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Jamaica’s national Under-17 squad will continue preparations for their 12- team CONCACAF Qualifiers next April in Panama with warm-up games this week against Canada’s Under-17s in back-to back matches.The Jamaica Under-17s will first take on Canada today at Winchester park on North Street, Kingston. Start time is 3 p.m.The second encounter will be on Tuesday at the University of the West Indies Mona Bowl at 3 p.m.A total of 26 players were called up for a November 25-30 training camp to face the Canadians.Yesterday, the Canadians had their first local training exercise at the Jamaica Football Federation’s Technical Centre.The Canadian U-17 team has been accompanied by an eight-member coaching staff.There is no entrance fee for the public to attend both games.
Thrilled at the win, Dr Dean Weatherly, the Cornwall College head coach heaped praises on his players. “It’s been a long time coming; sixteen years is a long wait, and today, we gave it our all,” said Weatherly. “I did what I said we would do. Now ,I think I may just kick back, relax and consider resignation,” the man known as Doc told The Sunday Gleaner. Weatherly has been at the helm of the Cornwall College football squad for almost 25 years, in which time he has won for them several titles at the Under-16 and senior levels. It was a game of two halves really, as STETHS dominated the first 45 minutes and can only blame themselves for not finding the back of the net. James, who carried the main goalscoring threat for the Omar Wedderburn-coached team, was inconspicuous with his captain Chris-Andrew Dixon, his usual hard-tackling self in midfield. With only two shots at goal in the first half, Cornwall then turned things completely around in the second half, with Peter-Lee Vassell and Fletcher leading the way. Fletcher came close, not once, but twice before finally getting the better of the tiring STETHS defenders, when Vassell slipped but got up to slide him a pass. Fletcher then fired into the far corner to rousing appreciation from the mostly partisan Cornwall College crowd. The noise was deafening when McDonald curved a beautiful shot out of the reach of the mishandling Kenroy Wallace in the STETHS goal. Disappointed, Wendell Downswell, technical director for the STETHS team, described it as a tough loss. “Congrats to Cornwall College for a spirited game; they are now the champions. I think they wanted it more. But we will be back next year,” said Downswell. THRILLED WESTERN BUREAU: Chants of “CC, CC” rang out after Cornwall College dethroned St Elizabeth Technical to secure a twelfth hold on the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football title, edging their rivals 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday. It was a well-deserved victory for the new champions, who went undefeated in the daCosta Cup, and will now set sights on one more trophy when they tackle Manning Cup champions Jamaica College in Saturday’s Olivier Shield. Jordaine Fletcher netted his 29th daCosta Cup goal and his 36th of the season in all competitions to give Cornwall the lead. Then a stunning strike from second-half substitute Shawn McDonald in time added on, at the end of 90 minutes, left no doubt who the 2016 champions would be. STETHS’ never-say-die attitude was missing for long stretches of the game, but it surfaced with practically the last kick of the match, when Demar James struck to pull a goal back in the 94th minute. It was a case of too little too late for STETHS, who battled to the end in what ended up a trophy-less season for the first time in six five years.
Kingston College’s 17-year-old standout Jhevaughn Matherson – one of the most talented young sprinters in Jamaica – says he is more motivated ahead of the upcoming season, after his recent recognition at the Courtney Walsh Award For Excellence.Matherson’s young career has been hampered due to a string of injuries, but the youngster, who was honoured for his sporting and academic performances, says he is looking forward to the upcoming 2017 season, when he will be expected to lead Kingston College’s charge for the boys’ title at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.”I was not necessarily surprised when I won the award but I was a bit astonished as it was a great feeling to be named best student athlete for the past year,” said Matherson after a recent training session. “Being tops in sports and in academics is a wonderful feeling, and this goes to show that basically life has many streams and you cannot afford to focus in one area because you have to open your mind and do well in everything you do.”Matherson stated that it has not been difficult for him to balance by doing well in academics and on the track. “It is not necessarily hard as sacrifices will always have to be made and you won’t always have time for fun but know your real focus and you have to push for that,” he said.The lower sixth-form student passed seven subjects, including English and mathematics in external examinations.Matherson stated that he has been more inspired by his recent award and is looking forward for special performances on the track next season once he remains injury-free.”When you get an academic award when you are a good athlete, it shows that you are heading into the right direction, so I hope to continue. Doing better is always the right priority, and next year I am looking forward to do even much better and I am more mature now, my dreams have always been big and to achieve my dream to be at the top will be spectacular,” Matherson said.Unlike may athletes who have gone professionally straight out of high school, Matherson is not looking on that route.”It is always smart to get your education intact, and different people do different things but I am happy for the culture at Kingston College as majority of our student athletes go straight to university, and at the moment that is where my heart is,” said Matherson.- R.G.
The St Kitts & Nevis (SKN) Patriots announced yesterday that former West Indies coach, Phil Simmons, will become the new head coach of the franchise for the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season. “We are happy to announce that Phil Simmons is the new head coach of the SKN Patriots,” co-owner Uday Nayak said in a release. “We expect that Phil’s experience and local knowledge will help the Patriots achieve improved performances in our 2017 Hero CPL campaign, and will bring the ultimate success that our fans and sponsors deserve.” The Patriots owner described Simmons as “the right coaching choice at this very crucial time in the development of our franchise.” Commenting on his new role, coach Simmons said: “I am delighted to take up the role as head coach of the SKN Patriots. I would like to thank the owners and management for offering me this exciting opportunity to lead the squad. I am aware of the immediate challenges we are facing and I will do all possible to ensure that we achieve improved results.” The new Patriots coach expressed his delight that the franchise had just last week signed star Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle. “I am very pleased with the recent signing of Gayle. This is a major boost for me coming in as the new coach and I look forward to working closely with Chris to bring the desired success to the St Kitts & Nevis franchise.” Simmons is himself a former explosive West Indies batting all-rounder. He retired from being a professional player in 2002, before embarking on a successful coaching career. Simmons is former coach of the Ireland national cricket team from 2007 to 2015, a period of significant improvement for Ireland’s ranking in world cricket. Simmons is best known for coaching the West Indies team to victory in the ICC World T20 in India earlier this year. Simmons was recently discarded from the post of West Indies head coach following major differences with the West Indies Cricket Board and replaces South African Eric Simons in the position at the Patriots.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Calabar High were double winners on yesterday’s final day of competition for high school teams at the 2017 Penn Relays. The Red Hills Road-based school ended the meet in fine style after winning both the 4×100 and 4×400 metres Championship of America high school relays in record times. Full advantage Like the first two days of the meet, the weather was perfect and Calabar took full advantage of the situation as they smashed the 4x100m record, posting a new mark of 39.00 seconds, removing the previous best of 39.63 they held jointly with Kingston College. Defending champions Kingston College, with Jhevaughn Matherson on anchor, were second in 39.74. Cornwall College were fourth in 41.20 and Munro College, sixth in 41.52, as Excelsior and Jamaica College failed to finish. It was smooth baton changing all the way for Calabar after a good start from Tyreke Wilson. Christopher Taylor ran a solid leg, with Michael Stephens opening up on third leg and DeJour Russell powering home on the final leg to give the green and black-clad boys their seventh win in the event. Better exchanges Assistant Coach Omar Hawes was very impressed with the execution of the race. “It is awesome what these guys have done. It could be much faster, but thanks to God for what he gave us. Technical sprinting was at its best today and better exchanges would have seen a much faster time. Hope they remain healthy as they will be back for two more years and will be able to break the record once again,” said Hawes, who stated that they will be competing in three more overseas meets this season. Later in the afternoon, Calabar smashed the 20-year-old 3:08.72 4x400m record set by John Muir High out of California with a new mark of 3:08.59. Edwin Allen were second in 3:10.09, just ahead of Kingston College, third in 3:10.66, and Jamaica College, fourth in 3:11.18. The event was close for the most of the event way as Kingston College, Edwin Allen and Jamaica College kept the favourites on their toes for the first leg, but the outstanding Christopher Taylor ran a split of 46.13 on anchor to go clear of his rivals and give his school their eighth title in the event. St Elizabeth Technical regained the 4x800m title they last won in 2015 by upstaging a weakened St Jago team without top man Keenan Lawrence, who was out due to injury. Defending champions St Jago had the early lead, but after the first exchange, Rayon Butler put the winners in front and anchorman Jauvaney James, with a split of 1:51.67, extended the lead to give the Reynaldo Walcott-coached school their eighth win in the event. Shamar Salmon ran the third leg for the champions. St Jago were second in 7:39.67, Calabar third in 7:43.62, Jamaica College fourth in 7:44.26 and Kingston College, seventh in 7:44.26.
View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend In exchange for pleading guilty to those three counts, the court dropped federal criminal charges that Nassar molested four athletes, one as young as 11 at the time, on two occasions while he worked with their teams.READ: USA gymnastics president resigns amid sex abuse scandalAccording to Acting US Attorney Andrew Birge, who prosecuted the case, the four women supported the plea agreement, in which the government accepted not to further prosecute their specific assault charges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It was the first federal sexual assault case to be heard against Nassar. The court said Nassar could still be tried on other possible allegations of sexual abuse.In addition, he faces sexual assault charges and civil lawsuits in Michigan and California in complaints involving more than 100 women who say he abused them. LATEST STORIES “With Dr. Nassar’s admissions of guilt on federal charges today, victims and the public can be assured that a day of reckoning is indeed in Dr. Nassar’s future,” Birge said.“Those who exploit children will be found out and they will be held accountable.”Nassar served as the US gymnastics team’s doctor through four Olympic Games.In a week of hearings in late June, witnesses testified that Nassar, using his position as a team doctor, molested and penetrated girls with his fingers under the guise of providing medical care.“He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” the prosecutor said.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “Why would they question this gymnastics god?”The case cast a dark shadow on the country’s vaunted youth gymnastics program, which has produced a steady number of world and Olympic champions.The US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and some of the country’s most prominent gymnastic clubs known for training Olympic champions, have been sued for allegedly hiding and protecting sexual abusers, including Nassar.Also sued is Michigan State University, where coaches and trainers were allegedly told about Nassar’s abuse as early as 1999 but took no action. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CJ Perez powers Pirates Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (left) confers with defense attorney Matt Newberg in this June 23, 2017, file photo. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — A former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting more than 100 female athletes pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges of child pornography, avoiding tougher sexual assault charges in the first case to be heard against him.A Michigan federal court said Larry Nassar, 53, a doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, faces a maximum 20 years in prison for each of the pornography charges.ADVERTISEMENT
It was a huge confidence-boosting campaign for the Scorpions, who consider the semis berth as an overachievement following the huge offseason shift for the squad.“Nobody expected us to get in to the semis, but with our collective effort, we made it,” said the youthful coach, who took over from coach Egay Macaraya before the conference. “We just keep on reminding the players to treat every game like a championship, and hopefully, whatever experience we gained in the quarterfinals, we can bring it to the semis.”Celiz paced Batangas with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while De Joya unloaded 17 in the season-ending defeat.The Scores:CEU 81 – Casiño 18, Cruz 15, Ebondo 15, Jeruta 13, Aquino 8, Arim 5, Wamar 5, Manlangit 2, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0, Uri 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano No love lost between TNT, San Miguel LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Congolese big man Rod Ebondo added 15 markers, 19 boards, and two blocks, while Mark Cruz chimed in 15 points and nine rebounds in the win.“I’m so proud because they were so focused in the game. even though we had that tendency to relax, we were able to recover in the end,” said coach Yong Garcia, as CEU moves on to the next phase where top-seed Flying V awaits in a best-of-three series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Scorpions squandered a 14-point lead, 67-53, with 8:49 remaining as the Batangueños sliced the deficit down to three, 77-74 , thanks to a Cedrick Ablaza putback with 1:33 to play.Batangas had numerous chances to tie the game but failed to make the most of it as Robby Celiz muffed his trey in the final minute before Cedric de Joya got pickpocketed by Orlan Wamar to quash the uprising for CEU. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend BATANGAS 74 – Celiz 18, De Joya 16, Ablaza 15, Bautista 7, Gabayni 7, Dela Peña 3, Isit 3, Saitanan 3, Laude 2, Anderson 0, Bulawan 0, Mendoza 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.Quarters: 28-18, 43-34, 61-50, 81-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University hacked out a tough 81–74 victory over Batangas to advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.JK Casiño topped the Scorpions with 18 points, none bigger than his insurance freebies with 14.3 ticks left to douse Batangas’ late rally, along with five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “As a native to the area, I have been so encouraged to see how the locals and the nation as a whole have come together to help one another.“The NFL, at the end of the day, is a family that helps one another in times of need.”Meanwhile, Texans owner Bob McNair had pledged a $1 million donation to a separate flood relief fund, which the NFL Foundation vowed to match.Also on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys said that all proceeds from their NFL pre-season game against Watt and the Texans at AT&T Stadium on Thursday would go towards the disaster relief fund.Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots — who won the Super Bowl in Houston in February — pledged to match $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross relief fund for victims of Harvey.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPLos Angeles, United States — The National Basketball Association and player’s union donated $1 million to the Texas flood disaster relief effort on Tuesday, adding to the millions already raised across the US sports world since the deadly weather system battered the region.In a join statement, the NBA and NBA Players Association (NBAPA) said it was donating the cash to “bring relief to those impacted.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “Our thought are with the city of Houston and all those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the statement said.The statement came after news reports said that Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander had donated $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “… Please stay safe, Houston.”Rockets point guard Chris Paul made a separate donation of $50,000 to a fund created by NFL star J.J. Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans. Watt’s fund had raised $500,000 in a 24-hour period and has now surged past $4 million, Watt said on Twitter on Tuesday.The defensive star said the fundraising drive on the YouCaring.com website was now targeting a total of $5 million.“Forty-eight hours ago we set out to raise 200 grand. And now we’re over $4 million…I can’t say thank you enough,” Watt said.Donors to the fund included Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who made a million dollar donation, the team said.“The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch,” Strunk said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments
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 Winning start Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 17, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 98-95. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics megatrade centered around elite point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, but versatile forward Jae Crowder was included in the package as well.Speaking to the media during the Cavs’ introductory press conference, the 27-year-old wing player shared how he informed his sick mother, Helen Thompson, that he was going to Cleveland, just minutes before she lost her life.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Break new ground Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “There was a lot going on that day, obviously,” Crowder said, in a video uploaded by Def Pen Hoops on Twitter. “The good thing about the whole ordeal was I was able to whisper it to my mom before she passed. I was with her. I just told her, ‘We’re going to Cleveland.’ And like five minutes later she passed.”Jae Crowder talks about telling his mom about his trade to the #Cavs five minutes before she passed away… pic.twitter.com/UVfZ7dISazFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) September 7, 2017Thompson died of cancer on her hospital bed last Aug. 22, the same night the Celtics shipped Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first round pick to the Cavaliers, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. UAAP Season 80 Preview: Expect the ‘unpredictable’ from La Salle Green Archers Although that day would forever be tragic in Crowder’s eyes, the Marquette-product remains grateful to have an opportunity to play for the top team in the Eastern Conference.“Yeah, that day was tough,” he added. “But it was a good day for my basketball career to move on to an organization like this, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, and be able to put myself in position to play for it all. I couldn’t ask for nothing else.”Crowder enjoyed his best statistical season in the league last year, averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and a career-high 39.8 percent shooting from behind the arc. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READ