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Champions of the Weekend in Sports!

BRIANA WILLIAMS Won the Sprint Double (100m & 200m) for Jamaica at the Under 20 IAAF Championships in Tampere, Finland!

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16-year old, Briana Williams won amongst a stacked field of predominantly 18-year olds in her 100m and 200m finals. 

Jamaica’s Briana Williams edged out the World Leader from USA, Twanisha Terry to win the 100m in 11.16s.

She had a more convincing win for the 200m, clocking 22.50s in Championship record time.

Briana’s Coach, Ato Boldon says that she should be finishing high school before going pro. There is no rush.

Congrats Briana!

ANGELIQUE KERBER wins her 1st Wimbledon title!

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Angelique Kerber is the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996. After a 2-hour delayed start time, she beat the mother of all Champions, Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3. She caught Serena on a bad day, off her serve and overhitting shots, but she held serve, mixed things up when she needed to and stuck to her game. Well done and Congrats to Angelique Kerber!

NOVAK DJOKOVIC shows he is back with a WIMBLEDON TITLE WIN!

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia won Wimbledon in straight sets vs. Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 after a 2-year Grand Slam drought! It is Djokovic’s 4th Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam title. Congrats Djokovic!

FRANCE WINS the WORLD CUP 4 – 2 over CROATIA!

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Goal Scorers for France in yesterday’s World Cup Final

France has done it! France won the World Cup with a 4 – 2 victory over Croatia yesterday. It was an exciting game from start to finish with an early own goal by Mandzukic of Croatia, giving France the lead, then an equalizer by Perisic of Croatia. Afterwards, it was all about France. Griezmann scored a penalty given from a hand ball, then Pogba and Mbappé scored brilliant goals. Mandzukic with the self redemption for the own goal, beat France’s goalkeeper, Lloris all on his own and spoiled the party a bit with an awkward goal for Croatia.

Croatia ran out of time and France became victorious after 20 years! It’s a wrap folks!

Awards

Golden Ball – Luka Modric (Croatia)

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Photo: Fifa World Cup

Best Young Player – Kylian Mbappé (France)

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The Golden Boot came home – Harry Kane with 6 goals (England)

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Golden Glove – Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

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Fun Facts to take away from the World Cup

● France is the youngest squad to win the World Cup since Brazil in 1970

● Pogba of France is the 1st Manchester United player to score a goal in a World Cup Final

● Mbappé (19 yrs old) of France is the youngest player since Pele (17 yrs old) with a goal in a World Cup final

● Tottenham players scored the most goals in this World Cup

● Didier Deschamps is the 3rd coach to win the World Cup as a player and then as a Coach

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I think that we can all agree that if this was not the best World Cup you have ever seen, it was definitely one of the most entertaining World Cups.

Thanks for tuning in to Suga Lifestyle’s website and Facebook Page for continuous World Cup Updates.

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CONGRATS TO LES BLEUS, FRANCE!  See you in Qatar 2022!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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How are the Wimbledon Finals looking for this Weekend?

Men’s Semifinals

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Photo source: ESPN

Kevin Anderson upset Roger Federer to reach the semis. He will face John Isner who took out Milos Raonic. Their match is scheduled for this morning at 7 am ET on ESPN.

Novak Djokovic who is attempting his comeback after an elbow injury will have a hard task ahead of him to get past Rafael Nadal to the final. Their Semifinal follows at 10 am ET on ESPN.

The Men’s Final will be this Sunday at 8 am ET. If it is a quick one, it will not clash with the World Cup Final that starts at 10am ET.

Women’s Final

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Serena Williams is back in a Grand Slam final! She will play Angelique Kerber, who she defeated to win Wimbledon in 2016 in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. The final is tomorrow at 8 am ET on ESPN.

Even though Serena is the G.O.A.T in the open era, will she get to 24 Grand Slams to match Margaret Court?

Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Who’s still in it to Win it on Manic Monday at Wimbledon?

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It’s Manic Monday at Wimbledon as everyone in the Round of 16 battle it out on the courts on the same day! Every Wimbledon ticket holder wins today.

The King and Queen of the grass are surely still in it. Serena Williams is showing some fight to reach to her historic 24th Grand Slam title in her first few months after returning from her new life of motherhood.

Roger Federer who has 15 Wimbledon singles like Serena is looking good. But, fellow Champ, Rafael Nadal is playing some of the best tennis of his life and previous World no. 1, Novak Djokovic is showing determined signs of a comeback following his elbow injury.

Young Kei Nishikori, John Isner and Milos Raonic are still in it though and so is Kyle Anderson and the experienced, Juan del Potro.

The ladies could have some newcomers or young Champs vying for the title.

Karolína Plíšková, the last of the ladies ranked in the top 10 is currently battling it out with Kiki Bertens who is up a set on her and leading in the second. Kiki Bertens had previously eliminated veteran, Venus Williams in an epic 3-setter.

Angelique Kerber will be challenged by the promising Swiss talent, Belinda Bencic this morning.

Young, 2017 French Open Champ, Jelena Ostapenko and Daria Kasatkina are still in it to win it.

Today it’s all about tennis! Stay tuned!

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.

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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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TGIF! What happened in London while you were sleeping?!

What else does Jamaica have to look forward to so we can come home with 6 or 7 medals, 8 max? – The Women’s 100m hurdles with one eye open and the Relays.

