Benteke lifts Liverpool

first_imgSUNDERLAND, England (AP):Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification yesterday.The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, too.Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points (30) with Manchester United but behind their great rivals on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.Sunderland stayed next to last with their fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety as recently hired manager Sam Allardyce struggles to turn around the fortunes of the perennial relegation contenders. Sunderland’s home game against last-place Aston Villa on Saturday assumes even greater significance.It was Benteke’s sixth goal in seven career games against Sunderland – more than he has scored against any other club.”I came to Liverpool to try to score a lot of goals; I’m in good shape,” said Benteke, who has six league goals this season. “I hope I can keep it up.”last_img read more

Watson driving Boyz forward with his ‘A’ game

first_img Ja’s first final PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: JE-VAUGHN WATSON has embraced his role as one of the key players for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The central midfielder is a senior member in the Jamaica set-up, who has been covering a lot of ground while playing a two-way role at the tournament, which climaxes with a clash against Mexico in the final at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia tomorrow. “Playing for the country, that alone is a big motivation. To put on the green, gold and black that gives us a big motivation for a big tournament,” he said. “Playing in the Gold Cup against quality teams like the United States you’ve to bring your ‘A’ game.” Jamaica’s place in the final is historical, as they had never been farther than the semis – in 1993 when they finished joint third and 1998 when they placed fourth. On Wednesday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, that stat went out the window, with Watson, who his teammates call ‘Hacker’, working off his socks in a 2-1 victory for the Jamaicans. “Before the game the players said ‘Je-Vaughn you didn’t play the last game. We know your potential, we know what you can do, anytime you play the team plays well’,” noting their call for him to step up to the plate. “It means a lot to me to know that you’re playing for your country and you’re a vital player in the team and guys look forward to you – players who can give a lot of energy for the team, whether in offence or defence. That’s not a pressure. I take it as a blessing to represent your country like that. “I’ve got the mentality going in the game that I’ve to be the one to move the ball to both sides. I’ve to be the one to break up and stuff, so I guess it worked out well,” he pointed out. “We had one of the best games of the tournament. We beat a good US team that everybody wanted to win the game. But, we went out there and showed a lot of guts and determination and we came away winners. “I feel so good I didn’t even sleep last night (Wednesday). I felt like I was dreaming. But at the end of the day we knew we were a better team than them. We knew that if we went out there and played then we would give a good game,” he added. “We’ve one more game to go, the celebrations, it’s over now … and it’s back to work again.”last_img read more

Norman Manley top Back-To INSPORTS Five-a-Side

first_imgNorman Manley of Delacree Park are the champions of the inaugural Institute of Sports Back-To Street Five-a-Side football competition, which was held on Saturday at the Majesty Gardens basketball court.Norman Manley won the title after a 5-6 penalty-kick victory over Young Boyz from Selassie Gardens. This after both teams had played to 0-0 draw at full and extra-time.We Dem Boyz from Waterhouse won the third-place trophy after defeating Barber Shop of Majesty Gardens 4-3 on penalties. Both sides had played to a 0-0 draw.The competition, which attracted 20 teams from in and around Kingston and St Andrew, was sponsored by the Institute of the Sports (INSPORTS).Tayna Wright, executive assistant at INSPORTS, said the competition was successful.”INSPORTS was proud to play an integral part in the Back-To Street football competition,” said Wright.”The competition was a successful one and, in seeing that, INSPORTS hopes to be on board for next year’s staging,” she said.FOSTERING GOOD RELATIONSHIPSWright added that the competition helped to foster good relationships between the youth from various communities in and around Kingston and St Andrew.”This competition has helped to bring a lot unattached youth in the communities together and this helps to foster good relationships and sportsmanship in the sporting circle,” Wright noted.Lionel Francis, organiser of the championships, said it was exciting.”This was a very exciting league because it brought together a lot of youth from in and around the Kingston and St Andrew communities, and everyone had a good time.”It was violence-free, and the vibes and competitiveness among the players on the field and off was excellent,” said Francis.last_img read more

JC back to basics

first_imgONCE the school of choice for some of Jamaica’s brightest minds and a bastion of sporting prowess, it saw a period of decline in the 1980s and 1990s. But over the last decade, Jamaica College (JC) has moved to recapture its glory days.The school last week won the 2015 Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Olivier Shield title, a week after winning the Manning Cup – their fifth since 2007 – not long after the school started to make a turnaround.In 2011, the school won the ISSA Boys’ Championship title, 100 years after it first won a Boys’ Champs.The school has also been successful in hockey and cricket and are three-time defending Under-19 Manning Cup football champions.Academically, the school, which has produced three political heads of states, was ranked 34th among Jamaican schools in the 2015 Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) results, with 59 percent of its grade-11 cohort passing five or more subjects.Chairman of the school’s sports committee, Ian Forbes, told The Gleaner that just around 10 years ago a decision was taken to change things.”Stakeholders came together and determined that it could not be business as usual. That was spearheaded by R Danny Williams, who became chairman of the board in 2006,” he said, adding that the strategy has been maintained by board chairman Michael Bernard.”He (Williams) led from the front in the constitution of the board and the strategic direction that we wanted to go. We had the commitment at the highest level, which filtered to the other areas of the school,” said Forbes, adding that Ruel Reid was hired as principal as part of the strategy.Forbes, who represented the school in track and field, football and was a captain of the Sunlight Cup cricket team, as well as a former coach, said the breakdown in the family structure in the wider society had helped in the demise of the school.”What was happening in the wider society would have impacted that. There was a period when things were not as we had hoped it to be.”Forbes, who attended JC between 1969 and 1977, said hundreds of millions of dollars had been spent on improving the school’s environment.”Physically, it had deteriorated somewhat so we revitalised the environment. Lots of infrastructural work was done to make the surroundings as aesthetical pleasing as possible and you know the impact environment can have on behaviour,” he noted.Among the improvements was the building of the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, a museum, the Frank Hall Gym and refurbishing of Heritage Trust-listed buildings on campus.Plans for boardingThe school was founded as a boarding institution. There is a plans to re-establish the boarding aspect, with a dormitory to accommodate approximately 100 students – now in the final stages of construction.A sticking point for some may be the balance between sport and education for student-athletes, but Forbes said the school has also been offering academic support.”It’s not that they are left. We offer support programmes; that continues to be a work in progress. We have seen major improvement in that area where our student-athletes are improving. A number of them in football, track and field and basketball have received scholarships for local and overseas.”We are striving for (balance) and we think we are on the right path. We have tremendous focus on improving the academics and we think we are getting there. That is trending in the right direction,” he said.JC, he added, is once again becoming a school of preference for boys around the country.”We have far more applications than we have space. Places at JC are highly sought after,” he said.last_img read more

Wrong forum Chris Gayle

first_imgWhat is the problem with Christopher Henry Gayle that is causing this continuous display of his manhood and sexuality in the public space?The T20 cricket batting superhero had another on-air amorous approach aimed at a female journalist conducting a post-performance interview during a game in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).It was only last year, on Antigua home soil, that Big Chris committed what Foster’s Fairplay assessed then and still now, as a trend towards vulgarity.On that occasion, in a pre-game interview, the former West Indies captain was reported to have been asked by a female interviewer: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather”?The response was: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”The question in this columnist’s view did not indicate cricket savvy, but Gayle put the query on a sexist plane.Following the story from Down Under, what is interesting is a comment by a Jamaican sports journalist considered, in this corner, to be ‘from the top drawer’.FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASENoted for his incisive analysis, after listening to excerpts from the recent interview with Gayle and the woman, he made the point: “I thought Gayle had learnt his lesson.”No such luck, Leighton. There is no stopping the loose talk coming from the swashbuckling opening batsman, as he seems to be stuck in the groove of ‘putting his foot in his mouth’ on these occasions.This time, his 41 off 15 balls was being recounted when what he chose to highlight was his attraction to the lady’s eyes and proceeded to issue an invitation on set for the woman to “have a drink” later.The “Do not blush, Baby” followed.Subsequently, the BBL boss, obviously and justifiably incensed, has issued sanctions against our boy, Chris. First up, he will no longer be featured in the coverage of the games. His wearing of on-field microphones to facilitate comments during the fast-paced spectacle is now denied. Added to this, the now-beleaguered entertainer has been docked US$7,200 (AUS$10,000.)In response to the many negative remarks from all over, there have been shouts of “Overkill!”, “Killing an ant with a hammer!” and the like. The view expressed there is that Gayle’s flirtatious foray did not deserve such adverse comment.In general, it is also the talk that the matter has been “blown out of proportion”. Some have responded to the most popular comment, which is that the approach was “inappropriate”.Another famed radio talk show host and academic has said that the measure of that description is dependent on how acceptable it was to the lady in question, Mel McLaughlin.Also, it has been mentioned that she was made to feel “uncomfortable”, while carrying out the requirements of her job.culture-dependent viewOn the matter of discomfort, the only opinion in the public space has not, to this columnist’s knowledge, come from the lady herself, but rather from what she was alleged to have said to her superior. Foster’s Fairplay is in total disagreement with the highly respected talk show host on the matter of the lady’s acceptability or not. That is immaterial in this corner. Depending on culture, socialisation, or plain lack of decency on the part of the target, the foulest language in requesting sexual attention can find favour in certain quarters but can be rejected, as it should be, in others.This columnist, in his youthful days, trying to adhere to lessons taught, lost many a battle, failing to land the booty, while the vulgar approach won the hand, and whatever else was on offer from the female. Unacceptability is a legitimate call, regardless of its source.As for the suggestion that the story has received an overabundance of mileage, this is how journalists eat, drink, and enjoy life’s blessings. Put a little one-Test medium pacer in the superstar’s position, the hue and cry would be considerably less – if heard at all.The so-called extra publicity comes from the elevated territory, and Gayle and his supporters must be aware of this as they line up in his support.Foster’s Fairplay sums up the varied arguments and counter arguments: It was the wrong forum for the comment.Take the thought elsewhere, Chris.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgBarclays Premier League ReviewsJohn LeyCRYSTAL PALACE 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3GOALS:- PALACE: VERTONGHEN OG 30th. TOTTENHAM: KANE 63rd; ALLI 84th; CHADLI 90th.Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Tottenham into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Jan Vertonghen turned Wilfried Zaha’s cross into his own net to put Palace ahead, but Harry Kane levelled. Then Alli flicked the ball over his head before volleying Spurs into the lead, while Nacer Chadli netted a late third.LEICESTER CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- LEICESTER: DRONKWATER 42nd; VARDY 66th; ULLOA 87th.Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with an impressive win over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater gave Leicester the lead before Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought of 10 hours and 17 minutes and Leonardo Ulloa completed their 13th win of the season.MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: AUSTIN 87th.Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored the winner to punish lacklustre Manchester United at Old Trafford. Austin, signed last weekend from Queens Park Rangers, rose to head home an 87th minute free-kick. At the end, United manager Louis van Gaal and his players were booed off.NORWICH CITY 4 LIVERPOOL 5GOALS:- NORWICH: MBOKAI 29th; NAISMITH 41st; HOOLAHAN PEN 54th; BASSONG 90th. LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 18th, 63rd; HENDERSON 55th; MILNER 75th; LALLANA 90th.Liverpool come back from 3-1 down to steal a dramatic last-minute winner from Adam Lallana. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead, but Dieumerci’s Mbokani levelled before debutant Steven Naismith put the home side in front. Wes Hoolahan added a penalty, before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck. James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.SUNDERLAND 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND VAN AANHOLT 45th. BOURNEMOUTH: AFOBE 13th.Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header. But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and shot past Artur Boruc.WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 46th; CATHCART 58th. NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 71st.Odion Ighalo rediscovered his scoring touch as Watford won their first league game in six. The Nigerian striker went into the game without a goal since 28 December, but finally claimed his 14th of the season when he beat the offside trap to slot in Troy Deeney’s through ball. He then set up Craig Cathcart, who drove in the second from six yards. Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles headed home in the 71st minute to set up a tense finish.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa avoided defeat for a third successive Barclays Premier League match as they held neighbours West Bromwich Albion in an uninspiring stalemate. Villa could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Jordan Ayew appeared to be fouled by Albion defender Jonas Olsson. Albion failed to register a single shot on target, although Craig Dawson headed over and Stephane Sessegnon slashed wide after the break.WEST HAM UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: VALENCIA 1st, 56th. CITY: AGUERO PEN 9th, 81st.Manchester City lost ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham. Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled. The hosts regained the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in. However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.last_img read more

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

first_imgOutgoing Jamaica Under-19 captain, Michael Frew, a member of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team, has listed teamwork as the main reason their historic ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph. The West Indies, led by Man-of-the-Match Leeward Islands batsman, Keacy Carty, who scored an unbeaten 52, defeated title-favourites and previously unbeaten India by five wickets in the final yesterday in Bangladesh. “It was definitely, team performance,” off-spinning all-rounder Frew told The Gleaner.  “It wasn’t one person who really carried the team. Everyone chipped in at the right time. “Our opening bowlers, again, gave us a good start with the new ball and the bowlers in the middle came and finished the job. “In the batting we knew we had a lot of balls and the guys batted patiently,” he added. The triumph, which was wrapped up with three balls to spare, after the West Indies scored 146 for five in response to 145 made by the Indians, represented the first time the regional outfit was lifting the title. The previous best performance was a second place finish in 2004, when the West Indies, led then by current wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, lost to Pakistan in the final, also in Bangladesh. Fast bowlers – the impressive Alzzarri Joseph of the Leewards and, Ryan John of the Windward Islands – spearheaded the West Indies bowling performance with three for 39 and John, three for 38, respectively. “Leading up to the final we were winning matches so our confidence was at a pretty good level,” expressed Frew. “However, we knew that India was a good team and didn’t take anything for granted.” Guided by captain Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana, the West Indies, after going down to England in their opening match, rebounded to defeat Fiji and Zimbabwe in their subsequent group fixtures. They then defeated long-standing nemesis, Pakistan, who also knocked them out of the tournament in 2014, in the quarter-finals, before getting the better of Bangladesh in the semi-finals. One of three Jamaicans in the West Indies squad along with fast bowler Odean Smith and batsman Shahid Crooks, Frew, also said he hoped the win would make the people of the Caribbean happy. “I hope it has made them proud,” he said. “We wanted to do this for the people of the Caribbean, including our family and our friends.”last_img read more

Stewart praises Rivoli for overall performance in Red Stripe Premier League

first_img Standings Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay United 27 15 9 3 45 15 30 54 Arnett 26 15 5 6 42 20 22 50 Portmore 26 14 5 7 31 24 7 47 Humble Lion FC 26 10 9 7 24 22 2 39 UWI FC 26 10 7 9 30 35 -5 37 H. View 26 8 10 8 30 26 4 34 Cavalier SC 26 8 7 11 21 25 -4 31 Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30 Boys’ Town 26 8 6 12 29 43 -14 30 Tivoli 27 8 5 14 30 37 -7 29 Rivoli 26 5 8 12 25 34 -9 23 Waterhouse 26 4 10 12 22 32 -10 22 Veteran coach Bradley Stewart lifted his hat to his charges on Monday night as his 11th-placed Rivoli United put in an impressive display against defending champions Arnett Gardens, as both teams ended 0-0 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Stewart, who took over the relegation-threatened team following the departure of Harold Thomas, was happy that the players responded to his urgings and made a fight of the match. “I would give them seven out of 10 on the technical side in terms of what they were able to do. On the condition side, they ran for the entire 90 minutes of the game. I think that where we are probably a little weak is the mental toughness that you would expect from the players, but overall I am pleased with them; they did well,” said Stewart, who served as assistant to former national coach, Theodore Whitmore. The performance of the team, Stewart said, was not surprising. “I am not surprised by how well we played. Before I went to Rivoli, I saw them play Arnett Gardens at Spanish Town, where Rivoli scored first and Arnett scored late. Rivoli had good possession, but did not stand up well to Arnett. This evening, though, was different as they stood up to everything Arnett threw at them,” Stewart said. Among the drawbacks he saw was that they did not concentrate for long. “Sometimes they lose their concentration a little bit too easily, and sometimes we would get exploited based on that, but we did well tonight. We ran for the 90 minutes and created chances. We did not put them away because the goalkeeper was outstanding this evening,” added Stewart. Despite the positives that he has seen since taking over, Stewart believes that surviving the drop will be a difficult thing. “It is going to be tough. Unless the teams above us keep losing, it is going to be tough for us to catch the teams that are nine, 10 or eight points above us.”last_img read more

Trainer DaCosta 2,000 not out

first_img Significantly, VISION OF GOLD was also ridden by stable jockey Walker for owner Elizabeth DaCosta, the trainer’s wife. Although it was awfully close in the last race, the Hall of Fame (2009) trainer was, of course, elated with the outcome. To mark the occasion, DaCosta was toasted with champagne by CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller in the winners’ enclosure minutes later. “Ever since I became the leading all-time trainer in Jamaica back in April, surpassing Philip Feanny with my 1,951st win with Super Cop, my next objective was to reach the magical figure of 2,000 before the end of the 2016 season,” DaCosta said. “Although it didn’t happen last year, having missed out by two weeks, attaining the milestone today is no less significant. It’s a wonderful feeling, and having won the trainer’s title for the past 12 years, it will be much of the same in 2017,” promised DaCosta, whose long and distinguished training career spans 40 years. During that time, he has won the derby on four occasions – THORNBIRD (1984), WAR ZONE (1996), GOOD PROSPECT (1999), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (2013) and SEEKING MY DREAM (2015), along with numerous big race successes over the years. Meanwhile, the day’s 1300-metre feature for the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy (claiming $450,000-$400,000) saw the 3-5 favourite SCOOP JORDYNE managing only third to the outsiders TRADITIONAL STORM (29-1) and MIND SET (89-1) in a photo finish. Trained by Randolph Scott, TRADITIONAL STORM provided the apprentice Andre Powell, with the second, of two winners on the card. Awfully close Newly crowned 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta attained yet another milestone in the annals of local racing when he became the first trainer to saddle 2,000 winners, thanks to a late double on yesterday’s 10-race programme at Caymanas Park. DaCosta recorded his 1,999th win when 5-2 chance IAN LINKS ran on strongly to win the eighth race over 1600 metres in decisive fashion with champion jockey Omar Walker aboard. He came back to win the 10th and final race over 1820 metres in dramatic fashion with 6-5 favourite VISION OF LOVE, the 4-y-o chestnut gelding finishing in a dead-heat for first with the fast-finishing COUNTER ATTACK (5-1) under apprentice Linton Steadman.last_img read more

RSPL double-header set for National Stadium

first_imgIndependence Park Limited (IPL) has brokered a partnership with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) for a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) double-header at the National Stadium on Monday night. The scheduled Monday-night games will see Boys’ Town playing Humble Lion, starting at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a clash between old foes Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Both parties decided to come together to have games played in the nation’s best facility in an effort to aid the development of local football. Major Desmon Brown, general manager at IPL, the government agency responsible for the National Stadium complex, says that Monday’s games are being played on a trial basis. “It is a trial. We hope that it will be successful in order to continue playing Premier League games there,” Major Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “The gate receipts will be shared 50-50 between the IPL and PLCA and the clubs will also earn.” “We want to go back to the days where successful clubs’ matches were held at the stadium in the right atmosphere. Now, it is part of the drive to develop local football,” Major Brown added. The IPL will be responsible for additional cost to stage the games. Meanwhile, general manager of the PLCA, Patricia Garel, says that the league’s title sponsor Red Stripe is also fully behind the matches being played inside the National Stadium. “Red Stripe is fully involved. We think that the selection of games would be good to attract spectators as it depends on the turnout on Monday night,” Garel shared. Only the grandstand section will be open with tickets going for $500.last_img read more