WEST BROM VS MAN CITY

first_imgWEST BROM (4-5-1)MYHILL, DAWSPN, CHESTER, OLSSON, LESCOTT, GARDNER, FLETCHER, YACOB, McCLEAN, BRUNT, BERAHINOMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)BONY, NAVAS, SILVA, TOURE, FERNANDO, FERNANDINHO, MANGALA, DEMICHELIS, ZABALETA, KOLAROV,Manchester City will be determined to regain their Barclays Premier League title from current holders Chelsea, having finished in second place and eight points behind the Blues last season.City, the Premier League champions in 2011-12 and 2013-14 and runners-up in 2012-13 and last term, are unbeaten on the season’s opening day in the last six seasons, keeping five clean sheets. They last lost on the first day in the 2008-09 campaign, a 4-2 reverse at Aston Villa.Albion finished last season strongly with three wins and two draws from their last six games but the Baggies have a poor recent record against City. They have lost their last seven home and away in the league and are without a win in their last 11 (drawing once). Indeed, City last lost to Albion in December 2008 at The Hawthorns.In the summer, City bought Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Villa’s Fabian Delph while WBA brought in Wigan’s James McClean, Hull’s James Chester and former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert.West Brom’s recent opening-day fixtures are poor; they have won just one of their last eight, in 2012.City will miss Sergio Aguero, who has been given an extended break after featuring for Argentina in the Copa America.In his absence, Wilfried Bony could start. Delph is also a doubt with a hamstring problem.City finished strongly last season, winning their last six league games, and on July 27 they beat the Vietnam national side 8-1 before losing 4-2 to German club Stuttgart, on August 1.last_img read more

BPL Reviews

first_imgSATURDAY, OCTOBER 24ARSENAL 2EVERTON 1GOALS:-ARSENAL: GIROUD 36; KOSCIELNY 38. EVERTON: BARKLEY 44.Arsenal rose to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time in 20 months in an ultimately nervous encounter with Everton. After beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the Gunners then overcame Everton with two first-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. Ross Barkley’s deflected effort gave Everton hope but Arsenal held on, though only for 24 hours before the Manchester derby.ASTON VILLA 1SWANSEA CITY 2GOALS:-VILLA: J AYEW 62. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 68; A AYEW 87.Tim Sherwood was sacked by Aston Villa less than 24 hours after the manager saw his side suffer a sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat and drop to the bottom. Villa are 19th after Swansea’s Andre Ayew netted a late winner for the Welshmen. His brother, Jordan Ayew, had given Villa the lead, but within six minutes Swansea were level through Gylfi Sigurdsson. Swansea’s 87th-minute winner prompted Sherwood’s departure after just eight months in charge.LEICESTER CITY 1CRYSTAL PALACE 0GOAL:-LEICESTER: VARDY 59.England striker Jamie Vardy became only the fifth Englishman to score in seven successive Barclays Premier League games with Leicester’s winner against Crystal Palace. Vardy pounced after Brede Hangeland’s mistake, lifting the ball over Wayne Hennessey and firing home from close range. Late on, Palace were denied a penalty when Christian Fuchs appeared to handle in the box.NORWICH CITY 0WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOAL:-WBA: RONDON 46.Norwich City suffered a third straight defeat in the Barclays Premier League after Salomon Rondon’s header secured a third away win of the season for West Bromwich Albion. Craig Dawson wasted a good chance for West Brom when he headed over unmarked before Rondon’s winner.STOKE CITY 0 WATFORD 2GOALS:-DEENEY 43; ADBI 69.Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi both scored as Watford spoiled Mark Hughes’s 100th game in charge of Stoke. Deeney claimed his first goal in the Barclays Premier League with a low effort from Odion Ighalo’s pass just before half-time. And Ighalo was provider again when he fed Abdi, who sent his drive beyond Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.WEST HAM UNITED 2CHELSEA 1GOALS:-ZARATE 17; CARROLL 79. CHELSEA: CAHILL 56.Chelsea who had midfielder Nemanja Matic and manager JosÈ Mourinho sent off, and suffered when sub Andy Carroll claimed a late winner for West Ham. Mauro Zarate fired the Hammers in front when Chelsea failed to clear a corner. Matic was red-carded after being booked twice in nine minutes before the break. Mourinho followed after speaking to referee Jon Moss at half-time. Gary Cahill levelled, but Carroll’s header took the Hammers third in the table.last_img read more