Women’s 100m Hurdles HEATS

While you were sleeping,
Danielle Williams won her Heat comfortably in 12.66. She finished ahead of the German, Pamela Dutkiewicz who ran 12.74. All 4 Qualifiers in that Heat dipped under 13s!

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Megan Simmonds got off to a great start and also won her Heat comfortably in 12.78s. Not sure if she will make the Final but if all goes well, she looks like the only Jamaican that could join Danielle Williams to represent Jamaica in the Final. She beat American, Nia Ali who finished 2nd in 12.93. Tiffany Porter of Great Britain surprisingly finished 6th in 13.18 and will not advance to the Semis.

Yanique Thompson finished a close 3rd in her Heat in 12.88 (.877) to Alina Talay of Belarus who ran 12.88 (.876) to finish 2nd and the World Record Holder from the USA, Kendra Harrison finished 1st in 12.60.

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*N.B. Kendra choked in the US Trials coming 6th and failed to make the RIO Olympic team but came back earlier this year showing a lot of character to break the World Record of 12.21 that has been there since 1988! Her PB and the new World Record is currently 12.20.

Rushelle Burton ran well to finish 3rd in her Heat with 12.94 to 2 Olympic Champs, Sally Pearson back from injuries (London) who was 1st in 12.72 and USA’s Dawn Harper-Nelson (Beijing) who was 2nd in 12.88.

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*NB. Sally Pearson had a nasty fall in 2015 breaking both wrists, dislocating one of them. She then was trying to return to RIO but tore her hamstring. After a rough 2 years, the Aussie is back in good form.

USA’s Christina Manning won the last Heat comfortably in 12.86. Nadine Visser of the Netherlands finished 2nd in 12.96, just ahead of Amisan of Nigeria who ran 12.97.

So for this one it’s USA VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD. Since Kendra qualified as a wild card, there are 4 Americans. Our Defending World Champ, Danielle Williams also qualified as a Wild Card so we have 4 Jamaicans entered in the event as well.

It’s hurdles so who can break up the USA party? I think a lot of people can do so. Nia Ali who is the 2nd best American threat looke vulnerable in her Heat. According to paper, Sally Pearson of Australia can put herself in between USA’s Kendra Harrison and Nia Ali for Silver. If our Danielle Williams runs outside of her PB of 12.56, it is possible for her to get the Bronze. I won’t be surprised or disappointed if she doesn’t medal. For her to become World Champ in 2015, a lot of the big names either fell or false started. We cannot count out Past Olympic Champ, Dawn Harper-Nelson of the USA, Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan, USA’s Christina Manning, Nadine Visser of the anyone and the German, Pamela Dutkiewicz, who can all contest that 3rd place finish on the podium. This 100m Women’s Hurdles field is extremely competitive this year!

Let’s see how the Semis go later and see if anyone flips the script because at least 1 of the names previously mentioned as a contender for a medal cannot make the Final. If our Megan Simmonds improves a little more, she can be in the mix as well!

The Semis are TODAY at 1:05pm. Finals tomorrow!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Today’s Races in London! Will there be more Upsets?

Today’s Schedule:

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Women’s 200m SemiFinal

We have 3 Jamaicans in the Semis but I believe only Simone Facey has a chance of advancing to the Final.

This is another very competitive event, even with Torie Bowie out of it. The ladies to look out for are Dafne Schippers and Marie Josee Ta Lou. If Shaunae Miller-Uibo didn’t injure herself in the 400m Final and her legs still have the energy, she is likely to come back with determination since she missed out on the podium for the 400m. She has the fastest time of the season (21.91) amongst who is left, since Bowie who had a SB of 21.77 is out.

I won’t even attempt to make any predictions as to the placement on the podium based on how things have been going in London. Note however, that even though Dafne Schippers has a SB of 22.10, she has a PB of 21.63 and does not like to lose. She is an extremely sore loser. I see her grasping at the opportunity for Gold with Bowie and her rival, Elaine out of the 200m.

On the other hand, Ta Lou is such a free spirit with nothing to lose and everything to gain. She reminds me of our Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Who can spoil the party?

The American, Deajah Stevens.

Can’t wait for the Semis and the Final tomorrow at 3:50pm!

Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

This Final is another toss up as the Americans including the RIO Olympic champ, Dalilah Muhammad, may be out of shape. Defending World Champ, Zuzana Hejnová of Czech Republic has been looking good though.

Look out for our Ristananna Tracey. Can she get another Bronze for Jamaica? We need it.

Here is the line up!

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Men’s 200m Final

This race is stacked! It’s anybody’s game. Wayde Van Niekerk looked tired in the Semis, struggling to finish 3rd and qualified as a fastest loser, but he didn’t look impressive in the 400m Semis either. I won’t be counting him out. Hoping for good weather!

From what I know so far, Makwala will be running out of Lane 6 and Van Niekerk will be running out of Lane 3.

The Schedule for the rest of the Championships!

I’m not expecting any medals for Jamaica from the Women’s 100m Hurdles but I am hoping with the Relays we can come home with at least 5 medals.

The RELAYS

It is too early to tell but we all know with Relays anything can happen. Team USA and others are in better shape than Team Jamaica in terms of speed, but we are hoping that our athletes put out their best and also execute smooth baton exchanges! Expecting a good performance from our 4×400m Women!

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Good luck Jamaica! Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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