ATLANTA, Georgia:THE Georgia Dome gave the Reggae Boyz a standing ovation.It was a fitting tribute to Jamaica, which scored a historic victory over the United States while booting away a number of firsts yesterday in Atlanta, beating the Americans for the first time on their home soil, 2-1 in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament.”David won against Goliath,” said Jamaica’s head coach, Winfried Sch‰fer, who had described the match as such.”I’m very proud of my players. Two strikers made the goals for Jamaica, I am very, very happy about this,” he added.”We’re not finished, we’ve one more match. We cannot make a party now, we can play Bob Marley later.”Now Jamaicans are headed to the Gold Cup final for the first time, being the first Caribbean team to make that landmark.Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute.”We’ve made history by getting into the final,” noted Barnes of Jamaica, which had twice made it to the Gold Cup semi-finals – in 1993 when they placed joint third, and 1998. “We’re looking forward to the final now; hopefully we can win it,” he added.Mattocks scored with a header that hit the far post on its way in, off a long throw-in from Kemar Lawrence at the 31st minute, while Barnes scored with a brilliant curling free-kick the 36th, after US goalie Brad Guzan was adjudged to have handled the ball by stepping out of the penalty box as he attempted to kick the ball upfield.”To see it going in was sensational,” Barnes said of his goal.Bradley scored after goalkeeper Ryan Thompson spilled a shot from Aron Johanssen.It was one of several spills by Thompson, who otherwise made some brilliant saves against the Americans, who outshot his team with 18 kicks on target, as opposed to Jamaica’s four.Both teams created chances to score in a very competitive fixture in which the Americans made most of the running, with 58 per cent possession. However, without skilful players to bother the Jamaican defence, they hit a lot of long passes and crosses, especially in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.This tactic suited the strong-defending Jamaica team led by tall central defender Michael Hector, as they were able to outjump the American attackers.Additionally, the second balls won off the headers were used by Jamaica to start counter attacks, with Je-Vaughn Watson, Rodolph Austin, Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary pushing back the Americans.Watson had a monstrous two-way game and McAnuff, especially, utilised all the craft and experience of his 33 years to keep possession, while the strikers fought bravely while being outnumbered to hold up the ball until help arrived to press forward.The goals came when Mattocks skillfully flicked the ball on one of the few times he beat the American defence to a high ball, while Barnes curled a free-kick with ferocity from the top of the box.Jamaica tightened the screws on Bradley after he took advantage of the Thompson spill, forcing him back to his defence and made his and his team’s task difficult. It became so hard against Jamaica’s very organised team defence that without a way through, they resorted to long balls from deep and wide.In the end, those hardly mattered against a Jamaica team that held strong to become the first Caribbean team to beat the United States in a men’s senior football match in the US since Haiti did so in 1969.”The team is disappointed because they wanted to play the big final in Philadelphia,” admitted US coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.”Congratulations to Jamaica being in the final.”Klinsmann added: “I cannot complain about the performance about the team. We had enough chances to put the game away.”
