FIFA to hand over emails GENEVA (AP): FIFA relented and handed over emails from suspended official Jerome Valcke yesterday having blocked access even as Sepp Blatter pledged support for American and Swiss investigations of corruption. The embattled governing body should cooperate “no matter how close to home those investigations get,” Blatter, who is targeted by both criminal cases, had said earlier yesterday. Blatter’s comments seemed at odds with FIFA’s behaviour during a stand-off with Switzerland’s attorney general Michael Lauber. FIFA had continued to block attempts to unseal emails from Valcke’s business and personal accounts despite Lauber’s public request on Wednesday. The stand-off ended late yesterday afternoon when FIFA finally stopped, insisting that “several conditions will be fulfilled,” Lauber’s office said. Foreign players back PSL T20 ISLAMABAD (AP): Top cricketers from England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have agreed to play in the first Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament next year in the United Arab Emirates. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said yesterday it will organise the PSL in Dubai and Sharjah between February 4-24, with five teams competing. “Some of the big names who have consented to play the PSL include Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, AndrÈ Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Luke Wright, Shakib Al Hassan, Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, and Angelo Mathews,” the PCB said in a statement. Pakistan has been trying to organise its first Twenty20 league for the last two years and had also shortlisted Doha, Qatar as the venue for the event before finally getting the stadiums in two major cities in the United Arab Emirates. “Franchise owners will be inducted between mid to end November, after which the foreign and local players will be drafted and teams constituted,” said Najam Sethi, chairman of the governing council of the PSL. Cummins out of Bangladesh tour MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss a two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to a new stress fracture in his back, and Cricket Australia said yesterday he will be replaced by all-rounder James Faulkner. The 22-year-old Cummins has been affected by back and other injuries for most of his young career and has not played a Test since his debut in South Africa in 2011. But after playing 13 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 games for Australia since November, he was expected to play in Bangladesh and in upcoming home Tests against New Zealand and the West Indies. Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said Cummins experienced recent lower back pain and a scan showed a “new early-stage lumbar bone stress fracture,” adding that Cummins will undergo a lengthy rehabilitation programme.
The Sherwin Williams Women’s Premier League is set to kick off tomorrow with a full slate of games, which will be highlighted by a double-header at the Barbican Complex.Boys’ Town will oppose Olympic Gardens in the opening game at 1 p.m. before champions Barbican take on G.C.Foster in the feature game at 3 p.m. In other games, Waterhouse host St James Women at Drewsland at 1:30 p.m, Arnett Gardens oppose Rangers at the Anthony Spaulding Complex and Trelawny Women face Los Perfectos at Elliston Wakeland Centre. Both matches will kick off at 3 p.m.The start of the league has been delayed by more than three months but although disappointed with the late start, coach of champions Barbican, Charles Edwards, was happy that the nation’s female footballers didn’t have to sit out a whole season.”I am a bit disappointed it is starting this late but based on the explanation we got it was unavoidable, so we just have to find a way to make this year’s league as entertaining as in the past,” he told The Gleaner.”They (JFF) just told us they were in dialogue with the sponsors and something delayed it and they were sorting it out.”It’s an unfortunate situation but at least we are going to have a league instead of idling for the whole year. We have to work with it as best as we can. Coaches will have to be smarter … week to week … so it’s going to be interesting,” he reasoned.Edwards expects the teams to start slow, with less than a full week of training. But he expects the usual contenders to try and break their three-year unbeaten run as they look to hold on to the three available trophies (League, Knockout and Mid-season titles).”The delay shut down some teams who were unable to mobilise again. So you are going to see a lot of unfit teams playing for the first few weeks, because no team had been training for a week.He added that he expects a tough opening match against G.C. Foster tomorrow.”I am expecting a keenly contested game. This is a game between two big guns … both teams should have the same fitness and unprepared level … so let’s wait and see,” he added..Ten teams will contest the league this year.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.
Barbados Pride, opting to bat first, reached 271 for nine off their 50 overs. Scores: Pride 271 for nine off 50 overs (Shai Hope 101, Jason Holder 69, Kevin Stoute 41; Rovman Powell 2-27, Jason Campbell 2-35). The Barbados Pride have set the Jamaica Scorpions 272 for victory in today’s Regional Super50 final at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in St John’s, Antigua.
