BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgNEWCASTLEVS ARSENALArsenal have four points from their opening three games, their worst start since 2011. But they have gone nine Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle without loss, winning their last seven home and away. Newcastle could start with Florian Thauvin, their latest signing from Marseille who scored on his full debut for Newcastle in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Northampton.ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLANDSunderland have failed to score in their last four games against Villa while managing just one in seven previous encounters. Three of the last four games between these teams at Villa Park have ended in goalless draws while seven of Sunderland’s 14 visits there have also been draws, with Villa winning five and Sunderland just two, most recently in January 2011.BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITYLeicester have won 29 Premier League points since April 1, more than any other side. And Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three games of this campaign. Leicester have beaten Bournemouth in their last four league clashes, and last lost against the south-coast club in March 1989.STOKE VS WEST BROMStoke have started poorly with just two points from a possible nine, their worst Premier League start for five years; in 2010 they lost their opening three games and went on to finish just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Albion’s one point is their worst start since 2013.TOTTENHAMVS EVERTONTottenham have two points, their worst start for three years. But Everton last won at White Hart Lane in November 2008, one of three victories there in 22 visits. Everton defender John Stones put in a transfer request in midweek, while Chelsea have had three unsuccessful bids for the defender, and so he may not feature.SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITYSouthampton’s two points is their worst start since 2012 when they lost their first four games in the Barclays Premier League and sees them in the bottom three – their lowest place in the top flight since December 2012. Indeed, Saints have won just once in their last nine league games, losing five and drawing three.last_img read more

James looks forward to bright season

first_imgJorginho James looked like a man on a mission when he took to the football field on Sunday night, and he left the field feeling accomplished after giving Harbour View a 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in their opening match of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League season.When the 21-year-old entered the field late in the second half, his team, Harbour View, were trailing visitors Boys’ Town 0-1 courtesy of a goal beautifully constructed by Michael Blygen and Peter Keys and finished by the latter. Every move James made showed intent and had observers who had watched him over the years remarking that he looked a different player.His industry and intent paid off in the 83rd minute as his strike from just outside the 18-yard box eclipsed Keys’ in beauty. That strike eased the tension at Harbour View and sent theplayer’s confidence sky high as his face lit up the park.’elated'”I am feeling elated. We were training to kick shots and score from the top of the ‘D’ as I am an attacker, so coach put me out there and gave me the confidence to go out there and get a goal for the team,” the former Wolmer’s and Kingston College Manning Cup representative said at the end of the game.That performance and the strike, James said, meant so much to him, as ever since he scored on his debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17-year-old in a win against Cuba, he struggled to find footballhappiness.”It has been a long time since I have got back to myself, and I feel it now. I don’t know why, but I had a great preseason. Even though I did not start tonight, I was pretty much pumped up for this game and pumped up for the upcoming season; so, this season, you are going to see a lot more of Jorginho James,” the speedyplayer promised.After his successful debut, James said things threatened to take off for him, but nothing materialised.”I made my Reggae Boyz debut as a 17-year-old, and I have been working on getting back to that place. I have been moving in and out of the season on trials and so forth, trying to get myself up and outside of Jamaica, but I finally decided to settle down and have a full season here and see what happens,” said the man who was named after a famous Brazilian wing back.Among the opportunities James tried to capitalise on was one in Japan.”I was offered a contract in the J-League some months right after I scored for Jamaica on my debut. I have been in the US, I was in Finland a couple months ago.”In fact, I played a couple practice matches for the J-League team, and something went wrong and negotiations failed between the two clubs. I spent four months in the US practising with a club thathas some affiliation with the Philadelphia Union. I trained with some College guys (this was last summer),” he explained.James expressed confidence that with the support of his coaches and encouragement of his team-mates, he will achieve his goals.last_img read more

Cottrell looking to make ‘big statement’

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who has been sidelined by injury, is eyeing the impending WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament as the perfect launch pad to solidify his comeback when he turns out for the Jamaica Scorpions.The left-arm seamer, who has been making steady strides in the limited-overs arena in recent years, recently recovered from a knee injury that he sustained during a West Indies training camp last summer.Since then, the 26-year-old has gone on to represent Jamaica Scorpions in two matches in the WICB First-Class Championship, which is currently on a midseason break.”For me, it (Super50) is a comeback tournament, and I want to make a big statement,” he explained.”I am coming off a knee injury and have been steadily getting in the groove since, and this tournament, I want to finish high on the bowling list.”Cottrell, who has been particularly good in Twenty20 matches and has been a leading figure in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, is set to spearhead Jamaica’s bowling attack in the absence of fellow West Indian Jerome Taylor, who is currently in Australia.Taylor, like batsman Jermaine Blackwood, is earmarked to join the Jamaica team after their first three group-stage matches. The team is scheduled to play six matches, and Cottrell wants to make a big impact.”With me likely to lead the bowling attack, I intend to be aggressive up top and take wickets,” he said.”I want to make batsmen as uncomfortable as much as possible, with regard to my pace and control. If I am able to do that, I know it will be better for me to take wickets, which should put the team in better positions to win matches.”Cottrell has represented the West Indies in two one-day internationals, six Twenty20 internationals, and two Tests.The Scorpions’ other specialist fast bowler in the 14-man ssquad is the up-and-coming Marquino Mindley.GORDON ADDEDReserve pacer Nicholson Gordon, in the meantime, has been added to the squad as cover until Taylor joins the team.Champions of the regional one-day showpiece event five years ago, Jamaica Scorpions are slated to face stiff competition in the group stage of the Super50 tournament.Pitted in Group A, they will battle co-hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride for one of the two available semi-final spots. Guest team ICC Americas is the group’s other contestant.The other two-semi-finalists will come from Group Two, which includes Guyana, co-hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and Windward Island Volcanoes.Jamaica will bow into action tomorrow against Trinidad at Queen’s Park Oval in a day/night encounter. Match time is 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time.last_img read more

JCSA holds off challenge to INSPORTS board

first_imgTensions appeared to have calmed somewhat at the government-run sporting agency, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), after the Don Anderson-led board was reinstated, virtually en bloc, by the Office of the Prime Minister last month.This move, according to Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) vice -president, Robert Chung, has basically nullified their efforts to have the former board dissolved.However, all parties appear to be satisfied as according to Chung, administrative director Ian Andrews had his signing powers restored and, so far, the board has shown no malice towards him.”The board has been reinstated, and we never got a chance to respond to the reinstatement because we thought that with the elections, it would have been put off.They have made some changes, but the board has been reinstated, and Don Anderson is still the chairman of the board,” Chung told The Gleaner.”What we are not understanding is if this move means hostility to Mr Andrews has ceased. Since the new board has been appointed, there has been no hostility towards him, and we see us getting no mileage out of this by saying the board has been inappropriate, because there is a new board in place,” he explained.He noted that with the board’s reappointment, all their previous plans to have it dissolved have been shelved because there is no case against their operations. However, he said they will watch and see if tensions are still brewing.”If you understand what is happening here now, they have put us in a null position. We can’t complain about a board that is no longer there, and this new board has shown no hostility or done anything towards our member. But, we are waiting to see as, if anything should happen it will happen after election,” Chung pointed out.”But, as far as we know, that (signing power) has been returned, and we don’t think it has been disturbed now that the new board is in place. A few of them (board members) have been replaced, about three, but it’s a huge board, and I don’t know how much that will change what is happening. But Mr Andrews has no complaints.”So we no longer have a claim against the board because the board has changed, and the new board has not shown any hostility towards Mr Andrews.”last_img read more

Simmons pulls out of T20 squad

first_imgDUBAI, UAE, CMC – Batsman Lendl Simmons has become the latest player to withdraw from the West Indies squad for next week’s Twenty20 World Cup in India.The 31-year-old has failed to recover from a back injury and missed the ongoing preparation camp here. He will remain in Trinidad and Tobago to recuperate.Simmons, one of the leading Twenty20 openers, joins Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo, who have all pulled out of the squad.Pollard withdrew because of injury, Narine requested more time to work on his action while Bravo opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship.last_img

I am here to prove you wrong – Zlatan

first_imgManchester United’s star striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, says he is determined to make his mark in the Premier League and prove his doubters wrong. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s massive clash against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford, Ibra, who was being interviewed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who now works with Sky Sports, was bullish about his Premier League ambitions.The 35-year-old Swedish striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, having arrived on a free transfer from PSG in the summer.criticism welcome”I have no problem [with the criticism] because I went through this my whole career. This is something that triggers me, gives me energy,” said Ibrahimovic. “People talking about me, saying: ‘You’re dead, you’re this, that, ex-players talking, and I don’t even remember them when they were playing. But one thing for sure is they will remember me for the rest of their lives.””After many years of talks like: ‘He can never make it in the Premier League, he can never make it there’, I had my little adventure going around different countries, and when they felt it was most difficult for me, I chose to come. Let’s say a person in myposition would take the easiest way, go abroad, make money in China, or the other side and settle down with the career he had, I choose not, I took the challenge, accepted the challenge, and that’s what I chose,” he added.”That’s why I chose United also, in a situation where they struggled for the last four or five years, and if I can finish the task to bring them to the top, I will be more than happy.”I don’t like the easy task, the easy job, the easy objectives, I always had it hard whenever I went. I needed to do much more than the other ones, and that’s how I see it here. At the age of 35, people said it would be impossible, but I am doing what I am able to do,” said Ibrahimovic.United have improved of late under Mourinho, winning their last six Premier League games to force themselves back into top-four contentionand possibly beyond. They are currently five points behind Liverpool.”I’m looking forward. These games are the games you want to play in, be on that stage, and just enjoy the moment. Let’s enjoy the game, but most of all, let’s win the game,” he said.The gap is smaller now, and if we can get that win from the top four, we are there.”last_img read more

‘Gary Glitter a gold mine for us’

first_img SMART TIME ‘He’s the only horse I have trained in the past year, and by virtue of his performances, has put me on the map,” added the 57-year-old, who started training in 2007. A past student of Jamaica College, Sirjue disclosed that in addition to GARY GLITTER (7-2), he now conditions an unraced two-year-old and, recently acquired the recent winner, SEEKING THE DAWN, who is scheduled to run in tomorrow’s eighth race. Sirjue said that he plans to take his training more seriously this year with the acquisition of more horses via the claiming market, He credited trainer Gary Subratie for his growth as a trainer, having been his assistant for a number of years, and also owner-trainer Gordon Lewis for allowing him to train GARY GLITTER. On Wednesday, the four-year-old gelding by Deputy Glitters out of True Virtue tracked the leaders POLLY B and SIR BUDGET into the straight before disposing of SIR BUDGET approaching the distance, moving away to beat him by eight lengths in the smart time of 1:11.1. Rayan Wilson was again in the saddle. Meanwhile, the nine-race programme saw the 3-5 favourite DIFERENTGENERATION, with former champion Dane Nelson up, staving off the fast-finishing FIERY PATH (10-1) to win the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup over 1100 metres to complete a quick double for in-form trainer Steven Todd on the nine-race programme. Many-time champion Philip Feanny also saddled two winners in DANCING QUEEN and the grey MARVELLOUS MARVA, who overcame grave traffic problems to win the sixth race with female apprentice Mellisa Ward aboard. The upsets were provided by CREEDENCE at 23-1 in the closing race over the straight, WINTER IS COMING at 22-1 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the second, and CHIEF PROSPECT at 12-1 in the fifth. – O. C. Following his fast-time runaway win over 1200 metres in open allowance company at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, GARY GLITTER has improved to such an extent that the sky’s the limit as far as his connections are concerned. The four-year-old is trained by Dalton Sirjue for owner-breeder Gordon Lewis, both of whom believe they have a potential sprint champion on their hands. “He’s unbeaten in two races this season, and prior to that, on Boxing Day, lost out in a needle finish to CHOO CHOO BLUE over six furlongs,” said Sirjue, the elder brother of 1980s jockey Ian Sirjue. “This was his sixth win from 20 career starts, and he is proving to be a gold mine for us. His next objective is the valuable King’s Plate over seven furlongs towards the end of the month. If he wins another race at the open allowance level, he will move up to grade one company to tackle the likes of SEEKING MY DREAM and BUZZ NIGHTMARE. ON THE MAPlast_img read more

