Manchester City coaches to host Digicel Kickstart Clinics

first_imgKINGSTON:Digicel continues to expand its support for the region’s talented young athletes with the launch of its 2016 Kickstart grassroots football programme at the Liberty Park in Kingston.Coaches from top Barclays Premier League team, Manchester City FC will be hosting the Clinics and the Academy for the first time.For the past eight years, the Kickstart programme has helped thousands of players across the Caribbean and Central America to benefit from world class training by coaches from top football organisations. The partnership with Manchester City FC, which sees coaches from the City Football Schools Programme travelling to the region to deliver these intensive training courses as part of the Digicel Kickstart clinics, is another step towards ensuring that aspiring young players have an opportunity to take their game to the next level as they benefit from the Club’s expansive footballing expertise.PROFILE AND IMPACT”We are excited to be partnering with Manchester City FC, one of the best clubs in the world, for the 2016 Digicel Kickstart Clinic programme. This has certainly raised the profile and impact of Kickstart as we see our aspiring young athletes who take part in the programme become better players and better individuals,” said Kamal Powell, Digicel Jamaica’s senior sponsorship and development manager.He added: “I want to encourage you to take this as a stepping stone to truly kick start your dreams. Make the most of the opportunity, do your best, be proud of yourselves and what you will have accomplished by being a part of the programme, but most importantly, have fun.”Alan Dixon, one of the Manchester City coaches, said: “We are delighted to be in Kingston for the launch of this year’s Kickstart Academy. We believe that this partnership between Digicel and Manchester City provides a great opportunity for young, aspiring footballers to gain an insight into what it really feels like to train as a Manchester City player does.”Lauding the initiative, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, said: “I would like to see it (Kickstart Clinic) replicated in schools, communities and even religious entities as it inculcates in our youth the characteristics for success.”The coaches will travel to 14 countries across the Caribbean and host intense two-day sessions where they will select the best three boys to attend the Digicel Academy. The Kickstart Clinics will be held in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.last_img read more

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Schafer searching for best tactic against Mexico

first_img First training session The Jamaicans held their first training session since arriving here yesterday morning, with first team players undergoing a different routine elsewhere and the reserves working out at the ground where tomorrow’s final will be held. “We make rest,” Schafer said of his starting 11 and Simon Dawkins, who came on just minutes after half-time. “When the players are running it’s too much. The players are in the fitness centre riding bicycles, gym work, stretching, recovery, only for relaxation. “For tomorrow we make training, but at a high level,” Schafer said, explaining that they will be looking to fortify plans for the final. “We go in the match against Mexico. Everybody knows what they have to do in the match. We have now eight matches. Everybody on this team knows what they have to do. What we need is a little bit of luck. “We have to use our initiative, we have to control the match, that is what is important,” said Schafer. – A.B. PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Winfried Schafer wants his Reggae Boyz to think on their feet as they prepare for tomorrow’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Mexico here at the Lincoln Financial Field, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Ja time). “We’re looking for the best tactic against Mexico,” said the 65-year-old German coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s football team. “It was the same against the Americans. After analysing the States, I asked my MLS players, ‘tell me, what do we have to do to win’ and the MLS players gave me an answer,” he noted of the Jamaicans playing in North America’s Major League Soccer. “I know what we have to do, but I want the players to think about the match, not only the coach. I can tell the players ‘go left, go right’, but the players have to think also,” he expressed. “After this, everybody knows what they have to do in the match. That is what I want. “Like against the States, everybody knew that if we take number four (Michael Bradley) and number five (Kyle Beckerman) out of the match by marking we win the match,” he observed. The Boyz arrived in Philadelphia on Thursday evening, a day after their historical 1-0 win over the United States, the first against the Americans on their soil.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Costa doubtful

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea could have to begin the defence of their Premier League title without striker Diego Costa when the champions host Swansea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow on the opening weekend of the new season.The Spain striker, who propelled Chelsea to the domestic title with 20 goals in 2014-15, missed his side’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield last weekend with a hamstring problem. It’s the same type of injury that restricted his appearances throughout the last campaign and JosÈ Mourinho is unlikely to risk Costa’s health early. That means new signing Radamel Falcao could spearhead Chelsea’s attack for the opening encounter.Falcao’s arrival at Chelsea is an intriguing one – the Colombia international was one of the most prolific marksmen in the game until his clinical form deserted him last season during a loan spell at Manchester United from Monaco.He managed only four goals in 29 appearances in an underwhelming year at Old Trafford.But Mourinho has taken a chance on the forward, again on loan, hoping to help Falcao return to the form that saw him score 68 times in 86 appearances for Atletico Madrid from 2011-13.FIRST THE WORST FOR UNITED?Manchester United began last season with the early Saturday kick-off against Swansea and lost 2-1 at Old Trafford in Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge.The Dutchman will be hoping it is not an omen, as his team again takes part in the Premier League curtain raiser tomorrow, this time hosting Tottenham.Van Gaal could hand debuts to Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian and still has David de Gea in his ranks, despite regular reports Real Madrid are lining up a move for the goalkeeper.De Gea will have to keep Tottenham’s Harry Kane at bay, as the striker looks to build upon his breakthrough season last year where he scored 31 goals in all competitions.RODGERS IS BACKLiverpool returns to Stoke on Sunday, the scene of a humiliating 6-1 mauling on the final day of last season.A beleaguered Brendan Rodgers accepted after the game that “if the owners want me to go, I will go”.But, he remains as Liverpool manager and leads a new-look side back to Stoke, looking to banish the memories of the defeat in May.Christian Benteke bolsters Liverpool’s attack after a $50.7-million switch from Aston Villa. Behind him, Phillippe Coutinho could be partnered by his Brazil compatriot Roberto Firmino, who joined Liverpool in a reported $45.8-million transfer from Hoffenheim.Central midfielder James Milner, a free transfer from Manchester City, appears set to fill the void left by former captain Steven Gerrard, who left after 17 years for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Jordan Henderson takes over the armband.CECH MATEArsenal’s season begins at home to West Ham and Arsene Wenger can be quietly optimistic of his team’s chances of mounting a title challenge.The arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech, from London rival Chelsea, strengthens a defence that has often lacked the assured nature of rivals such as Chelsea and Manchester City.The 33-year-old Cech won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge and his presence is expected to add some sternness to Arsenal’s backline.Striker Alexis Sanchez will not feature against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham. He is being rested after winning the Copa America with Chile in July.last_img read more

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Boys’ sprint relay will be hot

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE high school boys sprint relay will be one of the highlights when the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays comes to an end today at the Franklin Field Stadium. Jamaica College led the qualifiers for today’s final, winning their heat in 40.87 seconds. They were followed by TC Williams out of Virginia with 40.91, Kingston College (41.05), St Jago (41.05), and Calabar (41.47). All the top qualifiers are expected to go below 40 seconds in the final, and Calabar’s one-year old mark of 39.63 could fall. Calabar and Kingston College looked quite easy in the heats, while TC Williams also looked smooth in posting the second-fastest time of the day. This final will get under way at 12 50 p.m. Jamaica time. Both St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and St Jago High easily qualified for today’s final of the 4×800 metres. STETHS clocked 7:49.14 to take the first heat with St Jago second in 7:48.21. Bellefield High, Kingston College, and Jamaica College also advanced to the final scheduled for 3 p.m. (Ja time). Competition will begin at 8 a.m. (Ja time) time with the 400m hurdles. Six Jamaicans, led by number-one seed Timor Barrett of St Jago High, are down for the event. Earlier yesterday, Munro College’s Kino Dunkley won the high school boys’ discus with a throw of 57.89 metres. – R.G.last_img read more

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Jamaican newcomer Muir lands double at Northlands

first_imgEDMONTON (CMC):Rookie Jamaican reinsman Shamaree Muir rode a handsome double to make his first real mark on the new Northlands Park season here Saturday.In his first season at the western Canada racetrack, the 21-year-old won with favourite Big in the Game in race one, and returned to score with 7-1 chance Keene on Demand in the day’s final race, to move to four wins from 29 rides this season.Six-time former champion Barbadian Quincy Welch, leads with 10 wins, one clear of Jamaican Dane Nelson with four-time defending champion Rico Walcott fourth on seven wins.Muir, a two-time former champion apprentice in Jamaica, opened his account when he made all the running with four-year-old filly Big in the Game, to beat the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares which have never won three races.Going six furlongs, Muir broke the filly sharply and stormed through the half in 46.62 seconds to be a whopping seven lengths clear.The pair was in total command in the stretch and reached the wire 4-1/2 lengths clear without a challenger in sight.Muir pulled in his second win on the seven-race programme with another daring gate-to-wire effort as he trounced the three-year-old and upward maidens by 6-3/4 lengths.He put the five-year-old bay gelding through fractions of 22.85 seconds for the quarter and 46.85 for the half before drawing away at the quarter pole to dominate the stretch run.last_img read more

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Windies skipper fully focused on team unity

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Test captain Jason Holder says that one of his main goals is to transform the Caribbean side into a tightly knit unit, and he believes that this will be the catalyst for any turnaround in the team’s fortunes. The Caribbean side has endured a torrid time in Test and One-Day International cricket over the last decade and currently ranks eighth and ninth, respectively, in either format. Holder said that with West Indies bringing together players from several nations, the challenge was always to get them playing as a collective. “Cricket is played on the park so I always stress for guys to share as much information as possible. Communicate with one another and make sure that whenever we step on the park, we step as 11 unified players,” Holder told CBC Radio’s cricket show Mid-Wicket, here. The 25-year-old Holder has led West Indies in 12 of his 20 Tests and 28 of his 49 ODIs but has overseen a tough period for the Caribbean side during which they have struggled to find extensive success. He has also presided over a young, inexperienced team and has been charged with moulding a winning unit. Holder, who is preparing to lead Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50 starting next week, said that his hope was to create the same level of unity in the West Indies side that exists in regional sides. ALWAYS A CHALLENGE “You would get such camaraderie for instance in a Trinidad team or in a Barbados team where they are all Barbadians or all Trinidadians, but when you are mixing the countries up in terms of players coming out of the Leewards, the Windwards, Barbados, Guyana, it’s always a challenge,” Holder explained. “You haven’t spent that much time around certain players. You’re just basically getting to know them.” Holder was one of the youngest-ever Test captains of West Indies at age 23 and the 15th youngest captain of any Test team.last_img read more

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Cameroon in African Cup of Nations final

first_imgFRANCEVILLE, Gabon (AP): Cameroon set up an African Cup of Nations final against Egypt and inflicted another painful experience on Ghana with a 2-0 win in the second semi-final yesterday. Defender Michael Ngadeu scored the first in the 72nd minute, pouncing on poor Ghana defending when the Ghanaians looked more likely to score. Christian Bassogog rounded off a counterattack in injury time, running through on Ghana’s goal unchallenged to seal Cameroon’s place in the final as a desperate Ghana threw everyone forward in search of an equaliser. It sent Cameroon through to their sixth African Cup final but first since 2008, and Bassogog’s goal prompted every member of Cameroon’s squad to race off the bench and celebrate on the field at Stade de Franceville. One of them booted the ball high into the stands in delight. “It is a dream. We are going to the final now,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said. “At some times we did suffer, but it is a team that doesn’t stop. It goes until the final minute.” Cameroon, winners of the African Cup four times, but not since 2002, will play record seven-time champions Egypt in the title decider on Sunday in the Gabonese capital of Libreville. For Ghana, often tipped for the title or among the top contenders, it was another miserable experience at the African championship. Avram Grant’s team threw everything at Cameroon in the last 20 minutes after Ngadeu’s goal but just couldn’t break through. Even the introduction from the bench of captain Asamoah Gyan, who wasn’t fully recovered from injury to start, didn’t work. Ghana have not won the African championship for 35 years and have now lost two finals and four semi-finals in the last six tournaments. “We wanted so much to be in the final,” Grant said. “We did everything to be in the final. We dominated the game, especially the second half … The first attack, they scored. It is very annoying. “I am not happy, because we were the better side.” BREAK THROUGHlast_img read more

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World Rugby to the rescue

first_imgJamaica Crocs team manager Cherine Richards has said that national player Omar Dixon had a second eye surgery and is in good spirits as he recovers.However, the Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) still has an issue of repaying world governing body World Rugby, who covered the cost of the surgery.”The need was so immediate that the surgery had to have been done and World Rugby paid for it and we owe them, so we have to reimburse them,” Richards told The Sunday Gleaner.She said that Dixon was told by doctors that he would not be able to fly out of Hong Kong for three weeks. She added that a contact in Hong Kong told her that the player was “actually in pretty good spirits for a young fella who’s been through the wringer”.”Omar is OK. He did the surgery and he’s recovering. We now just need to find the funds to cover the cost,” Richards said.Richards had previously said that the JRFU would be trying to come up with the funds (roughly US$40,000, or JA$5 million) needed to cover the costs and, in doing so, it has launched a GoFundMe account. However, she also made an appeal to the public to contribute to the cause by donating to the JRFU’s Scotiabank account.Dixon was injured during the Crocs’ opening Hong Kong Sevens game against Germany last week when a high boot to the head concussed him, detached the retina in his right eye and cracked its socket.Doctors say once he makes a full recovery, he should be playing again within three months.last_img read more

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Mendez gets lift from crowd to finish 2nd in Cebu Ironman

first_imgMauricio Mendez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Mauricio Mendez has heard all the talks about how great the feeling is racing in the Philippines as he prepared for his first triathlon in the country.But the Mexican wasn’t prepared for the warmth the Cebuano crowd gave him, expressing his gratitude with the lift from the spectators as he found his second wind late in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I’m just happy for being able to thank all the people that supported the race. In the first kilometer, I just wanted to finish because I really thought that this is going to be a long race. But I gave my heart and I expected to do well. I’m just happy for the result,” he said.With the morale-boosting stint, Mendez vowed to be back next year for the 2018 Asia Pacific Championships as he hopes to get another chance to race in front of the adoring Cebuanos.“I’m really looking forward to coming back here next year, train harder, try to get a win, and just be the best person that I can be,” he said. “I will be back. I’ll try to win this race and I will try everything I can to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Pressure builds for Reed after another Ironman title in Cebu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “That race was really hard. But I think what makes it great is really the support of the people. All the support from everyone is just incredible,” the 22-year-old said. “I was told it was a lot of fun here, but I never expected that. It just pumped me up.”It was a complete 180-degree shift for Mendez, who usually doesn’t pay much attention to his surroundings whenever he races.FEATURED 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’“When I start running, I try to lose myself a little bit and just focus on the race. I knew it was more of like a survival because it was very hot,” he said.The 2016 Xterra world champion couldn’t help but soak in all the cheers as he battled through the scorching heat with the crowd giving him the much-needed boost that helped him recover from his slow showing in the bike course before eventually, moving past the chase group to get to as high as second place. View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Spurs legend David Robinson says it would be ‘crazy’ not to trade for Irving

first_imgFilipinos 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Although far removed form his playing days, the 52-year-old one-time NBA MVP still looks out for the best interest of the only franchise he has ever known.In an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Robinson made it clear that the Spurs should be going all out in pursuing the talented 25-year-old out of Duke.FEATURED 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’“We’d be crazy not to want a talented guy like that. He’s been a force for (the Cavaliers),” he spoke highly of Irving.“I certainly think you add a talent like that to a system that can … enhance his impact in the game and make him more efficient,” he added. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave CavsRetired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionallySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)The San Antonio Spurs remains high on the list of possible trade destinations for supposedly disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.If only retired Spurs legend David Robinson were in charge, he would pull out all the stops to make it happen.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “The Admiral” was even adamant that Irving heading to Texas would be a perfect fit not just on the hardwood but even outside of basketball.“It’s just an enjoyable atmosphere where your teammates encourage one another, love one another,” he said. “I can only see positive things. … We can only dream about good stuff like that.”Meanwhile, Irving would certainly be godsend to the perennial contenders Spurs, especially with their 35-year-old facilitator Tony Parker entering the twilight of his career and coming off a major surgery.However, earlier reports have indicated that the Cavs are looking for “young assets” in possible trade scenarios, which the Spurs presumably lack at the moment.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

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