ASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTHIf Aston Villa are beaten by Bournemouth at Villa Park they could be relegated, with five games still remaining. A defeat would mean they can win a maximum of 31 points; 17th-placed Norwich, just outside the relegation zone, already have 31. The fact that they have lost seven in a row in the Barclays Premier League – for the second time this season – suggests their fans should start preparing for life in the Championship.CRYSTAL PALACE VS NORWICH CITYPalace remain in a relegation battle and face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Selhurst Park still waiting for their first league win of 2016. Palace drew 2-2 at West Ham United last weekend but since the turn of the year they have drawn two games and lost nine. Norwich last won at Selhurst Park nearly 20 years ago, in May 1996. Since then, Norwich have failed to win in 14 visits, losing eight and drawing six – including the last two.SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLENewcastle United are in dire trouble. With just seven games remaining they are in penultimate position in the Barclays Premier League and three points from safety. And away from home, Newcastle have a dreadful record. The Magpies have lost 13 of their 16 away games – the most of any Premier League team. They have scored just nine away goals – including two at Norwich – and have lost their last seven away games.SWANSEA CITY VS CHELSEAGuus Hiddink remains in control of Chelsea, five days after the club confirmed that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to be their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer. The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016. Swansea, meanwhile, are 15th, 10 points from the relegation zone. They have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.WATFORD VS EVERTONIn their first season back in the Barclays Premier League, Watford are probably one win away from safety. Currently on 37 points, in 14th place, they are 10 points from the relegation zone. However, they are without a win in five league games, losing their last four, most recently the 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal. Perhaps the Hornets have one eye on their Wembley FA Cup semi-final, against Crystal Palace on April 24, but three more points are crucial.L’POOL VS STOKE CITYAt Anfield, Liverpool have won fewer league games than they have on the road with just five at home and seven away. Indeed, with just five home games left, they could be heading for some unwanted records. Liverpool’s record for fewest home wins in a Premier League season is six, in the 2011-12 season. Stoke have two points more than Liverpool and are one place better off, in eighth.
For the first time ever, Jamaica will have a full complement of athletes in the men’s discus at the World Championships.Julian Robinson, who coaches one of the three men who have qualified for the Champion-ships, says the throws community is excited about this milestone. He also believesthe qualifiers, Federick Dacres, Jason Morgan and Chad Wright, will all do well in Beijing, host city for next month’s Worlds.”We are pleased, excited about the fact that we have three qualifiers, three persons who can legitimately compete for medals, not just going there for three throws,” said Robinson. The reference to three throws pertains to throwers who only take the trio of attempts in the preliminary rounds.Dacres, Morgan and Wright have all surpassed the World Championships qualifying standard of 65 metres, with Morgan producing the longest throw in the world so far this year with a national record of 68.19 metres. Dacres threw 66.40 and 66.30 metres early in the season. Wright has a mark of 65.03 metres.This milestone exceeds the achievement of having two male discus throwers, Morgan and Traves Smikle, in action at the 2012 Olympics. Robinson coached Dacres, Smikle and Wright when they were at Calabar High School.Only two other countries have a full complement of World Championship qualifiers in the men’s discus. These are throwing powerhouses United States and Germany. The Germans have only two throwers who have attained the 65-metre standard, but their superstar Robert Harting has the IAAF wild card, which guarantees the right of all defending champions to compete in Beijing.Harting has been slow to bounce back after injuryand surgery. Nevertheless, Robinson thinks the three-time champion is the favourite. “I think that we have a decent shot as a matter of fact,” he said, “but definitely Robert Harting is the favourite.”In a reference to the possibility that the German might not be ready to compete in Beijing, he said, “If he is not there, it is wide open and I like our chances.”
1. Kenya 4 3 2 92. Great Britain 3 0 0 33. Jamaica 2 0 1 34. Germany 1 2 1 45. Ethiopia 1 2 0 36. United States 1 1 4 67. Poland 1 1 3 58. Canada 1 1 2 49. Colombia 1 0 0 19. Cuba 1 0 0 19. Eritrea 1 0 0 19. Spain 1 0 0 113. China 0 2 1 314. Netherlands 0 1 1 215. Australia 0 1 0 115. Croatia 0 1 0 115. Israel 0 1 0 115. Russia 0 1 0 115. Tajikistan 0 1 0 120. Bahamas 0 0 1 120. Bosnia-Herz. 0 0 1 120. France 0 0 1 120. Kazakhstan 0 0 1 120. Latvia 0 0 1 120. Uganda 0 0 1 1
GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):Though West Indies face a steep challenge to remain alive in the opening Test, left-hander Darren Bravo believes the batsmen still need to remain positive on today’s penultimate day.The Caribbean side will begin the day still 166 runs adrift of making Sri Lanka bat again after they were dismissed for 251 in their first innings yesterday and forced to follow on, then finished on 67 for two.”I think it is important that as a batting unit we stay positive as much as possible,” the stylish batsman told a post-match media conference.”Obviously, (Rangana) Herath is definitely a threat. He has been bowling fantastically well, so it is important that we show him that sort of respect, but he if bowls a bad ball, we have to put it away.”It is important as a batting unit we stay positive. I think it is very important that we back our defence as well. It is a very good batting wicket and as long as you spend time you will get runs under your belt.”Bravo top-scored with an attractive 50, tail-ender Jerome Taylor chipped in with 31 while both Devendra Bishoo and Denesh Ramdin got 23.”We weren’t able to capitalise on the starts that we got. I, myself, gave away my wicket after reaching a half-century, (Jermaine) Blackwood started well, (Denesh) Ramdin got a start and the captain (Jason Holder) also got a start,” Bravo pointed out.
National Stadium St Jago High vs Lacovia High – 4 p.m. Jamaica College vs Vere Tech – 6 p.m. Montego Bay Sports Complex Kingston College vs Glenmuir High – 2 p.m. Charlie Smith High vs St Elizabeth Tech. – 4 p.m. Excelsior High vs St James High – 6 p.m. Sabina Park Hydel High vs Clarendon College – 2 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys vs Port Antonio High – 4:00 p.m. St George’s College vs Petersfield High – 6 p.m. Rules and Guidelines 1. ISSA/FLOW reserves the right to decide on all venues throughout the competition. 2. Schools are responsible for ensuring that medical support is provided throughout the entire competition. 3. The competition is open to all players; therefore any registered player may participate. All players must be under 19 years on August 31 preceding start of the school year. 4. Duration of matches: two halves of 45 minutes each, with an interval of 10 to 15 minutes. 5. Substitution: Three substitutes are allowed per team per match. 6. ISSA/FLOW is responsible for the supervision of all finals, semi-final and quarter-final matches in conjunction with the principal involved. 7. The competition is played on a knockout basis. 8. All matches shall be ‘play-to-finish’, i.e., should the scores be equal at full time, extra time will be played, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. (Extra time shall be two halves of 10 minutes each.) 9. If a player receives two yellow cards, he will automatically miss the next match. 10. All cards except a red card will be rescinded at the conclusion of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup. 11. All other rules of the Manning Cup/daCosta Cup competitions apply.
There were three beautiful goals on Sunday night in the Red Stripe Premier League match between defending champions Arnett Gardens and the struggling Waterhouse, but Kemal Malcolm’s took the crown and handed the points to Arnett Gardens as they emerged 2-1 winners.The win improved Arnett Gardens’ standing to second on 35 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United, who started the day in the lead but who were not scheduled to play until last night.Waterhouse, on the other hand, remained rooted at the foot of the table but played like a team on the rise.Talented midfielder Vishinul Harris opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he ran on to a wonderful defence-splitting pass, looked young goalkeeper Akeem Chambers in the eyes before displaying composure lacking in many forwards to calmly steer his effort to the left of the perplexed Chambers.Substitute Deandre Brown’s 59th-minute effort was even more beautiful, and he rifled a left-footer from inside the six-yard box to finish off a wonderfully worked free-kick played in by Romario Campbell.Malcolm’s 59th-minute effort, his 19th of the season, put Brown’s in the shade as he ran on to a perfectly measured ball from the pass master, Harris, before using his pace and footwork to leave substitute Dale Reid on his side like an overturned truck. He followed that up by sending Chambers the wrong way before steering home.”As you see, coming off the festive season, it was a rough one. During the festive season, we go out and we party, so the food and alcohol are still in me,” said Malcolm.”I always keep my focus because I know chances will always come with the pace I have, and my teammates always try to give the ball to me, so I always have the frame of mind to put away even one. Tonight, I got one, which is the winner, and I am very grateful for it,” the player, who looks to be enjoying his game, added.The man, who turned 26 last year, said that he was motivated by the magnitude of the match.”I have a thing for the big game. Waterhouse are at the foot of the table, but no matter where they are on the table, a match against them is always a big one, and top players always turn up in the big games, so I always keep the focus, and whenever I play a big game, I always want to come out on top. I always want to score one for my team,” the player who showed his predatory qualities as a schoolboy at St George’s College said.With the competition still in its second round, Malcolm, who also had spells with Meadhaven and Waterhouse, expressed the belief that this would be his best goalscoring season so far.”This is my best season so far. My first season with Arnett, I scored 10 goals, but we are not even in the third round as yet, so I think I can pass the 10-goal mark and make it my best so far. I want to impress because what I really want is a chance with the senior national team,” the former Jamaica Under-20 player said.Standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 19 11 4 4 24 15 9 37Arnett 19 11 2 6 29 16 13 35MoBay Utd 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34H Lion FC 19 7 8 4 15 13 2 29H.View 19 6 8 5 18 18 0 26Boys’ Town 19 7 4 8 21 26 -5 25Reno 19 5 8 6 18 24 -6 23UWI FC 19 6 5 8 18 26 -8 23Cavalier 19 5 6 8 14 18 -4 21Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Rivoli 19 4 6 9 19 25 -6 18Whouse 19 3 6 10 18 28 -10 15
International Reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. His boyhood friend, Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, organiser of the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches, is inviting ‘friends in football’ to enjoy a celebration of one of the world’s most universally revered personalities this Ash Wednesday. The media launch was held yesterday at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston. The event will be staged at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens next Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $200 for adults 18 and over, while children under 12 will be able to enter free. Those over the age of 12 will pay $100. Campbell, a former local footballer at Santos and a close friend of Marley, started the memorial event two years after Marley’s passing. He recalled yesterday that Marley’s life was a short, but well-lived one. “This is the 35th year that we are celebrating the life of Bob Marley. We are pleased to be associated with such a legend, a friend, a prophet and brother, who loved people and tried to always help others,” Campbell pointed out. Queen’s Council Ian Wilkinson, the Master of Ceremony at yesterday’s launch, recalled his fondest memories of seeing Marley as a boy. “In life he was huge; in death he is even bigger,” reasoned Wilkinson. Sponsors Tuff Gong, through the Bob Marley Foundation, delivered their message via manager Alicia Williams, while Tari Lovell, sponsorship manager of Digicel, also gave sponsorship remarks. This year’s Bob Marley One Love football matches will see Entertainers’ Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Referees, and Tuff Gong Invitational teams vie for trophies. There will be two Bob Marley One Love trophies, plus prizes and surprises from sponsors Digicel and the Bob Marley One Love Foundation, among others. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase computers for two basic schools in the inner city, with the organisers hoping to do the same this year. Among persons named to play so far are Reggae Girl Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and teammate Tashana Vincent, plus former Reggae Boyz Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin ‘Pele’ Wilson, Hector Wright, and Durrent Brown. Referees Valdin Ledgister and Keeble Williams will officiate, while Charlie B from France, Nomadz, Aidonia, and Assassin will provide entertainment. 35TH YEAR
