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ECA/Norbrook Cup Under-9 tourney launched

first_img The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. Jamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” TITLE SPONSORSlast_img read more


February 10, 2020 0

WEST HAM VS ARSENAL

first_imgWEST HAM (4-2-3-1)ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL,KOUYATE, NOBLE,EMENIKE, LANZINI, PAYET, SAKHOWELBECK, IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,COQUELIN, ELNENY,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,CECHARSENAL (4-2-3-1)Two London rivals clash both needing to win. West Ham were hoping to finish in the top four and bring Champions League football to their new Olympic Stadium next season but, with seven games left, they are on 51 points, three points outside the top four.Even if they fail to break into the top four, they could still qualify for the Europa League. But they face a team with an outside chance of winning the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal in third spot, albeit a massive 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.West Ham could be forgiven for having one eye on their FA Cup final quarter-final replay, against Manchester United, which takes place at the Boleyn Stadium the following Wednesday.The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six league games, taking 12 points from the 18 available but, in their last season at the Boleyn, they are unbeaten since August, winning seven and drawing seven of the last 14 there in the league.On the opening day of the league season the Hammers shocked Arsenal with a 2-0 win, but at the Boleyn Arsenal have a good record, with nine wins and six draws from 17 visits.The Gunners have 11 goals in their last four there, all wins, and last lost there in November 2006.West Ham were set to miss the banned Cheikhou Kouyate, red-carded in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but the dismissal was overturned on appeal.Arsenal, meanwhile, miss Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, but goalkeeper Petr Cech could return.last_img read more


February 10, 2020 0

Double disqualication at the track as Typewriter shines

first_imgTwo-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER started his 2015 campaign on a high note with an emphatic victory in the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature for the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup, a race he was winning for the third consecutive year.Racing for the first time since his unplaced effort behind PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, TYPEWRITER was presented in good nick by trainer Spencer Chung. Stepping down in class, the six-year-old bay gelding by Western Classic out of Docs’ Paladin outclassed his six opponents with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding him for the first time, replacing his customary jockey, Shane Ellis, who chose to ride the even-money favourite FRANFIELD.Held up in fifth for the first half of the race as LOCKED AND LOADED (13-1) and highly fancied UNCLE TAF (9-5) for the lead ahead of TIMEFORARMS (15-1) and FRANFIELD, TYPEWRITER was produced three-wide with his challenge entering the straight as TIMEFORARMS turned for home just ahead of FRANFIELD.Responding to the left hand whip, he went by TIMEFORARMS leaving the furlong pole to win by two lengths, with FRANFIELD another eight lengths away third.TYPEWRITER is owned by Robert and Valentine Chung and bred by HAM Stables Limited. He has now won 14 races from 25 career starts, including the 2012 derby and St Leger, as well as back-to-back Superstakes, for total stakes of $17.4 million.UNBEATEN IN TWO STARTSThe speedy 2-y-o colt, DREAMLINER, with Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta romped the Terremoto Trophy secondary feature to be unbeaten in two starts.Following the disqualification of the Aaron Chatrie-ridden and Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR on the previous Saturday, the stewards struck again by disqualifying another Chatrie-ridden horse for Subratie, WOMAN IS BOSS (4-1), for causing interference in the seventh race over the straight. The jockey was suspended from riding for the remainder of the day as well. In the very next race, they struck again, taking down the 9-5 favourite, REGALLY BOLD, with former champion Wesley Henry aboard.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

Reynolds heads to Humble Lion

first_imgVeteran local coach Vassell Reynolds has been appointed technical director of Red Stripe Premier League outfit Humble Lion. Reynolds, the current head coach of Wolmer’s Boys, has taken over the reins from Donovan Duckie, who was fired at the end of last season. Linval Wilson will remain as the head coach of the team. Reynolds, who will have overall responsibility for the club’s transfer policy, said he is looking forward to working with everyone in the Humble Lion organisation. “It is my native parish and I have known and coached probably all the players there and so my involvement with them is a seamless one,” said Reynolds. “It is just a matter of getting in there and settling (in) as quickly as possible,” he said. “Every team would have had their own identity, but I am not going there to change that, I am going there to get one of the most experienced teams in the competition to play together,” Reynolds said. Humble Lion are currently fourth in the Red Stripe Premier League standings on 19 points, five behind leaders Montego Bay United. Reynolds added that he will be doing his best to help the Clarendon-based club win this season’s competition. “One of the first things that I have done is to charge the experience players to deliver and to stand up and be counted and to give an account of their performance every week that they go out there and play,” Reynolds noted. Continuing he said: the plan is also for us to solidify our position in the table because we have had one of the best starts since we are in this competition and I hope that we can continue to be consistent on all fronts. Humble Lion’s record currently stands at five wins, four draws and three defeats.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

WEST BROM VS MAN UNITED

first_imgWBA (4-3-2-1)MYHILL,DAWSON, McAULEY, OLSSON, EVANS,FLETCHER, SANDRO, GARDNER,SESSEGNON, McCLEAN,ANICHEBEMAN UTD (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,DEPAY, MATA,LINGARD,HERRERA,SCHNEIDERLIN,ROJO, BLIND,CARRICK, VARELA,DE GEAWith none of their rivals winning in midweek and only Leicester City of the top four getting a point, Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Watford took them level on 47 points with rivals Manchester City, in fifth place and now with the chance to finish in the Champions League places.Juan Mata’s goal late on at Old Trafford gave United their fourth straight win in all competitions. After this game at The Hawthorns they face Premier League rivals Liverpool in the Europa League.They visit West Bromwich Albion who are unbeaten in their last three league games, taking seven points from a possible nine, with the draw at league leaders Leicester City on Tuesday taking them into 13th place, 12 points clear of the relegation zone.When the teams met at Old Trafford earlier this season, United won 2-0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and a Mata penalty after Albion’s Gareth McAuley was dismissed.United’s record at The Hawthorns is good; in nine Premier League visits they are unbeaten, winning seven and drawing two including Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge, the 5-5 stalemate in May 2013. Albion last beat United at home in 1984 in the old First Division.Albion are without Claudio Yacob, who is banned after collecting a 10th yellow card of the season at Leicester. Chris Brunt remains on the sidelines while Jonny Evans is a doubt and there are tests for Callum McManaman and James Morrison.United, meanwhile, test Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are still absent.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

No consultation on JAAA ‘no vote’ … Athletics body underlines reasons for IAAF reform package snub

first_img NO DIRECT MEETINGS SUPERPOWER IN SPRINTING In fact, our sources have shared that there were no direct meetings to discuss the 15-point IAAF proposal prior to the Special Congress despite its presence, in full, on the IAAF’s website for several months. JAAA members were only advised of the abstinence after the fact, during a post-Congress briefing session, where members eventually expressed their full support of the decision. Meanwhile, 95 per cent of the member associations voted in support of the IAAF reforms in Monaco, which will take effect in two waves – January 2017 and 2019. Still, the JAAA is underlining its commitment to the fight against doping in sport – which represents a major element of the new package, citing that its decision not to vote has no bearing on this position, while noting that its grouses stemmed from several governance proposals and the actual voting process – which oddly required a yay or nay vote on all 15 points en bloc. “To suggest that we abstained because we didn’t support tighter regulations against drug cheats is simply not true. We have also been criticised for not wanting athletes to have a voice, when the truth is, we are one of the very few federations where a current athlete (in Michael Frater) was accepted as part of our executive,” the release read. “We support any measure that seeks to eradicate doping in sport. We are a superpower in sprinting and we are of the firm belief that our status as the premier country in the sprints would have been established a long time ago if the fight against drugs was as strong worldwide as it is now. We don’t see it as mere coincidence that our prominence as a track and field force is coming at a time when the practice of rigidly fighting against drugs across the globe is as prominent as it is now,” the release continued. Amongst the JAAA gripes is the decision to alter the composition of the council to reflect gender balance. The JAAA contends that this decision was taken by a small group of individuals and needed further discussion at the Congress level. The JAAA also argues that the current age limit of 70 years-old, which was agreed in the 2015 constitution, was removed without any discussion at Congress and also noted their discontent that committees would no longer be elected by Congress but would instead be appointed under the new plan. Other issues raised by the JAAA include term limits. The organisation also argues that the council’s executive board would also be drastically changed without full discussion among member federations. It is against these issues and the fact that they could not vote on individual points that the JAAA says it decided to not cast a vote at all. The IAAF was forced into change on the back of the uncovering of a massive doping and corruption scandal that rocked the international body. Sebastian Coe, who replaced Lamine Diack, who is at the centre of the scandal, as president of the IAAF, has a led a charge to clean up the sport and return its credibility. At the base of that effort is a 15-point plan that included anti-doping, regulation and administrative changes that are hoped will lift the sport. Jamaica’s track and field authority is trying to silence the noise caused by its folding of the arms at a high-level IAAF meeting in Monaco a few weeks ago, but it appears its representatives in the principality – president Dr Warren Blake and general secretary Garth Gayle acted without the approval of their executive. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decided not to vote on amendments to the constitution governing international track and field and is now forced to publicly dismiss suggestions that it does not support the fight against drug cheats – given the heavy anti-doping theme of the overall package. In a release issued late Friday night over Gayle’s signature, the JAAA also denied that its decision not to cast a vote on the 15-point reform package was because of a rejection of the push to add greater voice to athletes. Blake and his administration have come under heavy criticism, and with Jamaican track star Usain Bolt underlining his support for the package, which, among other things, was geared towards greater transparency, more accountability, less presidential power plus gender and term-related issues, it came as a shock to many when it was revealed that the JAAA, which was represented by Blake and Gayle in Monaco, had not voted in support. The Sunday Gleaner has since learned that there was no consultation between Blake, Gayle and the rest of the JAAA executive before the decision was taken to abstain.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

WI tour: PCB remains hopeful

first_img GREEN LIGHT KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have not given up hope of West Indies touring here next March, and will be meeting with security company Eastern Star International to contest a security report it issued and which formed the basis of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) recent recommendation to members against touring the volatile Asian nation. A proposed two-match Twenty20 Internationals series in Lahore against the Caribbean seemed to be off the cards after FICA issued a damning advisory indicating an “elevated security risk” for those choosing to tour Pakistan. That advisory was based on an assessment by Eastern Star International, and was apparently behind the decision by West Indies players union, WIPA, not giving their blessing to the tour. However, the PCB said it intended to put forward “the factual position and the improvement in the security situation” in Pakistan during the meeting with the security company. “After the FICA advisory came out, we investigated on what basis they had given such an advice and we found out their security advisers were Eastern Star Security,” said Najam Sethi, the head of PCB’s executive committee. He added: “I will be meeting their officials to let them know about the factual position and the improvement in the security situation in Pakistan, which is why we are also trying to bring back international cricket to the country.” The PCB wanted two T20Is against the Windies here in March in return for giving the green light to an invitation from the West Indies Cricket Board to a similar two-match series in Florida, United States, later that month. Since then, the WICB have announced a full series against Pakistan in the Caribbean of three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and two T20Is from March 31 to May 10. But Sethi said they were still in talks with the WICB to have the matches staged in Lahore. No major cricketing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009 when a bus carrying the Sri Lankan Test side was attacked by militants. Pakistan have since played their ‘home’ series in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