‘Hit Man’ Russell back in the ring on March 14

first_imgJamaican middleweight hopeful, Kemahl ‘Hit Man’ Russell, will be taking on another dangerous prospect, Ukranian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, in one of the feature bouts on a card at the Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, on Friday, March 14. It will be a clash of unbeaten middleweights, as Russell is now 10-0 and his opponent is 9-0. Russell should have fought last week, but that bout fell through at the last moment. His manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that “we are so happy that this bout became possible and we signed the contracts today. Kemahl is anxious to get back into the ring and he is a happy man today”. An interesting statistic is that both fighters have superb knockout records. Russell has won eight of his fights inside the distance, while Derevyanchenko has won seven of his nine bouts by the knockout or technical knockout route. Russell told The Gleaner yesterda, that he was very happy to get back into the ring, having not fought since October, and is ready for the dangerous opponent that he will be fighting. “His record is similar to mine and I can see from his knockouts that he is a great puncher. I am ready to rumble, however, and may the best man win,” he said. Russell’s last win was against Henry Mercer in Macon, Georgia, USA, on October 23 last year, where he knocked him out in two rounds. This fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.last_img read more

Hamilton second as Ferrari dominates opener

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Lewis Hamilton’s woes at the Australian Grand Prix continued yesterday when he finished second behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One season-opener at Albert Park.The 32-year-old Brit started on pole but failed to keep pace with the four-time former World champion, who proved his pace in pre-season testing was evidence Ferrari had the edge on Mercedes since the new cars were introduced for the 2017 season.Hamilton finished almost 10 seconds behind Vettel, with new Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, third.”A big congratulations to Ferrari and to Sebastian, they did an amazing job this weekend,” Hamilton told media afterward.”It’s been a great weekend for us and the team, but just in the race, I struggled with the tyres at the end. I had to pit a lot earlier than these guys because I just ran out of grip.GREAT RACE”Pitted and I got stuck behind one of the Red Bulls, and sometimes that’s just the way it goes. But overall, a great race and good points for the team.”There was similar disappointment for Hamilton last year after he also started on pole but was forced to finish second to now retired teammate Nico Rosberg.Vettel stalked Hamilton in the early stages before grabbing the lead when the three-time World champion was forced into an early pit stop.Things were further complicated for Hamilton when he found himself held up behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the restart and Vettel pulled away to open up a considerable lead and score his first win since Singapore in September 2015.last_img read more

Tough test up for Neil Etheridge

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak ‘Tiger’ Ababa eagles way to crown Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player PLAY LIST 01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES Etheridge will return to national team duty in March when the Azkals face Tajikistan at home but the 27-year-old goalkeeper said his focus is to help Cardiff earn promotion to the Premier League.“The season has been very good,” he said, noting that his club is just two points away from the second outright Premier League spot with 20 games to go in the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kickoff is set at 11 p.m. Philippine time.Coached by Pep Guardiola, who steered Barcelona to Spanish League and UEFA Champions League titles and Bayern Munich to titles in Germany, City is the runaway leader in the EPL.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think they are probably the best team in the world right now,” said Etheridge of City. “They play fantastic football and at times are unstoppable.”“It’s going to be a tough day in the office,” Etheridge told the Inquirer. “I just want to enjoy the moment. But I have to concentrate a bit more when the best players in the world will be shooting at me on goal.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino international Neil Etheridge faces the toughest test of his career yet on Sunday night when Cardiff City hosts English Premier League leaders Manchester City at Cardiff City Stadium.In fine form for the Championship side this season, Etheridge is relishing the challenge of playing in the match, which is in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the biggest and oldest competition in English football.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more