MAN CITY VS SUNDERLANDMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV, FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING, AGUEROSUNDERLAND (5-3-2)DEFOE, WATMORE, JOHNSON, M’VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O’SHEA, COATES, JONES, PANTILIMONOn Monday, Manchester City lost 2-1 to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, leaving them in third place and six points behind leaders Leicester City.It further highlighted City’s problems away from home.; of their 33 goals in the Premier League this season, no fewer than 25 have come at the Etihad Stadium.Sunderland, meanwhile, have lost their last three and five of their last seven, results that leave the Black Cats in the relegation zone, in 19th place. And they arrive at the Etihad Stadium where they have never won in the Premier League.In 11 visits to City’s home ground, Sunderland have lost nine and drawn two. They last won at City in January 1998 in the second tier.And Sunderland have picked up just five points in their last 11 Premier League away games, winning one, drawing two and losing eight. The Black Cats have also conceded the most goals (33) and have allowed their opponents the most shots on target (106) in the Premier League this season.City recalled Sergio Aguero for the Arsenal game though, after three games out, he lasted just over an hour before being replaced. City were still without Vincent Komapny but the captain could return in time to face Sunderland.Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta also missed the Emirates match and will undergo tests. But Samir Nasri is still absent.Sunderland, meanwhile, will miss Jack Rodwell after the midfielder collected his fifth yellow card of the season, at Chelsea. Sebastian Larsson is also missing while Lee Cattermole a doubt after missing the last game with a back problem.
FRESH VIGOUR United had dictated the pace of the game, showcasing a newly discovered vigour and passing precision, but only scored in the 61st minute. It was a passage of play that demonstrated the potential in Louis van Gaal’s side. The build-up involved interplay between Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. Then Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross was teed up by Wayne Rooney for Jesse Lingard to volley on the turn into the net. “We continued with our good, attacking football,” said Van Gaal, whose side held Chelsea 0-0 at home in December. “We have created a lot of chances here at Chelsea. It’s a nasty away game, I think, and one that’s not so easy. “The last few years Manchester United haven’t won here, so it’s not an easy match and we took the lead with a fantastic goal. A fantastic cross also. Then you can control the game, but in the last quarter we gave it away.” On the south coast, though, Arsenal emerged from their January slump. Arsenal had failed to win in four league games and not scored in three of them until travelling to Bournemouth. Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since December’s reverse fixture against Bournemouth and within 90 seconds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended a 17-month league goal drought. “We had four games without a win when you play at the top that’s a long period, so your confidence drops a little bit,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal moved behind second-place north London rivals Tottenham on goal difference. Coming up for Arsenal next Sunday is a home match against Leicester, the surprise leaders which sent Manchester City tumbling to fourth by winning their encounter 3-1 on Saturday. “Leicester running away and us playing them next week, (makes) the game interesting,” Wenger said. “It was very important for us to win today.” LONDON (AP): A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either team yesterday, which began with Arsenal beating Bournemouth 2-0 to rise to third. United remain lodged in fifth and the gap to the fourth Champions League place has grown to six points. Chelsea remain in the lower reaches of the standings – 13th – closer to the relegation zone than their usual place among the top four elite. The one positive for Chelsea is that the ailing champions remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink was brought in as manager until the end of the season in December to replace the fired Jose Mourinho. The Blues left it late to rescue a point against United. The game had entered stoppage time when Cesc Fabregas threaded a pass beyond a slipping Daley Blind to Diego Costa, who rounded goalkeeper David De Gea before netting the equaliser.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Playing with 10 men proved to be no problem for Liverpool in the English Premier League yesterday. The same cannot be said of Manchester United. Liverpool responded to James Milner’s sending-off in the 62nd minute against Crystal Palace by coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 as Christian Benteke’s penalty clinched victory in the sixth minute of injury time. However, United were made to pay for a 26th-minute red card to Juan Mata also for two bookings at West Bromwich Albion, which won 1-0 thanks to Salomon Rondon’s goal at The Hawthorns. United dropped three points behind fourth-place Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification and are now only three ahead of Liverpool, who have won three straight league games for the first time in a year. City have a game in hand over United too. “It’s a big blow,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. “This kind of match you need to win.” Van Gaal said Mata’s sending-off for two yellow cards in three minutes was to blame for United’s first-ever Premier League loss at West Brom. “We have played 60 minutes with 10 versus 11 and this is the fifth match in 14 days,” the Dutchman said. “It’s very difficult to play against 11 players (in this situation). I think it’s the reason why we lost.” Mata collected his first booking for blocking a quickly taken free kick, a decision Van Gaal described as “stupid”. Initially, United coped well with going a man down, but barely threatened West Brom’s goal and Rondon won a tight game by controlling a left-wing cross and shooting home on the turn in the 66th. West Brom moved to 39 points, which should secure their Premier League status for another season. “Can we reach that magic 50 points that West Brom have never had before?” West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher said. Liverpool played their best football down to 10 men at Selhurst Park, where the team hadn’t won since 1997, although they needed two errors by Palace players to bring about the comeback. Roberto Firmino pounced on a mis-hit clearance from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, drove forward and slotted a finish past McCarthy in the 72nd to make it 1-1. Then Benteke, on as a late substitute, fell to the ground under the slightest of touches from Palace defender Damien Delaney, who pulled out of an attempted tackle in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but still connected with Benteke’s left ankle. The Belgium striker coolly converted the spot-kick, halting midway through his run-up before slotting it home into the corner. “I feel like we’ve been robbed a little bit,” said Palace manager Alan Pardew, whose side hasn’t won since December 19, “but maybe we shot ourselves in the foot.” Palace led through Joe Ledley in the 48th minute. Liverpool are six points off the Champions League qualification positions and have 10 games remaining, one more than many of their rivals for the top four. “I can’t believe how it feels, really good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “A big moment for us.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Jamaica and hosts Barbados carved out contrasting wins to remain unbeaten in the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Championship here Tuesday.While the Jamaicans edged out a determined St Lucia 25-24, Barbados romped to a comfortable 31-12 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Netball Stadium, on the outskirts of the city.The results left Jamaica and Barbados on course for title-deciding clash on for tomorrow’s final day of the competition.The junior Sunshine Girls were forced to battle against the St Lucians and held narrow leads of 6-4 after the first quarter and 12-10 at half-time.St Lucia, however, fought back in the third quarter to tie the scores at 16, heading into the decisive final quarter.Jamaica were led by goal shoot Lori Daley, who dominated the final quarter to finish with 12 goals from 13 attempts overall, while goal shoot Denay Thomas was a perfect eight from eight.For St Lucia, goal attack Megan Nestor tallied 19 goals from 20 attempts.Barbados, meanwhile, had no such competition, as they raced to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 15-6 advantage at half-time. The hosts again dominated the third quarter to lead 22-9 heading into the final quarter where they easily put the game to bed.MORE GOALSThey were propelled by goal shoot Tower Lord, who shot 22 from 30, while goal attack Brianna Holder chipped in with nine from 14.T&T were carried by goal attack Kadeemah Herbert, who totalled eight from 13 attempts.In other games played Tuesday, Dominica trounced Antigua and Barbuda 36-14 behind goal shoot Celena Langlaise’s 24 from 35 attempts, while Grenada easily got past Bermuda 34-19, thanks to Carlene Alexander’s 31 from 38 attempts.Jamaica and Barbados have won four straight and both have 20 points, with St Lucia in third on 12 points.
The disappointment felt by most Jamaicans at the fourth-place finish of the Sunshine Girls at the Netball World Cup is understandable. In all fairness to the girls, though, they played with a lot of heart, passion, commitment and self-belief throughout the entire tournament. Australian technical director, Jill McIntosh, on the other hand, is the one that failed them and should take the bulk of the blame for the below-par results at the championship. Unfortunately for McIntosh and the rest of the coaching staff, Jamaica and the world were able to see the games, so no ‘hogwash excuses’ or unfair blaming of the players will be tolerated by us, the fans. Most of us stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to watch the games and saw exactly what went wrong. Intensity, intent and desire were not lacking on the part of the players. Ultimately, what led to the demise of the team was player fatigue. The writing was on the wall from the first-round losses to New Zealand and England, where in both games the Sunshine Girls were competitive and indeed brilliant in the first and second quarters, but ended up losing their grip on the games in the third and fourth quarters when the intensity and performance levels dropped when coaching staff went to the bench. This trend continued into that close one-point win of Malawi in the semi-final round, and again into the semi-final against eventual winners Australia, and by the time the crucial third-place play-off against England came around, the seven Jamaican starters who had played close to maximum minutes all tournament were clearly overworked, banged up and tired. This is absolutely inexcusable for such an experienced coach as Jill McIntosh. The lack of depth in the squad is a function of team selection and coaching, especially for a tournament of this nature where difficult back-to-back games were always on the cards. The onus was on the technical staff, headed by McIntosh, to select a strong-enough squad where, with prudent player rotation, optimum performances would be forthcoming when needed. One can remember clearly some months before the start of the tournament the Australian who won two world titles as coach of her native land saying very few if any new players would be added to the Sunshine Girls squad, suggesting she had the players needed to get the job done. Obviously, she was wrong. McIntosh and company also dropped the ball technically and tactically. The Jamaicans were one-dimensional and thus predictable in their execution, and were effectively pressured and nullified by all the stronger teams. That is also an index of coaching. Jamaica went for an experienced foreign coach to tweak what we were doing and thus improve the efficiency and, ultimately, the results. This was sadly not achieved. Indeed, it could be argued that McIntosh, with here comparatively expensive salary package, not only did not improve the fortunes of the team, she made them worse. I hope this is the last we have seen of McIntosh in her present capacity. Coaching is a results business and her results with the Sunshine Girls have been poor. Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard must also shoulder her share of the blame for her blind faith in the Australian. As for the Girls, I feel nothing but love and sympathy for them, especially the overworked starting seven. One got the sense that they genuinely wanted to do better and make Jamaica proud. We could see it in their efforts. Unfortunately, the Girls were let down big time by the lack of competent leadership from the boardroom, but even more so from the bench. Bon voyage, Jill.
After being blacklisted by various sponsors and athletics meeting organi-sers for the better part of two years, Paul Doyle, the agent of World Championships medallists Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, is hoping the pair can revive their reputations after having reached an out-of-court settlement with a company that sold them tainted supplements. “I just think the out-of-court settlement … gives them some justification and clearance for their names,” Doyle, speaking to The Gleaner from Ireland, said yesterday. A release from representatives of the former 100m world record holder, Powell, and Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Simpson, yesterday said the pair had reached a deal with Dynamic Life Nutrition (DLN) LLC, the company that sold the supplement Epiphany D1. The duo took the Epiphany D1 as part of their training regimen, but later found out it contained the stimulant oxilofrine. The pair tested positive for the banned substance at the 2013 Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association National Senior Championships and were suspended. They were unable to compete at the World Champion-ships in Moscow as a result. Powell and Simpson sued DLN earlier this year and Doyle said that it was a step towards clearing the athletes’ reputations. “Unfortunately, the damage to their reputations can never be undone, but at least this will prove to some people that it was … negligence on the part of the supplement company. “There are still meets that aren’t inviting them and still some sponsors that aren’t sponsoring them, but hopefully with this news, that will all change,” he added. Powell himself alluded to the damage in yesterday’s statement. “There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete’s reputation. For us, it was especially painful, because we really let down our countrymen. There’s no doubt that we’re going to continue fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport,” Powell said. Simpson was also quoted as being happy for the result. “The legal process is tedious, but we don’t think about it when we are on the track. We have a very capable team and both of us are now extra careful about our diets and supplement regimen,” she was quoted as saying. Doyle said the settlement had been made prior to last month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. “It’s been a while … before the World Championships, but we didn’t want to distract the athletes with this,” he added. Both Powell and Simpson were racing at an athletics meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday, following which they will head to Brussels, Belgium, to compete in the IAAF Diamond League final on Friday. Doyle said the positive tests and the subsequent suspensions and damage to their reputation have “been the hardest thing they’ve ever had to deal with in their lifetime”. He added that the pair would now look to finish up the season with good performances and look forward to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The release added that Powell and his management team had Epiphany D1 tested by three independent labs, including the World Anti-Doping Administration and the US Federal Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The supplement was subsequently listed on the USADA’s high-risk supplement list, while DLN has also stopped selling the product. negligence
When asked about the million dollars the triple champions collected last year, he said: “We put it in the pool of funds we use for sports. So I would say it helped to replenish our resources.” The ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition will see the top-eight teams from both the ISSA/FLOW Manning and daCosta Cup competitions engaged in a fierce four-week knock-out, to take home a whopping one million dollars for the winner. All 16 participating schools will receive a starting $25,000 for qualifying, with the total monies gained increasing as the competition advances. A draw to determine the starting match-ups will be held on Thursday, October 22, with the lucrative competition scheduled for kick-off two days later. surprise KINGSTON: Representatives from telecommunications firm FLOW visited the homes of defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College and reigning Manning Cup, Super Cup and Olivier Shield champions Jamaica College (JC) to share plans for the 2015 ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition and to unveil the impressive new trophy to the student body. Since the launch in Montego Bay last week Tuesday, administrators of both schools have weighed in on the possibility of the new 2015/16 ISSA FLOW Super Cup title being copped by their respective teams. During the first stop of the Super Cup ‘Tour’, last week Wednesday, the new gold-embellished trophy, manufactured in Italy, was unveiled to a full room of students by Clarendon College’s principal, David Wilson, and Stephen Miller, sponsorship manager at FLOW. Head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, who is on his second tour of duty at Clarendon College, along with members of the team, revelled in the excitement as they kicked off their campaign for Super Cup glory. Not daunted by the victory of a Manning Cup team in the inaugural staging last year, Davis says his team is ready to take home the brand-new trophy. “Last year, I think it (ISSA/Flow Super Cup) caught the daCosta Cup teams by surprise,” Davis said. “These guys (Clarendon College) will take it as their FA Cup this year. It is personal this year. I think the daCosta Cup teams are more prepared this year.” The former player who starred for Jamaica says his boys are hyped and ready to right the wrong. “The guys are upbeat. They are looking forward to it. We have six players from last year. They were caught napping last year, and the mistakes they made they do not want to repeat,” said Davis. Meanwhile, JC’s principal, Senator Ruel Reid, believes the new trophy and accompanying cash prize of one million dollars is a fantastic innovation. “The Flow Super Cup is a very good innovation in schoolboy football, and we won the inaugural trophy last year,” Reid highlighted when the ‘Tour’ hit his school’s Old Hope Road campus last week Friday. “We intend to fight hard like champions to retain our trophy. We don’t like to lose; we like to win all the time, so it is very exciting to have this additional competition.” Reid thinks that Jamaica College will be right there when the trophies are handed out this year. “We don’t like to tell persons that we are going to win everything; we play to win everything,” said the confident school master. “As the competition goes on, we improve. We say watch out for JC because we have the reputation as the number-one school for champions.” resources replenished
MADRID (AP):Real Madrid have no intention of replacing coach Rafa Benitez with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, club president Florentino Perez said yesterday.In an interview with a Spanish radio station, Perez didn’t dismiss signing Mourinho again, but reiterated that “Benitez is not the problem, he is the solution”.Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time on Thursday as the English team continues to struggle in the Premier League. He was Real Madrid’s coach from 2010-13, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the Spanish league in 2012.”No one can know the future, but right now he will not come to Madrid,” Perez told Cadena SER. “I have good memories of Mourinho, he helped us elevate our level. It wasn’t a bad moment for us. With him in command we returned to where we belonged.”Real Madrid have been in crisis since a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey for using an ineligible player in a match against third-tier club Cadiz.Pressure on Benitez increased after the team’s 1-0 loss at Villarreal in the Spanish league last weekend, a result that kept Madrid from gaining ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Another setback tomorrow against struggling Rayo Vallecano could mean the end of the line for the coach – even if he has Perez’s support.”It’s not true that the players don’t get along with Benitez,” Perez said. “I talk to them. There are no players who want him sacked.”Until Mourinho became available on Thursday, former Madrid great Zinedine Zidane was being loudly touted as the immediate replacement to Benitez if he was fired.”I like Zidane, he will be a great coach for Madrid,” Perez said. “But not now.”
WESTERN BUREAU:Baca Star United prevailed in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to win the Trelawny FA Knockout title over Harmony FC on Saturday at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.The teams had to settle for the dreaded spot kicks to determine the outcome of a spirited final, which had plenty of twists along the way, but it was particularly a sweet win for Baca Star, which signalled their recent appetite for the big occasions with yet another victory.Harmony grabbed the lead in the 35th minute through Kevin Woollery, the midfielder firing home to complete a sweeping move.Baca Star responded in typical fashion in the second half. Hosawani Mendez’s free kick was too good for the Harmony FC goalkeeper in the 51st minute of play.With neither team able to break the 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time, they had to settle for the penalty route.Captain Ziddane France, Nichoy Campbell and Shane Brown scored for Baca Star, while Shaquelle Reid and Fitzroy Shirley converted for Harmony, giving the Cassman Williams-coached Baca Star the title.
Commonwealth Youth Games champion, Junelle Bromfield, will run her first 400-metre hurdles race of the 2016 season at this weekend’s Carifta trials.Bromfield has performed well in the 400 and 800 metres, but hasn’t yet contested a hurdles race. The St Elizabeth Technical High School standout is nevertheless optimistic.With ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships just around the corner, the trials present a final opportunity for the World Youth Championship finalist to get some race preparation in time.”I’m planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that’s the aim,” said Bromfield last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali, Colombia.”I’ve been working on my technique very much,” the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered. “I haven’t done any hurdles races this season, but you’ll see me in one very soon.”Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, “Yes.”She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400 52.43 seconds and the 800 metres two minutes 07.37 seconds. However, after stopping at the first hurdle in the heats at last year’s Boys and Girls’ Champs, she went on to great things.Bromfield set a personal best of 58.07 seconds at the National Junior Championships, with success at the Commonwealth Youth Games to follow.The fastest Jamaican junior in the event this year is Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High. The diminutive Kalawan won the Central Championships title in 57.20 seconds.Bromfield, Kalawan and the rest of the nation’s best Under-20 athletes will compete for places on this year’s Carifta team at the National Stadium on March 5 and 6.