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

Hot KC burn Manley

first_img “We playing well, but we can do better. If we get better opposition, we will play better football, because we are laid-back sometimes,” he said. Brown admitted they are feeling some pressure to deliver the school’s first title in 30 years. “We are being pressured, but Coach told us to go out and concentrate and execute. We just want to get through the group and go on from there.” MacKinson opened the scoring for the ‘Purples’ after 12 minutes, and Reid added a second 10 minutes later. MacKinson added his second on 28 minutes to make it 3-0 at the break. Donaldson made it 4-0 before Reid completed his hat-trick in the 67th and 78th minutes. In other Group C games, St Mary’s College beat Ascot High 2-1 while Denham Town turned back Papine 1-0. Other results: Wolmer’s 1 Kingston Technical 0; Camperdown 4 Dunoon 0; Edith Dalton James 0 JosÈ Marti 3; Cumberland 0 St Jago 3; Bridgeport 3 Campion 0; Hydel 2 Calabar 1; St Mary’s College 3 Ascot 2; Denham Town 1 Papine 0 ; St Catherine 1 Haile Selassie 0. NO COMPETITION SO FAR Red-hot Kingston College produced a seven-star performance in their Group C ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup match at the National Stadium yesterday, blanking Norman Manley 7-0 to register their fifth win from as many games. Trayvon Reid led the way with a hat-trick, followed by Rashawn MacKinson with a brace and one each from Dashawn Donaldson and Shamar Bloomfield. Kingston College lead the group with maximum 15 points and team captain and central defender Javian Brown said they are not getting any real challenge in the group.last_img read more

Brilliant Payet earns point for Hammers

first_imgLONDON (AP): Thirty years after Diego Maradona’s goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal yesterday evoking memories of the Argentina great. Unlike Maradona’s 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet’s mazy run through Middlesbrough’s defence came on a far less significant occasion. But the English Premier League point it secured might just have saved Slaven Bilic’s job, preventing West Ham from crashing to a fifth successive loss. Payet lit up a drab game in the 57th minute at the Olympic Stadium, with home fans restless after Cristhian Stuani’s header six minutes earlier. The France international dropped a shoulder to turn past Antonio Barragan on the left touchline, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson. After cutting through the defence with ease, Payet provided the perfect finish to score his first goal of the league. One that evoked memories for Payet’s manager of Argentina’s current star rather than Maradona. “It reminded me of Lionel Messi’s goals,” Bilic said. “It was a brilliant moment of magic.” But West Ham remain winless since the opening day of the season, lodged in the relegation zone with four points from seven games. Promoted Middlesbrough are two points better off. HULL 0 CHELSEA 2 After a miserable September yielded one point from three games, Chelsea started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half contribution. First, Costa picked out Willian, who turned Markus Henriksen and David Meyler before curling a shot into the top of the net. Then Costa curled in his own strike from a similar position. The response to last week’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal was manager Antonio Conte dropping Branislav Ivanovic and switching to a three-man defence. It produced a second clean sheet of the season. “It is very important for the confidence,” Conte said. “It was a big change in the tactical aspect but we feel we must find the right solution to be more compact. We must trust in the world we are doing and it is important to understand we must play this way.” Chelsea are sixth, while Hull are in 15th place. SWANSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 2 With Liverpool trailing at halftime to Leroy Fer’s tap-in, Juergen Klopp entered the dressing room in a rage. “I was very angry,” the Liverpool manager said. “We were not ready and it is my responsibility. It was not good. The buildup was too static, no movement. “We were never compact enough and we lost a lot of balls … the second half was better, but still not brilliant.” Crucially for Klopp there were two goals — Roberto Firmino’s header and James Milner’s penalty — which were enough to take Liverpool up to second. Swansea, though, are on a six-game winless run since making a triumphant start to the season. Francesco Guidolin’s future as manager is looking increasingly precarious, with former Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs linked with the Italian’s job. WATFORD 2 BOURNEMOUTH 2 Watford twice fought back to ensure manager Walter Mazzarri didn’t endure a miserable 55th birthday. Both teams, though, remain in the bottom half of the standings. Callum Wilson’s downward header was cancelled out by Troy Deeney. Josh King restored Bournemouth’s lead but Isaac Success scored his first goal since joining in the summer transfer window to secure a point. SUNDERLAND 1 WEST BROM 1 David Moyes remains winless as Sunderland manager but the northeast team did capture its first point in more than a month. Patrick van Aanholt, who was forced out of the Sunderland team last month on the advice of a cardiologist, came off the bench to wipe out Nacer Chadli’s goal.last_img read more

JC celebrate again

first_imgShayne Fairman Gleaner Writer “It feels so good to score the winning goal in a final again, I didn’t score many in the season but I am happy with this one,” Dawkins said.    Wolmer’s got their consolation goal on the stroke of half-time from their leading marksman Alphonso Gooden.    JC’s coach Miguel Coley said his team set out to win the game from the opening whistle. “We had to put them on the back foot from early, and hats off to my guys,” he outlined. Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds called it “a very tough loss,” bemoaning his team’s failure to win a final in 22 years. Tyreke Magee in the 16th minute and Donovan Dawkins (25th) were the heroes for JC.center_img Jamaica College won a fourth straight ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title, and their 28th overall, after clipping Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 in tonight’s final at the National Stadium.last_img read more

Former England coach Graham Taylor is dead

first_imgLONDON (AP):Graham Taylor, the England coach derided for failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after flourishing as a club manager working for pop star Elton John, has died. He was 72.Taylor, who won admiration by leading Aston Villa and Watford into the top-flight in the 1980s, died early yesterday of a suspected heart attack, his family said.”The family is devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss,” a family statement said.He was a regular commentator on matches in recent years for BBC radio.He is survived by wife Rita and daughters Joanne and Karen.Taylor is one of only four managers to have taken the same team from the fourth to the top division in English football, and he achieved it within five years at Watford.last_img read more

Looking forward to T&T test – Jacobs

first_imgTop Jamaica Scorpions leg-spin bowler Damion Jacobs says he is looking forward to the challenge of bowling against title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final of the ongoing WICB Super50 Tournament.The match-up, which will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, will see Jamaica and Trinidad renewing their age-old rivalry in one-day cricket, as well as Jacobs looking to improve on his third-place position on the overall bowling charts.He has 16 wickets, one fewer than Red Force fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, and six behind Barbados Pride off-spinner Ashley Nurse.His figures also include two career-best hauls with his best being, six for 34.”Trinidad is a formidable unit and is really good at playing spin bowling, so going up against them is always a challenge,” noted Jacobs. “But it is a challenge I am looking forward to. Our bowling attack is a really good one, and once we all come to the party, we should do very well.”The 31-year-old finished joint second in the bowling standings last season with 14 wickets behind Barbadian Sulieman Benn, who collated 15.FALLINGThis was despite Jamaica falling at the group stages and Barbados going on to claim the crown.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor and part-time off-spinner John Campbell with 13 wickets each are the next best Scorpion bowlers this year, with the top five being completed by captain Nikita Miller and rookie fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who have seven wickets apiece.”It’s a pleasure knowing that the hard work I have been putting in is paying off,” outlined Jacobs, who was last year called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team.”I’m just now looking forward to semis versus Trinidad.”- J. L.last_img read more

Windies lose second ODI and series to England

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP): Joe Root and Chris Woakes shared a 102-run undefeated partnership as England beat the West Indies by four wickets in the second one-day cricket international (ODI) on Sunday to clinch the series. The pair came together with England on 124-6 at the midway point of its innings after a mini-collapse saw four wickets lost for only 16 runs. Root and Woakes stayed together to the end as England finished on 226-6 off 48.2 overs in reply to West Indies’ 225 all out. Root was 90 not out off 127 balls, while all-rounder Woakes smashed 68 off 83, including five fours and two sixes. Opener Jason Roy had scored 52 at more than a run-a-ball to give England a good start. Ashley Nurse took 3-34. Earlier, West Indies won the toss, chose to bat and was dismissed with a wasteful 13 balls left in its innings. Jason Mohammed was top-scorer for West Indies, hitting 50 from 73 balls with two fours and a pair of sixes. He was caught by Adil Rashid off Liam Plunkett, who was England’s most successful bowler with 3-32. West Indies lost two quick wickets at the start, stumbling to 21-2 and 46-3, but the innings stabilised when opener Kraigg Brathwaite (42) shared a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mohammed. Apart from Mohammed, Jonathan Carter was the only other West Indian to hit a six in an unimpressive performance by the hosts. Carter was out for 39 off 36 balls. England won the opening ODI by 45 runs on Friday at the same Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and has an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third ODI is on Thursday in Barbados. UNIMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Dacres plans double at Nationals

first_imgEncouraged by good early form, Fedrick Dacres is considering a throws double at the National Senior Championship in June. Speaking on Saturday at the first JAAA All Comers meet of the season, Dacres says he intends to contest both the discus and the shot put at Nationals. A national record holder in the discus, the 23 year old University of the West Indies student has made progress in the shot including a reported mark of 21.49m. “Well for me, shot put is always fun, so I don’t take it as seriously, but if I can do it, I will”, he said to explain that the discus is his primary event. “I’m doing it to get the marks and everything”, he elaborated, “but I just don’t take it as serious as the disc.” Asked about a possible throws double at Nationals, the 2015 Pan-American Games discus champion replied, “I will do it at the Nationals because since I was young I’ve been doing it, so why stop doing it now when it hasn’t hampered me in any way?” “I’m going to see if I can make it for both”, he forwarded. Few successfully double at the global level but Holland’s Rutger Smith did place third in both discus and shot at the 2007 World Championships. Dacres promises that the Nationals will feature great competition in the throws. “It’s going to be very hot overall”, he predicted, “because you have shot, I can compete with the big man a bit so I’ll try to push him.” The ‘big man’ he referred to is 2015 World Championship shot put bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards. Regarding the discus throw, he said, “I think we have, you know, six guys who can get over 60. Dacres extended the national record in the disc to 68.88m at Excelsior High School earlier this year. He also expects great things from the lady throwers, led by Danielle Dodd and Kellion Knibb. Dodd and Knibb, both 2016 Olympians, have already set national records in the shot and discus respectively this season.last_img read more

Chinese brand Qiaodan files countersuit against Michael Jordan

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Cruz, Standhardinger apologize to team; Chot says incident ‘no big deal’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ However, Qiaodan, pronounced “chee-ow dahn”—which is Jordan’s name in Chinese—is now countersuing the retired basketball legend for infringement of reputation.According to China News Service, the company is demanding 1.1 million yuan (almost P7.5 million) in compensation for the supposed “malicious slander” brought upon by Jordan’s case.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’Jordan was adamant that the products were fooling Chinese customers thinking he was affiliated with the brand. Qiaodan argues that such accusations brought down the company’s reputation and social devaluation.The company’s lawyer, Chen Ruojian, said the settlement money is merely a temporary symbolic amount and the company is open to other means of compensation. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES “We may change amount depending on our assessment of the letter’s impact,” he said. “Qiaodan Sports has had to undertake much effort to maintain its business relationship with its partners after Jordan and his lawyers made this attack.”As of this writing, Jordan and his legal representatives have yet to respond to the lawsuit.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former NBA star Michael Jordan. AP FILE PHOTOLooks like Michael Jordan’s woes against Chinese brand Qiaodan Sports is far from over.The NBA icon won his trademark lawsuit case against the China-based sporting goods brand last year, for using his name and Jordan brand trademark number in their products.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCurrently out of the NCAA Final Four picture, San Sebastian’s path to the playoffs couldn’t be stiffer as the end of the elimination round nears.That’s why coach Egay Macaraya is motivating his players to be at the best of their capablities as the Golden Stags seek to make a belated run in NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game we have will be a difficult one because we have a small team. So every game, I’m really pushing the boys to do whatever we could to get the win,” he said.San Sebastian braces for a desperate Arellano squad fighting for survival on Tuesday before wrapping up its elimination round schedule against the upset-seeking Mapua and Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMichael Calisaan, however, would rather look at the tough stretch in a positive light.“If we win and we sweep our last three games, we still have a chance,” the senior forward said. “The teams above us will still play each other. So our focus is preparing ourselves for the next games and improving our game.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our confidence never wanes. So what we have to do is to compose ourselves and continue fighting on,” he said.The Stags are aiming to make the Final Four for the first time since 2013.center_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mbala: La Salle defense not as good as last year It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more