Western Bureau:National Under-15 representative Shane Ricketts is brimming with optimism after the senior Reggae Boyz fell just shy of a historic first hold on the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday.Ricketts, who plays on the right of defence for Westmoreland in the JFF Western Under-15 Parish League, told The Gleaner that his time will come as the current crop of players continues building the foundation for Jamaica’s resurgence and domination of the region over the long term.”I plan on taking on football as a career, and I want to learn as much from these players as possible,” said the Little London High School player.”It is the same with the Westmoreland team. I want to learn and achieve with all the players because we believe we can win this competition,” he continued.He added: “I want to continue in football and play for Jamaica at the senior level.”Ricketts is blessed with skill and speed and is able to play well both in defence and attack, something he said has made him a more complete player in the mould of Brazil and Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Argentinean Marcos Rojo.But while he admires those international players, his main aim is to help bring Jamaica to a level that will rival the likes of Mexico and the United States.He said his transition from the Under-15s will be an important element of his progress, or lack thereof, noting that all great footballers are able to make the right transition from youth level to the senior ranks.”I want to be able to go from being a good youth player to being a great national player for Jamaica. I have a number of years in the daCosta Cup, plus there are the national age-group levels,” said Ricketts.”Hard work and dedication I know will take me where I need to be, so right now, it’s about helping team Westmoreland win the Under-15 title.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP):Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member ended yesterday when he did not seek re-election.Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. But IOC President Thomas Bach said Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again.”He does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years, knowing that after seven months his term would come to an end,” Bach said on the final day of the IOC’s general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.Blatter, beset by a corruption scandal at FIFA and whose presidential term will end following a February 26 election, did not attend the IOC meetings in Kuala Lumpur.DECISION TORESIGNThe FIFA president, who usually attends the annual IOC meetings, has not been accused of wrongdoing, but made the decision to resign in the wake of the arrest of some of his close associates in Zurich by Swiss police on behalf of United States (US) authorities in May. Seven soccer officials are facing corruption charges.Blatter, an IOC member since 1999, would have had to retire from his IOC term next year anyway because he turns 80 in March. The IOC confirmed that Blatter’s membership ended yesterday.The other two members who were not re-elected – both due to age restrictions – were former World Archery president Jim Easton of the United States and Andres Botero of Colombia.Easton’s departure leaves three IOC members from the United States – US Olympic Committee president Larry Probst, Anita DeFrantz and Angela Ruggiero.Elsewhere, 14 other IOC members were re-elected for eight-year terms, while Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden was re-elected to another four-year term on the IOC’s executive board.Two new members were elected yesterday to the IOC: Nenad Lalovic of Serbia, head of wrestling’s world governing body, and Diagna Ndiaye, president of Senegal’s national Olympic committee.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): One point from two games. An unseemly spat with medical staff. A porous defence. A rival back to their rampant best. The problems are piling up for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho early in their English Premier League title defence. In the first heavyweight showdown of the season, Chelsea were overwhelmed yesterday in a 3-0 loss at Manchester City that could have a lasting psychological effect among the two title favourites. Sergio Agüero scored a stunning individual strike in the first half, before Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho added goals in the final 11 minutes, as City displayed the kind of attacking swagger that took them to the title in 2014. “Today, we made the complete work,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who punched the air with delight after the final whistle as a solemn-looking Mourinho headed for the tunnel. City top the fledgling standings on maximum points, ahead of Leicester and Manchester United on goal difference, while Chelsea are fifth from bottom after an uncomfortable start to the season. Such was Mourinho’s concern after a one-sided first half at Etihad Stadium that he removed captain and central defender John Terry at half-time, in order to add pace to his backline. It was the first time in 177 league matches that Mourinho has substituted Terry. “He was not dancing in the dressing room,” Mourinho said, “but I can tell you that he was not having a bad reaction.” Chelsea have conceded five goals in two games – they drew 2-2 at home to Swansea on the opening weekend – and aren’t looking as dynamic going forward. Throw in his much-publicised disagreement with two members of Chelsea’s medical staff during the Swansea game, which led to them being dropped from match-day duties at City, and these are tough times for Mourinho. City, which look the early title favourites on this evidence, are already five points ahead of last season’s champions. In yesterday’s other match, Arsenal won their first match of the campaign by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 away, restoring confidence after opening with a surprise 2-0 home loss to West Ham. A stunning scissor kick by Olivier Giroud set Arsenal on their way in the 16th minute, and they needed an own goal in the 55th by Palace defender Damien Delaney to secure the points at Selhurst Park. Joel Ward equalised with a drilled shot inside the far post in the 28th, but the Palace right back was then beaten in the air by Alexis Sanchez, whose header was diverted by Delaney into his own net for Arsenal’s winner. “To get the three (points) is already a little bit of a turning point in the Premier League for us. To lose today would have been a big blow mentally,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have shown our strong response.” At Etihad Stadium, Agüero made amends for a slew of early missed chances by exchanging passes with Yaya Toure, twisting inside his marker and placing a pinpoint shot inside the far post in the 32nd minute. Kompany headed in David Silva’s corner in the 79th, and Fernandinho drove in a third six minutes later for City’s second 3-0 victory in seven days, after beating West Bromwich Albion by that score last Monday. Senior stars Toure and Kompany look back to their best, and Agüero was a constant menace in his first start, having come back late in preseason. “I think Sergio Agüero is in the best moment of his career,” Pellegrini said. “He was the top scorer (last season). I believe this season he can be even better.”
