The annual general meeting of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association will be held today at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston. Start time is 5 p.m.President Dr Warren Blake and his executive will oversee the country’s track and field for another four years as at the closing date for nominations for executive positions two weeks ago, there was no challenge to Blake’s slate of candidates.Long-time general secretary, Charlemont High principal Garth Gayle, announced that only one slate had been nominated.Gayle strongly supported Blake in his recent interview with The Gleaner, stating that the current president had done very well during his time in charge.”My president has done a great job over the years as Jamaica has had its best performances under his stewardship in track and field. At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2012, the country was second overall of 212 federations while at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro it was another great performance by Jamaican athletes,” said Gayle when asked why no one was willing to challenge Blake for the presidency.While a majority of the present executive members are expected to remain, there could be changes among the vice-presidents. Second vice-president Ian Forbes, the only successful candidate on the slate that challenged Blake four years ago, is tipped to move up to first vice-president replacing Dave Myrie, who is not expected to seek re-election.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior (USC) voided the final year of his contract, making him eligible for salary arbitration. The right-hander’s agent, John Boggs, said Wednesday that Prior notified the team of his decision on Nov. 29. Prior’s deal, agreed to in 2001 after he was drafted, allowed him to void the contract after 2004 or 2005, but only if he had accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration. He just missed having enough service time after 2004. His first contract had called for a $2.75 million salary next year, and he will earn far more because of arbitration. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Padres get Estes: Starting pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract. The left-hander must pass a physical before the deal is completed. Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA. Mets sign Boone: The New York Mets agreed to a minor-league contract with Bret Boone (USC), a move that shows how tenuous Kaz Matsui’s hold on second base is. Also: The Baltimore Orioles finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract with Jeff Conine (UCLA). … Jeromy Burnitz finalized his $6.7 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking a physical, but only after the unhappy Baltimore Orioles said the outfielder’s agent backed out of a two-year deal. … The Texas Rangers completed their six-player trade with the San Diego Padres to acquire right-hander Adam Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka. Texas also got minor-league catcher Billy Killian, and sent right-hander Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge (CSUN) to San Diego. … The Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired him from Atlanta. … Relief pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg and the Florida Marlins agreed to a minor-league contract. … The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with middle reliever Rafael Soriano, avoiding salary arbitration. … The World Series champion Chicago White Sox agreed with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. … Major League Baseball filed for mediation against the District of Columbia after the city failed to approve a lease for the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark by the Dec. 31 deadline.