Despite this, the Villarreal He had a very complicated schedule ahead of him (along the lines of most teams) and from day 31 the Himalayas loomed, with a match against Seville, Valencia, Barcelona, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. A task of extreme complication, but within the reach of a staff of such high level as that of the ‘groguets’.J28: Celtic – VillarrealJ29: Villarreal – MallorcaJ30: Granada – VillarrealJ31: Villarreal – SevilleJ32: Villarreal – ValenciaJ33: Betis – VillarrealJ34: Villarreal – BarcelonaJ35: Getafe – VillarrealJ36: Villarreal – Real societyJ37: Real Madrid – VillarrealJ38: Villarreal – EibarGranada CF – 9th with 38 pointsThe team of Diego Martinez It has been one of the great revelations of the championship. Being newly promoted, he has managed to put salvation in LaLiga on the first lap and was only ten minutes away from playing a Cup final. His good work placed him four points from seventh place and seven from sixth.Quality Sport Images & nbsp; (Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Quality Sport Images (Getty Images) The team from Seville has a calendar with five games (out of eleven) against the top ten finishers. Real Betis was measured in Pizjuán on the first day of the championship round. In addition, the sevillistas have to receive Barcelona and Valencia (J38) at their home and visit direct rivals such as Villarreal, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.J28: Seville – BetisJ29: Lift – SevilleJ30: Seville – BarcelonaJ31: Villarreal – SevilleJ32: Seville – ValladolidJ33: Leganés – SevilleJ34: Seville – EibarJ35: Athletic – SevilleJ36: Seville – MallorcaJ37: Real Sociedad – SevilleJ38: Seville – ValenciaReal Sociedad – 4th with 46 pointsPicture ‘txuri-urdin’ was going through the best moment of the season. Despite having fallen to Barça, he had stabilized in European positions and was facing a exciting final of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Club, which would be next April 18.Ion Alcoba Beitia & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Ion Alcoba Beitia (EFE) The team led by Imanol Sheriff full of encounter against direct rivals. From day 32, you should face duels as a visitor against Getafe (4 days after the Cup final), Villarreal and Atlético de Madrid. At Reale Arena he should receive Real Madrid and Seville.J28: Real society – OsasunaJ29: Alavés – Real societyJ30: Real society – Real MadridJ31: Real society – CelticJ32: Getafe – Real societyJ33: Real society – SpanishJ34: Lift – Real societyJ35: Real society – GranadaJ36: Villarreal – Real societyJ37: Real society – SevilleJ38: Atlético de Madrid – Real societyGetafe CF – 5th with 46 pointsThe Azulón team was carrying out one of the best campaigns in its history. Those of Bordalás are equal to everything (points and general golaverage) with Real Sociedad and had the slight advantage of taking the first leg (1-2 in San Sebastián). In addition to a frantic final stretch in the league, they had a beautiful confrontation against the Inter in the Europa League.ANP Sport via Getty Images’); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>ANP Sport via Getty Images However, the Valencia is one of the teams that has a calendar, ‘a priori’, simpler and with the antecedent of last season, in which he won the Champions League place on the last day. The Valencian team receives at home Levante, Osasuna, Athletic Club, Valladolid and Espanyol. However, you must visit (your big owes this year) Real Madrid, Villarreal and Seville.J28: Valencia – I raisedJ29: Real Madrid – ValenciaJ30: Valencia – OsasunaJ31: Eibar – ValenciaJ32: Villarreal – ValenciaJ33: Valencia – Athletic ClubJ34: Granada – ValenciaJ35: Valencia – ValladolidJ36: Leganés – ValenciaJ37: Valencia – SpanishJ38: Seville – ValenciaVillarreal CF – 8th with 38 pointsThe set of Javi Calleja had demonstrated its competitiveness this campaign and He was re-entering the pools for the positions that give access to the Europa League, despite adding three defeats in a row (against Atlético, Athletic and Leganés) before the break.Domenech CastellÃ³ & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Domenech CastellÃ³ (EFE) CARL RECINE & nbsp; (Action Images via Reuters) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>CARL RECINE (Action Images via Reuters) The set of Simeone faced a plateau area in the championship, with favorable games to add victories at home like Valladolid and Alavés. However, that calendar was steep since day 33. From that moment, visit to Barcelona and in the last two dates Getafe (outside) and Real Sociedad (home) would be measured.J28: Athletic Club – Atlético de MadridJ29: Osasuna – Atlético de MadridJ30: Atlético de Madrid – ValladolidJ31: Lift – Atlético de MadridJ32: Atlético de Madrid – AlavésJ33: Barcelona – Atlético de MadridJ34: Atlético de Madrid – MallorcaJ35: Celtic – Atlético de MadridJ36: Atlético de Madrid – BetisJ37: Getafe – Atlético de MadridJ38: Atlético de Madrid – Real societyValencia CF – 7th with 42 pointsThe team led by Albert Celades It was another of the proper names of the competition. He was still hooked on the fight for Europe, but he was not at his best and he had yielded the particular golaverage against Getafe and Real Sociedad.Jose Miguel Fernandez de Velasco & nbsp; (GTRES) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Jose Miguel Fernandez de Velasco (GTRES) He Getafe He had a calendar full of direct duels, but almost all his rivals would be received at home. Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Atlético de Madrid have to go through the Coliseum on matchday 37. Those from the south of Madrid also had to visit Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu and they played against Granada in Los Cármenes the next day.J28: Granada – GetafeJ29: Getafe – SpanishJ30: Getafe – EibarJ31: Valladolid – GetafeJ32: Getafe – Real societyJ33: Real Madrid – GetafeJ34: Osasuna – GetafeJ35: Getafe – VillarrealJ36: Alavés – GetafeJ37: Getafe – Atlético de MadridJ38: Lift – GetafeAtlético de Madrid – 6th with 45 pointsAnother of the sets that has stopped badly is the Atlético de Madrid. Simeone’s team faced the best moment of its season after eliminating Champions League champion Liverpool at Anfield and added five days without knowing the defeat in the domestic championship. He is one point from the Champions League and two from the third, his primary objective. Football has been seen tvery closely affected by the global crisis caused by the coronavirus. Most of the European competitions are stopped and Spanish football is KO since March 10, date on which the first – and only – closed-door match of the championship was played, between Eibar and Real Sociedad.The Delegate Commission of the Federation has The decision to be taken regarding European competitions was approved during this Thursday. In case the crisis prevents the competition from resuming, this option is not considered by LaLiga. The RFEF has approved the decision that access to the Champions and Europa League be according to the current classification.In this way, Champions League would be the top four finishers in the First Division at this time (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevlla and Real Sociedad) and to the Europa League the fifth and sixth (Getafe and Atlético) plus one of the two finalists of the Copa del Rey, which would leave the seventh classified in the league competition without a place. But, What calendar is left for the teams fighting for the European places? Which teams have a more favorable schedule?Sevilla FC – 3rd with 47 pointsThe team led by Julen Lopetegui occupied third place in the championship before the break. Despite the criticism received in recent months, the Seville he had a favorable position in the table (4 games in a row without losing in the League) and faced a key phase of the season with the Europa League tie against Roma in the bedroom.EDUARDO CANDEL REVIEJO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>EDUARDO CANDEL REVIEJO (DAILY AS) He Pomegranate He faced the final stretch of the season without any pressure and with an outstanding global note of his performance so far. The Nasrids have a very difficult time playing in European competition, but they have duels against teams like Getafe, Villarreal Valencia, Real Madrid and Athletic Club ahead.J28: Pomegranate – GetafeJ29: Betis – PomegranateJ30: Pomegranate – VillarrealJ31: Leganés – PomegranateJ32: Pomegranate – EibarJ33: Alavés – PomegranateJ34: Pomegranate – ValenciaJ35: Real Sociedad – PomegranateJ36: Pomegranate – Real MadridJ37: Mallorca – PomegranateJ38: Pomegranate – Athletic ClubA positive surprise for Athletic ClubAnother of the provisions that came out of the meeting of the Delegate Commission of the Federation was a decision that would favor Athletic Club. The team of Garitano He was eight points from Europe in LaLiga and his options to play European competition were contingent on winning the Copa del Rey final.By cons, the RFEF has ensured that, in case the final is not played, would be Athletic would go to the Europa League and not the seventh classified, which at the moment is Valencia.
Broad, who delivered the ball, came to a standstill halfway down the wicket, put both of his hands to his face, and gaped in astonishment. It amounted to humiliation for Australia. Three of the top order – Chris Rogers, David Warner and the recalled Shaun Marsh – were out for ducks. The crowd gave the beleaguered tourists a standing ovation when they reached 50. Extras top-scored with 14, another Ashes first, on a day when only two Australian players reached double figures. England pressed home its advantage in the reply. Typically, it was Root leading the way, hitting 19 fours and a six in his second century of a series in which he is the top scorer with 437 runs. No match in this oscillating five-Test series has gone five days, and it’s unlikely this one will either. England started the series as the underdog, but lead 2-1 and can wrap it up with a match to spare. Clarke’s captaincy and place in the Australia team already was under scrutiny and he will be feeling under even more pressure now. He gave away his wicket by swiping at a wide delivery by Broad and edging to first slip, a rash shot and a sign of a man bereft of confidence after 104 runs in seven innings in this series. EXTRAORDINARY MORNING NOTTINGHAM, England (AP): England were on course to regaining the Ashes after dominating a record-shattering opening day of the fourth Test, illuminated by Stuart Broad’s 8-15 that skittled Australia for 60 in the shortest first innings in Test history. Seeking a victory to clinch the series and take back the urn, England were 274-4 at stumps yesterday with Joe Root unbeaten on 124 after a fourth-wicket stand of 173 runs with Jonny Bairstow (74). The lead was 214 runs. “That’s as tough a day as you can have as a player,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said. “Nothing went right at all.” Broad, playing on his home Nottinghamshire ground, compiled the best figures by a pace bowler in Ashes history in an unbroken spell of 9.3 overs in which all eight of his dismissals were catches in the slip cordon. He completed the fastest-ever five-wicket haul, in just 19 deliveries. Australia’s innings was characterised by dreadful shot-making and poor technique against the swinging ball under a cloudy sky, and was over after 18.3 overs – 20 minutes before lunch. England’s catching was ruthless, especially the diving, one-handed take by Ben Stokes at fifth slip to remove Adam Voges (1). HUMILIATION FOR AUSTRALIA “You live by the sword, you die by the sword,” Clarke said. England began an extraordinary morning by winning a crucial toss and choosing to bowl in overcast, thoroughly English conditions which Clarke said were the most difficult he has faced in his career. Within eight deliveries, it was largely forgotten that the hosts were playing without their leading fast bowler, Jimmy Anderson. Anderson watched from the dressing-room balcony as Broad, from round the wicket, enticed an edge from Rogers to Cook at first slip off the third ball. It was Broad’s 300th Test wicket and Rogers’ first Test duck. Steve Smith (6) was squared up by Broad, and Root took the catch at third slip. Warner got an inside edge off a beauty of a delivery by Mark Wood, Anderson’s replacement. Australia was 10-3 off eight balls, and Marsh became the fourth batsman to go in just 14 minutes of play when he edged Broad to Ian Bell.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former Guyana batsman, Rabindranauth Seeram, has criticised West Indies selectors for overlooking left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.Permaul, the leading wicket-taker in the 2014-15 first-class season, was last week left out of the 15-man squad in favour of uncapped Barbados left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.”The selectors definitely made a huge error by not taking Permaul to Sri Lanka,” Seeram told Guyana Times.”I am not too sure what basis they want to pick the team on, but I believe form plays an important part in our selection.”Permaul takes 67 wicketsPermaul finished with 67 wickets during the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League as Guyana Jaguars romped to the capture of the inaugural title.However, the 26-year-old was less than spectacular in his two Tests this year, taking four wickets in the third Test against England and two in the second Test against Australia in Kingston.Overall, he has taken 18 wickets in six Tests at 43 runs apiece.Warrican, meanwhile, snared 49 wickets at 14 runs apiece for Barbados Pride.Seeram, who averaged 35 in 41 first-class games between 1983 and 1992, said Permaul and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo would have formed an excellent partnership on the spin-friendly wickets in Sri Lanka.”The Guyanese spin twins of Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul have proven time and again in recent history that they can consistently demolish batting sides,” Seeram said.”Both spinners complement each other well, and in Sir Lanka, where the pitches are on the slow side, the two would have delivered the goods for us.”West Indies play two Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, in a tour running from October 14 to November 12.
TODAY marks the final racemeet before Christmas, and with the 10-race programme offering a $5.4 million Pick-9 carryover, a payout in excess of $8 million looks a real possibility.Three trophy races will be run on the afternoon, including the annual renewal of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, with a purse of $850,000.The other trophy races on the card are the round-five Stewards’ Cup for maiden two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Restricted Allowance II for the Titania Trophy over 1100 metres, which is confined to fillies and mares.The Philip Feanny-trained BUBBLING KITTEN, who impressed in the Dye Job Sprint, over 1200 metres, on December 12, renews rivalry with the runner-up and then-favourite, BLUE DIXIE, in a small field of six, and judging from the manner of her victory, she looks hard to oppose.Dye Job SprintBUBBLING KITTEN beat BLUE DIXIE by all of six and a half lengths in the Dye Job Sprint, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:13.1 under former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who again has the ride.With the tongue tie fitted for that race, the bay filly, by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Shanna D, showed good speed to dispute the early lead with RALLY BABY and skittered away on entering the straight for a facile win, behind splits of 23.0 and 46.1.She is still extremely fit, and with the additional furlong no obstacle, should lead home Gary Subratie stable companions BLUE DIXIE and GOLDEN GLORY.Subratie indicated last Saturday that BLUE DIXIE had some minor issues for the Dye Job Sprint, but is expecting a better race today, and has called up outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson to try and make a difference. BLUE DIXIE looks a safe exacta horse.I also like the well-advanced newcomer, SIR RAJA BABA (working well) to lead home EQUUS in the Stewards’ Cup, in which nine two-year-olds will run; fleet-footed FIRE ALARM ahead of COMMANDING AVIATOR in the Titania Trophy; MESSITHEGREAT to recoup losses in the sixth; CRUCIAL VALOR in the seventh; and PRINCESS SHEMIKA to stave off CHEERS in the eighth.
– 8:40 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC – Harbour View Stadium. – 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Rivoli United, Barbican Complex. – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Cavalier, Frome Complex. – 5 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Portmore United, Effortville Community Centre. – 6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Montego Bay United, Waterhouse Stadium. – 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Tivoli Gardens, Anthony Spaulding Complex. While Arnett are highly favoured to win the game and continue their impressive form, Tivoli will be looking for points to move out of the drop zone. Arnett, under the guidance of coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, have scored a league-high 34 goals from 22 games and will be gunning to add to this at home. The diminutive striker Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm is the team’s leading marksman with 10 goals. He should receive good support from Newton Sterling, Vishinul Harris, Leon Strickland, captain Oneil’ Bigga’ Thompson, and Ranike Anderson – who moved from Tivoli to Arnett during the transfer window. Tivoli have certainly struggled this season with only five wins, four draws and 12 losses. With Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey back in charge after he resigned in 2014, his first order of business is to turn around the fortunes of the club he guided to championship honours in the past. Players such as AndrÈ Morgan, Junior Flemmings, Jermaine Johnson and Rohan Reid will have to step up in order to get a positive result. In other games, Boys’ Town should get the better of last-placed Rivoli United; Portmore United are expected to bounce back against Humble Lion; Waterhouse will have a tough encounter against Montego Bay United; and the Reno FC – Cavalier encounter could go either way. IMPRESSIVE FORM TODAY’S GAMES Points standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts Portmore 22 13 4 5 27 17 10 43 Arnett 22 13 3 6 34 19 15 42 MoBay 22 11 8 3 34 13 21 41 H Lion 22 8 8 6 18 17 1 32 H View 22 7 9 6 23 22 1 30 UWI FC 22 8 6 8 24 29 -5 27 Cavalier 22 7 6 9 18 21 -3 27 B Town 22 7 6 9 23 30 -7 27 FC Reno 22 5 9 8 20 30 -10 24 W house 22 4 8 10 20 28 -8 20 Tivoli G 21 5 4 12 23 30 -7 19 Rivoli U 21 4 7 10 20 28 -8 19 Tomorrow’s game With the Red Stripe Premier League entering round three in the preliminary stage, another interesting set of games are scheduled. Among the upcoming fixtures will be a clash between fierce rivals Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens today at the Anthony Spaulding Complex, starting at 6 p.m. Defending champions Arnett are on a high with an unbeaten run of seven games. The ‘Junglists’ have won six and drawn once in that run. They are currently in second position on 42 points, just one behind leaders Portmore United. On the other hand, Tivoli Gardens are in the relegation zone in 11th position on 19 points in the 12-team league. Despite the huge gap that Arnett hold over Tivoli, whenever the teams meet, a tough game is expected. Arnett must be very high on confidence following a gutsy 2-1 win against Portmore United last Monday night. However, Tivoli’s woes continued as they were edged 1-0 by UWI FC in their last fixture.
IT has been more than 22 years since St Jago’s boys have seen the winners’ enclosure at the ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. The Spanish Town-based team won its second title in 1993 under John Cente, six years after winning its first under Michael Clarke. Head coach Danny Hawthorne, who took the reins from Olympian Bertland Cameron in the early 2000s, is hoping for something special this year from his team. With the likes of Calabar, Kingston College and Jamaica College occupying the top three spots on many occasions, Hawthorne is confident his team will make a big move from their fourth-place finish a year ago. “I am extremely pleased with the performances so far from the boys and we are very confident that we will move up from our fourth place finish from a year ago,” said Hawthorne. Hawthorne, considered to be one of the best, if not the best, among high school sprint coaches, has produced the likes of Percival Spencer, Nicole Mitchell, Yohan Blake, Nickeal Ashmeade and Riker Hylton, who have all gone on to represent the country as seniors. He, however, pleased with his team’s balance this time around. “Results, so far, have shown that we are very strong in the middle distance, the throws, and we can hold our own in the sprints, and I think the team winning Champs this year will be the team that has the best middle-distance and field-events athletes, as all the teams have good sprinters and the points will spread here,” he said. Top athletes lost At the start of the season, Hawthorne lost two of his top athletes, 400m runner Martin Manley, who went professional by joining Cameron Blazers, and 200m runner, Chad Walker, overseas on a track scholarship. “Losing both athletes has cost us around 40 points but the show must go on and, yes, they will be missed but the good thing is that other boys who were waiting in the wings have stepped up big time, and this is their opportunity to shine,” said Hawthorne. The likes of Keenon Lawrence, Anthony Cox, Leon Clarke, Thalentino Green and Kyle Morgan have shown, so far, this season that they are ready to score quality points for St Jago at middle and long distance.
NINTH SPOT The results meant that the Anthony Patrick-coached team finished the season in ninth spot on 34 points, one ahead of Rivoli and Cavalier – who both lost their final fixture – and ahead of Reno on goal difference. Anderson, Waterhouse’s leading scorer for the last four seasons, said: “I have to give God thanks because night and day I pray to Him. Even this morning, I woke up and gave Him a nice prayer, asking Him to guide and protect the team this day (Sunday),” he told The Gleaner. “I always believe in the Almighty … and Waterhouse is good now and I thank the Almighty God for keeping us up.” Waterhouse’s coach, Patrick, said they were always confident of winning their game and that other results would go their way based on the other match-ups. “We knew that we were going to get a victory … because of the support we would get from the community. They (fans) really came out today and gave us that extra boost,” he said. “When you look at the fixture and look at the two teams destined for the semi-final, Humble Lion and UWI, playing against the two teams at the bottom, we have to give ourselves a chance. So we knew once we got the maximum points, we would have a very good chance of staying up,” he reasoned. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell was obviously elated with the club’s last-minute dramatics. “I feel like we just won the league,” he said when quizzed by The Gleaner. Despite spending the majority of the season at the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, Waterhouse pulled off the great escape on the final day of the season, beating Boys’ Town 3-0 to secure their place in the top-flight for next term. Needing a win and other results to go their way, veteran striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson rose to the occasion with a goal and an assist and also had a hand in the other. Anderson put the hosts in front after 35 minutes and had a major hand in the own goal in the 52nd. He then set up DeAndre Brown for the final goal on 83 minutes. Boys’ Town went down to 10 men after Wayne Ellis was sent off in the 63rd minute.
After making her senior debut at the World Championships last year, where she finished a close second for silver in the women’s 200m, the Stephen Francis-coached Elaine Thompson made a big statement at the highest level that she is now the queen of sprinting, after amazing performances in winning the 100m and 200m, plus the silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team. In so doing, she became the country’s most successful female athlete at the Games. Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod became the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at these Games by capturing the men’s 110m hurdles, while Shericka Jackson, like she did a year ago at the World Championships, captured bronze in the women’s 400m, and defending 100m female champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who despite competing under severe circumstance with an injured toe, secured bronze in the women’s 100m. While Jamaicans are celebrating the success of our athletes, there is a major concern, however, as in four years Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who have been our most successful athletes at the past three Games, will not be in Tokyo. The million-dollar question is who will take up the mantle? Thompson’s rise The country’s athletes gave another sterling performance at the Olympic Games, winning 11 medals – six gold, three silver and two bronze – a repeat collection of the 2008 Games in Beijing, China, where the medal haul and colours were the same. In China, the country finished fourth in track and field medal-placing. This time around, the Jamaicans were third overall, being edged out of second spot on Sunday’s final day of competition by Kenya, whose Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s marathon to give his country its sixth gold. Thus, they finished second with 13 medals – six gold, six silver and one bronze. The United States, with 32 medals – 13 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze – finished atop the track and field medal table. Despite failing to overhaul the 12 medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) gained in London four years ago, it was another proud moment for Jamaica’s track and field. Undoubtedly, the star was Usain Bolt, who proved once again that he is the best in the business as he became the first ever to win triple titles at three consecutive Games, defending titles in both the 100 and 200 metres, plus anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to victory. Good signs On the female side, the emergence of Thompson and Jackson, and on the male side, Yohan Blake – who was not at his best after coming back from injuries – and McLeod, are good signs. But who else will be stepping up to the plate? Winning 11 medals in Rio was no surprise. The only surprise among the medals was the men’s 4x400m relay, as they were not given a chance to be among the medals after pathetic performances all season, with Javon Francis being the only sub-45 second man. Francis ran an intelligent anchor leg, plus their path was made easier as Trinidad and Tobago and Great Britain, who were ranked ahead of Jamaica, were disqualified in the preliminary round. Here, young Nathon Allen must be commended for his brilliant run in both the preliminary round and the final, as he made it easier for Francis on anchor. Now, the Selection committee of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) must send a strong message to athletes. Why are they taking athletes who barely make the qualifying standards? It is said that most of these athletes were taken for experience, but this is Jamaica, a powerhouse in track and field, and we should not take athletes to just participate, as many of these athletes could not get past the first round. If they continue to select them for just barely attaining qualifying marks, these athletes will be very comfortable and won’t make an effort to improve as they know they will be selected nonetheless. In his final assessment, technical director Maurice Wilson said he hoped the authorities will not just dwell on the success of our athletes in Rio, but build on it to ensure that the legacy of Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown continues. Based on what happened at the World Under-20 Championships recently, I am confident that this will continue. The likes of Christopher Taylor, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dejour Russell among the males, along with Tiffany James, Junelle Bromfield, Shannon Kallawan and Rushelle Burton, among the females are waiting in the wings. Add to these the talented Akeem Bloomfield and Natalliah Whyte, who once they get over injury problems, will be a force to be reckoned with at the highest level.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Siantfiet has underscored the importance of the two international friendlies against Nicaragua, as his side prepares for the three-nation CFU Caribbean Cup play-off later this month.In games at the National Football Stadium here, T&T lost the opener 2-1 last Tuesday before bouncing back with an impressive 3-1 victory on Friday night.T&T will be back in action on Wednesday when they clash with Suriname in the first game of the play-off series at the Ato Boldon Stadium. They take on Haiti at the same venue next Sunday.”I think it’s very important, and I am very happy that the association could organise these matches in a short period of time,” Saintfiet said.”People sometimes forget that I am only two-and-a-half, three weeks in Trinidad and that I saw only a few league matches and I had not a lot of time to select and to find the right players for the coming weeks.”So this two-week training camp plus these two friendly matches helped me a lot to know which players are ready, which system is best, and how we can be prepared for Suriname and Haiti.”I am a very happy coach that we use these days between Christmas and New Years to prepare our team because we have made a lot of steps forward.”WITHOUT TOP PLAYERSThe squad selected for the two friendlies were without captain and talisman Kenwyne Jones, who was axed by Saintfiet, and first-choice goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, who was not released by his club.Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino, Cordell Cato, Sheldon Bateau, Khaleem Hyland, Andre Boucaud and Levi Garcia were all unavailable through club commitments while India-based forward Cornell Glen was also called up for his first international in three years.Domestic players Tyrone Charles, Nathan Lewis and Akeem Roach gained call-ups for the first time.Saintfiet said he was pleased with the attitude and approach of the entire squad during the two-match series here.”It’s always difficult to say, because we also have to respect the players that played last Tuesday. They also played quite well last match,” said the 43-year-old Belgian.”[On Friday], the guys who came in, like Kevan George, Carlyle Mitchell, Tyrone Charles and Cornell Glen, did fantastic, but it’s not only them; it’s a whole team performance.”Even after the changes, I have to think of players like Aikim Andrews and other players who performed well. I think we as a team don’t have one, two, three big players, but we have a team performance of 20-23 players who are playing on a high level.”Sure [on Friday], some players showed that they deserved to be on the national team. I think some were a little bit out of selection for a long period and they wanted to prove something, and I hope in the coming weeks, they can continue that.”The winner of the upcoming series will meet the fifth-placed side from Central America in a qualifier which will determine the final spot at the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year.
But Lothian refutes the claim and stated that Lamont’s players are given free entry to tournaments, and that players are usually paid for their winnings, albeit sometimes late. “If I didn’t pay for tournaments, don’t you think Jamaica would be talking about that? We pay them over time, because some tournaments are not sponsored, but it’s not true that we do not pay for tournaments. He (Lamont) is trying to drive away sponsors and trying to destroy the sport and I will not allow it to happen,” Lothian insisted. Lamont’s is also not impressed by the governing body’s youth-development policies. Lothian countered that youth development is alive and growing and that with his track record, he expects to be elected for his third straight term at next month’s AGM. “If you are taking about youth development, we just finished a pre-cadet tournament in August … and Jamaica has received the bid to host the tournament again in August of this year, and we have gone all over the country with youth development and development of coaches. “The fact speaks for itself. No other administration in the 71-year history has done the amount of work we have done. So put all the other presidents together and none have achieved what I have,” he added. LOTHIAN REFUTES CLAIMS With the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) scheduled for next month, current president Godfrey Lothian is confident that his tenure will earn him a third successive term. However, former JTTA vice-president and national player, Samuel Lamont, who has been one of the biggest detractors of the Lothian administration, revealed that he has receive numerous calls to ‘save’ local table tennis, however, he said he is still yet to decide. “I have some serious problems with the Godfrey Lothian administration, and a lot of persons have been asking me to rescue table tennis. I have been getting a lot of requests, but I am not sure,” Lamont said. “If I am going to contest it, I will not make too many people know as yet, but the reason why I would do it is to rescue table tennis. As a person who has invested their hard cash in the sport, I am thinking about it seriously,” he told The Gleaner. Lamont’s main issues with the Lothian administration is its refusal to pay prize monies for tournaments and the lack of youth-development programmes in the country. “Mr Lothian’s is the only administration that has had tournaments and don’t pay players. It is a criminal offence to have tournaments and not pay the winners,” he said. “It cost $600-$700,000 (for Portland parish) to go to the national championship and the prize money is supposed to be declared, and some were not declared and this is the first this has happen. Before Mr Lothian (administration), the prize money was usually declared,” he reasoned.