first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH,BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,GIROUDAGUERO,STERLING, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, KOMPANY, OTAMENDI, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)This is the first clash of the season that may give a pointer to the potential winners of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal are second, two points behind leaders Leicester City, while Manchester City are a point behind, in third place.Having won 2-0 at Aston Villa, Arsenal return to the Emirates where they have scored just 11 goals, but they have conceded only five there.Manchester City have three wins from their last seven games in the Premier League and they were fortunate to beat Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal will hope that Olivier Giroud can maintain his impressive run of goals. The Frenchman became the seventh Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals with the first in the 2-0 win over Villa last Sunday. Giroud scored his 50th goal in his 113th game.City have not got a great Premier League record at Arsenal. In 18 visits they have won just once, in April 2012, while drawing six, including four of the last six.last_img read more

Nuclear Affair scores big

first_imgNUCLEAR AFFAIR established herself as the hot ante-post favourite for the April 9 1000 Guineas following her emphatic victory in the $1.1 million Thornbird Stakes over 1400 metres for native bred three-year-old fillies at Caymanas Park yesterdayInstalled a 1-2 favourite with three-time champion Dane Nelson riding for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, NUCLEAR AFFAIR stormed through from well off the pace set by DREAMING THE CODE (5-1) to win by just over four lengths from BIRD CATCHER (9-1), who in turn was 5-1/2 lengths clear of 13-1 chance BUBBLING KITTEN in third.Michael Bernard (Michros), the elated owner/breeder was very happy with the filly’s win.”She can do anything and this is only a prelude of what to expect in the fillies Guineas in three weeks time.”Subratie said that with NUCLEAR AFFAIR having to come from the number one post position in a field of 10, he did had some concerns over the draw. But Nelson rode a patient race as instructed and the filly fell on them like a ton of bricks early in the last furlong when getting racing room between horses,” said the second generation trainer.”She has really trained on from two to three and the sky’s the limit for her,” added Subratie who disclosed that NUCLEAR AFFAIR will be joined by her improving stable-companions CLASSY AVIATOR and GOLDEN GLORY in the Guineas.Nelson said the pace was fast, but this suited him as she is most effective when coming from off the pace.”She’s a very talented filly and I am looking forward to riding her again in the Guineas,” he said.NUCLEAR AFFAIR is a three-year-old chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair.Meanwhile, CHACE THE GREAT (9-2), ridden by Aaron Chatrie for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Robb George, closed strongly along the rails in mid-stretch to beat 2-1 favourite ORHEUS by 1-3/4 lengths in the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings over 1400 metres.The highly fancied JAMAI RAJA (5-2) could only manage sixth but missed the services of Dane Nelson who left the park in a huff prior to this race after he was summoned by the stewards for his riding of highly fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race, won by 6-5 favourite HOVER CRAFT – one of three winners for jockey Omar Walker and champion trainer Wayne DaCosta on the card.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgMarcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.last_img read more

Latapy says T&T have the traits to be successful

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):Legendary former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder, Russell Latapy, has hailed the current national team, saying it possesses several of the elements required to be successful in the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.Latapy, one of the finest talents to every emerge from the country, said the current team structure was reminiscent of successful past teams, and pointed out that the players appeared highly motivated to perform.”Every generation has its time and its place and its challenges and its rewards, but if I look at this young crop of players, I definitely see a hungry, successful bunch of players who want to do well for themselves and who want to do well for the country,” Latapy said.”When I’ve looked at a couple of the games, I see a lot of similarities in the identity of all the successful teams that we’ve ever had in Trinidad. When we look back … at all the successful teams we ever had, we had a couple things in common.”We had good goalkeepers, steady defenders, we had creative players, we had tricky wingers, we had goal-scorers and we were exciting to watch.”FIRM IDENTITYHe added: “I think as a footballing nation – which we are now – we’ve always had an identity and we would always go at teams, and play exciting and get the crowd involved in the game with the tricky players that we had, and I can see these similarities in this team.”Trinidad and Tobago entered the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers at the fourth round and have played unbeaten to date to lead Group C with ten points.They opened their campaign with a crucial 2-1 victory over Guatemala in Guatemala City last November before battling to a nil-all draw with CONCACAF powerhouses, the United States, four days later.Last month, they twice beat fellow Caribbean Football Union side St Vincent and the Grenadines, to take a huge step towards reaching the next round.Latapy, who was part of the historic national side which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, said it was important that fans and the corporate community, threw their support behind the Warriors.”I’m hoping that we can get a lot of sponsorship for these players and we can give them everything that is needed and wanted in order to have a successful campaign.”T&T resume their qualifying campaign in September with a clash against Guatemala.last_img read more

St Thomas, Melbourne battle for Senior Cup

first_imgThe battle for Jamaica’s cricket supremacy will get under way today when Melbourne CC and St Thomas CA square off in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup at Sabina Park.The two-day match-up, set to begin at 10 a.m. each day, will see Melbourne gunning for their first hold on the title since 2012.St Thomas, in the meanwhile, have made their first trip to the final.”It should be tough as they have West Indies and Jamaica experience in their ranks, as well as local players who have been doing well in recent years,” said Nikita Miller, captain of Melbourne.”However, we have similar quality players in our own right and should we play our best cricket, I expect us to come out on top.”Coached by Robert Samuels, who is away at a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coaching course in Barbados, Melbourne will look to their top runs scorer so far in American Steven Taylor, plus national batsman AndrÈ McCarthy, to lead their batting.This is in addition to young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith and the in-form Sadiki Bolt.Their bowling will be spearheaded by Miller, left-arm spinner Chris Lamont, and new Jamaica Tallawahs recruit, teenage fast bowler Oshane Thomas.St Thomas, whose ascendancy coincided with the election of new parish president Dennis Gordon, will primarily look to captain Carlton Baugh Jr, Antiguan batsman Devon Thomas, and former Jamaica youth captain Jamie Trenchfield in terms of batting exploits.EYES ON BOWLERSMeanwhile, as it relates to their bowling, much will be expected of Jamaica Scorpions fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown.”It should be a close contest, but we believe we have what it takes to come out on top,” said Baugh Jr, whose outfit defeated Melbourne on first-innings points in the group stages.”We are peaking at the right time, and having played them before, we are aware of what it takes to beat them again.”St Thomas qualified for the final after beating Kingston at home on first-innings points in their semi-final meeting at Factories Oval.Melbourne, in the meantime, who dethroned Jamaica Defence Force in quarter-finals, defeated University of The West Indies, also on first innings, in their semi-finals at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval.last_img read more

