the race.

Everyone was at that point thinking that KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson, the other favourite would have been undisturbed by the drama and thus have the advantage. He would be seeking redemption after false starting last year, allegedly because he was injured. But not only did Michael Stephens run out fast and pull up mid-race, so did Matherson of KC! This left Calabar’s Tyreke Wilson with a clear victory and PB of 10.21s ahead of JC’s Ryiem Robertson who finished in 10.28s.

A post Champs interview with the Assistant Coach of Calabar confirmed that Stephens was told to jog the race, which he did not do in such a competitive atmosphere.

Upset in the Class 1 Boys 400m Hurdles!

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Petersfield comes out on top in the Class 2 Boys 400m and Boys 4×400m Open Relay!

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Petersfield’s Antonio Watson seized victory in the Boys Class 2 400m and lived up to his reputation of World Under-18 Champion. He then anchored his 4×400m Relay team to victory in the last race of Champs, since Calabar’s record win was later declared null and void due to disqualification. One of the athletes on Calabar’s 4×400m team was over his race limit according to the rules. It is sad that the fault in Calabar’s line-up was apparently not picked up by the organizers before the race, but after the fact by Petersfield, who launched the appeal. A bit of a sour taste in the mouth at the end of Champs.

KC beats Calabar in the 400m Class 1 Boys

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KC’s Captain, Dashawn Morris gave it his all and won the 400m Class 1 Boys in an impressive 45.09s, ahead of Calabar’s Anthony Carpenter, who registered a PB of 45.47.

STETHS’ Jauavney James showed great perseverance to win the Class 1 Boys 800m

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Jauavney James of STETHS got his redemption from losing the 1500m and 400m hurdles. He won from behind in the Class 1 Boys 800m. He got his strategy right to finish his last Champs race in fine style.

Winner from Lane 8 in Class 3 200m Girls

Gabrielle Matthews of Hydel won the Girls Class 3 200m out of lane 8 in 23.60s to beat Edwin Allen’s Tina Clayton.

Sweet 16 KC rivalry continued in the Class 3 Boys 200m!

This time around KC’s Adrian Kerr beat his teammate, Bouwahjgie Nkrumie in record time. Nkrumie was still in good spirits, unlike Kerr who could not speak in his interview the night before after placing 2nd in the 100m. But with true determination, he ran from behind with lots of grit for the 200m win.

Calabar gets their Sweet 16 in the Class 1 Boys 200m

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Suga’s Championship Boy, Christopher Taylor, Team Captain of Calabar High

Calabar’s Christopher Taylor won the Class 1 Boys 200m impressively in 20.32s ahead of his compatriot, Anthony Carpenter. Carpenter had an obvious limp towards the end of the race, but still managed to finish 2nd.

So many spectacular #ChampsMoments. I hope you shared these as some of your faves too.

Kudos also to the After-Show! Although some spectators may have dislocated their shoulders, it was superb quality for Jamaica’s version of the greatest show on earth.

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See you next year!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Tickets go on SALE for CHAMPS Tomorrow!

If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them tomorrow!

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Don’t miss your chance to watch one of the greatest shows on earth this weekend!

Which School are you rooting for?!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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17 Memorable Moments from World Champs London 2017!

The World Championships in London are now over but there are so many moments to reflect on. The meet was filled with surprises, disappointments, upsets, drama and triumphs.

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed tuning in to Suga Lifestyle’s updates on Facebook and the Website.

Here are Suga’s 17 Memorable Moments from World Champs London 2017:

1. USAIN BOLT loses his last 100m individual race, getting the Bronze but JUSTIN GATLIN WINS!

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2. MOHAMED FARAH aka Mobot of Great Britain wins Gold in the Men’s 10000m! He was going for his 5th double before retirement but fell short, getting the Silver in the 5000m. He will remain a Legend of the sport and a video tribute was played for him.

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3. USA’s TORIE BOWIE wins the Women’s 100m thriller with Elaine Thompson of Jamaica nowhere in sight and edged out Ivory Coast’s Marie Josée’s Ta Lou, who failed to dip at the line. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands got the Bronze.

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4. OMAR McLEOD wins Gold for Jamaica in the Men’s 110m Hurdles after a disappointing show for Jamaica in the Men’s and Women’s 100m.

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5. RIO Olympic Champ, Kenya’s FAITH KIPYEGON won the Women’s 1500m with Genzebe Dibaba nowhere in sight and another favourite, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands finished 5th.

