Rivoli’s Burke on MBU’s radar

first_imgMontego Bay United (MBU) could bid for Rivoli United’s ace marksman, Cory Burke, in the Red Stripe Premier League’s January transfer window.Club director Lincoln Whyte said yesterday that Burke, who has scored 12 goals this season, is on their radar.Montego Bay United already have leading scorer Dino Williams (13 goals) and Owayne Gordon (8) on their books, but are looking for reinforcement as they could lose players early in 2016.”We have an interest (in Burke). He is a top striker, and we would love to have him. We expect that come January, a few of our players might leave, so we have to do some forward thinking,” Whyte said.He added that Montego Bay United wanted to replace any outgoing talent with the best local players available.”In January, people (clubs) will be looking at our players. We will also be looking at players from other clubs, but we have not tried to pressure Cory (Burke) to come,” he said at yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League press conference at Spanish Town Road.He explained that Montego Bay United’s president, Orville Powell, had a business-like vision for the club as it relates to coaching, recruiting, buying and selling players locally and overseas.”Our last coach is like a scout for us. He is looking to get our players into clubs overseas. We, therefore, expect some of our players to move overseas,” Whyte reasoned.Montego Bay United lead the standings in the Red Stripe Premier League with 33 points, two more than Portmore United.last_img read more

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Windies ready to overcome tough build-up

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP): WITH one day to go before his team faces England at the World Twenty20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is ready to overcome a difficult build-up which has served up doping and selection problems. Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons were both ruled out with injury while Sunil Narine withdrew, needing more time to work on the suspect action, which means he is banned from bowling in international matches. Earlier this month, Andre Russell was reported to have missed three doping tests in the space of 12 months, a violation of anti-doping rules which equates to a positive test. Russell was not provisionally suspended, with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission referring the case to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. A date has not been set for the hearing, clearing Russell to play in India. “We are a team which always has a setback and we thrive on things like that,” Sammy said yesterday. “We as a team have supported Russell and we are confident that he will be taking part in the full tournament.” Narine and Pollard are both highly experienced players. “It’s always difficult to replace somebody like Narine or Pollard who has so much experience playing here,” Sammy said. “Yes we will miss them, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to step up and play.” In Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Russell and Sammy, West Indies have one of the most destructive Twenty20 batting line-ups, four years after they won the title in Sri Lanka. “Obviously we know Chris is a massive figure, we have Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Jason (Holder) and Carlos (Brathwaite) that’s a lot of power,” Sammy said. As well as England, West Indies face Sri Lanka, South Africa and Afghanistan in Group One. Of England, he said: “(Jos) Buttler, (Ben) Stokes and their captain Eoin Morgan are good players, we won’t take them for granted; but if we do what we could do then you are going to be victorious.” England have failed to make it past the second round since winning in 2010. But Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI. “We are in a really good place mentally,” Morgan said. “As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we’ll be in a stable position.” England have struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling, but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. England’s next matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be staged in New Delhi. “It’s normally a good batting surface here,” Morgan said. “It’s another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasise taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings.” England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month. Morgan said England’s batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India. “We learnt a lot, particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa,” he said. “We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket.”last_img read more

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Points standing

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Man City 6 5 0 1 12 2 10 152. Man United 6 4 1 1 9 5 4 133. West Ham 6 4 0 2 13 7 6 124. Leicester 6 3 3 0 13 9 4 125. Arsenal 6 3 1 2 5 5 0 106. Everton 6 2 3 1 8 5 3 97. Swansea 6 2 3 1 7 5 2 98. Crystal Palace 6 3 0 3 8 7 1 99. Tottenham 6 2 3 1 5 4 1 910. Watford 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 911. Norwich 6 2 2 2 9 10 -1 812. West Brom 6 2 2 2 4 6 -2 813. Liverpool 6 2 2 2 4 7 -3 814. Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 8 9 -1 715. Chelsea 6 2 1 3 9 12 -3 716. Southampton 6 1 3 2 7 8 -1 617. Aston Villa 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 418. Stoke City 6 0 3 3 5 9 -4 319. Newcastle 6 0 2 4 3 9 -6 220. Sunderland 6 0 2 4 6 13 -7 2last_img read more

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Chelsea look for relief in Europe

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP):JosÈ Mourinho’s Chelsea have made a miserable start to the Premier League season, lying 15th after seven games, but are top of their Champions League group and hopeful a strong run in Europe’s prestige tournament can ease the pressure at home.Chelsea began their European campaign with a 4-0 home win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. Next up, though, are FC Porto today, and the Blues have in the past struggled against the Portuguese outfit.Mourinho has twice returned to his former club since leaving it for Chelsea in 2004, recording a defeat and a draw in his first spell in charge of the English club.Porto’s opening group game brought a 2-2 draw against Dynamo Kiev.In the other Group G game, Maccabi Tel Aviv host Dynamo Kiev.OLD ANTAGONISTS MEETThere could be a frosty atmosphere at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao when Mourinho and Iker Casillas cross paths again.Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper may well be bearing a grudge against the Chelsea coach from their time together at Real Madrid.Their relations became strained in 2012 when then-Real coach Mourinho surprisingly benched the long-time Spain and club goalkeeper, causing an outcry.Casillas, who moved to Porto from Madrid last summer, was left off Real’s first team for five months and said the episode made him cry.It didn’t hurt his career much, though: he is poised to become the player with most Champions League appearances today, overtaking Xavi Hernandez to play in the tournament for the 152nd time.DIFFERING FORMChelsea have struggled domestically this season, and they drew 2-2 against troubled Newcastle United at the weekend. They have a 2-2-3 record and has half as many points as Premier League leaders Manchester United.While the defending English champions’ confidence is dented, Porto is joint leader of the Portuguese league.Porto are undefeated in six domestic games and are on a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions, though it was surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by minnows Moreirense last weekend.last_img read more

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Late wickets jolt Jamaica Scorpions

first_imgJamaica Scorpions lost two wickets just before close yesterday to put their WICB First-Class Championship clash against Guyana Jaguars in the balance heading into today’s second day at Sabina Park.The wickets, that of nightwatchman, Damion Jacobs, dismissed for zero off what turned out to be the last ball of the day, and Scorpions debutant, Antiguan Devon Thomas, 30, moments earlier, left Jamaica struggling at 63 for four.This is in chase of a first innings target of 189 scored by the Jaguars, which saw in-form spinner, Nikita Miller, taking a six-wicket haul.Winning the toss, and sending Guyana to bat, Jamaica had to endure a somewhat lukewarm first session with the Jaguars going to lunch at 80 for four.The Jaguars, after seeing out the early moisture in the wicket, were kept going by West Indies opener Assad Fudadin, who fell 15 minutes before the break.The left-handed Fudadin made 47 before he fell to Miller while his opening partner, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, chipped in with 12. Captain Leon Johnson, 16, and all-rounder Raymon Reifer, zero, were the other batsmen to fall.MILLER SHOWAfter the break, it then became the Miller show as exercising his customary good control, and using bounce, flight and turn, he was able to take another five wickets.He eventually ended up with six for 46, while part-time off-spinner, John Campbell, who got the ball to turn sharply, supported best with three for 45.Vishual Singh, 45, and Chris Barnwell, 23, were the next best scorers.AT SABINA PARK: GUYANA JAGUARS 189 all out (Assad Fudadin 47, Vishal Singh 45; Nikita Miller 6-46, John Campbell 3-45 vs Scorpions 63-4 ( Devon Thomas 30; Veerasammy Permaul 2-1).AT BEAUSEJOUR: VOLCANOES 205-7 (Andre Fletcher 63, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Uthman Mohammed 2-39, Imran Khan 2-57) vs Red Force.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BARBADOS PRIDE 272-6 (Roston Chase 95 not out, Jonathan Carter 54, Kevin Stoute 41; Gavin Tonge 4-43) vs Hurricanes.last_img read more

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FIFA deny JFF’s request to postpone WC qualifier

first_imgFOOTBALL’S-world governing body, FIFA, has denied a request by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to postpone its World Cup Qualifier on Good Friday, March 25, against Costa Rica at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. “The JFF wishes to advise that it made representation to FIFA for a possible change of date based on the sacred nature of Good Friday to many Jamaicans,” informed a JFF release yesterday. It added: “FIFA has responded that the change in date was not possible as the 2016 international match calendar has been approved since 2013.” Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, apologised. “Because we are a Christian society, I appealed to FIFA and asked them to postpone the game and have us play on another date. However, FIFA came back to us and said no,” Burrell told The Gleaner. “We had no intention to offend the Christians, but nothing can be done,” he emphasised. Burrell said arrangements could be made for a church service inside the venue before game time. “I am thinking of having a church service at the National Stadium before the game starts,” Burrell said. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain Grandstand Category One $6,500, Grandstand Category Two $5,500 and Bleachers $1,200.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: Brown Burke’s presence angers JLP supporters

first_img The supporters, who gathered outside the Mountain View Primary School after voting, became boisterous and blocked the entrance to the polling station denying Brown Burke entry. Brown Burke was surrounded by a group of police officers as she sought to explain her presence at the polling station. “What she a do inna the constituency, this is not her constituency, she need to leave,” one supporter shouted. Jamaica Labour Party supporters at the Mountain View Primary School in the St Andrew Eastern constituency, are this morning expressing displeasure at the presence of PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke.last_img read more

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Seeking My Dream stars at Caymanas Park

first_imgReigning ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM turned in another smashing performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over 1500 metres by four lengths, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:31.3 on a slow surface.Racing for the first time since his historic win in the $6.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5, SEEKING MY DREAM, installed a 1-5 favourite with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, stalked the leader ALL CORRECT and the chasing CAMPESINO until going through on the inside entering the straight.Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as the classy 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’ Alsafra, won, going away from the consistent CAMPESINO (5-2) in a field of seven.It was smiles all around and kudos from connections following the performance of SEEKING MY DREAM.CONFIDENT OF WIN”Although this was his first race since the Diamond Mile, I was confident he would win; maybe not in such cavalier fashion,” said re-elected MP Smith, accompanied by his sons, Jay and Duane.Winning rider Walker said SEEKING MY DREAM was so sharp that he could hardly contain him in third passing the half mile.”He pulled for his head, leaving the half mile and effortlessly improved into second behind his stable companion, All Correct … and it was over in a matter of strides,” said the four-time champion.DaCosta said that with this performance, SEEKING MY DREAM has firmly established himself as the best horse in the country.”His major objective is to win the Diamond Mile again in December and “I’m excited about his prospects,” said the leading trainer.Meanwhile, FEDORA, at odds of 7-1 with leading jockey Dane Nelson aboard and 9-5 favourite ORPHEUS (Shane Ellis) won the respective co-feature races over 1200 metres, the Hot Line Stakes for 3-y-o fillies and Sir Howard Stakes for colts and geldings in fine style.last_img read more

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Premier League cannot survive like this – Davies

first_img He mentioned, in particular President of the Tivoli Gardens Football Club Edward Seaga, and chairman of the Clarendon-based Humble Lion FC Mike Henry as individuals who have been funding Premier League clubs outside of the sponsorship deals. ” Several of the clubs, too much is dependent on one individual,” Davies added. “When (for instance) Mr. Seaga decides he has given enough to Tivoli or Mike Henry at Humble Lion, is there a structure that will succeed if any of these individuals step out,” he mused. While declining to provide a dollar figure on how much it takes to run his club, Arnett Gardens, Davies said that after preparing a full budget he knows the present situation cannot continue. “The present model cannot last. You see from time to time teams get promoted, and by the next year, they are demoted. I believe that in the excitement of being promoted, I don’t think they realise what’s fully involved.” Similar scenarios CHAIRMAN of the Arnett Gardens Football Club Omar Davies does not believe that Jamaica’s top football league the Red Stripe Premier League, can survive under its current model. Davies, who was speaking to Maurice Foster on Power 106 FM’s Power Play on Thursday evening, said that while he is grateful for what his club receives from title sponsorship, it nothing compared to what it actually takes to run a club. “While there is a title sponsor, and I’m grateful for what they contribute, what we receive from sponsorship does not match up to what is required to keep a team going,” said Davies, a former minister of finance. The Premier League is currently sponsored by Red Stripe, which signed a three-year deal in 2011, which it renewed for five years in 2014. The value of the deal was not revealed but it was rumoured to be in the range of $800 million, which is divided among the 12 clubs in the league as well as going towards prize money for the winning team. The winning team for this season’s Premier League Montego Bay United won $2.5 million. This represents the biggest sponsorship of local football. “While I commend the powers that be in terms of the organisation of the Premier League, I have indicated to other clubs that we need to make the public aware of the cost of running a Premier League club for a year,” said Davies. Montego Bay United is heavily subsidised by the club’s president, Orville Powell, which Davies said is consistent with a number of other clubs in the league. “In several instances several clubs are surviving because of an individual, and I can name the clubs. “That’s not something that can go forward, and it doesn’t make sense to have two or three clubs surviving because you need a larger number for the Premier League to survive.”last_img read more

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Man interrupts Swedish Open semi to give Nazi salute

first_imgFilipinos 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 A man in a black t-shirt supporting Revolution, a Nordic resistance movement gestures as he is escorted off the court by security, during the ATP tennis tournament Swedish Open semifinal match between Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer, in Bastad, Sweden, Saturday July 22, 2017. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP)BASTAD, Sweden — A man walked on to Centre Court during a Swedish Open semifinal and shouted Nazi slogans and raised his arm in a Nazi-like salute on Saturday.The man casually walked on to the court during the all-Spanish match between David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco, and shouted “Heil victory” while raising his right fist. Booing from the crowd drowned out his other comments, and he was led away without fuss by police. He was wearing a black T-shirt promoting Revolution, a Nordic resistance movement.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tournament director Chris Hult defended the event’s security, saying the man was not considered a threat by security guards. The man was reportedly arrested for trespass.Ferrer beat two-time runner-up Verdasco 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to reach his fourth Swedish Open final. He’ll be going for his third title at the beach resort of Bastad after wins in 2007 and 2012.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’In the final on Sunday, he’ll play Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who beat Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 6-2. Dolgopolov will play for his fourth career title, and second of the year after winning in Buenos Aires in February. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Belo has complete faith in Chot: ‘He knows what’s best for the team and me’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

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