Drogba 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.
Tyane 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.
ZURICH (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.
A 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 midfield
BIRMINGHAM, 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.”
Ben 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.
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”
REHABILITATION ON HIS ACTION PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Officials monitoring the remodelled action of West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine say he is now bowling within limits stipulated by ICC regulations. Local match referee Michael Ragoonath and cricket administrator Jeffrey Guillen both said they saw nothing to be concerned about while watching Narine’s new action in local matches over the weekend. Ragoonath, who was referee for two matches involving Narine, said he received no negative reports from any of the umpires who officiated. “I stood as match referee for both games and the only way I can act is if a bowler is reported by the onfield umpires,” Ragoonath told the Guardian. “Sunil played in both games and the umpires did not report anything to me. What I did was to video tape his bowling to have a look at it and when we sat down and viewed the footage, we found him to be well within the limits allowed for bending of the arm.” Narine had not bowled competitively since being forced out of the Bangladesh Premier League last November and was reported during West Indies’ series against Sri Lanka. Subsequent tests showed that Narine’s action was exceeding the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations. He has since undergone rehabilitation on his action and is scheduled to be tested at the Loughborough University in England next month. “On the weekend, he looked good and is bowling quite well,” said manager of Queen’s Park Cricket Club, Guillen, after Narine captured two for 37 in a 10-over spell to help his club Queen’s Park beat Clarke Road by 32 runs in the opening round of the 50-overs championship. “The issue I think would not be passing the test, but getting ready for the World T20, which is major. We are confident that he would be ready, but at the moment his ambition is to get past the test, which he should take in about two or three weeks’ time.” Narine has been included in a West Indies 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup pending the outcome of the Loughborough test. The West Indies start their campaign on March 16, when they face England in Mumbai.
Women’s 400m Hurdles – 11.04 a.m. Janieve Russell Women’s 100m – 11:15 a.m. Elaine Thompson Kerron Stewart Men’s 400m – 12:35 p.m. Rusheen McDonald Schedule for Jamaicans
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne has urged regional players to make their mark in the upcoming Regional Super50 in order to force their way into the West Indies squad.He said West Indies were expected to have a heavy One-Day International (ODI) schedule this year, and with preparations already in train for the 2019 World Cup, it was crucial players that took advantage of every opportunity in the January 24 to February 18 tournament.”We’re definitely looking forward to the Super50 to see that the incumbents go on and continue their good work,” the former Test wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurance Line and Length.”Then there are a lot of other young players who are challenging for places and we have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year, so it is important – obviously we’re building them up towards the World Cup – that all the players come in and get their runs, get their wickets, play tough and hard cricket and really show us they have the attitude, not only to be part of the team, but the attitude that we are looking for that makes West Indian people really proud.”Browne emphasised, however, that while it was important players performed, they needed to show consistency beyond the tournament.PERFORM CONSISTENTLY”People just need to perform. That’s the most important [thing], and perform consistently,” said Browne, who replaced legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd in the position last year.”What we are trying to do is look at players over at least three seasons. One of the things that we are trying not to do is to pick players after just one season.”At times that will happen, but if you can get a guy performing over three years consistently or over two years consistently, then we know he’s deserving of an opportunity at the senior level, or at least be considered for an opportunity at the senior level.”Browne noted that the Windies one-day side was at a young stage of their development, and singled out the unit which recently campaigned in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.He said the young players, who had made their mark on that tour, needed to reiterate that form in the Regional Super50.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are defending Regional Super50 champions and will do battle in Zone A alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.Zone B comprises last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas team.Players must make themselves available for the tournament in order to be eligible for selection to the ODI format.