DELIGHTED AT RECOGNITION She said that she is delighted to know that her achievements have been noted not just in Jamaica, but all across the world, in places that are not traditionally known for producing good swimmers. Atkinson’s feat followed another historic moment in black history in aquatics as American swimmer Simone Manuel also made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event. “We’re seeing a lot of people from the African nations, the minorities coming out more, swimmers in the Caribbean, and it’s truly fantastic to think that I may have been a part of that, so to break the world record as well, it kind of cements what I have done. It’s just showing that it wasn’t a one-time thing, this girl is the fastest person to ever have swam this event to date,” Atkinson said. “She’s a Jamaican, she’s a person of colour and she’s … well, a female. I think it’s something we can all sit back and think about, because it’s truly a remarkable thing – the fastest person ever to come from Jamaica in swimming.” However, Atkinson said that she is not going to stop there and she is aiming to set even faster times this year. “That is always the goal, to go faster,” she said. “But right now, I’m going to control the things I can, and that’s just getting better and trying to better my stroke and my technique and with that should come faster times.” RJR SportS Foundation Sportswoman of the Year runner-up, Alia Atkinson, said that it is a fulfilling feeling knowing that her world-record swim in the 50-metre breaststroke last year can inspire a new generation of black female swimmers. Atkinson set the record in a time of 28.64 seconds at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, last October, becoming the first black swimmer to hold a world record on her own after equalling the old record the previous August. “It’s truly something remarkable to sit back and know that I’ve inspired one person, much less thousands of other people from all the different countries,” Atkinson told The Gleaner.
Hosts Rajasthan beat Kochi convincingly by 8 wickets during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. Score | PhotosBowling first, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne and Siddharth Trivedi shared six wickets between them as Kochi were all out for 109. And then Shane Watson scored a quick-fire 49 to help Rajasthan emerge winners.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a good start scoring runs at ease. And the 110-run target wasn’t a tough one that warranted heavy scoring. Still the duo scored at more than six runs an over putting 68 for no loss after 10 over.Finally, Dravid departed in the 11th over getting run out in Thissara Perera’s over on 44, but by that time the team total was a fine 71 and there so no reason for Rajasthan to worry.Then Watson and Johan Botha upped the tempo towards the end. Watson picked Muttiah Muralitharan and smashed two sixes off him in the 13th over and the followed them up with two fours off Ravindra Jadega in the next over. He went for another one, but failed and Jadeja’s ball crashed into his stumps. He fell on 49.Finally Johan Botha and Ross Taylor helped the team home in the 15th over. Botha scored a four off the first ball of the 15th over off Muralitharan and Rajasthan won the match by 8 wickets.Kochi innings Rajasthan captain Shane Warne and Siddharth Trivedi shared six wickets between them as Kochi were all out for 109 in 20 overs against Rajasthan during this 28th IPL match.advertisementEarlier, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to field. Warne’s decision bore fruits early with VVS Laxman, who was opening as Kochi’s regular opener Brendon McCullum is out with a shoulder problem, fell in the fourth over off Shane Watson. He got run out on 8 with Kochi were 26.The other opener and captain Mahela Jayawardene too could not stay at the crease for long and was sent back by South African Johan Botha on 28. He was bowled out by a Botha delivery that rubbed off Jayawardene’s thig and then rolled on to the stump. He could only score 13.Then in the eighth over a Shane Warne turner struck Brad Hodge’s stumps to see him off on 42/3.Post those early wicket Parthiv Patel and Ravindra Jadeja batted with confidence to thwart the oppostion bowlers. The two had put on 48on board and were looking good and settled but soon after the strategic time-out, oppostion skipper Warne struck to remove Jadeja on 90/4. Jadeja wanted to sweep Warne across the boundary, but a top edge that took the aerial route was neatly pouched by the bowler. He fell on 22.The next ball too proved to be fruitful, with Warne scalping Parthiv on 32. This time around the captain got assistance from keeper Dishant Yagnik, who removed Parthiv’s bails in a flash and Kochi were down to 90/5.Next over saw another wicket fall with Raiphi Gomez going down to Siddharth Trivedi and Kochi were down to 90/6. Trivedi had another reason to cheer as Kochi’s Sri Lanaka import Thissara Perera walked back as soon as he came in and Kochi were down to 92/7 in no time. Kochi could only manage to score 109 all out. RP Singh was the last man to fall from the Kochi camp and he was run out on the last ball of the 20th over.
For Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, the path to the 2016 Big 12 title is quite simple. If either team wins its next two games, it wins the conference title. That could actually mean a murky path to the CFB Playoffs as well, but we’ll get to that later on.There are only three teams left in the Big 12 race as OU has zero losses and the fourth place team currently has three. No matter what OU does, the only teams that can catch it are Oklahoma State and West Virginia. So let’s get to the scenarios, shall we? Here are the current records:OSU: 6-1OU: 7-0WVU: 5-1This is a little complicated because West Virginia still has three games left — OU and Baylor at home and at Iowa State (what could go wrong?) So I based everything on what they did in those two games. Here’s a look at the chart.This is actually probably more simple than it looks. In every scenario, if OU wins two games or OSU wins two games, they win the league. That accounts for most of the 24 scenarios. West Virginia only has three paths. They have to win out and have either OU beat OSU (this is their best path) or have TCU beat OSU.There are actually a few scenarios in which OSU could lose to TCU and still win the Big 12 title. It would have to have West Virginia beat OU and then turn around and lose to either Baylor or Iowa State. Then OSU would have to win Bedlam. If WVU beat OU and Iowa State but lost to, say, Baylor, and OSU won Bedlam, all three teams would be 7-2 but OSU would have beaten the other two and would be Big 12 champ.If OU wins this weekend and OSU loses, Bedlam will be for pride. The Big 12 will already be decided.My own personal nightmare is Baker Mayfield healing a broken leg at midfield and throwing 7 TDs to beat OSU and win the Big 12 losing to TCU and beating OU to let WVU win the Big 12. This would be peak Oklahoma Stating.So the mission for Oklahoma State is straightforward: Just win, baby. Just as it has been all season. I personally would love to see OSU and OU win huge this weekend and create one more Bedlam for the Big 12 title. This would be the fourth in six years and the last before next year’s reinstated conference championship game.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!