ATLANTA, Georgia (CMC):Panama’s head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has slammed his side’s controversial defeat to Mexico on Wednesday night as “utter robbery” and says the result has left a stain on football as a whole.Panama, playing a man down from the 25th minute, led Mexico 1-0 until the 88th through captain Roman Torres’ header before referee Mark Geiger awarded a controversial penalty, which tilted the balance of the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final at the Georgia Dome.Torres took a tumble in the box and fell on top of the ball and Geiger astonishingly pointed to the spot.”Logically, I hope that all the press understands that what I am experiencing right now is difficult and hard. The press, more than us, are aware that things did not function well, in the legal way. Panama made an outstanding effort with ten men,” a clearly dejected Gomez told a media conference.”I have been managing teams since 1987, and this is the first time that I experience this. With a team well worked, with athletes desiring to give their country another Gold Cup final, with a press that has accompanied and helped us out.”If it was up to me, I could say ‘I do not want to continue in football anymore’, because that was horrible. It was an utter robbery.”After an 11-minute stoppage, during which Panama protested the call, scuffles broke out and beverages were tossed on the field by spectators, Andres Guardado converted the spot kick to draw Mexico level.The Mexican Eindhoven forward then found the winner, also from the spot, in the first period of added extra time.Gomez said the refereeing decisions had ruined an excellent game and had ultimately hurt the sport.”There were two great teams on the pitch tonight, each team exhibiting good styles. The Mexican players or the team has nothing to do with what happened,” Gomez stressed.”You cannot damage a final like this. When you put a team with 10 players against a team with 11 players, it hurts the game.”However, I value more the capacity of the Panamanian players for they played a tactical game against an immense rival with good possession of the ball, that is Mexico. And Panama held their ground, and at times, it was able to attack, and then we are up 1-0.”And then, on 88th minute, the penalty happened. You cannot determine a final in that manner. You can’t be serious. This has damaged not only football in general but the upcoming Gold Cup final. It ruins the beauty of the tournament.”Geiger had earlier sent off Luis Tejada for a hand to the face of Francisco Rodriguez as the two battled for a ball. The call was another contentious one that resulted in vociferous protests from the Panamaian players.The defeat saw Panama miss out on their second successive Gold Cup final.
BRUSSELS, Belgium:O’Dayne Richards could have been excused if he had bounced through the mixed zone after his 21.37m second-place finish in the shot put at the AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels on Friday.It was his highest-ever finish at a Diamond League meet, his best distance outside of a championships, and it came just over two weeks after his historic bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The thing is, Richards is not easily satisfied, and despite posting what was his fourth-best mark in his career following his two 21.69m national-record efforts first registered at the Pan American Games and again in Beijing, as well as last year’s Commonwealth Games-winning 21.61m mark, what he really wanted in Brussels was another milestone – a 22-metre throw.”I hold myself to high standards, and I think that is the cause of my improvements somewhat, and I am slightly disappointed that I have not yet hit the 22m mark, but there is one more meet for me, so, I have hopes, and I will give it my best,” said Richards, who is expecting to compete in Berlin shortly.It’s quite a coincidence, but just 22 men have thrown 22m or better in the long history of the event.Richards is desperate to add his name to the list and confirm himself as a true heavyweight in the event.”I kept missing the shot, not applying all the force on the shot, so it kept slipping and didn’t go as far as I wanted it to go, but it’s my best performance outside of a championships, so I’m happy for that,” added Richards. “If I could find the words to tell you what it would mean to me if I threw 22m, I would, but I can’t find the words. It’s more about improving on myself, though.”Still, the 26-year-old said he is happy with his season after what was a rough start, and is looking to do better in the coming year.”It was a rough season. We did some things which, in my opinion, we could have done better, but we cut our losses and tried to push forward just the same. I’m grateful for the medal and the personal best and, hopefully, I could get the gold medal,” said Richards. “I have the ability to throw far and to win medals at major championships and to perform well continuously, and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully, next year will be a lot better.”Every time you get to rumble with the big boys, it’s a test for the championships. So far, God has been good, and I have been able to cop a medal at the championships that I have competed in. Hopefully, I can turn that into a habit and improve – that’s what is most important to me,” Richards added.
