PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:JAMAICA’S striker, Giles Barnes, says his compatriots should view their accomplishments at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in a positive manner.”It’s just incredible for the whole country. They’ve got something in football they can be proud of,” he said of their historic achievement.The Reggae Boyz became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the Confederation’s championship final.However, in that game on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field here, they were beaten 3-1 by Mexico, who lifted the title for an unprecedented seventh time in 13 competitions.”Definitely no, not the result we wanted,” Barnes shared. “There were a lot of tears in the locker room after, but it’s not just tears of upset, it’s tears of pride. I think we’ve done so much for Jamaican football.NEVER-SAY-DIEATTITUDE”We’re gonna take great heart from it. Congratulations to Mexico as well, they were really good in the second half, and they deserved it on the day. They kept the ball very well … I think it was unfortunate, the first goal, it knocked the wind out of our sails a little, but we’ve got that never-say-die attitude, and we just fought to the end,” Barnes admitted.Barnes was full of praise for Winfried Sch‰fer.”He listens to his players. He actually gave me a lot of jokes; even with his broken English he’s pretty funny,” Barnes said of the 65-year-old German. “He’s very knowledgeable about the game as well, and credit to him for getting us altogether on the same page, and I hope he’s the coach for awhile.” – Audley Boyd
Race number one of the Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series, the $3-million Cash Pot ‘Only one For Me’ Trophy, turned out to be an anti-climax, as the howling 4-5 favourite, ZUGULU, flipped over in the starting gate and was declared a late non-starter, this paving the way for DREAMLINER to take top honours.The late withdrawal of the unbeaten ZUGULU was a bitter pill to swallow for leading jockey Shane Ellis, who was a distraught man following the turn of events. Still, he gained some compensation in the very next race, booting home 5-1 chance PERFECT FLYER in fine style.”The good thing about Zugulu is that he did not sustain serious injury from the fall and will live to fight another day,” said the jockey, who turned 42 on Saturday.Despite the absence of the Richard Azan-trained ZUGULU, the race was keenly contested by a field of nine, especially by the trio of horses from the stables of 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta, namely, DREAMLINER at 4-1 with Richard ‘Bya’ Mitchell aboard, VISION at 3-1 with top apprentice Linton Steadman astride and FUTURE KING, also at 3-1, under stable-jockey Robert Halledeen.A noted front runner, DREAMLINER was held off the early pace on this occasion as VISION led under pressure from FEDORA (33-1) and BUBBLING KITTEN (8-1).VISION was still marginally in front approaching the distance, but his lead was being whittled down by NUCLEAR AFFAIR (7-1) on the outside, with former champion Omar Walker and DREAMLINER closing up strongly on the rails under a torrid left-hand stick from Mitchell. In the end, DREAMLINER surged through in the closing stages to beat the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR by 1 1/4 length with another neck to FUTURE KING in third.Owned by Von White and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, DREAMLINER was notching his third win from only four starts. But according to DaCosta, the plan was to use different tactics with lots of speed present in the race:”I instructed the jockey to ride him from off the pace… . The horse had trained different for this particular race, and although my other two horses were both expected to figure seriously, Mitchell rode a peach of a race, and this paid dividends,” said DaCosta, who also posted PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to win Saturday’s Gold Cup feature. DREAMLINER is a bay colt by Porto Santo out of Golden Olympio.DaCosta posted a second winner in 2-1 chance DINNER BY SEVEN, with Linton Steadman aboard in the seventh race over 1100 metres, while DI COBRE, at 27-1, romped the second race for the round five Norman Manley Memorial Cup for $250,000 – $210,000 claimers, giving new apprentice Dane Dawkins the first win of his career.The Harry Parsard-trained KIMMY’S CHOICE, a chance ride for O’Neil Mullings, also posted another upset win in the third race for two-year-olds, winning at odds of 25-1.
MIAMI, United States (CMC):Enigmatic former West Indies opener Kieran Powell looks set to turn his back on cricket, if his foray into the world of baseball is successful.The 25-year-old is currently in Florida ahead of a trial at the IMG Academy on January 13, as he seeks to land a contract with a Major League Baseball team, media reports have said.”An opportunity came about after a few discrepancies with the West Indies Cricket Board. I decided to take some time off from cricket and some footage of me playing cricket was seen by the LA Dodgers,” Powell said.”I’ve had some training out here in the US for a few months.”Powell was one of the brightest sparks in West Indies cricket before he bizarrely walked away from the game a year and a half ago.He played in the first match of the three-Test series against touring New Zealand last year June but subsequently bowed out of action and never returned.The Nevisian has also not played for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in any format of the West Indies domestic championship.Powell, who has played 21 Tests and 28 one-day internationals, said he was looking forward to his new career.”[Baseball is] really fun, it’s an interesting game, I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my career,” he said.”It’s a unique opportunity, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is what dreams are made of as I said earlier. I’m just so excited about it, like everyone’s so excited about it.”While Powell has a modest average of 27 in Tests, he was good enough to score a hundred in both innings of a Test against Bangladesh three years ago.
Arnett Gardens FC’s top marksman, Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm, is delighted about his first call-up to the national senior men’s squad, saying that hard work is paying off.Malcolm is having a very good Red Stripe Premier League season with 12 goals so far, his latest coming in his team’s 6-0 swamping of FC Reno on Sunday evening at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town.”It was a great experience being in the senior team training camp last week. The training was intense, high class,” said Malcolm, who was among 22 local players, after a three-day camp broke last Thursday.He is fully aware that it won’t be easy to get into the team.”It will not be easy, but I intend to put in the hard work and see where it takes me,” the 26-year-old speedy striker told The Gleaner.Malcolm represented the country at the under-20 and under-23 levels. The former Lannaman’s Prep and St George’s College Manning Cup star had refused contracts with clubs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Trinidad and Tobago in order to help his home club win back-to-back national league titles.”Things are in the works. I got offers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and T&T but decided to stay at Arnett after having a poor season when Arnett won the title last year,” Malcolm disclosed.”My main focus is to help the team, and I’m having a good time in front of goal with assistance from my teammates,” the diminutive player added.TOP-SCORER AMBITIONSHe is also eyeing the top scorer’s award in the RSPL this season. Dino Williams (14 goals) and Cory Burke (12) are both away on overseas deals.”Of course I want to win that award, so I will continue putting in the work in training and continue scoring goals for Arnett,” he said.Arnett’s coach, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, had high praises for the player.”Hard work, consistency, and understanding his role has helped him. After scoring two goals last season and coming off the bench, he has improved, and with the absence of AndrÈ Clennon, was elevated to a starting role,” Waite said.”He is always creating chances, so any team would want such a player. Sometimes the playing surfaces have not helped.”Tull is a player who dominated prep school and Manning Cup football by scoring lots of goals. He is now doing better in the Premier League,” observed the veteran schoolboy and club coach.
Another nail was just seconds away to being driven in Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League coffin when substitute Rodave Murray, showing great predatory skills, buried an opportunity to draw his team level and possibly delay their inevitable relegation. Murray’s 90th-minute strike was his first in the country’s top-flight football, and it came in only his second game, following a strike by Kenroy Howell in the 23rd, as he gave his team hopes of pulling off a rare victory. Two second-half goals from substitute Chevonne Marsh in the 57th and Dawyne Smith in the 87th set up Cavalier perfectly for the win, until Murray’s late intervention. For Murray, the occasion was bittersweet. “This is my first goal, but it is my second match in the Premier League. My first match was against UWI FC. I am feeling great, but at the same time, I am feeling disappointed. The coach said to us that the aim is to get three points, but we should not leave pointless, and we left with a point, so that is good,” the 18-year-old Dinthill daCosta Cup star said. He added: “I am disappointed because we came out here today looking a victory, and we did not get it.” Though their chances of survival are being written off with each passing match, Murray is still hopeful. KEEP ON FIGHTING “There is still time and opportunity for us, we just have to keep fighting and working hard, and the rest of the competition will tell,” said the youngster, who scored 27 goals for Dinthill last season. Besides trying to help his team survive the drop, Murray, who hails from Orange Field in Linstead, St Catherine, wants to retain his place in the country’s Under-20 squad and earn himself a professional contract. “My dream is to take it to the pro level, so I am just working hard towards that, and good performances in this league will help. “I have been invited to Jamaica’s Under-20 squad, and my aim is to join the team, work hard, and ensure that we qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster explained. At 18, Murray still has another year of eligibility at the schoolboy level, but he could pass on it if the opportunity presents itself. “I have another year at the schoolboy level, but I am not sure if I will return as yet. If I get a professional contract, I will take it. I have had offers from Europe; that is where my agent is based, so we will continue to look until something suitable comes,” Murray said. Murray added that he came close to joining Montego Bay United in the January transfer window. “I was supposed to be with Montego Bay United, but it just wasn’t working out. They wanted me to go to Cornwall College and play for Montego Bay United, but I did not want to leave Dinthill as yet, and Montego Bay is so far away from home,” he said.
McDonald trailed in seventh (46.79 seconds) in the men’s 400m race won by American class act LaShawn Merritt, who notched a meeting record of 44.66. Second was Belgium’s Kevin Borlee (45.26), while Isaac Makwala of Botswana (45.38) came in third. The Diamond League has grown in importance over the years and Africa hosting an event is confirmation of the League’s growing status. The competition gathers the best athletes from around the world to compete in a series of rounds, from May-September, divided over four continents. Morocco was rewarded for its efforts with a local winner. Abdelaati Iguider won the 3000m to get the crowd to fever pitch, while rising to their feet and applauding the middle-distance runner for a stunning effort. With Africa staging its very first Diamond League meeting, there is scope for other countries from the continent to do the same. The meeting in Morocco also serves notice that the Caribbean, and Jamaica in particular, cannot be too far away themselves from replicating what took place in Africa. STEWART THIRD Thompson’s experienced compatriot Kerron Stewart came home third (11.19). Separating the two Jamaicans was Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighotegu (11.11), who is still in the formative stages of her campaign. The long journey to the continent clearly did Stewart no favours and she said afterwards: “To come over here with jet lag and line up with the girls and compete was OK.” The event was the ninth edition of the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme, the third leg of the 2016 Diamond League tour. The series provided athletes with the top-level competition required in Olympic year. Making inroads with Diamond points is Jamaican Janieve Russell, who took the 400m hurdles race with ease. The Jamaican saw off the highly regarded American, Cassandra Tate, to well and truly get her season up and running. Russell is clearly an improving athlete. She caught the eye at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when she claimed 400m hurdles bronze and a 4x400m relay gold. She was to impress again in Rabat. Russell, while not totally happy with her effort, indicated that her win was another useful stepping stone to the Olympic Games to be staged in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I was not concentrating on running a fast time today (personal-best 54.16). I just wanted to get on top of this race. This didn’t feel like windy conditions at all to me. “This is the kind of weather that we know in Jamaica. I want to continue lowering my times in the next races. ” Rome will be the next occasion to do so. “It’s great to compete with my countrymen, but it’s also hard to try and get on the team for the Olympics,” she confessed. While Thompson, Stewart and Russell all had a reasonably good day, that was not the case for Rusheen McDonald. NOT SO GOOD FOR MCDONALD RABAT, Morocco: It was a highly successful day for Jamaican athletes at Africa’s inaugural Diamond League meeting yesterday. African track and field took a massive step as the Moroccan capital of Rabat hosted some of the world’s best athletes – and there is the rich promise of so much more from the continent in terms of this prestigious invitational series. A three-quarters full Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium was the venue for the occasion and as this historic meeting got under way, there was an unforgettable din that greeted the participants. As ever, Jamaican athletes shone during the increasingly popular Diamond League. Sprint queen-in-waiting Elaine Thompson took the 100m in a meeting best time of 11.02 seconds. The 200m World Championships silver medallist got out of the blocks smartly and dominated her opponents from there. “It’s my first time in Morocco. It feels good to be here. I did my best and it paid off. I broke the meeting record,” Thompson, of whom so much is expected, said after her impressive victory. “I am aspiring to make it to the gold medal at the Olympic Games,” she added. Of the microscope that she is now under, Thompson confessed: “When you are performing and delivering, certainly people will look at you and expect certain things. “But I want to just go out there and do my best to please myself and others.”
TJB responds to crisis This obvious crisis in sports has sparked a tremendous response from Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), an association in the United States of America with a long and impressive history in providing assistance to Jamaican children involved in sports. As a result of this ‘crisis’, TJB will be presenting 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDS) to pre-selected schools on October 14 at the JAMPRO headquarters in Kingston. In addition, training in the use of these machines will be provided by experts from the diaspora health-care sector. The CEO and founder of TJB, Irwin Clare, has stated that some of the schools selected lacked strong support programmes or were identified after collaboration with ‘old students’ associations in the diaspora and the UNIA. This humanitarian gesture is a continuation of the efforts of The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), the Heart Institute of Jamaica and the group of high-school principals, known as the Inter-Secondary Schools Association (ISSA), to identify children at risk. Out of the crisis generated by Dominic’s untimely passing comes the opportunity for us to ensure that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when it occurs, is speedily identified and treated. The SCA occurs when the heart’s electrical system goes haywire (ventricular fibrillation) and stops blood flow from the heart. The heart function ceases abruptly and without warning. When this occurs, the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the rest of the body. The initiative from the HFJ, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and TJB will identify those children at risk and improve the response time in the event of a cardiac arrest through the availability of AEDS, training of the support staff of schools in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and improved ambulance/transport response times. Children at risk for SCA can be identified by completing a questionnaire (a pre-participation evaluation – PPE), where specific questions regarding unexplained fainting or palpitations, history of heart disease, heart attack or sudden death in the family, chest pains or shortness of breath during exertion are captured, followed by a detailed examination and a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). These children so identified would then be subjected to more detailed tests supervised by a cardiologist. We must not allow this opportunity to be proactive in the care of our children during school-sponsored athletic activity to pass us by as another nine-day wonder as has happened before, where PPE of all children before taking part in ISSA competitions began in 2014 but fizzled in 2015. We cannot afford to continue to fail our young sportsmen and sportswomen. The PPEs must become mandatory for all ISSA-supervised competitions. The funeral of St George’s College’s Manning Cup captain, Dominic James, received extensive media coverage over the last weekend. The tributes were real and emotional as the nation said farewell to a child whose life epitomised the best attributes of a son, a friend and a football star. Dominic’s death is the latest in what seems to be a slew of deaths involving our children during sports. We already know that one swimmer, death was recorded in 2011 by the Swimming Association, a 17- year-old cross-country Jamaican athlete in February 2014, a 16-year-old footballer associated with Jamaica College, a 15-year-old student in Marymount in January 2014, and now 18-year-old Dominic. It was President John F. Kennedy who said: “When written in Chinese the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters: one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
Off-spinner Roston Chase, who has sent down 21 overs – the most by any bowler – claimed the only wicket to fall to finish with one for 63. He accounted for Sami Aslam, bowled off the under edge, half-way through the final session with the advantage firmly in Pakistan’s favour. Having lost every game on tour courtesy of humbling 3-0 whitewashes in the preceding Twenty20 and One-Day International series, West Indies would have been hoping for a brighter start but instead found themselves at the mercy of the opening pair of Azhar and Sami Aslam. The duo hardly put a foot wrong as they comfortably batted through the first two sessions, carrying Pakistan to 81 without loss at lunch and 172 without loss at the second interval. The right-handed Azhar, playing in his 50th Test, has faced 268 balls in six hours at the crease and counted 14 fours while the left-handed Sami Aslam struck nine fours in an innings spanning 212 balls and just over 4-¾ hours. Neither batsman suffered much alarm during the first session as the West Indies bowlers failed to produce anything threatening with the pink ball in only the second ever day/night Test. In fact, their best chance of the session came when Azhar slashed pacer Miguel Cummins in the air through gully where Leon Johnson was late in responding, as the ball raced to the boundary. Sami Aslam, opting for the sheet anchor role, registered his first boundary after 64 deliveries when he came down to part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite and struck him to the wide mid-on boundary. He followed up with another straight hit for four off the very next delivery. At the break, he was unbeaten on 36 with Azhar on 39, and it was the junior partner who pushed on after the break to reach his half-century first with a cut to the point boundary off Chase, half-hour after the resumption. Azhar, meanwhile, survived a review for leg before wicket off seamer and captain Jason Holder in the second over after lunch, with television replays showing the delivery missing leg. However, he soon settled to raise his half-century by punching pacer Miguel Cummins to extra cover for a couple, about 45 minutes after the interval. NOTE: Play starts at 6:30 a.m. (Ja time) each day). SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN 1st Innings Sami Aslam b Chase 90 Azhar Ali not out 146 Asad Shafiq not out 33 Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb6) 10 Total (1 wkt, 90 overs) 279 To bat: Babar Azam, *Misbah-ul-Haq, +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan. Fall of wickets: 1-215 (Sami Aslam). Bowling: Gabriel 14-2-55-0 (nb6), Cummins 16-2-62-0 (w1), Holder 15-4-30-0, Brathwaite 8-2-21-0, Bishoo 16-3-45-0, Chase 21-2-63-1. WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel. Toss: Pakistan. UMPIRES: R Illingworth, P Reiffel; TV – I Gould. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC: Beleaguered West Indies endured another chastening day here yesterday as opener Azhar Ali stroked his 11th Test hundred to spearhead Pakistan’s domination of the opening day of the historic day/night first Test. The visitors were kept in the field all day at the Dubai International Stadium as Pakistan, opting to bat first, finished on 279 for one with Azhar ending unbeaten on a superb 146. He put on 215 for the first wicket with 20-year-old partner Sami Aslam who fell for 90, a partnership which was the country’s fourth highest opening stand in Tests. Asad Shafiq was looking ominous at the close, unbeaten on 33, already having shared a 64-run, partnership for the second wicket with Azhar.
Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey is the new head coach of struggling Red Stripe Premier League Club Waterhouse. In a release yesterday, the club said they had parted ways with Martvin Tate ‘on mutual agreement.’ Donovan White, president of Waterhouse FC said: “These are tough times in football and resources are extremely scarce, therefore, we must be efficient and effective in utilising the support we do have from our committed sponsors and fans by delivering consistent performances and positive results. Our team, while extremely talented, has struggled with leadership, consistency, and discipline on and off the field.” SEVERAL TITLES Bailey, a former Tivoli Gardens and Arnett Gardens coach, has several titles to his credit including two two National Premier crowns. The other members of the new Waterhouse football staff are Curtis Hamilton, assistant coach; Leighton Murray, goalkeeper coach. The team manager is Keith Sailsman. Tate is out after 13 games into the 2016-17 season. Waterhouse have struggled under the former Village United coach and sit second from bottom with 11 points, four more than last place Boys’ Town and two adrift of promoted teams Maverley/Hughenden and Jamalco. They have won just three of their 13 matches while losing eight. Last season Waterhouse escaped relegation on the final day of the season, thanks to victory over Boys’ Town.
The most important aspect of sports, be it local, backyard, or international, is to ensure the safety of the participants. This mandate has become the rallying call of sport medicine associations worldwide, ever since this important branch of medicine became ‘mainstream’ in the early 1960s. Most international sporting associations now make it mandatory that teams have as part of their ‘official’ delegation, a member of the medical fraternity with proven expertise in identifying, managing, and treating injuries. However, before identifying, managing, and treating injuries to team members, the medically trained individual must first advise and implement procedures to PREVENT injuries. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE Unfortunately, whereas this fundamental requirement is strictly adhered to in some international competitions, where the medical person is identified and given an official role and responsibilities, the paucity of such individuals has allowed some organisations to appoint persons with basic medical qualifications but with an alarming lack of specific knowledge of the sport to which they have been appointed. This lack of knowledge soon becomes apparent to the technical staff assigned to the team, with the resulting (and unfortunate) sequel where medical advice is rarely sought and if obtained, studiously ignored. I have noticed this flaw/anomaly, and my investigation has led me to believe that economics seem to be the driving force behind this potentially dangerous practice. I have found that there is no sporting organisation that deliberately goes out of its way to appoint medical personnel, to fulfil rule requirements, who lack either expertise or experience in the skills required for this important aspect of team selection. The individuals who have taken the time (and sacrifice) to get trained in the basics of sport medicine, generally tend to have pressing economic needs that somehow have to be acknowledged. Therefore, because of the cost involved, teams often tend to request friends and associates with medical qualification in an unrelated field to ‘volunteer’, thus fulfilling the rule requirements of the sport. In Third-World countries where money is generally tight, this usually works, until the technical ‘expert’ in the team believes that he/she knows more than the medical appointee. This ‘stand-off’ usually occurs when a ‘star’ player is involved. I have known of cases where a key player has suffered a fractured leg during a strategic stage of a football final and the medic on duty is beseeched with instructions to “just bandage the leg. Don’t take him off. If him come off, doc, we dead!” Amazingly, this request was compounded by similar sentiments from the player himself! In football, the great Franz Beckenbauer of the then West Germany was allowed to continue playing in a crucial World Cup match with a dislocated shoulder, because “if him come off … we dead”. In the NFL recently, star quarterback Cam Newton was allowed to continue playing after suffering an obvious head injury in a game where recent lawsuits by NFL players with brain abnormalities, who were encouraged to continue playing by technical and sometimes medical personnel, are becoming more and more frequent. The recent, untimely sudden death of youngsters involved in sports in Jamaica has galvanised interest in pre-participation-evaluation by schools that have been sending team members for evaluation. But, if a star player is sent for an evaluation before a crucial game, and that evaluation detects an abnormality that needs further investigation before clearance is obtained, the star player is allowed to play, with no one taking responsibility for the obvious breech of agreed protocol. This defiance of medical advice became international news last week when it was revealed that the team physician of the Trinidad and Tobago national senior football team, Dr Terence Babwah, a member of the FIFA medical committee for over 10 years, resigned because his professional integrity and that of the team’s medical staff had been compromised by decisions leading up to the Honduras game. Dave Isaac, the team physiotherapist for the past four years, has also resigned. Dr Babwah’s resignation has brought into sharp focus the importance of medical advice to teams given by those entrusted with the awesome responsibility to PROTECT squad members from possible serious injury. The team member was the goalkeeper, Jan-Michael Williams, who, during the game, suffered a head injury and had to be substituted 10 minutes into the game. Apparently, the medical team had advised against his playing the game in the first place! It is high time that administrators of team sports in Jamaica ‘take sleep mark death’ and begin to make rules and protocols that MANDATE that the medical advice given by suitably qualified medics is followed, with serious consequences for proven defiance of their advice. Unsubstantiated rumours about medical advice being ignored in the death of children involved in sports, makes this call an urgent priority.