Another blow for Man United

first_imgLONDON (AP):After another lacklustre week in the short reign of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United will revisit the scene of one of the team’s greatest embarrassments.In January 1984, Bournemouth then playing in the third tier eliminated defending champions United from the FA Cup in one of the competition’s great upsets. Now, Bournemouth are in the Premier League for the first time and preparing to host United tomorrow.The disparity between United and Bournemouth is vast. United have the league’s biggest stadium (76,000-capacity); Bournemouth’s is the smallest (11,500). United have won a record 20 top-flight titles; Bournemouth have zero.Although United are three points from first place and Bournemouth are barely out of the relegation zone on goal difference, the south-coast club has been buoyed by the greatest result in its history: Winning at Premier League champions Chelsea last weekend.United, though, are making the long trip to the seaside town after failing to qualify for the round of 16 in the Champions League.And United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger starts a three-game ban after accepting a Football Association charge for violent conduct yesterday. The German stuck out his left arm and caught West Ham defender Winston Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position from a free kick during the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.Adding to United’s problems is a lengthy injury list that includes captain Wayne Rooney and defenders Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling.”We have a lot of injuries,” United midfielder Marouane Fellaini said. “There’s nothing we can do about that. We have a lot of players in the squad that the manager has given a chance to and now they can show themselves, but I hope the injured players come back soon.”CHELSEA DANGERRestored to the starting lineup for Chelsea’s Champions League win over FC Porto, striker Diego Costa will now be looking to start scoring on a regular basis.The Spain forward has scored only three league goals so far this season.”He is lacking in confidence, clearly,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.After winning the league by eight points in May, Chelsea could find themselves in the relegation zone before playing at surprise leaders Leicester on Monday. Leicester are 17 points in front of 14th-place Chelsea.Mourinho’s side is only two points above the relegation zone after losing to Bournemouth, with its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League looking increasingly reliant on winning the competition.Monday’s game is Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri’s first meeting with the club he managed between 2000 and 2004, when Mourinho first took charge.”I’m sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four,” Ranieri said. “I still think they will make the Champions League. For now it is bad luck, but when they start to win, they will arrive.”GARDE REUNIONThere’s another reunion this weekend with former Arsenal player Remi Garde hosting the London club as manager of Aston Villa on Sunday.While Villa are in last place, Arsenal are two points from the top in second and looking forward to the round of 16 in the Champions League after turning around a faltering campaign.Garde won the league with Arsenal in 1998 during his three years with the club at the start of Arsene Wenger’s reign.last_img read more

Injury, illness hit top six before Australian Open

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.last_img read more

RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_img Alicia Ashley – Boxing For his achievement in taking triple gold at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. Bolt won the 100 metres, 200 metres and anchored the men’s 4×100 metres, making it the third time he had taken triple gold at the Championships. Bolt’s success came despite losing significant training and competition time to injury, and his victories at the scene of his 2008 Olympic triumphs made him the all-time most decorated male athlete of the Championships with 13 medals – 11 gold and two silver. For her achievement in regaining the World Boxing Council (WBC) female world super bantamweight title with a 10-round decision over veteran Irish boxer Christina McMahon. In winning the title, Ashley became the oldest female world champion in boxing history. Ashley was the 2014 recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Gala. Alia Atkinson – Swimmingcenter_img The Hon Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD – Athletics For her achievement in earning a silver medal in the 50 metres breaststroke in a National Record 30.11 seconds and also the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, both at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, (Long Course). Atkinson also took the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke at the Pan American Games in Toronto and finished the year in fourth place overall in the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup (Short Course). Atkinson is ranked No.3 in the World in the 50 metres breaststroke.last_img read more

Schafer, Simpson for Copa Centenario draw

first_imgJamaica’s senior men’s national football team head coach Winfried Schafer and team manager Roy Simpson will attend the official draw and team workshop for the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario. The official draw will take place at the prestigious Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, USA, tomorrow, beginning at 8 p.m. The tournament, which will be the 45th edition of Copa America, since its inception in 1916, will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the usual four-year cycle and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with 10 teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. The tournament will be held from June 3-26 in the USA. The participating countries will be (CONMEBOL) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela and (CONCACAF) Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and the USA. The event will include coaches, managers, media liaison officers and broadcasters, as well as executives from the two confederations. They will also participate in the team workshop tomorrow and Monday. Jamaica qualified by being crowned the 2014 Caribbean Cup Champions.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Reggae Boyz, or who?

first_img good run for Boyz Although the Reggae Boyz lost to Mexico, winners of the Gold Cup on seven occasions, they had a good run, playing nine matches, drawing one, winning four and losing three. Their passing, at times and especially against Mexico, was beautiful to see. It was almost delightful to see and at times, it was almost as accurate as tic-tac football. They lost the game against Mexico, not so much because of Michael Hector’s errors, but also because of their failure to do the right things when they did not have the ball. They failed to mark the Mexican attackers time and time again, such as when Mexico, under pressure for the first 15 minutes of the match, got away and Andres Guardado scored Mexico’s first goal. It was, however, a lovely run, probably the best in the history of the Reggae Boyz. In 1998, getting to France and the World Cup was good. This time, however, it may even have been better. This time they took on teams like Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina with Lionel Messi and company and gave a good account of themselves, giving up only five goals in those four matches. The Reggae Boyz of 2015 were magnificent. Congrats to president Horace Burrell and coach Winfried Schafer on a job well done, even if they gave away all of the US$500,000 second prize Gold Cup money and promised the Boyz 100 percent of the one million US dollars first prize-money had they won the Gold Cup. I wonder if a team of only local footballers would have gotten away with that kind of deal when, in fact, they were representing Jamaica, and when the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) deserved some of that money to help its development programs or to assist in paying airfares, hotel bills, etcetera, for the players. That aside, however, from now on, even though the team was made up of mostly average players out of England, the Reggae Boyz will not be the same. The Reggae Boyz will not win, or draw, all the time, but probably they will never ever again be taken lightly wherever they may play. There is one thing that I did not enjoy, one thing that did not seem right. The Reggae Boyz were mostly from England and thus were strangers to Jamaicans. Founder of Cavalier Soccer Club, Leighton Duncan, once dreamt that a day like this would come. He dreamt, however, that it would come from the boots of players like Art and Asher Welsh, Ruddy Pierce and Neville Oxford, or from their sons or grandsons, dedicated players born and bred in Jamaica. Duncan, the former Jamaica player and national coach, never dreamt that they would come from so far away, at least not so many of them. He always felt that they could come from the diaspora, but only those who felt so inclined, those who expressed a desire to do so and those who really wanted to play for Jamaica, providing the space was available. I love to see good football and I love to win. I, more than anything else, also love to see Jamaica play good football and I also love to see the players, or a team of mostly born and bred Jamaicans, win. A national team must, or should reflect the level of football in the country, the playing conditions, the nutritional level, the skill level, the coaching and the competitive level if it is to mean anything to people, to be their team. Anything else cannot last. Anything else is fooling the people. It is not Jamaica’s football, nor is it representative of Jamaica, or of the Reggae Boyz. The so-called Reggae Boyz, the team of mostly English born and bred sons of Jamaican fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers residing in England, made Jamaica proud recently by their unexpectedly good performances in two regional tournaments. I watched all the matches televised in Jamaica and I enjoyed every one of them, except for the last one and except for one thing. Playing in the COPA America, the Reggae Boyz never won the title, they lost all three matches, but they lost all by one goal. They lost to Uruguay 1-0, to Paraguay 1-0 and to Argentina, also 1-0. Playing in the Gold Cup, they never won the title, but they never lost a match in the preliminary round, drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica, beating Canada 1-0 and El Salvador also 1-0. They then defeated Haiti 1-0 in the quarter-final, before defeating the United States of America (USA) 2-1 for the first time on American soil, to reach the final for the first time. In the final, however, they lost 1-3 to Mexico in a match in which they were outplayed and in which they made a few crippling mistakes. Going into the Gold Cup final, throughout the two tournaments, the Reggae Boyz defence was rock solid, but in the final against Mexico, the defence let them down, so much so that Mexico arrogantly replaced their captain and their first goalscorer in the 60th minute; and that the Jamaican goal, as good as it was, appeared nothing but a consolation effort in the 80th minute. The team, however, played well, almost brilliantly, throughout the tournaments, drawing with Costa Rica – who made it to the last eight in the last World Cup; lost 1-0 to Uruguay – former World Cup champions; and lost 1-0 to Argentina – former World Cup champions and the number one ranked team in the world. After drawing with Costa Rica and beating Canada, El Salvador and Haiti, all by one goal, they silenced a huge a flag-waving home crowd of Americans by defeating and shocking the USA.last_img read more

World Championships Fact

first_imgWorld Championships FactJamaica’s men won the sprint relay in a then world record 37.04 seconds at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The members of the quartet were Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt.last_img

Kellits brace for Clarendon assault in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_img Group A Cornwall vs Green Pond Group B Green Island vs Rusea’s Frome vs Merlene Ottey Group C Herbert Morrison vs Muschett William Knibb vs Spot Valley Group D Manning’s vs Little London Maud McLeod vs Petersfield Group E Lacovia vs STETHS B.B. Coke vs Newell Maggotty vs Munro Group F Manchester vs Belair DeCarteret vs Mile Gully Winston Jones vs Cross Keys Group G Holmwood vs Alston Spalding vs Christiana Knox vs Bellefield Group H Kellits vs Clarendon College Lennon vs Thompson Town Group K Tacius Golding vs Charlemont Bog Walk vs Ewarton McGrath vs Dinthill Group L Port Antonio vs Buff Bay Happy Grove vs Fair Prospect Group O Seaforth vs St Thomas Tech Robert Lightbourne vs Morant Bay WESTERN BUREAU: After brushing aside Edwin Allen 6-1 in their opening Group H game of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition on Saturday, defending champions Clarendon College are seeking back-to-back victories when they tackle Kellits High this afternoon at Crofts Hill Community Centre at 3:30 p.m. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis is expecting a tough outing playing away, but is drawing up plans for another three points. “Each game in this group is like a derby and we will treat it as such. We take no opposition lightly, but we are confident going up against this Kellits team and, hopefully, will leave with all three points,” said Davis. While not exclusively reliant on the form of striker Joel Sterling, who fired a hat-trick against Edwin Allen on Saturday, Davis is hopeful the player does likewise in this game. Sterling told The Gleaner following Saturday’s match that he was already looking forward to the Kellits matchup. “I feel that there is more to come. We had a good game first time out and coming up against Kellits will not be easy, but we are aware of what our coach requires and are willing to go get it done,” Sterling said confidently. It could be a matter of containment for Kellits, who were trounced 5-0 by Thompson Town on Saturday. However, assistant coach Kerreth Hines said his team will play to their ability. “We are quite aware that it will be a tough game for us. We lost our first match Saturday because of some issues we needed sorted out regarding our goalkeeper,” Hines said. “Now that we have done so, the most we are looking for is a draw in this game because we know the might of the champions. Nonetheless, we are confident in our own abilities while hoping for the best,” added Hines. Apart from Sterling, the Kellits backline will also have to pay special attention to midfielder Donovan Noble, Seigle Knight, Roger Russell and Romario Squire if they are to avoid another heavy defeat. In addition to the Clarendon College-Kellits matchup, a further 26 duels are also scheduled. These include Green Island versus Rusea’s in a key Group B clash, Herbert Morrison versus Muschett in Group C, Spalding and Christiana over in Group G, and Kemps Hill and Old Harbour lock horns in Group N. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Anchovy High School, who were slated to play out of Group A, have withdrawn from the competition. No reason was given by school officials, but a source told The Gleaner it would appear the decision was taken in light of the players’ academic record. Today’s matcheslast_img read more

Redick seals late win for Clippers in NBA

first_img In Oakland, California, Stephen Curry overcame his worst shooting night of the season to score 22 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 109-95 to remain the NBA’s only undefeated team. Curry missed five of his first seven shots and finished seven of 18 from the floor while being held under 30 points for only the third time this season. The reigning MVP also had five assists and five rebounds. Klay Thompson added 24 points, Harrison Barnes had 12, Andre Iguodala scored 13 and Leandro Barbosa had 10, including five straight to help the Warriors pull away in the fourth quarter. The Chicago Bulls defeated the winless Philadelphia 76ers 111-88 after Nikola Mirotic had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol scored 16 points. The Bulls played without Joakim Noah and still cruised to a 15-point lead in the first quarter. They eventually stretched the lead to 26 points. Doug McDermott scored 18 points and Derrick Rose had 12. In other games, J.J. Hickson scored 19 points and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay hit two game-sealing free throws with 18.3 seconds remaining to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-104, the San Antonio Spurs downed the Sacramento Kings 106-88 and the Indiana Pacers were 97-84 winners over the Orlando Magic. LOS ANGELES (AP): J.J. Redick scored six points in the final 55 seconds to rally the Los Angeles Clippers to a 94-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, ending a two-game losing streak. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers during a back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than eight points. Redick finished with 16 points, but his biggest contributions came when he hit a go-ahead three-pointer and then got fouled by Tony Allen and made all three free throws to put the Clippers ahead 90-86. Zach Randolph scored 26 points to lead the Grizzlies, who dropped their third in a row. Marc Gasol added 18 points and Mike Conley had 16. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins equalled his career high with 33 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 17 as Minnesota blew a 34-point lead before ending Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak with a 117-107 win over the Hawks. Atlanta never led until Paul Millsap’s runner with 3:26 remaining made it 107-106, but Wiggins scored the next seven points to prevent one of the biggest collapses in NBA history. Jeff Teague finished with 24 points and Millsap had 22 for the Hawks. Curry scores 22last_img read more

Big two win but good signs for KC and Hydel

first_imgIt’s no surprise that Calabar High and Edwin Allen High held on to their team titles at the recently held ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Both schools used great depth as a launch pad to victory at the March 15 to 19 championships. However, Kingston College and Hydel High, the respective runners-up, both have reasons for optimism.Led by coach Michael Clarke’s magnificent crew of Class 2 sprinters, Calabar increased their winning margin from 16.5 points last year to 27.5 this year. Christopher Taylor, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Brandon Health chipped in with one-two finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres and one-three in the hurdles to lead the green-and-blacks to score 118 points in Class 2.outgoing seniorThose same boys gathered a Champs all-classes record of 116 when they were in Class 3.Even though Calabar were predictably modest in Class 3, one-two results in the 110 hurdles, led by outgoing senior Seanie Selvin and Kyle Mitchell in the shot, the Class 1 team added 88 points. The corresponding numbers for KC are 50 and 46.In part, because of illness to Kevroy Venson, Calabar managed only 38.5 points in Class 3. Venson, the favourite for both the 800 and 1500 metres, was eliminated in the first round of the shorter event, but recovered to win the longer event.The 2015 Calabar Class 3 unit took 35 points home.That’s the bright side for Kingston College and Jamaica College and any others who entertain hopes of winning anytime soon. The repeated absence of a high point Class 3 squad suggests that Calabar won’t be able to replace Taylor and company when they go up to Class 1 next year.Still Kingston College have much to work on with a meagre seven-point haul from the throws – a key area for attention. With Zico Campbell joining 2015 double Class 2 champion Rasheeda Downer in Class 1, the purples should be fortified.Not even the triple disaster of a lane violation for Class 1 200m prospect Patrice Moody, an injury-hit campaign for captain Shellece Clarke, and a baton drop for the Class 4 4x100m favourites could stop the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team. Clarke lost her sprint-win streak to Kimone Shaw of St Jago, who burned the Class 2 100m record to 11.40 seconds, but that was just one battle. Edwin Allen retained the big prize by scoring almost as freely as predicted. The champion school’s gold-medal winners included sprinters like Moody, who recovered to take the Class 1 100m, and Kevona Davis, who won both the 100m and 200m in Class 3, to Cemore Donald, who copped the 800/1500 Class 3 double to steeplechase champion Teresha Jacobs.possible challengerAnna Ashley continued her phenomenal Champs career with twin wins in the Class 2 high and long jumps.The best of all of those gold medals went to Shannon Kalawan, who flitted through the 400 metre hurdles in 56.41 seconds, the second fastest time in Champs history.Only 61 points of Edwin Allen’s 337.5 total were won in Class 1.Nevertheless, Hydel have emerged as a possible challenger in the future. Attention has clearly been paid to the middle and long distances and has added to Hydel’s core areas of sprints, jumps and hurdles. Coached by Corey Bennett, Hydel amassed 263 points.That’s a Hydel scoring record. Coach Bennett will lose reliable Samara Spencer, the Class 1 long and triple jump winner, to graduation after a fine Champs career, but he and his team have found a winning formula. Time will tell if it is quite enough to close in on Edwin Allen at Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017.For now, it’s time for Calabar and Edwin Allen to celebrate.• HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Lottery Ticket has the Cure

first_imgThe inaugural running of the Miracle Cure Sprint over 1100 metres and the annual renewal of the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 metres are the co-features at Caymanas Park today.Eight will face the starter in the Abbie Grannum Memorial and indications are that HENRY THE SECOND, who made a promising debut over the distance behind FEARLESS SAMURAI on October 17, will go one better with Robert Halledeen aboard.HENRY THE SECOND ran a bit green on his debut, yet stayed on well for second after being slowly into stride. However, the son of Miracle Man has been taken to task at exercise since, galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:07.1 last Sunday morning.Trainer Ian Parsard says he has high hopes for HENRY THE SECOND in the remaining two-year-old races and now fitted with the visor (blinkers off), should use this race as a stepping stone to bigger things. SOTOMAYOR looks his principal danger.THe first running of the Miracle Cure Sprint in honour of the 1998 Caribbean Sprint champion who was owned by Dr. Paul Wright and trained by Philip Feanny, has attracted 14 three-year-olds (non winners of two), including three from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.They are LOTTERY TICKET, the mount of stable jockey Omar Walker, BLUE MOON and recent winner RUNAWAY GAL, who looks the least likely to win in present company.LOTTERY TICKET, a lightly raced filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter, has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this trophy, galloping 1000 metres in 1:00.4 last Saturday morning. Following her good fourth to stable-companion GOLD MINER over 1000 metres some weeks ago, she is tipped to take home this trophy from the handy mark of 52.5kg. OCEAN SEEKER and LIKE A LADY are twin dangers, both having run well for second recently.Other firm fancies on the card are TITANIC to rebound in the first race, PHOTOGENIC in the fourth, ETERNAL JOY in the sixth and CHOO CHOO BLUE in the 10th.last_img read more