Constant Spring, Nannyville in Masters League final tomorrowThe unbeaten Constant Spring will tomorrow oppose first-year entrants Nannyville Gardens, who are also unbeaten in league competition, in the KSAMA Masters League football final at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 4:00 p.m.Both teams will feature a number of former national players, including the skilful Walter Boyd representing Nannyville and Durrent ‘Tatty’ Brown, who plays for Constant Spring. Both were members of Jamaica’s historic team which went to the FIFA World Cup Finals in France in 1998.Constant Spring, who recently defeated August Town 2-0 in the KO final, will parade a well-balanced team that has the knack for winning trophies. In addition to Durrent Brown, ‘Spring’ will look to former national players Oneil ‘Chippy’ McDonald, Lincoln Taffe, as well as Robert ‘Bunny’ Scott and Orville Mullings to pave the way for victory to complete a perfect season in the process. The team is coached by Carl Sewell.Nannyville, under the guidance of coach Omar Stanley, will counter with Walter Boyd, his brother Audley Boyd, Steve Green, Jahmiah Pettigrew, Roger Rodney and Everdean Scarlett in goal.The winning team will receive $50,000 and the League trophy.Couples Tower Isle are BH ‘Champion of Champions’St Ann Business House champions, Couples Tower Isle, won the all-island ‘Champion of Champions’ football clash last Saturday when they defeated Corporate Area champions Petrojam 4-2 at Drax Hall in St Ann last Saturday.Petrojam took an early lead through Boys’ Town Premier League player, Rafeik Thomas, in the 10th minute, but Couples found the equaliser when Mauricio Gordon netted in the 18th minute.Kemar Miller made it 2-1 for Couples in the 40th minute, but Petrojam’s Andrew Christie made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time.After the interval, Gordon sent Couples ahead in the 54th minute with his second goal of the match, before Mitchell sealed the issue – with his second goal as well – in the 69th minute, to give the home team a comprehensive victory.BoJ on top in Chin Prep LeagueKyode Smith’s goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week’s second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shutout of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mount St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl’s competition, when Timika Scarlett’s four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep. season to open Oct 29The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with winPorus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.The League, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory – a 10-0 shutout of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0, and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.Belair win in Howie In Your Neighbourhood Football LeagueJamaica Beverages, through their brand Chubby, will sponsor this year’s Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Chubby Portmore Primary Football League.”As you are very much aware, finding funding to run our annual competitions is oftentimes a mammoth task. In our bid to grow the League and improve service to you, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be partnering with Jamaica Beverage Limited through their brand Chubby in staging the 2015 annual Primary School Football League,” a statement from INSPORTS read.Andrea Hanson, an INSPORTS Sports Officer for Portmore, said her organisation is in advanced negotiations with Jamaica Beverage Ltd with a view to sign a three-year partnership, which will see participating teams receiving bigger and better incentives.The League is set to commence in November, with defending champions Portsmouth tackling Independence City Primary and Waterford opposing Bridgeport, the previous winners.Spit Fyah leads sponsors INSPORTS Primary Schools JDCA LeagueMid-season champions, Spit Fyah, who have amassed 45 points thus far, lead the Jamaica Domino Council Association League after 12 rounds of matches.They are followed by Caribbean Classic (44), Eradication (39), Waterhouse United (38), Giants (38), Naggo Head (34), Right Stuff (30), Spring Village (27), Exceptional (26) and Tambrind Tree (26), which round off the top 10.In matches played last Sunday, Caribbean Classic crushed Memory Lane 300-143, Spit Fyah defeated Right Stuff 300 -251, Waterhouse United whipped Sour Sop Tree 300-206, Eradication outlasted Exceptional 300-294 (in a countdown), Giants trampled Ten To Ten 300-265, Naggo Head beat Feluchie 300-281, Spring Village downed Highlight Strikers 300 -269 and Tambrind Tree blunted Small Axe 300-250.Horizon Park Primary to host netball rallyHorizon Park Primary School, located in Spanish Town, will on Friday, November 27, host a netball rally on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.The organisers said that the event will be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”. There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.Teams wishing to enter should contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114 for assistance with registration. All entries must be received before the closing date of Friday, November 13. The cost of registration is $2,500.Manchester football inter-bank footballLeaders Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) defeated National Commercial Bank (NCB) 3-1 at Winchester Park, St George’s College, last Sunday in the third round of the Norman Goodison Western Sports/JNBS-sponsored inter-bank football league last Sunday.Thanks to goals from Dashan Meeks, Patrick Campbell and Andre Campbell, BoJ extended their lead to six points from three matches, two ahead of defending champions Scotiabank, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Sagicor in the second match at the venue.Jermaine Gardner sent Scotia ahead in the 37th minute, but this was cancelled out by a Paul Cunningham second-half goal. Scotia have four points from two matches.The competition takes a break tomorrow for the Heroes holiday weekend.Westmeade topple Garveymeade in dominoWestmeade Rising Stars toppled neighbours Garveymeade 250-215 in the 10th round of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League – which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan – at the Garveymeade Sports Club last Sunday.The win placed Westmeade in a three-way tie for second spot on 24 points from nine games. Also, on 24 points are Waterford which scored an important 250-226 win over fourth place Cumberland (21 points), and Ken’s Wildflower, which beat last place Portsmouth (three) 250-224.Runaway leaders Passagefort United (36) were idle this round.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Passagefort United vs Portsmouth, Cumberland vs Garveymeade and Ken’s Wildflower vs Waterford. All games are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.Jamaica Beverages
Local equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.
The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.
BANGALORE, India (AP):Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 yesterday after a collapse by their lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group Two match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India’s 146-7.But Mushfiqur holed out to midwicket. The next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same, and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores. However, his partner, Mustafizur Rahman, was run out by India wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.RUNS ADDED ONThe defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26) – who did well to add 44 for the second wicket – and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).Put into bat, India’s openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball, and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-back wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the backfoot again.Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.
ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEAAston Villa are doomed; they are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with 16 points, nine behind 19th-placed Newcastle and a massive 11 from safety with just seven games remaining. As it stands they need four wins to move out of the relegation zone. And now they have no manager after Remi Garde left the club after just four months and only two wins in 20 league games. Garde left by mutual consent on Tuesday night.NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITEDBoth Norwich City and Newcastle United are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich are just clear of the relegation zone, in 17th place on 28 points while Newcastle are 19th, with 25. The Canaries won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion last time out, securing their first league win since January 2 and ending a sequence of 10 games without a win and just two points secured from a possible 30.STOKE VS SWANSEA, Stoke suffered a blow ahead of this game when first-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland broke an ankle in England’s recent 3-2 win in Germany. With second-choice Shay Given also missing Mark Hughes will have to give a Barclays Premier League debut to 23-year-old Dane Jakob Haugaard. Stoke, though, are enjoying an improvement in form with just one defeat from their last six Premier League games.SUNDERLAND VS WEST BROM,Sunderland have drawn their last three league games, and though Sam Allardyce’s men have won just once in their last nine, five of those games were stalemates. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have won three and drawn one of their last five league outings, but suffered a 1-0 home defeat by another of the strugglers, Norwich, last time out.WEST HAM VSCRYSTAL PALACEWest Ham United can sense a place in next season’s Champions League; they are in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Palace, meanwhile, last won in the league, at Stoke in December; since then they have played 13 games, losing nine and drawing four, taking just four points from a possible 39.MAN UNITED VSEVERTONManchester United have won three of their last four games in the Barclays Premier League and now face Everton in what could prove to be a dress-rehearsal for the FA Cup semi-final if United beat West Ham in their sixth-round replay. Everton’s record at Old Trafford is poor; in 23 visits they have won just twice, while losing 17 and drawing four.
MANCHESTER (AP):Police dismantled a fake bomb inside Old Trafford on an unnerving final day of the Premier League season that forced the abandonment of Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth before kickoff.The league is yet to say when the 380th and final game of an unpredictable season will now be played, but FA Cup finalists United seem unable to qualify for the Champions League after crosstown rivals Manchester City effectively secured fourth place yesterday.Two stands in United’s 75,000-capacity stadium in northern England were initially evacuated before the scheduled 3 p.m. kickoff time. As military personnel arrived, the remaining fans and the players were ordered to leave England’s second biggest soccer stadium.A bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on what police described as an “incredibly lifelike explosive device”, but one that was not “viable”.The incident adds to the uneasiness about safety in sports stadiums in Europe following last year’s Paris attacks when the Stade de France was one of the venues targeted by suicide bombers.English soccer increased security after that incident and the United game is the first time a Premier League match has been postponed because of a bomb threat.The unsettling incident for fans came at the climax of the most unpredictable Premier League season.Leicester were crowned champions earlier this month and completed the first title-winning season in the club’s 132-year history with a 1-1 draw at manager Claudio Ranieri’s former club, Chelsea.Danny Drinkwater cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’ penalty to ensure that Leicester, who narrowly avoided relegation a year ago, ended this campaign with only three losses in the 38 games.Leicester finished the season with 81 points compared with 41 a year ago 10 points above Arsenal, who overhauled north London rivals Tottenham to claim second place in a dramatic finale.HUMILIATING LOSSTottenham had been Leicester’s closest challenger for the title, but failed to win their last four games, culminating in a humiliating 5-1 loss against 10-man Newcastle, which had already been relegated.That allowed Arsenal to climb into second place after Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick powered Arsene Wenger’s team to a 4-0 rout of bottom-place Aston Villa.The results protected a proud record for Wenger: Arsenal have still finished above Tottenham every season since the Frenchman took charge in 1996.By finishing third, Tottenham are still guaranteed a second shot at the Champions League, six years after first playing Europe’s elite competition.Man City’s priority was securing fourth place, but new manager Pep Guardiola will have to advance through the playoffs in August to reach the group stage.In Manuel Pellegrini’s last league match in charge, City were held 1-1 by Swansea, but a vastly superior goal difference means they realistically cannot be caught by United.ON THE BRINKSouthampton completed the campaign in style, beating FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace 4-1 to provisionally move above United into fifth place on the brink of Europa League qualification.Southampton will stay there if United, which play Palace in Saturday’s cup final, lose to Bournemouth when their game is eventually played.Pellegrini isn’t the only departure this month from the Premier League.Everton responded to the firing of manager Roberto Martinez by beating relegated Norwich 3-0 as American goalkeeper Tim Howard kept a clean sheet in his 414th and final game after a decade with the Merseyside club.Quique Sanchez Flores signed off from Watford with a 2-2 draw against Sunderland, with the manager leaving despite delivering the club’s highest top flight placing in 29 years by finishing 13th.Although Liverpool drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion to finish eighth, the team has a Europa League final against Sevilla on Wednesday to prepare for at the end of Juergen Klopp’s first season in charge.West Ham finished one place higher in seventh despite losing 2-1 at Stoke, as the London club now focuses on its move to the Olympic Stadium, ready for the new campaign in August.
The ScotiaBank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup football match between Jamaica and Suriname, originally set for this Wednesday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, has been postponed due to the impending weather effects of Hurricane Matthew, which up to press time was continuing towards Jamaica. A release from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) stated that: “The JFF wishes to inform that based on a release from the CFU, the Caribbean Cup qualifier, Jamaica vs Suriname, has been postponed. More information will be provided in short order. “This does not affect the Guyana vs Jamaica fixtures for October 11,” the release added. Jamaica are the reigning Caribbean Cup champions.
TURIN, Italy (AP): Italy forward Graziano Pelle has been removed from the team’s squad for refusing to shake coach Gian Piero Ventura’s hand after a substitution. The incident occurred on Thursday in the second half of Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain in a World Cup qualifier. The Italian federation says Pelle has been sent back to his club in China, Shandong Luneng, and will therefore miss tomorrow’s qualifier at Macedonia. Pelle apologised on Instagram for the incident, describing his behaviour as “unacceptable”, adding that “it’s fair that I take responsibility for what happened”. Meanwhile, Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon criticised Pelle’s gesture, but believes the striker will be welcomed back into the squad. “It wasn’t a nice gesture,” Buffon said. “Our philosophy is about unity of purpose, even if there are times when you can do something wrong out of anger. “He’ll realise his mistake and be welcomed back with affection, you can make one mistake in 10 years.”