ATLANTA, Georgia:Captain Rodolph Austin has welcomed the return of Je-Vaughn Watson and Darren Mattocks to the Jamaican match squad today’s CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final football match against the United States at Georgia Dome here today, beginning at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Jamaica time).”They’re two key players who were missed in the last game,” said Austin. “The guys who replaced them in Haiti did well. It’s a bit tough on them, but they understand.”Watson missed last Saturday’s quarter-final against Haiti in Baltimore after accumulating two yellow cards in the group stage and Mattocks was sent off in the final Group B encounter against El Salvador in Toronto.freshness to teamAustin said both will add some freshness to the Jamaica team, which is chasing its first finals appearance at the Gold Cup.”It’s nice to get back those players and we know that they will be fresher, so it’s fantastic having them back,” he said.Watson plays alongside Austin in a double central role, which has largely contributed to their team’s dominance and strong defending. They conceded two goals in a four-minute spell against Costa Rica but kept clean sheets in three other matches.Speaking ahead of today’s semi-final Austin said the Reggae Boyz had the belief to do well.”We’ve the energy in there to fight against them,” Austin pointed out. “We just have just to go out there and play our football, not think about them too much, let them think about us and I think when we do that we’ll be okay.”
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):The Guyana Football Fede-ration (GFF) has taken its case against world governing body FIFA and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The appeal to the court, based in Switzerland, was made after FIFA rejected GFF’s appeal when a disciplinary committee of the world body turned down their protest that St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) used an ineligible player during a World Cup qualification match in June. GFF’s appeal to CAS was filed by attorney-at-law Sanjeev J. Datadin last week.The GFF is continuing its protest over the eligibility of Britian-born Garvin James, who played for the SVG national team in the World Cup qualification match against Guyana at the Guyana National Stadium on June 14.A GFF release argues that James was not the holder of an SVG passport as required by Article 19(3) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Regulations.James, at the time, was a holder of a British passport containing a stamp indicating he was a citizen of SVG by descent.FIFA’s Disciplinary Code Article 55 (1) states that teams will forfeit a match and pay a fine if they field an ineligible player.FIFA had first ruled that no further action would be taken against the SVGFF.However, in rejecting GFF’s initial appeal, the FIFA disciplinary committee cited its decision on technical and procedural grounds.In the two-match series against Guyana, SVG advanced on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Arnos Vale followed by a 4-4 tie in Georgetown.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC): All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has defended the patient approach to his innings during Wednesday’s second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka. The experienced right-hander, an attacking player by nature, made a measured run-a-ball 31 that contained a single six as West Indies fought their way to 162 for six after opting to bat first at the R. Premadasa Stadium. However, Bravo said his approach had been deliberate and was what was required at that crucial stage of the innings. “That’s my role in the team, so yes, I scored at a run-a-ball, but Dilshan wasn’t far off as well,” Bravo explained. “In this format, it’s not all the time you can go for the big shots and try and score in excess of a 140-130-plus strike rate. The conditions dictate how I play. We got a very good start, but in the middle, we kept losing wickets, so my role became the anchor role and allow, the other players to play around me. “It would be silly if I let the ego get the better of me and try to score at a strike rate of 130-135 because that wasn’t required at that point in time.” With West Indies slumping at 97 for four in the 12th over, Bravo joined with Denesh Ramdin, who struck an unbeaten 34 from 22 balls, in a 41-run, fifth-wicket stand, which reinvigorated the innings. Ramdin struck a four and two sixes to keep the scoreboard ticking over. “Denesh’s innings was very important … it gave us that momentum,” Bravo noted. “It was not a wicket of 190, 200, so I thought once we analysed that as quickly as possible … the run-a-ball 31 came like gold.” West Indies managed just 34 runs from the last five overs of the innings as pacers Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled brilliantly at the death to limit the scoring. Nevertheless, Bravo said they were always confident of defending the total, especially after having successfully done so with a smaller total in the T20 World Cup final against the same opponents at the same venue three years ago. “At the half-way stage, we were in a position at one point where we could have scored in excess of 175 to 180, but in this format, you have to give credit to the opposition as well. You’re coming up against a team who has the best bowler in the world in this format in Malinga,” Bravo pointed out. “These things happen. It’s not going to happen all the time because we have a good lower order. They will come off, so our fielding is what won us the game. “As we said to the guys at the half-way stage, a few years ago, we scored 137 and defended it, and Sri Lanka had (Kumar) Sangakkara, they had Mahela (Jayawardene), they had a very good batting line-up.” He added: “We had that positive belief within ourselves that we could defend the runs, and it always makes your job easier as when you have AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder – some of the best fielders in the world – on one team. “It’s good to have a team where you have good athletes, and it makes all of our jobs easier. Momentum
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has acceded to the call of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee for an urgent meeting to discuss the state of the Caribbean game. The calls, which were made two weeks ago, come in the wake of the recently released CARICOM-commissioned Cricket Governance Review, which, among other things, recommended “immediate dissolution of the board and appointment of an interim board”. “I would not, and have never disrespected any leader of the region,” stated Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, WICBpresident, in response to recent comments made by chairman of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, Dr Keith Mitchell. “The letter that we (the WICB) published is simply to outline a process that we felt is a reasonably one. “I needed time to talk to the shareholders, what we would call the constituent members of the WICB, before actually meeting with our leaders. “If it caused any offence, I sincerely apologise … again. “I am now scheduled to meet the ministers on the 4th of December in Grenada,” he added. Cameron was speaking at a Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kingston luncheon held at Hotel Four Seasons on Monday. Mitchell, speaking at an Organi-sation of Eastern Caribbean States meeting last week, described Cameron’s initial reactions as “quite amazing” and “quite frightening” in response to the heads of government request. “It is quite amazing the level of disrespect. The level of lack of understanding of the importance of this is quite frightening,” Mitchell said. “I expect the president of the WICB to respect the leadership of the Caribbean, the leadership of the people of the region, and, to give effect to an urgent meeting. “I hope and pray that what we saw was a rush of blood and not his (Cameron) real intentions. “I expect to see a meeting very, very soon … , and, we are waiting for that answer to meet quickly to move cricket forward in the region,” Mitchell, the Grenadian prime minister, had said. Cameron, elected head of the WICB since 2013, and re-elected earlier this year, however, used the occasion to point out the autonomous nature of the WICB and the need for it to remain that way. “The history of the WICB and its socio-economic and political connections are extremely important, and we understand its relevance to the regional psyche,” Cameron explained. “[However] we are a sports business organisation. An inter-national governing body such as IOC, FIFA, the ICC, is largely concerned about two things, governance and autonomy. “Governance has to do with the structures and accountability, and autonomy has to deal with the ability of the organisation to make its own decisions without interference.” He continued: “We need our governments, we need their support, but the decisions of the organisations should not be influenced by the governments.” The Review Panel, which cited major managerial and structural deficiencies in the running of the board, also recommended the setting up of an interim board. The current number of WICB directors is 18. “The panel recommends a board comprising of nine members selected on the basis of proven professional competences,” the report stated. “This is a require-ment in order to achieve the long-overdue shift away from representation to professionalism.” The report also noted that an “interim board has been installed in Sri Lanka” without falling into disfavour with the ICC. The Governance Committee was established to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation. The Governance Committee comprises Mitchell; prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. WICB AUTONOMOUS
But Spurs’ domination at Goodison Park shows they are genuine challengers for the trophy. Only six points separate Tottenham and their north London rivals, Arsenal, in first place, and Spurs have only lost twice all season in the league. Tottenham ended the busy festive period with 10 points from a possible 12, more than any other side in the league. “The way we played today, we can achieve what we want,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. The belief appears to be back at Chelsea, which looks a different side to the one that struggled under Mourinho. Their attacking players are playing with more freedom, with Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas and Costa excelling against Palace. Costa ran onto Fabregas’ through-ball, cut in and squared a pass for Oscar to side-foot home into an empty net for the opening goal in the 29th. Willian struck a rising shot into the net from long range to make it 2-0 in the 60th and then played a part in the third goal, sending in a shot that was parried out to the feet of Costa inside the six-yard box. Costa couldn’t miss. GENUINE CHALLENGERS LAST YEAR’S CHELSEA “That was the Chelsea of last year, I think,” Chelsea captain John Terry said. The only negative for Chelsea was the sight of Eden Hazard hobbling off with a groin injury. The Belgium winger has failed to reproduce his fine form from last season, when he was voted player of the season in England. Alli has been one of the success stories of this season, establishing himself as a regular for Tottenham and also breaking into the England squad in his first year in the Premier League. Last season, he was playing in the third tier with MK Dons. His goal against Everton was another example of his talent, controlling on his chest a long pass forward from Toby Alderweireld and burying a first-time volley from just inside the area in first-half injury time. Lennon put Everton ahead against his former club in the 22nd, against the run of play. Harry Kane and Ben Davies struck shots against the goal frame either side of Lennon’s goal, as Spurs drew for the ninth time in 20 games this campaign. MANCHESTER, England (AP): Chelsea signalled their intent to surge up the Premier League table by crushing Crystal Palace 3-0 yesterday in a stylish display that had shades of last season’s cruise to the championship. Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored for Chelsea, which are out of realistic title contention following a dismal start to their defence but could still challenge for a Champions League spot on the evidence of their performance at Selhurst Park. The champions are unbeaten in four matches under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink since firing Jose Mourinho a week before Christmas, but are still languishing in 14th place – 13 points behind fourth-place Tottenham. Spurs lost ground in the title race by drawing 1-1 at Everton in yesterday’s other game, with Dele Alli’s superb volley earning Spurs a point after cancelling out Aaron Lennon’s opener.
The Harry Parsard-owned and trained American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN showed just how much she had improved with a decisive victory in the 3-y-o and up open allowance mile at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed a 6-5 favourite with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN rebounded from her fighting second to top-distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400m on Boxing Day to beat old rival and 7-5 chance CAMPESINO by 1-3/4 lengths in a field of 10.Never far off the pace as the outsider RAGING PROSPECT led from up-in-class hat-trick seeker DIFERENTGENERATION and highly fancied ALL CORRECT, LONG RUNNINGTRAIN disposed of the leaders on entering the straight to hold the apprentice-ridden CAMPESINO at bay from below the distance.INSUFFICIENT LIFETIME EARNINGSLONG RUNNING TRAIN was notching a third win from her last five starts and her fifth from 11 starts lifetime with total stakes of $2.7 million. While happy with the win, Parsard had one lingering regret:”I was really disappointed that she failed to get into the rich Diamond Mile early last month due to insufficient lifetime earnings, and her performance in her two races since has shown me that she would have impacted on the outcome in the $13.5 million race. That’s why I am insisting that the format be changed to an invitational race this year,” said the veteran trainer who won a number of grade one trophy races with UPPA TUNE, POCHEEN and St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL last season.Meanwhile, BRAWN, running as the 3-2 favourite with Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, closed rapidly in deep stretch to win the Allan ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial Trophy overnight allowance race at 1400 metres. And the Philip Feanny-trained DANCING QUEEN (2-1) with Ian Spence aboard and 3-5 favourite POISON GAS with Omar Walker riding for trainer Philip Elliott won the respective sections of the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight for native-bred maiden 3-y-o fillies.
But Chevelle Gordon, the baby’s mother is a PNP supporter and thinks the child will follow her ways. As labourites and comrades mingle outside a polling station in Greenwich Farm, the contrast of young Bernard, dressed in green, resting across his mother’s orange clad chest could not be missed. Chevelle, however, said that the colour of her child’s shirt is merely coincidental. “Its not the father, is me put in him green. It nuh have nuttin fi do with it,’ she said. The PNP wears orange and the JLP wears green. The senior Bernard says green represents prosperity, and that with him being the head of the household his son will follow his lead. The PNP’s Simpson Miller is being challenged by the JLP’s Victor Hyde for the seat she has won since 1976. Bernard told The Gleaner that he expects Simpson Miller to win the constituency but is hopeful the JLP will win the general elections, which would give both him and his partner something to smile about later. Shellando Bernard believes his young son, six months old, Lionel, represents a green sprout in the People’s National Party dominated South West St Andrew. The elder Bernard, is one of the few hundred JLP voters in the constituency controlled by Portia Simpson Miller, the PNP president and Prime Minister of Jamaica.
What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is. COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE
The Captain’s Bakery and Grill/Charley’s JB Rum sponsored Westmoreland FA Major League final between Three Miles River FC, and Roaring River FC played at the Llandilo Sports Complex on Thursday had it all. There were goals, three red cards, two yellow cards and fights between players and spectators that resulted in the cancellation of the trophy presentation. Westmoreland FA boss Everton Tomlinson, has since pleaded to the Westmoreland business community to assist in getting the facility fenced and the playing area secured. “Today (Thursday) began with such a lovely feel for a beautiful final between these two teams, who were clearly passionate about the chance to represent the parish in the Western Confederation Super League,” Tomlinson said. “In the end, indiscipline and the cane piece mentality of some fans turned what was to be a celebration of our football into a nightmare for other spectators and sponsors. This is atrocious!?,” added Tomlinson. Up the point where the fracas broke out first between players, it was an interesting final, with Roaring River looking the team more likely to score, although Three Miles River FC did have their moments in the first half. By the second half, however, the tide had turned and Three Miles River held sway and took the lead in the 49th minute when Chevan Morris scored. Davane Gardner doubled the lead for Three Miles River in the 89th minute of play and all hell then broke loose. Players were issued red cards and the action spilled over into the crowd, as bottles and stones rained on players and fans. “This is one of the darkest days of football in this parish. We pride ourselves on being disciplined in this league but some will have no part of it. Therefore, we will meet as an association to decide what action will be taken against the clubs and their supporters for this debacle,” Tomlinson said. He said the business community have a direct responsibility to help socialise and educate the people of the parish and that their contribution by way of funds in the construction of the facility will be greatly appreciated, while adding to the security of patrons and residents alike. It will cost the Westmoreland FA a further US$40 million to complete the facility inclusive of a perimeter wall. The complex currently houses the association’s office and a multi-purpose court for netball and basketball. Meanwhile, the result lifts Three Miles River FC into the Western Confederation Super League, joining two other Westmoreland Clubs – Sandals Whitehouse FC and Beaches Negril FC.
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