Burrell not keen on top CONCACAF job

first_img Give others a chance Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, revealed that given the recent corruption investigations which rocked world football and threw the regional body into chaos following the arrest two former presidents, he is not keen to be head of CONCACAF. Caymanians Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit have been arrested in football’s ongoing scandal and another former CONCACAF president, Trinidad and Tobago’s Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, has been implicated in the corruption probe, with a US extradition request sent to his Government. The JFF boss, in the past, had declared his ambitions to assume the CONCACAF top job. He was recently appointed to an interim CONCACAF body to govern the affairs of the region’s football until a new president is elected at the confederation’s next congress in Mexico City in May. However, Burrell now insists that to be president of two demanding associations would be time-consuming and challenging. “Look at what people have been saying? So I won’t hang around until I am thrown out,” Burrell noted. “Many people now want the post, so at times you have to step back and give others who have asked for the opportunity the chance to serve,” he told The Gleaner. “I have a business which I have built for many years, and it’s time to start paying attention to that. After a while, you realise that you need time for family, business and other things,” he added. “I am not going to step back fully (from football administration), I will always be around. Right now, I am the JFF president and I am going back for another four years, as I have been nominated unopposed. “That, in itself, is a lot of commitment and to give that commitment to the regional body is going to take up more of the time. So to hold both posts is a huge task. “Right now, I am a vice-president of the organisation (CONCACAF), but to vie for the head would mean complete devotion, and with my federation, business and family, it would be very difficult,” he explained. CONCACAF’S interim committee comprises Justino Compean (Mexico), Sunil Gulati (USA), Pedro Chaluja (Panama), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Victor Montagliani (Canada) and Sonia Bien-AimÈ (Turks & Caicos) and Burrell. The Jamaican said the focus is to rebuild the organisation’s reputation and get reforms. “We have collectively decided to remain as one strong body, to operate as a unit until next May when the election is due. This was a unanimous decision and we have been pursuing a number of reforms to make the confederation emerge stronger. “We feel it is the right thing to do and we are certain that in the months ahead, things will return to normal and the confederation will be much stronger and transparent,” he commented. “This is a voluntary position and times may come when others want an opportunity and they should be given the opportunity. But at this time, I am just concentrating on working with the group, getting the reforms in place and passed by congress, so that when we go forward, the problems that we have experienced recently, the reform process will prevent a lot of these from happening again,” he stated.last_img read more

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Excelsior rally against Mona

first_imgExcelsior came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Mona High in their ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF) under-19 Group A game at the Mona hockey field yesterday, ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with group leaders, Jamaica College. In the other Group A game, Kingston College and Papine High battled to a 1-1 draw. In the feature match, Mona jumped in front after 11 minutes thanks to Knocazchi Smith, who fired home from close-range. They extended their lead to 2-0 after 22 minutes through Robert Ivei to sit comfortably at the break. However, Excelsior shrugged off their sluggish first half and went at their opponents in the second period and they eventually reaped their reward after 35 minutes when Kevon Reid converted from close-range. Nemaar Meredith then pulled Excelsior level when he broke through and fired under the Mona goaltender. They also had a couple chances to steal the win, but could not capitalise. Excelsior coach Carla Hewitt admitted they started slowly, but was proud of the way her team rallied to get the draw. She looks forward to having a number of key players, who were not registered at the start of the league, to come in and make a big difference for the remainder of their season. “We were slow in the first half, but we made a change midway the half and we got the goals … I have some players to come in (for JC game) who unfortunately were not register with ISSA. I expect a close game, but with the talent we have, I expect the win, so we expect to come out on top,” she added. JC lead the group with six points, followed by Excelsior and Papine on four and Mona and Kingston College at the bottom on one point each. The competition continues on Friday with three games.last_img read more

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Drugs and sports

first_imgA drug is any substance that may affect a person’s emotional state, body function, or behaviour. Most drugs are developed for medical purposes, but they can be dangerous when misused.The misuse of drugs in sports has been around as early as the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, USA, where a marathon runner of the USA was suspected of taking drugs. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, a Danish cyclist, who had been using drugs, died of heatstroke. Issues concerning drug abuse continued throughout the years.Whatever the reasons are for taking drugs, the risks are high. Governing bodies try to prevent the misuse of drugs through coach and performer education and testing. Many drugs that are legally available contain substances that are prohibited by sports governing bodies.SOCIAL DRUGSThe drugs that are available within social situations are known as social drugs. Some are legal and widely used; others are illegal and still used by a number of persons. Social drugs are usually taken to help persons relax or to give an enjoyable experience. The most commonly used social drugs and their effects on performance are as follows: alcohol (depressant); amphetamines (stimulant); caffeine (stimulant); cannabis (depressant); cocaine (stimulant); nicotine e.g. tobacco (stimulant).Stimulants increase the heart rate and speed up the nervous system, while depressants slow down how the body works.PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGSThese are drugs that athletes specifically take to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors. Performance-enhancing drugs take many forms. They are all banned in sports and are grouped into the doping class as follows:• Anabolic agents (nandrolone, testosterone, etc) – Hormones that help repair muscle and bones. Occurs naturally in the body but also made artificially. They increase size and strength of muscles.• Narcotic analgesic (codeine, heroin, methadone) – Helps athletes compete or train even if they are injured.• Diuretics (frusumid, profenecid) – Produce rapid weight loss by reducing fluids in the body.• Peptides, hormones, analogues – Natural or artificial hormones that increase strength and size of muscles, repair damaged body tissue, and increase red blood count.• Stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine, ephedrine) – Speed up nervous system, quickening reaction; mask fatigue; and reduce pain.Some drugs are restricted in some sports but are not completely banned. These include:• Beta blockers – Keep heart rate and blood pressure low. Reduce tremor in hands.• Corticosteroids – Reduce inflammation and pain. Allow performance.• Local anaesthetics – Reduce pain, mask injury to allow performance.BLOOD DOPINGBlood doping is not an actual drug. This involves the practice of injecting blood that has been earlier removed from the athlete and stored in a refrigerator. This makes the blood cells many more than normal, thereby carrying more oxygen to the muscles. Blood doping cannot be detected but carries a high health risk.ANTI-DOPINGThe International Olympic Committee does not allow doping for three main reasons:1. To ensure that competition in sports is as fair as possible.2. To protect the health of sports people.3. To protect the image of sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA) was established in 1999 to combat drugs in sports through education, strong leadership, and scientific research. The world anti-doping code has been written and ensures a common approach towards a vision where all sports are drug free. Regional Anti-Doping Agencies (RADO) have been set up.TESTINGDrug testing discourages those who might cheat, identifies performers who do cheat, and protects those who do not. Testing can take place during training and after competitions. It is carried out randomly. If a performer is selected for drug testing, there is a set procedure that is followed:1. Competitors are chosen for testing.2. Competitors go to doping-control room.3. Competitors produce urine samples.4. Samples are split and put into separate sealed containers.5. The containers are sent to the lab.6. Sample A tested.7. If negative, sample B is destroyed; if positive, the governing body of the sport investigates.8. A governing-body hearing is arranged.Athletes must let their location be known throughout the year and comply with the test by providing a blood or urine sample.It is important that performers know what is banned and the consequences if drug taking is not resisted.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League Points Standing

first_imgLP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 29 17 9 3 52 3 1 21 602 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 30 16 10 4 53 24 29 583 (3) Arsenal 29 15 7 7 46 30 16 524 (4) Manchester City 29 15 6 8 52 31 21 515 (5) West Ham United 29 13 10 6 45 33 12 496 (6) Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 477 (7) Southampton 30 12 8 10 38 30 8 448 (8) Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 449 (9) Stoke City 30 12 7 11 32 36 -4 4310 (10) Chelsea 29 10 10 9 43 39 4 4011 (11) West Bromwich Albion 29 10 9 10 30 36 -6 3912 (12) Everton 28 9 11 8 51 39 12 3813 (13) Bournemouth 30 10 8 12 38 47 -9 3814 (14) Watford 29 10 7 12 29 30 -1 3715 (15) Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 32 39 -7 3316 (16) Swansea City 30 8 9 13 30 40 -10 3317 (17) Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 2518 (18) Norwich City 30 6 7 17 31 54 -23 2519 (19) Newcastle United 28 6 6 16 28 53 -25 2420 (20) Aston Villa 30 3 7 20 22 57 -35 16last_img read more

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Senior puts Excelsior in charge of Grace Shield final

first_imgTitle-favourites Excelsior High are in command over many-time champions Eltham High heading into today’s second day of the three-day urban area ISSA-GraceKennedy Grace Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.Winning the toss and electing to bat on a typically flat Melbourne wicket, the Kirkland Bailey-coached Excelsior first put up a competitive 228 in their first innings.This was on the back of 59 from Adrian Clarke, 32 from national U-17 batsman, Raewin Senior and 26 from national U-17 wicketkeeper, Shamarae Lindo.Bowling for Eltham High, another national Under-17 batsman, Ramone Francis, a part-time off-spinner, claimed five for 93 off 35 overs and Rahim Garnett took four for 72 off 31.2.Eltham, in their response, closed the day in a precarious 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears.QUICKFIRE25Eltham’s main batsman, Francis, made a quickfire 25 off 15 deliveries, inclusive of five fours.His dismissal, however, at 52, triggered somewhat of a mini-collapse.Senior, bowling left-arm spin, led the way with four for 13, with support coming from Kenneil Green, one for 20.”I am comfortable with the way we batted, but not entirely pleased,” said Bailey, coach of Excelsior.”Our senior batters showed a high level of irresponsibility and thus the first innings total was not what we wanted it to be.”However, we know we have the bowling capabilities to defend 228 and we are well on our way to doing so.”Eltham’s coach, Shawn Hedlam, who was a member of the victorious Eltham team in 2012, said his team may be down, but are surely not out of the game.”We are on the back-foot, but not out of it,” he said. “Come tomorrow (today) the aim is to apply ourselves and try to get the total and if not, as close to it as possible.”It’s a two innings match and if we miss out on first innings we will just have to go for an outright result.”last_img read more

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‘Excited’ Taylor looks to shine at first Penns

first_imgCalabar High School’s Christopher Taylor, who broke the 200m and 400m Class Two records at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, said he is looking forward to his first Penn Relays, while helping his school to again triumph over their main rivals – Kingston College (KC), Jamaica College (JC), and St Jago.Penn Relays will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”I feel very excited knowing that it’s my first Penns and I am going to go out there and do the very best for my school,” he said.”Well, I am confident and I am in pretty good form going into the Penn Relays, so we will see what happens there,” he continued in an interview following the FLOW Foundation’s presentation of $4,030,000 to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.RELAY CHAMPSLast year, Calabar High shone brightest on the final day of the relay carnival. They captured the 4×100 metre in record time and the 4×400 metres.With 16-year-old Taylor recently leading his Red Hills Road-based school to a sensational victory in the 4x400m in a time of 3:08.77 ahead of Kingston College, all eyes will, no doubt, be set on another battle between the long-time rivals.Taylor, the Class Two 400m record holder, received the baton about 20 metres ahead of the Class One record holder, KC’s Akeem Bloomfield, but saw the more experienced Bloomfield surge ahead coming into the straight.However, Taylor would not be denied, and despite the KC captain’s fast 44.5-split, the Calabar stand-out kept his composure and sprinted past the tiring Purples star with a 45.3-second split.”Well, we fear no one, but we have to look up to everyone also. So yes, I am confident. We are looking to retain the title,” Taylor told The Gleaner.last_img read more

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Walters finally gets shot at Lomachenko – Clash in Las Vegas on November 26

first_img NOW SET TO HAPPEN “It took some time to happen, but I will definitely be fighting Lomachenko in November,” former World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight Super Champion Nicholas ‘The Axe Man’ Walters told The Gleaner yesterday. Walters confirmed that he and Ukranian Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko, will clash on November 26 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Featherweight title. The fight has been on the radar for some time, and Bob Arum, from promotion company Top Rank, made an effort to get both men to fight last June 11, for Lomachenko’s WBO featherweight title. It did not happen then because Walters was adamant that he wanted US$1 million as his purse for the fight. Arum refused, saying that based on the budget he had to work with from cable giants HBO, he could not afford to pay Walters that much and offered him US$550,000 instead, which Walters refused. Lomachenko went on to fight Roman MartÌnez on the June date for the WBO super featherweight title held by MartÌnez and scored a fifth-round knockout, to make himself the fastest two-division champion in boxing history. He accomplished the feat in seven fights to pip Naoya Inoue, who did it in eight fights. Boxing fans kept clamouring for Walters and Lomachenko to fight, however, and Arum stated earlier this week that based on the amount that HBO had agreed to put into the fight, it could now happen. Walters said yesterday that there were a few minor details to be worked out but declared that he was looking forward to the contest. “We have an agreement, and I am going to fight the boxer who I most want to fight. Lomachenko believes that he is the best at 130, and I know that I am the best, so let’s get it on and see who is right,” he declared. “I only want to fight the best opponent, and right now, he is that person. He is a two-time Olympic and World amateur champion as well as a two-division professional champion. When I beat him, then I will certainly be recognised as the best. That is what I want to make happen in November,” Walters added. Walters had his last fight on December 19 last year against Jason Sosa in Verona, New York, a fight that was judged to be a draw. He stated that he was very unhappy with that decision and believed that he clearly had won. “Not having had a fight since last year, I am hungry and ready. This could be the greatest fight of my career,” said Walters. Walters goes in with a 26-0-1 record, while Lomachenko is 6-1-0. Lomachenko, however, also has a 396-1 amateur record and a 6-0 semi-professional record. He won the WBO featherweight title in his third professional fight, and this was against American Gary Russell Jr. Beating Martinez in June, in his seventh pro fight, gave him the WBO Super Featherweight title and the record.last_img read more

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Hope leads run spree as Windies A win series

first_img GREAT OPENING STAND KARUNEGALA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Opener Kyle Hope stroked a sublime hundred, and Chadwick Walton, Assad Fudadin, and Rovman Powell all chimed in with half-centuries as West Indies A ran riot against Sri Lanka A to post a crushing 109-run victory in the second unofficial one-day international and clinch the three-match series here yesterday. Opting for first knock at the Welagedara Stadium, the Caribbean side savaged the Sri Lankan bowling to pile up 347 for nine off their allotted 50 overs. Hope carved out 109 off 110 deliveries, opening partner Walton smashed 70 from 57 balls, Fudadin chipped in with 57 from 70 balls while Powell produced a sensational late blitz with 52 off a mere 22 deliveries. Only off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya survived the carnage to emerge with four for 54 from his nine overs. In reply, Sri Lanka A were powered by Jayasuriya’s better-than-run-a-ball 119 but never properly recovered from a shaky start and were dismissed for 238 in the 43rd over. Charith Asalanka struck 44 and Dasun Shanaka 32, as Powell completed a fine all-round performance when he picked up three for 44 to limit the visitors. Fellow seamers Ronsford Beaton (2-41) and Kyle Mayers (2-54) finished with two wickets apiece. Energised from their 165-run victory in the opening game on Tuesday, West Indies produced a magnificent start when Hope and Walton put on 111 off 109 deliveries for the first wicket. Both right-handers, Hope counted 10 fours and four sixes while Walton bludgeoned 11 fours and two sixes in a rapid innings. Walton belted three fours in the second over of the day bowled by seamer Keshan Wijerathne, and he and Hope then combined to take 18 from the next over from the right-armer, the fourth of the innings. Jamaican Walton raised his half-century off 47 deliveries before celebrating with three back-to-back boundaries off off-spinner Danushka Gunathilaka in the bowler’s second over, which leaked 12 runs. The third and final game starts on Sunday.last_img read more

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McKay mines hard-fought gold

first_imgHEAVYWEIGHT Jason McKay and US Open Night of Champions winner, Ackeem Lawrence, won gold and bronze, respectively, at Saturday’s Colorado Taekwondo Championships in Denver, United States.The Jamaicans had expected two medals from the lightweight division, envisioning a final between Lawrence and compatriot Delano Francis.However, Francis first bowed out as multiple rounds at high altitude in the Colorado mountains proved too tough for the youngster from sea-level Portmore, Jamaica.Lawrence used his superior conditioning and experience to reach the semis but fell out of favour with the judges due to excessive contact, ending his run with a bronze medal.This left McKay as Jamaica’s sole hope of winning what had become an unlikely gold medal after the masters division was cut and all heavyweights herded into one division.”It was hell out there. The altitude really had me suffering. I lost my legs midway the division and had to turn the rounds into boxing bouts. However, I think I was really lucky with the draw and that pulled me through,” he said.”It was a good tournament. I think the rounds and altitude took a toll on Delano. Ackeem was just unlucky with the contact rules,” McKay added.last_img read more

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Scorpions look to bounce back in Super50

first_img There were, however, notable disappointments from West Indies players, batsman Jermaine Blackwood, wicketkeepers Devon Thomas and Chadwick Walton, and all-rounder Rovman Powell, who fell for 19, 5, 15 and two, respectively. West Indies ‘A’ opener John Campbell, who made one, was the other specialist batsman, who failed, while another West Indies ‘A’ batsman, Andre McCarthy, was 12th man. “The batting was very, very, very poor, and unacceptable,” continued Miller, “and if we are to go forward we cannot afford to bat like that.” “We had an extended meeting yesterday where we spoke about where we gone wrong, and I believe the general consensus was that we are rushing too much. We need to formulate our innings better.” Miller, who is hoping to lead the team to their first regional Super50 title in six years in this his second season in charge, was also mindful of Guyana, who he says can be a sturdy opponent. Guyana will look to West Indies representatives, batsmen Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika and Assad Fudadin, as well as spin bowlers Davendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul. Still smarting from a surprise 75-run defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in their first game, the Jamaica Scorpions will attempt to get their WICB Regional Super50 campaign back on track when they take on Guyana Jaguars. The match, a day-and-night encounter slated for Kensington Oval in Barbados, is set to begin today at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time, and is one of two Zone B fixtures on the day. The second encounter will see the Floyd Reifer-coached Marooners tackling guest team ICC Americas at Three W’s Oval. The zone’s other team, Barbados Pride, who overcame the challenge of the Jaguars by 145 runs at Kensington Oval, have drawn a bye. “I believe that tomorrow we will bounce back after a disappointing display,” said Nikita Miller, captain of the Scorpions, who entered the tournament as an outside favourite to Barbados Pride, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Jaguars. “We were too relaxed and took the Marooners very lightly in the first game, and in the end we paid the price.” The Scorpions, conditioned by former West Indies opener Robert Samuels, were bowled out for a paltry 140 in chase of 215 for eight made by the Marooners. Leading the way for the Scorpions was young batsman Brandon King, who in hitting four fours and two sixes, was dismissed leg before wicket for 48. FALLEN WICKETSlast_img read more

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