Webb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”
VOCANOES IN TROUBLE AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). JAGUARS IN COMMAND NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131).
For many of the youth living in and around Upton District, St Ann, the Sandals Golf and Country Club provides a playground of opportunity with its junior golf programme. Catering to children as young as five years, the long-running golf project, part of the community outreach for the hotel resort chain, is enabling talent for the sport and bigger things. “It teaches them golf and life skills,” Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf and Country Club, explained. “Discipline, sportsmanship, honesty, provides tutors for academics, mentors,” he continued, outlining benefits of the programme that is coordinated from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Through training, the participants develop their game to a high standard, with many moving on to represent both Jamaica’s junior and senior golf teams. In fact, the current Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship winner, Romaine Evans, developed in the programme, as well as Wesley Brown, who has graduated onto the United States Professional circuit. It even provides opportunities for a higher education, through golfing scholarships. “We’ve people who joined the programme not thinking they’d have gone on to college,” exclaimed Arthurs. “It’s opening doors where they didn’t exist. “That’s teaching a man how to fish,” he continued. “In a word, that sort of experience is priceless.” The programme is funded by the Sandals Foundation, plus proceeds from events such as the recent series of Travel Industry Golf competitions, which culminated with the 21st staging of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament. During these events there are contests such as the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping. Participants pay to enter and those monies are funnelled into the golf club’s junior programme. “It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” said Arthurs. Expanding on the positives, he pointed to tournaments held at the club that involve members of the programme and noted the effect it had in bringing out family and friends. “Families, friends come out to the tournaments, so you’re creating a ripple effect … That’s where you’re making a real change, when you can change the psyche (mindset) of a person that is priceless. That person can change the thought process of others as well,” Arthurs reasoned. “It’s a game of discipline and sportsmanship … and you’re seeing tangible results. If you’re not seeing tangible change then it’s pointless. There’s the community effect and it’s building families,” he added. “The junior golf program has rekindled my faith about what is possible when you invest in young people.”
DEFENDING rural Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) junior and senior netball champions, Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical, stayed on course to defend their titles with semi-final wins at Clarendon Park yesterday. Among the juniors, Denbigh had a convincing 40-29 win over Holmwood Technical, while Knox registered a close 30-27 win over Manchester High. In the seniors matchups, Holmwood got by Manchester High 44-42, while Titchfield booked their first finals appearance by last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, 40-36. The Carlene Graham Powell-coached Holmwood, the all-island champions, had to come from behind to get by a stubborn Manchester High. Showing no fear, the plucky Manchester took the initiative and led 10-8 after the first quarter. They maintained their two-goal advantage at the halfway mark, leading 20-18. The third quarter belonged to Manchester as they increased their lead by six going into the final quarter, with the score at 30- 24. However, with their title on the line and their experienced long-time coach taking crucial timeouts to break the flow of their opponents, a resilient Holmwood rallied to make another rural final. “We lost many of our players from last year and this finals appearance was new to most of these girls and we didn’t come out with the intensity I expected from them. But a win is a win and we are looking forward to the finals with Titchfield, who we will be playing in a final for the first time,” said Graham-Powell. Finally there After knocking at the door for several years, where they have been at the semi-final stage on a regular basis, Titchfield led from start to finish with quarterly scores of 9-8, 18-16, 28-24 before winning 40-36. Holmwood’s juniors were no match for Denbigh, despite making a good start. Denbigh led 10-9 after the first quarter, 23-15 at half-time and 31-21 after the third quarter. It was close going all the way between Knox and Manchester in the junior battle, as Knox led 9-7 after the first quarter, before their opponent drew level 11-11 at half-time. Knox went ahead 19-18 at the third quarter, before fighting it out for the narrow win. The finals will be played next Wednesday, but no venue has been decided.
FIGHTBACK England were left ruing a bunch of missed catches, giving let-offs to Amla, Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris, who all made half-centuries in the South African fightback. The dream batting strip helped South Africa as much as it helped England in their first innings, when Ben Stokes struck a stunning 258 from 198 balls. It was so good that tailender Morris hit boundaries with reverse sweeps off England spinner Moeen Ali and was the fifth South African to go past 50 with his 69. The only glimpse of hope for England came in the afternoon, when Amla’s dismissal sparked three quick wickets in four overs from Stuart Broad and James Anderson and a brief opportunity to push for victory. England had waited 70 overs for any kind of breakthrough. DERAILED CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP): Temba Bavuma became the first black South African to make a Test century in helping his team defiantly declare at 627-7 in reply to England’s 629-6 declared in the second Test yesterday. Captain Hashim Amla made 201 and Bavuma reached 102 not out to effectively wipe out England’s advantage and probably save a draw with one day to play on a serene pitch, where runs have flowed and bowlers have struggled. Bavuma, raised in a poor township in Cape Town, gave South Africa a feel-good moment after the pressure they have been under early in this series and in this game. “When I made my debut for South Africa, I came to be a bit more aware and realise the significance behind it more,” said Bavuma, the first black specialist batsman to play for the Proteas. “It’s always been an inspiration for other kids, black African kids, to aspire to.” England were 16-0 in their second innings to lead by 18 after batting out the last six overs of the day. Broad began by bowling Amla for 201 and had Quinton de Kock caught for just five. Between those strikes, Anderson forced out Faf du Plessis to a catch in the slips for 86. The three rapid strikes threatened to derail South Africa’s fightback and leave them still some way behind. But Bavuma and tailender Chris Morris responded with a century stand, the third of the South African innings. Bavuma sent a thick edge down to third man for four for his century and celebrated by removing his helmet and waving his bat excitedly at the crowd in the city where he was born. Bavuma’s family watched from the stands, including his father, who used to be a journalist. “He was here today. He’s quite happy. I’ll see him later tonight. He’ll probably have a few questions as well,” Bavuma said.
Young facing longtime out with injuryMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United say winger Ashley Young is facing a lengthy time out with a groin injury, which will require surgery.Young picked up the injury three minutes before half-time in the 1-0 victory at Anfield last week and was replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has made three appearances for United this season.UEFA won’treplace PlatiniGENEVA (AP):UEFA will not replace Michel Platini as president, while he is pursuing legal routes to overturn his eight-year FIFA ban.Platini was banned over a $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 for uncontracted salary as an adviser to Sepp Blatter.UEFA will meet in Budapest at a congress in May when a new president could have been elected before the European Championship.But UEFA says its executive committee has “decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision.”Lloyd, Hernandez voted top CONCACAF playersMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP):American midfielder Carli Lloyd and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez have been selected CONCACAF’s Players of the Year.Lloyd, also voted FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, where she earned the Golden Ball as top player.Hernandez scored the first goal for Mexico in its play-off win over the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force retained their Regional Super50 title after brushing aside Barbados Pride by 72 runs in the final at Queen’s Park Oval last night.The reigning champions piled up 270 for seven before producing a clinical bowling performance to bundle out Pride for a disappointing 198 off 42.5 overs.They reduced Pride to 31 for four in the 10th over, a situation the visitors failed to recover from despite a top score of 50 from West Indies batsman Shai Hope and an attacking 46 from all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.FLICKER OF HOPEThe pair put on 59 for the seventh wicket to give Pride a flicker of hope, but once they were separated, another three wickets fell for ten runs as Red Force reasserted control.Tail-enders Sulieman Benn and Jomel Warrican frustrated Red Force, however, adding a breezy 49 for the last wicket.Benn struck a run-a-ball 27 not out while Warrican made 24 from 31 deliveries before he missed a heave at seamer Rayad Emrit and was bowled, sparking celebrations among the Red Force faithful.Emrit was the best bowler with three for 46, while off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (2-30), fast bowler Marlon Richards (2-38) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-55) all finished with two wickets each.Earlier, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo agonisingly missed out on three figures as Red Force prospered after being sent in.Bravo made 97 while opener Kyle Hope stroked 34, captain Jason Mohammed, 31, and Denesh Ramdin 26.Bravo’s knock, his third half-century in as many innings in the tournament, was laced with eight fours and two sixes and came from 104 balls.Carlos Brathwaite took two for 54 with his medium pace.
World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Super Bantamweight champion, Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, has been nominated for three awards that will be made during the second WBC Female Convention that will be held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.On October 29 last year, she regained the title that she lost to Mexican Jackie Nava in 2014, with a unanimous decision over Christina McMahon in New York. Her technical brilliance was on display throughout the fight, as she overwhelmed her opponent.The WBC was so pleased with her performance and the overall quality of the fight, that she has been shortlisted as Champion of the Year and for Comeback of the Year. The fight has also been listed in the category, Event of the Year.Speaking to The Gleaner yesterday, Ashley said that she was thrilled to have been in Jamaica recently for the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards ceremony as a nominee, and that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience once more.PROUD OF SELFShe said that she was proud to follow this up with nominations in so many WBC categories, and this was icing on the cake, after regaining her title. It was her hope, she said, that she will come out on top in at least one category.”I think that I have a good shot in the Comeback of the Year and the Champion of the Year categories, and I am optimistic that I will get them,” she said.She added that the public will be involved in the voting, and was hopeful that her fans will cast votes for her no later than today at: http://wbcboxing.com.
FORMER CHAMPION jockey Dick Cardenas returned to Jamaica after a two-year absence to boot home two winners from four rides at Caymanas yesterday, including 3-5 favourite PONTIUS PILATE in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup maiden special for two-year-olds over a mile. Cardenas, 32, left Jamaica in December 2014 after riding successfully at Caymanas Park for six years, winning the championship in 2011. “I left Churchill Downs in the United States with the intention of riding today and at next Saturday’s big Diamond Mile meet, where I will ride Bigdaddykool for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes before leaving on December 11,” he disclosed. “I was not only happy to win the opening race aboard the first of my two rides for Nunes, Mesmerize, but it was nice riding for my old stable again and reconnecting with my old friends after two years,” said the quiet Panamanian. PONTIUS PILATE, who was purchased for the record price of $5 million at the 2015 TOBA yearling sale but flopped as the 1-9 favourite on his recent debut, made most in a field of nine. The chestnut colt by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty disposed of mid-race leader, RADICAL, entering the straight and under strong urging, held on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing 2-1 chance PROUD OF NUCLEAR. PONTIUS PILATE, who is co-owned by Nunes and the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, rounded off a triple for the in-form trainer on the 10-race programme. Nunes disclosed that PONTIUS PILATE is scheduled to leave the island next February to continue his racing career in Trinidad.
Hard training Motivation “With the support I got from my team, all my friends, and the support from Jamaica and my fans all around the world, I pulled through,” said the world’s fastest man. Bolt said that this was made possible through hard training, but joked that coach Glen Mills, a man he described during his acceptance speech as his father and friend, would disagree. “For me, it was a very hard season,” he said. “I trained really hard. I know my coach is watching and saying ‘lies, Usain, lies!'” Bolt said with a big smile, but added: “I worked really hard to get to my goal.” Bolt left a message of motivation for his younger fans, telling them never to give up on their dreams. Triple Olympic, gold medallist Usain Bolt, who won the RJR Sport Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award for 2016, said on Friday night that he hopes that he has been an inspiration to youngsters. Bolt, who has now won the award on seven occasions – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 – has now equalled former boxer Michael McCallum’s tally, which he gained in the years 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Speaking after he received his award at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night, Bolt said that he had what he described as a ‘rough and up and down season’ in 2016, but he was successful because of “God’s strength” and the support he got from many persons. “I am from Trelawny and I’ve never thought I’d be, at this stage of my life, one of the greatest athletes ever. In that, I want to say that hard work pays off. So if you want to be great, just work towards what you want, not only to be a track star, but if you want to be a doctor or lawyer, never give up. I have been through a lot in my career, but I have never given up (even) once. I have always pushed on, and look where I am! So just use me as motivation or as an example just to work to be the best you can be.” Bolt added that he wanted to help to keep the track and field flag flying high after he has finished competing. “I definitely want to be a part of my sport when I retire. I don’t want to just walk away. I want to help it as much as possible, like when I was running,” he said.