Former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has replaced his 1998 World Cup teammate, Theodore Whitmore, as the national Under-20 head coach.Altimont Butler, also a former Reggae Boy, will be his assistant.Whitmore will be in charge of the national Futsal team that will be involved in a tournament in Cuba next January. Fabian Taylor will be his assistant.President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell in announcing the change at the Sherwin Williams Women’s League awards ceremony held at the JFF’s offices last Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the transition of local talent from the schoolboy level to national representation.”There has been a lot of talk about youth development in Jamaica. I am very happy to announce that JFF will be making some changes in this regard,” the JFF boss said.”The transition between the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and the senior national team is not what it should be. After extensive discussions with the director of football (Vinimore Blaine), a decision was made to put the two former Reggae Boyz players in charge of the Under-20 team,” Burrell said.Butler told The Sunday Gleaner that although he has more experience as a coach than Gardner, he (Butler) is willing to play any role in a coaching position.”I am a Jamaican and will to do duties for the country in any role as a coach,” Butler said following the announcement.Butler, who has coached in Europe and the United States has a ‘B’ licence in football coaching, while Gardner is currently pursuing his licence. Gardner is also a member of Harbour View FC coaching staff.Jamaica will participate in the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, starting next year.
Christopher Taylor is very fast. However, it turns out that he didn’t run as fast as was first reported at the Tyser-Mills development meet at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education on December 12.Taylor, the World Youth 400-metre champion was credited with a 200-metre time of 21.33 seconds. However, official meet results now indicate that his actual time was 22.33 seconds.The extra-fast time was widely reported and seemed believable since Taylor, a 16-year-old Calabar High school student athlete, has twice run the 200 metres in under 21 seconds this year. However, that time has been set aside. When contacted, officials involved in recording the Tyser-Mills results said that the extra fast time didn’t come from them.Times at the meet were captured by handheld stop watches. While that method can be accurate, the commonly accepted difference between automatic times and hand times is 0.24 seconds for races up to 200 metres and 0.14 for longer races. In addition, as is common in Jamaica, the times at Tyser-Mills had the appearance of automatic times because they were rendered to two places of decimal. Had international track convention been observed, Taylor’s corrected time of 22.33 seconds would have been rounded up to 22.4.The second fastest Class Two 200-metre time at the Tyser-Mills meet was recorded by Taylor’s Calabar teammate Tyreke Wilson at 22.59 seconds. Taylor and Wilson, the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships Class Three record holder, competed in separate heats.
MADRID (AP):Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give AtlÈtico Madrid an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday.Griezmann opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then sealed the victory with a late penalty kick to allow Atletico to reverse the 2-1 first-leg loss at Camp Nou with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.The result sent Diego Simeone’s team, which had played most of the first-leg match with 10 men, to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons. And it shattered the hopes of favourites Barcelona, who have reached the semi-finals seven times in the last eight seasons.AtlÈtico Madrid left Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after their striker, Fernando Torres, was sent off in the 35th minute. Yesterday, it was Barcelona who had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fern·ndez that appeared to be inside the area but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.Lionel Messi’s ensuing free kick sailed over the crossbar in his team’s last chance.In yesterday’s other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. The draw in the return leg of their quarter-final meant Bayern went through 3-2 on aggregate after their 1-0 win at home. Unfancied Benfica made the German club fight till the end, though, as substitute Talisca’s curling free kick beat Manuel Neuer in the 76th to make it level on the night.Ra?l JimÈnez’s 27th-minute goal, when he met a lobbed pass from Eliseu and beat two defenders to head past Neuer, put Benfica level over the two legs and fired up the Portuguese team.Arturo Vidal replied for Bayern in the 38th with his second goal over the two legs. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson pushed out Philipp Lahm’s cross as far as the Chile midfielder, who was alone on the edge of the area and fired a shot into the empty goal.Thomas Mueller, who hadn’t scored in his past three games, made it 2-1 for the Bundesliga club on the night with a header in the 52nd.Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.
After securing the broadcast rights, FLOW’s vice-president of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, has promised cutting-edge delivery of Jamaica’s CONCACAF semi-finals round World Cup qualifiers and sought to alleviate fears with plans for wide-scale viewing opportunities for non-subscribers.After overcoming Nicaragua, Jamaica will take the next step towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia with a game against Group B opponents Panama at the National Stadium on November 13, 2015, with Haiti and Costa Rica also drawn into the group.The Reggae Boyz will be targeting a top-two finish, which will secure a spot in the final hurdle – the final round of qualifying where the region’s top-six teams will lock horns for one of CONCACAF’s three automatic qualifying spots to Russia 2018. The fourth-place team at the final round will face a play-off with the fifth-place finisher from Asia qualifying.Through the deal, FLOW will be broadcasting all of the Reggae Boyz games on its Flow 100 channel, and despite registering some 100,000 subscribers, Redwood, who noted that the company is looking into ways to make the games available to as many fans as possible, pointed to a commitment to providing high-interest content to the public as a major factor in its pursuing of the rights.”We have secured the rights for the entire round of matches home and away for the Reggae Boyz in their World Cup qualifiers,” said Redwood. “It’s really to ensure that we can consistently provide high-quality content to our customers; that’s something that we do on a regular basis, looking at channels, looking at different types of activities, events. Sporting events are something that we continue to look at and we try to bring the best content and the best TV experience to our customers across the island.”Redwood noted that the games, as well as pre- and post-game analysis, will be available for no additional cost with more niceties – such as the ability to watch the games on mobile devices coming into play for customers on their Advanced Video Service (AVS) platform.”It’s going to be on FLOW 100.We try to deliver again what is the best football experience for our customers … it’s a channel that is offered to all customers – they don’t have to pay any extra cost for it. They are going to be able to enjoy a pre-game show before every game, we are going to have high-quality colour commentary, high-quality analysis, and obviously that will include a lot of giveaways – phone giveaways, mobile credit, and certainly delivered at the highest quality.”One of the things that we are trying to do is to upgrade our customers from the legacy equipment that they have at home to the new AVS equipment, which would allow them to use our ‘Flow To Go’ product and watch the game on their mobile phones. Flow To Go is a product that we just introduced that once you have AVS at home you are able to carry a certain number of channels that you have on TV – including Flow 100 on your phone and, therefore, you will be able to watch these games anywhere you are once you can get Internet on your device,” added Redwood.But what about the millions of Jamaicans who are not currently on Flow’s cable-based platform. How will they be see the games?”We are looking to ensure that as many Jamaicans as possible can watch the games. We are looking at having screens across the island, viewing parties, and we have a number of initiatives to engage as many persons as possible, whether it be Flow customers or not, as we continue to drive football as we do with all the football properties that we now have (schoolboy football, futsal). So we are looking at creative ways of doing that and we will be advertising and announcing that as we get closer to the first game against Panama,” said Redwood.email@example.com
Despite contrasting results en route to today’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Walker Cup final and vastly different playing styles, attack-minded St George’s College could be considered favourites to win a 10th title over a defensive-minded Wolmer’s Boys’, who are yet to score a goal after two games in normal and extra time of this season’s KO championship. The final at the Stadium East field is set for kick-off at 3 p.m. Admission is $300 for adults and $100 for children with school identification. In the quarter-final round, St George’s beat Excelsior 3-1, while Wolmer’s played to a 0-0 draw with Hydel High School and eventually won 5-4 on penalties. In the semi-final round, St George’s clipped St Jago High School 3-2, while Wolmer’s finished full and extra time 0-0 with Jamaica College (JC) then won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out. Psychology could, however, play a major role in today’s outcome, considering Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell’s charges would have to get physically and mentally ready for this contest just four days after an exhaustive defeat to JC. Their bruising 1-0 loss in the Manning Cup final, which saw them failing to score for the first ime all season, could motivate an even more defensive approach by Wolmer’s today. Wolmer’s can take heart from the fact that they beat JC in their semi-final, who beat St George’s 1-0. MENTAL PREPARATION TROPHY HOPES Coach Vassell Reynold’s team, with two weeks’ rest, will no doubt be looking to end the season with a trophy, hopefully adding to their 2012 and 2013 Walker Cup wins with Ludlow Bernard, now at Kingston College. St George’s won the first Walker Cup in 1961 and are reigning title holders. With 13 of 54 titles shared between these two Corporate Area schools, St George’s come into today’s final as nine-time Walker Cup holders and Wolmer’s four.
Yesterday’s results o Newell 0 Lacovia 0 o STETHS 2 Munro 1 o Manchester 1 Mile Gully 1 o St James 0 Cornwall College 3 o Garvey Maceo 7 Denbigh 0 o Glenmiur 6 Winston Jones 0 o Paul Bogle 1 Morant Bay 0 Western Bureau: St Elizabeth Technical’s Jovaney Brown scored his sixth goal of the 2016 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup campaign as STETHS defeated Zone E rivals Munro College 2-1 in Santa Cruz yesterday. Brown scored STETHS’ opener in the 36th minute, while a John-Michael Foster own goal in the 41st minute pushed the defending champions to a 2-0 lead at the half. Munro showed glimpses of their quality and pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute after a brilliant solo effort from Tevin Shaw. STETHS’ win kept them in charge of the competitive zone with 12 points and a welcome return to winning ways after being surprised in their previous game – a 1-0 loss to Lacovia. The latter are second with 10 points, while Munro are third on eight. Before kick off, the players and officials paid a special tribute to the late former St George’s Manning Cup captain Dominic James, who died after collapsing during a Manning Cup match last week. A minute’s silence was also observed. The opening few minutes of the St Elizabeth derby belonged to Munro. Their attacking midfielders, Nicholas Collins, Timar Lewis, David Chambers and Shaw, were sharp in attack. However, the STETHS defence, expertly marshalled by their outstanding Clifton Woodbine held firm. “This is nothing new for us. We still have a long way to go, but we came into the game knowing Munro will never be able to defeat us here at home,” Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn, STETHS coach said. “We just know how to get past them and this was visible today again. We will now prepare for our next set of games with confidence,” Wedderburn told the Sunday Gleaner. Lance Morgan, Munro coach, blamed inexperience for his team’s loss.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Great former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis believes the dramatic sacking of West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, on the eve of the ongoing tour, has had a negative impact on the Caribbean side’s performance. West Indies looked a shadow of themselves in the Twenty20 International series and were stunned 3-0 by Pakistan, and also suffered a heavy 111-run defeat in the opening one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series here last Friday. They also lost heavily, by 59 runs, in the second ODI yesterday. Waqar, who snared 373 wickets in 87 Tests, said the uncharacteristically poor showing, especially in the T20s, was a sign that Simmons’ axing and that of inspirational captain Darren Sammy had left the side in disarray. “To be honest, I feel there are plenty of loopholes. They don’t really look like a unit, having sacked their coach before coming on this tour,” said the 44-year-old. “They are having issues with new captain (Carlos Brathwaite) having to step in, as they also sacked their captain Darren Sammy. These things are never good and easy when you are going to play in someone else’s backyard. CLEARLY AFFECTED “All these (factors) have really affected them and you could clearly see it during the T20 series, their body language is not there.” West Indies are the reigning T20 World champions after their triumph in India last April, but failed to live up to their billing, with three successive wretched performances. In the opening T20 in Dubai, they were dismissed for 115 to lose by nine wickets and in the second game the following day, lost by 16 runs after failing to chase down 161 at the same venue. The final game in Abu Dhabi was even more shocking for West Indies as they could only muster a paltry 103 for five from their 20 overs, allowing Pakistan to ease to an easy eight-wicket win. Waqar, who has served as a Pakistan head coach in the past but is now a television analyst for the series, said West Indies faced the humiliation of losing every game on tour – including the three Tests later this month – if they did not quickly arrest the current slide. “They have to really pull their strings very quickly before it gets too late. At the moment, after what I have seen in this series, it looks like it might be 9-0, to be very honest,” Waqar contended. “They have to really play good cricket. Somebody has to inspire this West Indies team to go out and play positive. At the moment, they look like they are all over the place.”
A 10-member Sunshine Girls team departed the island on Saturday for Melbourne, Australia, where they will compete in the 2016 Fast5 World Netball Series.Althea Byfield, who is in her first-ever role as captain of a Jamaica netball team, says all the players must play at their best if they are to do well at the championship.”I never thought that this (captaincy) would have been possible. I can’t believe I was selected, but I am overwhelmed to lead this wonderful group of females and I am just excited,” Byfield said prior to the team’s departure.”But I have been putting in the hard work and I have gone over and beyond. I have made a lot of sacrifices and I have worked really hard for this tournament and I am really looking forward to it,” she said.”I expect everyone to pull their weight. Everyone has invested their time and they are committed to the task, so it would be a waste of time to go ‘down under’ and everyone not perform to the best of their ability. So I expect everyone to go out and do their best,” she continued.MULTIPLE MATCHUPSJamaica open against South Africa in the two-day tournament this coming Saturday and will also face Australia and Malawi on that same day. The following day, the Sunshine Girls will play another two matches – against New Zealand and England – in their attempt to advance to the play-offs.The squad includes two newcomers in Gezelle Allison and Trishana Hanson, while veterans Byfield and Kacey Evering have been recalled.”We have been training for six months and I know the other top-five countries in the world have been doing the same, so I have to be there to analyse and assess each team. I can’t say much (on winning title) right now,” said Byfield.”But it’s (Fast5) basic netball, the only difference is the speed and level of intensity. You don’t have enough time to catch your breath because as the ball scores, it’s coming right back,” she said.Jamaica’s best finish at a Fast5 tournament was their silver-medal placing in 2009.SQUAD: Althea Byfield (captain), Anna-Kaye Griffiths, Shantel Slater, Vanessa Walker, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Kasey Evering, Vangelee Williams, Nicole Dixon, Gezelle Allison and Trishana Hanson. The team is coached by Connie Francis and she is assisted by Elaine Davis. Also accompanying the team are John Campbell (physio) and Netball Jamaica president Paula Daley-Morris, who is the head of delegation.
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is seriously considering the possibility of a shared bid between the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup.Russia and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 instalments respectively and CONCACAF has been mentioned as a favourite to host the showpiece in the year 2026.”It’s obviously a possibility,” Montagliani told reporters at a sports conference in Dubai. “It’s time for it (World Cup) to come back (to CONCACAF).”Montagliani added that CONCACAF absolutely expects that the 2026 tournament will be held by one of its 41 members.The region has not hosted a World Cup since the United States held the event in 1994, and while the US could undertake a solo bid again, Montagliani mentioned that a joint venture could also be on the table.”We are fully aware that each country could probably host it on its own, but the opportunity for a joint bid is wide open,” he told the gathering at the Dubai International Sports Conference.He was also optimistic that incoming US President Donald Trump would support a World Cup bid, whether solo or in conjunction with other nations.”It is pretty obvious the president-elect is a supporter of sport, a supporter of the Olympic movement,” Montagliani said.”At face value, I don’t see it being a challenge, and I think any administration, whether it be in the West or, in my case, Canada, or in Mexico, would be supportive of an event like the World Cup. And no pun intended, I would think the World Cup would trump any political issues.”FIFA confirmed in October that co-hosting would be allowed at the 2026 tournament and that there would be no restrictions on the number of countries in a given bid.A successful joint bid would be the first World Cup in CONCACAF since the tournament was held in the United States in 1994 and the first co-hosted tournament since 2002 when it was held in South Korea and Japan.Formal discussions over a possible joint US-Canada-Mexico bid are likely to start in 2017 once all the rules and regulations related to the bid are announced.
Only one Hydel High School student-athlete has ever won gold in the 400m at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.If the results of last Saturday’s St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) Invitational are anything to go by, that number could grow in 2017. The 34th staging of that development meet saw Hydel taking the top spot in each class of the girls 400m.Speaking after the trio of Shian Salmon, Abigail Brooks and Garriel Whyte clocked the fastest times in Classes One, Two and Three, Hydel head coach Corey Bennett said his team’s 400m training is a little different this year.”You know, we’ve tried to take a different approach and, so far, it seems to be paying some dividends,” Bennett said.Salmon, Brooks and Whyte produced times of 56.35, 56.42 and 57.53 seconds, respectively, on the grass track at STETHS by running strongly from the start.”Not to give away too much, but we have trained in a particular way now and we’re able to attack different parts of the race the way we want to,” added Bennett.Bennett, who directed Taquece Duggan to the school’s only 400m Champs gold medal in the 2015 Class Two final, says Hydel’s runner-up finish in last year’s 4x400m was encouraging.BEST CHAMPS RESULT”A very good STETHS team beat us and we can’t complain too much about that”, he recalled of the best-ever Hydel result in the Champs 4x400m relay.”It’s encouraging and the girls have looked at it with a different mindset now and we just want to have more girls able to compete at the 4x400m and to help the team,” Bennett said.Semoy Hemmings, the anchor leg runner on that silver-medal team, is at college in the United States now. Though she never reached the top step of the podium, she is Hydel’s most consistent 400m runner. She finished her Champs career with a silver medal in Class One last year to add to her silver and bronze in Class Two and Class Three.