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.