first_imgWestern Bureau Hope abounds for a completely better season for Reno FC in the Red Stripe Premier League, as confirmed by their technical director Wendell Downswell, following the club’s flirt with relegation last season. Downswell told  The Gleaner he is hopeful of a better scenario this time around but was quick to add it will be really difficult without the club’s talismanic striker Craig Foster, who left for Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer League of America. “It was always going to be a tough ask, but it was made even more difficult with Craig not being here,” Downswell said. But Foster aside, the longstanding technical director believes the club will survive the hassle of the premiership and will also be a force in the knockout competition – the Flow Champions Cup, which they won in dramatic fashion over western rivals Montego Bay United. But following a strong start to their season leading up to their win in the Flow Champions Cup, Reno buckled under the pressure and remained a contender for relegation up to the last match of the season. Downswell believes things will be different this year. “We don’t have Craig but we other players who will be stepping up their game to ensure Reno stays in the Premier League,” he said. “It’s always good to have a fresh start and this squad will be ready to give its all when the time comes and we will see where we go from there. One thing is certain – from the first game to the last the players will give their best,” Downswell said. “Preparation went well; we travelled overseas for a pre-season competition and that also went well so we are looking to take the positives into the season beginning with Humble Lion at home on Sunday,” Downswell said. With returning players such as forward Afiba Chambers, Renario Downswell, Linval Wilson and captain Alburn Facey among the ranks, it is easy to see why Downswell is hopeful of a productive season. He reasoned that last season was a badly missed opportunity and is keen on getting back on track to winning the league title, something they have not managed to do since 1995. “Much will be dependent on how we augment our returning players with the new ones and how quickly we can gel to make things work for us,” Downswell said, of his squad that ended tenth out of  12 teams last season.last_img read more

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (CMC): Former West Indies cricketer, Franklyn Rose, has been deported from New Zealand, the country’s Immigration Department has confirmed. Rose, who played 19 Tests for the West Indies, was deported after living in New Zealand without a visa for four years. His legal representative, Ramya Sathyanathan, said a last-minute request to suspend the deportation on humanitarian grounds failed. The right-arm bowler has been in a New Zealand prison for the past five weeks after being detained. Sathyanathan says Rose suffered depression, which worsened as a result of his five-week detention at Mount Eden prison. Rose was originally granted a work visa when he was offered a position as coach for the University of Auckland Cricket club, but has not had a valid visa since 2012. He was told he would be deported in 2014, having worked for the Salvation Army and a number of Auckland Schools in the interim in a coaching role. The former Windies player was deported on a flight to Jamaica.last_img read more

first_imgJamaica College’s Miguel Coley, the winning Oliver Shield coach for the past four seasons, says the trophy still stands as the symbol of supremacy in schoolboy football. The Sydney Oliver Interscholastic Challenge Shield, or the Oliver Shield, has been contested since 1909 between the top rural and urban area high schools and for many years was the climax of the schoolboy football season. However, the introduction of the more popular FLOW Super Cup and the glamour and fanfare that accompany it have led many to believe the winners of this new all-island competition represent the best schoolboy team in the island, but not so says Coley. “I believe it is still the symbol of schoolboy supremacy,” Coley told The Gleaner. “Since the inception of the FLOW Super Cup, only one team has won both the FLOW Super Cup and the Oliver Shield, and that is JC. Last year, St George’s won the FLOW Cup and JC won the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles. No other team has won the Super Cup and gone on to win the Oliver Shield. “But it’s not just about country versus town (as in the case of the FLOW Cup). It’s about the best team from the Manning Cup against the best rural-area team, which in the Super Cup you have teams in the top eight of the rural area that couldn’t come through a Manning Cup group. “So the Oliver Shield is still significant; it has a lot of prestige, a lot of history, and there are always two good teams in the final. Cornwall were in the Super Cup final and now they are in the Oliver Shield, so it’s usually the best two teams in the island playing the Oliver Shield,” he said. He thinks the Oliver Shield has only suffered because it is not being highlighted. “People believe what they see and hear. The Oliver Shield is not marketed as much as other competitions … but for persons who understand and know the history of our football, it is still very significant,” he said.last_img read more

first_img RECORD STAND BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Spin twins Damion Jacobs and Nikita Miller shared eight wickets to follow up powerful batting that concluded with a third first-class hundred for Devon Thomas and spur Jamaica Scorpions to an innings and 73-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament on Saturday. Jacobs grabbed 5-64 from 18 overs to end with match figures of 10 for 167, and Miller collected 3-44 as the Hurricanes, trailing by 307 on first innings, were bowled out for 234 in their second innings about an hour past the scheduled close on the rain-marred third day of the day/night, fifth-round match at Warner Park. Left-hander Chesney Hughes was the mainstay of the batting for the Hurricanes with 54 wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton supported with 45; left-handed opener Kieran Powell, the Hurricanes captain and former West Indies opener, made 40; veteran all-rounder Tonito Willett added 27; and Kacey Carty, a member of this year’s West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning squad, got 23. The result meant that the Scorpions bagged a whopping 21 points from the match, moving them to a total of 67.8 and extending their lead at the top of the standings. Hurricanes ended with 3.8 and now have 40.4. The Antigua-born Thomas, a former Hurricanes captain, became the second century-maker for the Scorpions, finishing unbeaten on 114, to follow Brandon King, who was dismissed earlier in the day for 194 as the visitors piled up 550 for seven declared. King struck 17 fours and 13 sixes in a memorable maiden first-class hundred that lasted 218 balls in 288 minutes. Thomas struck 14 fours and one six from 227 balls in a shade over five hours of batting and anchored the rest of the innings following his record stand of 309 for the fifth wicket with King before the declaration came about 40 minutes before the dinner break. Powell gave the Hurricanes a frenetic start, smashing eight fours and one six from 17 balls in a 15-minute stay at the crease before he was caught at cover off Reynard Leveridge. The Hurricanes reached 53 for one at dinner and were 77 for two, having lost opener Montcin Hodge caught at first slip off Marquino Mindley when rain drove the players off the ground on resumption. An early tea break was taken following the lengthy rain delay, and the Hurricanes offered token resistance only when play was resumed. Carty added 46 with Hughes for the third wicket before he became the first of Jacobs’ scalps when he was bowled swinging wildly at a well-tossed-up delivery from the leg-spinner. Hughes then shared 62 in the biggest stand of the innings for the fourth wicket with the in-form Hamilton, defying two, rain interruptions to reach his 50 from 138 balls before he dragged a delivery from Miller to mid-wicket, leaving the Hurricanes 174 for four. The home team reached 200 without further incident, but Jacobs bowled Hamilton off the inside edge and triggered a collapse that saw five wickets fall for six runs in the space of 63 deliveries before Miller trapped Willett lbw to bring the curtain down. Earlier, the Scorpions, resuming the day on 461 for four, continued to plunder the depleted Hurricanes attack, which had lost the services of Cornwall the previous day and was now further hampered by a sore shoulder that sidelined Gavin Tonge.last_img read more

first_imgOCHO RIOS, St Ann: Gran BahIa Principe were the big winners at the presentation ceremony for the Sandals St Ann/S. Mary Business House (BH) Football competition, held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on Thursday. Team manager Stacy Benjamin and coach Marcus Johnson received the Sandals Resorts International Trophy from Brian Roper, general manager of Beaches Ocho Rios, to thunderous applause from the large audience of members of the local football fraternity present at the event. “We were tired of silver … being runners up the past few years and last season it was winning the trophy or bust for us,” said an ecstatic Johnson. “This team has been a joy to coach and we look forward to further success come next season.” Roper, in delivering the sponsors address, stressed his company’s commitment to providing opportunities for the youth and unemployed in the community. “This competition has allowed many young unemployed footballers to gain employment at the hotels and other business enterprises who are a part of the event and that speaks volumes to how serious we take our role as good corporate citizens,” he noted. “We have been sponsors for 24 years and will continue to show the community that we care, not just in football by our charity actions through the Sandals Foundation,” the general manager noted. Guest speaker, Michael Belnavis, the mayor of St Ann’s Bay, also lauded Sandals for their continued sponsorship of the event and praised their role as civic leaders providing opportunities for young people. The mayor disclosed that the St Ann Parish Council was currently in talks with Sandals as a group to assist with the upgrading of the Buckfield Community Centre. Mayor Belnavis also pointed out that his organisation was looking at creating more partnerships with business organisations to assist in the development of sports as well as the local community.last_img read more

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Mbala back to his old dominant self in Game 2 win READ: Mbala back to his old dominant self in Game 2 winThe opposite happened to La Salle as the Green Archers improved their 16-of-38 first half shooting to 16-of-28.La Salle also doubled its free throws from eight conversions in the first half to 16 in the latter part of the match.“We have to credit La Salle’s defense, credit also goes to the changes [Aldin] Ayo made,” said Baldwin. “He went big, that didn’t work then he went small and that began to work.”Ayo employed three big men in the first half with Ben Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Santi Santillan all sharing the floor but the Green Archers switched to a four-guard lineup come the second half.“His [Ayo] pressure then started to take the toll and the momentum swung. We just didn’t play as well once the momentum swung.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We won’t think about Game 2. La Salle didn’t think about Game 1 and they came out and played, we won’t think about Game 2,” said Baldwin at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s winner take all now.”READ: La Salle rallies to stun Ateneo, forces UAAP title decider FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAteneo built a massive 21-point lead in the second quarter after Thirdy Ravena made two free throws, 45-24, and was poised to run away to the title.But La Salle slowly chipped away at the lead and mounted a 40-10 run that spanned the middle quarters to take a 68-59 lead heading into the fourth. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “It was tough because we had a big lead and I’m a coach that hates big leads,” said Baldwin. “That may sound ironic but in today’s world I think young people don’t have a killer instinct. And I see it over and over in basketball leagues around the world.”READ: Rivero fights off tears to spark La Salle comeback “Big leads just seem to drain and momentum swings the other way, and it’s always tough to swing the momentum back. Once La Salle found its feet, we lost ours and we really couldn’t have it back.”After shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 16-of-33, in the first half, the Blue Eagles hit cold air and bungled to a 12-of-40 shooting clip.Ateneo’s free throw shooting also dipped in the second half after going 13-of-15 in the first half, the Blue Eagles managed just 7-of-9 in third and fourth quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin is not the one to look at the past and instead would choose to look at what’s ahead.After Ateneo’s gut-wrenching 92-83 loss to De La Salle in the second game of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals, Baldwin instilled in his players that what happened Wednesday is already on the wayside.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Salle is sitting in the apex of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but the defending champion has no plans of slowing down.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Parker stands as big obstacle in Joshua’s path to greatness MOST READ The defending champions are the best serving team with an average of 2.74 aces per set and are also the best digging team in the league with an average of 15.44 digs per set.La Salle is also the no. 2 team in terms of setting with 9.44 excellent sets per period and the second-best team in terms of reception with an efficiency rating of 35.76 percent.And the motor of that defense is the 5-foot Dawn Macandili, who not only made a name for herself in the UAAP but also in the Asian stage when she became the 2nd Best Libero AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.Macandili, who is a two-time Best Receiver and one-time Best Digger in the UAAP, admitted that they can’t shake off the feeling of wanting to take a break in the holidays but their priority is maintaining their foothold in the tournament.“We can’t lose our focus this Holy Week and of course it’s tempting to take a vacation,” said Macandili. “Of course we have our priorities, and we will train this break.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Spikers were given the choice of taking a break from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday but the 10-time champions were not too keen on taking a breather as the competition prepares for the league’s most critical turn.La Salle’s next game in the tournament is on April 8, more than two weeks after its last game on March 24, and opposite hitter Kianna Dy said they won’t be slacking off despite the long lull.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we’re still going to train and train even more,” said Dy in Filipino. “We can’t be out of condition in these two weeks before April 8.”The Lady Spikers have been an immovable force in the season accumulating a league-best 9-2 record before the UAAP took a break and have ensured themselves of an automatic spot in the Final Four. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Ben Navarro, the founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, was considered Tepper’s biggest competitor in the bid to purchase the Panthers. He conceded Tuesday that he’d lost the bid.“My family and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to be included as a potential buyer of one of the premier assets in all of the Carolinas — the Panthers football team,” Navarro said in an email to The Associated Press. “It would have been a privilege to become the stewards of this iconic franchise to ensure its home remains in the Carolinas where it belongs, to establish a new era of leadership and excellence on and off the field, and to leverage the team’s NFL platform to further our quest to help all children gain access to a great education.”Tepper’s plans on whether the team will remain in Charlotte for the long-term future remain unclear.The Panthers are tied to their downtown stadium through the 2018 season because of an agreement with the city. After that a new owner is free to extend the lease to the stadium, build a new stadium or possibly move the team.Moving the Panthers out of Charlotte would seem to a longshot.ADVERTISEMENT NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would prefer to keep the team in Charlotte where it has been successful. The Panthers have been one of the NFL’s best supported teams with only two non-sellout games since the team began playing its home games in Charlotte in 1996.Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Tepper, 60, is a part owner of the Steelers and founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami.Because he holds a 5 percent stake in the Steelers, Tepper’s finances already have been vetted by the league, meaning it wouldn’t take much for NFL owners to approve the sale. However, Tepper would have to sell his minority ownership stake of the Steelers, per league rules.Forbes listed Tepper’s net worth at $11.4 billion in February 2017.Tepper is known for his philanthropy.He donated $55 million to Carnegie Mellon University’s business school in 2013. Tepper graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, where the Tepper School of Business is named after him.Richardson was the first and only majority of the Panthers. He became only the first former player since George Halas to become an NFL owner when he was awarded an expansion franchise in 1993. Richardson promised fans at the time the Panthers would win a Super Bowl “within 10 years.” Carolina has reached the Super Bowl twice, including in 2015, but has never won.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta.Richardson announced in December he was selling the team amid an NFL investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. That decision came after a report by Sports Illustrated detailing Richardson’s alleged misconduct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league’s investigation into the allegations is still ongoing.The price tag is the most ever paid for an NFL franchise, eclipsing the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film FILE – Int his May 10, 2016, file photo, billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper mingles during a grand opening of rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation Soul Kitchen and B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together, in Toms River, N.J. People familiar with the situation say Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale. The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.Hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celtics overcome James’ 40-point triple-double, take 2-0 lead 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 View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgAteneo is the lone undefeated team in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup and the Eagles look to keep it that way when they face skidding Mapua on Friday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Eagles have been routing the FilOil field by an average of 25.5 points per game and with a relatively light schedule on their plate, no one can blame the Katipunan school if it looks forward to next Tuesday’s titanic matchup against rival La Salle.For organizers of the tournament, the showdown of the rivals has a special meaning as the game will serve as a fundraiser for longtime barker Rolly Manlapaz who is currently ill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league will sell separate tickets to the first two matches of the June 12 offering. Prices for the Ateneo-La Salle showdown are: courtside P450, lower box 275, and upper box P100. The tickets will include the Gilas Pilipinas-Emilio Aguinaldo College clash in the 7 p.m. nightcap.Tickets will be sold at the venue gate. For now, Ateneo must get past Mapua using its league-leading offense (87.4 points per game) and defense (61.9 ppg).Ateneo is coming off a 108-44 destruction of Emilio Aguinaldo College. The 64-point winning margin is the largest margin of victory in the 12-year history of the competition.The Cardinals have lost three straight after winning their first four assignments. The last loss by Mapua came at the hands of the Gilas Cadets, who leaned on Ken Tuffin’s two consecutive triples to spark a run that forged a 97-78 win.“I think we kept the game close and even had a chance to win it against the national team, which is composed of probably the best in college now. Good learning for us,” Mapua coach Atoy Co said.Adamson, meanwhile, battles San Sebastian at 6:30 p.m. while Letran opens the day’s schedule when it faces Saint Benilde at 12:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There is a subplot to that match as Letran will field big man Christian Fajarito, who used to play for the Blazers before transferring to Intramuros. The Knights have also added Larry Muyang (La Salle) and Bonbon Battiler and Fran Yu (University of the East) to their lineup.San Beda plays against Perpetual Altas in the second game as the Lions go up against their former coach, Frankie Lim, who now calls the shots for the Altas.The Red Lions are coming off a rousing 72-70 victory over La Salle, where they dealt the Archers their first loss in seven outings and may have a grudge to bear against Lim and the Altas.Lim was able to pry center Ben Adamos from San Beda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Running on tight schedule, Ceres trips Davao to keep lead Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ View commentslast_img read more