Puma signs seven Jamaican stars

first_img Richards is a bronze medallist who competed in the shot put at the last 2015 World Championships and made the final at the 2016 Rio Olympic. He also won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Williams, 22, competed in the 100m final in Rio and ran the lead off leg as a member of the 4x100m relay team which won the silver medal. Simmonds, the 22-year-old 100m hurdler, was the 2016 Jamaican national champion and represented Jamaica during the latest Olympic Games, while Forte, who just missed competing in Rio breaking the 20 seconds barrier in the 200m for the first time in 2016. McDonald is the 400m national record holder with a personal best of 43.93 seconds. He was part of the medal winning relay teams at the last two World Championships. Global Sports brand PUMA continues to deepen its roots in Jamaican athletics after securing the signatures of seven of the island’s top athletes. PUMA, a long-time partner of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Jamaica Olympic Association followed up its recent signing of Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole with seven MVP Track Club athletes, including Olympic silver medallist Shericka Jackson, World Championships medal winner O’Dayne Richards, Janieve Russell, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald and Megan Simmonds. “PUMA continues their commitment with up-and-coming athletes, and its mission to be the fastest sports brand in the world by signing seven Jamaican athletes to represent them in the upcoming World Championships in London. They all have a strong possibility to make the podium in London and increase PUMA’s footprint in Jamaican athletics, which includes none other than Usain Bolt,” read a release issued by the company late yesterday. The signings represent a major coup for PUMA considering MVP’s long association with US brand Nike and the fact that its most recognisable ambassador, Usain Bolt, will be stepping off the track at the end of the season. Twenty-one-year-old Jackson represents one of the most exciting signings for the company. Jackson won bronze medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in the 400m and was a member of the 4x400m world title winning team in 2015 and the Rio 2016 silver medal mining unit. She has a personal best of 49.83 seconds in the 400m and is seen as Jamaica’s future of the event. Russell’s Olympic ambition was hampered by injury, but she also brings significant promise and world-class pedigree. The 23-year-old 400m hurdles specialist has already made her mark in the event and the best is still to come. Russell was a finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 World Championships in Beijing. She is also a former World Junior Champion. BRONZE MEDALLISTlast_img read more

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors past Suns

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors won a 16th straight against Phoenix, their longest unbeaten run against a team in franchise history. Golden State’s 14 straight home victories versus the Suns is a franchise mark, as well.Klay Thompson scored 16 points but missed his initial four 3-point tries and finished 1 of 6 from deep, making him 3 for 22 through four games. He sustained what is considered a mild ankle sprain, telling Kerr he could have returned.New Golden State starting center Damian Jones dunked three times in the initial 4:03 — a pair of them on alley-oops — and Durant had one in transition, too. Phoenix called timeout down 12-7 at the 7:34 mark after KD’s slam.Jones also added an early three-point play on a putback and finished with 13 points. He had nine and four rebounds in the opening eight minutes.Devin Booker scored 28 points, TJ Warren had 27 off the bench and Deandre Ayton added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES “Our transition defense was atrocious,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It wasn’t any secret and we were talking about it before the game. We know that’s a strength, that’s who they are.”Curry shot 11 for 18 with six 3-pointers. He had scored 30 or more points in each of his initial three games this season but didn’t play the entire fourth quarter Monday.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix was outrebounded 17-6 in the opening quarter. … While G Troy Daniels had been cleared from the concussion protocol as of Monday morning, he did not play. … Phoenix won at Oracle Arena during the preseason.Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston sat out with a bruised left knee. … The Warriors are averaging 119.8 points during the winning streak against the Suns. … Golden State’s first three games were decided by 11 total points. … The Warriors completed the first set of 13 back-to-backs — which will be their fewest total since the NBA began an 82-game schedule in 1967-68.COUSINS UPDATECenter DeMarcus Cousins will begin doing more “controlled aspects” of team drills during practice, increasing from the extensive individual work he has largely been limited to so far during his recovery from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. Cousins still won’t be rushed into full scrimmaging but perhaps some light work when the young players scrimmage, Kerr said.“He’s doing fine, he’s doing well,” Kerr said.Cousins has been a big support for Jones, hopping off the bench to encourage the third-year pro and offering insight during timeouts.UNICYCLE GIFT Rong Niu, the Red Panda halftime performer, received a new custom-made unicycle courtesy of the Warriors and it was presented by team President and COO Rick Welts. Niu’s previous unicycle was stolen in January from the luggage area at San Francisco International Airport.Niu let out a “Yeah!” and pumped her fist after successfully flipping the bowls onto her head. Afterward, an emotional Red Panda took a bow, brought the house down, and said, “Thank you so much!”“She’s been amazing. She’s one of the great halftime acts in sports,” Kerr said. “So I think that’s great she’ll be here tonight. I will ask for a report from you guys afterward because I’ll be busy at halftime. I’m happy that she got her bike back.”UP NEXTSuns: Host LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday.Warriors: Host Washington on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter and also had eight assists, leading the Warriors past the Phoenix Suns 123-103 on Monday night.Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Draymond Green dished out eight of 35 assists for the two-time defending NBA champions. Kerr had been disappointed in his team’s passing, rushed shots and ball movement so far.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 ChrissHe is pleased with the progress: The Warriors shot 51.1 percent in the second of a back-to-back following a two-point loss at Denver on Sunday, which came after a one-point win Friday at Utah.“That looked like our team, just the purpose of each possession, driving and kicking and trying to get guys better shots,” he said.center_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California  — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got back to their pass-happy ways and coach Steve Kerr could smile again about all those assists, fewer fouls and a better night taking care of the ball.“We understand what the keys to our success are and when we don’t do them we make the game extremely tough and give the other team life in terms of more possessions,” Curry said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

‘Provide Better Services to Improve Living Conditions’

first_imgMr. Grupee believes quality but compulsory education can get people to solve their problemsThe provision of better services in education, health, roads, and markets, among others, will improve the living conditions of the Liberian people, Mr. C. Hendrix Grupee, a representative aspirant for Montserrado County District #5, said on Sunday. Speaking on the theme “The importance of education” at the graduation and closing exercises of the Trinity Christian Academy on Police Academy Road in Paynesville, he said Liberians are smart people who should not be taken for granted.“Liberian parents and guardians work hard to educate their children despite the rise in tuition,” said Grupee. “Those at the helm of power, those elected to represent, have paid less attention to schools, most especially smaller schools that are operating in district number five (Montserrado County) and other subdivisions in the country.” To improve the situation, he said the government should endeavor to provide subsidies to such institutions so they can operate efficiently.He said gender inequality and the class system can be addressed by providing quality education to the people. There will come a time when people will be paid according to their skills acquired through education in Liberia, Grupee said. It is regrettable that Liberia is reported to have an illiteracy rate of 85%, he said, and recommended that it becomes imperative for the Liberian government to provide free education for the people, adding that there is no nation that can prosper without developed minds “to enable the people to search for solutions in their daily lives.” He thanked the teaching staff and administration of the Trinity Christian Academy and the parents for their collective support to educate the future leaders of Liberia.Mr. Grupee was earlier honored by the Power Repentance Ministry in the Reservoir Community, Red Light, Paynesville, for his many assistance to the church. Responding, Grupee told church members that sincerity is the key to relationships. It may be recalled that Mr. Grupee launched a scholarship drive at the Amos Tayboir High School in Bassa Town, Paynesville, District #5 that supports 66 students at the J. K. Demie School and the Life Vocational Institute.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt must be easily accessible – Ali

first_imgPresidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Irfaan Ali said his Government will not hide from the people and will be open to constructive criticisms.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan AliDuring a community outreach at Moraikobai Village in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Ali spoke about the need for a Government to stay connected with the people.“The Government must not hide from you. The Government must be to be open and transparent and come to you and be able to answer your questions and be able to talk to you and use the same river and creek you use…the Government must not be in a sophisticated model only to land with choppers and only come in big fanfare,” he expressed, accusing the current coalition Administration of becoming “fancy”.“I remember long ago, the boys in my village were afraid to go into the bank for a loan. You know why? They say when they turned up to the bank, they saw all these fancy people with ties and they get afraid. The Government has become like that,” Ali posited.In fact, President David Granger had previously received strong criticisms from local and international organisations for avoiding the press.According to Ali, his Government will be more open to the people and will even accept constructive criticisms.“We welcome constructive criticism because it is there to make us better…It helps us to become stronger,” he posited.Ali further explained that his Government will be results-driven and that citizens will have the opportunity to monitor his Administration’s progress.“At the end of every year, Ministers will have to come out publicly and say to the population whether they’ve achieved their targets or not, so you can see who’s performing and not performing, and we’ll see which Ministers need some fire behind them,” Ali contended.The PPP Presidential Candidate has already posited that he will strongly discipline his Ministers, and even have them fired, if they are found guilty of disrespecting the people.At the same community outreach, Ali reflected on the incident where Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, insinuated that the Indigenous peoples are greedy.To this end, he promised that “as your President, if one of my Ministers make a statement like that they will have to hand in their resignation because no Minister, no Government has the right to disrespect people, disrespect their communities and disrespect their wishes”.Moreover, he called on the people to hold his Government accountable and ensure they deliver on the promises they are currently making.“You can hold my feet and your next Government feet to the fire. And, if we do not deliver, based on this contract we are establishing with you, then you will get to make a choice five years from March 2020 and you will let us know how you feel,” he explained, noting that “you are trusting us by voting for us to deliver on those promises and if we don’t deliver on those promises we will be breaching that trust you give to us.”last_img read more

Soccer: Sultana, Upland top seeds

first_imgSan Bernardino County will be represented well in the CIF-Southern Section Division V boys soccer playoffs, which begin Wednesday. Sultana (17-2-6) is seeded first and Colton (13-4-5) is seeded second. Sultana, champions of the Mojave River League, will play the winner of Wednesday’s Citrus Hill-Victor Valley game on Saturday at Jay Reed Field. Colton, champs of the San Andreas League, will take on visiting Verbum Dei on Saturday. Out of the 228 boys teams in the six tournament brackets, Sultana and Colton are the only county boys teams to be seeded among the top four. Citrus Belt League champion Rialto will host Valley View on Saturday, either at 3 or 5 p.m., which is preferred by Rialto coach Jimmie Danesh. The Knights are still without leading scorer Jose Gonzalez, who broke his foot Jan. 4 against Carter. However, center-midfielder Thomas Gail is back from a two-game suspension (two red cards) and will play forward to help boost the Knights’ offense. Gail has seven goals. Asked if his team has a chance to win it all, Danesh said, “Definitely. We’ve looked at the teams in D2 and we’ve beaten quite a few of them. Saddleback won it last year and we beat them in the Millikan tournament.” Upland (23-0-2) is the only county girls team to be top-seeded, drawing the No. 1 spot in Division I. The Highlanders, champions of the Baseline League, will meet visiting Woodbridge on Friday. center_img In D4, Desert Sky League champion Granite Hills (18-2-4) is seeded second and will play host to the winner of Wednesday’s Century-Orange match. Another county top-four seed is Arrowhead Christian (19-6-0). The Christian League champions will meet the winner of Azusa and CAMS. Citrus Belt League champion Redlands East Valley will host Chaparral on Friday in D2 action. SAL champ Cajon will play host to Riverside Poly on Friday in D3. There are two top-four seeded county teams in the six-tournament girls’ water polo field. Sierra League champion Ayala (19-4) is seeded second in D3. The host Bulldogs meet the winner of today’s Riverside King-Rancho Cucamonga wild-card match on Thursday. Citrus Belt League champion Redlands (20-6) is seeded third in D5. The Terriers will take on visiting Norco on Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Proposed bill would put limits on military mission in Iraq

first_imgSpeaker Nancy Pelosi has said she expects the next challenge to Bush’s war policies to come in the form of legislation requiring the Pentagon to adhere to strict training and readiness standards in the case of troops ticketed for the war zone. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., the leading advocate of that approach, has said it would effectively deny Bush the ability to proceed with the troop buildup that has been partially implemented since he announced it in January. Some Senate Democrats have been privately critical of that approach, saying it would have little chance of passing and could easily backfire politically.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Determined to challenge President George W. Bush, Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively revoking the broad authority Congress granted in 2002, officials said Thursday. While these officials said the precise wording of the measure remains unsettled, one draft would restrict American troops in Iraq to combating al-Qaida, training Iraqi army and police forces, maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity and otherwise proceeding with the withdrawal of combat forces. The officials, Democratic aides and others familiar with private discussions, spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying rank-and-file senators had not yet been briefed on the effort. They added, though, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to present the proposal to fellow Democrats early next week for their consideration. The plan is to attempt to add the measure to anti-terrorism legislation that scheduled to be on the Senate floor next week and the week following. Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, declined to discuss the deliberations, saying only, “No final decisions have been made on how to proceed.” Any attempt to limit Bush’s powers as commander in chief would likely face strong opposition from Republican allies of the administration in the Senate and could also face a veto threat. The decision to try to limit the military mission marks the next move in what Reid and other Senate war critics have said will be a multistep effort to force a change in Bush’s strategy and eventually force an end to U.S. participation in the nearly four-year-old war. Earlier efforts to pass a nonbinding measure critical of Bush’s decision to deploy 21,500 additional troops ended in gridlock after Senate Republicans blocked votes on two separate measures. The emerging Senate plan differs markedly from an approach favored by critics of the war in the House, where a nonbinding measure passed last week. last_img read more