Caster Simenya of South Africa, who entered the event for the first time, took the Bronze.

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6. YULIMAR ROJAS of Venezuela won the Women’s Triple Jump in an exciting jump off versus the RIO Olympic Champion and her rival, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.

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7. PHYLLIS FRANCIS of the USA won the Women’s 400m in her PB, as Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas tightened, failing to medal and her compatriot and favourite to win, Allyson Felix faded on the stretch.

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8. Jamaica’s DANNIEL THOMAS-DODD was in the Bronze medal position of the Women’s Shot Put before the last throw, but ended up finishing 4th. Great achievement for Jamaica.

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9. Jamaica’s RISTANANNA TRACEY won the Bronze medal in the Women’s 4×400m Hurdles in her PB!

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10. The animated, KARSTEN WARHOLM of Norway won Gold in the Men’s 400m Hurdles upsetting USA’s Kerron Clement.

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11. DAFNE SCHIPPERS of the Netherlands defended her Title for the Women’s 200m passing Ivory Coast’s Marie Josée Ta Lou before the line. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas had a strong finish but could not recover from a bad start and curve and got the Bronze.

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12. RAMIL GULIYEV of Turkey who has been in the game for a while, not only finally got on the podium, but won Gold in the Men’s 200m. He prevented South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk from winning the 400m-200m double. Van Niekerk got the Silver. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards finished with the Bronze.

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13. SALLY PEARSON (past Olympic and World Champion) at 30 years old, had a fairytale ending, winning Gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdles after suffering from 2 years of injuries.

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14.  GREAT BRITAIN Men’s 4×100m team struck Gold as their anchor leg runner, Mitchell-Blake passed USA’s Christian Coleman before the line and Usain Bolt of Jamaica pulled up shortly after receiving the baton. They achieved the win in European record time.

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15. USAIN BOLT’s 4×100m teammates gathered around him after an agonizing fall to the ground from pulling up on the final leg. The race was run about 15 minutes after the scheduled time and the athletes were all ready waiting in the cold as IAAF did Mo Farah’s tribute and medal ceremonies. This could have been the reason for Bolt cramping or injuring himself.

It was hard for everyone to watch the Champ and Legend go out like that for his final race. He still wanted to finish the race and they all helped him hop to the finish line.

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16. TRINIDAD and TOBAGO’s (T&T’s) 4×400m Men’s team upset the USA and won Gold! Lalonde Gordon of T&T swept past Fred Kerley of the USA on the final stretch in the last lap of the relay. Brilliant run.

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17. USAIN BOLT was given a send off at the end of the Championships, where a packed stadium stayed to give thanks to him for doing so much for the sport.

He was given a gift from IAAF, a part of the track from which he created history in Olympics London 2012.

Usain bolt did not want to end his career on a bad note, but remember Muhammad Ali lost his last fight. He was not all smiles, but you could see the different emotions he felt as he held back tears at one point while walking his last lap around the track. He took a bow at his last competitive Track & Field event.

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Usain Bolt strikes his famous, To Di worl’ pose (Photo: stuff.co.nz)

THANKS USAIN! You will remain a Legend forever in not only Athletics but Sports in general.

WE WILL MISS YOU!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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No Jamaicans in the 100m Final. What happened in the Semis?!

WOMEN’S 100M HURDLES SEMIS

Sorry Jamaica but we don’t have a chance of a medal in this event. No Jamaicans have made the Final.

Defending Champ, Danielle Williams, our biggest chance, just hit almost every hurdle and finished 5th, pressured by Christina Manning of the USA beside her. She apparently lost focus.

Other qualifiers are no surprises as predicted by Suga. Talay has not done well this season but always seems to sneak her way into the Final. She flipped the script and is a dark horse.

Is Kendra Harrison officially a choker? It seems so. She hit the first hurdle and it was downhill from there, fighting to finish 3rd in her Semi. She qualified as a fastest loser, knocking out our Yanique Thompson who finished 3rd in Danielle’s Semi.

Little Megan Simmonds did her best, finishing 4th but was in a heated Semi led by Sally Pearson.

The SUMMARY

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Sally Pearson may be able to create the upset for GOLD if Kendra doesn’t get her head right Suga Bears! Sally is looking really good and solid.

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Sally Pearson (Photo – IAAF)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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