Coach Schäfer banned by FIFA – Burrell remains positive despite coach’s two-game suspension

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will have to do without head coach Winfried Schäfer after the German was suspended by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, from sitting on the bench for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. However, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not expecting any major setbacks, as he threw his support behind the programme’s technical staff. Burrell said that the Reggae Boyz have an experienced technical team in place and remains confident that the continue to work well in Schäfer’s absence from the bench. “The effects should not be felt because the technical team has been together for a long period. I am confident in the other members of the technical staff and they should be able to cope,” Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday, following a release from the JFF. unsporting behaviour As a result, Schäfer will miss the Reggae Boyz games against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica and Haiti a few days later. Schäfer has also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 ($611,302) for a charge of ‘unsporting behaviour’ against a match official in Jamaica’s World Cup qualifier away in Nicaragua on September 8. Players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards have also been hit with suspension by the world’s governing body and will have to sit out four games. Both players will miss the November games as well as Jamaica matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29 next year. Laing and Edwards have also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 each. They were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter on September 8. Jamaica won the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF semi-final stage.last_img read more

New allegations of doping cover-ups in Kenya

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP): Kenyan athletics faced more allegations yesterday as a coach claimed three marathon runners paid bribes to the national track federation in exchange for lenient doping bans. Paul Simbolei told The Associated Press he had informed police about the bribes and that he has been receiving threats since going to authorities with the allegations. In a separate case, the IAAF said it was investigating allegations that a Kenyan athletics official, who sits on the governing body’s decision-making council, embezzled sponsorship money. Both cases add to the scrutiny on athletics in Kenya, a country that was already facing doping allegations similar to those directed at Russia, which was banned from international track and field competitions over what a report claimed was systematic state-sponsored doping. Simbolei, a coach in the famous high-altitude training town of Iten, declined to name the runners involved but will meet police for a formal interview. Since he first made the allegations, he had avoided answering some phone calls out of fear, he said. His comments followed a report published by British newspaper The Sunday Times, in which Simbolei said he had been told by police that his life could be in danger after he made allegations of a larger doping cover-up in Kenya in a previous interview with German broadcaster ARD. Simbolei claimed Kenyan track officials ask for a share in race winnings, “or else they will expose you for cheating.” One police officer warned him “to be careful with this information,” said Simbolei. “Another officer told me that the matter was extremely serious and could cost people their jobs. He also said it could cost me my life to make such claims. I insisted that it was all the truth.” The report did not name any athletes or officials. DAVID OKEYO CASE The IAAF case centred on council member David Okeyo, one of three track officials under investigation in Kenya for embezzling around $700,000, some of it sponsorship money from Nike, from the Kenyan athletics federation’s accounts. Most of the money was withdrawn in cash, according to the allegations. “The IAAF was not aware of the investigation into Mr Okeyo in Kenya and the information has immediately been passed on to the independent IAAF Ethics Commission,” a spokesman for the IAAF said in an email to The Associated Press. Okeyo, who is also a vice-president of Athletics Kenya (AK), was accused alongside AK President Isaiah Kiplagat, and Joseph Kinyua, the former federation treasurer. Kiplagat is a former IAAF council member and was a candidate for an IAAF vice-president position in elections earlier this year. Kenyan prosecutors are considering whether to lay criminal charges against the three, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said. The investigations relating to Okeyo and Kiplagat – some of which date back years – bring more allegations of wrongdoing into the heart of the world body following revelations that ex-IAAF President Lamine Diack is under criminal investigation in France for taking bribes to cover up Russian doping.last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 DIGICEL SPORTSMAX2:10 A.M: EVERTON VS LEICESTER CITY12:30 A.M.: NEWCASTLE VS ASTON VILLA10 P.M.: MAN UNITED VS NORWICHDIGICEL SPORTSMAX:5 P.M.: CHELSEA VS SOUTHAMPTONSUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 DIGICEL SPORTSMAX2:12 A.M.: STOKE CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE5 A.M.: WEST BROM VS BOURNEMOUTH8:30 A.M.: WATFORD VS LIVERPOOL11 A.M.: SWANSEA VS WEST HAMlast_img

Gregg, Gore spar ahead of big showdown

first_img“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. TRUMP CARD At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica.last_img read more

Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more

BREAKING: Andre Russell gets one-year ban

first_imgJamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been slapped with a one year ban by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel after breaching the World Anti-doping Agency code by being negligent about filing his whereabouts. Russell, failed to file his whereabouts form on three occasions in 2015, which under WADA rules equate to one failed doping test.  The sentence was handed down at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday morninglast_img

Horn wants rematch to settle issue with Pacquiao

first_imgJeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Forget the first fight and let’s have a rematch.That’s the message Jeff Horn wants to impart to Manny Pacquiao with regard to their “Battle of Brisbane” last July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “And I think I would do better a second time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “But people are always going to have their opinions and you’re not going to be able to change those. So I guess the only way you’re going to be able to do it is to have a rematch,” said Horn, who’s just waiting for Pacquiao to make use of his rematch clause.Relaxing and spending quality time with his family in Gen. Santos City, Pacquiao has indicated that he’ll go after Horn again before considering ending an illustrious 22-year ring career.Promoter Bob Arum is also targeting a rematch in November and even has a new venue (53,359-seater Docklands Stadium in Melbourne) in mind.Brisbane and Queensland officials, however, are adamant in staging Pacquiao-Horn II, with the full blessing of their local hero.With the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, where the first battle was held, being shunned owing to the unpredictable weather prevailing in November, the much-smaller Brisbane Entertainment Center (15,000 capacity) is being considered for the rematch, according to reports.Oozing with confidence after surviving a near-knockout in the ninth round and carrying the fight to Pacquiao from the get-go up to the final bell, Horn even issued a stern warning.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Megabuilders sets sights on 4th win, faces IEM End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I kind of feel it has been put to bed and that I definitely won the fight because it has been rescored,” Horn told AFP in Los Angeles Thursday.The five-man panel formed by the World Boxing Organization to review and rescore the welterweight title bout concluded on Tuesday that Horn did beat Pacquiao, seven rounds to five.Their tally affirmed the 115-113 scores of judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan.Judge Waleska Roldan, however, was way off in handing Horn a 117-111 victory.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’Still, the issue refuses to die down as many quarters, including the Games and Amusements Board, insist the scoring was affected somewhat by the inefficiency of referee Mark Nelson.Horn wants to silence his bashers and these doubters. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Golovkin and Alvarez deliver classic middleweight fight Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBlackwater took the last quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup after turning back Globalport, 118-107, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The Elite remained at the eighth spot with a 5-5 record to clinch the last playoff seat while the Batang Pier dipped to 3-7.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Blackwater had a 21-point lead, 90-69, at the 3:07 mark of the third quarter after Mac Belo converted on a jumper and that was essentially the Elite’s foundation until the final buzzer.Henry Walker finished with a five-by-five to lead the Elite with 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five steals, and five blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAllein Maliksi had 22 points and Roi Sumang put up 21 points to provide the scoring punch for Blackwater.Murphy Holloway had a 20-20 game with 28 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

De la Hoya: I’d take McGregor in two

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said on ‘Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew’, a daily digital radio show.“I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more (fight). I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneDe La Hoya flirted with the idea of a comeback in June 2015 only to rule it out a week later.The 1992 Olympic gold medallist, a 10-time world champion, was one of the loudest critics of McGregor’s foray into boxing earlier this year, when he lost a money-spinning duel with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor, 29, was knocked out in the 10th round of that fight, which De La Hoya derided as a “circus” and a “farce”.De La Hoya said he would only consider fighting McGregor under boxing rather than MMA rules.“Let’s get it straight: In the cage, he would freaking destroy me,” De La Hoya said. “Only in the ring.“I’ve been working out for the last five months. (My confidence) is how I feel now from my training. I don’t know what it is, but I’ll tell you now that I’ve never felt so good before in my life.” /cbbADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Former boxer Oscar Dela Hoya (left) and MMA fighter Conan McGregor. AFP FILESLOS ANGELES, United States — Retired boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya has said he would be ready to step back in the ring to face mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor.The 44-year-old fighter turned promoter, who has not fought since being battered to defeat by Manny Pacquiao in 2008, said he has been “secretly training” and is confident he could beat UFC champion McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Azkals held to draw View commentslast_img read more

James, Love lead Cavs past Hawks for 10th win in a row

first_imgAtlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry, left, defends against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — LeBron James had yet another double-double, took command of a challenging defensive assignment and stuck around to see the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 10th straight victory, 121-114 over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.James had 24 points and 12 assists, and Kevin Love had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help Cleveland hold off Atlanta to extend the NBA’s longest active winning streak. It was James’ 14th double-double in 22 games.ADVERTISEMENT James had frequent exchanges with the officials but avoided serious confrontations following his first ejection in 1,082 career games Tuesday night in a home victory over Miami.Dennis Schroder, who led Atlanta with 27 points, blew past Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon to score on three straight layups to give Atlanta a 67-58 lead late in the first half. James took over primary defensive duties on Schroder to close the half and continued covering the super-quick guard in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Cavaliers, who lost 117-115 at home to the Hawks on Nov. 4, ended a streak of three straight losses in the series.Cleveland trailed 67-63 at halftime despite making 8 of 17 3-pointers. The Cavaliers finished with 18 3s, giving them 11 straight games with 10 or more long-range shots. MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Cavaliers took the lead by outscoring the Hawks 36-23 in the third quarter. Love had 12 points while making three 3s in the period.Cleveland stretched its lead to double figures for the first time at 90-79 on a 3-pointer by James. The Cavaliers led 99-90 entering the final period.A basket by Ersan Ilyasova cut Cleveland’s lead to 111-108. Cleveland’s Jeff Green and Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore traded jams before two free throws by Ilyasova cut the deficit to 113-112.The Cavaliers survived the crisis when James sank a 3-pointer over Bazemore and Dwyane Wade added a short floater.Ilyasova had 22 points while making four 3-pointers. Marco Belinelli had 18 points and rookie John Collins had 13.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Amid troubled World Cup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cavaliers: G Isaiah Thomas (hip) participated in pregame shooting but is not yet ready for full-speed drills. … Wade had 19 points. Jae Crowder had 15 points and Green had 12.Hawks: G Isaiah Taylor returned after missing five games with a right retinal tear. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Taylor “had a good practice” after being cleared on Wednesday and would be Schroder’s top backup barring more problems. … F Luke Babbitt (lower back) started and scored eight points after missing three games.SURGERY FOR SHUMPERTCavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday morning in Cleveland after he was reevaluated by team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck. Shumpert is averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Memphis on Saturday night.Hawks: At Brooklyn on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more