English Premier League StandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Leicester City 17 11 5 1 37 24 13 382 Arsenal 16 10 3 3 29 13 16 333 Manchester City 16 10 2 4 32 17 15 324 Tottenham Hotspur 17 7 8 2 28 14 14 295 Manchester United 17 8 5 4 22 14 8 296 Crystal Palace 17 9 2 6 23 16 7 297 Watford 17 8 4 5 21 16 5 288 West Ham United 17 6 7 4 25 21 4 259 Liverpool 17 6 6 5 20 22 -2 2410 Everton 17 5 8 4 31 24 7 2311 Stoke City 17 6 5 6 14 16 -2 2312 Southampton 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 2113 West Bromwich Albion 17 5 5 7 17 23 -6 2014 Bournemouth 17 5 4 8 22 32 -10 1915 Chelsea 17 5 3 9 21 27 -6 1816 Norwich City 17 4 5 8 20 29 -9 1717 Newcastle United 17 4 5 8 19 32 -13 1718 Swansea City 17 3 6 8 15 24 -9 1519 Sunderland 17 3 3 11 18 33 -15 1220 Aston Villa 17 1 4 12 14 31 -17 7
The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) is to sell the building that houses its headquarters at 40 Old Hope Road as the organisation embarks on finding a more fitting home.The administration has also already identified two prospective properties that are deemed to be more suitable and is in the process of making an acquisition.The development was revealed by KSAFA President Ambassador Stewart Stephenson at the launch of the 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar at the headquarters of sponsor Mayberry Investments Limited on Oxford Road in Kingston recently.The seminar is set for today at the Melbourne Cricket Club.The existing headquarters was bought by KSAFA in 2011 by the then administration led by President Rudolph Speid. In 2012, the property was said to be valued at $28 million. But according to Ambassador Stephenson, the property does not fit with the kind of image that KSAFA would want to have as a home.”As KSAFA continues to build and provide professional services for our association and our clubs we have had to look at the facilities that we occupy, and I am happy to announce that just yesterday (Wednesday) we signed a contract to sell our premises at 40 Old Hope Road, which was not appropriate in our judgement for building the kind of image and the kind of organisation that we want,” Stephenson said.Ambassador Stephenson said the contract that was signed Wednesday will conclude in four months and the association has already received a deposit on the sale.”We met with our clubs and they voted without objection for the sale of the building on Friday, the 15th of January for us to find a more appropriate location that reflects the needs of KSAFA with adequate parking etc. There is no reason why KSAFA should not look as good as Mayberry or any other corporate enterprise.”
ENOUGH DAMAGE Despite the reasonable quality of the replacements in Carlos Brathwaite, Johnson Charles and possibly Dwayne Smith, enough damage I think has been done to the core of the West Indies unit that they will now struggle to lift that trophy. Losing all of five first string potential match winners has destroyed the blueprint for the success of this team. The injuries to Simmons and Pollard apart, the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Bravo especially, is disappointing, to say the least. To my mind, it could give the impression that the Brian Lara look alike has basically deserted the team. In instances of desertion, the West Indies Cricket should fine and sanction players. As a general principle though, no player should have the right to dictate when and where he plays. The Russell indiscretions are also unforgivable. I am still in shock and disbelief that a player at this elite level of cricket is not able to navigate his way through such basic obligations as adhering to the drug-testing requirements. Narine’s decision to opt out, while still disappointing, is more understandable due to the recent woes relating to his bowling action. The wish was that the desire and passion of this group of players to represent the West Indies in this format of the game would overcome all else. That is obviously not the case. Our recent pathetic performances and embarrassing results at the Test and ODI levels are well documented and with our Twenty20 team representing the only credible unit on the international stage, it basically tugs at the heart to see this team falling apart. Our last hope of immediate international success is rapidly evaporating. One could venture into being extremely optimistic and hope that the remaining members of the squad will use the absence of these key players as motivation to energise and lift their individual efforts enough for them to march on and win the trophy. That would make good material for a dressing room team talk, but is a stretch of the reality. Confidence and optimism about the West Indies winning the World T20 have now been reduced to nonchalant hope. The fact of the matter is that the team has in part disintegrated and from here could struggle to make a significant impression. Indeed it is quite possible that the West Indies could make a very early exit from World T20. It was with genuine belief and optimism that some weeks ago I predicted that the West Indies should and would win the 2016 ICC World Cup T20 title. My impression then was that the 2012 champions, like the other top contenders India and Australia, possess the necessary skill and experience to get the job done. Fundamentally, I thought then the Caribbean team, compared to the others, had more individual match winners in their ranks, which in the end would get them over the line. Fast forward to here and now, days before the start of the tournament. The West Indies are absolutely falling apart. Four of those potential match winners, for one reason or another, are no longer in the squad, while a fifth, Andre Russell, will be playing with additional after news emerged that he shockingly missed three drug tests and could be banned for up to two years. Lendl Simmons is the latest to withdraw from the squad with an injury. Before him there was the mystery withdrawal of batsman Darren Bravo, who said he wants to concentrate more on playing the longer versions of the game. Kieron Pollard failed to recover from injury, while mystery spinner Sunil Narine said he was not confident enough in his bowling action to take part in the tournament.
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says he is shocked by his sacking as West Indies bowling consultant and also claimed he was blindsighted by the decision.The 52-year-old, who has served in the role for the past three years, said he had only been informed of the decision by head coach Phil Simmons less than a week ago and also pointed out that he had already planned his schedule around next month’s Tri-Nations Series and the four-Test India series starting in July.”I only learnt about it from head coach Phil Simmons on Wednesday (last week), and when he told me, I said to him that I am very disappointed because I never expected it and I never saw it coming because he never gave me any indication he was going to let me go,” Sir Curtly told the Observer newspaper here.”So it came as a bit of a shock, basically, but I haven’t decided which direction I am going to take just yet. I’ll just pause and give it a little time to think about it and decide where I want to go after.”Last Friday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that the Antiguan would be replaced by former Barbados and West Indies A fast bowler, Roddy Estwick, who was recently bowling coach for Barbados Pride in the Regional four-day championship.MORE TECHNICALThe move came just three weeks prior to the start of the June 3-26 Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa and just over a month after Sir Curtly helped guide West Indies to their second capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India.Sir Curtly said he had been told by Simmons that he required a bowling consultant who was “more technical”, hence the decision to go with Barbadian Estwick.”I spoke to head coach Phil Simmons and he told me that he wanted someone who is more technical to work with the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly explained.”So, I said to him ‘Well, ‘if you knew I was doing a poor job then you should have told me’, He said no, I did a fantastic job because I brought a high level of discipline to the team and I have motivated the guys quite a bit.”He added: “I did wish him all the best and asked him to continue with the team and that we can get some positive results because I am not going to hold him in malice or hold it against him. It’s just disappointing.”
Kingston College and Wolmer’s Boys will meet in a mega clash as the quarter-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition kick off today at the Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.The KC-Wolmer’s encounter, the feature match of a double-header, is set to start at 3 p.m. In the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m., Bridgeport High will oppose Denham Town High.Schoolboy football fans can expect a every exciting contest in the feature match. Both teams were very impressive during the Manning Cup preliminary stage that served as a qualifier for the Walker Cup.Wolmer’s finished Group F with a perfect 10 wins from 10 matches record, scoring 36 goals and conceding just once.KC won nine games and drew the other in topping Group C. The ‘Purples’ scored a competition-high 53 goals and conceded only once.With the records of both teams, there should be end-to-end action in today’s game.Wolmer’s head coach Vassel Reynolds says the game is a “stepping stone” to retaining the Walker Cup title.”We see the game as a stepping stone towards the defence of our title,” Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday.”Our strength is playing as a team – playing total football. We have about seven players who have been scoring, and that is good for the team,” he added. “The KC team has been prolific, but there is not much between both teams.”Wolmer’s will rely heavily on Alphanso Gooden, Rivaldo English, Mickel Graham and Xavion Crossdale to take control and limit the free-scoring KC.KC’s head coach, Ludlow Bernard, knows Wolmer’s very well. He spent three seasons at the Heroes Circle-based school and he is predicting a good game for the spectators.”It is going to be a good game for spectators as both teams are very attacking,” Bernard pointed out.”We have many goalscorers on the team because of our system of play. Anybody can end up in front of goal. It will come down to the better defensive team on the day,” he added.KC’s strong attacking force will be led by Rashawn Mackison, who is the Manning Cup’s leading scorer on 18 goals. Mackison should get good support from Trayvone Reid, Ronaldo Robinson and Fabian Grant.The first game should also be a close and exciting affair.Bridgeport, the winners of Manning Cup Group G, are given the edge over Denham Town, who advanced as the best second-placed team from the seven groups. The Portmore-based Bridgeport scored 18 goals and conceded five, while Denham Town, in finishing runners-up to KC in Group C, also netted 18 times and had four goals against.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Ask people to describe Swansea’s style of play and most would detail the free-flowing, possession-based approach that has been the hallmark of teams under managers such as Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup over the last decade. Some have even dubbed them “Swanselona” over the years, a reference to Swansea’s passable imitation of Barcelona’s preferred style. Bob Bradley has to decide if it’s time for a change. The American coach was hired by Swansea last week, taking charge of a team that has lost five of its last six games in the English Premier League (EPL) under the fired Francesco Guidolin and languishes in 17th place. Bradley arrives with a reputation for preferring a more pragmatic, direct style of football, which would be at odds with what Swansea typically produces. A shift in approach might just be what the team needs to stay up this season. The 58-year-old Bradley said in his presentation press conference that he likes “good, passing football” and that Swansea has been a team that is “fun to watch,” but it’s not helping at the moment. Taking the game to Manchester City and Liverpool in the last two rounds, the Swans were brave but ultimately lost both matches. They haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening round. Next up is a trip to third-place Arsenal tomorrow, something of a daunting introduction to the Premier League for Bradley. Tightening up and being harder to beat might be the name of the game for the new coach. “Whenever there’s a change at any club, it’s a fresh start for everybody,” Bradley said yesterday. “You can see that on certain faces, that’s clear. Even at a time in a season when it’s been difficult, when there’s been managerial change, you see enthusiasm and a certain amount of excitement. “That doesn’t automatically mean because you’ve changed some things, everything’s going to come together right away. But, it’s a start.” Arsenal have won their last five games in all competitions and can be a devastating force when the team’s sprightly attacking unit containing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez is given space to perform. Sanchez, in particular, is thriving as a so-called ‘false nine’ up front in the absence of injured striker Olivier Giroud. But Arsene Wenger’s team can struggle and get frustrated when teams sit back and defend in numbers. Bradley, an experienced, savvy coach who has watched the Premier League from afar for years, values teamwork highly and that will be needed at Emirates Stadium. “I believe he is equipped to deal with what is requested of him,” Wenger said yesterday, when asked if Bradley would be a success at Swansea. Bradley will look to continue Swansea’s good recent record against Arsenal, with three wins in their last five meetings most recently a 2-1 win at the Emirates in March. “It is a tough first game (under Bradley), but we don’t mind playing that,” Swansea defender Neil Taylor said. “We would be probably written off even if we were in form.” DEVASTATING FORCE MANCHESTER CITY VS EVERTON UNBEATEN SPURS Wayne Rooney would love nothing more than to score against Liverpool tomorrow. He may not get the chance. Rooney has started on the bench for Man United’s last two league games and was also dropped by England this week, demoted to a substitute’s role against Slovenia on Tuesday. The former Everton forward has previously said he “hates” Liverpool, comments which are regularly brought up to add an inflammatory edge to what already is traditionally the biggest game in English football. Northwest rivals United (20) and Liverpool (18) have more league titles than any other teams in the country. Liverpool are in fourth place, three points ahead of sixth-place United. LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITED It’s a first managerial meeting tomorrow between two disciples of Johan Cruyff: Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman. Koeman acted as a mentor for a young Guardiola when they played together under Cruyff at Barcelona in the early 1990s, with both players central to the style desired by the late Dutch great. Now they are two of the most respected coaches around. Guardiola, in his first season in English football, has guided City to first place in the league with six wins from seven games, while Everton are in fifth place in Koeman’s first season at Goodison Park. Boosted by a 2-0 win over Manchester City last time out, second-place Tottenham protects the league’s only unbeaten record when they visit West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, when it’s also Chelsea vs Leicester, Bournemouth vs Hull, Stoke vs Sunderland and Crystal Palace vs West Ham. On Sunday, Middlesbrough host Watford and Southampton are at home to Burnley.
