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McPherson fourth at World Indoors

first_imgPORTLAND:  Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m.   Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21.   Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in  2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.last_img read more

European Union ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit

first_imgThe top Brexit negotiator for the European Union has said he was not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal scenario before October 31. Michel Barnier said the EU could not meet Britain’s demands that the backstop is removed from the Withdrawal Agreement.Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Michel Barnier said that the backstop had to stay to protect the integrity of the EU’s single market, while ensuring an open border on the island of Ireland. “I am not optimistic about avoiding a no-deal scenario, but we should all continue to work with determination,” Mr Barnier said, according to extracts of his article on the newspaper’s front page.“The backstop is the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer to a non-member state.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on 31 October. Opposition MPs plan to act next week to stop a hard Brexit in parliament.Writing in the same newspaper, Mr Johnson’s de facto deputy Michael Gove said that to remove the option of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would “diminish” the “chances of securing changes” to the Brexit deal that could get it passed through parliament. Meanwhile, Britain’s Shadow Brexit spokesperson has said that Mr Johnson is not making any attempt to reach a Brexit deal with the EU.Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Keir Starmer said that if a no-deal Brexit is reached by the 31 October deadline, an extension would be needed.He did not give any timeframe for how long any proposed extension should be.He said proposed legislation brought by opposition MPs this week was “almost certainly” the last chance to stop a no-deal Brexit.Mr Starmer said any proposed legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit would need to be simple and straightforward aimed at making sure it was avoided, but would not give details as to what exactly would be included in the bill He said the current situation was being forced on them by Mr Johnson, who he said had no mandate to leave without a deal.European Union ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors buy second-round pick from Atlanta Hawks on draft day

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors have made a move for the NBA Draft well before they are officially on the clock. The Warriors acquired the No. 41 pick from the Atlanta Hawks for $1.3 million and a 2024 second-round pick, league sources confirmed to Bay Area News Group. ESPN first reported the news.The Warriors also have the No. 28 and No. 58 picks in today’s NBA Draft, marking the first time the Warriors have had at least three draft picks since 2012. Then, the Warriors selected Harrison Barnes (No. …last_img