Veteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.Coach of the team Neville Sinclair expects all three athletes to at least be on the medal podium.MEDAL EXPECTATIONS”My expectation is that they go there and do their best. We have two persons competing for the first time. Dana-Gaye should be in the final, and once she is in the final, we will take it from there. Shane should be on the medal podium, and based on training and his times, he should get no less than the gold, but at worse, he should finish with a silver,” he said.”Alphonso is the veteran. He has had some hiccups, but he should do himself proud, and I expect him to do well in the shot put and be on the podium. So what they have been doing, in training for the past months, they are going to show it at the Games,” he said.The rest of the delegation includes Javon Campbell (chef de mission), Lincoln Cox (team doctor), Edmund Jones (Paralympic attachÈ), Ann Marie Smith (administrative personnel), Rushane Sterling (massage therapist), Kevin Brown (Web master), Christopher Samuda (president), and Suzanne Harris-Henry (general secretary).Chef de mission Campbell is set to depart the island next Sunday, August 28, and will arrive in Brazil a day later. The team is due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on August 31. The Games ends with the closing ceremony on September 18, with the team set to depart Brazil on September 20.CONTINUOUS MOTIVATIONSpeaking at the press briefing, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the Paralympians continued to motivate and inspire all Jamaicans.”I don’t know if you know what an inspiration you all are to our country! You have overcome so many challenges to be performing at such high levels. You demonstrate every day how to be bold when necessary, how to stare adversity in the face, and refuse limitations. Sometimes I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I could have done the things you have,” she said.”We are a small team, and we know you will do your best and you will be satisfied along with your family, coaches, and support team, and the entire nation,” Grange added.
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Man, to tell you the truth it could have been anybody,” the Sixers’ recent addition said.“They do have a lot of confidence in me but I got so much more confidence in those guys. They really got us back in game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissButler’s shot from the right wing, similar to the one that beat Charlotte in overtime on Nov. 17, capped Philadelphia’s rally from 20 points down in a game the Nets led nearly all the way.Butler finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Joel Embiid had 32 points and 12 boards for the 76ers, who have won five of their last six games. Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler (23) hits a game-winning three-point shot over Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in New York. The 76ers won 127-125. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — Jimmy Butler’s new teammates saw him drift to one of his favorite spots on the court and already knew what to expect.Butler made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 127-125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Vucevic, Magic hand Lakers another loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next D’Angelo Russell had 38 points, his highest total with the Nets, and added eight assists and eight rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 31 points off the bench for Brooklyn, which is just 3-6 at home.“It’s tough, we played 45 minutes of that game and lost it to that one shot, but we gave ourselves a chance,” Russell said.The 76ers, who are a league-best 10-1 at home, improved to just 4-7 away from the Wells Fargo Center.Butler, whose first game-winner with the Sixers ruined Kemba Walker’s 60-point performance in Charlotte, led Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter charge after it looked sluggish throughout the first three quarters.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was equally impressed with Butler’s effort when he recovered a loose ball after JJ Reddick had missed a potential go-ahead basket.Brown recalled how Butler made a similar play against the Hornets when he blocked a shot and saved the ball from going out of bounds to set up his game-winner.“The TVs are going to replay his shot,” Brown said. “I hope they go a few seconds earlier and see him dive on the floor and secure a jump ball.”Brooklyn led 118-105 after Dinwiddie’s basket with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter.Philadelphia then went on a 16-2 run and went ahead 121-120 on Redick’s 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining, its first lead since Embiid scored the game’s first two points.Joe Harris answered with a 3 of his own to put the Nets back ahead but Embiid came back on the other end, converting a three-point play after Harris fouled him to give Philadelphia a 124-123 lead. A game-time decision after spraining his ankle against Cleveland on Friday night, Butler looked fine after he spent Saturday at Villanova’s home gym.He hoisted up shots from about 20 different spots, including the same area from where he would go on to make the 76ers a winner.Embiid has grown accustomed to Butler’s flair for the dramatic, but knew his new teammate had to rush it a little after Philadelphia inbounded the ball with just 10.2 seconds remaining.“He kept taking his time and I am like, ’Are you going to freaking shoot the ball?” Embiid said. “You know, big-time play. He got to his spot and he made a big-time shot.”The Nets shot 57 percent from the field and hit 46 percent beyond the 3-point line to head into the half with a 68-54 lead before the 76ers rallied.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Dinwiddie briefly put Brooklyn back on top with a jumper over Redick, setting the stage for Butler’s big shot.The Nets have lost three straight.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid has 18 20-point games this season, second to Kevin Durant’s 19. . Philadelphia is 14-8 on the season but 5-2 since acquiring Butler on Nov. 12. . It was Butler’s first game in which he tallied at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Nov. 19, 2017.Nets: Brooklyn’s 14-point lead at the half was its largest of the season. . Russell and Dinwiddie are the first Nets teammates to each score at least 30 points in a game since Brook Lopez and Deron Williams on April 3, 2015. . Brooklyn’s bench outscored its counterparts 48-23.FULTZ FORCEBrown said he expects Markelle Fultz to proceed with a doctor’s appointment Monday to have his right shoulder examined. Fultz has missed his last three games and has not played or practiced since Tuesday when his agent announced that the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft would be seeing a specialist in New York. The 20-year-old is averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season.UP NEXT76ers: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. 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