THE SUSPENSION of Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schäfer fC The specific offence of unsporting behaviour against a match official will cost the German his place on the bench for the games against Panama at home and Haiti away. Looking at the circumstances under which the offence itself was committed, I think it was totally unnecessary, unbecoming, and absolutely unforgivable for a coach of Schäfer’s experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love to see my technical leader involved, expressive and passionate while going about his job, but he has got to be controlled and smart about it, especially when so much is at stake. The point in the game at which the Jamaican bench flared up with indiscretion was when the Reggae Boyz had just seized control of their destiny. The crucial second goal scored by Simon Dawkins with less than five minutes of regulation time remaining was actually being celebrated when Lance Laing got yellow carded, then reacted, and got a red. Schäfer ’s impulsive reaction to that sequence of events landed him and the entire campaign in the current hot water. That’s not what is expected from such a senior and experienced coach who has seen and done it all at this level. Calm, cerebral leadership, and astute situational analysis is what is expected in those crucial minutes counting down to the Boyz achieving the bigger objective of advancing to the semi-final round. One could understand this kind of irrational reaction if the Jamaicans had not yet got the goal and were staring at World Cup elimination, or if the Jamaicans had been victims of bad refereeing decisions and reacted negatively. In those scenarios, if the players and the coach lost their cool out of frustration and desperation – it would be much more understandable. But to go down that road in that moment of glory was nothing short of stupid. This game was not against one of our more traditional regional rivals such as Mexico, the USA, or Costa Rica. The Jamaicans were playing against Nicaragua, caught in a precarious position – which was all of our own doing – after their disastrous display in the first-leg match at home. There was no room for an emotional meltdown having got so close to the finish line. The mission in Nicaragua was simply to right a temporary wrong against an inferior opponent with our eyes always on the bigger prize. ALL NOT LOST To get suspended in such a fixture when the wider objective was being met is a novice act. Fortunately, Schäfer’s suspension is exclusive of his presence on the bench and in the dressing room for those first two games. All, therefore, is not lost as the coach will still be allowed to instruct and travel with the team. If, however, Schäfer ’s absence directly or indirectly results in Jamaica losing crucial ground in this semi-final round in those two early fixtures and eventually exiting the World Cup at this stage, then all fingers should deservedly be pointed at Schäfer and his silly actions in those crucial moments in Managua. Not only would it be shameful on Jamaica and disaster for our football programme, it would even more so be a big shame on Schäfer.
tough win Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will battle for Group B honours in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 Championships in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today at 4:30 p.m. The young Reggae Girlz lead the group with maximum six points from two games, ahead of T&T (4), St Vincent and the Grenadines (1), and Curacao (without a point). Jamaica beat a tough Curacao team 2-0 last Saturday, courtesy of a double strike by Deneisha Blackwood in the 51st and 62nd minutes. In the other Group B encounter, T&T and St Vincent and the Grenadines drew 1-1. Jamaica, following a 4-1 win against St Vincent and the Grenadines in the opener last Thursday, and the win against Curacao, enter today’s final preliminary game needing just a point to top the group. – M.S.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP):Pakistan offpsinner Shoaib Malik struck twice in his farewell Test and left England struggling at 46-2 yesterday on the fourth day of the third and final Test.Malik (2-8) got Moeen Ali lbw for 22 and then clean bowled Ian Bell for a duck after Pakistan were dismissed for 355 to set up England with a tricky target of 284 for a series-leveling victory.England need a further 238 runs today but will face a stern test against the spinning trio of Malik, Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar on a turning wicket. England have never successfully chased more than 209 runs in a Test match in Asia.England captain Alastair Cook was holding one end up with unbeaten 17, while Joe Root was not out on six.Malik announced his retirement from Test cricket yesterday to focus on the 2019 World Cup after claiming his career-best 4-33 in England’s first innings score of 306. The off-spinner tied down Ali while bowling round the wicket before he got one straight enough to have the left-hander caught on the backfoot. Ali’s series ended with only 84 runs in six innings.Ali was struck on the back of the head by Wahab Riaz’s bouncer in the second over and needed extra cushion from the dressing room to place inside his helmet before continuing.Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez capitalised on two chances to score 151 with 15 fours and three sixes, while Asad Shafiq made 46 before Pakistan were dismissed after tea. Stuart Broad finished with 3-44, while James Anderson took 2-52.
