Aston Villa perpetuate the English reign in the European Cup

first_imgThere are that they assure that he Bayern he won all the European Cup finals he deserved to lose and lost all the ones he deserved to win. The fans of Atlético, Saint Étienne, Leeds, Valencia and Dortmund, their victims in the European Cup, will surely contribute data that confirms this. Legend or not, what is certain that the Bavarians were superior to Aston Villa in that 1982 Rotterdam Final. He could even thrash. But the German strikers ran into a very young Spink, who like Iker Casillas in 2002 in Glasgow against Leverkusen, went out to supply the goal at injured Rimmer and he became the great hero of the party. White took advantage of what was practically Villa’s only chance to score the only goal of the match and give the title to his team.With that victory, the Aston Villa was proclaimed as England fourth team in winning the European Cup after United, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest (No country has so many champions, to which we must also add the Chelsea) and perpetuated the golden age of British football on the continent, in which it was the fifth orejona Consecutive for the English country. The Villa reaffirmed his glory in the European Super Cup, in which he beat Barça, but as a result of that, he faded until he dropped to Segunda in 1987. The ‘villains’ were never so scary. The 80s started in England with the disappearance of a myth, John Lennon, and the resurrection of another, the Aston Villa. Only a year after the Nottingham Forest will earn your second European Cup (1980), the Birmingham ‘villains’ won their seventh and so far last English league 71 years after your previous title in 1910. By then term Old Glory (Vieja Gloria) perfectly coined a club that had won the Most of their leagues in the 19th century. Ten years before winning the English league, the town I played in Third divisionBut his return to the elite was not as surprising as that of Nottingham Forest a few years ago. Little by little, by the technician Ron Saunders, he was building a competitive team that important players like Gordon Cowans, Dennis Mortimer, Tony Morley and above all, Peter White, and after his return to the First in 1975 he was already fighting for European positions. The title definitely came in season 1980-81.The following year, the ‘villains’ advanced with good pace in the European Cup, after eliminating the Valur and Dinamo Berlin when something unexpected happened. Saunders faced the directive and was fired, and his assistant Tony Barton took over. Everything seemed to indicate that without the great leader of the project and in the most decisive phase of the course, the ‘villains’ adventure would end soon. And once again, history showed that in the football everything is possible. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, the English team defeated two greats of the time, the Dinamo Kiev and Anderlecht, and reached the final against a powerful Bayern Munich in which stars of the level of Rummenigge, Breitner and Augenthaler, among others, shone.last_img read more

Scorpions score massive win over Windward Islands Volcanoes in WICB Four-Day Championship

first_imgCRICKET:KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):Man-of-the-Match John Campbell snatched a five-wicket haul and then smashed a cameo, unbeaten half-century as Jamaica Scorpions broke their four-game losing slump in the Regional four-day championship with a convincing nine-wicket win over Windward Islands Volcanoes here yesterday.Playing on the final day of the ninth round contest at the Arnos Vale Stadium, the 22-year-old claimed five for 106 with his part-time off-spin to send the hosts tumbling for 350 in their second innings.They resumed on 245 for four, but lost their last six wickets for 105 runs, with Campbell picking up four of the wickets to fall. Veteran left-arm spinner Nikita Miller provided support, taking four for 90.Devon Thomas (126), captain Liam Sebastien (52) and Kavem Hodge (45) led the Volcanoes’ scoring.Set 139 for victory, Scorpions raced to their target off 34.4 overs, with the left-handed Campbell pummelling a stroke-filled 83 and fellow opener Shacaya Thomas scoring 52.Campbell faced just 97 deliveries and belted six fours and four sixes, putting on 133 with the right-handed Thomas, who counted four boundaries in a 107-ball knock.He raised his half-century off just 52 deliveries, with four fours and two sixes, while Thomas was far more sedate, requiring 105 balls in nearly two hours.The victory, which brought Scorpions 19 points, was their first since the first week of December last year when they beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Pride winAT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE IN TRINIDAD: Barbados Pride defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets on the final day of their ninth round clash here yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66) and 74 for three (Shai Hope 36, Kraigg Brathwaite 31). RED FORCE 226 (Kyle Hope 77, Yannick Ottley 37; Kemar Roach 4-45, Jomel Warrican 3-44) and 240 (Kyle Hope 76, Imran Khan 39, Marlon Richards 39; Jomel Warrican 5-54, Kevin Stoute 4-50).AT SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS CRICKET GROUND IN ANTIGUA: Leeward Islands Hurricanes drew with Guyana Jaguars on the final day here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 430 (Montcin Hodge 149 not out, Gavin Tonge 59, Kieran Powell 55, Daron Cruickshank 43, Keacy Carty 33, Orlando Peters 29; Chris Barnwell 2-68, Veerasammy Permaul 2-77). JAGUARS 190 (Shiv Chanderpaul 48, Rayon Reifer 45, Vishaul Singh 25; Gavin Tonge 4-37, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-59, Alzarri Joseph 2-34) and 222 for eight (Leon Johnson 79, Vishaul Singh 32, Shiv Chanderpaul 25 not out; Alzarri Joseph 4-71, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-34).last_img read more

Best of Windies still to come, says Moseley

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”last_img read more

T&T clubs meet for CFU title

first_img Brilliant free kick Importantly, both winners qualified for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League as two of the three Caribbean slots allowed. The third spot will be filled by the winners of today’s third place playoff between Arnett Gardens and Don Bosco. In Friday’s opening game, W Connection grabbed the lead as early as the second minute when Alvin Jones scored with a brilliant free kick from just outside the box. Arnett Gardens missed a couple of chance to equalise and were made to pay for their wastefulness as Shahdon Winchester doubled W Connection’s lead on the stroke of half-time after being set up by Jamol Williams. The second half was fairly evenly contested but Arnett failed to find the two important goals to keep the semi-final alive. In the second game of the night, neither team could find the decisive goal in regular time, as they battled a heavy downpour, and the contest only came alive early in extra time. Central FC snatched the lead in the 93rd minute through Sean Silva’s free kick but his strike was cancelled out when Don Bosco earned a penalty and Kerlins Georges converted in the 104th minute. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC): Title-holders Central FC and last year’s losing finalists, W Connection, will clash again in today’s final of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship, after posting contrasting wins in the semi-finals here Friday night. Playing at the Stade Sylvio Cator, W Connection blanked Jamaican club Arnett Gardens 2-0 in the opening game and Central FC ensured another all-Trinidadian final when they edged home side Don Bosco 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after scores were locked 0-0 after regulation time and 1-1 after extra time.last_img read more

Dr Paul Wright: Sunshine Girls need proper coaching

first_imgJamaica finished fourth at the Netball World Cup. Sixteen teams participated. After months of intensive training, improved nutrition packages, foreign coaching etc., Jamaica finished fourth. The good book reports that Jesus told Lazarus to come forth. I am confident that this should not be interpreted as a directive to the Sunshine Girls in international competition. Besides, he is reported to have said ‘forth’, not fourth. Sometimes third, most times fourth, has been the mantra of our Sunshine Girls for too long. I maintain that our Girls are much, much better than fourth out of 16. Our Girls deserve better. I am hoping that after the hype and promises of the leaders of the team before departure, decency will prevail and resignations offered. We started every match in this tournament the same way, outplaying and outscoring our opponents, then they make tactical adjustments, we don’t, and we lose. In the third-place play-off against England – who we beat for bronze medal in the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland – Jamaica finished the first quarter five goals ahead of their English opponents. England never panicked. After the defeat in the Commonwealth Games, they changed coach, who immediately began concentrating on the defensive aspect of their game. Thus, the act of falling behind to Jamaica in the first quarter meant that tactics and personnel needed adjustment. Experienced defender Sonia Mkoloma was inserted (her acrobatic interceptions defied gravity) and wing defender Serena Guthrie adjusted her style, cutting off looping balls to our ace shooters, resulting in a humiliating exit for our Girls, beaten by a whopping 22 goals. The advocates of mediocrity, who seem to revel in the fact that the Sunshine Girls are the highest ranked Jamaican team in international competition, are doing our girls a great disservice. We are better than sometimes third, most times fourth. All these girls need is proper coaching. As the start of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, gets closer, the awful spectre of doping with impunity by elite athletes continues to grab headlines. I repeat the fact that the best weapon against doping in sports now seems to be confessions and leaks. The defenders of elite dopers seem to have a morbid fear of “bringing the sport into disrepute”, and will do everything in their power to hide information, quite oblivious to the fact that this lack of transparency only serves to provide incentive to dopers. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, a group of university professionals got permission from the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to interview 1,800 of the athletes at the Championships. They discovered that an astonishing 29-34 per cent of the athletes confessed to violating the rules of doping in the previous 12 months. This information could have alerted national anti-doping agencies to add ‘target testing’ to their regime, thus increasing the possibility (however, remote that might be) of unmasking elite cheaters. Transparency is the key to good governance and ought not to be feared by those who have nothing to hide.last_img read more

Lorne off to Chess Open in Las Vegas

first_imgRas Malaku Lorne, Jamaica’s World Chess Federation (FIDE) Candidate Master, left the island yesterday for Las Vegas, Nevada, where he will compete in the 2015 edition of the Millionaire Chess Open.The tournament opened yesterday and will end on October 12.Lorne guaranteed his participation after winning the thrilling Jamaican satellite qualifying event held August 5-9, 2015.One of Jamaica’s best players for the past 12 years, Lorne had his break-out year in 2003 when he won the NM Dr Harold Chan Open tournament ahead of stalwarts such as Shane Matthews, the Jamaican legend and many-time national champion. That same year, he tied for second in the Jamaican Senior Championship and was awarded the National Master title.Some of his other outstanding achievements include playing board one for his alma mater, Wolmer’s Boy’s School, and winning the All-Island High Schools championship; winning the New Year’s Open (2006); winning the New Providence Invitational, Bahamas (2006); and winning the John Powell Memorial Open (2014).He debuted for Jamaica at the World Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Mallorca, Spain, (2004), and returned to the Olympiad scene in Tromso, Norway, (2014), where he earned his FIDE Candidate Master title.last_img read more

MoBay’s Powell announces bid for Jamaica Football Federation presidency

first_img He said that more than $500 million passed through the JFF, with an average $400,000 going to the parishes. “How is it that with more monies coming through the JFF that we are more in debt?” he asked. He said there must be change if the overall health and development of local football is to be realised. “Travelling around the Caribbean, I’ve realised that Jamaica is not respected no more. There needs to be a healing process. We have seen a steady decline in fortunes since 2009; Jamaica has gone from being a powerhouse to a lackey, in footballing terms. “I think that the JFF can support the parishes and not a person doing so,” Powell stated, in a veiled reference to Burrell’s near-blanket sponsorship of several parish leagues through his Captain’s Bakery enterprise. MORE IN DEBT WESTERN BUREAU: Having attained much success with Montego Bay United, businessman Orville Powell is now setting his sights on bigger goals. He desires to unseat Captain Horace Burrell as president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Speaking at a press conference at the Blue Beat Bar and Lounge in Montego Bay yesterday, Powell said the time has come for fresh ideas, stopping just short of calling the Burrell administration of the island’s football as shabby. “We are now at a place where I call it decision time; time to change the direction of the JFF. Without saying anything further, this is my decision, I will be making myself available for the presidency of the JFF,” Powell said. His challenge comes at a time when world football is facing a raft of changes in the aftermath of the bribery scandal that has hit the sport’s governing body, FIFA, and which has resulted in several arrests of top officials, including CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, and, more recently, the suspension of its president, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, among other leading players in the game. “The work, for me, begins now and I will be engaging all the parishes to have meaningful discussions. I believe the future is with us,” Powell said. “They are saying the same thing that I am saying. “This decision was a timely one. A couple months ago, I would have never thought I would be sitting here. I have always been urged to do so, but what impacted me was that game against Nicaragua at the National Stadium. I saw how far our football would have been impacted had we failed to move on,” outlined Powell. With the JFF elections due in December, Powell has a relatively short time to secure the number of delegates needed. A former Western Confederation chairman and a JFF director, Powell gave a long list of woes besetting the federation, including a whopping $200-million debt burden.last_img read more

UWI FC test for Tivoli

first_imgThe improving quality of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is set to continue in that vein with five enticing matches on today and one tomorrow.Former champions Tivoli Gardens, who had a change of coach recently, will test their chances of survival when they host the promoted UWI FC at the Edward Seaga Complex. Tenth place Tivoli Gardens, with a match in hand against Rivoli, are reeling, having lost their past three matches and four of their last five, with the fifth being a draw.The UWI FC team, on the other hand, have looked more stable, recording only one loss in the last five games, with the other results being two wins and two draws. Based on their record, UWI FC should be fancied to get the better of Tivoli Gardens, but with their league pedigree and the possible effects of the change, the home team could come out on top. two lossesNinth-placed Reno have an identical record to Tivoli Gardens for the last five games, losing four and drawing one. This has seen them slide steadily down the table. Eighth-placed Boys’ Town have won two in their last five, but interestingly, have two losses and one draw in their last three games, suggesting that they have not been boosted by the opening of the transfer window.Anything but a win for either team could see them lose even more confidence and get drawn deeper into the battle for survival, which is becoming more real for teams in the bottom half of the table.Third-placed Montego Bay United were looking pretty until they ran into defending champions Arnett Gardens away from home on Sunday last. That encounter gave them their only loss in their last five games. That result was followed by a 0-0 draw with the bottom-of-the-table but improving Waterhouse. Today, they have the opportunity to turn that around when they host 11th-placed Rivoli United at Wespow Park.Home support should lift Montego Bay United, but the fighting spirit of Rivoli cannot be ruled out despite their lowly position. The Spanish Town-based team has been nothing but consistent in their last five games, registering all draws. In their last game, they took the lead against Arnett Gardens and held on for a 1-1 scoreline even though they had a player.The battle of the east between Harbour View and the rejuvenated Cavalier should be interesting.”I am really looking forward to the game. Cavalier are in good form and, based on the performance that I saw from my team in the week, I am hopeful that we will get a good performance from my team,” Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard said ahead of this evening’s clash.very optimistic”Jorginho James and Kevaughn Frater are available for the game and, with the squad bolstered by their presence, we are very optimistic about our chances against a good Cavalier team,” he added, expecting the duo to add quality to the work of John-Ross Edwards, Nicholas Beckett, Montrose Phinn and Rosario Harriott.David Laylor, a member of the Cavalier coaching staff, is similarly optimistic about his team’s chances.”We are expecting it to be a hard one. Harbour View have championship quality. They play good football and we expect it to be a good game, but we have been scoring freely of late and this scoring form definitely gives an edge. It is a plus,” said Laylor.Laylor’s optimism could be based on the fact that only leaders Portmore United have a better win record than his team over the last four games. Portmore have won their last four while Cavalier won their last three, with the other being a draw.”The guys are confident coming off a few wins and scoring, which we were not doing a lot of before, but Cleon Price, Jason Watson and Sulae McCalla have come in and done well,” Laylor further explained.Today’s games:n 6:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier – Harbour View Stadiumn 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centren 3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Rivoli United – Wespow Parkn 3 p.m: Reno vs Boys’ Town – Frome Complexn 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI FC – Edward Seaga ComplexTomorrow’s game:n 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Portmore United – Anthony Spaulding ComplexPoints standing P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 21 13 4 4 26 15 11 43Arnett 21 12 3 6 32 18 14 39MoBay U 21 10 8 3 32 13 19 38H’Lion 21 8 8 5 18 15 3 32H.View 21 6 9 6 20 21 -1 27Cavalier SC 21 7 6 8 17 18 -1 27UWI FC 21 7 6 8 23 29 -6 27Boys’ Town 21 7 5 9 22 29 -7 26Reno 21 5 8 8 19 29 -10 23Tivoli 20 5 4 11 23 29 -6 19Rivoli 20 4 7 9 20 26 -6 19W’house 21 3 8 10 18 28 -10 17last_img read more

The Wright View; Much hope for Rio

first_imgFour years after the London Olympics, the hype regarding the safety of the next venue, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, seems to have died down, particularly where track and field is concerned. The start of the lucrative Diamond League series has heralded the onset of several other meets all over the world, giving fans and indeed athletes an opportunity to discover who are the potential finalists in the many events to be contested this summer. Jamaicans got an opportunity, up close, to witness one such early contest with the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet last Saturday at the National Stadium. The meet was well attended and the usual World leading and personal best performances of some of the athletes on show added to the general satisfaction of those who attended or who watched on television. The late withdrawal of some of the big name stars seemed not to have dampened spectator enthusiasm except when it was announced – just before the start of the women’s 200-metre event – that double Olympic sprint champion and Jamaican sprint queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would not be running. The Jamaican hopefuls who did compete, however, gave fans confidence that the prophesy of Olympian and new Member of Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, would be fulfilled. Mrs Cuthbert-Flynn predicted that the nation would surpass the 12 medals garnered at the event in London in 2012. Elaine Thompson (10.79), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.01) in the 100-metre races, Danielle Williams (12.55) in the sprint hurdles, Janieve Russell (54.61), Jaheel Hyde (49.16) in the 400m hurdles races, Javon Francis (44.85) and Novlene Williams-Mills (50.87) in the flat 400m, all showed signs of being in the finals of their events in Rio. This is not to say that the other Jamaicans who competed last Saturday night have no chance in reaching the finals or even medalling in Rio. Asafa Powell looked very good in the early stages of the men’s 200m and his time of 20.45 is not to be sniffed at. However, with his history of groin and hamstring injuries, I am confident that his handlers will encourage him to concentrate on the 100m and the second or finishing leg of the 4x100m relay, of which the nation seems to be a sure pick for the gold in Rio. There were other very notable performances at the JII last Saturday. Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who ran what seemed to be an easy 22.14 in the women’s 200m, was the standout performance of the night. Miller is better known as a 400m runner, who uses the 200m to sharpen her speed in the first 200m of the race. Her body type is reminiscent of another top world class runner (a male) and if she continues to progress (as it now appears), Marita Koch’s very suspicious world record of 47.60 seconds may be in danger. Well, maybe not this year, but definitely before the following Olympics.last_img read more

Jacobs points to team effort

first_imgLeg-spin bowler Damion Jacobs has credited coach Robert Samuels and captain Nikita Miller as the reasons for a turnaround in the batting fortunes of the Jamaica Scorpions.The Scorpions, who have jumped to the top of the six-team WICB first-class four-day championship at the midway mark, has been posting some of their best scores in recent years, the last of which was against the Leeward Hurricanes, who they defeated by an innings and 72 runs at Warner Park, St Kitts, last weekend.Led by a maiden century from young batting sensation Brandon King and another from wicket-keeper Devon Thomas, the Scorpions posted an imposing 550 for seven declared in their first and only innings.This was in reply to 243 made by the Hurricanes in their first time at bat. The Leeward, in their second innings, were bowled out for 234.”It has been a very good team effort for the last three games with our batting really clicking,” expressed Jacobs on the return of the team yesterday.”Kudos must go to the coach and the captain, who, during this period, have advised the players to go out and play their natural game, and it has been paying off.”The Scorpions, who in their first four innings only passed 200 runs once, scored 314 and 229 in their 132 runs win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force prior to the Hurricanes encounter.They also made 224 and 112 for two in their rain-affected clash against Barbados Pride at Sabina Park in round three.Jamaica lead the tournament with 67.6 points ahead of title holders Guyana Jaguars 64.6. Barbados, with 47.2 points, are third.The tournament has taken a break to facilitate the holidays as well as the regional Super50 in January.last_img read more