Doubt cast on computer-aided breast cancer detection

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON (AP) – A good mammogram reader may do just as well at spotting cancers without expensive new computer systems often used for a second opinion, a new study suggests. Computerized mammography, now used for about a third of the nation’s mammograms, too often finds harmless spots that lead to false scares, researchers found. That conflicts with earlier studies showing benefit from the systems. ”It looks like computer-aided detection might not be working like people thought it would,” said lead researcher Dr. Joshua Fenton, a family doctor at the University of California-Davis, in Sacramento. The findings, which appeared Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, touch on a rapidly spreading technology first marketed in 1998. Known as computer-aided detection or CAD, it consists of a computer coupled with software that identifies suspicious spots on mammograms and visibly marks them. Here’s how it works. When mammograms are taken, radiologists first read the X-rays and make their own judgments. But they can then double-check with the computer system to see if they have missed anything that’s worth examining further. There usually isn’t. Still, some studies have shown that CAD can turn up 10 percent to 20 percent more cancers. Patients often have no idea if this new technology is being used. The researchers in this five-year study – backed by the federal government and the American Cancer Society – analyzed mammograms from medical centers in Washington state, Colorado and New Hampshire. Seven of 43 centers used CAD. The mammograms came from 222,135 women and included 2,351 with a cancer diagnosis within a year of their tests. The researchers found that with computerized mammography, a third more women were called back for suspicious findings and 20 percent more got biopsies than with ordinary mammograms. That might be a good thing, if enough cancers turned up to justify the minor surgeries and anxiety surrounding them. Yet the computerized method showed no clear capability to turn up more cancer cases than unaided readings: Four cancers were found for every 1,000 mammograms, whatever screening method was used. That means that CAD would give 156 more unneeded callbacks and 14 more biopsies for every additional cancer it finds. And though these extra cancers tend to be early ones that are easier to treat, many would never be threatening anyway. Dr. Phil Evans, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said that ”most radiologists that use computer-aided mammograms understand there are many false positives.” Frustratingly, the study ultimately wasn’t big enough to reach fully reliable comparisons between the rates of cancers found by the two methods. That means that bigger studies are needed to clarify whether computerized mammography finds enough additional cancers to make it worth all those false alarms and added cost. While the technology adds just $20 or so to a single mammogram, a CAD unit might cost $50,000 to $75,000. Even so, Dr. Jay Baker, a Duke University radiologist who has studied the technology, said: ”I don’t think it’s a huge stop sign to using CAD.” ”CAD won’t go away; it will have a place,” agreed Dr. Ferris Hall, a mammogram specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, who wrote an accompanying editorial. But he added, ”This is a setback for it.” Whether computerized or not, periodic mammograms are recommended for healthy women every year or two once they reach age 40. Experts advise women to check the credentials of radiologists at the clinic they plan to use and look for places that do a high volume.last_img read more

Huddersfield appoint Powell as their new manager

first_img1 New Huddersfield manager Chris Powell Chris Powell has been named the new Huddersfield manager.The former Charlton boss replaces Mark Robins, who was sacked on the opening weekend of the Championship season following a 4-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.Powell, 44, was in charge of Charlton for three years, guiding them to the League One title in 2012, but was sacked in March following a disagreement with new Valley owner Roland Duchatelet.Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Chris to Huddersfield Town as the new manager.“We’ve taken our time over this appointment, as we wanted to give ourselves time to put in the groundwork and ensure we get the right man for the job. We believe we have in Chris.“As I said when the process began, I felt it was important that we found a manager who had ‘done it’ and Chris certainly fits that bill. He has ‘done it’ by guiding Charlton to promotion to the Championship and then finishing ninth in the 2012/13 Championship season – all achieved on a limited budget by getting the best out of his players.“Chris also has an excellent pedigree of developing young players, with the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Diego Poyet, Callum Harriott and Jordan Cousins emerging in Charlton’s first Tteam under his guidance. That is an important factor in our vision for the club.“As a player, a coach and a manager, Chris knows what it takes to succeed at Championship level. Alongside his experience with Charlton, he was also promoted out of this division three times during his playing career and has become accustomed to winning.“We’ve met Chris to discuss the job in two long meetings and both times he has impressed us with his enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of Huddersfield Town and the Championship. He is personally highly motivated and we feel he will get the best from the players. His record demands respect and we think he is the ideal man to take this club forward.“Make no mistake – throughout the football industry, Chris is held in extremely high regard. This is an excellent fit with the club and how we operate.”The former England full-back’s first game at the helm will be at home to Middlesbrough a week on Saturday.last_img read more

Inter Milan name Antonio Conte as coach

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte has signed a three-year contract at Inter Milan worth nine million euros ($10 million) plus bonuses, according to press reports © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMILAN, Italy, May 31 – Inter Milan on Friday announced the appointment of former Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte as coach with the ambition of moving the club out of Juventus’ shadow.The 49-year-old former Chelsea manager has signed a three-year contract worth nine million euros ($10 million) plus bonuses, according to press reports. He replaces Luciano Spalletti who secured Chinese-owned Inter’s Champions League berth for a second consecutive year on the final day of the Serie A season last Sunday.With the 18-time Serie A champions searching for a first trophy since the Coppa Italia in 2011, Conte boasts a powerful pedigree.He won the first three of Juventus’ eight straight Serie A titles and the Premier League and FA Cup as Chelsea boss.“A new chapter is opening in my life,” Conte said. “I can’t wait. I have chosen Inter because of the club it is, for its plans and ambition.”Inter chairman Steve Wang added: “I am sure Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches.“I am sure he will help us to reach our target … to make this club one of the best in the world again.”Conte had also been linked with a return to champions Juventus, after his successor in Turin Massimiliano Allegri announced he was leaving the club.Spalletti took over at Inter in mid-2017 having previously coached Zenit Saint Petersburg and Roma.But it proved a season of highs and lows with the club eliminated at the group stage of the Champions League in which they were drawn with Barcelona and Tottenham.They fell in the last 16 of the Europa League.Inter snatched fourth place, equal on points with Atalanta, but behind the side from Bergamo on head-to-head difference, to edge city rivals AC Milan by just one point in the race for elite European football.Inter announced Spalletti’s departure on Thursday with Zhang paying tribute to the 60-year-old who paid for failing to lift any silverware.“A coach, a teacher, a friend,” Zhang wrote on Instagram with a photo of himself alongside Spalletti.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Supercross starts often decisive

first_imgANAHEIM – It’s the most exciting part of a supercross race. The engines rev, the gates drop and there’s mayhem to be the first to Turn 1. “A good start is 70 percent of the race,” Yamaha Troy 125cc series team manager Dave Osterman said. “It’s a rush, the ultimate rush.” A motorcycle race start easily is unlike any other in motor racing. The riders line up in a single row behind a gate that is about wheel high. Someone, usually a card girl, holds up signs signifying the amount of seconds before the gates fall. When they do, it’s a mad dash of 20 motorcyclists for one usually very narrow turn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardIt’s unlike car racing in which the fastest qualifiers get the front spot and, typically, one of the fastest cars in qualifying will emerge in the lead. In supercross, any one of the riders could have the lead in the first turn or be on the ground because of a crash 30 seconds behind the leaders. “It sounds funny, but it’s pretty hard,” said Brett Metcalfe, who rides for Osterman’s team. “You have to stay consistent and focused.” The 21-year-old Murrieta resident by way of Australia was the most successful at it last weekend in Phoenix. He said it was his first holeshot “in a long time.” Metcalf again will be going for the holeshot in Saturday night’s Amp’d Mobile AMA series Lites race at Angel Stadium. Racing is scheduled to start at 7. “I’ve been working on it and it paid off,” Metcalfe said. How important can it be? In last weekend’s 250cc class race, series points leader James “Bubba” Stewart crashed on the start. By the time he got back on his bike, he was 30 seconds behind the leaders. He did, however, rally to finish third. center_img Metcalfe and his teammates say they practice their starts 20-30 times two or three days a week. By the time they are finished, the clutch needs to be replaced. Teammate Branden Jesseman called start practices necessary and boring. “You have to make sure you get your shifting down right.” he said. “You need to make sure your revs are right. You have to have enough traction in the rear wheel and have a good reaction time. The more you do it, when it’s time for racing, it’s more natural. You don’t have to think much about it. It just happens.” For the most part, it can be the make or break that a rider needs. “These guys are on very fast motorcycles,” Osterman said. “They’re all bumping into each other. They are all physically fit. No one wants to crash and get hurt. Everyone is going into Turn 1 and wants to be first. All of these guys have the same goal going into here. It’s pretty intense. It’s exciting. Bumping is not intentional, but it does happen. They funnel in there so fast.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more