Harbour View FC will represent Jamaica in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth showpiece will be held at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium in Mexico, August 4-8.In announcing Harbour View’s selection at Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Football Academy, at the University of the West Indies Mona yesterday, the JFF’s director of football, Vin Blaine, commended Scotiabank for this initiative to help develop football in Jamaica.”Travelling to Mexico is special as they are the top CONCACAF team,” Blaine who is also a Harbour View FC technical director said.While the squad will play under the Harbour View banner players have been drawn from other KSAFA-based clubs. The 16-member squad will be coached by Noel McClaren with Sydney McFarlane as his assistant. The team captain is Rojaughn Joseph.As title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League and the Caribbean Nations Cup, Scotiabank has now turned its attention to youth development.”One of Scotiabank’s core mandates is to support the development of youth through sport,” regional marketing director at Scotiabank, Heather Goldson, said. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF kid’s Champions League allows us to remain true to our drive to encourage youth development,” she added.Meanwhile, Kingston and St Andrew Football (KSAFA) president, Ambassador Stewart Stevenson said: “I know Harbour View. They always give of their best and I expect excellent performances,” he stressed.The eight clubs in the championship are CD Chatelango of El Salvador; Herediano (Costa Rica); Chepo FC (Panama); Harbour View FC (Jamaica); Montreal Impact (Canada); DC United (United States); Toluca FC (Mexico); Aguilas UAS (Mexico).
DISPUTE OVER REPORT ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, yesterday slammed what he called an “amazing level of disrespect” on the part of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, as pressure continued to mount on the beleaguered Board to meet urgently with CARICOM leaders over the Governance Review Panel report. Mitchell, the chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee, stopped short of issuing an ultimatum to the WICB but urged Cameron to rethink his decision not to accommodate a meeting with regional heads before the board of directors meeting on December 12 in St Lucia. Cameron has been adamant about the WICB’s inability to accommodate the Caribbean leaders prior to the already scheduled meeting and reiterated this position in written communication to CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday. “It is quite amazing the level of disrespect. The level of lack of understanding of the importance of this is quite frightening, and I don’t think I should hold back any words,” Mitchell said bluntly as he spoke on the last day of the OECS Summit here. “I expect the president of the West Indies Cricket Board to respect the leadership of the Caribbean, the leadership of the people of the region, and to give effect to an urgent meeting. “We expect no less, and I hope and pray that what we saw was a rush of blood and not his (Cameron) real intentions, so I expect to see a meeting very, very soon between the leadership, and we are waiting for that answer to meet quickly to move cricket forward in the region.” The salvo from the veteran Caribbean leader is the latest in the standoff between the WICB and CARICOM following the release of the Governance Review Panel report earlier this month. Chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, the panel had as its main recommendation the “immediate dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition would be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. Cameron, while speaking in The Cayman Islands last weekend, again stressed that scheduling an “urgent meeting”, as had been requested by CARICOM, was impractical as the board needed time to go over the report. Also, he said there were “a number of professionals who sit on the West Indies Cricket Board and just calling a board of directors meeting is not that easy.” The statement provoked Mitchell’s ire, forcing him to respond. Mitchell said though regional leaders were extremely busy, they were willing to sacrifice the time to discuss the pressing issue of Caribbean cricket. The panel was commissioned by the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee back in April, with input from the WICB.
MUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said their warm-up victory over Australia has lifted the team’s confidence ahead of their opening group game of the T20 World Cup today. West Indies defeated Australia by three wickets on Sunday in a nail-biting game in Kolkata, with one ball to spare. The win came after the Windies had lost their first official warm-up match against hosts India. “It (the win) has done a lot to our confidence. We had a two-week camp in Dubai. We won all our games there in Dubai. We came here and lost our first warm-up game against India, and then to win last night definitely puts us in a good place,” said Bravo. “You know Australia is one of the better teams in world cricket, so to beat them always gives you that extra boost and confidence.” Bravo was part of the Darren Sammy side which defeated Sri Lanka to win the T20 World Cup in 2012. “The World Cup is always a great tournament to be in. I am very excited to be part of yet another World Cup. I was lucky enough to win one (World T20 in 2012). We lost in the semi-finals in the last one (World T20 in 2014),” Bravo recalled. “For us as West Indies team, we want to take one game at a time, and want to obviously qualify from our group and take it from there.” His presence, along with T20 specialist Andre Russell and big-hitting Chris Gayle, is expected to enhance the chances of West Indies, already considered a favourite next to host India. “I focus on my bowling a lot because most teams that I play for in T20 cricket rely on my bowling,” said Bravo, after launching a video, ‘Champion’, by Vega Entertainment and Venus Entertainment. “Yes, my batting is important, but they (the teams) rely on my bowling in tough times and in death overs. Variation is key for my success as a bowler.” West Indies play England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.
Marvin Watts, the last Jamaican to compete in the men’s 800m at the World Championships, believes that the country can do well in the two-lap event. His advice to aspiring 800m men is to move to a middle-distance training programme when their highschool days are over and to stick with it. Speaking from first-hand experience, Watts pinpointed the heavier training load done by the athletes from the African middle distance superpowers as the big difference.He outlined the steps needed to make progress. “That would entail after high school,” he explained, “going into a middle-distance programme, whether locally or overseas, having the right coaches and sticking to a programme.”Watts competed in the 800m semi-finals in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2000 Olympics and the 2001 World Championships. In the latter meet, the tall, slim Jamaican strode through his heat in 1 minute 46.43 seconds, a personal best that lodges him at number 10 in the Jamaican all-time 800m performance list.”It’s really tough to make it to the finals,” said the former St George’s College and University of South Carolina star. “But again, I think what I would have needed, and what other athletes would need, is to join a strategic training programme.”The programme will get you there,” he assured aspirants. “That’s how many athletes worldwide – if you speak to them, they were average runners in high school. but they stuck to a programme, which entails endurance training, stamina training, speed work and, over time, you will come down in time and you will make the grade.”In 2004, Watts participated in a four-month training camp in Kenya. Injury derailed his plans, but the experience showed him the big difference between how Jamaica approaches the 800m and how Kenya approaches the same event. “I think it was just the load; compared to what we do, it was much more intense.”He also understands why Jamaican 400m runners don’t move up to the 800m.”You might have 45-46 seconds 400m runners who can do well at the 800m, but they prefer the shorter distances of 400m or less because of the popularity of the event,” he analysed.
India’s Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BBCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from office with immediate effect. The court’s decision follows restrictions on the BCCI’s accounts last year because of a failure to apply a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by former judge Rajendra Mal Lodha (Lodha Committee). The court also ruled that other office bearers of the BCCI and state associations who did not meet the requirements set by the committee shall “cease to hold office” immediately. The committee says that an office bearer should be a citizen of India, should not be 70 years or older, should not be a government servant or minister, should not hold office in another sports organisation, should not have held office with the BCCI or state association for more than nine years, should not be insolvent or of unsound mind, and should not have a criminal record. All existing office bearers who met the criteria were permitted to continue in their roles but were asked to file an “unconditional undertaking” in the Supreme Court within four weeks from January 2 that they would implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The BCCI’s most senior vice-president will temporarily perform duties in Thakur’s absence while Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will take over for Shirke. Thakur said that he had fought for the autonomy of the BCCI and that his was not a personal battle. “Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very best in terms of administration and development of the game,” he says. “BCCI is the best-managed sports organisation in the country, with defined procedures. India has the best cricket infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world. “I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I’m sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance.” NOT A PERSONAL BATTLE CITIZEN OF INDIA
Mental toughness “This team showed a lot of mental toughness over the course of the year,” Brady said. The Falcons have never won the Super Bowl. This will be Atlanta’s second trip to the big game; they lost to Denver in 1999. The club’s never had a quarterback quite as good as Ryan, though. The guy nicknamed “Matty Ice” went 27 for 38 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while adding a rushing TD, to boot, leading Atlanta past Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game. Brady tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s record with a ninth three-TD postseason game, helping the Patriots beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers 36-17 for the AFC championship. New England opened the season with a 3-1 record despite using two backup quarterbacks while playing those games without Brady after he went through a lengthy court battle in an unsuccessful bid to have his ban overturned for what became known as “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady because the league said it determined the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs used in an AFC championship game victory two years ago. A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention has been focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta’s score-at-will offence, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defence of New England, which allowed the fewest. And these two teams are playing their best football at the most important time. AFC champions New England (16-2) have won nine consecutive games – and haven’t even trailed since Nov. 27. NFC champions Atlanta (13-5) have won their past six in a row, scoring at least 33 points in each. “We’ll enjoy this,” Ryan said. “But we’ve got some work to do.” Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their – and the Patriots’ – fifth Lombardi Trophy, and second in three years. This will be the franchise’s league-record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, including titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015 editions.
Following Mason’s untimely passing, thoughts turn now to the way in which the nation can pay tribute to an athlete who has broken barriers while competing for Jamaica, Land We Love, as well as being so gracious in the execution. National honours come immediately to mind. Having said that, there is hesitation. A recent experience informs that the process to recommend someone thought to be worthy is a very awkward one. In filling out the required form, a lot more is required than a mere rehearsal of the nominee’s performances that triggered the idea. One would have thought that an account from a witness to a particular act or series of acts, should be sufficient, especially when there is corroboration from elsewhere or can be easily checked. Not so, as the feeling is that unless details of the individual’s background are cited, the exercise is one of near futility. Foster’s Fairplay, with all said in mind, issues two calls to the Minister holding the sports portfolio. First, given the contribution to the sport by Mason, consideration should be given to granting him a posthumous award. There is no intention to steer the minister’s mind in any particular direction as to the type of award to be offered. There is not even a compulsion that it should be under the heading of an existing one, as there should be no difficulty in creating a suitable one. The honourable lady is blessed with good judgement, and has over time, clearly shown that she is alert and sympathetic to the deeds of our athletes when they don the black, green and gold. In Mason’s case, his attributes, as already described, stretch even further. Whatever she might miss, there are enough knowledgeable individuals in her midst to afford the quality advice necessary. Once the decision to take the suggested advice is cemented, the second ask is that the system of nomination be streamlined and made less cumbersome to recommend a candidate. Germaine Mason’s image and the qualities he has left with us who follow the sport should be indelible. Let them be recognised as a memento to his family and friends. Rest well, soldier. • For feedback email firstname.lastname@example.org Tributes Jamaica’s sporting family lost one of its finest sons this past week, when outstanding high jumper at both senior and junior levels, Germaine Mason, left us tragically as a result of injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash on the Palisadoes Road. It has been a bitter blow to all who were privileged to know him. The comments on social media, as the news took a telling effect early on Thursday morning, succinctly sum up the nature of the young man. They depicted a humility of spirit which was in alignment with his admirable disposition and demeanour, as he displayed his skills in an area of competition where Jamaica had not before him medalled at the global level. That happened for the first time in 2000, when he took a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, followed by bronze in 2002 at the subsequent staging on home soil of the biennial event. In 2003, he proceeded to a still personal best Pan American gold at 2.34m, which broke Jamaica’s record for the event, and equalled it while taking silver for his new country, Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Competing at the 2003 World Indoors, he copped a bronze medal. Foster’s Fairplay worked as a journalist covering several competitions in which the Wolmerian participated. The experience was made extra special given not only his gentlemanly attitude when approached, but to be selfish, his journalist-friendly behaviour at all times. There was an incident while this columnist was covering the Kingston-staged World Juniors in 2002. It is recounted to further demonstrate the air of cordiality that he carried, even when dealing with virtual strangers. There was an embargo placed on this journalist to interview athletes, following a comment that had made team management a bit uncomfortable. Mason was approached. In low apologetic tones, he expressed a reluctance to oblige for the reasons given. However, he escorted this surprised journalist to a secluded area and did what he was required to do. A story on his performance was made on the back of an act of goodwill to someone he was meeting for the first time.
‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years,” Wawrinka said.Wawrinka follows countryman Roger Federer in having to cut his season short because of his knee. Federer sat out the second half of 2016 but has returned strong this year, winning two majors and beating Wawrinka in the finals at Indian Wells.Djokovic decided late last month he would miss the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow, ending his streak of playing in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. He aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men’s singles match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK — Defending champion Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured knee. He will have a medical procedure and sit out the rest of 2017.“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said Friday in a statement through his agency.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur He joins the man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic, in calling it quits for this season because of injury.The fourth-ranked Wawrinka added last year’s title to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open championships. He got back to the finals in Paris in June, losing to Rafael Nadal, but was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wimbledon.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 32-year old Swiss was clearly bothered by his left knee then, icing it during changeovers. He said after the defeat the knee had been a problem on and off all season and he needed to figure out what was wrong.He finishes with just one title this season and says he is already looking toward his recovery and playing in 2018. Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ View comments After drawing a bye in the first round, De La Pena, dominated India’s Selay So, 5-0, in the pinweight class to advance against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen-Ching.Syrymbetov beat Bhutan’s Tanding Wangchuk by RSC in the third round and, with his solid credential as Kazakhstan national junior champion, should give Pangga a tough fight.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’Another Filipino, Norlan Petecio, bowed to Uzbekistan’s Sherzod Kodirboev, 5-0, in the lightweight division, leaving Pangga and Dela Pena to carry the fight for the host country in the event confined to 15 and 16 year olds.Criz Russu Laurente lost to Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan by the same score in the light flyweight category on Thursday. 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 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Though they will be pitted against internationally seasoned opponents, Pangga and Dela Pena promised to give it their best shot in the five-day competition organized by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines headed by Ricky Vargas.The tournament took a break Saturday and will conclude on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa – Day3 Session6 – Philippines’ John Vincent Pangga defeated United Arab Emirates’ Saif Al-Kharoosi at the flyweight (50kg). PHOTO FROM ASBC FACEBOOKPuerto Princesa—John Vincent Pangga and Kenneth dela Pena hurdled their respective opponents on Friday, assuring the Philippines of at least two bronze medals in the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships here.Pangga beat Saif Alkharoosi of the United Arab Emirates by RSC (Referee Stops Contest) in the first round of their flyweight duel to barge into Sunday’s semifinals against Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Silver lining
LATEST STORIES PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Children’s Games in Baguio City.BAGUIO CITY—The Children’s Games of the Philippine Sports Commission here in the country’s Summer capital should serve as a template for other communities to replicate.Professor Henry Daut, PSC head for grassroots sports development, said making the Games designed for 12-year-old kids and younger a regular activity in the city’s 128 barangays would not only promote fun and fitness but also expand the talent base of future elite athletes.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the Games would return to Davao in Turil town this weekend, which will gather children from different religious and tribal backgrounds to play together and socially interact.“The more kids that can play, the more talents we can discover. These Games, however, are not just about producing excellent athletes. It’s also about increasing the participation and the awareness to motivate more kids to get into the playing field,’’ said Daut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “Having it here can encourage other communities to do the same,’’ said Daut on the second day of the Children’s Games Thursday at the Baguio Athletics Bowl. “But these communities should not be totally dependent on what the PSC has been giving. They should also be self-reliant in terms of looking for support,’’ added Daut, who is also deputy national training director of the Philippine Sports Institute.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’Over 400 kids from the area began to play in various team sports such as volleyball, football, basketball and running in the three-day competition that will end Friday.It was the fourth offering of the Unesco-cited Children’s Games after holding it in Davao City, La Trinidad, Benguet and Iligan City for the children of evacuees from war-torn Marawi City. Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend