MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)ROMERO, DARMIAN, SMALLING, BLIND, SHAW, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN,MATA, JANUZAJ, MEMPHIS, ROONEYNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)CISSE, OBERTAN, WIJNALDUM, SISSOKO,COLBACK, ANITA,HAIDARA, COLOCCINI, MBEMBA, ANITA, KRULAfter two rounds of the Barclays Premier League there are four teams on maximum points, including Manchester United, who are fourth after successive 1-0 wins, over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.It is their best start to a season since 2011, when they won their first five league games. United, though, had a distraction on Tuesday when they marked their return to European football with a 3-1 against Club Bruges, of Belgium, in the first leg of a Champions League play-off tie.Now they return to Premier League action against Newcastle United side still looking for a first win of the season following a draw at home and defeat away last weekend, at Swansea.If they fail to win at Old Trafford, it will represent Newcastle’s worst start to a League season since 2005, when they lost two and drew the other of the first three games without scoring a single goal.And United have won five of their last six league games against Newcastle, including the last three, and last season Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Magpies at Old Trafford.United are still without defender Phil Jones, with a blood clot in his leg, while Marouane Fellaini remains suspended in the league. They will hope Rooney can end a barren spell of nine games without a goal.
SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1)PANTILIMON,YEDLIN, O’SHEA, KABOUL, JONES,M’VILA,LARSSON, CATTERMOLE, GOMEZ, BORINI,FLETCHERNEWCASTLE (4-4-2)MITROVIC, PEREZ,WIJNALDUM, TIOTE, COLBACK, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBA, JANMAAT,ELLIOTThe much-awaited first north-east derby takes place at Sunderland, where new manager Sam Allardyce makes his bow. Newcastle United arrive in slightly better shape following their stunning 6-2 win over Norwich last Sunday, the highest-scoring game in the Barclays Premier League so far.Sunderland are still bottom, while Newcastle are in 18th place. The home side go into the game still without a win; it is only the third time in their top-flight history that they have failed to win in their opening nine games. If they fail again, it will be their worst start since the 1976-77 season, when they went 10 without a win.Newcastle will be boosted by scoring six goals in a Premier League game for the first time since August 2010 against Aston Villa.Newcastle’s star man against Norwich was Georginio Wijnaldum, who became only the second man to score four in a Premier League game for Newcastle and first since Alan Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday, September 1999).
An opposition lawmaker used the floor of Parliament yesterday to charge that the State has not been doing enough for sports persons.Everald Warmington claimed that young athletes are only recognised by the Government at the time of their performance or when they return to Jamaica, and are then forgotten.He said that in recognition of the performance of our young athletes, the Government is to establish a special programme geared at providing for the further education and welfare of young athletes.He said in Parliament yesterday that very often, the State only concerns itself with having motorcades and having special holidays for athletes after they have performed well.”Very little is done for them by the Government to help their welfare and education,” he said.The South West St Catherine MP said that if the Government stepped up to the plate, “they would no longer have to be on the streetside selling bananas after they performed exceptionally well for this country”.Cabinet in December approved the establishment of the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan to provide group health and life and personal accident insurance for 1,323 athletes.Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers have been selected to provide coverage for the athletes. The Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan has received funding from the Sports Development Foundation, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, said at a Jamaica House press briefing last November that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Sports Development Foundation had been supportive of the athletes’ welfare, and since 2001, the amount spent for the development and welfare of the athletes increased from $670,000 to $9 million in 2013.
PARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.
Jamalco clash todayFootball fans in Clarendon will finally get a chance to see the top two teams play each other in the Captain’s Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League, when Sporting Central Academy and Jamalco meet in a quarter-final group encounter today at the Wembley Sports and Excellence Centre. Match time is 3:30 p.m.These two teams avoided each other while dominating their respective preliminary zones. They have been paired in the same quarter-final zone and, having completed two wins so far, today’s matchup may well be a dress rehearsal for the finals. Both have already qualified for the semi-finals.In quarter-final play so far, Jamalco defeated Comfort 3-0 and edged Original Hazard 1-0. Sporting are marginally better, having defeated Comfort by the same margin, but won 2-0 against Original Hazard.New Bowens, which came second to Jamalco in the preliminaries, lead the other quarter-final zone with two wins.Starz Academy, programmeThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is currently experimenting with a combination development clinics, where primary and prep school students are exposed to the rudiments of three sporting disciplines.The government agency will not stop there with the programme. It has gone a step further and will target special-needs schools, as well as schools with disciplinary issues.The intent, according to INSPORTS – whose officer, Calvin Martin, is the project leader – is to identify talent and nurture it.Basketball, rugby and boxing are the sporting disciplines being currently used at the development clinics.INSPORTS says other sports will be included as the project grows from experimental to a standard fixture. The next target parish will be Manchester.Venom sting LegendFirst-round winners Venom got their round two fixtures off with a convincing 150-129 victory over Legend in the Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic team ‘Cross the Table’ domino competition at the Caribbean Classic’s home, Portmore Drive (formerly Portmore Lane), recently.However, Legend bounced back in their very next game as they beat Warriors 150-117 in a one-sided contest. In another result, Warriors got the better of Destroyers 150-145 in a pulsating countdown.Meanwhile, the second phase of the competition will see the four teams playing each other twice in a round-robin format, with the top two advancing to the final.Portmore teams Technical Strikers leadFollowing week four, Starz Academy and Technical Strikers maintained the lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One with 10 points each.However, the biggest movers this week were Los Perfectos, who cemented third place on eight points by scoring the biggest margin of victory – 9-1 over Mandeville United.Los P, who are making a return to Manchester football after a self-imposed absence of 15 years, were sent on a joyride with double strikes from Shavar Johnson and Christopher Campbell.In other notable results this week, Technical Strikers lost their perfect win record after they were held 1-1 by Hanbury. Ricardo Johnson and Akeal Mitchell scored twice to beat Clandon Strikers 5-1, while Trinity continued the misery run of last year’s beaten finalist Northern Caribbean Union President’s XI, by winning 2-1.One spot to grab in Clarendon playersPresident of Netball Jamaica (NJ)Dr Paula Daley-Morris has encouraged netballers in Clarendon, and by extension, the central region, to use the sport as a springboard to achieve a better life.A former netballer and basketballer who gained scholarships, as well as achieved a doctorate in Information Technology, Daley-Morris used her own experiences to motivate the gathering of 21 teams, during the opening ceremony of the Jamalco Netball Open at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre.Noticeably, there was good reception for her presence and comments. It appears also that fences have been mended between long-standing Clarendon netball organiser and coach, Winston Nevers and NJ.Daley-Morris pledged her return.As usual, the season opening featured the dress parade and a one-day rally. Hayes B won the award for the best dressed team and were awarded a cash prize. The rally was won by Jamalco, after they defeated Team R of Manchester 8-4 in a match which lasted 10 minutes. Cable Pro defeated Hayes A 6-4 in the third place play-off.The competition takes a break this weekend owing to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as a high number of teams have athletes who are participating.Sporting Central, on brother teamDefending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, as the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League bowls off with a double-header at Bridgeport Sports ground this morning at 10 a.m.Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly. The league will be in a round-robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final.”There is also a new development this year as an over-50 match is being planned to take place during the course of the competition,” said Mark Williamson, the coordinator of the competition.Eltham Park, DB Basovak advance to finalEltham Park and DB Basovak advanced to the final of the St Catherine Football Association Division Two Football League after contrasting results at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Wednesday.Eltham Park won 2-1 on aggregate over Beacon Hill, after they played to a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg. Eltham won the first leg 1-0. It was a much harder task for seasoned campaigners DB Basovak, who scored an 8-7 penalty-shoot win to eliminate Starlight, after they were deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and extra-time.Henriques wins INSPORTS launches minor sports development battle in Spanish TownThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League final will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today at 3 p.m. This again brings together both competitors from this season’s midseason final. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1, through goals from Caven Genuis and Jermaine Morgan.In semi-final action recently, Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.INSPORTS Community Football League semis tomorrowThe semi-finals of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League will be played tomorrow.At 1:30 p.m., Christian Gardens tackle Dunbeholden, while at 3:30 p.m., East West Strikers vs Greater Portmore Strikers. Both matches will be played at Dunbeholden.In matches played recently, East West Strikers outshot Greater Portmore Strikers 4-3, through Jeffery Bryce’s hat-trick (13th, 25th, 48th), while Nickardo Williams (2nd) also scored. Greater Portmore Strikers’ Rushan Webber scored all the goals for his team in the seventh, 19th and 54th minutes. Christian Gardens, through goals from Carlton Walsh (21st) and Jovani Munroe (23rd), defeated Dunbeholden 2-0.Power of Faith take Street Gun contestMandeville top shooter, Orville Henriques, won the first leg of the Jamaica Street Gun Championship at Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club at its Lincoln range last Sunday.Henriques, a distant winner after amassing 574 points, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who totalled 454 points at 79 per cent.Ellsworth Dixon, who was second in the midweek practise shoot, finished third with 443 points. The club’s ‘Mr Consistent’ at these championships, Evan Grant, grabbed fourth at 73 per cent with 423 points.However, the biggest talk of the championship surrounded the surprise placing of fifth, which was achieved by Gary ‘Moslem’ Foster.Foster remarkably mined 415 points at an amazing 72 per cent, his highest haul in a major tournament at the Lincoln range. His performance beat previous outstanding shooters like Owen Campbell (ninth), Christopher Christie (sixth) and Thomas Jones (seventh).Mile Gully, George’s Valley chase semis spotWith just a couple of rescheduled matches to complete, only one spot remains to be decided for the semi-finals of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Magnum/Captain’s Bakery MFA Major League competition.The trio of defending champions – Hillstars, Ricam and Alligator Pond – have already booked their places. Contending for the final spot are Mile Gully (23 points) and George’s Valley (21). A third team, Greenvale, has a mathematical chance of reaching 23 points if they win their two outstanding matches, but their position in Group Two is compounded by their negative goal difference at this stage.Earlier this week, both Ricam and Alligator Pond secured their berths after finishing their final preliminary round match with impressive scorelines. Four different players scored to give Ricam a 4-0 win over Villa United, which pivoted them to 36 points and the top qualifier from Zone Two.Led by Dane Seaton’s hat-trick, Alligator Pond joined Ricam after posting an 8-2 win over Porus.Netball Jamaica encourages St Elizabeth semisSt Bess FC created history by achieving a spot in the semi-finals of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League in their first season. Their 2-1 win over Super Action took them to 35 points to join defending champions Black Star, who had already qualified two weeks earlier. With just one round to complete, the newcomers cannot be leapfrogged by two other challengers.Joining the semi-final party are Holland Police Youth Club, who inflicted a 1-0 victory over Black Star, who rested a few of their stars. They moved to 31 points.Tafari Lions, who won 3-0 over Newell as well as Real Treasure Beach FC, are battling for the final spot.
Jonathan Grant 0 H Selassie 1 St Jago High 0 Hydel High 1 Excelsior High 2 St George’s 2 Yesterday’s Results STGC’S TWO GOALS Though lone scorer Alex Marshall netted a stunner, earning St George’s College a come-from-behind 2-2 draw, Excelsior High won the day, earning the automatic FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout positions from the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group A yesterday. The Mountain View Avenue-based institution prevailed in a spirited 45-minute contest to remain unbeaten in eight games and claiming 20 points. St George’s ended with 19 points and will not be able to defend their ISSA/Super Cup title. They will also miss the Walker Cup KO, where they were finalists last season. Meeting for the second time this season, the game was called off at half-time on September 20, due to the passing of St George’s captain Dominic James, who collapsed inside the first five minutes. Excelsior were leading 2-1 at the half-time break and the game was continued – with the second-half – at Stadium East yesterday. Thorne Buchanan’s brace in the 30th and 37th minutes gave Excelsior the lead. Buchanan had a hat-trick beckoning, but failed to put away a 42nd-minute penalty, plus other scoring chances yesterday. Akeem Robotham scored St George College’s goal in the first half in minute 25, while Marshall added the ‘Light Blues’ second in the 71st, bringing his goal tally to nine this season. “It felt good that I could score a good goal like that. I told myself that I wanted to put myself in a good chance to score goals here and help my team win the game and get the Super Cup place, unfortunately we didn’t win, but we want to continue playing for everything,” Marshall told The Gleaner. Excelsior’s best chance came when Tyane Wilson streaked onside, supplied Buchanan with a peach of a pass, only to see the striker firing wide of goal with only the goalie to beat. “We knew that they were gonna come and throw everything at us offensively. We tried to contain them,” said Shavar Thomas, Excelsior High’s coach. St George’s coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said: “We are disappointed that we didn’t make the Super Cup. We came here with an opportunity to win two. We can still win the Manning Cup and we can still win the Olivier Shield.” Meanwhile, Hydel won 1-0 and joined St Jago on 19 points. Superior goal difference placed Hydel second overall to zone winners Bridgeport High, who qualified for the Super Cup. Surprise team Haile Selassie qualified for the FLOW Super Cup for the first time in their history, topping Group D with a 1-0 win over Jonathan Grant.