BREAKING 54 SECONDS Only six Jamaican women – Melaine Walker, Kaliese Spencer, Deon Hemmings, Janieve Russell, Nickesha Wilson and Debbie-Ann Parris – have ever run the 400-metre hurdles faster than 54 seconds. The fastest three are Walker, Spencer and Hemmings at 52.42, 52.79 and 52.82 seconds, respectively. “I’m just taking each race a step at a time”, the 2010 World Junior Championship finalist explained, “and work with what the coach has in store and see where it takes me.” Tracey was on track at last Saturday’s Western Relays in Montego Bay. With her Sprintec team-mate Gayon Evans racing in Europe, the 400metre hurdler made a cameo appearance as anchor on the club’s runner-up 4×100 team. Her day ended with a 52.6-second anchor leg in the women’s 4×400-metre relay. Ristananna Tracey, the 400-metre hurdles finalist, hasn’t mastered her event’s technique and she knows it. That’s why she is devoting herself to refining her hurdles technique this season. Tracey, the former Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School star, thinks this will pave the way for her to improve. Now in her second season at Maurice Wilson’s Sprintec Club, Tracey is trying to build on a fine 2016 campaign. She won the 400-metre hurdles at the National Senior Championship and went on to establish a personal best of 54.15 seconds in the Olympic final to finish fifth. Speaking in Montego Bay, last Saturday, the 24-year-old was candid about the area she needs to work on. “Most definitely, my technique is one of my major downfalls,” she confessed, “and I’m working on getting a better technique and I think, with a better technique, I can shave down my time a bit.” She was nevertheless cautious about predicting a specific time she has targeted for 2017. Asked to specify whether or not those improvements will take her past her personal best into sub-54-second territory, she laughed coyly and replied, “Let’s wait and see.”
From news services Thanks to a conflict in sports schedules at the Trent Green household, his wife was spared the scary sight of him face down and motionless on the field Sunday in Houston. When the Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked unconscious by a severe concussion that could end his career, wife Julie was back home in South Florida at a tennis match with their children. “She was listening to the game with an earpiece, but she didn’t have to sit and watch,” Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said Monday. “So that’s a blessing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGreen’s concussion was diagnosed as grade three, the most severe, and he’ll undergo further tests to determine his future. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cleveland, and Cameron declined to discuss the possibility the injury will force the 37-year-old Green to retire. “I don’t think we really know the full extent, because there are some ongoing tests,” Cameron said. “Right now I just think there are too many unknowns.” Cleo Lemon, who replaced Green at Houston, will make his second NFL start against the Browns. Second-round draft pick John Beck becomes the backup. Green took a knee to the head blocking 315-pound tackle Travis Johnson on an end-around, then crumpled to the ground. Teammates kneeled in prayer while medical personnel revived Green, and he was strapped to a stretcher before being carted away. But he took a flight home with the team, and A.J. Feely said it was difficult to tell he had been hurt. Pittman out two months Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman could be sidelined up to two months with an ankle sprain that has the Buccaneers scrambling for experienced help at running back. Coach Jon Gruden said the team was waiting for the results of an MRI exam, but that it appeared Pittman, injured during Sunday’s 33-14 loss at Indianapolis, will be out six to eight weeks. A knee injury ended star running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams’ season, but Pittman was doing well before his setback. Delhomme out for year Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow “a last resort.” After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn’t be avoided. Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback. Originally injured two weeks ago, Delhomme didn’t show any improvement when trying to throw Monday. A day earlier he threw briefly on the side while sitting out Carolina’s win over the Saints. “I think (Sunday) he was just trying to see how it felt,” Coach John Fox said. “Today he really pushed it.” Goodell weighs decision Commissioner Roger Goodell will review next week whether to reduce Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson’s suspension from eight to six games. “I did talk to Tank about a week ago and I’m going to be reviewing his case shortly,” Goodell said. “He has been doing some very positive things about changing his life and making better decisions going forward.” Around the league Seahawks: Longtime Seattle fullback Mack Strong has a neck injury that will end his career. It won’t require surgery, but Strong told reporters that it will end his career. The two-time Pro Bowler turned 36 this month, and has spent 15 seasons with the Seahawks. Broncos: Center Tom Nalen tore his right biceps muscle and will be out for the season. The five-time Pro Bowler was injured in the first quarter of a 41-3 loss to San Diego on Sunday, but kept playing. Eagles: Star running back Brian Westbrook said the stomach muscle he injured on Sept. 23 is getting better. He might play Sunday. 49ers: Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has been tapped by Mayor Gavin Newsom to lead efforts to keep the team from moving to a new stadium in Silicon Valley. Jaguars: Rookie coach Bobby Petrino insisted that Joey Harrington is still the No. 1 quarterback, but former Jacksonville starter Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings for his chance. Browns: Cleveland anxiously awaited MRI results on running back Jamal Lewis’ sprained right foot, an injury that knocked him out after one play in Sunday’s loss to New England. Chiefs: Quarterback Damon Huard is awaiting test results on his bruised shoulder that will determine if he can play this week against Cincinnati. Vikings: Sidelined for the last two games with a groin strain, Tarvaris Jackson is expected to return Sunday as the starting quarterback against Chicago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!