U20 women top group in CFU qualifiers despite abandoned game

first_imgA decision on the abandoned Group Two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20 Women’s qualifiers between hosts St Lucia and Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz on Thursday will not be reached until some time next week, according to a source at the CFU office.Jamaica Under-20 women defeated Grenada 5-0 in their opening game through a hat-trick from captain Khadija Shaw; and were already assured the top spot in the group after Grenada stopped St Lucia 4-0 in the group’s other game on Tuesday.However, their final game against the hosts on Thursday had to be abandoned after heavy rains in the eastern Caribbean nation left the field in an unplayable state. As a result, the game was called off just before the scheduled start.When The Gleaner contacted the CFU office yesterday, one administrator said the case had already been referred to the executive council, and a decision on the matter was not expected until sometime next week.According to the administrator, the Reggae Girlz are already assured of the top spot in the group and a place in the next round of the qualifiers and insisted that there was no need for supporters to be concerned.There are four qualifying groups in the regional qualifiers and the top team from each group is set to advance to the final round, along with the best runner-up in the three-team groups and the second best runner-up of the three groups, the runner-up of the four-team group and final-round hosts, Haiti. Group Two, Three and Four have three teams each, while Group Four comprises four teams.The eight teams will be divided into two groups, from which the top three winners will advance to compete in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women Championships, to be held in Honduras in December.- L.S.last_img read more

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Rooney frustrated by critics

first_imgLONDON (AP):Manchester United have only played three games this season and Wayne Rooney’s inability to score is already under scrutiny.That’s three games without even a shot on target for the striker.”I’ve experienced this before and the goals will come, I know that,” Rooney said. “I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it. I know I’ve had that throughout my career, but hopefully, at the weekend I can get off the mark.”When United host Newcastle tomorrow, Rooney will be searching for his first competitive goal for United since April 4, making it a nine-game drought going back into last season.”I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and score the goals for us,” the centre forward said. “My mind’s clear. I know how to play the role. It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them.”Fortunately for Rooney – following the departure of fellow forwards Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the offseason – others have chipped in with goals.New winger Memphis Depay contributed two in the 3-1 win over Bruges in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday. Adnan Januzaj scored the only goal in the win over Aston Villa last week and an own goal gifted United an opening day victory over Tottenham in the Premier League.Rooney is only 19 goals from matching Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record of 249.”I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards,” the 29-year-old United captain said.CHELSEA CHAOSChelsea signed forward Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich, providing a boost following a chaotic start to the season defined by setbacks on the field and the team doctor being demoted.Chelsea have opened their title defence by collecting one point from two games, including a loss at Manchester City, and were beaten in the Community Shield by Arsenal.West Brom have similarly only collected a point and lost 3-0 to Man City. Ominously for Mourinho, two of the previous three Chelsea managers have lost their jobs within days of a loss at West Brom: Andre Villas-Boas in March 2012 and Roberto Di Matteo eight months later.OUTFOXING RIVALSFour teams have won two out of two: Manchester rivals City and United, Liverpool and Leicester – the same Leicester which required a late surge to avoid relegation in May.There’s a long way to go but new manager Claudio Ranieri is defying gloomy forecasts about his capabilities more than a decade after his last job in England at Chelsea.Ahead of tomorrow’s match against Tottenham, Leicester signed Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler from Napoli.Leicester host a Tottenham side which has drawn one and lost one so far. Striker Harry Kane, who spent time on loan at Leicester in 2013 before becoming the scoring revelation of last season at Spurs, has failed to net this campaign.last_img read more

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BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgASTON VILLAVS WATFORDAston Villa have five points; no team with five, or fewer, in the division at this stage of the season has avoided relegation. Villa lost 4-0 at Everton last time out, their 12th game without a win and their 10th defeat of the 2015-16 campaign – the most in the Premier League.CRYSTAL PALACEVS NEWCASTLENewcastle have scored just 13 goals in 13 games in the Premier League this season, but six of those came in one match, the 6-2 victory over Norwich City. They have failed to find the net in three of their last four league outings, and sit just one point clear of the relegation zone.SUNDERLANDVS STOKE CITYGoals may not be in abundance. In the 13 Barclays Premier League games involving Stoke City, there have been just 23, the fewest of any club in the top division in England. They travel to Sunderland, who have won just once in six PL games at the Stadium of Light.LIVERPOOL VS SWANSEA CITYLiverpool return to Anfield after their remarkable 4-1 win at Manchester City last weekend. Indeed, the Reds have scored as many goals in their last two away games (seven) as they managed in their previous 11 away outings in the Barclays Premier League. But the Reds have scored just seven goals in six league games at Anfield this season.WEST HAMVS WEST BROMGiven the history of this fixture, a draw is on the cards. In six Premier League clashes between these teams at the Boleyn Ground, five have ended in draws. The other game was won by the Hammers, while Albion last won there in November 2003, in the second tier. And a goalless draw is possible; in Albion’s six away games there have been just seven goals (three for Albion, four for the opposition), the fewest of any team in the Premier League.last_img read more

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GC Foster, Sprintec make mark

first_imgOVER the years, the Stephen and Paul Francis-coached MVP Track Club and the University of Technology (UTech) have dominated action at the Milo Western Relays.However, at last Saturdays staging of the event, both teams had to play second fiddle to the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which both accounted for the majority of wins in individual and relay events.”I was very pleased with the performances of both the college and club teams, and I think we are on target, especially among the college athletes, to do very well for the remainder of the season, although it is still early days. But we do have a very vibrant team that has been very supportive in the form of Dr Joyce Royal, Paul Beckford, Marvin Gayle, Alf Remekie, and other members who have been helping so far,” said Wilson, who is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College and technical leader of Jamaica’s track and field team.In individual events, there were wins for G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte, AndrÈ Clarke, Nascieve Powell, and Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey.RECORD BOOKSWhyte and Clarke, who were members of Jamaica’s team to the World University Games last summer in Gwangju, Korea, wrote their names in the record books.Whyte won the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 58.24 seconds to erase former Edwin Allen High athlete Sherone Pinnock’s 2006 record of 59.30.Clarke, who fractured his right shoulder in practice a few days before the start of his event in Korea and could not participate, won the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.25, erasing the 2014 record of former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) standout Okeem Williams of 52.34.Bailey captured the men’s 100m in 10.32 seconds, finishing ahead of the G.C. Foster College duo of Colin King (10.33) and Chadic Thorpe (10.48). The other individual success for G.C. Foster College came in the men’s 400m Open as Powell won in 48.22 seconds.Sprintec won the women’s Open 4x400m relay, while G.C. Foster captured the men’s equivalent along with the men’s 4x200m and sprint medley.G.C. Foster College’s 4x400m quartet of Alvin Green, Demish Gayle, Marzell Miller, and Demar Murray won in a record of 3:07.17 to break MVP’s 2008 record of 3:08.01, with Sprintec second in a close 3:07.35 and UTech third in 3:09.71.It was a welcome return to the Milo Western Relays for Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, whose last appearance was with the MVP Track Club. Now representing Sprintec, she teamed up with Verone Chambers, Anastasia LeRoy, and Ristananna Tracey to win the women’s 4x400m in 3:32.47. UTech, with Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson, were second in 3:33.18, with MVP, led by Stephenie McPherson, third in 3:36.22.G.C. Foster’s other successes came in the women’s sprint medley, which they won in 3:32.31 and the 4x200m Open in 1:23.42.MVP captured both 4x100m relays. In the women’s event, with World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson, MVP clocked a record 43.31 to beat G.C. Foster College, 43.94.In a very close men’s event, MVP, with Julian Forte and Andrew Fisher, clocked 38.89 and just got the better of Sprintec, which clocked 38.90 seconds.last_img read more

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NORWICH CITY VS MAN CITY,

first_imgNORWICH (4-1-4-1)RUDDY,PINTO, KLOSE,MARTIN, BRADY,O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, HOWSON, NAISMITH,JEROMEAGUERO, BONY,SILVA, TOURE,FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,CLICHY, OTAMENDI, KOMPANY, SAGNA,HARTMANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and, with Tottenham Hotspur without a game and Arsenal in FA Cup quarter-final action, at home to Watford, City can move into third spot with a win at Carrow Road.After this game, City entertain Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League then have another home game, against rivals and neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League.However, City’s 15 league wins include 10 at home and only five away while they have just 13 goals on the road; their previous fewest goals on the road is 17, in 2005-06 and 2007-08. In each of the last two season’s City have scored 39 away goals.When the teams met in October, City needed a late Yaya Toure penalty to beat Norwich and stay top of the Premier League. Nicolas Otamendi’s header put the hosts in front, before Joe Hart inexplicably dropped the ball at the feet of Cameron Jerome for a Canaries equaliser.A frantic finale followed, as Toure scored from the spot after Russell Martin’s red card for handball. And before the end Aleksandar Kolarov missed a penalty.And in January City won 3-0 in the FA Cup at Carrow Road. Sergio Aguero scored in that tie to maintain his record of always scoring when he starts against Norwich. So far the Argentine has played five full games against the Canaries, scoring a total of six goals.Norwich test Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Brady, Andre Wisdom and Steven Naismith but Alex Tettey is out for the season. City, meanwhile, are still missing Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri.last_img read more

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Australia’s Zampa set to make his mark

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC :Exciting leg-spin prospect Adam Zampa says he is keen on making his mark in the upcoming Tri-Nation Series against hosts West Indies and South Africa, which bowls off in Guyana on Friday.With just two one-day internationals to his name, the 24-year-old from New South Wales said one of his major objectives for the Caribbean tour was making himself a fixture in the squad.”The conditions are going to suit spin bowling, that’s for sure, and I see it as another opportunity to try and cement my spot,” he said as the squad assembled here Sunday en route to the Caribbean.”I know there’s a lot of one-day cricket coming up in the next 12 months, so I’ll be trying to cement that spot. It’s going to be tough, obviously. There are some tough opponents coming up but I’m looking forward to bowling to some good players. Zampa has undergone a steep learning curve in the last few months. He made his international debut during the one-day series against New Zealand away and followed up with positive performances in the Twenty20 World Cup in India.EVENTUAL CHAMPIONHe then turned out for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League, taking 12 wickets in five games, including a haul of six for 19 against eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam.More important, he said playing alongside the experienced former India Test and ODI captain, MS Dhoni, and national skipper Steve Smith, was a boost for his cricket.”It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for sure, particularly with the IPL. Not too many overseas spinners get that opportunity, so for me to have that opportunity straight off the back of the World Cup has been amazing,” said Zampa.”I think Melbourne Stars was good for me, playing under [David] Hussey in particular as a captain. I got to work with Trent Woodhill, my mentor, so ever since I made that decision, it’s kind of turned me around a little bit.”Australia open their campaign against West Indies at the National Stadium at Providence next Sunday.last_img read more

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Miller’s eyeing lots of good things in 2016

first_imgA gifted and highly successful athlete at the age group level, hotshot Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller really graduated to the senior ranks last season, winning silver at the World Championships in the 400 metres a result that she says has increased her confidence and improved her approach.The sprinter only failed to win two of her nine races last year with two second place finishes including her personal best run at Beijing, the only blemishes on what would have been a perfect season for her.She would, however, tell you that it was a perfect season, because it showed her just exactly what can be accomplished and has served as a motivating factor in her campaign this season.Miller continued where she left off, with an unbeaten start to the 2016 season, which was extended yesterday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon with a 50.15 seconds win over Americans Francena McCorory, 50.23 and Natasha Hastings, 50.86.Jamaican pair Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.07 and Shericka Jackson, 51.34, finished fourth and fifth respectively.The 22 year-old says she is approaching this season with more positivity and confidence as she hopes for an upgrade on last year’s medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The sprinter, who is set to compete in the 200m at the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix on June 11 inside the National Stadium, said she is happy with her season so far and how well she has been reacting in training.POSITIVE MINDSET”Things have been going extremely well for us in training,” Miller told The Gleaner. “Since last year we came out with a more positive mindset for this year and we are expecting the best for this season. Training has been going really well and we are also expecting a lot of good things this year.”Miller has already grazed her personal best, clocking 49.69 in her 400m season opener at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational in April, which was just outside the 49.67 she ran at the World Championships in Beijing last year.”I’m really thankful for the victory. The race didn’t go as well as I had hoped but I guess I’ll have to go back to training and look at a few things but it felt OK. We had a good field as always so I’m happy for the competition and happy to get the win,” said Miller. “I know the hard work that I put in and the good thing about me is I love a good competition so when I feel someone pulling up beside me it always gives me an extra push.”Miller added that she is looking forward to competing in Jamaica.”I am really looking forward to that, I am expecting a good race so I’m really excited for that event,” said Miller.last_img read more

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UWI look to rebound against Portmore United

first_img RSPL standings Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Humble Lion 10 6 2 2 13 6 7 20 UWI FC 10 6 2 2 13 8 5 20 Portmore 10 5 3 2 10 8 2 18 MBU 9 5 1 3 10 7 3 16 Arnett 9 4 3 2 12 7 5 15 Tivoli 10 4 2 4 12 9 3 14 FC Reno 10 3 4 3 9 9 0 13 Jamalco 10 3 1 6 12 15 -3 10 Mav-Hugh. 10 1 7 2 11 14 -3 10 Waterhouse 10 3 1 6 9 12 -3 10 Harbour View 10 2 3 5 8 12 -4 9 Boys’ Town 10 2 1 7 9 21 -12 7 The University of the West Indies (UWI) will look to rebound when they host Portmore United in a top-of-the-table clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) today at the UWI Bowl, Mona. Match time is 3:00p.m. The game is one of six scheduled to end Round One of the nation’s elite competition. UWI was pulled down from their position as sole leaders after a 1-0 loss against reigning champions Montego Bay United on November 6. They are now joined by Humble Lion at the top on 20 points; however, the Clarendon-based team has control of the 12-team standings by virtue of a better goal difference. UWI, who are in their second season in the RSPL went on an unbeaten seven game run that started on September 18 and will look to get back on track against third placed Portmore United in today’s big clash. The Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle coached team will look to the likes of skipper Rochane Smith, who is the competition’s joint leading top goal scorer on six goals, the same as Boys’ Town’s Shamar Nicholson. Smith is expected to get support from Dawyne Smith, Andrae Bernal, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Flemmings. Portmore started the season a bit slowly but has picked up momentum and should give UWI a stern test. Portmore’s top players include captain Ewan ‘Butter’ Grandison, Stephen Williams, Kambuji McCalla and Damion Binns. In another game of high interest, Humble Lion are given the nod against the inconsistent Tivoli Gardens. Today’s games 3 p.m. – UWI FC vs Portmore United FC at UWI Bowl, Mona 3 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens FC vs Humble Lion FC at Edward Seaga Sports Complex 3 p.m. – Jamalco FC vs Montego Bay United FC at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Clarendon 3 p.m. – Boys’ Town FC vs Arnett Gardens FC at Barbican Complex 3 p.m. – Waterhouse FC vs FC Reno at Drewsland Stadium 3 p.m. – Maverley-Hughenden FC vs Harbour View FC at Constant Spring Complexlast_img read more

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MBU hunt $4 million to host CFU Club Championship

first_imgReigning local national football champions Montego Bay United (MBU) are on the hunt for an additional J$4 million in order to host Group C of the fast approaching Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship.The CFU had approved MBU’s request to host their group from February 20-27 at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, St James, but the club from the second city is a little short on arriving at their budget.The organisers granted US$104,000 ($13 million) to last season’s Red Stripe Premier League winners; however, they will need approximately J$4 million more to properly stage the leg in the regional club tournament.”We had the option to host the group, and did that. The CFU granted us, and now it is in process. We received US$104,000, but it will cost a total of J$17 million,” Orville Powell, chairman of MBU told The Gleaner yesterday, following the CFU’s announcement earlier this week.Powell believes by hosting the group, the country stands to benefit through sports tourism as Montego Bay is a tourist destination.”This is what the club is about, so just like last year, we are hosts again. It will also help in the development of football here,” he also added.MBU will clash with Elite Sports Club out of the Cayman Islands Grenades FC from Antigua and Barbuda; and Club Barcelona Atletico from the Dominican Republic.Meanwhile, RSPL 2015-16 runners-up Portmore United are drawn in Group D alongside champions Central of Trinidad and Tobago, Scholars International of the Cayman Islands, and SV Transvaal from Suriname.That group is set to be hosted at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from March 6-13.last_img read more

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Boyz Depart For USA Friendly

first_imgJamaica’s senior men’s football team will start preparations for its 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when it faces the United States of America (USA) in a friendly international on Friday at the Finley Stadium in Tennessee at 7:30p.m. (Jamaica time). The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) released a 20-man squad last weekend following three weeks of training camps with local-based players. Ewan Grandison of Portmore United, Michael Binns (Portmore), Kevon Lambert (Montego Bay United (MBU)), Dwayne Ambusley (MBU), Jourdaine Fletcher (MBU), Shamar Nicholson (Boys’ Town), Owayne Gordon (MBU), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View) and Ladale Ritchie (MBU) are the local players who leave the island today. They will be joined by Romario Williams (Atlanta United FC), Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steele FC), Omar Holness (Real Salt Lake), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Sergio Campbell (Unattached), Damion Lowe (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Oneil Fisher (Seattle Sounders), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Ryan Thompson (Saint Louis FC) and Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers), all based in the USA. After playing the Americans, Jamaica will turn its attention to Honduras in another friendly in the United States on February 16. Reggae Boyz manager Roy Simpson says the majority of the players selected are for the future. “The composition of the squad is the players who have the life to take us to the 2022 World Cup,” Simpson told The Gleaner. “Although you might see a few ageing players, the majority are young talent,” he added. With regards to the overseas players, Simpson said that it is not a FIFA date, so the players selected are those available. “Based on the goodwill of the clubs, we have some professional players in the team. They will get to Tennessee tomorrow,” Simpson said. Striker Jourdaine Fletcher is heavily tipped for a first cap in the senior team. He gained selection after scoring 34 goals in all competitions as a schoolboy playing for daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College last season. Fletcher was the leading scorer for Faulkland in the 2016 Western League. He transferred to reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United and scored on his league debut against Waterhouse this month. The game will be the first time the teams meet in a friendly since their 1-1 draw in 2006. Further, this is the first time both are meeting since the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Jamaica beat the United States for the first time on US soil. The US will be using the match to prepare for its upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, respectively. Jamaica, on the other hand, will be using this game to prepare for the defence of its Caribbean Cup title and also this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.last_img read more

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