PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:MICHAEL HECTOR has apologised to his teammates after two horrendous mistakes by the central defender led to two Mexican goals during Sunday’s Gold Cup final.Hector was at fault when Mexico scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half, as they went on to win the match 3-1 against Jamaica.”We’re disappointed, obviously,” he said after the match. “We felt that we played well … so I’m gutted for the players. I said to the players in the dressing room I’m sorry for the mistakes that caused the goals, that they didn’t deserve this, in a final especially.”As Hector’s teammates filed off during the presentation ceremony, the tall 23-year-old stood and watched Mexico celebrate as they lifted an unprecedented seventh title in the 13 competitions contested. The United States have won five and Canada once.FEELTHEPAIN”I wanted to watch them lift the trophy to make me realise what I’ve done and never to be in that situation again … that’s why I stayed out there and watched them lift the trophy,” Hector explained. “I don’t want to be in that situation again, I wanted to feel the pain of losing the final.”Jamaica were playing in the final for the first time, being the first Caribbean team to do so. Additionally, they had beaten the United States in the semi-finals at Atlanta 2-1 to record their first win over the Americans in their country.Jamaica also earned the Fair Play Trophy.”It’s a proud moment for the country to be the first Caribbean team to play in the final. We’ve positives to take. This team can go far in the future and, hopefully, we can do that, get in another final and win it next time,” Hector said.”It’s tough to take at the moment, but I think in the next few days or weeks, we’ll look back at this tournament and take the positives and be proud of what we’ve achieved,” the defender added. – Audley Boyd
Jamaica won the 2015 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Under-19 championship, de-throning Barbados 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 to win the four-team tournament, their first in international volleyball at any level. The team will now represent CAZOVA in the NORCECA Under -19 tournament to be held sometime between later this year and next year. Jamaica also exacted a measure of revenge on the defending champions, who had beaten them 3-1 on the first day of the tournament, last week Thursday. In Sunday’s final, Jamaica overcame a six-point deficit in what was a keenly contested first set that got the home crowd – consisting mainly of college students – cheering wildly. Barbados began the second set by racing to an 8-2 lead, before a time-out was called. On the resumption, Jamaica went on an eight-one run to lead 10-9. Ten to nine soon became 13-9 as the Jamaicans tried to race to a two-set to love lead. Barbados weren’t having it. The defending champions came into the final on an unbeaten streak of four games and were not going to roll over and die. Spurred by their outside hitter, No. 2 Brandon Callender, who had 18 spikes, and libero Akeel Oxley, Barbados rallied to take the lead 22-18, when Jamaica’s head coach, Steve Davis, called a time-out. Following the break, Jamaica clawed their way back to eke out a close 25-23 win. BRAVE BATTLE Facing the daunting task of winning three straight sets against an opponent growing in confidence as the game went on, Barbados battled bravely, but the influence of tournament MVP Jovan Thomas, Jamaica’s captain, whose nine left-handed spikes were virtually unstoppable; and six from No.8, Shavar James, enabled Jamaica to secure a comfortable 25-16 win to snatch the title. “I am extremely satisfied,” said an elated Davis, following the historic win. “Like I had been saying at the beginning, the guys are young but they are hard working. They never complained; and every training session, they got better, and every game, they got better. “We took a set from Barbados in the first match, and that set was 25-14, so we knew we had what it takes to beat them,” he noted. John Stuart, Barbados’ head coach, said unforced errors proved to be their downfall. “It was unforced errors and too many bad serves,” he said. “In all fairness, Jamaica played better than Barbados and deserved to win.”
Upcoming Jamaican sprinter Natasha Morrison has joined Asafa Powell and Kerron Stewart at the Texas-based Fast Twitch Factory after her recent departure from the MVP Track Club.Morrison, a 100m finalist and the lead-off runner on Jamaica’s gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the recent IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, was reportedly asked to leave the University of Technology-based MVP Track Club.There was speculation that she would remain in Jamaica and train with one of the other local outfits, but it has now been confirmed that she will work out of Austin, Texas, with Asafa’s older brother, Donovan.Morrison reportedly left the island earlier this week.A lot of potentialSpokesperson for the club Tara Playfair-Scott confirmed Morrison’s addition to the club, while sharing her impressions of the athlete, whom she considers a perfect complement to the growing group.”We are thrilled to have her on board. She is an amazing athlete with a lot of potential, and we are looking forward to working with her,” Playfair-Scott told The Gleaner yesterday.”Natasha is a great addition to the Fast Twitch family, and I think she complements the others very well. It’s a nice group and a nice mix of athletes,” added Playfair-Scott, who also shared that the club is unlikely to make any other additions going into the upcoming season.The club is completed by another Jamaican sprinter, Winston Barnes.Morrison, who ran a personal best 10.96 in the semi-finals of the World Championships, finished seventh in the final, with a time of 11.02.The sprinter, who has struggled somewhat with injuries over the past few seasons, made her breakthrough this season, earlier booking her spot on the World Championships team by finishing second in 11.03 at the National Senior Championships in June.She is considered by many to be among the island’s more promising sprinters but was surprisingly cut from the MVP Track Club shortly after the World Championships, becoming part of an exodus that included fellow world-class athletes Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who have since joined the Cameron Blazers unit.
