Harbour View for inaugural CONCACAF Under-13 Championship

first_img The squad includes 17 members from Harbour View, Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-based clubs and clubs outside Kingston. It is coached by Noel McLaren and assistant Sydney McLaren, while the team’s captain is Rojaughn Joseph. Meanwhile, KSAFA president Stewart Stevenson said: “I know Harbour View; they always give of their best, and I expect excellent performances.” Participating teams: CD Chatelango (El Salvador), Herediano (Costa Rica), Chepo FC (Panama), Harbour View FC (Jamaica), Montreal Impact (Canada), DC United (United States), Toluca FC (Mexico), Aguilas UAS (Mexico). Though not national football champions in almost three seasons, Harbour View FC’s pedigree and history continues to impress, with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) nominating the east Kingston club to represent Jamaica at the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth showpiece will be held at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium in Mexico from August 4-8. The revelation was made on Friday at the JFF Academy at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. “I commend Scotiabank for this initiative to help develop our football in Jamaica,” said JFF director of football, Vin Blaine. “It will also enhance our programme at the national level, as travelling to Mexico is special, as they are the top CONCACF team,” he outlined. Blaine is also Harbour View FC’s technical director. Harbour View are two-time Caribbean Football Union club champions, plus four-time winners of the national league. Club chairman, Carvel Stewart, congratulated Scotiabank for taking their novel idea. “We have toiled over many years to have significant interest in young players. “We look forward to the success of these young players as the years go by,” he added, describing current Reggae Boy, Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence as the club’s latest role model. As title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League and the Caribbean Nations Cup, Scotiabank has turned its attention to youth development. “One of Scotiabank’s core mandates is to support the development of youth through sport,” said Heather Goldson, regional marketing director at Scotiabank. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF Kids’ Champions League allows us to remain true to our drive to encourage youth development,” she added. squad memberslast_img read more

Cornwall’s Fletcher eyes 40-goal season

first_imgWestern Bureau:Cornwall College forward Jourdain Fletcher has his sights set on a big season after scoring a hat-trick in Saturday’s 8-1 hammering of Irwin High in their opening Group A match in the 2015 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup.After putting on a scintillating display, Fletcher said he wants 40 or more goals this season. If achieved, it would be one for the record books.”Before the game started, I felt that I was going to score, and when I got the first one I knew we were going to have a good game,” he said.”Hopefully, I will remain injury-free and if that is the case I want to score anywhere above 40 goals this year,” said a confident Fletcher.The 17-year-old is an important member of a Cornwall College team that has been together for three years. He won the national Under-16 title with them two years ago, and is hoping to replicate that success in the daCosta Cup.”This is a team of good players and we know how to play with each other. Once we keep listening to the coach’s instructions and play to our abilities, I believe we really can win this year,” reasoned Fletcher.It was his first goal of the campaign in the sixth minute that got things rolling for the former champions. And the pro-Cornwall crowd had not long to wait for a second, when he again struck three minutes later for a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes.The speedy centre forward would complete his hat-trick in the 25th minute, after some deft moves to get by a defender before slamming the ball past Rusea Waite, the Irwin goalkeeper.Irwin got on the score sheet soon after from the penalty spot. Andrew Gaynor tucked the ball away from the spot in the 33rd minute.They never got any closer. Cornwall turned the screws once more to go 4-1 up in the 48th minute when Shakquelle Reid netted. And there were also goals from Pierce Nweke in the 63rd and Denyu Ricketts in the 85th to complete an easy outing for Dr Dean Weatherly’s troops.Cornwall host Green Pond High in their next match scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 at Jarrett Park. On that same day Irwin meet St James High also at Jarrett Park.last_img read more

Saints hit Gunners for four

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP): Arsenal and Manchester United were embarrassed while Chelsea drew in an erratic Premier League that was as unpredictable as ever yesterday. And despite losing at Liverpool, Leicester’s surprise lead was maintained. Man United manager Louis van Gaal might not stick around in England to see if Leicester can win the league for the first time. A 2-0 loss at Stoke condemned United to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions for the first time since 1961, and pushed the team down to sixth place. Van Gaal lamented his players’ inability to handle the pressure, and partly blamed the windy conditions at Stoke. The manager then conceded he might be at fault and suggested he could resign. “I do my utmost best to find solutions to cope with the pressure,” van Gaal said. “But in the end, my players have to do that by themselves.” It was a hapless first-half performance, and van Gaal questioned why his players “don’t dare to play football”. Memphis Depay’s diving backward header allowed Bojan Krkic to put Stoke in front, and Marko Arnautovic powered in a second goal from outside the penalty area. Wayne Rooney was forced to start a league game on the bench for the first time in two years, and United provided a greater threat only with its captain on the field in the second half. But a combination of poor finishing and Jack Butland’s saves prevented United from leaving Stoke with anything. Van Gaal’s comments and demeanour suggest his stay at Old Trafford is reaching an endgame after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked about receiving assurances about his job security, before adding: “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me.” Asked if he would be in charge at Old Trafford on Monday when United plays Chelsea, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” There was a bigger humbling for Arsenal, who missed the chance to go top after being thrashed 4-0 by Southampton. Cuco Martina’s half-volley put Southampton in front, and Shane Long scored twice either side of Jose Fonte’s header as the hosts rose to 12th place. Arsenal stayed two points behind Leicester, who lost 1-0 at Liverpool after conceding from Christian Benteke. Manchester City quickly recovered from losing at Arsenal on Monday to thump struggling Sunderland 4-1 to stay third. There were four different City scorers: Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, and Kevin De Bruyne. A change of manager at Chelsea produced no quick fix. Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw at home to high-flying Watford after Oscar missed a second-half penalty that could have secured back-to-back wins. Watford came from behind after conceding from Diego Costa’s volley to take the lead at Stamford Bridge. Troy Deeney levelled from the spot and Odion Ighalo put the visitors in front before Costa equalised with his second. While Chelsea remains two points above the relegation zone – and 13 points from fourth place – Watford is behind United only on goal difference in seventh place. Other results: Tottenham 3 Norwich 0; Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0; Aston Villa 1 West Ham 1; Newcastle 0 Everton 1; Swansea 1 West Brom 0.last_img read more

Real Madrid win Champions League in penalty shootout

first_img Long-time leaders MILAN (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflicting another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rivals Atletico Madrid. For the second time in three years, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo sealing victory then ripping off his shirt to show off his muscled torso for adoring fans. Yesterday, Ronaldo’s decisive spot kick in a shoot-out gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Two years ago, the Portuguese superstar’s penalty had sealed a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico and prompted the first of his provocative celebrations. “I knew I was going to score the winning penalty. I was confident,” said Ronaldo, who won his third Champions League title. “I asked (coach Zinedine) Zidane to let me take the last penalty,” he confirmed Rising to the dramatic moment after a quiet game, by his standards, Ronaldo sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way seconds after Atletico defender Juanfran struck a post with his team’s fourth kick. Real Madrid’s record-extending 11th European title also denied their city rivals the most coveted trophy in club soccer for the second time in three years. Atletico were left with bitter memories of their third loss in a European Cup or Champions League final. In their two previous finals, Atletico gave up last-minute equalising goals. Zidane became just the seventh man to both coach and play for European champion teams. Appointed only in January, after Rafa Benitez was fired, Zidane already joins an elite group that includes Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola. Just like the 2014 final, a Madrid derby finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. This time, it was Real Madrid instead of Atletico in the role of long-time leaders giving up a late equaliser. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who struck in stoppage time two years ago, showed a forward’s hunger to score in the 15th by forcing the ball past Oblak from close range. Atletico substitute Yannick Carrasco showed the same desire to level in the 79th, outmuscling Lucas Vazquez to shoot Juanfran’s pass across goal high into the net. Atletico missed a penalty kick in the 48th, given for Pepe’s clumsy tackle through Fernando Torres. Antoine Griezmann’s kick struck the crossbar, repeating his failure to beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas from the spot in a league match this season. The France forward scored in the shoot-out.last_img read more

Ballaz rule Norbrook

first_imgBallaz Academy won the 2017 Norbrook Football Cup after an exciting 4-3 victory over defending champions Wolmer’s Preparatory School in the final at the Emmanuel Christian Academy ground yesterday.The Ballaz led 3-0 at half time before Wolmer’s rallied to tie the game at 3-3 late in the second half.However, Ballaz, who dominated most of the game, netted the winning goal with less than two minutes remaining.Andre Virtue, director of Ballaz Academy, said he was very pleased with his team’s performance.”I felt good. The team played some good football and the competition was good,” said Virtue.”I think at this age, this kind of exposure for the kids is critical for their development,” he said.Meanwhile, Raymond Leveridge, coach of Wolmer’s Prep, said his team tried their best.”I am not disappointed. I am extremely proud of the team as it took the final to beat us,” said Leveridge.WOLMER’S OUTSCORED”We were the defending champions and we were outscored, but I am proud of the boys for their display,” he added. “We were 3-0 down and we were 3-3 all at a point in the second half and so I can’t be disappointed.”Meanwhile, Emmanuel won the third-place trophy after a 4-2 win over Norbrook Academy.Twenty-one teams took part in the three-week tournament.last_img read more

WI wary of complacency

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Opener Kieran Powell said yesterday the West Indies were cognisant of the danger of becoming overwhelmed by their historic win in the opening One-Day International against Pakistan, as they targetted a series-clinching victory in today’s second contest.The Caribbean side pulled off a thrilling four-wicket victory in Friday’s first game at the Guyana National Stadium and are aware another positive result will hand them their first series win over a higher-ranked side in five years.Powell told media here even though they had celebrated the outstanding effort, they were also wary of allowing complacency to step in.”That’s one of the things we addressed in team meeting [after the first game]. We have a win, we savour it, we celebrate it, but we don’t want to get complacent and think we have a win and end up losing the series 2-1,” the 27-year-old said.”So we have to come tomorrow and play as if the series is nil-nil and try and get a win, and potentially get the lead, which would be an unassailable lead in the series.”Having never successfully chased a total of over 300 in a one-dayer, West Indies made history when they overhauled a target of 309 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.They were propelled by Jason Mohammed’s scintillating unbeaten 91 off 58 deliveries and left-hander Powell’s steady 61 from 86 balls.DEPARTED CHEAPLYBatting at number three, Powell helped rebuild the innings after Chadwick Walton departed cheaply in the fifth over with just 23 runs on the board adding 68 for the second wicket with Evin Lewis (47) and a further 65 for the third wicket with Shai Hope (24).Playing only his fourth game since returning to international cricket following a self-imposed two-year break, Powell said at no stage did he or the team panic during the run chase.”Personally, I was pretty calm. We had a plan in mind when I was batting and we just needed to get to around the 200-run mark by the time 40 overs were gone,” he explained.”Even though I started slowly, I knew I could always make up in the end. Obviously, I would have loved to have batted a bit deeper, but Jason Mohammed played a fantastic innings there at the back end and so did Ashley Nurse, to get us over the line.last_img read more

Pakistan level ODI series with WI

first_imgWest Indies plunged from the lofty heights of Friday’s sensational opening win, producing an underwhelming performance to slump to a 74-run defeat to Pakistan in the second One-Day International yesterday.Set 283 to win and wrap up a series victory over Pakistan for the first time in nearly 30 years, West Indies stumbled when it mattered most and were bundled out for 208 off 44.5 overs at the Guyana National Stadium.Captain Jason Holder top-scored with a career-best 68 while Ashley Nurse got a robust 44, but the Windies batting suffered a spectacular failure, with none of the top six getting past 15.Pacer Hasan Ali was outstanding, claiming five for 38 while off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez picked up two for 23, as the euphoria from the successful record run chase three days ago all but dissipated.The result left the three-match series in the balance at 1-1, with the third and decisive game set for Tuesday.- CMCScoreboardPAKISTANAhmed Shehzad c wkp Hope b Gabriel 5Kamran Akmal c wkp Hope b Joseph 21Babar Azam not out 125Mohammad Hafeez st Hope b Nurse 32Shoaib Malik c wkp Hope b Bishoo 9*+Sarfraz Ahmed c Walton b Gabriel 26Imad Wasim not out 43Extras (b1, lb9, w 9, nb 2) 21TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 282Did not bat: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-44, 3-113, 4-128, 5-183.Bowling: Gabriel 10-1-50-2 (w2, nb1), Holder 9-0-48-0 (w1), Joseph 9-0-69-1 (w3, nb1), Bishoo 10-0-40-1, Nurse 10-0-42-1 (w3), Carter 2-0-23-0.WEST INDIESE Lewis lbw b Mohammad Amir 13C Walton c Hasan Ali b Junaid Khan 10+S Hope c Shadab Khan b Hasan Ali 15K Powell lbw b Hasan Ali 11Carter lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 12J Mohammed c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Hafeez 1*J Holder c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 68A Nurse lbw b Hasan Ali 44D Bishoo lbw b Shadab Khan 16A Joseph c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 15S Gabriel not out 0Extras (lb1, w2) 3TOTAL (all out; 44.5 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-27, 3-46, 4-51, 5-56, 6-75, 7-133, 8-156, 9-208, 10-208.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 7-1-36-1, Junaid Khan 6-0-41-1 (w1), Hasan Ali 8.5-1-38-5, Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-23-2, Imad Wasim 7-0-29-0 (w1), Shadab Khan 10-1-40-1.Result: Pakistan won by 74 runs.Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.Man-of-the-Match: Babar Azam.Umpires: G Brathwaite, I Gould; TV – S Fry.last_img read more

Should Pacquiao still strive for a knockout?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Possible venues mentioned included Melbourne and Sydney.There were other details that should be clarified. For example, there has been no word on Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who had made himself scarce after Pacquiao was upset by Horn in Brisbane last July 2.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’Did Roach and Pacquiao have a pleasant parting of ways after the Battle of Brisbane?Post-fight eyewitness accounts had pictured a gloomy and tense dugout scene, with Pacquiao fervently attending to his hairdo, while Roach was left to stare around. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite There are things that must be cleared now. For the record, Roach had allowed Pacquiao only one last fight—the Horn rematch—after the controversial bloody upset of July 2.Several pundits, this early, would also like to know if Roach would still stick to his original order for Pacquiao to push for a knockout against the bigger, younger Horn.Pacquiao came very close to either downing or stopping Horn in the ninth round of the encounter in Brisbane.Observers were one in saying that Horn’s toughness, after he survived a monster onslaught by the ferocious Pacquiao, was almost miraculous.Either Horn had proved bigger than life, or wholly tough and too courageous.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas sews up QF berth 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’ Or was it a case of Pacquiao realizing right there and then he had lost his original power, if not his killer instinct? He was observed going faintly through the motions [of striking hard] in the final minute of the 12th round, which he clearly lost.Still, there was the prevailing post-fight punch audit which showed Pacquiao could’ve clearly claimed a unanimous verdict if he had just fought normally well, and not allowed himself to be limited to throwing punches mainly to the head.For one, there was Nonito Donaire who would later say that Pacquiao should’ve been made to go for the body, noting that Horn had been through a horrible weight reducing regimen on the eve of the championship.There was another thing that should be made clear: Who between Pacquiao and Roach faulted?Did Roach suffer a blackout, after failing to order an attack to the [very] open body in the middle rounds?Shouldn’t Pacquiao refuse to be operated like a rusty knockout robot—and instead fight his normal good fight—next time around?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next APVeteran promoter Bob Arum claims that Manny Pacquiao, raring to go, has provided his preferred dates for the rematch against WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn of Australia.This was all to be expected, and the rematch could be held later in the year, when the Philippine Senate will be in recess.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez is set for another stint overseas.The former Ateneo spiker is bound for Chinese Taipei next month to play as an import for a club team Attack Line.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Valdez announced her latest career move in an interview with her former Ateneo teammate turned TV reporter Gretchen Ho.“I just closed a deal with a Chinese Taipei club team, so I’m going to be there for the next few months,” Valdez said in a video posted by Ho.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Hopefully, there will be a lot of Filipinos there that would make me feel at home. I’m also asking for your prayers that I get to give a good showing there,” she added in Filipino.Earlier in the year, Valdez suited up in Thailand as an import for 3BB Nakornnont. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Break new ground OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ 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 The 24-year-old Valdez said she had already been invited to play in Taipei two years ago, but she had to turn down the offer to focus on her final playing year with the Lady Eagles.“Two years ago in the under-23 their national team coaches asked me if I could go there but I still have one more playing year left in the UAAP so I stayed here but we saw each other again in the AVC and they asked me again if I could go there,” Valdez recalled.“It’s exciting because it’s also going to be my first time in Chinese Taipei so I’m excited not only for volleyball but also to explore their culture and tradition.”ADVERTISEMENT Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more