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 292 runs, in the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The Scorpions racked up a staggering 434 for four off their 50 overs with Chadwick Walton leading the way with 117 runs. He was well supported by Jermaine Blackwood who slammed 108 not out with Rovman Powell falling just short of his century after he was sent back on 95. Steven Taylor added 88 against Ravi Rampaul’s two for 83. The Red Force never got close, crashing to 141 in 26.3 overs with Jason Mohammed (62 not out) showing the only resistance against a torrid Jamaican attack. Powell returned to claim five for 36, with Jerome Taylor 3-27 and Renard Leveridge 2-31 also ripping through the Red Force batting lineup. SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS +C Walton lbw b Imran Khan 117 S Taylor c Ottley b Mohammed 88 J Blackwood not out 108 R Powell b Rampaul 95 J Campbell c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0 Extras (b1, lb11, w12, nb2) 26 TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 434 To bat: D Thomas, A McCarthy, D Jacobs, *N Miller, J Taylor, R Leveridge. Fall of wickets: 1-174 (Taylor), 2-269 (Walton), 3-432 (Powell), 4-434 (Campbell). Bowling: Gabriel 9-0-91-0 (w3), Rampaul 10-0-83-2 (w1), Emrit 8.3-0-78-0 (w3, nb2), Pierre 6.3-0-77-0 (w1), Mohammed 6-1-24-1 (w1), Imran Khan 10-0-69-1 (w2). RED FORCE K Hope c Miller b Leveridge 17 E Lewis c wkp Walton b Taylor 18 K Ottley c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1 J Mohammed not out 62 N Alexis lbw b Taylor 0 *+D Ramdin c wkp Walton b Powell 27 I Khan c Blackwood b Powell 6 R Emrit c Taylor b Powell 3 K Pierre c wkp Walton b Powell 2 R Rampaul c wkp Walton b Powell 0 S Gabriel b Taylor 0 Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6 TOTAL (all out, 26.3 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Lewis), 2-38 (Hope), 3-39 (Ottley), 4-40 (Alexis), 5-103 (Ramdin), 6-118 (Khan), 7-136 (Emrit), 8-141 (Pierre), 9-141 (Rampaul), 10-142 (Gabriel) Bowling: Taylor 5.3-0-27-3, Leveridge 5-1-31-2 (w2), Jacobs 3-0-24-0 (w1), Powell 8-1-36-5, Miller 5-0-22-0 (w1) Result: Scorpions won by 292 runs. Position: Scorpions qualify for Super50 final. Man-of-the-Match: Rovman Powell. Toss: Red Force. Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – C Tuckett
EDWIN Allen High’s girls’ track and field head coach, Michael Dyke, will have added motivation when he attends the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays next week in Franklin Field, Pennsylvania. Dyke will become the latest local coach to be recognised for his team’s outstanding performances at the relay carnival as he will be the 2017 high school girls Penn Relays honorary referee. “On Monday I got a call from Dave Johnson, the high school co-ordinator of the carnival, informing me that I will be the honorary girls’ coach referee. “When I got the call at first I was a bit nervous wondering if something had gone wrong with my entries,” said Dyke. “However, when I got the news I was elated knowing that my hard work and sacrifice have paid off and this is an honour for me and I appreciate this.” Since making his first visit with coach of Edwin Allen in 1995, Dyke’s team have landed 15 Championships of America Relay wins. This includes five each in the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m. In addition, athletes from his teams have also landed several individual titles in the long jump, high jump, discus throw and 400m hurdles. Olympian Ristananna Tracy still holds the record in the latter event when she did 56.17 seconds in 2011. Another Edwin Allen standout, Sherene Pinnock, has the seconbd fastest time, 56.90, in 2006.
Despite finishing a disappointing eighth at the Easter International Cycling Grand Prix, in Trinidad and Tobago in April, Kingston Criterium Junior champion, 17-year-old Brandon Reid, said the experience was an eye-opening one.He learnt a lot from the experience and has been taking steps to make the necessary improvement and he is now eyeing a podium finish at the Caribbean Junior Championship later this year.’EYE-OPENING'”That experience (Easter Grand Prix) was an eye-opening one. In the first race, my position wasn’t good and I did not place well. But in the second race, I went to the front and led for most of the way, but the guys came back and covered me in the last 150 metres.”So I now know that I have a lot more improvement to make. I need more training and I have been going to the gym and doing some more miles, but I’ll be back again next year and I will do better,” he said.With the local circuit providing little competition for this young rider in his category, his next international test will be the Caribbean Junior Championship where he will again face riders like Easter Grand Prix winner Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad and Tobago, among others. But he believes he is putting in the work and will get his just reward when the time comes.”The Easter Grand Prix is not until next year again, but I will be going to the Caribbean junior Championship in June to represent the country and I expect to get a podium finish because I have been getting more power in the legs to get that quick muscle fibre going. There are some opponents I have to watch, but as long as I put in the work, it will pay off,” he said.