Yesterday, the teen who has been on a long injury layoff, picked up a brilliant silver in the shorter sprint in 10.52 seconds, finishing behind teammate Michael Stephens (10.41), and now underlines that he is 100 per cent fit mentally and physically. Wilson is certain that he will be contending for a medal in the 200m final, which is set for 5:40 p.m. “I am always confident and I really didn’t have any doubt I would have done well at Champs. I am not very far from my best,” Wilson said. Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer Buoyed by a return from injury ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships Class One 100m silver medal winner Tyreek Wilson (Calabar), is ready and raring to challenge for a medal in this afternoon’s mega 200m final at the National Stadium. Wilson, now in Class One, remains hopeful he will be able to rediscover his pre-injury form. “Physically, I am a 100 per cent, and fit mentally a bit more. I have a bit more to go, and I am pushing myself to help to push the Calabar Camp,” Wilson told The Gleaner. After trailing his school’s bitter rivals Kingston College by over 30 points yesterday, and seeing that lead shrink to seven points, Wilson has a feeling Calabar’s best is best is yet to come today. “We have nothing to worry about, just trying to make the best out of everything, and not make the simple mistakes, and keep trying to capitalise on opportunities, that is it personally,” outlined the athlete. Wilson ran only the relay last year, due to a hamstring injury last year, but is hoping his renewed form will catapult him to the 200m podium as well.
World Champs decathlon silver medallist Maurice Smith wants to start a multi-discipline coaching programme in Jamaica. Smith said recently that he would be looking to reach out to local high schools which compete at the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Thirty-six-year-old Smith represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games (2004 and 2008), and a total of four World Championships (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011). He won silver at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, picking up a total of 8,644 points. According to Smith, who was part of Calabar’s coaching team during their successful Boys’ Championships defence, he is looking to into the schools where he can host seminars on the multi-discipline events. “Just like I was everywhere on the track, I want to be everywhere in the schools, making positive changes in the multi-disciplines. “For me, I’d rather work with youth, as I am an educator, and I have my bachelor’s in education, my thing is not necessarily for the classroom because I am very passionate about the sports and education in sports, so I want to help teach the youth the multi-disciplines,” he told The Gleaner. Confident Smith, who broke the Pan American Games record in 2007, winning his first international gold medal, remains confident that he will be able to train, and impart knowledge to upcoming athletes who want to take up the multi-disciplinary events. “I enjoy coaching at this level because when you have done it, and they understand that, it’s easier to effect change,” he continued. “Not only can I explain, I can also demonstrate because I am very much still in great condition,” assured the 36-year-old who is back home having lived overseas since 1999.
But the reigning champion’s cushion was enough to get him past the finish line by just a millisecond to claim his fourth gold in Cebu.Adrian Thomas Dionisio placed third at 38:58Meanwhile, Tara Borlain extended her dynasty in the girls’ 13-14 category, running away with the crown with a time of 41:34The 14-year-old slowly pulled away from the field, clocking 6:27 in the swim, 20:19 in the bike, before putting an exclamation with her 14:50 time in the run course.Tara Borlain stays on top of the girls! pic.twitter.com/3R3IFf5jsdADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017Nicole Marie Del Rosario was distant second at 45:21, while Marielle Estreba was at third with a 45:46 clocking.Hyonde Keum topped the boys’ 11-12 category as he finished the race in 35:28. Following him are Glendwyn Giles Mariscotes (36:22) and Matthew Justine Hermosa (36:40).Moira Frances Erediano won the girls’ 11-12 category, clocking in 34:25 to lead the field. Sophia Psalm Belican placed second (34:32) and Jeanna Mariel Cañete third (35:03).Beboy Dolen bested the boys’ 9-10 category with his time of 24:29, with John Christian Pabuaya (27:21) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (27:22) chasing him.Kira Ellis remained on top in the girls’ 9-10 category with her 28:16 clocking, outlasting second-placer Alexei Gunhuran (28:41) and third-placer Franchezka Borlain (30:04).Rafael Jopson conquered the boys’ 6-8 category with his time of 17:38, followed by Van Wincy Pagnanawon (18:02) and Ryonde Kum (19:57).Kyle Enialle Toledana paced the girls’ 6-8 category as she clocked 21:18, as she was chased by Eleora Caelle Avanzado (22:50) and Mireille Dee (25:21).Team Cebu protected the home floor as they won the Relay for 10-14 category with their time of 23:24, followed by two teams from TLTG/Omega 1 (24:26) and TLTG/ Omega 2 (25:16). Photo finish for the boys! pic.twitter.com/UTmXTtnQX1— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) August 4, 2017FEATURED 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’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 2 PH kids earn slots to Bayern Munich training camp Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Quirino closed in on Baniqued after falling behind by over a minute, making his chase in the run course with a time of 14:18. Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain capped off their careers in the youth circuit and once again topped the 2017 Alaska IronKids on Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.Baniqued edged Joseff Miguel Quirino in a photo finish in the boys’ 13-14 division as the two clocked an identical 38:50 to finish the swim-bike-run course.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments