National team aims for better placing

first_imgJamaica’s national dart team is looking forward to a stronger performance at this year’s Caribbean Championship that will be held in Barbados.The local body, Jamaica Dart Association (JDA), named a 13-member squad for the regional tournament to run from July 12-17.National player/coach Colin Chandia expects the team to finish better than the seventh place in last year’s competition.”We participated last year after a long layoff, where we finished seventh out of 12 teams. We have been working hard for the past three months in order to be better prepared,” Chandia told The Gleaner.”The main focus is to finish in a higher position. We should give a significant performance this year,” he emphasised.He is looking towards the senior players to inspire the team, which was selected from players participating in the ongoing local league.The full team is: Men – Albert Bailey (Portmore Contenders), Colin Chandia (Chelsea Precision), David Green (BOJ Gators), Dwight Smith (Chelsea Precision), Evon Faulkner (BOJ Gators), Lynford Jonas (Dynasty MoBay), Mark Birthwright (Central Miners) and Winston Ferguson (Portmore Stimulus).Women – Carol Cheese (Shooting Stars), Catherine Stewart (BOJ Gators), Jennifer Reid (MoBay Darters), Lorraine Nembhard (Portmore Contenders) and Marvel Brown (MoBay Darters).last_img read more

Heat Singe The Nets, 88-84

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — When Hassan Whiteside came to the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade was under the impression that the center was a rookie.His NBA debut was actually in 2010.  His coming-out party, however, seems to be happening now — and for the struggling Heat, it might be the perfect time.Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Wade scored 10 of his 25 down the stretch and the Heat snapped a four-game losing streak by topping the Brooklyn Nets 88-84 on Jan. 4.“A must-win,” said Bosh, whose team lost by 36 in Houston on Jan. 3. “It didn’t matter who we played.”Whiteside scored 11 points, tied a career high with 10 rebounds and set career bests with five blocked shots and 27 minutes. He came up big midway through the fourth, blocking away Deron Williams’ shot after the Nets’ guard backed Miami’s Norris Cole down in the post with ease.Williams’ shot never had a chance. Whiteside sent it out of bounds, and the Heat needed those plays — improving to 7-12 at home. “It might not look like I’m there,” Whiteside said. “But I’m there.”Joe Johnson scored 19, Brook Lopez added 16 and Mirza Teletovic had 14 for Brooklyn, which had won six of seven and was seeking to get back over .500 for the first time since Nov. 12.The Heat never trailed — and, because nothing comes easily to them anymore, still had to sweat out the ending. A nine-point Heat lead with 4:49 left was whittled to three, and the Nets actually had a chance to tie with just over a minute remaining but Teletovic’s 3-pointer rattled out.“We couldn’t stop Bosh. We couldn’t stop Wade,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “That was the reason we couldn’t get any closer.”Williams scored 13 and Mason Plumlee scored 12 for the Nets, who are 0-3 against Miami this season.“I thought we fought hard,” Johnson said. “We had our opportunities, maybe missed a lot of chippies, open shots that we normally make.”Miami led 49-40 at the half, and still was up by five after the third. The third quarter has been an issue all season and it was again, with Miami getting outscored 19-15 in those 12 minutes.But the Heat held the lead, despite not getting to the 20-point mark in that quarter for the third straight game. And in the fourth, Miami had just enough.“It’s hard to win in this league,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It really is. … Even in a game like this, when we had to fight it all the way to the end, you don’t take winning for granted when you’re having a season like we (are) right now.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more