Laurie Foster: JAAA drops the baton

first_imgThe fast-approaching Christmas season is traditionally a time of good cheer, the seeking of blessings from a Supreme Being, consumption of an enormous amount of food, and the exchange of gifts. Although the act also follows a path of tradition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), through its president, delivered its own gift of another body blow to the sport. One can almost hear in response shouts of ‘What’s new?’ or ‘Nothing better was expected’. Dr Warren Blake, Jamaica’s track and field head man, is once again under the cosh. Blake is widely accepted and acclaimed as an orthopaedic surgeon of the highest quality. However, from the comments being voiced – including social media – his latest action does not quite make the cut (pun intended). The ‘proof of the pudding’ in making what could be deemed a harsh criticism is inherent in a statement to the media recently. The stage was a press conference to announce nominees for the annual Golden Cleats Awards put on by the JAAA. On the world stage, Russia had been banned from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The move was effected after investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found them to be involved in state-supported violation of the code. Many of their top performing athletes at the global level were facing the loss of medals won. As a sequel to this, the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of its host status for the 2016 World Junior Championships. A replacement venue was to be announced after a new bidding process. SEEKING APPROVAL The JAAA had announced its intention to seek approval to be hosts. Success would mean that the black, green, and gold would be blessed with the prestige and privilege of so doing for the second time. Few will forget at the first staging in 2002, the comments of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack. He described it as “the best ever”. The Senegalese has since been disgraced – fingered by the same WADA probe for accepting a bribe of €1 million for culpability in drug test results concealment. Blake seized the opportunity at the awards press conference to issue a statement on the progress of the bid. He spoke of the local bid being withdrawn. It carried a price tag of US$10 million. Also mentioned, presumably as a reason for the withdrawal, was the likelihood of such a figure being realised. There was no mention in the excerpt of the interview, carried by national media, of any consultation prior to the decision to ‘lock it down’. One was left with the feeling that not even the Government had had an input in the verdict. If that is the case, several questions must now be asked. UNILATERAL DECISION? Was Blake’s decision really a unilateral one, taken without giving an ear to the battery of track and field savvy that surrounds him? One sincerely hopes not, but if that was the case, how could they come up with what must surely be a lame decision. It clearly has not factored in the increase prestige that adheres to the country’s image since the heroics of Beijing 2008 and sustained thereafter. Would that not have attracted the financial support from investors always in search of embellishment to their own profile? Yes, it is also Olympic year, with advertising spoils to be shared with the Rio spectacle. But where are the experts and bright marketers? Could not there be a combo where those interested in the spend could invest in both and widen their reach? Again, what about the Government? If they had a say in the matter, why not say so? At least that would have focused the scrutiny elsewhere. For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

Caymanas tips

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With trick penalty, Barcelona rout Celta

first_imgMADRID (AP):Lionel Messi put on another show at the Camp Nou yesterday, scoring a remarkable goal from a free kick and then helping to set up a hat-trick for Luis Su·rez – including a daring assist from a penalty kick – as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also scored as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead in the Spanish league over AtlÈtico Madrid, which edged Getafe 1-0. Real Madrid, which beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 on Saturday with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, are four points behind Barcelona in third place. Barcelona have a game in hand.It was an impressive victory by the Catalan club, and the performances by Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the second half neared perfection.”We were spectacular and effective,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “I’m used to seeing these players. When they train, they are even better.”Messi started the show by curling a left-foot shot over the wall in the 28th minute and then mesmerised the Camp Nou crowd as he helped Su·rez to score in the 59th, 75th, and 81st minutes.EXTRA-SPECIAL GOALSu·rez ‘s third goal was extra special, with the Uruguay striker and Messi fooling everybody after Messi was tripped in the area following a nifty dribble past a defender. Messi was set to take the spot-kick himself, but he just rolled the ball to the side for the in-rushing Su·rez to drive it home.While Celta players looked on in awe, Su·rez and Messi glimpsed at each other and smiled broadly before embracing to celebrate. Luis Enrique tried to cover his mouth while smiling himself at the bench.”Barcelona players, in addition to winning titles, also want to have fun and entertain the members in a fair and spectacular way,” the coach said. “It didn’t surprise me.”The play became famous after Johan Cruyff – a Barcelona idol – executed it while playing for Ajax in 1982.”It’s a legal play. Some will like it, some won’t,” Luis Enrique said. “It will generate a lot of debate.”last_img read more

CONTENDER SERIES RETURNS WEDNESDAY

first_imgWray and Nephew’s popular, made for television Contender boxing series, will premier next Wednesday March 9, with a contest between Jamaica’s Richard Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Hope Road. The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica (TVJ).The series, which is in its sixth year, will see a team of eight welterweight boxers from the Caribbean going up against a team from the USA, most of whom are from North Carolina. At an official launch on Thursday, the boxers named from the Caribbean are Jamaicans Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes, Ramel Lewis, Michael Gardener and Camion Goldson, along with Iwan Azore from Trinidad and Tobago, Miguel Antoine from Barbados and Revlon Lake from Guyana.The boxers from the USA in addition to Ford are, William Barber, Courtney McCleave, Kevin Reynolds, Jose Guzman, Anthony Woods, Rashid Stevens and Devonte Seay. The matchmaker from North Caronia Chris Joy was present at the launch.MIXTUREOFSKILLBoth teams have a mixture of experienced boxers and newcomers to the professional ranks. The new pros could face some major challenges in the later stages of the competition however. Jamaicans Gardener and Goldson for example are making their professional debuts, and if they are able to make it past the preliminary round, they will face more experienced boxers in the quarter finals.Several of the boxers from the USA do not have many professional fights on their records, but Joy told the Gleaner that he was confident that they would be able to hold their own against the Caribbean boxers, because of their previous amateur experience and the type of fights they have had so far as professionals.Ford, for example, who is 19, and goes up against Holmes in the opener, has a one win and three losses record. Joy is of the opinion however, that his boxer is young and talented, and had a good run as an amateur. These factors, he said, in addition to his speed, will be the attributes that Ford will bring to the contest, and will enable him to get the better of the more experience Holmes.There has been a change in the number of rounds in the early stages of competition. Instead of six rounds, the prelims and quarter finals will be over five rounds and the semi-finals over seven. This is designed to avoid as far as possible, a drawn fight. The final will however remain at 10 rounds.The winner of the series will take home $2-million, the runner up $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.last_img read more

Green, Rodgers top G.C. Foster 5K

first_imgHYDEL High’s Monifa Green and Kingston College’s Ari Rodgers continued their fine form on the road this season as both won their respective sections of the Gerald Claude Foster 5K Run/Walk in Angels, Spanish Town, yesterday.Green, winner of the recent Portmore Burger King 10K, captured the female event in 19 minutes 10.30 seconds, while Rodgers covered the course in a fast 15 minutes 31.50 seconds.Hydel swept the top-three spots among the females as 13-year-old Oceelia Jones was second in 19:30.90 with third going to Aaliyah Stewart in 19:44.30.Rodgers, 15, had his second success in a week following his win at the Hugo Chambers 5K event the previous Sunday. Despite running in mid pack for the first 1,000 metres, Rodgers showed his class from the 2K mark as he joined the front runners, led by G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald, Obrien Frith and his teammate Shane Buchanan.Rodgers then pulled away from his rivals late in the race for a convincing win. Buchanan was second in 15:37.60, with Frith passing Archibald near to the finish line for third in 15:58.40.”I am happy with my second win and I enjoyed the route as it was a flat one and I had no problem with it,” Rodgers said.G.C. Foster and Hydel walked away with the team awards for males and female,s respectively. Kingston College were second and Bellefield took third among the males. In the female team event, Holmwood Technical placed second and Edwin Allen High, third.Meet director Maurice Wilson was pleased with the organisation of the event.”We started on time and I would like to thank all the officials who turned up to ensure that everything went well. Big up to our sponsors, and we had more athletes than we anticipated and this is good sign for the future as I expect next year’s staging to be bigger and better,” Wilson, a senior lecturer at the institution, said.last_img read more

‘Frog’ to meet the ‘Hitman’ in Contender final

first_imgThe deadline for applications for the post of Police Commissioner has been extended by the police service Commission (PSC) until Monday, February 6.The previous deadline was Monday, January 23.The PSC began the search earlier this month following the sudden retirement of Dr. Carl Williams who has been the top cop since 2014.Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has been serving as acting police commissioner since January 6.The PSC has said it is seeking to identify a suitably qualified candidate either from within or outside the Jamaica Constabulary force (JCF).last_img read more

More WC spots won’t mean easier qualification for Boyz – former coaches

first_img 1998 PROGRAMME AS A GUIDE Former national team coaches Carl Brown and Bradley Stewart do not believe that the proposed two-and-a-half extra spot allocation to CONCACAF for the 2026 World Cup will make it easier for Jamaica to qualify for the World Cups Finals. Jamaica and CONCACAF teams’ chances of reaching future World Cup finals would be enhanced if the sport’s governing body agrees to increase the current allotment of three and a half places for the 2026 Finals as part of its tournament resizing, which will see 48 teams competing, up from the current 32. Brown, who served as RenÈ Simies’ assistant during the successful 1998 World Cup qualification campaign, pointed out that Jamaica failed to the make top six or final (hexagonal) round in the last two qualifiers. “We are talking about it being easy. We have to consider other teams are thinking the same. They see the opportunity as better than it presently is. So even smaller Caribbean countries see it as a great opportunity to one day play the World Cup, but if we sit back and do nothing, these people will surpass us,” Brown reasoned. “We were not in the last six for this World Cup (qualifying), so even in six spot we would miss out. We are talking about it being easier and we can’t make top six, so there’s a lot to be done,” said Brown. However, he believes that to be regular World Cup qualifiers, Jamaican football officials must revisit the ’98’ programme and use it as a guide. “The blueprint is there from ’98’, but it is not going to be easier unless you do your homework. We don’t have to go to Central America, we can start here, but we feel we are better than the Caribbean and we are missing opportunities for our players. We have to get to the Caribbean championship semi-finals and final. That will get us to the Gold Cup. So we shouldn’t be talking about World Cup unless every time the Gold Cup comes around we are there. “But if you don’t get them exposed, they are just going to get to a point and no more. Since ’98’, we haven’t done enough preparation to get back into the World Cup,” he declared Former assistant coach to Theodore Whitmore, Stewart shared similar views. “Nothing would be easier for us. To get there, you have to come through the preliminary round and be in top six, and the competition structure has to change to support the numbers,” he cautioned. “So if we can’t make top six and there are six automatic places, we would need a bigger competition with more teams so you can have a top six or seven,” he added But like Brown, Stewart said having a training camp for local players and playing regular international games is the only way to get Jamaica back to the World Cup. “We need consistent training of the grouping, have international exposure regularly, because there may be quality, but you must have consistency playing together,” he stated.last_img read more

Hubert lawrence | Omar McLeod – the new king?

first_img By comparison, McLeod’s best is three-hundredths off Parchment’s national record of 12.94. It’s a long way from 12.97 to 12.80 seconds, but nothing is impossible. For all we know, McLeod’s combination of quick starts, sub-10 sprint speed and slick hurdling could close the gap. With Parchment back from the injury that barred him from the Olympics, it’s a good guess that he and McLeod will lay siege to his national record. With the best returning to London this August for the 2017 World Championships, McLeod will no doubt be determined to win. If the record comes, as it did in 12.91 seconds at the 1993 Worlds for Briton Colin Jackson, then so be it. Record or not, if he wins the 110 metres hurdles in London in a World Championships that will be Bolt’s last, the mantle of Jamaican greatness will be passed to him. Based on all we’ve seen in 2016 and 2017, the 23-year-old McLeod looks ready to assume duties as Jamaica’s top male athlete. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Everywhere I turn, the same question confronts me: Who will take on Usain Bolt’s role as the male spearhead of Jamaican track and field? Yet, the sprint-focused answers I get tend consistently to leave out one fine candidate – 110 metres hurdles king Omar McLeod. Other than Bolt, McLeod is Jamaica’s first male Olympic champion since Donald Quarrie. In Bolt-like fashion, he is brilliant in big meets with wins at Boys and Girls’ Championships and the United States’ NCAA Championships as proof. Last year, he did the double with a fast 60 metres hurdles win at the World Indoor Championships and a safe win at the Olympics. If it takes some time for our male sprinters to cover Bolt’s absence, McLeod may lead a shift in public interest to the hurdles. In fact, the 110m hurdles is lining up to match the 100 metres as Jamaica’s best men’s event. Right now, McLeod, Olympic and World Championships medallist Hansle Parchment pack a powerful one-two punch. Add 2014 Commonwealth champ Andrew Riley, Olympic semi-finalist Deuce Carter and World Under-20 finalist DeJour Russell and Jamaica is set for another decade of progress in the barrier event. Russell broke McLeod’s Boys’ Champs Class One record to pinpoint him as one to watch. Ronald Levy of the University of Technology, the Jamaica Intercollegiate champion, beat Parchment recently and won at the Penn Relays. Once he stays healthy, Levy will be in the picture at the National Senior Championships. We aren’t dead in the sprints by any means, but if Bolt chooses to retire tomorrow, McLeod would be Jamaica’s top male long-range gold medal prospect for this year’s World Championships. As evidence, the 23 year-old blitzed a season opener of 13.04 seconds in rainy conditions on April 29. It was stunning. Some experts think McLeod has the capability to chase the hurdles record. It won’t be easy. In a superb 2012 season, Aries Merritt of the United States followed his Olympic triumph in London with a flawless run of 12.80 seconds.last_img read more