Benteke now a Liverpool player

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP):Liverpool signed Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Premier League rivals Aston Villa yesterday in a £32.5 million ($50.7 million) deal to strengthen the club’s attack for next season.A week after selling winger Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million, Liverpool met the release clause in Benteke’s contract with Villa and signed the 24-year-old forward to what it called “a long-term contract” at Anfield.Benteke, who joined Villa from Genke in 2012 and scored 49 goals in 101 appearances for the Midlands club, passed a medical in London earlier this week and completed the paperwork in Liverpool yesterday.”I think it was the right club for me, because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project,” Benteke told Liverpool’s website. “I know Liverpool is a big story. They’ve won league titles and the Champions League five times and, of course, the UEFA Cup and a lot of trophies.”I’m very happy to be part of the Liverpool family now and I will do everything to make them happy and work hard for them and my teammates.”Benteke will not meet most of those new teammates until they return after Friday’s match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. However, he already knows a couple of them – goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and forward Divock Origi – from the Belgium national team.last_img read more

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Gayle, Bravo top CPL aggregates

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC):Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo topped the aggregates in the just-concluded Hero Caribbean Premier League though their respective franchises experienced contrasting fates.The left-handed Gayle, who led Jamaica Tallawahs, finished with 430 runs at an average of 61.50 and a strike rate of 160, hammering a highest score of 105, along with three half-centuries.He was ahead of St Lucia Zouks’ Andre Fletcher, who carved out 369 runs, while Marlon Samuels, the influential plyer of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, was third in the aggregates with 325 runs.Only three other batsmen made it into the 300-run club. Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Lendl Simmons managed 317 runs, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s Jacques Kallis got 304, while Kieron Pollard, the Barbados Tridents’ talismanic captain, scored 303 runs.Gayle was by far the leading run-scorer for the Tallawahs and was just one of two players to get over 200 runs. Chadwick Walton scored 243.The Tallawahs, the 2013 champions, were knocked out by the Red Steel in the first semi-final, after finishing fourth in the preliminary round.Bravo, meanwhile, was outstanding with the ball as he propelled the Red Steel to their first CPL title. He finished the tournament with 28 wickets at an average of 11 and an economy rate of seven.The Tallawahs’ left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie picked up 16 wickets, while Amazon Warriors off-spinner Sunil Narine snared 14 wickets.Bravo, the Red Steel skipper, was at his most brilliant in the first semi-final against the Tallawahs, picking up a regional T20 career-best five for 23, to earn his side a 27-run win at Queen’s Park Oval.He picked up two for 19 from three overs in the second semi-final as the Red Steel won by six wickets, but went wicket-less in the final last Sunday as the hosts pulled off a 20-run win.last_img read more

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Harbour View’s Brian Brown back with a bang in RSPL

first_imgStriker Brian Brown looked like his old self on Sunday night as he marked his return to the Harbour View Stadium with one goal as the ‘Stars of the East’ recorded a rare win, 3-1 over Cavalier.The 2013-14 Golden Boot winner, who had 18 goals that season, had his 57th-minute goal sandwiched by Jorginho James’ 52nd-minute opener and substitute Kevaughn Frater’s 88th-minute finish, helping to bring back the attacking presence Harbour View lacked for most of the season.As he did in that season, Brown made it clear that he is ready to shoulder the attacking burden of his team.”Coming home to help Harbour View get to the top of the table and, hopefully, win the championship is where my mind is at right now, and then we will see what happens from there,” said the player who spent the last season and a half on loan to MLS club Philadelphia Union and NASL team Indy Eleven, respectively.Sunday night’s win followed four previous matches which were divided equally between draws and losses and helped them to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points, while keeping them firmly in fifth.DOWNINTHESTANDINGSThe vanquished Cavalier, on the other hand, who were let down by uncharacteristically poor defending, slipped a position to seventh as they were overtaken by UWI FC.The last season, Brown said, was not the greatest for him, and the rest of the season at Harbour View will be used to rebuild his game and confidence.”It wasn’t one of the greatest seasons for me, but going there (Indy Eleven) was a great experience. I learnt a lot. I played about 24 games and scored five goals.”The aim right now is to get back sharp, rebuild myself one step at a time, day by day and get my fitness up, and everything else will follow,” said the player who has been capped once by the national team.After the Indy Eleven season, Harbour View was what Brown needed.”I am great here. Harbour View is my home. It is not hard for me to fit in. These are guys I have played with before, mostly, and I have a great relationship with them, and to deliver in front of my home fans in only my second game back was special.”I plan to get one goal a game for the remaining games in the competition. I know I am one behind that target now, but I can catch up,” the player, who is eyeing more national caps, stated confidently.last_img read more

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Nadal, Venus ousted in first round of Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):For five sets and nearly five hours, two chiselled Spanish left-handers went head to head again at the Australian Open.It wasn’t a semi-final this time, though, and It didn’t end nearly as well for Rafael Nadal, who lost 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Fernando Verdasco and was eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time in a career that has netted him 14 major titles.Nadal won his only Australian title in 2009 after overcoming Verdasco in a five-hour, 14-minute semi-final – a match that still ranks among the classics at Melbourne Park.This time, Verdasco rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two sets and come from a break down in the fifth to win in 4:41 and reach the second round. Nadal’s only previous first-round exit in a Grand Slam was at Wimbledon in 2013, when he lost in straight sets to No. 135-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium.”It’s a hard and painful loss,” the fifth-seeded Nadal said. “He was playing amazing in the last set … more aggressive than me. He took more risks than me, and he won. Probably he deserved.”overshadowedNo. 2 Simona Halep and seven-time Grand Slam-winner Venus Williams also went out in the first round yesterday, when a series of upsets took some focus off a match-fixing controversy that had overshadowed the first day of the season’s first major.Halep, the 2014 French Open finalist, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Zhang Shuai, giving the No. 133-ranked Chinese qualifier her first win at a Grand Slam after 14 losses.”It’s OK. I don’t want to make this match like dramatic,” said Halep, who refused to blame an Achilles tendon problem for contributing to her third first-round loss in five years at Melbourne Park.After beating Halep, Zhang burst into tears when asked about breaking the drought.”I think in my life, it’s the best tennis,” she said. “To win against a top-two player, I’m so happy, so excited.”Williams lost 6-4, 6-2 to Johanna Konta, her eighth first-round loss at a major.No. 3 Garbine Muguruza and No. 7 Angelique Kerber advanced along with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who closed play on centre court with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Alison Van Uytvanck.No. 2-ranked Murray opened with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Zvereva.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results forMarch 12, 2016Track Condition: GoodWeather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. SIMPLY THE BEST PFrancis 50.02. PROUD PRESIDENT AChatrie 52.5 10L3. MEGATRON SEllis 53.0 1/2L4. GLYDER CBudhai 51.0 2 1/2LWIN: $94.00Final Time : 1:06.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.2,Winner : 3yo b filly – ADORE THE GOLD – SUPA LEITrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : DONALD WEHBY & CLOVIS METCALFEBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $699.00 Ex: $1,267.00Trifecta: $494.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTAPPRENTICE RACE*1. FREE RANGE DDawkins3 50.02. BIG BUCK JInnis4 51.0 3L3. MR. TOPPER TOP MAN AndreePowell4 51.0 3/4L4. CONNOR JPatterson4 51.0 6 1/2LWIN: $89.00PLACE: $75.00, $271.00, $135.00Final Time: 1:17.1 Splits : 23.2, 48.0Winner: 4yo b filly – PORTO SANTO – PERFECT STORMTrainer: PATRICK LYNCH Owner: MICHAEL MARLOWEBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $776.00 Ex: $1,067.00D/E: $156.00Superfecta: $5,995.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $768,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.I)*1. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 53.02. RUNNING STAR DDawkins3 50.0 9L3. FLYING MACHINE SMuir 53.0 3/4L4. MEMORY OF TS RHalledeen 55.0 2 1/4LWIN: $70.00PLACE: $51.00, $52.00, $54.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – CLASSY CHANELTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TEST PILOTSBred by REEVES, EVERDEEN MAXWELLQu: $123.00 Ex: $186.0D/E: $142.00Superfecta: $485.00Rolling Triple: $326.00Race 4 1820 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. GO GO TRAIN JInnis4 47.5*2. BATIDOR DE MUNDO BebHarvey3 52.5 Neck3. TROPICALDEPRESSION JPatterson4 49.0 4 1/2L4. PAPER N LACE OnBeckford4 50.5 1 1/2LWIN: $368.00PLACE: $101.00, $66.00, $109.00Final Time: 2:01.1 Splits : 27.2, 52.4, 1:18.0, 1:45.3Winner : 6yo b mare – WESTERN CLASSIC – SHANEISHATrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner: RAYMOND TOWNSENDBred by HARRY PARSARDQu: $455.00 Ex: $1,471.00D/E: $709.00Superfecta: $25,236.00Rolling Triple: $2,018.00Race 5 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. MIND SET OWalker 55.02. BALLON D’OR LSteadman3 53.0 1 3/4L3. SHINE RMairs 54.0 3/4L4. STORMING DDawkins3 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $51.00, $52.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:27.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.1, 1:12.3Winner : 4yo colt – BURNING MARQUE – PROUD AGAINTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A. DACOSTA & BRUCE D. LEVYBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Qu: $97.00 Ex: $203.00D/E: $1,122.00Superfecta: $473.00Rolling Triple: $1,656.00Race 6 2000 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 54.0*2. SIR BIGGS SEllis 56.0 *1/1 1/2L3. BRIDLED PRINCESS JPatterson4 48.5 3/4L4. SNEAK PEEK DaneNelson 52.5 2L5. MINY LEE HLewis 53.0 3 1/2L6. MEET JUSTIN HPottinger4 50.5 1/2LWIN: $1,133.00PLACE: $190.00, $67.00, $260.00Final Time : 2:15.0 Splits : 25.4, 52.4, 1:17.3, 1:44.1Winner : 4yo colt – BRIDLED QUEST – LADY BALARITrainer : LANCE P. RICHARDS Owner : MICHAEL E KENNEDYBred by GRANVILLE BYLESQu: $1,972.00 Exacta: $5,697.00D/E: $3,322.00Trifecta: $9,175.00Hit-6 carry-over : $81,047.20Rolling Triple: $56,182.00Super-6: $84,913.80Race 7 1100 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. FORCE DE JOUR JPatterson4 56.02. DREAMCOMETRUE DaneNelson 54.0 3L3. HOLOGRAM SHADOW JErwin 55.0 1 1/2L4. UNBREAKABLE BebHarvey3 52.0 3 1/2LWIN: $222.00PLACE: $232.00, $78.00, $165.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 5yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner: VINCENT MAINEBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $476.00 Ex: $910.00D/E: $6,401.00Trifecta: $11,990.00Rolling Triple: $45,583.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.II)1. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 53.02. LIKE A LADY CChow 53.0 9/23. PATCH RWilson 53.5 7/2 Nose*4. HELLO LADY SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L5. IGNITION OMullings 53.0 1LLate scratch : #5 EXECUTIVE CHARMWIN: $141.00PLACE: $77.00, $142.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.3,Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – THE GOLDEN ONETrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : NICHOLAS WEHBYBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $443.00 Ex: $642.00D/E: $574.00Trifecta: $4,450.00Hi-5: $1,216.00Rolling Triple : (7-4-4) $27,455.00Pick-4 : $708,800.00RODERICK “PILOT” FRANCIS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 9 1200 M (Purse $650,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE NOV.12(Sponsored by B & D TRAWLING LTD).1. EL CLIENTE LSteadman3 54.02. EUSEBIA BebHarvey3 51.0 6L3. BURNING MEDIC AndrePowell4 52.0 2L4. REIGN OVER ALL RHalledeen 54.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $182.00PLACE: $105.00, $69.00, $138.00Final Time: 1:15.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.4Winner : 6yo b horse – SEEKING THE GLORY – RHYTHMICAL RAINTrainer: ANTHONY SMITH Owner : MERCURIALBred by CARL CHANG & PETER CHUCKQu: $323.00 Exacta: $513.00D/E: $415.00Superfecta: $4,549.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. BIG MISTAKE AndrePowell4 51.02. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman3 53.5 11 1/2L3. GUAVA GROUND RWilson 54.0 1 1/4L4. URBAN PRINCIPAL OBennett 56.0 1 1/4L5. ZOOMIN RLahoe 52.5 1 1/4LDNF: #7 ZANDRINA AMartin 54.0 2/1Late scratch : #2 DANCEHALL SWEET, #13 TAMARAQWIN: $139.00PLACE: $81.00, $69.00, $473.00Final Time: 0:59.3 Splits: 22.4, 46.2Winner : 3yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – PECCADILLOTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $394.00 Ex: $641.00D/E: $988.00 (3-2) $166.00Trifecta: $368,520.00Hi-5 carry-over : $62,630.75Rolling Triple: $1,528.00PlacePot 8: $1,623.00CHAIRMAN’S TROPHYRace 11 1500 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. FRANFIELD DaneNelson 52.5*2. SEEKING MY DREAM OWalker 57.0 1 1/4L3. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 57.0 4 1/2L4. CAMPESINO PFrancis 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $252.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 23.2, 45.0Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner: ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $251.00 Ex: $978.00D/E: $1,244.00Trifecta: $3,080.00Rolling Triple: $6,526.00Race 12 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. ZEEVA AChatrie 52.5*2. AGAKHAN RHalledeen 54.0 1L3. GOLD SCREW MWard4 50.0 1 1/2L4. ROCKETEER JInnis4 48.0 1/2L5. JUNIOR DON RLahoe 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $571.00PLACE: $232.00, $90.00, $538.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 45.4Winner : 5yo b filly – SHUFFLING MADDNES – LADY SARKATrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner : MR.PHWBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,351.00 Ex: $2,476.00D/E: $4,479.00Trifecta: $117,350.00Hi-5 carry-over : $213,378.75Rolling Triple: $25,181.00Pick-4: $95,464.00Super-6: $526,663.90Pick-9: $53,992.00; $616.50Carry-over: $3,653,250.30last_img read more

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Bravo backs Sammy

first_imgDELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”last_img read more

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India survives final session for England draw

first_imgRAJKOT, India (AP):India survived a jittery final session yesterday, reaching 172-6 in 52.3 overs on the fifth day, to secure a draw in the first test against England. The visitors earlier set a target of 310 runs in 49 overs.Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 49, while Ravindra Jadeja was not out on 32 at stumps. It was Kohli’s highest score in 19 innings against England since scoring 103 in Nagpur in 2012.The Indian skipper was happy to have escaped with a draw.”Since day three, the ball did quite a bit for the spinners in the final session. But there were no demons as such in the pitch. It looked so because we had lost 4-5 wickets, but it wasn’t the case. This situation was an opportunity for us to improve our game. We learnt how to draw a match,” said Kohli.After tea, Murali Vijay (31) and Kohli added 21 runs for the third wicket. Then, Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane (1) fell in successive overs.PAID DIVIDENDSVijay was caught at short leg off Adil Rashid (3-64) in the 23rd over, while Moeen Ali (1-47) bowled Rahane in the 24th over, leaving India at 71-4.Kohli then added 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (32).England changed up its bowlers as the last hour of play began, a move that paid dividends when Zafar Ansari (1-41) removed Ashwin, caught by Joe Root at extra cover.Wriddhiman Saha (9) returned a catch to Rashid in the 43rd over as India struggled toward the finish line.But Kohli and Jadeja then added 40 runs for the sixth wicket, batting for 31 minutes across 10 overs to help the home side earn a tough draw.Earlier, England declared their second innings at 260-3 with Alastair Cook (130) scoring his 30th test hundred.He had reached his hundred off 194 balls, inclusive of ten fours. It was his fifth test hundred in India, the most by a visiting batsman here. He went past Sir Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd and Hashim Amla, who all have four hundreds in India.The second test begins in Visakhapatnam on November 17.last_img read more

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High altitude for high level training … Sligoville sportsman invites teams to take advantage of facility’s location

first_imgTalmar Warren, the man who plays and coaches his community’s Division Two team, hails the Sligoville Stadium has an ideal environment for high-level training because of its high-altitude location. Warren, who also coaches Sligoville’s Under-17 team, revealed that the facility, which stands 517 metres, or 1696.19 feet, above sea level, is being sought out by more and more local high schools, which have discovered the advantages of training in thin air.Warren notes that many top local secondary schools sports programmes have been making greater efforts to utilise the venue, which is considered by many to be a ‘white elephant’.”Right now it is being used more often because (St) Jago did pre-season training here and Calabar have asked about it, and since last week, Immaculate (High) is slated to use it every Tuesday. So it’s purpose is good, and it is good to train where the altitude is high as we don’t have a lot of environments like this in Jamaica, so a lot of coaches like it and it is cool and quiet,” Warren said.Warren would now like to see more national teams take advantage of the facility and its special training advantages.”I would like to see the national teams start using it as well, teams like the Under-17s and even the senior team. I would like it to be fenced so that passers-by can’t just look over, but in order for that to happen, you need more development,” continued Warren.There are also plans by the community to make more use of the facility for their sports teams, and the coach is calling on Member of Parliament, Natalie Neita-Headley, to assist their sports club to present sports as a more viable option for the community’s youth.”Sligoville has a lot of talented people, a lot of youths. We have a club and a lot of different communities in Sligoville, but we came together and formed Sligoville United Youth Club, and we would like the MP to come in and help us develop our club to the next level,” said Warren.”A lot of girls play netball but only corner league. They don’t have an official team. But we just have been asked by the Social Development Commission (SDC) to enter the SDC All-Island Twenty20 cricket competition, and the captain and coach of that team are trying to get it together, but funding is an issue because in Sligoville, you don’t have a lot of businesses to help with sports,” he lamented.”If GC Foster is going to come on board and it is going to be better for the community, fine. But we want people to use the stadium as a springboard to get into the sporting arena, whichever field they want cricket, football, or basketball, from they can make a life for themselves, family, and friends,” he said.”Sports is the biggest backbone of Jamaica, and if we in Sligoville can get an opportunity, that would be great,” Warren added.-L.S.last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay | Chippy should come first

first_img Captain Burrell, expressly sidelining or at least tempering the ‘go for the English boys” policy, is prepared at this point to give Butler a listening ear. That comes about despite past unsavoury issues between the Butler-headed group and the Federation’s affiliate, the Kingston & St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA). It would appear as though fences have been mended. Happily so, as this would lubricate the machinery going forward to enable the best talent to be on show when the Reggae Boyz take to the park. However, how willing is Butler to allow his boys to suit up for Jamaica? He has set an ultimatum which could prove problematic. It is three-pronged. First, he is asking for an apology from the powers that be for the manner in which Chippy was treated by former national coach, the German, Winfried Schaefer. He also wants clear guidelines as to the philosophy that drives the country’s football. An extension to the latter is that Butler has demanded publicly that the current director of football, Vin Blaine, once responsible for the women’s programme, should be displaced for lack of the qualities which he (Butler) thinks are pivotal to drive that process. To cap that, Butler is asking that he be given Blaine’s job. There have been rumours, but no confirmation is available to this columnist that the demand has been withdrawn. Foster’s Fairplay finds the entire scenario to be untidy. It seems to be fashionable these days for the hierarchy of different sports to be wearing a tag of ”unwholesome actions.” Jamaica, for fear of having its image smeared, needs to get it right. None of the parties concerned, needs the taint of the most likely outcome. Youths seeking to etch their own names on the notice boards of history, can through no fault of their own, lose hope, caught in the mire of big people missteps. It is not fair for their efforts, through hard work, discipline and the sacrifice of their connections, to come crashing down under the weight of these avoidable impediments. Foster’s Fairplay calls on the persons concerned, all named, to take the corrective steps and breathe some fresh air into the sport. The nation will not accept anything less. It can be done, so let it be done. – For feedback email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. One can understand the furore, trending to mayhem, in the local football family, surrounding the 19-year-old Jamaica-born attacking midfielder, Leon ‘Chippy’ Bailey. The nation, on the back of a Captain Burrell dream, crashed the FIFA World Cup Finals party, as long as 20 years ago. Unfortunately, the former Army Officer and his team of administrators and players have not been able to repeat, despite multiple attempts. With the exuberant fans running out of patience and the continuing reliance on England-based talent, there was a craving for something new. As depressing as the current ego-satisfying games are proving to be, the skills displayed by Bailey show that there could be a bright star waiting to be a part of the resuscitation of the country’s football. Recently, he has been signed by the Bundesliga club, Bayer Leverkusen, and this places him in the prestigious and highly sought-after European Champions League. All that said, there remains considerable anxiety as to whether the young man will even lace up for the country where his game had its infancy. He has been a highly visible foundation member of the Phoenix Academy, founded by the former Jamaica College left side defence player, the controversial Craig Butler. To his everlasting credit, Butler has toured Europe with a number of the Academy’s players, including Chippy and his son, Kyle. This has exposed them from early teens to an infinitely superior level of play than would have been afforded them at home. In the view of the senior Butler, this has readied them for consideration for selection to Jamaica’s teams at all age levels. There are some in the football fraternity who take it even further. They are suggesting that Butler’s wish is to have his boys drafted in with little or no display of their skills at training sessions. Any sane thinker would view such suggestions as unacceptable, as it is bound to upset the equilibrium among locals, not so privileged. Fences mendedlast_img read more

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African stars coming for Racers Grand Prix

first_imgTwo of the world’s biggest names in athletics are expected to be announced as fellow headliners along with Usain Bolt at today’s JN Racers Grand Prix launch at the Jamaica Pegasus.The pair of stars, who hail from Africa are considered to be two of the most exciting athletes on the circuit, with both said to be extremely excited about competing in the island.The second instalment of the Glen Mills brainchild attracted some big names at last year’s inaugural staging, but checks within the international athletics community revealed that two African standouts will be making the trip to Jamaica for the June 10 meet, set for the National Stadium.Mills had announced a few days ago that four world record holders would be named as confirmed athletes at today’s media conference.Three of those, including Bolt are now expected to be highlighted at today’s event.The meet, which will be used to pay homage to Bolt, who is in his final competitive season after announcing that he will retiring following this Summer’s World Championships in London, will also feature several top local athletes such as Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Kemar Bailey-Cole among others.LAST RACEThis will be Bolt’s last competitive race on Jamaican soil with organisers planning a special tribute 100m to close off the meet.Mills, a few weeks ago, underlined the plan to ensure a wider range of top level competitors at the meet with the , 400 metre hurdles for women as well as the men’s 800m added to this year’s programme.”We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined at a recent meeting.last_img read more

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