WICB, JCA support Russell

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) say they will stand by all-rounder AndrÈ Russell and offer any support they can to the cricketer following his one-year ban.Russell was slapped with a 12-month sanction after he failed to file his whereabouts form, resulting in three missed doping tests. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, three missed doping tests equate to a failed test.WICB’s Corporate Communications Officer Carole Beckford said the board would not comment further until they received an official statement from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission as to the terms of the ban, but confirmed the organisation’s support.”We will support Mr Russell in any way deemed appropriate … . We don’t know the details of it (ban). Some of them are conditional, but whatever is appropriate, the board stands with him,” Beckford told The Gleaner.WILL BE MISSEDJCA President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven added that the absence of Russell, an international T20 star who has had major impact for the West Indies and in the top T20 leagues around the world, will be felt.”I think everyone would be disappointed. I saw AndrÈ last weekend in the semi-final of the AILO (local) competition and he was at his best, and we were all hoping to have him in the final this weekend.”He is a prolific international cricketer and his absence on the field during this period in any competition whatsoever will undoubtedly impact the game. Fans, including myself, will miss his heroics on the field,” Heaven said.”But the JCA will stand by him and provide the support it can during this difficult time. I want to assure him that this is just a period in his career and by no means the end of the road, and he should use the positive elements of this unfortunate situation to make both himself and other young cricketers better,” added Heaven.The local cricket boss also believes the ban will have a massive effect on his earnings for the period.- L.S.last_img read more


January 20, 2020 0

WATCH: Cavs unveil fresh Nike jerseys for upcoming season

first_imgThe Shield.The Swoosh.The Wingfoot.Introducing our new coat of armor → https://t.co/iuYLihcVwT #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/QjqpaYQmxb— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT The Cleveland Cavaliers will be seeking redemption in the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA regular season and it’s only fitting they don “a new coat of armor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The reigning Eastern Conference Champions introduced their new line of updated jerseys through a clip released on the team’s official Twitter page.The Cavs kept its primary wine-and-gold colorway, but Nike’s variation featured a minimalist yet more distinguished design. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img The “Association” white edition—formerly known as the home uniform—is emblazoned with CAVS” on the chest area, while the Icon Version says (Cleveland).The team’s alternative and special-occasion jerseys are expected to come out in the coming days.  Khristian Ibarrola  /raRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Cavs unveil modernized logos for 2017-2018 NBA seasonNike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsComplementing the squad’s revamped logos is Nike’s iconic “Swoosh” emblem on the front left side, while Goodyear’s sponsorship “wing foot” logo is on the right.Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsEmbodying the team’s emphasis on selflessness and brotherhood, the mantra “All for One. One for All” is stitched both at the bottom of the jersey and under the flaps of the shorts.It’s all about the details.Take a closer look at our new uniforms → https://t.co/TS8i1PaBpz#AllForOne pic.twitter.com/8aQpp4Vtg4— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ Chan to Phoenix Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0

Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kendrix Belgica paced St. Benilde with 18 points and eight rebounds, while JJ Domingo had 14 markers, three assists, and two boards against seven turnovers.The also-ran Blazers dropped their fourth straight defeat to fall down to a 3-13 slate.The Scores:ARELLANO 95 – Salado 16, Nicholls 13, Flores 12, Abanes 11, Alcoriza 11, Dela Cruz 11, Viloria 8, Cañete 4, Enriquez 4, Meca 3, Padilla 2, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 65 – Belgica 18, Domingo 14, Naboa 8, Dixon 5, Leutcheu 5, San Juan 4, Johnson 3, Sta. Maria 3, Young 3, Pili 2, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Velasco 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano sent a strong message that it’s still alive and kicking with a 95-65 mauling of St. Benilde that kept its Final Four hopes alive in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It’s a very important win for us. I can’t exaggerate the gravity of this game because every game is a must win for us. It gives us hope coming to our game against San Sebastian,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody Kent Salado led the Chiefs with 16 points and 11 assists, while Zach Nicholls went 3-of-6 from three to wound up with 13 markers, all coming in the second half when the game was already decided.Lervin Flores added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, as three other players notched double-digits in scoring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith the win, Arellano forced a tie with EAC at sixth place with their identical 6-9 records.Rence Alcoriza ignited the blowout as he unleashed nine of his 11 markers in the first quarter to help Arellano grab an early 28-16 lead it would no longer surrender. Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 28-16, 47-33, 69-50, 95-65. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0