Groups Quarter-final schedule Tuesday, October 27 – Lennon vs. Port Antonio at Juici Field Wednesday October 28 – Lacovia vs Manchester at St Elizabeth Tech – Paul Bogle vs St James at York Oval – Petersfield vs Seaforth at Frome Sports Complex – Vere vs Mannings at Wembley Comm. Field – Marcus Garvey vs STETHS at Drax Hall – Clarendon College vs Dinthill at Juici Field – Rusea’s vs Glenmuir at Jarrett Park All matches kick off at 3 p.m. Western Bureau: Champions Clarendon College have been drawn alongside three former winners in a very tough quarter-final round group in this year’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup football competition. The champions have been grouped with Glenmuir High, Rusea’s High, and Dinthill Technical. All three have been doing well. They each topped their respective zones in the first round, and then eased past quality opposition in the inter-zone round. Except for the ‘Russians’ who had to overcome a do-or-die situation in the final inter-zone match on Tuesday, which they ultimately did with utmost ease, (7-1 victory over Herbert Morrison), this may well prove the group of death. Clarendon’s first match in the round will be against a free-scoring Dinthill team. This game will be at the Juici Field at Clarendon Park, with kick-off slated for 3 p.m. Former winners and defending Ben Francis champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) are drawn to face Marcus Garvey High, The Mannings School, and Vere Technical in Group R. The Omar Wedderburn-coached institution has not yet hit top gear. They, however, have shown good form in at least three matches and must now produce consistent performances to move even deeper into the business end of the competition. While STETHS have yet to look their best, for the most part, Manchester High, with the respected Donovan Duckie as coach, have been outstanding. Their only blemish, 0-1 loss to Clarendon, has been put firmly behind. Since then, they have gone on to defeat all others, including a very good Munro side 4-1 on Tuesday to advance and now they are focused on topping a strong Group P that include St James High, perennial contenders Paul Bogle High, and Lacovia. This Lacovia team has been improving with every game and could spoil the Manchester party when they meet on Wednesday, October 28, at the STETHS field in Santa Cruz. Meanwhile, surprise package Petersfield High must get the better of Port Antonio, Lennon, and Seaforth High in order to keep their campaign on track. Their historic victory on Tuesday against Cornwall College, according to their assistant coach, Dwayne Forrester, is ‘like a dose of vitamin’ and could serve to inject even more confidence into a bunch of players, who appear fearless in the face of strong opposition. They first tackle Seaforth High at the Frome Sports Complex and will start as favourites for the win. Group P: St James High, Paul Bogle High, Manchester High, Lacovia High Group Q: Port Antonio High, Petersfield High, Lennon High, Seaforth High Group R: Marcus Garvey High, Mannings School, STETHS, Vere Tech. Group S: Clarendon College, Glenmuir High, Rusea’s High, Dinthill Tech.
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Jamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.
When they meet this afternoon, several intangibles will be in play. Namely, STETHS, who are first in the zone on goal difference over Lacovia (both have 9 points), will be on familiar home turf in Santa Cruz and will be backed by their band of rabid supporters. Striker Wright out STETHS will also be taking the field without one of their most lethal strikers in Romeo Wright, who suffered a broken leg in a recent match against Maggotty. The defending champions will still be smarting from that shock 1-0 loss to Lacovia on Thursday. Munro, meanwhile, third in the zone with 8 points, on the other hand, has been getting more than satisfactory results recently to include a strong fight back to secure a draw against Maggotty. The Lance Morgan-coached Munro then slapped a solid 6-1 spanking on Black River in preparation for today’s derby. “We are aiming to top the zone. We haven’t done so in a number of years, but we like our chances this time around against STETHS,” Morgan told the Gleaner. “I am expecting a humdinger of a contest in Santa Cruz. Two of the best teams in the zone and more a Munro versus STETHS is always going to be an exciting affair. It should be interesting,” Morgan said. And it is promising that and much more. As STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn stated, his team will be taking the attack to Munro. “All our frustration will be taken out on this Munro team. We lost against Lacovia and while it’s not really a setback, we want some form of revenge and so it is that we meet Munro next,” reasoned Wedderburn. Another hot-button match-up is in Zone A, where St. James high will tackle Cornwall College. Both teams are locked on maximum 12 points from four matches and have looked impressive doing so. Western Bureau While there will be a number of high stakes ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup matches set for this afternoon, few, if any will carry interests as the Zone E derby featuring St. Elizabeth Technical and Munro College in Santa Cruz is promising to do. Over the years, this match-up has taken on a significance that has transcended a mere football spectacle and is arguably the competition’s biggest rivalry, even laying down a challenge towards the Cornwall College/Rusea’s derby at its heights in the 90’s or the Clarendon College/Vere Technical one-two punch of the eighties. In Zone K, Dinthill (12 points) and Ewarton (9pts) will also be of keen interest, as they continue setting the pace in that zone. Other interesting matches pit Zone E contenders Newell (5pts) against a Lacovia side still on cloud nine, after their first victory over STETHS in eight years on Thursday to join the champions on 9 points, while Manchester and Mile Gully will provide serious goal-mouth action in their top-of-the-table Zone F clash. STETHS has been the more successful in recent years obviously but Munro and its supporters still pride itself as the standard by which all others should be judged in St. Elizabeth and so will not go quietly and cede STETHS the throne. Today’s matches McGrath vs. Guys Hill Green Pond vs. Anchovy Maldon vs. Irwin St. James vs. Cornwall College Rusea’s vs. Knockalva Cedric Titus vs. Muschett William Knibb vs. Herbert Morrison Maud McLeod vs. Petersfield Godfrey Stewart vs. Grange Hill Newell vs. Lacovia STETHS vs. Munro Manchester vs. Mile Gully BB Coke vs. deCarteret York Castle vs. Browns Town A Gallimore vs. Ocho Rios Steer Town vs. Marcus Garvey Ewarton vs. Dinthill Fair Prospect vs. Port Antonio Garvey Maceo vs. Denbigh Glenmiur vs. Winston Jones Vere vs. Bustamante Kemps Hill vs. Tacius Golding Central High vs. Old Harbour Paul Bogle vs. Morant Bay Robert Lightbourne vs. St Thomas Tech Seaforth vs. Yallahs Titchfield vs. Happy Grove
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP):Cricket South Africa (CSA) says India and Australia will both tour for four-Test series in late 2017 and early 2018.CSA announced part of their fixtures for next season on Thursday with trips by Bangladesh, India and Australia all confirmed.Bangladesh will play two Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in September and October 2017.Australia will be in South Africa in February and March 2018 for four Tests, with exact dates still to be worked out.India will likely travel in late 2017, although CSA didn’t announce dates for the No. 1-ranked team’s test, ODI and T20 tour. South Africa normally hosts a test series over the year-end holidays but there’s been doubt as to whether India was willing to tour at that time.
ADELAIDE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard shone with the ball but then flattered to deceive with the bat, as his Adelaide Strikers were eliminated from play-off contention with a six-run loss to Sunil Narine’s Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League yesterday. Opting to field first, Strikers watched as the visitors rallied to a challenging 171 for nine from their 20 overs but could only muster 165 for eight in reply, to come up short. The defeat kept Strikers bottom of the eight-team standings on four points while Renegades moved into fifth spot on six points, to stay alive in the tournament. Opener Marcus Harris slammed 85 from 53 deliveries while Callum Ferguson chipped in with a 16-ball 26, to propel the Renegades innings. The left-handed Harris put on 55 for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch (19) and a further 45 for the second wicket with Cameron White (10). Narine, batting at number seven, made only two. Pollard finished with three for 30 from three overs of slow medium, claiming the dangerous Ferguson in the final over caught in the deep off a slower ball. In reply, several batsmen got starts but failed to carry on as Strikers slumped to their fifth defeat of the season. Opener Ben Dunk top-scored with 32 off 25 deliveries in a 53-run, first wicket stand with Tim Ludeman who made 29 from 22 balls. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Sri Lankan seamer Thisara Perera sliced through the innings to finish with four for 25. Pollard, who has struggled with the bat throughout the tournament, struck 22 from 17 deliveries with a four and a six batting at number four, helping to add 27 for the third wicket with Jake Weatherald (11). The Trinidadian was fourth out in the 14th over with the score on 98 for four, brilliantly taken on the deep square leg boundary by Ferguson off Perera. FIFTH DEFEAT
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