Jamaica’s football heroes versus some of Brazil’s biggest names in the sport. That is what is on offer at this Friday’s ‘Share the Love’ football friendly between a Brazilian all-star contingent that features the likes of Rivaldo and Dunga, and a Jamaican unit, that boasts World Cup 1998, history-makers Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison and Walter Boyd. Director at Ballaz International and organiser of the event, AndrÈ Virtue, is hoping that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will not only serve to motivate the current and future generations of Jamaican footballers, but will also encourage the spirit of unity. The ‘Share The Love’ Brazil All Stars vs Jamaica All Stars tour match will take place at the National Stadium and is scheduled for a 7:30 pm kick-off. “I am very excited that we were able to bring this together. It was obviously a big task getting some of these players, but having gotten that out of the way, we are looking forward to an exciting time,” Virtue told The Gleaner in the build up to the highly anticipated clash. “We are a country that is excited about Brazilian football, and to bring that together with our own heroes and then our future players, its built to be something exciting, and so we are pushing to see the crowd come out and enjoy some good football,” added Virtue. The Brazilian contingent, which will begin arriving in the country today, will also feature former Lyon and Barcelona defensive midfielder and World Cup 2002 alumnus Edmilson, 1994 World Cup winner Paolo Sergio, who made his name at Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and Bayern Munich, Viola, Ze Carlos and several other less popular Brazilian players. They will be tested by some of the island’s footballing heroes, with Gardner, Goodison and Boyd. expected to be joined by the likes of Andy Williams, Fabian Davis and Gregory Messam. Several Manning and daCosta Cup players will also be given the opportunity to share in the occasion in a move that Virtue hopes will fuel their drive towards continued improvements. INSPIRATION “I remember when I was younger, Socrates and the Brazilian team came here and it was a motivation for me. I got my autograph. It does something to inspire you when you can touch and see them with your own eyes, not just on TV, and I think this is exposure. The more our people can see it here, just like how we can see Usain Bolt and say I can be that person, we need to do that for all sports if we can do that,” Virtue said. “It’s sharing the love and that’s what we want to do. It’s about unity, and the sport can be more than just about winning games, we can also change communities,” added Virtue, who also shared that as part of the outreach efforts, the players will also be spending time in the Kingston community of Southside. Tickets for the bleachers section will cost $1,500, with grandstand tickets going for $3,500 and $4,500. These can be purchased at the Knutsford Court hotel, York pharmacy, Total gas station in New Kingston, Coochi-annas (New Kingston Shopping Centre), 876 Legends in Montego Bay, and Phoenix Fuels in Portmore.
Boys’ Town moved off the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League table for the first time in four months when they came from behind to edge champions Montego Bay United (MBU) 2-1 in a rescheduled game at the Barbican Complex yesterday.Rafiek Thomas scored in the 29th minute and Jamiel Hardware found the winner in injury time. Donovan Carey had sent MBU into the lead in the 17th minute.The win moved the Red Brigade to ninth place and 29 points, ahead of Maverley-Hughenden and Waterhouse, on 28 each, and current cellar dwellers Jamalco, who are on 26.MUST WINBoys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price praised his team for showing the desire to win the game.”This team has a never-say-die attitude. The conviction is there to treat every game as a must win. It feels good to come out of the relegation zone for the first time in four months,” Price told The Gleaner.Hardware, who is back at Boys’ Town after playing overseas for several years, said that he was always confident of victory.”We missed some good chances, but came out in the second half with determination and it paid off. This win means a lot. It was a great team effort,” Hardware commented.Yesterday’s resultsBoys’ Town 2 Montego Bay United 1Portmore United 2 Arnett Gardens 2
AFTER months of intense preparations, the most anticipated high school track and field event, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships gets under way today, starting at 1:00 p.m., with defending girls’ champions Edwin Allen and Kingston College (KC) starting as favourites to come out on top. KC is expected to push aside the controversy surrounding Ugandan middle-distance athlete Aryamanya Rodgers, who was cleared by ISSA to compete despite registration issues, and lift the Mortimer Geddes trophy for the first time since 2009. The boys from North Street have suffered their joint second-longest losing streak since they first won the title back in 1937 but are now heavily tipped to score a commanding victory and claim their 32nd overall title. After coming close in 2015, there should be no stopping the Neil Harrison-coached team this time around after a dominant and all-round showing in the build-up to the championships. Despite their impressive depth, the bulk of the damage will come from their powerful Class Three unit led by sprinters Terrique Stennett, Adrian Kerr and Jovaine Johnson along with jumper Scott McLeod and middle-distance athletes, twin brothers Giovanni and Gianni Henry. Despite not being that strong in the sprints in Class Two, KC still has the edge over their main rivals as the likes of Wayne Pinnock and Shaquille Lowe in the horizontal jumps along with Pinnock and Davion Williams in the hurdles along with Rodgers in the 1500m should give them enough points to stay ahead. GIRLS TOP 5 Final Predictions Calabar were given the slight edge earlier coming into the championships in Class One, but with news emerging over the past 24 hours that one of their top men, Dejour Russell will most likely miss the event due to a hamstring injury, it is again advantage to KC. The likes of Jhevaughn Matherson in the 100m and 200m, Dashawn Morris and Tyreke Bryan in the 400m along with co-captain Carey McLeod and Shakwon Coke, the ‘Purples’ are again in good shape going into the championships. For Calabar, the outstanding Christopher Taylor, who is expected to have a mega clash with Matherson in the 200m and who should win the 400m easily, will lead their charge for points here. Michael Stephens in the 100m and Gabrielle Allen in the jumps, as well as Orlando Bennett, Malik James-King and Aykeeme Francis in the hurdles are all expected to take the fight to Kingston College. We are expecting one-way traffic among the girls as Edwin Allen are favoured for a massive victory and will make it four in a row for the girls’ title. The Michael Dyke-coached team has been rampant all year, and that same form is expected to be carried over to Champs. They are expected to outscore their opponents in all classes with solid performances in the field and on the track. It is in Class Three where they are expected to score most of their points. Outstanding sprinter, Kevona Davis, who should easily defend her 100m and 200m titles is the main act here. Both records could go here as her season best of 11.43 seconds is better than the record run of 11.50 seconds done by former Wolmer’s star Shauna Helps in 2012. With a best so far of 23.32 seconds in the 200m done by winning the event at the G.C. Foster Classics, she could also threaten the long-standing record of 23.11 seconds, set by former Holmwood Technical athlete, Anneisha McLaughlin in 2001. Others expected to do well in Class Three include Rushawna Dwyer in the 800m and 1500m, Lisandra Brown in the 80m hurdles, Kadine Brown in the discus and Ackelia Smith in the long jump. Cemore Donald will lead the show in Class Two as she is expected to take the 800m-1500m double, while in Class One a fit-again Patrice Moody, with Kasheika Cameron in the sprints and thrower Fiona Richards are set to feature prominently Today’s opening day of events will include the preliminary round of the sprint hurdles, while on the track, there will also be first-round action in the 200m, 800m and 2000m steeplechase for both sexes. Other field events down to be contested today are the javelin throw Open and long jump Class Two for boys, while on the female side, there will be competition in the Class One high jump and discus. BOYS TOP 5 Advantage KC 1. Edwin Allen – 371 2. Hydel 263 3. Holmwood Technical 233 4. St. Jago 221 5. Vere Technical 150 1. Kingston College 380 2. Calabar – 315 3. Jamaica College 160 4. St. Jago 150 5. Wolmer’s 122
GREAT SEASON The National Stadium should be buzzing with excitement this afternoon when the UTech Track and Field Classic gets under way at 4 p.m. Several of the island’s leading senior athletes are expected to be on show at the three-hour meet. Meet Director Paul Francis is very upbeat about today’s event. “This event will offer the opportunity for athletic clashes among the best athletes in the country and an opportunity for international athletes to get well-needed competition under excellent conditions,” said Francis. Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, who always performs well inside the National Stadium, is expected to put on another stellar performance as she is down to compete in the 100 metres. Her training partner at MVP Track Club, Christania Williams, a finalist in the 100 metres at last year’s Olympic Games, should be her biggest threat. Also down to compete in the event are Jura Levy from Sprintec and Srabandi Nanda of India. The women’s 200m should be very competitive. Rio Olympics 400m bronze medallist, Shericka Jackson, will spearhead a strong line-up. The likes of Stephenie Ann McPherson, also from MVP, along with the Sprintec trio of Audra Segree, Gayon Evans and Natasha Morrison should make this a very intriguing contest. It has been a great season so far for The Mico University College’s Dawnalee Loney, who was a close second behind Verone Chambers of G.C. Foster College in the women’s 400m at the intercollegiate championships, and it will be interesting to see how she fares today when she faces the experienced Aneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, who is returning from injury and the multitalented Janieve Russell. In the men’s 100m, 2011 World champion Yohan Blake will be aiming to show that he is ready for a big year when he lines up in the short sprint. The field will include his teammates from Racers Track Club, Zharnel Hughes and Jevaughn Minzie and Nesta Carter of MVP. Both the men’s 110 and 400m hurdles should be very competitive. Olympian Hansle Parchment, Deuce Carter and Tyler Mason are the leading lights in the 110m hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, Answert Whyte of Racers Track Club, who had a great season last year, will be hoping to continue from where he left off. He will be hoping to get good competition from UTech’s Marvin Williams and Ricardo Cunningham from Visions Track Club.
Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “Breaking: Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas joins @FIBAAsiaCC. Games will be shown @TV5manila & @Sports5PH,” Reyes wrote.The tournament features some of Asia’s best club teams with China’s Xinjian Flying Tigers tipped to repeat as champions. The Flying Tigers will be led by naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche.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’Gilas, which finished in seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup last month, will use the competition as part of its buildup for the Fiba World Cup Qualifying in November. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scuffle Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies 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 Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Roger Pogoy. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which runs from Sept. 22-30 in Shenzen, China.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation in the tournament Tuesday on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT
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