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 [email protected]
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.
Calabar High’s outstanding sprint hurdler De’Jour Russell, who smashed Omar McLeod’s Class One 110m hurdles record at Champs and who was ranked number one among Under-20 athletes last year in the event, sits atop the world list in the Boy’s 110m hurdles event. Russell, who just missed out on getting a medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last year after finishing fourth, could go all the way in the Under-18 age group this time. Russell’s winning time of 13.31 seconds in copping the Under-18 event at the Carifta Trials has him at the head of the class. Four other Jamaicans are ranked in the top-three of their events, with Calabar’s Michael Stephens, Wolmer’s Boys’ Jeremy Farr and Ruseas High’s Antonio Watson at number two, while Vere Technical’s Ramone Lindo and St Elizabeth Technical’s Dashinelle Dyer are both third. RUSSELL LEADS CHARGE AMONG MALES THE IAAF World Under-18 Championships, formerly the World Youth Championships, will have its final staging this year when the eighth edition takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, between July 12 and 16. At the 206th IAAF General Meeting held at the Summer Olympics last year, a decision was made by the council that this year’s staging would be the final as it was the intention of improving the performances of Under-18 athletes at the continental level. Since its inception in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999, where Veronica Campbell Brown made her breakout on the international stage, there have been great Jamaican performances, as several have been crowned champions in different disciplines. Following performances so far this season at various meets, including the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, several Jamaicans have made big statements and are at the top of the class in their events as they look set to make big impressions in the final staging of this meet. Vere Technical’s Brittany Anderson is hoping to join Yanique Thompson as champion in the Girl’s 100m hurdles, and after dazzling performances so far in the event, she has the four fastest times at this level, with her record-breaking performance of 13.04 seconds, done in winning her semi finals at Champs, leading the class. Her other top times are 13.12, 13.18 and 13.21 seconds. It is a clean sweep of the top-three spots by Jamaicans, as Holmwood Technical’s Shanette Allison, who broke Anderson’s record of 13.37 seconds in the preliminary round at Champs with 13.30 seconds, is at number two, while Manchester High’s Daszay Freeman is at number three with her 13.37 seconds, also done at Champs.
Last season’s beaten Red Stripe Premier League finalists, Portmore United, will today continue their quest to go one step further when they play away to former champions Tivoli Gardens in their first-leg quarter-final matchup.Portmore almost achieved the improbable last season by moving straight from promotion to champions, but were stopped in the final by the most consistent team over the past four years, Montego Bay United. For coach Linval Dixon, last year’s shortfall has been a major motivator heading into this season.”Our intention is to do one better than last year. If this (play-off) is the route we have to go, then that is it,” said Dixon.”We are ready to go out there and fight for what we want. We know it will be a wet field, but we are equipped and ready to go,” he added.His team’s preparations, he said, were slightly affected by rain over the past few days, but should not be a major factor.’Things and our chances are looking good. The team is ready. We have no injury worries. The weather would have dampened our preparations heading into the weekend but that is nothing major.”In fact, our major challenge right now is to select the right starting eleven as they are all fighting for a starting position. In saying this, I am not trying to take anything away from Tivoli Gardens as they are a tough, hard-fighting team which cannot be taken for granted, but all our players are motivated and ready to go,” the former national player said.Among the players Dixon will have to choose from are Tramaine Stewart, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Damono Solomon, Malique Foster and Michael Binns.Tivoli Gardens, on their hand, could possibly be without two of their biggest weapons. The competition’s leading goal scorer, Jermaine Johnson, has been nursing a hamstring injury and has been ruled out, according to manager Brian Rose, who added that fellow injured attacker Elton Thompson only has a 50 per cent chance of playing.TEDDY DEFINITELY OUT”Teddy will definitely be out with the hamstring injury. Elton has a 50 per cent chance of playing, so that is the situation we have now, but we are not worried,” Rose told the Sunday Gleaner.”His absence says a lot. He has scored 16 goals this season and this speaks volumes for our attacking force as Elton was our next leading scorer, so this cannot be downplayed. Add to that the fact that he is an inspiration for the team and a leader on the field,”What I can tell you, though, is the same thing I have said to them. If they come out with the same mindset and approach as they did for the Jackie Bell Knockout, then we are definitely in with a big chance,” explained Rose.One of the players who came up big for Tivoli Gardens in the Jackie Bell Knockout was the confident Junior McGregor, who had a double in their 3-0 win over Cavalier.”All the players know that they will have to step up. Not only are we facing tougher opposition, but at least one key player will be missing, so they will have to give more. Home advantage will be important and this is something that we have to capitalise on in order for us to go into the return leg with a lead,” a hopeful Rose said.Today’s game• 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United – Edward Seaga Complex
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments