Western Bureau:Deano Frater scored in the 57th minute for Brown’s Town High to eke out a share of the points against Steer Town Academy in a Group I ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup game yesterday at the Addison Park Sports Complex.The home team had to battle their way back into the contest after Jerome Lowe gave Steer Town the lead in the seventh minute of a rain-drenched contest.Meanwhile, Rusea’s High sent a clear warning to rivals, with an 11-1 thrashing of Cambridge High to go clear in Zone B on nine points.Former champions Glenmuir High were also rampant in a 5-0 thrashing of Porus High to take the lead in Group M on six points.But at Brown’s Town, the home side actually ended the match with 10 men, after the referee issued midfielder Jaden Lucas a second yellow card in time added on for stoppages after 90 minutes.Elsewhere in the group, York Castle edged Ocho Rios 1-0 for second in the group on seven points, behind leaders Marcus Garvey on 10.Steer Town are next on six points, with Brown’s Town struggling with three points after four matches.Back in controlThe second half, however, belonged to the host, who took control of midfield through captain Vashean McBean, Jamala Barnaby and Dante Hanson.The trio were instrumental in them getting the equaliser, which came when Frater benefited from a mistake by Kashief Gentles in the Steer Town goal to fire into an empty net.Steer Town’s toughest test will be on Saturday, when leaders Marcus Garvey come visiting, while Brown’s Town meet second place York Castle.Over in Group A, St James High jumped to the front of the pack on seven points courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Green Pond, who remain stuck on a single point.Cornwall College who were idle yesterday are on five points and second in the group. Herbert Morrison High also tasted victory, with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Muschett for their first win in two matches.Yesterday’s resultsSpalding 1 Knox 1Green Pond 0 St James High 1Denbigh 1 Garvey Maceo 3Cambridge 1 Rusea’s 11Herbert Morrison 2 Muschett 0Titchfield 3 Buff Bay 0Holmwood 2 Christiana 0Happy Grove 0 Port Antonio 1Alston 3 Bellefield 0Glenmuir 5 Porus 0
KEEN TUSSLE In Standard division, the possible return of Ronald Brown Jr could see a keen tussle between himself and Yapp. Both are coming off good performances at the recent US Nationals. Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Orville ‘Reds’ Henriques could also show for an interesting matchup as he seeks to regain lost ground. Reds was a couple percentage points behind Yap and Brown at US Nationals. Ever-improving Ellsworth Dixon, Owen Campbell, Thomas ‘Popcorn’ Jones, David Lazarus, and Chris Hart are capable of springing at the trophy table. Entries in the usually popular and competitive Open division have been affected by a shortage of ammunition. However, Kevin ‘Fastfoot’ Cheung could have a possible fight on his hands if Lennie Moulton decides to enter the division. Moulton has not declared his division, Standard or Open, keeping the anxiety high leading up to the championship. Meanwhile, Bernard Lawrence has also thrown his hat into the ring after a recent 10 per cent beating of Cheung at a Monster Match. Range owner Howie Brown, who had a disappointing performance on his last outing at the Emancipation Championships in July, due to poor ammo, will be trying to make amends. Brown, it is said, has since acquired new and better ammo for the Fast and Furious showdown. LOCAL shooters are itching ahead of Sunday’s Woodleigh Fast and Furious Pistol Championship in May Pen, Clarendon, especially with news that a Florida-based Production grand master has expressed an interest to contest that division. The Fast and Furious Championship features wide-open paper targets, at close range, with no penalty or steel plates to slow shooters. It pits the competitor against the timer, negotiating the courses of fire as fast and accurately as possible, but at the risk of dropping points. Participation of the Florida-based grand master has had locals such as high-flying A Class Ryan Bramwell burning to test his skills against the visitor, whose identity the organisers are keeping close to their chests. Bramwell placed third in the Production Nationals three weeks ago at the Jamaica Rifle Association, going down to Lesgar ‘Speedy’ Murdock and the consistent Andrew Yapp. With Murdock’s participation in doubt and Yapp returning to Standard division, Bramwell will be pushing hard to pull out all the stops and has played down the challenge of his former coach, Anthony ‘TJ’ Johnson. The up-and-coming pair of Paul Shoucair and Darin Richards could surprise. With Chris Nunez also in the mix, the normally quiet Production division could be set alight.
ZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s appeal body yesterday, two days before the sport’s ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA’s independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction.Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an “insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights” — and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Blatter, as FIFA president, authorised a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) to Platini, which was found to be unethical and a conflict of interest. But following hearings last week, an in-house appeal committee comprising members of federations voting in tomorrow’s presidential election decided to relax the suspensions. The committee is headed by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda, who is currently campaigning to win a May vote to become president of CONCACAF and a FIFA vice president.”The appeal committee considered that Mr. Platini’s and Mr. Blatter’s activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor,” FIFA said in a statement.Both Blatter and Platini have constantly denied wrongdoing and claimed they had a verbal deal for additional salary that former France great Platini would receive for working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1999-2002.Platini had been the leading candidate to succeed Blatter in FIFA’s emergency election before the payment was revealed in September.”The reasons given against me are baseless, trumped up and surreal, given the facts and explanations that I gave during the hearing of the appeals board,” Platini said in a statement released through his legal team. “This decision is in reality a political decision taken by the FIFA administration.”He added: “I am the victim of a system that had only one goal: To prevent me from becoming FIFA president in order to protect certain interests that I was about to bring into question.”Platini said he would pursue all possible means to appeal, starting with CAS, and that he had asked his legal team to launch an appeal to the Lausanne-based court “without waiting”.Platini has previously said he asked for a salary of 1 million Swiss francs when approached in 1998 to work for the newly-elected Blatter.Blatter said there was a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs, the same as FIFA’s then secretary general in line with its salary structure, plus a “gentleman’s agreement” to get the rest later.Swiss law obliged FIFA only to pay the deferred money within five years. It was not until 2010 that Platini, by then UEFA president, reportedly asked for the balance and was paid in February 2011.That timing has raised suspicion as the payment came during a FIFA presidential election campaign. UEFA later urged its members to support Blatter — who promised them it would be his final term — against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar.Blatter won that 2011 election unopposed after Bin Hammam was implicated in bribing Caribbean voters. From then on, Platini was the likely successor to lead FIFA.Platini’s provisional suspension by the ethics committee last October, pending a full investigation, stalled his presidential bid and the ban in December effectively ended it.Both were fined by the ethics judges in December. Blatter was ordered to pay 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) and Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,000).The Platini payment emerged during a wider Swiss federal investigation of FIFA business, including suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.Switzerland’s attorney general, Michael Lauber, opened criminal proceedings against Blatter in September for alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA funds.That case also relates to Blatter signing off undervalued 2010-2014 World Cup broadcast rights for the Caribbean to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.Platini’s status in the Swiss investigation is “between a witness and an accused person,” Lauber has said.
UNIQUE ATHLETE As iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to add to his six Olympic gold medals at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 29-year-old reveals that this might be the most important year of his career. Bolt said he is “under no pressure”, but wants to entertain his fans, remain fit and compete hard. The 100 and 200m world record holder says he is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans in his Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14 in the Cayman Islands. “I am in good nick, training hard. My time trials are going well, my coach is happy, so everything is going well, and I am just looking forward to my first meet in Cayman. “I think it’s one of the big years, now that it’s (career) finishing. It’s really a big deal, so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. And just to win is always the plan,” continued Bolt. He was speaking in an interview Sunday night following a reception and auction ceremony hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The reception showcased items of Racers stars’ Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes, some of which were silently auctioned. Meanwhile, Bolt said he is not like any other athlete. “I am different, I bring a different vibe. I am a performer, not just an athlete, but I am a performer. I bring and I entertain, so that’s what makes me different,” said Bolt. He added that he is looking forward to running here in Jamaica at the Racers Grand Prix, scheduled for the National Stadium on June 11. “I haven’t run in Jamaica for a couple of years now, so for me, I am looking forward to that, so people should definitely come out and support.” He reiterated his intention to close out his illustrious career “definitely unbeaten”. “I won’t be one of those athletes, after you dominate over a couple of years and you decide at the last minute that you want to come back, you start to lose. It doesn’t look good, so I won’t be one of those athletes. When I hang up my spikes, that is it,” he told The Gleaner. Bolt stressed that he is the best of this era when asked how he compares with American great Carl Lewis. “In this era, for sure,” he said, then added with a laugh when pressed further, “Come on, man! Come on!”
MVP Track Club’s head coach, Stephen Francis, feels Jamaica’s sprinting programme will never replace nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, but he has urged track and field’s stakeholders to assist the universities, colleges and clubs to develop and turn out future world class talents. “Well I think we are going to have a problem obviously when Usain Bolt decides to call it a day. There is no obvious replacement it appears on the male side,” he said. Francis was, however, quick to point out that Bolt, the only man in history to win three consecutive triple track and field gold medals at the Olympics is the standard bearer, but he is hoping to discover the next big male athlete at his MVP track base. “I think at UTech we have a programme which would probably like to turn up somebody, but I don’t think there is anybody who can even begin to compare to Usain,” said Francis. He admitted that Jamaica’s current and upcoming stock of athletes will be of a lower level. “The people who we have … are at a lower level,” Francis reasoned. Bolt who is coached by Francis’ counterpart Glen Mills, is the fastest man ever at 100 and 200 metres with his records standing at 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. Francis was speaking at an official welcome home function on Tuesday night inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport. He, and members of the MVP Track Club, had just returned home from their camp in Europe. They had travelled to compete on the Diamond League circuit, following outstanding performances at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “Right now we are dependent on UTech, UWI, GC Foster and Mico to make a contribution to allow these kids to study and train at the same time and we have to make sure that, that contribution does not diminish,” Francis said. According to the veteran coach who has nurtured numerous Olympic and IAAF World Championships stars, Jamaica’s programme needs to ensure that people like medical personnel get the experience that they desire and the clubs are not heavily penalised when they try to acquire gym equipment and technology for their athletes. “Those are the things that we need. We don’t want to be like the football people who try from top up, then they hire a great coach and try to make things happen without investing from the bottom,” he warned. ALLOW TO STUDY AND TRAIN
Third-place play-off At 3 p.m., Miles and Henley will meet in the third-place play-off. The day’s activity will start at 2:30 p.m. when the under-15 youth teams of Ashoka and Miles will meet in a junior talent exposure game. Andre Hickling of Miles, Gavin McKay of Malhatra and Akeem Peterson of Youths United are the competition’s leading scorers with three goals each. Defending champions Eurotrend will be looking to create history in the 2016 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition by becoming the first team to win the title twice when they oppose Ashoka in tomorrow’s final at 451 Spanish Town Road (Waterhouse) opposite Wray & Nephew starting at 4.00 p.m. Eurotrend defeated 2015 beaten finalists Miles 2-1 on the back of a double strike from Kevin Romans, with Jermaine Gardener scoring for Miles in semi-final two. Ashoka, meanwhile, clipped Henley 5-4 on penalties after the scores were locked 0-0 in regulation and extra time. The winner of today’s final will receive $150,000. Incidentally, host Fraser-Pryce actually grew up on Ashoka Road in the Waterhouse community.
Inaugural shield BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers was among a select group of former players honoured by the Barbados Cricket Association at a special ceremony on Wednesday. The incomparable all-rounder, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year, was given the award as a member of the 1966 team that played in the first-ever Shell Shield Tournament 50 years ago which marked the start of the modern era of the WICB first-class championship. Among the guests present were members of the current Barbados and West Indies teams. Barbados won the inaugural Shell Shield tournament early in 1966, a few months before the island gained political independence from Britain on November 30. In that season’s tournament, Barbados played four matches and won three, with the other interrupted by rain. Receiving the awards at the BCA’s annual Christmas lunch at Kensington Oval were former West Indies players, fast bowlers Charlie Griffith and Richard Edwards; wicketkeeper David Allan; batsmen Seymour Nurse, Peter Lashley and Robin Bynoe; all-rounders Tony Howard and David Holford, as well as other teammates. “It is great to be honoured by the BCA and by your country,” said Sir Garfield. “This team from back in 1966 was a great team. We were following on from the great work started by the Three ‘Ws’ – Worrell, Weekes and Walcott – so we had a great legacy to carry on. “We had a few youngsters in the team so everyone was really excited and did a great job.” Noel Lynch, CEO of the BCA, said: “It’s always great to have the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers with us at the home of cricket in Barbados, and we are delighted to honour him and his great team. “They were fantastic, winning the first ever Shell Shield back in 1966, and today – 50 years later – we continue to salute them for what they did for Barbados and the great game of cricket.”
Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ LATEST STORIES RELATED VIDEO The Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo, for so long the face of the GlobalPort franchise in the PBA, is on the trading block, with Meralco showing keen interest in pursuing the national team point guard who earned a special place in the league’s record books after another sterling season.The Inquirer learned from a highly unimpeachable source that Romeo had asked to be traded during the last Commissioner’s Cup, and that GlobalPort management had opened initial talks with counterparts from Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones ban LATEST STORIES 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Brown finished an eight-year career with a 23.1 clip, while Adornado, who played 12 seasons, had a 20.4 average.During the last Philippine Cup, Romeo poured in 28.2 points a night, the highest scoring average in the last 25 seasons, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.Romeo, whose wish to be traded reportedly stems from his desire to play for a championship-caliber team, also led all locals in scoring in six of the last eight conferences.GlobalPort’s best finish has been a Final Four exit in the Philippine Cup two seasons ago.One of the architects of that batch, Pido Jarencio, is back calling the shots for the Batang Pier starting the 43rd season that opens on Dec. 17.Romeo earned a third straight scoring title in the past season after norming 23.3 points a contest that went with an impressive 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Amer, meanwhile, showed remarkable improvement in transitioning to the point guard spot last season and will be coming off the best year of his young career, averaging close to 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a contest.A different source also bared that TNT KaTropa initially sought Romeo but wasn’t willing to let go of former No. 1 Draft pick Moala Tautuaa, a 6-foot-7 power forward whom the Texters are still waiting to blossom into a true force underneath.That transaction was brought to the table at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, but TNT immediately shot down the proposal, wanting to let go of small men only.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Both parties, though, have yet to strike a deal with GlobalPort reportedly asking for Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, a candidate for Most Improved Player last season and the 2016 Rookie of the Year, respectively.The duo is practically the soul of the Bolts’ backcourt.Coach Norman Black reportedly doesn’t want to part with Newsome, his player in several champion Ateneo squads in the UAAP and one of his best defensive men together with the veteran Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Inquirer tried to get the comment of Meralco officials to no avail at press time.Romeo joined all-time greats Ricky Brown and Bogs Adornado as the only players in league history to average more than 20 points in their first four seasons, with the former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP having a 20.3 average.
Raymond Aguilar, Cruz fill Slaughter’s big shoes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jomary Torres says that she’s just preparing for whoever fighter @ONEChampionship will have for her in the future. pic.twitter.com/fQ1cPweTox— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 The 21-year-old Torres knocked out Osenio just 40 seconds into the match, proving that she’s one of the promotion’s rising stars in the strawweight class.“It feels good that I tested my mettle against a fighter from Team Lakay. I’m happy with the outcome,” she said.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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Whoever opponent ONE gives us, even if it’s short notice, we’re always prepared. We’re training three times a day and whoever opponent they put against Jomary, I know that she’s ready to accept that fight,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win kept the Zamboangueña’s amazing climb up the ranks after her shocking second round submission win over Thai fan favorite Rika Ishige and a unanimous decision conquest against Indonesian Nita Dea last year.Torres feels she can still improve on a lot of things before aiming for loftier goals — especially a shot against newly-minted ONE women’s strawweight Champion Xiong Jingnan.“I’m developing my wrestling and boxing, same with my ground game,” she said. “We’re always ready.”Her coach Rene Catalan, though, said their camp is always ready for any opportunity that pops up.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo from ONE Championship.Jomary Torres has quickly emerged as one of the top contenders in her division but she feels that she’s yet to reach the championship-caliber level that she wants herself to be in.“I’d like to enjoy the win first. I think I’ll still have a hard time contending for the title,” she said after preserving her immaculate 4-0 record with a win over April Osenio in ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases