Laso’s endorse Maccabi their first local defeat and break their bad streak Photo: Getty Real Madrid cut its crisis of results in the Euroleague of basketball with a victory (77-81) against Maccabi on day 22, a worked triumph in the hitherto impregnable Menora Mivtachim Arena to recover the fight on the continental podium.Those of Pablo Laso pulled the return of Anthony Randolph (19 points and 7 rebounds) after a month of injury, Fabien Causeur (12), the direction of ‘Facu’ Campazo (11 points and 8 assists) and the intimidation of Walter Tavares ( 11 and 10 rebounds). After three defeats in Europe, Madrid gets 16-6 to defend their third position tied with CSKA and on the lookout for the intractable Anadolu Efes (18-3).In search of its best version and its rival trying to prevent it, Madrid’s visit to Tel Aviv left a thick first time. Without excessive brightness in attack, especially a low percentage of triples in both teams and 20 losses in total. Randolph, 13 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter, returned eagerly at a high-speed start, with Wilbekin giving a replica in the premises. Madrid did not close its rebound and was under the break with the premiere of Amar’e Stoudamire and his first and only two points (36-28). The resumption, however, was white, with Facu attending the Causeur trays. The visiting defense also rose in level, an adjustment in which Tavares had a lot to do, which complicated the locals to find that second option and an offensive reference.Randolph added again and achieved the advantage of 10 points on the edge of the last quarter (44-54), but Maccabi did not throw in the towel finding the success of the triple. Wilbekin wanted to pull the car, also the emergence of Cohen or Acy of three, and they pressed the marker three minutes from the end (66-68), as they also tightened the defense against the fights of Ioannis Sfairopoulos in dead time.With the ball on the roof of Madrid, a steal from Thompkins, a rebound from Tavares and a triple from Campazzo to finish a round play they seemed to close the win a minute and a half from the end (67-74) but Dorsey forced two triples to one last effort of Madrid. Those from Laso lower the fumes to a Maccabi in 14-8 on the table and win on a demanding court to regain the missing confidence.DATA SHEET.–OUTCOME: MACCABI TEL AVIV, 77 – REAL MADRID, 81. (38-36, at rest).–EQUIPMENT.MACCABI: Bryant (5), Wilbekin (21), Caloiaro (2), Acy (9) and Hunter (8) – initial quintet – Acy, Reynolds (4), S. Cohen (-), Jackson (2), Avdija (7), Dorsey (9), Stoudamire (2) and Jake Cohen (8).REAL MADRID: Campazzo (11), Causeur (12), Deck (4), Randolph (19) and Tavares (11) – initial quintet–; Llull (5), Mickey (2), Rudy Fernández (-), Taylor (5), Carroll (-) and Thompkins (12).–PARTIALS: 19-21, 19-15, 11-21, 28-24.– ARBITRATORS: Lamonica, Rocha and Nikolic. Without eliminated.–PAVILION: Menora Mivtachim Arena, 10,689 spectators.
He had to share a goal and live an awkward situation with the signing proposed by Constantin Galca, that of Giedrius Arlauskis. The Lithuanian goalkeeper, marked by misfortune, barely performed the 2015-16 academic year. Before the arrival of Oier, Roberto Jiménez, whose purchase was three million, became another of the failed bets. He played four parakeet matches, for three of Arlauskis. Carlos Kameni began defending the goal of Espanyol in the first season in Cornellà-El Prat (2009-10). The unforgettable Cameroonian goalkeeper opened the way that up to 13 other goalkeepers have continued, with disparate luck in the recent parakeet story. Undoubtedly, the most remembered, apart from Kameni, are Kiko Casilla and now Diego López.Alongside the Cameroonian goal, Cristian Álvarez and Javi Ruiz shared the demarcation. The second became part of the group that failed to debut at RCDE Stadium, while the first managed to be until captain of Espanyol although he came out the back door after the 2012-13 season, which coincided with the farewell of Mauricio Pochettino and Ramon Planes. Released to the bench with Javier Aguirre, the memory left by the Argentine was not the best among fans, similar to that of one of his successors, the now goalkeeper of Roma Pau López. The canterano, and the murky matter of his impossible renovation and his signing for Betis, squandered the romantic story of one of the players raised in grassroots football that reach the elite, something that happens punctually in the parakeet goal. Between these stages, goalkeepers of the base have passed that have not had the opportunity to play, as is the case of Edgar Badía, Dinu Moldovan, Germán Parreño, Andrés Prieto, Edu Frías and Adrián López. TAll of them have been summoned in some game, including Germán and currently Andrés had a record of the first team.
As this newspaper has already told, the idea of Florentino Pérez is to try his signing in the summer of 2021, when he only has one year left on his contract. A roadmap similar to the one he devised with Hazard, who brought by 100 million, a much lower price than the Belgian had in the market. Madrid tries that Mbappé does not renew, but always from a distant attitude, since he does not want to break relations with the PSG. Madrid will not be so easy to get Mbappé from the PSG ”, he says ACE very surely a source that is perfectly aware of its situation in the Parisian entity. It is also the idea that has spread among the main intermediaries who participate in the great operations of European football. Protagonists accustomed to charging million-dollar commissions every summer but to those who, on this occasion, Mbappé’s father has left out of business. With everything, according to what has transpired for them, the PSG prepares a worldwide coup, an offer of renewal star that will present to Mbappé before the Eurocup of this summer and that it would lead him to have a salary at the level of Messi and Cristiano (around 50 million net per season). “They don’t want to let it go before the Qatar World Cup 2022 dispute. It is a strategic issue, ”this source tells AS.Mbappé’s salary is now strangely low. According to the data filtered by L’Equipe, is around 15 million net per season, alone three more of the 12 he signed when it was transferred from Monaco for 180 million in the summer of 2017. Mbappé ends the contract with the PSG in 2022, and that attempt of stellar renewal can disrupt the plans of Madrid … Mbappé is not only important for PSG within the field. Outside of it is one of the main causes (along with Neymar) for which Nike decided to extend the contract with the Parisian entity from 2022 to 2032. He went from paying 25 million a year to disbursing 75. There is information that suggests that this figure would decrease if either of them, Mbappé or Neymar, leave the PSG. Since Qatar bought the entity it has gone from sell 80,000 shirts in 2008 to more than one million in 2019, according to data from the multinational itself.Florentino knows well the economic return of Mbappé. According to Forbes, he now earns 10 million gross in advertising (five are from Nike), and the estimate is that he would triple those amount wearing the white shirt. “Part of his salary would be paid,” They say in the offices of the Bernabéu. But, for that to happen, first you have to deal with the PSG a golden pulse. The white entity has made Mbappé reject two renewal offers, but the third promises to be thunder … Mbappé is the cornerstone of the PSG. “To say that Mbappé is a spoiled child, I do not accept it,” Leonardo said these days trying to redirect the situation of the star in the entity. “Because he is an adorable person, very committed and a fantastic player. In the Top-5, there is one of 35 years (Christian), another of 32 years (Messi) and the other two are 28 (Neymar) and 21 years (Mbappé). And these two are with us. Let’s be glad. I am a happy sports director. We should take advantage of that and stop talking about the problems. ”
Moussa Marega, Porto center forward, has once again expressed his discomfort after the unpleasant episode he suffered last February 16 in the match against Vitoria Guimaraes. In that encounter, The Dragons they would end up taking the cat to the water for a result of 1-2 and with a bit of the Franco-Malian. But the most talked about did not happen on the grass, but in the stands of the Dom Alfonso Henriques Stadium. It was the 70th minute of encounter when Marega said “enough” and insisted vehemently to leave the field, due to the racist insults he had been listening for several minutes.The Portuguese League He was no stranger to this event and took action on the matter. After an extraordinary meeting, He decided that he would financially sanction the Vimaraense club for this cause with a fine of 714 euros. After hearing the news, Marega soon reacted. And he did it to show his disagreement, since consider the quantity insufficient with which the Guimaraes club has been punished. It was through your Instagram account where the striker left an ironic message in which he left, very clearly, his disagreement: “Não! E Muito! Can I pay for it?” (“No! It’s a lot! Can I pay for them?”) However, to 714 euros from the sanction imposed by racist insults must be added another 17227 euros. As the Portuguese media has broken down Saturday, Vitoria Guimaraes has been fined 4017 euros for pyrotechnic devices, 3392 for firing torches and other objects towards the Porto bench, 2678 for exchanging torches between ultras of the two teams and 7140 for throwing chairs. A total of 17941 euros what The Conquerors, nickname by which they are known in Portuguese lands, will have to pay.
Apart from the request for imprisonment, the public prosecutor’s office claims the prohibition of the accused from approaching the victim, along with six more years of probation and 10,000 euros of compensation for these events. The trial was due to take place next week, but it is likely to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Sources of the club, which appears in the accusation as subsidiary civilian responsible, made it very clear to The newspaper what the accused, when the facts became known, was dismissed.The truth is that the club employee was a person of some renown in Barcelona’s medical services: He spent more than three decades working in different professional sections, even exercising for seven years in the first soccer team. Hence, the seriousness of the crime and the accusations were surprising in their day within the Catalan entity, which dispensed with the services of its employee, also seeking the maximum discretion of all parties. The Newspaper of Catalonia unveiled in today’s edition some very serious events that occurred in December 2016 at the Camp Nou and that the protagonist was a physical therapist who at that time worked in Barcelona. As revealed by the Catalan newspaper, said club employee, Jaume J.LL., He allegedly “libidinously and without any curative purpose” attended a club employee, who required her services for a neck contracture. The prosecution, which asks for seven years in prison for the accused, highlights that the physiotherapist, diverted his massages from the cervical area to the hip, to go “little by little” to the woman’s genitals. Subsequently, the professional, “maintaining his lubricious spirit, he felt her breasts and took her nipples”, as stated in the prosecutor’s brief. The woman left the consultation “extremely affected” for the lived episode, concludes the prosecution, which clearly remarks that these events are constitutive of sexual abuse crime.
Olympiakos beat Panionios to extend record ATHENS, Greece (AP): Olympiakos continued their perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away yesterday, extending their record run of consecutive wins to 16. Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiakos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equaliser for Panionios. Czech Republic beat Hewitt, Australia team BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Lleyton Hewitt lost just weeks away from his retirement as Czech Republic beat the Australia Gold team at the Hopman Cup mixed-teams event yesterday. Jiri Vesely defeated Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-7 (1) 6-4, before Karolina Pliskova came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat Jarmila Wolfe Gajdosova 7-5, 6-3 at Perth, Western Australia. The Czech team won the later mixed doubles 6-2, 7-5 to sweep the match 3-0. Sub Simons hits brace in 7-1 rout LONDON (CMC): Bermudian teenager Rai Simons struck twice as Chesterfield won their first English League One match since late October by crushing fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town 7-1 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Striker Simons, who turns 20 in nine days’ time, came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute with his side 3-1 up and got on the scoresheet a minute later when he punished some poor defending to notch his fourth goal of the season with a right-footed shot from 18 yards. Simons added to his tally when he struck again in the 88th minute after Shrewsbury had been reduced to 10 men when Junior Brown was sent off in the 81st minute for two yellow cards.
2016 with a bangDefending Clarendon knockout champions Jamalco opened up their campaign for the 2015-2016 Noel Arscott Knockout competition with a resounding 6-1 win over Treadlight.Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a well-taken shot and was again on target in the 36th minute. Andrew ‘Joysie’ Isaacs scored on the stroke of half-time to give Jamalco a 3-0 lead at the interval. Joysie secured his brace in the 49th minute to send Jamalco further ahead.Treadlight reduced the margin in the 57th minute, but Renoir ‘Woody’ Elliott scored in the 73rd minute and Erron ‘Sir B’ Brown in the 79th minute (directly from a corner kick) to extend the margin of victory.Henriques starts rally next monthHorizon Park Primary School will make a second attempt to host its netball rally, which is scheduled for next month on the school grounds, starting at 8 a.m. The organisers said that they had to postpone the initial staging because of matters beyond their control. They also promised that the event would be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer. Cedar for fivePortmore United, the guest team in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league, continued their assault when they hit five goals past title contenders Cedar Grove Estate FC last Sunday.In other games, Cumberland defeated Southborough 2-1, Braeton United clipped Waterford 1-0, and Racing United drew 2-2 with Edgewater.The competition continues this weekend, with Southborough tackling Portmore United today. Tomorrow, it’s Braeton United vs Racing, Cedar Grove vs Waterford, and Daytona vs Edgewater. Portmore United have been using this league to keep their under-21 and reserve players active. They are currently the leaders in the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League.Spit Fyah outlast Waterhouse UnitedTitle favourites Spit Fyah Domino Club had to draw on all their experiences to stave off a strong challenge from a spirited Waterhouse United to scratch out a close 300-290 victory in the third round of games in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday.In other games, Highlight Strikers beat Memory Lane 300-274; Fort International eased past Correctional Services 300-283; Right Stuff downed Garveymeade 300-282; Ken’s Wildflower rushed past Felluchi Strikers 300-285; Masterpiece stunned Unity Strikers 300-282; Spring Village overcame Passagefort United 300-290; and Naggo Head cut down Soursop Tree 300-265. The competition continues tomorrow.PFM netball rally New Year on highOrville Henriques threw down the gauntlet in a ruthless performance to win the year’s first competitive title at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s January match at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.Henriques, who had to settle for the No. 3 rating in Jamaica owing to consistent losses to new No. 1 Junior Brown and No. 2 Andy Yapp in 2015, seemed bent on stretching the gap between himself and others in the central belt.Henriques won seven of the eight stages, with no competitor gaining more than 88 per cent. In fact, on Stage Three – which valued 125 points – he pushed down second-placed competitor on this stage Evon Grant to 68 per cent. His only stage loss came on Stage Five, where he logged 99 per cent to its winner, Sue Ann Henriques.In total, Orville logged 649 points to beat overall second-place finisher Sue Ann at 483 at 74 per cent. Owen Campbell grabbed his best podium finish in months, finishing third at 72 per cent, with Ellsworth Dixon, Thomas Jones, and Grant rounding out the top six.The upcoming Florida International tournament, which normally features the highest number of Jamaican competitors, will be the acid test of Henriques’ local performance.Edwin Allen impress at PUMA/JAAA Development meetIf last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development track event at Kirkvine is anything to go by, the primary battle in female long-distance running – at least in the central Jamaica region – seem centred around Edwin Allen High, Spaldings High, and G.C. Foster College.The Open female 3,000 metres revealed this battle after the three dominated the first 20 places, with most competitors running hard to the finish line and the big crowd, which was applauding.Edwin Allen were undoubtedly the best, claiming three of the top-five finishers as well as seven overall in the top 10 and a further three in the top 20. Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs won in a time of 11:04.31, with Spalding High’s 13-year-old Kimara Austin putting in an amazing performance to gain second in 11:21.81.G.C. Foster’s Danielle James, who featured strongly in a number of local events last year, could only manage sixth place.Braeton lift mid-season crownBraeton United scored two first-half goals and held on to defeat Cedar Grove 2-1 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final at Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.Caven Genius and Jermaine Morgan scored for Braeton United, while Ronnae-Kaye Brown scored Cedar Grove’s consolation goal in the second half. Following the Christmas break, the teams will now turn their attention to the League, which resumes tomorrow.Westchester, High Mountain road Mega Angels finalWestchester netball team and Mega Angels earned the right to meet each other in the final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League after impressive semi-final wins last weekend.In semi-final one, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16, while in the other semi, Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance. Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santos B will do battle in the third-place play-off before Mega Angels play Westchester in the championship game on a date to be decided.Portmore hit race in high gearBased on the traffic of athletes on central Manchester roads in the morning as well as after noon, training appears in high gear for the High Mountain 10K, Jamaica’s longest-running road race, which is held each year on the last Sunday of January. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, January 31.Last weekend’s Puma/JAAA Development meet held at Kirkvine, which is close to the traditional route of the road race, also featured its highest number of competitors in the 3,000m and 5,000m events.In addition to the most popular event, the 10K, there will be competition in the 5K run and 5K walk.The Mandeville Regional Hospital will be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the race, which is chiefly organised by the High Mountain Coffee brand and its chairman, Jackie Minott.The race is held in Williamsfield each year, with its main route taking participants up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the Williamsfield community park. The race also features specially invited international competitors.Wint gains four-year term limit as MFA presidentManchester FA President Dalton Wint had much to be happy about after he was installed for another four years. A special resolution by the majority of clubs in Manchester saw Wint and his executive voted in en bloc.A Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) mandate, which came out of their election last December, declared that all associations must conduct a new election for a four-year term of office within a 90-day period.Last summer, Wint won a fourth two-year term as Manchester FA president over challenger Damion James. An extraordinary general meeting was held at the SDC office in Mandeville; however, the clubs indicated they would prefer ratifying the results of the earlier election than conduct a fresh one.Joining Wint for the four-year stint will be first vice-president, Baron Watson; second vice-president, Douglas Powell; long-serving treasurer Janice Grant; and general secretary, Clarence Jackson. The five additional committee members are Brian Sterling, Cranston Kelly, Donovan Senior, Omar Robinson, and Derick Reid.St Catherine has announced. It will hold new elections on Saturday, February 6. Word has yet to emerge from Clarendon and St Elizabeth, the other members of the South Central Confederation.Black Star unbeaten in St Elizabeth Major LeagueAfter five rounds, the Black River-based Black Star remains the only unbeaten team in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League with maximum 15 points. Black Star’s latest win came in the top-of-the-table clash against the surprise team of the competition, Real Treasure Beach, which was previously unbeaten.It is remarkable that Black Star travelled for the encounter and won 3-1. The loss for Treasure Beach pushed them back to third place on 10 points as Super Action gained higher ground after recording the biggest win of the round, a 7-2 rout of Newell.The round was also remarkable for Appleton Estate, outscored Vineyard 3-2 to end a disappointing spell where they had lost 2-1 to Super Action before the embarrassment of giving up three points to Black Stars after failing to field enough players for a home encounter.In other notable results, newcomers St Bess United defeated Tafari Lions 2-0 in a Lacovia derby, while in the only drawn result of the round, Haughton and Holland Police Youth Club ended 2-2.Jamalco start set for February 6The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a netball rally on Saturday, February 6, at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive, Portmore Town Centre. The rally this year will not be open to church teams only, but also to teams from the surrounding communities.Mark Williamson, the chief organiser of the rally, said that his committee would cater to 16-20 teams. There will be prizes and cash incentives for the champions, as well as the second- and third-place teams.Former Holmwood track star Le-Roy honouredMultiple 4x400m national relay medallist Anastasia Le-Roy was among the special honorees at last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development meet at Kirkvine. Patron and chairman of the meet Patrick Anderson said that the committee honoured Le-Roy for her consistent hard work and interest in making herself available to represent Jamaica’s athletic teams, even if she did not make it to run individual events.Her accolades include being part of gold and repeated silver-medal teams in major games like the World Championships and the Olympics. A graduate of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Le-Roy was also a track star at Holmwood Technical High School and part of several teams that helped establish that school’s dominance under coach Maurice Wilson between 2003 and 2011.She has also trained at and performed in track meets held on the Kirkvine grass track.Jamaica Badminton Association club leagueThe opening ceremony of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) club league 2016 is set for today at the Constant Spring Golf Club, beginning at 10 a.m.The league will serve off with matches in the D division between defending champions Ingleside Pandaz and the young Shuttle Smashers, while in the C division, the Ingleside Pandaz will face off against the resurgent University of Technology (UTech).Other clubs in the JBA club league include Racketeers, Tastee, and newcomers Western Sports, competing in the D division. In the C division, Racketeers, UTech, Shuttle Smashers, and Ingleside Pandaz will be competing for the title, while in B Division, defending champions Racketeers will try to stave off competition from Falcons and Ingleside Pandaz.With an absent Mandeville Rangers from the A division, YMCA, Ingleside Pandaz, and Racketeers will all be striving to take the top place and the winning trophy.Horizon Park netball
three minutes before halftime to equalise LONDON (AP): Defending champions Chelsea fell to their fourth loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, leaving Jose Mourinho talking about the possibility of being fired. In what appeared to be a pre-emptive move after yesterday’s 3-1 home loss to Southampton, Mourinho reminded owner Roman Abramovich that the club has an unwelcome reputation for discarding managers. In the six years before Mourinho returned to the Chelsea dugout in 2013 – after previously coaching the team from 2004 to 2007 – Abramovich went through seven managers. “If the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, my team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports television. If losing four games out of eight so far in the league was not bad enough, Chelsea also lost at Mourinho’s former team, FC Porto, in the Champions League on Tuesday. “If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club has had,” Mourinho said. “And the message is again that … bad results, the manager is guilty. That is the message the players have had for a decade.” Willian had curled in a free kick after 10 minutes to put the champions in front, but Steven Davis levelled before halftime. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle netted in the second half to give Southampton its first win at Chelsea since 2002. Chelsea are only four points above the relegation zone and 10 points behind fledgling leaders Manchester City. Their latest setback overshadowed Sergio Aguero’s five-goal performance as City trashed Newcastle 6-1. City’s dominant performance in the second half against Newcastle provided a reminder of the team’s title credentials after back-to-back Premier League losses and a Champions League setback. Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle in front in the 18th minute and it took Aguero until three minutes before half-time to equalise. But in a 13-minute spell at the start of the second half, Aguero added another four goals, while Kevin de Bruyne also got in on the scoring act for the leaders. Aguero had only scored three goals in the first two months of the season before yesterday and his tally might have been greater had he not been taken off with around 25 minutes remaining. “In other games, he was maybe having a lot of chances but not scoring,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC. “But today, he returned to his normal amount of chances he creates, but this time he scored. “He was not upset about going off. He was having treatment at half-time and it was a risk for him to finish the whole game.” Newcastle are last in the standings, still without a win after eight games. Northeast rivals Sunderland moved ahead on goal difference with a 2-2 draw against West Ham. Sunderland threw away a 2-0 lead to leave Dick Advocaat still searching for his first victory over the campaign. It’s similarly bleak for Aston Villa, who are a point further ahead with just one win to their name so far. Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke a 1-0 victory at Villa Park. There were victories for two of the surprise packages of the early season: Crystal Palace and Leicester. Leicester quickly bounced back from their first loss of the season last weekend by winning 2-1 at Norwich. Yohan Cabaye set up Yannick Bolasie’s header and then scored from the penalty spot as Palace beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to move ahead of Leicester into third place on goal difference. A meeting between promoted clubs Bournemouth and Watford ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company will be transporting commuters from Half-Way-Tree and downtown Kingston to the venue in Trench Town. The honourees include late singer Dennis Brown and the Mighty Diamonds group. The Tuff Gong team reads: Jah Mikes, Byron Earle, Everton White, Lucien Anderson, Denton Sheddon, Clive Smith, Damion Gordon, Eldorado Mullings, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin Wilson, Adrian Pitter, Bunny Scott, Tajahe Dixon, Roger Asphall, Danielle Riley, David Shirley, Audley Boyd, Ali Cole, Hugh Blair, and Emanuel. Masters and Celebrities team: Ian Wilkinson, Kirk Williams, Kasai Hinds, David Laylor, Rudolph Speid, Ralston Hyman, Carlo Redwood, Stephen Miller, Tashana Bullock, Sherona Forrester, Jimmy Deer, Elvis Clarke, Lincoln Taffe, Raymond Smith, Rohan Rosseau, Hector Wright, Durrant Brown, Lance Whittaker, and Anthony Manderson. Entertainers and Celebrities team: I-Octane, Aidonia, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Agent Sasco, Nesbeth, Wickerman, Nomadz, Charlie, Iba Mahr, Jessie Royal, Tony Curtis, Lukie D, Wayne Marshall, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Oneil ‘Bigga’ Smith, Shavar Thomas, Sadiki Bolt, Andrew Tosh, and Blue Smith. Referees squad: Relanza Bennett, Raymond Bogle, Leon Brown, Alan Carter, Samuel Christie, Oneal Clayton, Jermaine Douglas, Odette Hamilton, Jayson Jackson, Khnordo Johnson, Jassette Kerr, Phillip McCarthy, Dwayne McGregor, Omar Mills, Kevin Morrison, Oshane Nation, Carcell Stewart, Karl Tyrell, Oneil Watson, Leroy Miller, Stephanie Yeesing, and Jermaine Yeesing. Honourees include The annual Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches will see two matches, with former national stars, celebrities, and referees playing to raise money for basic schools. The games will see a Tuff Gong Invitational against Masters and Celebrities, starting at 4 p.m. today to be followed by an Entertainers-Celebrities vs Referees contest at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. The winners of each game will receive trophies. Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the annual event named after late great singer Robert ‘Bob’ Marley, said that proceeds would go towards basic schools. “We have always helped with the development of education, so this year, we will be assisting Lyndhurst Methodist, Jones Town, and Ferry Basic schools. We always try to support the development of Basic schools in the communities,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “We try to foster a good relationship within the communities. I am asking for persons to come out and contribute,” he said.
It’s been just over a year since IAAF president Sebastian Coe took charge of what had become the hottest seat in international sports administration.With bullets still swirling from a massive corruption and doping scandal, and very little confidence left in an organisation responsible for managing the affairs of global track and field, Coe, who himself landed under the microscope, believes they have already taken key steps towards securing a positive future for the sport and is convinced that they have just the thing needed to remove the veil of suspicion that has dogged athletics for years.In an exclusive sit-down with The Gleaner, the IAAF president admitted the damaging effects of the wide-net doping and corruption scandals but is certain that the worst is behind them as he looks to guide the organisation, and the sport, into a new age of transparency and trust.The blueprint, he believes, is highlighted by a 15-point governance-reform package, which is being outlined to the various member federations ahead of a December vote for implementation.The plan, among other things, speaks to a devolution of presidential power; the implementation of an independent integrity unit that will manage doping and non-doping integrity issues; cutting the number of vice-presidents from four to two – one from each gender; a new financial structure, including external audits and transparency standards; as well as structural changes to the management set-up.STRONG YEAR”It has been a difficult year. There have been a lot of challenges, but we have ended the year stronger than we started it. Rio (Olympics) was, in terms of performance for track and field, top draw, in large part courtesy of Jamaica, and I say that with massive respect,” Coe said.”We do end up stronger than we have started the season despite the twin challenge of maintaining all the responsibilities that the IAAF has had; and people tend to forget that even during the difficult moments, we still had to do World Championships,” Coe noted in reference to the World Indoor Championships in Portland; the World Half Marathon Championships; the World Race Walk Cup, which, like the World Under-20 Championship, was removed from Russia; and, of course, the work around the Olympic Games.Nonetheless, Coe believes that despite the issues, there remains a strong appetite for track and field in the global space and believes the charted course, or reform, will go a long way in building on this and pushing track and field from perhaps its lowest position to among the top four sports in the world.”We have sorely tested, as a sport in some key areas, the trust of the spectators, the trust of clean athletes, the trust of the media, and the trust of our sponsors. There is every evidence that they are taking comfort in the fact that as a sport, we recognise that we need to change,” added Coe.”The reform is based on, for me, four principles. Firstly, returning trust. Secondly, it is to ensure that we are a sport that is responsible, responsive, and accountable; that everybody understands what their role and responsibility is in the sport. At the IAAF, we understand that we are there at the service of the member federations. We have to give the member federations the empowerment to deliver the sport that we need them to deliver to help us globalise. Then we need to be energetic in the way that we evolve and never forgetting all the time that we are appealing to young people. And that is very important because there are many competing experiences out there that we need to recognise,” Coe outlined.”Sport is our activity, but our business is entertainment. Thankfully, we have the biggest entertainer in the world at the moment in Usain Bolt, and that makes life a little easier, and then finally, it’s about transformation.”IMPORTANT ELEMENTSThe president singled out the delivery of the independent integrity unit and the proposed changes to anti-doping management as a vastly important element to the package.This new system will not only see the organisation doubling its testing pool of athletes from the top 10 ranked in each discipline to the top 20, but will also centralise the result management with member federations no longer being responsible for sanctioning.”… Never again will we have a potential conflict, where a federation can slow down a process or decide to get involved in a way that we wouldn’t want, and that is very important to me. So there will be an independent disciplinary tribunal,” Coe further explained.Coe yesterday arrived in Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic for a meeting with NACAC officials.