Salt Marsh, Savannah in big clash

first_imgThe Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League returns from the Christmas break with a full slate of matches down to be contested. The schedule includes a tough matchup between Group One leaders Salt Marsh United and Savannah SC. Match time is 3 p.m. at the Frome Sports Complex.Salt Marsh will put their perfect start to the season on the line against one of the brand-name teams in the competition, having already logged six points from two matches before the one-week break.They will be keen on making it three in a row and condemn one of the big-name teams to another loss.The other matches in the group are Granville (third in Group One) up against Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club (MBBGC) at the Granville Community Centre.Petersfield FC, second in the group on three points, host Lucea FC at the Petersfield Sports Ground.GROUPTWOMeanwhile, in Group Two, top club Beaches Negril (four points), after two matches, travel to tackle Sandals Whitehouse.The Aaron Lawrence-coached Sandals Whitehouse team are off to a slow start by their standards and will be in for all three points against their cousin team from Negril.Sandals are yet to win a match so far this season after two tries and will need a strong defensive display to keep Beaches at bay.Also featuring today is Reggae Youths versus Clarks Town at the UDC field in Montego Bay, while two former winners, Wadadah and Village United, meet at the Elleston Wakeland Centre.Village are in dire need of a victory, though that will be tough against this strong Wadadah team, who are currently second in the group with three points.All matches start at 3 p.m.last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday7:45 a.m: Man City vs Leicester10 a.m: Liverpool vs Sunderland5 p.m: Stoke vs Everton7 p.m: Swansea vs Crystal PalaceSunday12 a.m: Aston Villa vs Norwich1 a.m: Newcastle vs West Brom8:30 a.m: Bournemouth vs Arsenal11 a.m: Chelsea vs Man Unitedlast_img

Bittersweet win for trainer DaCosta

first_imgThe 21st running of the Lady Geeta Trophy grade one feature over 1200 metres provided a bittersweet experience for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who, despite winning with 7-2 chance PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, said he was shocked when stable-companion and 3-5 favourite POKER STAR decked jockey Robert Halledeen at the start.”It was nerve-racking”, recalled the 15-champion trainer. “Although my other horse, Perfect Neighbour, made up for the disappointment by scoring a narrow win, what was more important was that neither Poker Star nor the jockey was injured,” he added.Bidding for his sixth consecutive win, POKER STAR pitched from the outside post position (No. 6) on leaving the gates and dislodged Halledeen, much to the horror of racing fans who had installed the reigning champion sprinter a howling favourite to win his third trophy event from as many races this season.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker for co-owners Alfred Lee and Jeffery Mordecai, broke well to chase the tearaway leader UPPA TUNE (5-2) with apprentice Bebeto Harvey into the straight, closing strongly in the last 100 metres to overhaul the consistent US-bred horse, winning by three-quarter length. The 2014 sprint champion POTCHEEN, highly fancied at 5-2, finished third after failing to go the early pace.Winner of the derby and St. Leger as a three-year-old in 2013 and voted the champion stayer of 2015, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR has now won 15 races from 36 starts lifetime with total stakes of just over $21 million. The 6-y-o horse, by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife, was bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited.The season’s first classics, the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres, will both be run this Saturday, April 9.last_img read more

Champions!!

first_imgA time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgDrogba goes to MontrealMONTREAL (AP):The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba yesterday.Drogba moves to North America following his second spell at Chelsea, where he won the league title last season. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward signed with the Chicago Fire, who then sent him to the Impact for general and targeted allocation money.Drogba is expected to join Impact later this week after receiving his international transfer certificate and work visa.”It’s an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact,” club president Joey Saputo said.Drogba scored 163 goals and won four Premier League titles in two stints with Chelsea. He had the winning penalty kick as Chelsea won their first Champions League crown in 2012.Warner extradition hearing delayedPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP):A court has given former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner more time to fight being extradited from Trinidad & Tobago to the United States (US) to face corruption charges.A chief magistrate yesterday set a new hearing date of August 28 after a government lawyer requested more time to examine the extradition request from the US Justice Department.The US sent its request last week.Warner is resisting extradition on US charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in the FIFA corruption case. He is out on bail and leading his political party’s campaign for September 7 general elections.Attorney General Gavin Nicholas has said Warner’s case has “absolutely nothing to do with politics.”Trinidad legal experts believe Warner’s extradition could take years to resolve.Red Bulls sign Shaun Wright-PhillipsLONDON (AP):The New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of former Manchester City and Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips on a free transfer.The former England international will join up with his brother Bradley, a striker with the Red Bulls. He is eligible to play against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.The 33-year-old Wright-Phillips last played for English club Queens Park Rangers but left when his contract expired at the end of the 2014-15 season.He also played for Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in 2006, and Manchester City. He made 36 international appearances with England.Sri Lanka win 5th ODIHAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP):Kusal Perera smashed a 109-ball 116 to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing 165-run win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.However, it was only a consolation win for Sri Lanka, as Pakistan clinched the five-match series 3-2.Sri Lanka scored a formidable 368-4 after electing to bat first, and its batsmen dominated the bowling.Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 62 and, in the process, became the 11th player in the world to cross 10,000 runs in one-day internationals. Captain Angelo Mathews scored an unbeaten 70, while Milinda Siriwardana cracked a 26-ball 52 for his maiden international half-century.Pakistan, in their reply, were bowled out for 203 in the 38th over.last_img read more

Wilson’s hat-trick keeps Vauxhall on course

first_imgTyane Wilson netted all three goals in Vauxhall’s 3-0 win over Norman Manley, which ended the game with 10 players, in their crucial Zone F ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup fixture at Vauxhall High School, to keep the east Kingston school on track to advance to the next round.The tricky attacker netted in the second, 22nd and 55th to push his team to 19 points, four clear of second-placed Excelsior and Jonathan Grant, and all but knock out Norman Manley (eight points) from the competition.Norman Manley’s Shamar Reid was ejected on a second yellow card on 53 minutes.Vauxhall’s coach, Keon Broderick, cautioned that the job is not over.”We are on 19 points and things are looking promising, but we are not there as yet; we still have some more work to do as we have two games to play, two crucial games and that will determine where we finish in the table,” he commented.”Today we scored early in the game and that was good because they started to chase the game and once they started to chase it opened gaps for us in the midfield to score two more goals,” he added.Wilson picked up an ankle injury in the first-half, which earned Reid his first yellow card, and it was obvious he was not 100 percent. But 10 minutes into the second-half he latched on to a pass over the defence and lobbed the advancing Brandon Edmond to seal his hat-trick.”That young man (Wilson) is spectacular, he is one of the best forward players in the league right now,” stated Broderick.He added: “Once the boys remain disciplined I have no doubt that we will see it through.”Meanwhile, Excelsior (15 points) stopped Jonathan Grant 1-0 to take second place in the group on goal difference, over the said opponent.In Zone C, St George’s College (19 points) blanked Kingston Technical 7-0 to move three points clear at the top. Innswood (16) slipped to third on goal difference after a 2-2 draw with Ardenne, while Denham Town (16) climbed to second following a 2-1 win over Eltham.In Zone B, Hydel’s (19 points) 4-2 win over Cumberland carried them six points clear at the top, over joint second-placed Papine High, who beat Dunoon Technical 2-0, and Haile Selassie, who stopped Greater Portmore 3-1.last_img read more

Beckenbauer targeted in FIFA ethics probe

first_imgZURICH (AP):German football great Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA Vice-President Angel Maria Villar have been investigated by ethics prosecutors and are awaiting verdicts in their cases, the governing body’s ethics panel said yesterday.Both Beckenbauer and Villar – now serving as FIFA’s No. 2 officials while president Sepp Blatter is suspended – have previously been identified by media as targets of the investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Both men face sanctions for obstructing then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia’s investigation, ethics committee spokesman Marc Tenbuecken told the Associated Press.With Garcia’s inquiry failing to find evidence of corruption involving Russia and Qatar, it falls to a criminal investigation of suspected money laundering led by Switzerland’s attorney general to ascertain whether there was any financial wrongdoing in those World Cup bidding contests. The Russian and Qatari awards have been tainted by five years of so-far-unproven allegations.The official disclosure yesterday inflicts more damage on FIFA, which is reeling from waves of corruption allegations that led the ethics committee two weeks ago to suspend Blatter and the front-runner to succeed him as president, Michel Platini.In a wide-ranging statement, the ethics committee said it aimed to judge Blatter and Platini during their 90-day suspensions.Blatter is also under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities for a suspected “disloyal payment” of around US$2 million from FIFA funds in 2011 to Platini, who was also questioned. Both deny wrongdoing.In a separate case, suspended FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is accused of “misuse of expenses and other infringements of FIFA’s rules and regulations”, the ethics committee said.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz secure crucial victory over Haiti in World Cup qualifying

first_imgA 63rd-minute header by new Reggae Boyz recruit Clayton Donaldson powered Jamaica to a crucial 1-0 victory over Haiti in their second match of the CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifiers at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday evening. The result catapulted Jamaica back into contention of the four-nation Group Two, and they are now three points from two games, following Friday night’s disappointing 0-2 home loss against Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston. Haiti were suffering their second loss in as many matches and stayed bottom of the group without a point, after losing their opening fixture 0-1 in Costa Rica last Friday. The Reggae Boyz played without regular captain Rodolph Austin, who sat out the match with starting striker, Giles Barnes, because it was being played on an artificial surface and they had concerns about injury. Another team regular, Simon Dawkins, who scored the last-minute goal against Nicaragua in the previous round to save Jamaica from elimination, did not play in Friday’s loss and left the squad ahead of yesterday’s match. Jamaica’s head coach Winfried Sch‰fer returned to the team bench after serving a one-match FIFA ban, owing to a verbal spat with match officials after their return-leg 2-0 win over Nicaragua in Managua in the first round. That result gave Jamaica a 4-3 aggregate win, as they had lost the corresponding home fixture 3-2 at the National Stadium and needed to win by at least two clear goals. Following Friday’s loss, the Boyz again needed to get back in the hunt immediately, and Donaldson showed battling qualities to recover from a first-half injury sustained in a clash with the Haiti goalkeeper as he challenged for the ball. The striker had to seek treatment off the field and returned to action under the urging of his coach and teammates. Ultimately, it paid off with a match-winning goal. Adrian Mariappa captained the Jamaica team, while Wes Morgan, Kemar Lawrence, Je-Vaughn Watson and Joel McAnuff retained their starting spots. Michael Hector played away from his regular central defence position in the second half and had great presence at central midfield as he broke up a number of attacks for the Jamaicans, who maintained their dominance over Haiti, winning five of their last six encounters, including a similar 1-0 result in the Gold Cup quarter-finals in summer. Jamaica will play next in WCQs at the National Stadium on March 24, 2016 against Costa Rica. Central American teams Panama and Costa Rica battled in a late kick-off last night. Both teams went into the contest with three points, owing to their first-match wins. Competition in this phase of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia is on a home and away basis, with all four teams slated to play six matches in total. The top two, along with the top two from groups A and C, will advance to the six-nation CONCACAF Finals, the Hexagonal. Hector plays central midfieldlast_img read more

Birmingham boss furious over Donaldson injury

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England, (CMC): Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has lashed out at the way frontline striker Clayton Donaldson was treated by Jamaica during the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier last week. The 31-year-old scored the winning goal as the Reggae Boyz beat Haiti 1-0 in Port-au-Prince last Tuesday to post their first win of the CONCACAF fourth round, following a 2-0 defeat to Panama in their opening game. However, Donaldson returned to Birmingham City injured and was forced to miss Saturday’s clash with Charlton Athletic, which the West Midlands club lost 1-0. He is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. An upset Rowett said he believed the injury to his leading scorer could have been avoided had he received the appropriate care, while on international duty. “Part of my frustration this week is Clayts (Clayton) came back late Thursday, found out he has torn his groin and is going to be out for six weeks or longer,” Rowett said. “He went down after ten minutes [in] the Jamaica game, got treatment, went down 15 minutes later, got treatment and told he was absolutely fine and ended up playing 90 minutes. “At the end if you see the highlights he couldn’t run in two or three of the clips. I am incredibly disappointed with that.” Donaldson has scored five goals and produced six assists as Birmingham City has made a strong start to the Championship season, and currently lie sixth in the standings. Born in England, he qualifies to represent Jamaica through his parentage, and was called up for the opening qualifier against Panama on November 13 in Kingston. He was a 62nd minute substitute. And while he was hailed for his winning second half strike during the Haiti game, Rowett said he should not have been on the pitch that long. “You take [David] Cotterill and Donaldson out of our team that’s going to hurt any team, let alone a team without bags of goal-scoring players,” Rowett lamented. “That’s not me pointing the finger, I just think it could have been avoided. We know how things work. When a 31-year-old player travels that far and plays on a 4G pitch in Haiti you can gather what’s probably going to happen when he comes back. Unfortunately our worst fears were realised.” He continued: “You would expect that maybe either Clayts or someone would realise after ten minutes if he’s injured, he’s injured and needs to come off. Maybe we could have avoided a lengthy absence.”last_img read more

World champion here to teach shooters

first_imgBen Husthwaite, a 19-time world shooting champion, has been in Jamaica since Monday teaching professional and amateur shooters how to improve their shooting skills. The sessions will conclude next Monday.Husthwaite was brought here by the Jamaica Skeet Club. The sessions will prepare local shooters to better compete here, but more so, to compete on behalf of Jamaica at the international level. The shooters are receiving individual instruction as well as in groups of no more than three. The sessions were fully booked before Husthwaite arrived in the island last Monday afternoon.According to Husthwaite, the shooters will be taught, among other things, “how the gun’s gonna move”.”We are going to control every aspect of the gun movement. It’s almost like following a GPS in a car. You follow signals. We are going to do the same thing,” Husthwaite said.He had high praises for the Skeet Club’s junior programme. He said that it was better than what they had in his home country – the United Kingdom.Husthwaite talked glowingly about Jamaica. He has been here 15 times, remaining here for eight weeks on one occasion. He has the word Jamaican tattooed on his arm and the Jamaica Skeet Club’s logo on his back.Khaleel Azan said the club decided to bring back Husthwaite after a 10-year lapse to help fine-tune the skills of the local shooters. Azan is sitting in on the lessons as he will continue the teaching process after Husthwaite leaves next week.Shooters who have registered for the lessons include Christian Sasso – the current national champion; his father, Leighton Sasso, who is vice-president of the Jamaica Skeet Club; Sean Barnes – the four-time national champion; Ian Banks – the nine-time national champion; Jake Therrien – the recently crowned winner of the Digicel Cup Inter-Schools Sporting Clays Tournament; and Isabelle Chin – female junior shooter.last_img read more