Managing director of Sherwin Williams Limited, Ian Forbes, says his company is committed to women’s football in Jamaica, but are undecided on whether they will be back as sponsors of the Sherwin Williams Women’s League next season.Sherwin Williams has been involved as sponsors for the past 14 years. However, speaking at the awards ceremony yesterday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston, Forbes said the paint company will make an announcement by late February.”Resources are not unlimited, so one has to look at the organisation and see what can be done. We are going through the process of evaluation, and then (we will) make a decision by late February (2016),” Forbes told The Gleaner.Meanwhile, Barbican FC walked away with the majority of the awards at yesterday’s ceremony. Barbican won the Sherwin Williams League for the eighth consecutive year and the Colourscape Knockout for the third straight year.The Charles Edward-coached team won $400,000 for the league; while beaten finalists Waterhouse received $250,000; G.C. Foster earned $140,000 for third place; and Los Perfectos took home $100,000 for fourth spot.Rochelle Bryan of Barbican was voted the Most Valuable Player for the season, while her teammate, Tasheka Small, was MVP for the final. The top goalscorer award was shared by Venecia Reid of G.C. Foster, Rashana Palache (Los Perfectos) and Kenesha Reid of Barbican, with 17 goals each.Top goalkeeper was Abbigayle Palmer of Barbican, while Charles Edwards was voted coach of the year. All awardees collected cash prizes and trophies.In the Colourscape KO, Barbican collected the winning trophy and $100,000; Waterhouse won $60,000 for second place; Los Perfectos received $40,000 for third; while G.C. Foster earned $20,000 for fourth spot. Barbican’s Kenesha Reid was the top goalscorer and MVP of the final.
San Jose Earthquakes general manager, John Doyle, says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be a key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in the English Premier League and Championship.Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons (14) as a key element.”We’re delighted to welcome Simon back,” Doyle said in a team statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack,” Doyle insisted in a report on the Major League Soccer website.Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa. He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica’s crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9 last year.Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. He is also the only midfielder in the club’s history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.
With the tournament featuring a qualifying round which saw six minnows, Affiliates and Associates members, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Afghanistan, Oman, and Hong Kong, plus two Full Members, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, playing against each other in two groups, with the two winners going through to the Super 10 stage, the qualifiers were quite interesting and produced some fairly good, but exciting cricket. Ireland and The Netherlands, the usual upsetters in ICC tournament, were expected to do well but not to top the groups and advance in the tournament, not with the presence of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh did make it to the tournament proper, but Zimbabwe did not, and with rain forcing two no-results, both Ireland and The Netherlands who lost points due to the rain, failed to go through. The surprise teams to make it to the Super 10 were Oman who after defeating Ireland with two deliveries to spare, lost easily to Bangladesh and failed to qualify, and Afghanistan, who defeated Zimbabwe in January, beat Zimbabwe and won all three qualifying matches to reach the Super 10. While the batting of the minnows was highlighted by some towering sixes, and barring a few who are exposed to first-class cricket, reminded more of the ‘curried goat’ variety, the bowling was fairly good, only lacking at times in consistency of line and length. The ground fielding also was generally good, but for lapses by Afghanistan against Sri Lanka. The catching, however, was brilliant, and four catches to remember were by one Michael Leask of Scotland to get rid of Richmond Mutumbami of Zimbabwe at long off; one by Sikander Raja of Zimbabwe at cover to remove Kyle Coetze of Scotland; one by Zeeshan Masqood of Oman at short extra-cover to take care of Paul Sterling of Scotland; and what must be the catch of the tournament so far, Gary Wilson’s effort on the square-leg boundary to remove Aamir Ali of Oman. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) T20 World Cup got under way in style this past week with Chris Gayle of the West Indies, New Zealand, and England setting the stage for some glorious action to come. T20 cricket is known for its excitement, especially for its power-hitting and acrobatic catching, and the 2016 T20 World Cup needed no kick-start. Gayle got the proceedings under way with a scintillating and glittering innings of 100 runs off 47 deliveries with 11 towering sixes against England; New Zealand followed up by handing stinging defeats to India and Australia; and England redeemed themselves and stayed in the race with an impressive record-breaking run chase against South Africa. For Gayle, it was nothing new and, therefore, not surprising. For New Zealand, however, victory and over India and Australia, especially one behind the other, and so quickly at that, was almost surprising, and so, too, was England’s grand recovery after falling so easily to the West Indies. New Zealand first knocked off India, scoring 126 for seven, and then nailing India for 79 in 18.5 overs before taking care of Australia, first by scoring 142 for eight and then by limiting Australia to 134 for nine. The real excitement, however, came on Friday morning (local time) when South Africa raced to 229 for four after scoring 58 run off 4.2 overs before falling to England, who dashed to 230 for eight after making a rousing start of 44 off just two overs. Apart from those four interesting and exciting matches, however, the 2016 tournament belongs to the minnows. FAILED TO SAVE Qualifying round As good as that catch was, it failed to save Ireland. For years now, ever since the coming of the World Cup and the T20World Cup tournaments, the weaker teams, the minnows, have been calling for greater opportunities, for more cricket so that they can improve their play. Despite the performances of teams like Ireland and Netherlands, however, their calls have fallen on deaf ears. As we laud the performances of Oman and Afghanistan, who have joined Ireland and The Netherlands as upsetters, we think of teams like Kenya, East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, America, and Argentina, among others, and what has happened to them. In 1969, the West Indies went to Ireland and were badly beaten, albeit in a friendly match; in 1992, the West Indies lost Kenya in the World Cup; in 2003, Sri Lanka lost to Kenya; in 2007, Pakistan lost to Ireland in the World Cup; in 2007, England lost to The Netherlands in the T20 World Cup in 2009; Ireland beat Bangladesh in 2009 in T20 World Cup; and England again lost to The Netherlands in the T20 World Cup in 2014. “I think we are as good as Zimbabwe,” said Preston Mommsen, the captain of Scotland, although he lost a close match to them this time around. William Porterfield of Ireland has always complained about the lack of opportunity, and Mommsen also lamented the fact that Scotland had only two matches against Full members recently, one against Australia in 2013 and one against England in 2014. The minnows of cricket deserve better than this. They deserve an opportunity, an opportunity to become as good as the West Indies were before they became the champions of the world in all three versions.
Melbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.”I believe it was a compromise ruling,” said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.”If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas.”Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA’s competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.”We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket,” said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.”What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.”What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win.”He continued: “The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed.”The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
Montego Bay’s Cornwall College, the self-styled original CC, cooled fellow daCosta Cup high-flyers Clarendon College 4-2 in a hotly contested first ISSA-FLOW Super Cup semi-final at Sabina Park yesterday to reach next Saturday’s final.The match was a thrilling encounter highlighted by sharp-shooting forward Jourdaine Fletcher, whose hat-trick secured a famous win for Cornwall. He got his goals in the 59th (penalty), 62nd and 89th minutes. Aiden Jokomba had scored the opening goal for Cornwall.With yesterday’s three-timer, Fletcher took his FLOW Super Cup tally to seven and he promised fireworks in the final.”Today is my best game. I was waiting on this match a while and I just executed. We are the original ‘CC’, and we will give 100 per cent in the final,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.He added that beating Clarendon gave him a great feeling.”Words can’t explain how I am feeling right now. I am feeling very great. We played to the game plan, and that’s what coach had asked the team. I have a lot more goals to come and I want to go past 30 in the season,” the clinical forward added.Clarendon’s scorers were Shemar Hunter, who scored with a long-range strike to draw his team level inside the 36th minute, while captain Creggton Charlton slammed home a brilliant free kick from 20 yards in the 40th minute to register his fifth Super Cup goal.FLETCHER IN TOP FORMCornwall, with their star man Fletcher in top form, dominated the second half with their crisp short-passing and rapid counter-attacks. Fletcher with his deft body swerves proved difficult to handle.Tempers also flared during the half and a number of yellow cards were issued as players clashed on the field.Cornwall’s coach, Dr Dean Weatherly, called it a very big win for his unbeaten team.”It was a very, very big win, considering we are in a final, and it shows how hard we are working and everything is coming to the fore now. We said we are champions and you have to behave like champions,” he said.The coach and management team of Clarendon College declined to comment.
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree failed to have a major impact, but his Brisbane Heat still beat Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to remain unbeaten and on top of the standings in the Big Bash League.Playing at the Gabba yesterday, Badree claimed just one for 26 from his four overs as Hurricanes, sent in, posted 173 for nine off their allotted 20 overs.Daniel Christian top-scored with 33 off 23 balls and Jonathan Wells chipped in with 28 off 25 balls, but they were the only two to pass 20.In reply, Heat raced to their target with 22 balls remaining, with Chris Lynn stroking an unbeaten 84 off 50 balls to follow up his 85 not out against Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder three days ago.Lynn, who represents Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, struck four fours and seven sixes and posted 109 for the second wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, who blasted 72 off 35 deliveries.Heat are unbeaten in their three outings this season while Hurricanes lie sixth in the eight-team league.
President of the Racers Track Club, Glen Mills, is not surprised that there has been a high demand for tickets to this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix. Tickets offered online for the grandstand were sold out within hours after they were put on sale Monday. “We figured that the occasion is a historic one, and when you have somebody who has contributed to sports and the world in general at the level of Usain Bolt, then it certainly would have a lot of people wanting to be a part of history,” said Mills. “We are very happy that the public has responded in that kind of way. It is important to know that the tickets taken were those that were put online,” he said. Mills added that a number of grandstand tickets will available on June 5 locally at JN outlets islandwide. “There is a limited amount (grandstand tickets) left. These will be sold to the public at the various outlets,” Mills said. “We have a very small grandstand and we have a large demand and so we try to spread it as much as possible,” he said. ‘SALUTE TO A LEGEND’ The meet, which has been dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’, will be the final home race for Jamaican sprinting icon Usain Bolt, who has announced that he will be bringing an end to his illustrious career at this Summer’s World Championships in London. Bolt will have a host of global stars for company at the June 10 meet set for the National Stadium after the confirmation of Olympic champions Mo Farah, David Rudisha and Wayde van Niekerk. Mills stated that meet has attracted some of the world’s most famous stars and so he is expecting a very exciting event. “Based on the bulk of the nations and the interest we have seen, we expect a jam-packed stadium and we are working on a great product,” Mills said.
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, said that the body is in the process of resuming weekend training camps for youth athletes as they prepare for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games in July.Blake, in his bid for re-election to the role of president last year, centred his campaign manifesto on a return to regular training camps for youth athletes as he was concerned about Jamaica’s performance at the World Youth Championships in 2015, where the country only earned one medal. However, there were no camps held in 2016. Back then, Blake had told The Gleaner that what he described as the “unavailability” of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had prevented any training in 2015.Blake went on to say that there would definitely be camps in 2016.’NOEXCUSE'”We will really have no excuse not to have a camp at G.C. Foster this year,” he said in January last year.However, with the passing of that year, there were still no camps held.Blake gave a similar reason on Wednesday for the inactivity over 2016.”It was about getting the people together, and getting somewhere suitable, because for quite a while in the past, we had used G.C. Foster,” he said. “For some time, G.C. Foster’s track wasn’t functional, but now that the track is back up and running and the place has been fixed up a bit, we are going to be looking at having our camps.”We want to start it as soon as possible, but right now, some of the kids are tied up in exams. So we’d have to see who we want to invite to the camps, how their exam schedules are – because they must be allowed the time to do their exams and get some studying done, but at the same time, we want them to keep active so that we can get an improved performance at these games.”The Gleaner reached out to officials at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport to see if talks between both parties did occur. They confirmed this, saying that they did speak with Blake and there were plans proposed for this month and next, but exams are taking place at the moment, so it would not be wise. They said that a date will, however, be confirmed in the near future.- R.P.
Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMessi was presented with the trophy by teammate Luis Suarez, who won the award in 2015-16 with 40. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets also attended the ceremony in Barcelona.Messi thanked his teammates for helping him score so many goals, while also saying that he enjoys playing more than ever, 13 years since his debut with Barcelona’s first team. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday (Saturday Manila time) for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.ADVERTISEMENT “I have never considered myself a forward. I have been lucky enough to score goals,” Messi said. “I have grown both on and off the pitch. I keep improving and adding things to my game, and I enjoy playing more and more.”Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez have divvied up the prize for the past nine years.The only time a non-Spanish league player won the Golden Shoe in the last decade was when Suarez shared the prize with Ronaldo while playing for Liverpool in 2013-14.The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspaper and magazines.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Philippine Azkals File Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines may have suffered losses against lower-ranked teams in the Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament recently, but businessman Jefferson Cheng, who served as manager of the team, would rather stick to the positives—pointing out that young players were able to get international exposure from the four-nation competition.Saying that negative statements about the team’s results were unfair, Cheng stressed that the coaches and players did their best for the country given the time and logistical constraints as the tournament came immediately after the Philippines Football League season.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think a more encouraging and supportive stance will do more good for Philippine football than complaining and maligning the players and coaches who did their best for their country,” said Cheng in a statement.Without more than half of their regular players since the tournament did not fall during the international window, the Azkals lost to Chinese Taipei, 0-3, and Timor Leste, 0-1, after opening the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Laos. The Azkals finished second behind Chinese Taipei in the tournament, nipping Laos on goal difference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseAzkals manager Dan Palami said they were not consulted over the composition of the team for the tournament with Davao Aguilas coach and PFF technical director Marlon Maro forming the team with the approval of PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes.“The players were given the best organization one can possibly do with the time, and logistics constraints we have plus the conflict that the CTFA tournament have with the PFL schedule,” said Cheng. View comments Lyceum not seeking redemption, just improvement, as Zark’s Burgers “My role is temporary as the PFF asked for assistance because most of the clubs with the regular Azkals players including Mr. Palami’s Global FC are in the PFL semifinals while Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also had a previous commitment.Cheng said his management team actually got in touch with some players whom Palami recommended and already bought their tickets, but they failed to join the team for some reason.“We should draw our attention to the positives,” Cheng stressed.Cheng cited players like Kintaro Miyagi from Cebu, who scored his first international goal against Laos, and Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso were able to gain valuable experience from the tournament where they teamed up with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set