St Catherine High school coach, Lennox Lindo, says winning the ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 high school basketball title proves that with a proper programme and the right application, schools can still win trophies by developing their own talent.In recent times, recruiting and transfers have become a major part of the local high-school sports landscape, but Lindo, who led St Catherine’s junior team to a 2-1 series win over St George’s College at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Friday, says development can still lead to titles.”I am really proud of these guys because they have been developing for quite a while. Most of them have been together for three, four years, so it’s good to know that development can still win championships,” he said.”They have come up gradually through the stages, so that is what I am really proud of. They came up through Under-14 together; last year they lost in the Under-16 semi-finals; and now, this year the hard work had paid off,” he told The Gleaner.In Friday’s 59-57 game-three win, Daniel Jones scored 21 points for St Catherine, while Swayveon Henry had 14 points and eight rebounds. Akeem Ellis top-scored for St George’s with 12 points and 10 rebounds.BEATING THE FAVOURITES”St George’s were the favourites as they were unbeaten up to the final. We played them in the zone at their school, and they beat us by ten points, so I knew we could compete against them. After (losing) game two, we changed our tactics,” he added.Meanwhile, the Under-19 final will go to a decisive game three after defending champions Calabar levelled the series 1-1 following a 57-52 win over Camperdown.Shamar Shand, with a game-high 18 points, and Maliek McCarthy, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, were Calabar’s leading players. Kemar Hurd top-scored for Camperdown with 13 points.Game three will be played tomorrow.
Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has revealed that MS Dhoni had told him to avoid reading newspapers and stay away from social media after the Mumbai batsman was named in the Indian team.Iyer got his first real chance to meet Dhoni in the Indian dressing room when he was picked in the team for the Twenty20 International series against New Zealand last year. Iyer also made his India debut in that series.Speaking at the season one finale of ‘Open House with Renil’ talk-show on Zoom, Iyer talked about the advices he has received from his dear ones after entering the media frenzy world of cricket, according to a release on Saturday.”After I joined the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni advised me that I need to avoid reading the newspapers and should try to stay away from social media as much as possible,” the 23-year-old right-hander from Mumbai said.”Social media has become a big part of our lives and I try to manage it well but it’s the criticism that motivates me and keeps me going.”Iyer during the Indian Premier League this season was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils after Gautam Gambhir stepped down from his post following a series of poor results.Also Read – Unreal standing beside MS Dhoni at toss: Shreyas IyerIyer relished the opportunity of leading Delhi Daredevils as it allowed one of his dreams to come true — standing besides Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, at the toss.Iyer posted a photo of him standing with Dhoni at the coin toss during Delhi’s away match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune and said: “I was just 10 years old when Mahi bhai made his debut for Team India. Have always looked up to him as a leader and as a player. Standing beside him for the toss the other night in Pune was unreal. Tonight is another such night. Wish us the best and come support us at Kotla.”advertisementAdding further on how he handled the attention he receives from his fans, Shreyas recalled how a girl’s behaviour, whom he knew from before, changed after the news on him being picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was out.He shared: “Soon after the auction news was out, this girl whom I knew started messaging me. On confronting her as to why she is desperately trying to reach out, I got to know that she was doing so because she was happy for me.”That’s when I understood that rather than getting to know me, she was behind the money.”(With inputs from IANS)
Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed their upcoming Champions League game against Lyon has been moved to KievThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders normally host their home matches in Kharkiv rather than Kiev.However, the destination of Donetsk’s Group F showdown with Lyon has been in doubt for the past few weeks due to Ukraine’s tense relationship with Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“The UEFA have decided that the Champions League group stage game against Lyon will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev,” read a statement on the club website.Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon heading into the final game next week.Paulo Fonseca’s side needs to win to progress to the knockout stages with leaders Manchester City out of reach with a five-point advantage.
Young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at an increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study has found.The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, suggested that they are also at higher risk of polysubstance use than their heterosexual peers.”This data shows definitively that polysubstance use is an issue among many youth who identify as sexual minorities, meaning they are facing added health risks,” said Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”But there are also differences among the subgroups of youth who identify as sexual minorities, suggesting we need to look beyond the averages to understand what factors may be influencing substance use in this population,” Dermody added.Sexual minority is an umbrella term for those who identify with any sexual identity other than heterosexual or who report same-sex attraction or behaviour.For the study, the team involved more than 15,000 lesbian, gay or bisexual youth. The goal of the study was to better understand the risks associated with polysubstance use, or the use of three or more types of drugs, among sexual minority youth. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe data showed that there is a sizeable number of youth, both heterosexual and sexual minority, who don’t use any substances at all, Dermody said.But among those who do, she found that those identified as sexual minority youth were at higher risk of using each type of drug – alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes – compared to heterosexual youth.And within the sexual minority youth population, some groups were at more risk than others for using one, two or all three substances, the researchers found.Bisexual youth faced the largest increase in risk of polysubstance abuse as well as combinations of two substances, while those who identified as lesbian or gay were only at higher risk for some combinations, the team said.The disparity may be due in part to stress from discrimination, violence and victimisation rooted in their sexual minority status, Dermody noted.