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite, is among three players who have declined central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board.In a release yesterday, the board said Brathwaite along with Test batsmen Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels had all opted not to sign retainers for the period which ends next year September.Brathwaite’s move is significant since he only assumed the helm of the T20 squad last August, controversially replacing two-time Twenty World Cup-winning skipper, Darren Sammy.The 28-year-old is also a member of the one-day international and Test squads, but has been unable to command a spot in the longest format despite a batting average of 45 after three games.Brathwaite is set to play for Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League, which bowls off this weekend, and is also expected to sign for a franchise in the Big Bash League starting next month.Bravo, meanwhile, is the Windies’ leading batsman in Tests where he averages 40 from 48 Tests. The last of his eight hundreds came in the second Test in the historic day/night first Test against Pakistan in Dubai a fortnight ago.The left-hander is currently a member of the ODI squad but not the T20 unit, and unlike many of his peers, does not campaign in the plethora of T20 domestic leagues across the globe.Samuels, at 35, is in the twilight of his career and his recent form in the Test series against Pakistan has suggested the tour may be his swansong.He remains an important member of the ODI and T20 squads and like Brathwaite and Bravo, is part of the squad for the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe starting later this month.Samuels is set to turn out in the BPL for Comilla Victorians.Meanwhile, 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has landed a central contract along with 22-year-old batsman Shai Hope and the 24-year-old left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.Joseph, a member of the West Indies Under-19 squad, which captured the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, made his debut against India last August.He is currently a member of the Test squad on the Pakistan tour.Hope, who debuted against England last year, has played seven Tests, while Warrican has played four Tests, following a debut series against Sri Lanka last year.Central contracts for men’s players are worth between US$100,000 and US$150,000.RETAINED PLAYERS: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, and Jomel Warrican.
A group of 13 players and three officials from the Pembroke Hall High School will leave the island this Friday for the 12th Annual Bazooka Soccer College Showcase at the Northwest Complex Apopka, Florida in the United States, from March 4-5. The team is scheduled return on March 7. The full squad of 18 players was not able to make the trip due as seven players and assistant coach Levi Monroe were denied visas. Nevertheless, Matthew Brown, the school’s sports manager is confident they can still win the tournament and claim a few of the many scholarships on offer. “We did have issues with visas. Our assistant coach (Monroe) was turned down and about seven players (as well). Luckily, we had other players with visas, that we could use as substitutes. But some of the student we really wanted to bring, we couldn’t. Also our head coach (Andre Burke) was having a problem, but they called me from the embassy and asked me a few questions about him and then they granted him. “But we are going to win. I can feel it. We are the first (Jamaican) high school going there to play, and we intend to make our name … There will be college coaches from all over the United States. They will come to watch the best players and offer them scholarships on the spot; that’s the main aim,” he said. “Most of the players are grade 11 students and we want to get scholarships for most of them. I have brought teams to Miami Classics and students have received scholarships. That is what we want to do for footballers now, because they haven’t gotten a chance until now,” he added. The team has been preparing since December and Brown hopes they don’t get cold feet and put in a much better display than in the Manning Cup. “They didn’t do too well in the Manning Cup and we decided that we still wanted to try with them. They train everyday and they are looking ready, but I hope they don’t go and get frightened,” he added. CONFIDENT OF VICTORY
BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo turned into Real Madrid’s playmaker by setting up two goals to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 yesterday and keep on track to reclaim the Spanish league title. Ronaldo passed for Karim Benzema to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. Bilbao equalised through Aritz Aduriz’s header in the 65th, but three minutes later Ronaldo flicked on a corner kick for Casemiro to finish off. “We won at a very difficult ground. We had to dig in but we played with real character,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. Madrid, which have not won the league since 2012, lead second-placed Barcelona by five points. Barcelona host Valencia today. The loss ended Bilbao’s unbeaten home streak at 13 games in the league, one short of the club record in 1992. Madrid spent long stretches in their half absorbing Bilbao’s pressure brought by wingers Inaki Williams and Inigo Leque. But Madrid’s efficiency proved the difference. As Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde put it: “They beat us with two moments of brilliance.” Midfielder Casemiro played a part in Benzema’s goal when he spotted Ronaldo breaking down the left. Ronaldo received his long pass and squared the ball for Benzema to slot in.
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