Mattocks’ omission was tactical, says coach

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:ONE GOOD turn generally leads to another. That wasn’t the case for Darren Mattocks in Sunday night’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Jamaica and Mexico, when the 24-year-old striker was not handed a starting place.Head coach Winfried Sch‰fer explained in the post-game press conference that “it was a tactical” decision, as he wanted Simon Dawkins – with whom he has been alternating the starting place – to press their midfielders for a tighter defensive system at the start of the game.Mattocks had scored in the previous game when Jamaica hit a high, creating history with a 2-1 semi-final win against the United States at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, their first over the Americans on their turf.However, he was left on the bench, and within a minute of entering the field at the 60th minute, Mexico scored their third goal enroute to a 3-1 win.However, Mattocks came up trumps for the second game running by scoring at the 80th minute to hand the Reggae Boyz a consolation goal.”A bit too late,” he admitted.Asked if he was disappointed at not being included in the starting eleven, the straight-talking player said: “As a striker, you’re always going to be disappointed, especially after scoring in the last game, beating America for the first time in America.TEAMGAME”But it’s a team game, a team effort, and I’ve got to respect the coach’s decision and just come in the game and make an impact. Unfortunately, my impact was just a bit too late,” said Mattocks.”We need to move forward as a country, and we’re gonna get back to the drawing board and not get too complacent about this because it’s a great run into the final, but there are things that we can improve on and, hopefully, we’ll move on to the future in the right direction,” he added.Mexico, meanwhile, were lifting an unprecedented seventh title. The United States (five) and Canada (one) are the other tournament winners.”Hats off to the Mexican team,” Mattocks said. “They did fantastic in this game, and they deserve to be champions.”last_img read more

‘Belief still alive’, says Sunshine Girls head coach Reynolds

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls were in a militant mood yesterday, as they rebounded from the disappointment of their Pool B defeat to England in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia to dispatch Scotland 71-24 in a one-sided affair. The result meant Jamaica (four points) finished second behind England (six points) in Pool B. The two nations advanced to the second round (Pool E), where Jamaica played against New Zealand earlier this morning, and are to face Uganda and Malawi, with the top two moving on to the semi-finals. Australia, South Africa, Wales and England will contest Pool F, which will decide the other two semi-finalists. Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, told The Gleaner in a telephone interview that although the team was disappointed after their loss to England, the Girls remain resolute and are even more determined and focused on their goal. “The focus has remained the same although they lost to England. We were a bit disappointed at first, but they (Sunshine Girls) are still on a mission, so we bounced back against the Scottish,” she said. “They probably put more into the Scotland game because they wanted to prove to themselves that they are worthy contenders and that we can compete at our best at anytime,” she continued. A win over New Zealand this morning would put the Jamaicans in pole position to win their qualification group and set a likely semi-final date with England. That is if things go according to plan and Australia win Pool F. Prior to the match, Reynolds said they intended to win against New Zealand and top the group. “We are looking forward to New Zealand; we know it’s going to be a very tough game, but we are sticking to the task. Our attack will have to be penetrative, and we cannot stop at anything, we just have to be strong. “We want to win this game and all the games in the group. It’s important to win all your games, as winning your games only strengthens your confidence of getting to the final. So the objective is to win, and that is what is expected, and the Girls are looking forward to go out there, compete and win,” she continued. “The belief is still alive, the determination and the confidence is still there, and we are definitely going for gold, so we are going out to play our best, and we will be going very hard,” added Reynolds. In other matches yesterday, Wales beat Uganda 49-47, Fiji beat Zambia 59-51, South Africa beat Sri Lanka 89-17.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_img Swiss agree to extradite Costa Rican in FIFA case BERN, Switzerland (AP): Switzerland’s justice ministry yesterday granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case. Li was ousted from the FIFA executive committee two days before he could take up his seat after being arrested on May 27 in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel along with six other football officials. Li can appeal against the extradition order at Switzerland’s federal criminal court within 30 days. Force India, Sauber in F1 complaint BRUSSELS (AP): In a challenge to Formula One’s status quo, Force India and Sauber lodged a complaint with the European Union yesterday, charging that the sport’s rule-making and revenue-sharing mechanisms are unlawful, unfair, and harmful. “We have received a complaint and will assess it,” an EU spokesman, Ricardo Cardoso, said. The move, long expected, represents a challenge to the dominance of F1’s major players and teams. It gives voice to smaller teams’ assertions that they cannot compete effectively because they don’t have an equal say or equal revenue. Ronaldinho parts ways with Fluminense RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho has left Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense after only two months. In a statement, the club said the former Brazil and Barcelona star was leaving “amicably and by mutual consent”. The 35-year-old attacking midfielder failed to score with Fluminense and was frequently jeered by the club’s fans.center_img Cavendish joins Dimension Data JOHANNESBURG (AP): Former world cycling champion Mark Cavendish has joined South African team Dimension Data. The British rider signed a three-year deal with the Pro Continental team, which is currently named MTN-Qhubeka, but has secured a new sponsorship deal from 2016. The team also announced the arrival of Cavendish allies Mark Resnshaw and Bernhard Eisel. Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, recently underwent surgery on his left shoulder following a crash that ruled him out of the road cycling world championships in the United States.last_img read more

Holy Trinity footballer to get help from PLCA

first_imgCancer-stricken Holy Trinity High footballer Jordan Foote has expressed his appreciation to the public for their financial support and the hundreds of get-well messages as he fights to recuperate from bone cancer in his knee.Foote was outstanding for his school last year as they surprised even themselves by reaching the FLOW Super Cup final.The 17-year-old is hospitalised with a condition that requires an urgent operation and he has been ruled out of this year’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup.The estimated cost for the surgery is $700,000.”I am feeling all right and positive. My pain is on and off,” Foote told The Sunday Gleaner during a telephone interview which was facilitated by his mother, Nadine Sutherland, yesterday.”I thank everyone for their support. I miss playing football and I hope to play again soon. On Monday, the doctors will decide what next, so I am hoping for the best,” he outlined.Meanwhile, Foote is expected to receive support tomorrow from a fundraising initiative led by local footballer Renae Lloyd, who helped to rally a Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) fundraising campaign which raised $400,000.FOOTBALLIS LIFELloyd is leading an initiative dubbed ‘Football is life and our life is football’ and approached PLCA general manager and Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price for assistance.”I want to start a fund for the young man, and I have asked all players and officials of PLCA Jamaica to contribute a $1,000 to help with surgery. I will start the ball rolling by contributing the first $1,000. Each one help one,” Lloyd said.Lloyd, a former Boys’ Town player, maintains a good relationship with Price, despite playing for current RSPL champions Arnett Gardens.”From a PLCA perspective, all clubs will give $30,000 from their monthly drawdown. We want to reach out as players and former players because this is an outstanding young player who played for his school as we did, and we should stand united in support of him,” Price said.Members of the public can also make donations by contacting the Holy Trinity High School at 922-3395 or 922-5727.last_img read more

Athletes’ insurance plan gets Cabinet approval

first_imgCabinet has approved the Government’s athletes insurance plan to provide group health, as well as life and personal accident insurance, for more than 1,000 athletes across all sports.Information Minister Sandrea Falconer made the announcement during yesterday’s Jamaica House press briefing.”Cabinet has approved the selection of the Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers as the providers of insurance of our athletes,” said Falconer.”Guardian Life will provide group health, while Allied will provide group life and personal life and personal life accident coverage,” she said.Falconer added that all national sporting associations and federations have also committed to supporting the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan by contributing five per cent of the cost for their participating member athletes.”The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan has received funding support from the Sports Development Foundation, Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education (CHASE) fund.Falconer noted that one must be a current athlete in order to qualify for the insurance scheme.”They have to be in a programme representing Jamaica and so once you are not active in a programme then you will not qualify,” Falconer stated.Falconer said Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley, will provide further details on the schemes at a later date.Meanwhile, newly appointed president of Netball Jamaica, Paula Daley-Morris, said her association welcomes the move by Cabinet.”We spend a lot of money on our players in terms of taking care of their medical issues,” said Daley-Morris.”This is going to help to keep a little bit more money in our coffers and so I wish to thank the Government for being so considerate at this time and supporting athletes in general,” she said.last_img read more

Calabar’s Taylor runs fast 100m

first_imgWorld Youth 400 metres champion, Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, impressed with a fast 100 metres run at yesterday’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium.The versatile 16-year-old stopped the clock at 10.44 seconds to take heat nine of the boys’ Class Two 100m, with the fastest time overall.The Camperdown Classic is the final stop in the Corporate Area leg of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship. Taylor, the defending Grand Prix 400m champion, is expected to run his pet event at next week’s Grand Prix finals at the G.C. Foster College.Taylor said he was satisfied with yesterday’s effort.”This was just to see how good I was at that event,” he told The Sunday Gleaner, while adding that he is fit and ready for more success.Teammate Tyreke Wilson also clocked a fast time, 10.52, in heat eight for second overall, while another Calabar sprinter, Michael Stephens, cruised to 10.56 in heat eleven for third. Dejour Russell rounded out the top four for Calabar with 10.61 in heat 12.Stephens also won the Class Two boys’ long jump with a leap of 6.64m, while Kymonie Matthews of St George’s College and Owayne Owens finished second and third with 6.57m and 6.45m, respectively.In the eagerly anticipated clubs and institution’s men’s 400m, former Calabar star Javon Francis of Akan Track Club was fastest overall with 46.21, Javere Bell of Mico University was second in 46.75 ahead of Nathon Allen of St Jago (46.85) while Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes finished fourth in 46.95.Racers sprint stars Warren Weir and Yohan Blake had to settle for seventh and 16th overall in 47.30 and 48.41, respectively.In the boys’ Class One 100m, Xavior Angus of Calabar was first with 10.50 as schoolmate Fabian Hewitt took second overall in 10.54.Jamaica College won the Class One boys’ 4x100m in 40.06 seconds from Calabar, 40.56, and St Catherine High, 41.20.Andrenette Knight of St Jago High School sizzled in the girls’ 400m hurdles with a new meet record of 59.01 seconds. Camperdown High’s Shadae Newell clocked 1:00:38 and Jody-Ann Petrie of St Jago, 1:03:63.last_img read more

World Youth champions Windies return to big welcome

first_imgHeroes’ welcome!World Youth champions Windies return to big partyBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):World Under-19 champions West Indies returned to the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon to a heroes’ welcome, following their triumph last Sunday at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh.They were greeted at the Grantley Adams International Airport by Barbados Cricket Association president and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director, Joel Garner, along with WICB chief executive, Michael Muirhead.Legendary West Indies opener, Desmond Haynes, Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley, and Tourism Minister Richard Sealy also attended the welcome ceremony.An elated captain, Shimron Hetmyer, said his side had remained confident despite its sluggish start at the tournament.”I think the turnaround came after the game against England where we knew we had to win the other games to get through,” the Guyana left-hander said.”I think after then, the guys really got serious and really got down to their stuff, and that started in the practice from the next day. The guys then did everything in their power to make sure we won the next couple of games and even in the Zimbabwe game had some very positive performances.”West Indies were whitewashed by Bangladesh in a warm-up three-match series before losing their opening match of the tournament to England by 61 runs.However, they rebounded to crush minnows Fiji by 262 runs, before eking out a narrow two-run win over Zimbabwe in controversial circumstances in their final group game, to reach the quarter-finals.CLINICAL RUN CHASESWest Indies then produced clinical run chases to beat Pakistan by five wickets and Bangladesh by two wickets in the semi-finals to clinch their spot in the final against previously unbeaten India Under-19s.Yet again, they strung together a successful chase to win by five wickets chasing a small total of 146.Manager Dwain Gill said the confidence level in the squad had remained high throughout the tournament and pointed to the warm-up matches as being key to their preparation.”It feels great, of course, being part of a World Cup-winning squad as we went there to win,” he noted.”It started off quite challenging with the warm-up matches against Bangladesh, but that is the reason we went there – to get acclimatised to the conditions and see the opposition.”Family members of the Barbados players along with well-wishers were also present to welcome the squad.last_img read more

Spot Valley move closer to Inter Zone with easy win

first_imgWestern Bureau:Courtney Chisholm capped a brilliant display for his side with an audacious solo goal in the 90th minute to lift Spot Valley High to a 2-0 win over Muschett High in their ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Zone C game yesterday.Chisholm’s strike, his fifth goal of the campaign, followed a 54th minute tap-in from substitute Andre Gardner, as the Gregory Palmer-coached Spot Valley moved to 11 points.”We are still eyeing qualification to the next round. It is proving a little bit difficult given what the team has been through recently with points deducted, but we are back with a victory that sets us up moving into our next game,” Palmer told The Gleaner.FEWSPARKSBut in a game that should have provided plenty of sparks, there was little of that except for the two goals and a few missed chances mainly for Spot Valley, as Chisholm, Reno Edmunson and Gardner came close with long range efforts.The zone is still being led by Cedric Titus High (19 points), following their drawn fixture against Herbert Morrison Technical.Meanwhile, a battle royal looms in Zone D with Godfrey Stewart High and Little London High, both locked on 19 points, hoping to steal top honours. And it was made no easier yesterday as both schools won their matches.Godfrey Stewart edged Manning’s 2-1, while Little London, easily the competition’s most improved team, tagged Maud McLeod 2-0. Third place Petersfield hammered Grange Hill 5-0.Zone A runaway leaders Cornwall College, having already sealed an Inter-Zone spot, were in a no-nonsense mood, hitting the fading Green Pond 5-0.Yesterday’s resultsGodfrey Stewart 2 Mannings 1Pretersfield 5 Grange Hill 0Little London 2 Maud McLeod 0Newell 0 Maggoty 0Steer Town 0 Browns Town 3A. Gallimore 1 Marcus Garvey 2Cornwall 5 Green Pond 0last_img read more

PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_imgPH chess player Menandro Redor. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHoping to pick up where they left off, the Philippines chess para athletes are loooling to surpass their six-gold medal haul in 2015 and aiming for seven this time in Kuala Lumpur.But Menandro Redor, one of the country’s leading para athlete in chess, thinks that with the chess team’s stringent preparation it could even exceed its target in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games this month.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “We may get more than just seven golds because we had intense training for this. We joined different local and international tournaments just to prepare,” said Redor in Filipino. “Our coaches have been taking care of us and we’re so prepared that we’re sure of what we can accomplish.”Redor, who will also serve as the Philippines’ flagbearer for the opening ceremonies, ha four-gold haul for the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants, in the last staging of the biennial games in Singapore.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 folkThe PH chess team will also lean on wheelchair-bound FIDE Master Sander Severino and Henry Lopez as they gun to sweep the individual and team events of standard and rapid.“We’ve already swept our category, so our goal now is to do that in the other categories. It also helps that we’ve got a women’s team now so it’s really possible that we can get the top spot this time,” Redor said. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old woodpusher isn’t discounting the capacity of the opposition with Indonesia posing the biggest threat to the Philippines’ quest for gold.But Redor is confident with what the chess team can deliver for the delegation, saying, “In chess, we’re sure that we’ll bring home golds.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more

Mysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Here comes the reign again OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Several players demanded an explanation for the damage.“We had a rough flight to say the least,” New Zealand star Steven Adams said in a Tweet addressed to NASA, prominent astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and scientist Bill Nye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?” Adams wrote above an image of the damaged plane.Carmelo Anthony was similarly concerned, posting the same image of the plane’s badly dented nose. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES View comments Oklahoma Thunder Steven Adams is boggled about what caused this huge dent on the nose of the jet they traveled on from Minnesota to Chicago. STEVEN ADAMS TWITTER PAGECHICAGO, United States — Spooked Oklahoma City Thunder players took to Twitter on Saturday after a plane carrying them to Chicago suffered mysterious damage mid-flight.Dramatic images posted by Thunder players on social media showed the nose of their jet travelling from Minnesota caved in.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 “What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is safe, though,” Anthony wrote.The Thunder were travelling to Chicago to face the Bulls later Saturday following a 119-116 loss to Minnesota on Friday. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more