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Arsenal go top, van Gaal backtracks

first_imgLONDON (AP): Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth yesterday, while Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said there was “not any reason” for him to resign despite a 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending his team’s winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top – for 24 hours at least – with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean-sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturday. Arsenal are a point clear of second-place Leicester and four points above Tottenham and Manchester City. Leicester can replace Arsenal at the top by beating City today. “We were focused from the start,” Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger said. “It took us a while to get going, but (we) were in control of the game and did very well.” UNITED’S ATTACKING DISPLAY At Old Trafford, United produced an attacking display against Chelsea to end their four-match losing run, but missed good chances for a first league win since November 21, against Watford. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial hit the crossbar and the post, while Thibaut Courtois denied Ander Herrera from point-blank range, and Wayne Rooney missed from six yards late on. Chelsea also had chances to score, with David De Gea turning John Terry’s header over the bar, before making an impressive double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta early in the second half. The draw leaves United five points behind the Champions League positions, but Van Gaal, who said he could resign as manager after defeat at Stoke two days ago, was encouraged by his team’s display. “When the players can give such a performance, when there is a lot of pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me,” Van Gaal told BT Sport. “I shall not do that. It is not a question of staying, it is a question of fulfilling my contract.” Elsewhere, Tottenham won their third straight league match to provisionally go third with a late 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford, while Stoke beat Everton 4-3 with a last-minute penalty from Marko Arnautovic. Tottenham will be dislodged from third if City get at least a draw against Leicester. Also yesterday, Norwich beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0, West Bromwich Albion defeated Newcastle 1-0, and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against Swansea. West Ham also came from a goal behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and move seventh in the standings, a point behind United.last_img read more

Barnes scores on return, but Houston Dynamo draw

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas (CMC):Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, scored on his return from injury, but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay-off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference, with five points from as many outings.Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.”It’s bitter, but I’m always proud of my team no matter what we do,” said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.”We controlled the game for most of the parts; it’s just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right; and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”- CMClast_img read more

SA’s Dale Steyn for Ja Tallawahs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Jamaica Tallawahs have named South African speedster Dale Steyn to replace Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has been ruled out of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) through injury. The 32-year-old Steyn is one of the world’s leading Test bowlers but has already made his mark in the shortest form of the game, claiming 58 wickets from 42 Twenty20 Internationals at an economy rate of 6.71 runs per over. He was a member of the South Africa side at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India and is currently representing Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. “It is a great privilege to feature in the CPL for the first time, and I am proud and delighted to sign up for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the forthcoming CPL season,” Steyn said. “The CPL is one of the strongest Twenty20 leagues in the world game and it’s a tournament that’s on the rise.” Steyn will join overseas stars Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan, along with Jamaican big names Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, forming a formidable squad for this season’s campaign. The 32-year-old Malinga, who has in the past played for Guyana Amazon Warriors, has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained last November.last_img read more

Red Steel’s fighting spirit praised after CPL win

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel coach Simon Helmot has praised the fighting spirit of his players after they rebounded from the bottom of the table to win the third edition of the Caribbean Premier League.Red Steel defeated the 2014 champions Barbados Tridents by 20 runs in the final at the Queen’s Park oval on Sunday.”I am really proud of this team,” said Helmot.”I thought we put up a great fight throughout the season and then to play 10 games in 16 days and to come out victorious is an enormous effort.”Red Steel, losing semi-finalist in 2013 and 2014, arrived for their home matches in Trinidad at the bottom of the standings.This year, on the way to the final four, Red Steel defeated inaugural champions Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents, last year’s champions.”We were only bottom because we played fewer games than everyone else,” he said.”But it is a daunting prospect knowing that other teams have got points in front of you. That can be difficult to handlementally and emotionally.”Dwayne Bravo’s men also endured a tough route to the final by beating Chris Gayle’s Tallawahs a second time and also getting past Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-final eliminator.”It was a unique experience,” said the Red Steel coach.”The fact that we played ten matches in 16 days and out of those we were able to win seven, it was an extraordinary effort, and I certainly have not been involved with a team that has done that before.”sold-out crowdRed Steel successfully defended their 178 for five, playing before a sold-out crowd at Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.They stifled the Tridents’ dangerous batting line-up, to take their first ever CPL title.”In the final, I thought we batted exceptionally well,” Helmot pointed out.”We knew when we have strong partnerships at the top, we have success, and that has happened throughout the tournament and that really gave us a launching pad to accelerate at the back end of the innings.”last_img read more

Volunteers get high marks from minister

first_imgIn light of the fact that the country lacks first-rate facilities and funding, Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, credits Jamaica’s impressive sports volunteerism tradition for its contribution to sports and nation building.”We know what the processes are. They have worked for us. We’ve had a number of volunteers in the programme over many years,” she outlined at a function to name Jamaica’s representatives at the ongoing Para Pan American Games in Toronto, where Alphanso Cunningham won gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 on Monday.While there is no official count of volunteers involved in Jamaica’s sports programme, Neita-Headley contends the process should be a selfless one.”Those of us who have just come on the scene in sport can’t take even a small fraction of the credit which those persons would have given the time and effort … and without resources for a long time,” she stressed.The minister also believes sponsors are critical to the growth and exposure of sports, but added that volunteers are also important.”It’s only in recent times where we would have had these sponsors who have come on board and given so much towards sports in Jamaica,” she said.Neita-Headley added that Government by itself would not be able to foster, nurture or assist the many sporting talents islandwide.”I think our country, with a small population of under three million, the talent which we have far exceeds what we are probably able to do … and so we continue to appeal to corporate Jamaica. Many of them come on. I think there are some top 35 corporate sponsors who have continuously been a part of a process of assisting and, had it not been for them, Jamaican sports wouldn’t be where it is,” she stressed.last_img read more

‘KO – kings’ STETHS hunt St Jago scalp

first_imgWestern Bureau:St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) has the know-how, they have the firepower, and they certainly have experience in these sorts of knockout games. And they will need to employ them all when they tackle St Jago High in this afternoon’s ISSA/Flow Super Cup quarter-final match at the National Stadium at 4 p.m.Their last two outings brought them eight goals, and in both, they actually had to come-from-behind to log the win. But such is their firepower that they hardly stay behind too long.Coach Omar Wedderburn told The Gleaner that his players are like a finely tuned long-distance race horse, and he is proving to be right. The longer the season goes on, the better they appear to be.”We play hard everyday. That is what we do; it’s never about taking a day off because there is a goal in front of us and we need to reach it,” stated Wedderburn.”Like any other game, we are taking it seriously. St Jago proved that they are a quality team being in the quarter-finals, and certainly, we are also there – not to prove a point, but to make statement,” he reasoned.Their top striker Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr has already scored 22 goals this season in all competitions and will once again be leading STETHS’s attack in the hunt for a victory that would see them move into the semis.POTENT PAIRTravar McCalluch, team captain, has his players focused at all times, and with him in midfield is playmaker Shawn Genus. The two midfielders make a potent pair in the centre of things for STETHS, and must be contained if St Jago wish to eliminate a team many regard as ‘Knockout Kings’.The Santa Cruz-based STETHS have scored 44 times so far, and have been breached a fair deal. However, their strength lies in the attack, and will pose some problems for the St Jago defenders.”This is a quarter-final game and any team can win, but we are going to put ourselves in the position to leave Kingston victorious,” Wedderburn added.He said playing St Jago is a new challenge, but he is confident his troops can deliver at crunch time.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Too much talk, too little action

first_img LOT OF MONEY SPENT I also hope that the fortunes of the West Indies will change, certainly as far as results are concerned when they start their first day-and-night Test match with pink balls on Thursday. One, two, three and four, five, and six all add up to six losses in a row, or, to be more accurate, to a white-wash. That was after the three T20 matches and the three ODI’s, and if you add seven, eight, and nine for the three coming Test matches, it well may be nine in a row. That would really be embarrassing, especially as not one of them was close. To play nine matches, against Pakistan, against a team that is famous for its unpredictability, or inconsistency, and a team that does not even play at home, and to lose all nine, would be unforgivable. In the T20s, it was the batting, and the bowling that let down the West Indies. In the ODI’s, it was both the batting and the bowling, and in the Test matches, it looks like, unless there is a dramatic improvement in technique, it will be batting, bowling, and fielding. And neither Dwayne Bravo nor Joel Garner has said anything in terms of what went wrong or did not go wrong to cause the embarrassment or to prevent the embarrassment. Oh for a youngster like Babar Azam, who reeled of three consecutive run-a-ball hundreds in the ODIs! “We in Grenada have spent a lot of money on sport. A lot of things could have been done with that money, but because of our love for sport and the love for the young people of the region, we spent it that way,” said Dr Mitchell. No doubt that money could have been spent on education and hospitals, etcetera, etcetera, but as Prime Minister Mitchell said, sport can be used to grow the region economically. I sincerely hope that he really believes that that is so, that as the prime minister of Grenada, he will work to improve the economical side of sports in Grenada, and that, despite his sudden decision to give up the job as CARICOM’s man in charge of sport after his noble speech, he really encourages all the other prime ministers that they do so in their respective countries. Only by doing that can the prime ministers guarantee, or almost guarantee, that sport will be properly funded, that the people of the respective countries will truly benefit from sports, and that each country will continue to put out some of the world’s best sportsmen and sportswomen for a long time to come, if not forever. The question is, however: Why did Dr Mitchell suddenly resign his responsibility? As a politician, it could not possibly be “because of a couple of dissenting voices” in CARICOM to his view, a popular view at that, on West Indies cricket and his consistent call for a removal of the entire board and for a restructuring of West Indies cricket. As a politician, as the prime minister of Grenada, and as one who, hopefully, believes in what he has been preaching all along, and especially in what he had said just a few days before his sudden resignation, Dr Mitchell surrendered too easily, and especially so, to a couple of people who opposed his view of things. I hope that in his political life, he never comes up on a dissenting voice, or on a ballot voting the other way. I wonder what is it why politicians take so long to do everything, or almost too long to do most things? Maybe it is the mark of the profession, or maybe it is a way of marking time. Maybe it is also their way of doing nothing. Whatever is the reason for it? The people are tired of it, especially in the Caribbean. Politicians must endeavour to talk less and act a lot more than they do. For years now, the people have been celebrating success in sport, the governments have been spending money – a lot of scarce money – in sport, other crucial and necessary things in the broader society have been left undone, and the result is that while a few have been happy, the vast majority of people have been neglected and left in misery. With all of this, the people keep calling for more money to be spent on sport, regardless of the shortfall in other areas, and the reason for it is very simple. Success in anything, and especially in sport, is good for almost everyone, and there is no two ways about it. Success leaves everyone in a happy mood. It makes everyone, or almost everyone, especially in a poor society, feel equal and proud and, according to psychologists, it is good for the fight against crime and poverty. Although sport has become a profession these days, and an attractive one at that, if more money is to be spent on sport, however, some of that money, in a poor country like Jamaica, should be earned from sports, or through sports, and that money should come, or must come from the investment of the people, led by the governments, in sport. The West Indies, led by Jamaica through its many world-beaters in sports like cricket, boxing, and track and field, in particular, certainly possesses enough quality to make such an industry a tremendous success. Even as a novice in the field of business, I can see the money rolling in once the industry is properly put together and effectively run, and especially so as the West Indies is a top-of-the-line tourist destination. This investment has been done, in a small way, in, at least, Barbados, where Wes Hall once served as the minister of tourism, and certainly Garry Sobers, Gordon Greenidge, and Desmond Haynes as representatives of the ministry, and in Antigua, where Viv Richards has been used to promote the island. Mostly, however, the failure to use sport to assist in the growth of the region, except in the popularity stakes, is great. Recently, however, Jamaica has been talking about it, but apart for talking about it, nothing really has been done about it; at least, nothing to make people stand up and take notice that something is being done about it. And just quite recently, the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, chairman of the sub-committee for cricket governance in CARICOM, no doubt, with cricket specially in mind, called for a Caribbean summit on sport, and in doing so, remarked that sport is important to the people of the region and can be used to grow the region economically. 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Faulkland outclass Wadadah for first Super League win

first_imgWestern Bureau:Faulkland SC secured their first-ever victory in the Western Confederation Super League, outclassing Wadadah FC 4-1 in an early game of a double-header at Jarrett Park on Saturday.Goals were at a premium during first-half action with the teams each scoring before the break, but the floodgates were flung open for the Kenneth Watson-coached team, resulting in them easing to the lopsided win in only their second game of the season.Wadadah, said to be in transition, fielded several high-school players, and it proved a strategically sound move in the 18th minute, when Michael McLeod struck for a 1-0 lead.Midfielder Neil Clarke then found the equaliser in the 34th minute for Faulkland and the game was effectively won from there onward.Husana Johnson (76th), Dane Franklyn (87th- minute penalty kick) and a Deshane Beckford superb strike in time added on after 90 minutes completed the come-back victory.Gregory Palmer, Faulkland’s team manager, said his team looked good while getting the win and that they have the potential to become a special team in their debut season.”This squad is a very young one….We have these players now for several years coming through the St James league, and now we are here testing our wits against the more traditional clubs,” said Palmer.”This is a great win; coming from a goal down to win 4-1 is a good sign. We will take that any day,” Palmer said.The win was all that more special, having lost 0-1 to Sandals South Coast earlier. in that match, they had several opportunities to score but failed to convert, and Palmer said they worked on that aspect in training.”We did the hard work in training and it paid off in a real way for us. It’s a good start to the season and we hope to keep it going,” he said.Wadadah grabbed the lead in spectacular fashion, as McLeod’s acrobatic volley flew into the net. However, they never threatened the Faulkland goal thereafter.”Losing 4-1 can never be to our liking. It’s a learning curve for many of our players. It is early days, but our intention is really to give some experience to our young players,” said Donovan Ricketts, the Wadadah coach.Faulkland move to three points in the standings, while Wadadah remained on one point, courtesy of one draw and the loss.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Time to settle down

first_img“It must be remembered that the Sports were not held in 1944 as the Headmasters felt a break might cool down the enthusiasm that had shown itself in the past.” That’s the explanation given in a book on the first 60 years of Boys’ Championships by Sir Herbert McDonald for the cancellation of the event in 1944. Things are different now, and, despite the agitation that prevails as the “Sports” approaches this time around, no such measure is desirable or anticipated. However, with a dispute blowing in the wind, the need to cool down is as pressing now as it was in 1944. Perhaps the members of the Headmasters Association of 1944 might have cancelled Boys and Girls’ Championships this year given the heated arguments regarding the eligibility of a student from Kingston College. Their present-day counterparts have much more on the table. Champs is the sport that helps the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) fund those others who have no sponsor. Athletics, football, and cricket are all taken care of, but the others only survive because Champs is a financial success. Sports like table tennis and volleyball teach many student-athletes the value of hard work and team spirit while affording them opportunities to gain scholarships. Champs is a major reason why those so-called minor sports are contested at the secondary-school level. Without Champs, those sports would be crippled. In 2002, the Government of Jamaica helped to alleviate this burden when Champs was held away from the National Stadium at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. The move was forced by the resurfacing of the stadium track for the World Junior Championships. With just a handful of spectators accommodated at the college, the Government stepped in to help. The financial constraints of 2017 suggest that no such help would be possible today. Yet, the current state of unrest is unhealthy. Regardless of their opinion of the eligibility ruling, the fans on each side of the divide have to take a step back. Boycotts have their place as a tool of protest, but they hurt as much as they help. Not only are fans denied of seeing the best against the best, but athletes from the absentee teams must watch as others take their spot on the top of the podium. Outgoing seniors and defending champions lose their chance to stake a final claim to greatness. Instead, they sit on the outside looking in. It hurts when you lose in what you consider to be a matter of principle, but boycotts hurt everybody more. This is why the real solution is calm. This is why it is time to settle down. – Hubert Lawrence managed to get into G.C. Foster College for Champs 2002. LESS-SUPPORTED SPORTSlast_img read more

Megabuilders sets sights on 4th win, faces IEM

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano New NSA budget scheme eyed 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 That put Megabuilders on top with Cignal TV at 3-0.Against the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters, coach Dante Alinsunurin is confident he could again draw superb games from his starters, including Francis Saura, Fauzi Ismail, Madzlan Gampong, Vincent Ogoc, Kim Malabunga and Bryan Bagunas.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’Gametime is at 1 p.m. after the 10 a.m. clash between defending champion Air Force and winless Café Lupe.The Volley Bolt have produced a league-leading 32 kills blocks for a 2.91 norm but the IEM side could pose a real challenge as the top digging team. After a pair of lopsided triumphs over lowly teams, newcomer Megabuilders braces for a tougher challenge when itsquares off with Instituto Estetico Manila in Saturday’s resumption of the Premier Volleyball League Men’s Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Volley Bolt debuted with a five-set reversal over the fancied Army Troopers before toppling Café Lupe and Gamboa Coffee Mix in a pair of three-setters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more