TOP ORDER WRECKED Opener Kjorn Ottley hit 31, and first-innings century-maker Jeremy Solozano, 19, but Campbell claimed four for 35 to wreck the top order. Captain Yannick Ottley, unbeaten on 10, and Yannic Cariah, eight, will lead Red Force’s fight on the final day. They looked to be batting themselves into a strong position when Ottley stroked five fours in an innings consuming 81 balls in nearly one and a half hours at the crease. Once Solozano fell after an hour at the crease, the innings spiralled into turmoil. Barbadian Kyle Hope perished, without scoring, to the fourth ball he faced before Kjorn Ottley was taken at cover by Damion Jacobs to leave Red Force on 56 for three. With much depending on seasoned left-hander Narsingh Deonarine, Campbell struck yet again, having the Guyanese stumped for 14 to leave Scorpions on top. Earlier, it was McCarthy who provided the early momentum for the visitors in a superb 149-run, fourth-wicket stand with former skipper Tamar Lambert, who made 45. All told, McCarthy struck 16 fours off 180 deliveries in an innings lasting just over three and three-quarter hours. Lambert, meanwhile, on 12 at the start, batted solidly for 191 balls and 217 minutes and gathered four boundaries. McCarthy eventually fell in the third over before lunch, which Scorpions reached at 228 for four, but a collapse ensued on resumption, with wickets falling steadily. Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton then held the innings together with an unbeaten 33 as Scorpions rallied to a small first-innings lead. PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Andre McCarthy stroked a brilliant, maiden first-class hundred, and part-time off-spinner John Campbell snapped up four wickets as Jamaica Scorpions rocked Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to take a giant step towards victory on today’s final day of their third-round encounter in the Regional First Class Championship. The right-handed McCarthy converted his overnight 49 not out into 121 as Scorpions, resuming from 119 for three, posted 291 all out for a lead of 20 runs at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. Leg-spinner Imran Khan led the Red Force attack, finishing with seven for 90 to register his 13th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Red Force then easily erased the deficit, coasting to 49 without loss before Campbell engineered a collapse to leave the hosts tottering on 87 for four at the close – a lead of only 67.
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Holness, who defeated the PNP’s Patrick Roberts to retain his St Andrew West Central seat, will be joined in Parliament by his wife Juliet, who defeated Imani Duncan – Price to secure the St Andrew East Rural constituency. PNP’s deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said: “We have clearly lost a number of seats but the overall picture is very close so we will wait on the final figures.” Asked if the PNP has been taken by surprise, Robinson said, “We knew a number of seats were close but we obviously never expected to lose that many.” “We knew there were some marginals but we expected to win some of the marginals,” he added. The PNP leadership is expected to concede shortly in front of a small, somber crowd at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be declared winner of the 2016 General Elections after unseating the People’s National Party (PNP) at today’s polls. JLP party leader Andrew Holness arrived at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters a short while ago, where he was greeted by a large and jubilant crowd of party supporters.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Edwin Allen High’s girls were brilliant on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition at the 122nd renewal of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia yesterday. The Clarendon-based school had two three-peats as they captured the 4x100m and 4x400m for the third consecutive year at the prestigious relay carnival. Unlike Thursday’s opening day when it was very cold, things warmed up yesterday and this lifted the performances. Despite coming into the finals of the 4×100 metres as the second-fastest qualifiers behind Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen had few problems in achieving victory. They shrugged off early pressure from first-time finalists St Catherine High on the first two legs. Then the classy Shellece Clarke on the third leg put her team into the lead. Khamoy Farquharson on anchor then coasted home as Edwin Allen clocked to win in 45.73 seconds. St Catherine finished second in 46.11, with Nansemond River out of Virginia third in 46.26. Holmwood were fifth in 46.66 and Green Island seventh in 47.85. The other members of the winning Edwin Allen team were Kasheika Cameron and Patrice Moodie. Coach Dyke hailed his girls as before the race, he had told them that winning was the main focus. “Based on the preliminary round, we were very confident of victory, and with the type of weather, I told the girls that our main focus was just to win. The time was not important as the objective was for them to get on top of the podium,” said Dyke, who added that his young team could win the event for another three years. UNDERDOGS IN RELAYS After a quiet season, Dyke finally showed his hand in the 4×400 metres. They came to the Relays as underdogs despite retaining three members of last year’s winning team as St Elizabeth Technical, with the hot Junelle Bloomfield on their team, were howling favourites to bring home their first title in the event. However, Dyke silenced the very overconfident St Elizabeth Technical. It was a plucky Holmwood Technical who gave them much to worry about. Holmwood, the record holders in the event, looked like pulling off a win, but their outstanding Ashley Williams fell on the anchor leg and Edwin Allen went on to win in 3:40.88. St Elizabeth Technical was second in 3:41.17, with Union Catholic out of New Jersey third in 3:42.59. Unlucky, Holmwood ended at the back of the field in 4:03.74. Shannon Kalawan, who ran the third leg for her team, was delighted with the win. “We came to Penn Relays as underdogs, but we were very confident that we would have won. I am extremely happy that I played my part by giving the team the lead, and it was good to be on the podium for the second time on the day, and I want to give God thanks for this,” said Kalawan, who finished second in the 400 metres hurdles on Thursday’s opening day. The other members of the team were Joneil Moore and Davia Smith.