Shelly’s Six-a-Side support

first_imgIt was some Public Holiday night in 2008 – National Heroes Day appropriately springs to mind – that this columnist paid a visit to the Waterhouse community of St Andrew. It was a period of personal vehicular immobility, a favourite taxi driver providing the transport. There was no arrangement for the return trip home, that was left to chance. Prime focus was to absorb the prelude to a function, at which the recently crowned Olympic 100m champion and daughter of the area, Shelly-Ann Fraser (no Pryce yet) would be feted. Given the tradition, a speech was expected. To be there in the first instance some would call it ‘’temporary insanity”. Before the arrival of the queen of the evening, there was interaction with the crowd. The air was full of ‘’me an she went to basic school together”, “Is mi little niece and she neva run fast like mi,” and numerous other little quips, all aimed at showing some affiliation to the toast of the moment. There were vendors galore, both at the venue, Ashoka Road and drawn from places beyond. Business was robust, street party-styled. When time came for the night’s proceedings to begin, all being asked was “When she going to talk?” When that special moment arrived, the cheers were deafening. Queen Shelly was on centre stage. Her upbringing flashed across the mind. So too, did live television clips of ‘Mommy Maxine’ after that fantastic Beijing triumph taking to the church to rock and sing praises with her equally enthralled brethren and sistren. Shelly spoke of support for the community from which she launched her moment of global glory, still to be further embellished in the ensuing years. As guns barked close by, the casualties to be catalogued in the next morning’s news, she had a message to the idle perpetrators: “I will get to you, in time.” For Foster’s Fairplay’s candidate for Jamaica’s finest female sporting ambassador of all times, the time is now. As reported, Shelly has launched the third staging of what is to be an annual Six-a-Side football competition in her home environment. She issued a passion-filled call to neighbouring businesses to give their support, emphasising that the competition has dismantled a lot of the tensions that existed among warring factions. Plans of this Shelly-Ann initiative include infrastructural upgrade at a facility sited at 451 Spanish Town Road, transforming it into a sporting complex. She has welcomed on board the sponsors, who have already signalled their support. “I am really excited to have them … for them to see the impact this football competition has had on the community.” She wanted, as well, to have medical personnel present at all games, which she deemed to be mandatory. The two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist – a feat accomplished by only two athletes previously – recounted a sad incident. It made the reason for her community upliftment plans even more relevant. “I remember years ago when I lived in the community, men were in argument over football and one person ended up dying. It’s a good thing when you can have young men from different parts of the community come together and play some football and when they are done they can lyme and talk and go about their business.” What is happening with this on-going competition is to be commended. It shows a young woman’s resolve to enforce a thought that could have perished like so many others from the less committed. Shelly has put as a priority the welfare of her disadvantaged people, raising their hopes and belief that they have not been forgotten and left to languish in the dark corridors of empty promises. This is a stark demonstration that there is something out there for them. Let the nation wake up and appreciate that in their midst that there is a rare gem in Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Jamaica needs noble and selfless acts like these for our future stars to emulate. Foster’s Fairplay, always seeking to extend plaudits to the deserving, is in ecstacy with her displays of benevolence. Shelly is one of a kind. For feedback: E-Mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Diver Knight-Wisdom hopes Olympic berth will inspire Jamaicans

first_imgAfter raising his head above water following his final dive on Sunday at the biennial Diving World Cup – an Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro – the next few seconds seemed like an eternity for Jamaica’s three-metre springboard representative, Yona Knight-Wisdom. The electronic scoreboard flickered to life and his tally for six dives was scored at 397.90 points. That wasn’t only enough to get him the 17th-place spot in the standings, but also one of 18 semi-final spots – a guarantee of a place on the platform at this year’s Olympic Games. The usually reserved diver burst into tears as confirmation came that he would be heading back to Brazil this summer to represent Jamaica in the three-metre springboard diving competition, at the same facility that he competed last weekend. It’s an accomplishment that the 20-year-old, who will become the island’s first Olympic diver, hopes will inspire the nation as he looks forward to the August 5-21 Games. “I think that it should inspire people to try new things. Don’t be limited to what is normal and what is safe. Don’t be afraid to go against the odds. I am a 190-cm tall, 90-kg heavy, black diver. Watch a diving event and that is not something you will see very often. I’ve gone against the odds, with the faith and support of my family, coaches and teammates, and I’ve succeeded,” he told The Gleaner in an interview shortly after his qualification. “I think the history of it will really sink in during the Games. Right now, I’m concentrating on today’s (yesterday’s) semi-final and still worrying about the dissertation I have to write and hand in on the 27th of April. All the messages of congratulations and support have made it feel incredible,” he added. Born in England, Knight-Wisdom began diving in 2004 after being spotted through a talent-identification programme. “I remember watching the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, just after I got involved in the sport, and saw Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win a silver medal for Great Britain in the 10-metre synchro. From that point, it was always my dream to compete in an Olympic Games,” he noted. After struggling to break into the British team, Knight-Wisdom took the advice of his coach to represent one of his parents’ countries of birth. He decided to don the colours of his father’s country, and first represented Jamaica in 2012. “From that point, we set the goal of using various competitions to gain experience, so I would be in a realistic position to qualify a spot for the 2016 Olympic Games,” he shared. Qualify he did. As the youngster pointed out, it did not come without its fair share of challenges and sacrifices. “This process, especially in the last four years, has required much sacrifice, particularly of my socialising time, lots of commitment and discipline,” Knight-Wisdom said. One of his biggest challenges have been to balance his Olympic dream with his studies at Leeds Beckett University from where he is expected to graduate this summer. Knight-Wisdom said he is looking forward to continuing his preparation ahead of the Games, where he will be going headfirst towards his ambitions to represent the country to the best of his ability. “I aim to enjoy the experience as much as possible because it’s not often you get to go to an Olympic Games. But in the competition, just giving 100 per cent diving, to the best of my ability, and representing Jamaica as well as I can over my six dives,” he said. Diving events at the 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 7-19 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. GAINING EXPERIENCElast_img read more


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Vere in Headley Cup final

first_imgFormer champions Vere Technical advanced to the 2016 Headley Cup final after easing past Munro College by nine wickets last Friday.Scores in the two-day semi-final match played at Vere were Munro 95 and 140; Vere Technical 215 and 21 for one.The Robert Turner-coached Vere Technical have been unbeaten all season and they continued their fine run with another magnificent display. The destroyers on Friday were spinners Romaine Jacobs, with five for 36, and Ryan Burnett, three for 36. Javon Francis (28), David Curtis (25) and Phillip Ebanks (20) were the main contributors for the Malvern-based Munro.Vere reached 165 for six in reply on the opening day. The second day was delayed by almost two hours due to overnight rain. However, when play was resumed, Vere added a further 50 runs for their last four wickets. Romario Allen made 51 and Javere Bryan 36.GOOD INNINGSKnowing that only an outright win was their only hope of advancing, Munro started their second innings on fire as they racked up 35 runs off the first five overs. However, when Vere introduced the spin attack of AndrÈ Stubbs and Burnett, it was a different affair. Stubbs had excellent figures of seven for 61 and Burnett three for 24 as Munro slipped to 140 all out and a 20-run overall lead. Vere easily got past the required runs.Turner is hoping to turn back defending champions St Elizabeth Technical when both teams meet in the three-day final starting tomorrow at the Jamalco Sports Club.”It’s a great feeling to be in the final as the boys have played very well all season, and we did not expect to win that easily as Munro have been scoring very high all season,” Turner said.He said Vere were very confident they could dethrone St Elizabeth.”We are looking forward to meeting St Elizabeth Technical as over the years, they have beaten us either at this stage or in the quarter-finals but this time around, we are confident that we can go all the way,” Turner said last Friday.last_img read more

WNBA players in Turkey safe after Istanbul attack – coach

first_imgA handful of WNBA players, including Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender of the Los Angeles Sparks, were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul early yesterday.Sparks coach Brian Agler confirmed to The Associated Press that Carson had texted him to say that the three players were OK. The WNBA later told the AP that all of its players in Turkey were accounted for.”The attack at Reina in Istanbul was tragic and we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and their families,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement. “The WNBA was in contact with our players in the region after the incident. We are thankful each one of them is safe and accounted for.”An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, leaving at least 39 people dead in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.About two dozen WNBA players are in Turkey during their off-season playing in a league there.Carson had tweeted earlier in the evening that she was “stuck inside of the club because of ‘terror’ shooting in Istanbul. Praises to the Most High”.The incident occurred a week after the WNBA started offering to its players a phone application to assist them in trying to stay safe while traveling overseas.The league has partnered with LiveSafe, a safety communications platform, to provide a mobile security app to its 60-plus players competing in Russia, Turkey, China and other countries this off-season.last_img read more