DUBLIN (AP): Substitute Shane Long scored five minutes after coming on yesterday for Ireland to upset world champions Germany 1-0 and clinch at least a play-off place for Euro 2016. Long struck in the 70th minute of their qualifier when he took goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s long kick over the German defence and fired the ball past Manuel Neuer to the top corner. “He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so it makes it even that bit more special,” Long said after Ireland’s first-ever competitive win over Germany. “It was an unexpected and unnecessary defeat,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “He’s won a World Cup. He’s entitled to his opinion, and we were brilliant,” Irish counterpart Martin O’Neill said. With one game in qualifying remaining, Germany top Group D on 19 points, one ahead of Poland and Ireland, who meet in Warsaw on Sunday. Robert Lewandowski scored his second goal deep in injury time for Poland to draw 2-2 with Scotland in Glasgow and end the home side’s hopes of a play-off. Because of their superior goal difference, a draw on Sunday would be enough for Poland to qualify directly, while Ireland needs to win to avoid the play-offs.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Batsman Leon Johnson and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell have both been handed retainer contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board, despite not featuring for the regional side over the last year.The pair are among a list of 15 players announced by the WICB late yesterday who have been retained for the period beginning last October 1 to September 30 later this year.Johnson, a 28-year-old left-hander, has been repeatedly overlooked in recent months despite the West Indies’ continued struggles at the top of the order.He averages nearly 40 in his four Tests and gathered scores of 54 and 44 in his last Test – against South Africa in Cape Town last January.Fellow Guyanese Rajindra Chandrika has been the preferred choice despite three noughts in six Test innings and an average of 14.Cottrell, meanwhile, has not suited up for West Indies since the one-day series in South Africa last January.The 26-year-old has struggled with injury this year and only recent resumed bowling when he turned out for Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional First Class Championship.He played the last of this two Tests in December, 2014, and has played two one-day internationals.Marlon Samuels has been also retained despite a torrid time with the bat in recent months. The Jamaican gathered 30 runs from four Test innings against Sri Lanka last October and managed only 35 runs in five outings against Australia in the just concluded three-Test series Down Under.Rookies Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich, who like Chandrika both made their Test debuts last year, are also among the 15 retained.RETAINED PLAYERS – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Jermaine Blackwood, Jerome Taylor, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):When lecturing FIFA on ethics, English soccer leaders look like the moral arbiters of the game.It’s an attitude that gives the English Football Association little wiggle room when problems land on its own doorstep.So once the England team manager’s integrity was damaged by unguarded comments to undercover reporters about illegal transfer practises, while attempting to cash in on his prestigious job, Sam Allardyce’s position was untenable. Allardyce’s contract was terminated after 67 days and one game in charge.”If we are going to be opinionated on how people behave in football in England and internationally we have to live the high standards ourselves,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said. “A problem came. We dealt with it quickly.”But the problems aren’t going away. Far from it, with further allegations of wrongdoing emerging and pressure to act from the government.The latest installment of the Daily Telegraph investigation filmed an agent accusing 10 managers, which it did not name, of taking bribes linked to player transfers. Such corruption has long been suspected in England, which hosts the world’s richest domestic football competition in the Premier League.”The vast number of Premier League transfers, loans and contract re-negotiations involving large sums of money, combined with the greed of those involved in the deals, give rise to corruption,” Liz Ellen, head of sports at law firm Mishcon de Reya, told The Associated Press.There is one quick fix.”There should be a separation of powers,” Ellen said. “Managers and players should not have the same agents as this creates conflicts of interests and appearances of bias or conflict which are difficult to overcome.”The League Managers Association said it is taking the allegations of bribery “very seriously as they are obviously damaging to the game.”damaged imageThere’s more damage to come, with the Telegraph promising further revelations about LMA members.The first video was published on Monday, showing Allardyce appearing to offer advice to fictitious businessmen on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practise and also to negotiate a 400,000-pound public-speaking contract to top up an annual England salary of 3 million pounds.A further recording showed Allardyce mocking predecessor Roy Hodgson, who was fired after England’s humiliating loss to tiny Iceland at the European Championship in June, questioning the FA’s financial strategy, and talking dismissively about the organisation’s president, Prince William.”On reflection it was a silly thing to do,” Allardyce said outside his home near the northern English city of Manchester on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it was an error of judgement on my behalf and I’ve paid the consequences.”Allardyce was heading for the airport to escape England and to reflect on becoming the shortest-serving manager of the team.The FA and England’s leagues responded, saying in a joint statement that the allegations from the newspaper stings “will be investigated with the full force of the rules at our disposal.””Should we find any evidence of criminality,” the statement said, “we would inform and seek the support of the appropriate statutory authorities.”
Byers put Antigua ahead in the 43rd minute when he pounced on a ball which rebounded after Puerto Rico’s goalkeeper; Matthew Sanchez failed to hold onto a free-kick from 18 yards. The home side added to their advantage four minutes from regulation time when Smith picked-up a low pass on the edge of the six-yard box to tap home from close range. Playing without their charismatic midfielder Joshua Parker and forward Dexter Blackstock – both based in England – Antigua & Barbuda were more attacking in the second half. However, they failed to hit the back of the net in the early stages of the half, even after scoring opportunities were created. In other CFU third-round matches at the weekend, French Guiana beat St Kitts and Nevis one-nil and Martinique defeated Dominican Republic 2-1. ANTIGUA AHEAD Jaguars found a consolation goal a minute from full time when Lyle, left his goal to head in a corner kick, his first goal for Guyana in his first outing. Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda rebounded from a 0-3 thrashing from CuraÁao last week to pull off a two-nil win over Puerto Rico in the third round of the ScotiaBank Men’s Caribbean Cup football match at the Antigua Recreation Ground on the weekend. Goals from striker Peter Byers and substitute Stefan Smith, on either side of the break, fired the Benna Boys to victory and a chance to qualify for the final round of the CFU Cup and a place at next year’s Gold Cup. The Antiguans must now wait on results from the next leg of matches this week to know if they will advance to the next round as the best overall second place finishers. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): An extra time brace from substitute Ivanildo Rozenblad inspired Suriname to a dramatic come-from-behind win over rivals Guyana in the third round of the Scotiabank Men’s Caribbean Cup football match at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo on the weekend. The Surinamese prevailed 3-2 after 30 minutes of extra time following a one-all deadlock in regulation time. Marcel Barrington put Golden Jaguars ahead five minutes into normal time with a low right-footer from the top of the box. Mitchell Kisoor equalised after capitalising on a blunder in the 12th minute of the second half to setup the gripping extra time contest. Suriname grabbed the lead with two minutes remaining in the first half of extra time when Rozenbald tapped into an open goal after receiving a ball from the left flank. Four minutes into the second period of extra time Rozenbald struck again rifling his second goal past goalkeeper Kai Lyle at the near post. CONSOLATION GOAL
POSSIBLE CAPTAIN Richard Berridge, chief operating officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, says that Chris Gayle can carry the team to glory in next season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament. Although he would not speak on reasons for Gayle’s move, Berridge describes it as a big boost to the team, having struggled in its previous two seasons in the competition. “He is probably the best T20 player in the world,” he says. “Just having him penciled into your line-up is a great bonus, and we all know what he’s capable of. “His stats say it all. We have high expectations and we know Chris is a hard worker, an excellent cricketer, and an excellent leader. He’ll bring a lot of value to our franchise in and out of cricket.” The Patriots are expecting corporate entities to want to align themselves with the franchise as Gayle is seen as someone who can attract what Berridge describes as “huge commercial deals”. He is also expected to create a boost in ticket sales at Warner Park, where the team plays its home matches. “Having a player like him on board will only help us to increase the exposure of our franchise internationally,” Berridge says. This leadership Berridge speaks of means that he is already being considered for the role of team captain, although he says it is still dependent on other experienced players the Patriots will look to bring in during the draft early next year. “He would possibly be our captain. It hasn’t been confirmed. When we select the rest of the team, it more than likely will be him,” Berridge says. No other names have been confirmed to join Gayle as yet, but the Patriots say they are hoping and expecting to make more signings of a similar quality. “We will, where we think we need them, whether it’s an all-rounder, bowler, or a batsman, we have another player that we can sign at the second level, which we’re currently deciding on, ” Berridge says. “We have a few slots that are going to be open in the draft and we have a few guys that are going to be retained – some valuable players who we want to continue to work with.” He expects the entire league to benefit from the transfer, as he sees more moves being triggered as a result, with not only the Tallawahs trying to replace him, but other teams looking to make signings. This is to ensure they do not get left behind in terms of competitiveness. Berridge says Jamaican fans, who he thinks will be obviously disappointed to lose a player of Gayle’s quality, should still support him as the tournament is about franchises, rather than nationality. This means fans should feel open to supporting whichever team they wish in the competition, because of the players they like, rather than the countries they [the fans] live in or were born in.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University turned back Letran, 65-62, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers survived a scare in the final minutes after their 11-point lead, 61-50, dwindled to just three in the final seven seconds of the game but Jed Mendoza was able to hold fort and stopped JP Calvo until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT JRU improved to 2-2 to snap its two-game losing streak while Letran slipped to 1-2.“When we get to the end game, we cannot commit turnovers or passing mistakes,” said JRU head coach Vergel Meneses. “That’s why Letran was able to come back.”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’The Knights were able mount their 13-4 late-game run after pestering the Heavy Bombers for the full 94 feet but time wasn’t on their side.Mendoza led JRU with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while Teytey Teodoro, who missed two crucial free throws with seconds remaining in the game, added 14 points. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bong Quinto had a team-high 16 points to lead Letran while Rey Nambatac added 14. View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Gov’t nixes 2019 SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube
Three points away from 10k, Yap rues missed 3-pointer in ROS loss LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat took sole possession of second place in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, sucking the air out of Philippine Air Force in three sets, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Myla Pablo closed the chapter for the Lady Warriors with a crippling crosscourt kill that gave Pocari its fifth win in six games and an automatic seat in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pablo had a game-high 19 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Jeanette Panaga and Elaine Kasilag had 11 points apiece.Kai Nepomuceno also finished in double figures with 10 points for Pocari.Iari Yongco and Dell Palomata combined for 16 points to lead the 3-2 Lady Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Warriors head coach Enrico De Guzman was pleased with how his team played its ground game despite watching the third set get extended.“My assessment for this game is I saw what I taught them in training,” said De Guzman in Filipino.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’“Our first balls were perfect and I really challenged the players to receive the services and not to always rely on the libero.”Pocari complemented its 45 scoring spikes with superb defense limiting the Lady Jet Spikers to just 27 points off spikes. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 All the potential intricacies, though, are far from UP head coach Bo Perasol’s mind with the Fighting Maroons more concerned with just simply winning the game that’s next on their schedule.“In fact we’re not thinking and we’re not talking about the standings,” said Perasol in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “It will give us undue pressure so we just talk about enjoying the game and making sure we’ll have a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd UP’s path to its fifth win involved erasing a 10-point deficit, 49-39, midway through the fourth quarter against the Tamaraws.Jun Manzo capped off the Fighting Maroons’ 17-4 run with a floater that gave UP a 56-53 lead with 38 seconds left in the game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen University of the Philippines snatched a victory over Far Eastern University on Saturday, the Fighting Maroons also boosted their chances of barging into the Final Four.The Fighting Maroons tied the Tamaraws for the fourth spot with a 5-6 record, a major morale booster heading into the last four games of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT And although Jasper Parker tied the game with 32.9 seconds remaining, Paul Desiderio delivered another clutch triple with 1.1 seconds left that eventually gave UP the victory.“This was a morale-boosting win for us, these struggles are the things we need to experience for us to grow,” said Perasol. “The most important thing is that we have a a goal in mind and that is to uplift our program.” GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swap LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City With only the top team guaranteed of making the next round, every game counts for the Busmen who have four points just like Home, but own a superior goal difference.Ceres struggled to put away Shan United before winning on penalties in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Busmen are aware of the threat posed by Shan United and coach Risto Vidakovic was quick to remind his players that a repeat of the performance against Home last week may not be enough to get a result at Panaad.Fortunately for the Busmen, they’ve been almost unstoppable at home in the continental competition, losing only once in the last three years. Ebondo saves Scorpions from Heavy Bombers GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ View comments BACOLOD CITY—Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros seeks to keep top spot as it clashes against Myanmar’s Shan United in Group F of the AFC Cup on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium here.Held to a 1-1 draw by Home United a week ago in Singapore, the Busmen hope to rediscover their lethal form against the Burmese champions who are coming off a 2-1 away win over Boeung Ket in Phnom Penh.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Every game is different and it’s also important,” said Vidakovic. “We cant afford to be overconfident just like what happened last week.”Meanwhile, Global Cebu collides with Group G leader Yangon United at Thuwunna Stadium also on Tuesday in Yangon.The Cebu side leaned on an impressive performance from Patrick Deyto to preserve a 1-1 draw against Indonesian side Bali United last week at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT