ATLANTA, Georgia: Reggae Boy Garath McCleary says big teams in world football should take note of Jamaica’s historic win over the United States at the Georgia Dome. The Jamaicans beat the United States of America (USA) for the first time, winning 2-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup football semi-final on Wednesday to qualify for the final for the first time. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. “This team can go as far as we want, and I hope world football has really taken notice today. The US has beaten some really big teams in the past and no one expected it,” McCleary said of Jamaica’s win over the 34th-ranked Americans, who have won the Gold Cup on five of the 12 tournaments. “We’re in the final and anything is possible. If we dream it and we believe it, anything can happen,” he added. The Reggae Boyz, ranked 76 by FIFA, are now the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Gold Cup final. They had been to the semis twice: in 1993 when they placed joint third; and 1998 when Jamaica also created history by reaching the World Cup Finals for the first time. “Over the moon!” was McCleary’s first reaction to Wednesday’s win. “They had not lost for 26 games, we’d been underdogs from the very beginning when we first kicked the ball. Even people right at the top didn’t believe we’d get this far, but we’re here. – A.B.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CMC)Scotland has signalled its interest in stepping in to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), following St Lucia’s decision on Wednesday to pull out.The Caribbean country said it could no longer take on the commitment in light of financial challenges and the inability to get the stadium ready in time for the event.Paul Bush, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), said they would seriously consider taking up the responsibility.”We note the withdrawal of St Lucia as hosts of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and, along with a number of other countries, we have agreed to consider hosting the event,” he said.”CGS will now work with Scottish partners to evaluate the options over the coming weeks.”Scotland successfully hosted the senior Commonwealth Games last year.canada indicates interestCanada, the venue for the recent Pan American Games, has also indicated an interest in hosting the showpiece which caters to athletes under 18 years old.The Commonwealth Games Federation said it had asked for other ‘expressions of interest’.”The [CGF Executive] Board, met earlier this morning and decided to put this to the meeting, but also give the other members who would like to offer to host the Youth Games in 2017, a chance,” outgoing CGF President Prince Imran indicated.Despite St Lucia’s pull out, the CGF said it would continue to partner with authorities in Castries, to help the country in its delivery of future competitions.”We are obviously disappointed to hear St Lucia has taken the difficult decision to withdraw its commitment to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games,” CGF chief executive, David Grevemberg said.”Whilst appreciating the economic and environmental challenges they face as a small island nation, we will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth Games Association of St Lucia and their Government partners, to support and ultimately realise their ambitions, to deliver a positive and lasting legacy for the young people of their island, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.”The 2015 Youth Games get under way tomorrow in Samoa.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has paid special tribute to late Indian cricket administrator, Jagmohan Dalmiya, lauding him as someone who had “a deep passion” for the sport.The 71-year-old Lloyd, the most successful captain in cricket history, described Dalmiya as someone who “loved cricket” and gave all he could “for the good of the game”.”He did a lot for Indian cricket and world cricket. He was a very strong person and we got along very well,” said Lloyd, the current chairman of West Indies selectors.”He was very well respected and rose to the highest office in world cricket. He gave yeoman service to the game and brought it to where it is today. He was a very likeable person and it is indeed sad that he has passed on.”We have lost a great administrator and a true family man, and someone who loved the great game of cricket.”great legacyDalmiya was a former president of cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and was serving as head of the Board for Cricket Control of India (BCCI) at the time of his death last Sunday.The 75-year-old has also been credited for transforming India’s cricket into financial giants but Lloyd said there was much more to Dalmiya’s legacy.”One of his strengths was that he helped the game to reach a strong financial footing, and a lot of people talk about that aspect of his administration, but there was much more to him that just that,” Lloyd pointed out.”He did so successfully, but he also brought great respect to the game and its players all across the world. He was very well respected everywhere he went because he put the game first and everyone could see he cared about cricket and had a deep passion for what was happening on and off the field.”Lloyd was the mastermind of West Indies’ world dominance in the 1970s and 1980s, and led the Caribbean side to back-to-back triumphs in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.That era proved one of the greatest periods of dominance by a single team in the history of sports. After retirement, Lloyd worked as an ICC Match Referee and West Indies team manager.
Ageing striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson is certainly not slowing down, but his heart is not set on representing the national men’s senior football team anymore.”My heart is not in that (representing Jamaica). Mi nah diss them, but I will just continue to do my thing in the Premier League and help to lift Waterhouse,” he disclosed.”There are a lot of things going on with the national team. Look at Craig Foster, leading scorer last season and was not given any game with the national. He is much younger than I am,” Anderson highlighted.The prolific goalscorer converted a double strike Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League football game against lowly UWI FC last Sunday at Waterhouse Stadium.The home side won 3-0, led by goals from Anderson in the 38th and 81st minutes. Captain Damarley Samuels got the other goal (45th).That was Anderson’s third goal of the season, the same as Newton Sterling of reigning champions Arnett Gardens and Rafiek Thomas of Boys’ Town. They are one goal behind Dino Williams of Montego Bay United in the race for the individual award.”A just the work weh mi always try to put out. I try to stay healthy by eating good food. Everybody have to take care of their body, or it will break down. My job is to score goals,” the 36-year-old told The Gleaner about him maintaining tip-top condition.Going for recordsWhen further quizzed about his goalscoring prowess locally, Anderson responded: “Mr Chang (Carl) at Western Sports is always encouraging me to go after Roen Nelson’s record in the Premier League, so my aim is to score at least 30 goals.”Waterhouse started the season slowly and that has bothered Anderson.”Everywhere I go, at work and in the community, people asking me what is happening with the team, but I prefer to lose early as every team goes through a bad patch,” he said.He also said the team has attracted some new players and it will take a time for them to blend.”Look at Arnett, they won the Premier League last year and are in fifth place now. And overseas, Chelsea won the English League, but are struggling this season. However, good teams must find a way to come back,” Anderson reasoned.Anderson first represented Waterhouse in 2008 and has scored 76 times in over 100 appearances. Before that, he played at other local clubs – Village United, Seba United (now Montego Bay United) and Wadadah FC.He also had a short stint at CD Aguila in El Salvador last year.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies stormed into the quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup with a dramatic two-run win over Zimbabwe amid controversy over a disputed run-out at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong here yesterday. The Caribbean’s side victory stunned a crestfallen Zimbabwe and is being overshadowed by what is known as the “Mankad” controversy. Windies pacer Keemo Paul broke the stumps and appealed for a run-out against non-striker, Richard Ngarava, at the start of the final over of the innings. Ngarava, whose bat appeared to be on the line as the bails came off, was given out after the umpires referred the situation to video review. “Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties,” declared the West Indies captain, Shimron Hetmyer. “We’ve seen this in cricket before. It’s probably not in the spirit of the game, but we’re happy to have won.” A blazing half century from Shamar Springer and a destructive four-wicket haul from Alzarri Joseph highlighted the West Indies victory, which at one stage seemed beyond their reach. Springer top scored with 61 from 69 balls, smashing seven fours and two sixes as Zimbabwe, who chose to field, restricted West Indies to 226 for nine from 50 overs. Springer and Tevin Imlach, who scored 31, compiled 45 runs for the fourth wicket to help rebuild the innings, which slipped to 97 for the loss of three wickets. Imlach struck three fours in a patient and stubborn knock in which he also shared an opening stand of 42 with Gidron Pope, who gathered 30. A fiery spell from pacer Alzarri Joseph, four for 30, rocked the Zimbabwe top-order, reducing them to 97 for the loss of three wickets. However, opener Shaun Snyder with a top score of 52 and middle order batsmen Adam Keefe chimed in with 43 as Zimbabwe appeared to be coasting to their target nicely placed at 209 for six with five overs remaining. But when Springer returned to break a 62-run stand between Keefe and Wesley Madhevere in the 45th over the tide turned in favour of the West Indies. Springer, who picked up two for 16 and was named Man-of-the-Match, trapped Keefe lbw and then bowled Madhevere for 21, while Rugare Magarira was run out for a duck to leave the last pair needing 10 more for victory. The young Zimbabwe cricketers inched within three runs of victory, only to have their plans spoiled when Paul removed the bails. “We got so close, no comment about it. I don’t have anything to say right now,” said the Zimbabwe captain, Brandon Mavuta. “No comment.” Although the dismissal was within the rules of the game, departures of this kind tend to revive debate about sportsmanship. Mankadding was named after the Indian player Vinoo Mankad, who removed the bails to claim a run-out against a non-striker in Australia in 1947. Two years ago, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler of England in similar fashion during a one-day international at Edgbaston. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES U19s G Pope lbw b Magarira 30 T Imlach† c †Murray b Madhevere 31 K Carty c †Murray b Madhevere 8 S Hetmyer* run out (Matigimu) 17 S Springer st †Murray b Ives 61 J Goolie run out (Mashinge/Magarira) 12 K Paul c & b Mavuta 14 M Frew lbw b Magarira 7 R John not out 16 A Joseph c & b Magarira 0 O Smith not out 16 Extras (lb 1, w 10, nb 3) 14 Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 226 Fall of wickets 1-42, 2-55 , 3-85, 4-130, 5-164 , 6-171 , 7-188 , 8-191, 9-191. Bowling: Ngarava 5-0-41-0 (3nb, 2w), Mashinge 5-0-26-0 (2w), Magarira 10-1-28-3 (1w), Madhevere 10-0-48-2, Matigimu 6-0-33-0, Mavuta 10-0-34-1 (4w), Ives 4-0-15-1. ZIMBABWE U19s Zimbabwe Under-19s innings (target: 227 runs from 50 overs) S Snyder lbw b Pope 52 B Sly b Joseph 5 R Murray† b Joseph 4 J Ives c Goolie b Frew 37 W Mashinge c †Imlach b Joseph 23 A Keefe lbw b Springer 43 B Mavuta* c †Imlach b Joseph 1 W Madhevere b Springer 21 K Matigimu not out 10 R Magarira run out (Hetmyer) 0 – R Ngarava not out 1 Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 14, nb 1) 27 Total (all out; 49 overs) 224 Fall of wickets 1-36, 2-46, 3-97, 4-143, 5-145, 6-147, 7-209 , 8-217, 9-217, 10-224. Bowling: Joseph 10-1-30-4 (1nb, 2w), John 3-0-22-0 (1w), Smith 3-0-24-0 (2w), Goolie 10-2-30-0(1w), Pope 8-0-38-1, Frew 5-0-20-1(1w), Paul 6-1-32-0(2w), Springer 4-0-16-2(1w). Result: West Indies U19s won by two runs. Points: West Indies Under 19s (two), Zimbabwe Under 19s (0) Man-of-the-Match: Alzarri Joseph Toss:Zimbabwe Under 19s Umpires: A Raza, P Jones.
MISERABLE TOUR HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Emerging players are expected to jostle for permanent places as West Indies launch a fresh effort to revive their cricket fortunes on the heels of back-to-back series losses which climaxed on a high with a rare Test triumph over Pakistan. West Indies are playing Sri Lanka in the second match of a One Day International (ODI) Tri-series series at Harare Sports Club with things scheduled to get started at 2:30am. Missing from the regional squad are batsman Marlon Samuels, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, all-rounder Kieron Pollard as well as Darren Bravo, who was axed for an outburst on Twitter, criticising the WICB president. Their absence clears the way for the likes of batsmen Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope and wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich to step-up. “Most of the guys are in a good frame of mind. We have a few guys here who have come away from that recent Test tour and have been in the one day side,” said Captain Jason Holder after yesterday’s training session at the Harare Sports Club. “We have some new faces and new energy. So it’s a situation where we need to ride on that and use that as a motivation. Everybody is hungry for success.” Sri Lanka have already drawn first blood in the series after easily disposing of Zimbabwe by eight wickets with 153 balls remaining in the opening match on Monday. The Windies are hoping to open the series on a triumphant note, inspired by their recent Test win over Pakistan, which ended a miserable tour of the United Arab Emirates in which they lost series in all three formats- Test, ODI and T20 Internationals. “We had a really good series earlier in the year with Australia and South Africa and then just faltered a little bit against Pakistan in UAE,” recalled Holder. “I think everybody here mind is fresh. We had a good chance to review and look back at our mistakes and our shortfalls and in the previous one days. So I expect a really good contest tomorrow from our guys against Sri Lanka.” Sri Lanka, like West Indies, are also short on experience and are expected to rely on captain Upul Tharanga, who has 189 matches to his credit as well as Kusal Perera’s. The young in-form batsman Dhananjaya de Silva could prove crucial in the series. Opener Johnson Charles with 44 ODIs to his name is the most experience batsman for West Indies but the likes of Hope and Dowrich who have been in good nick with the bat lately are expected to use the series to advance their claim. The Sri Lankans are said to be familiar with Zimbabwean conditions but the West Indies players have had an opportunity to carry-out their own assessment as well. The Caribbean side held a full training session yesterday morning. “The conditions are not too bad. From what I have seen, The net pitches are a bit on the slow side but until I have gotten to the middle I would just have to assess and see how it goes,” said Charles.
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton says he is proud of his comeback campaign, irrespective of the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Hamilton is 12 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who will win the title if he finishes in the top three even if the Briton wins the race.”It has been a challenging season in terms of ups and downs,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grand parents are Grenadian.”But I’ve managed to strengthen in terms of turning the negatives into positives.”Hamilton’s engine failure while leading in Malaysia in September, created a 28-point swing in favour of Rosberg, and a win for Rosberg in Japan the following weekend left Hamilton 33 points adrift.Hamilton also had engine failures in qualifying in early season races in China and Russia, which meant that he had to recover from positions down the grid.”I am really proud of what I’ve achieved. I was 43 points behind. I thought it was impossible to come back from that, and I have been 33 points behind and nearly turned that around,” said Hamilton.”It has shown everything is possible, and I will keep facing the races coming with that mentality.”
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has given eight local footballers their first call-up to the senior men’s national team in preparation for two upcoming friendly international games next month in the United States of America (USA). Jamaica will play against CONCACAF giant USA on February 3 and then Honduras on February 16. The newcomers are Roberto Johnson of Portmore United, Tevin Shaw (Tivoli Gardens), Shamar Nicholson (Boys’ Town), Rodave Murray (Waterhouse), Javon East (Portmore), Jamiel Hardware (Boys’ Town), Kareem Manning (Portmore), and Romaine Brackenridge (Tivoli). They will join other local-based players such as Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United), Shaven Paul (Portmore), Nicholas Campbell (Maverley-Hughenden), Dicoy Williams (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (Montego Bay), Damano Solomon (Portmore), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Jamie Robinson (UWI FC), Ewan Grandison (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Dwayne Ambusley (Montego Bay), Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay), and Dino Williams (Montego Bay). The 23 players were called to a training camp, which starts today at the Stadium East and ends on Thursday. Manager of the Reggae Boyz, Roy Simpson says that this augurs well for the development of the local-based players. “This is a good opportunity for each player to impress, real genuine opportunity for local players,” Simpson told The Gleaner after the squad was released yesterday. “They (the players) must have been doing something new at their respective clubs to catch the eyes of the selectors,” the manager added. TRAINING CAMP
Following outstanding performances at last month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships and the Carifta Games in Curacao, we could see another series of powerful performances for Jamaican high-school athletes in individual events when the Penn Relays get underway this Thursday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Two Jamaicans in Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald and Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical are set to battle it out in the Championship of America High School 400m hurdles event for girls, with action slated for this Thursday.McDonald, who seems to have peaked at the right time following success at Champs, where she upstaged Foster to win the Open event in 56.53 seconds, is the top seed in this event. However, Foster, who was a close second in 56.65 seconds and who won the Under-20 event at the Carifta Games in 58.84 seconds, cannot be taken lightly, but, between the two, Jamaica looks set to continue their dominance here.Edwin Allen’s Fiona Richards, following wins at Champs and at the Carifta Games, with record throws of 53.04m and 54.19m in the discus event, should also have her way here.Tissana Hickling (St Jago) has been consistent in both the triple and long jump competitions this season, but will be doing the long jump at the Penn Relays this year. She will also be confident of registering a big mark here after producing distances of 6.27 and 6.22 metres in negative wind at Carifta and Champs.Vere Technical’s Lamara Distin and Edwin Allen’s Jonique Burger have been consistent all season in the high jump. Distin, the top female jumper so far with a 1.80m clearance done at the Digicel Grand Prix final, could go all the way to make up for her somewhat disappointing silver medal at Carifta in the Under-18 event.Following his performance at the Carifta Trials early in March, where he defeated overseas-based Ronaldo Griffiths, St Jago’s Timor Barrett, who won the Class One 400m hurdles event at Champs with a sub-52 seconds effort, was the favourite to win at Penns. However, Griffiths, who turned the tables on Barrett at Carifta in winning in 52.01 seconds, will be competing for his New York High School team at Penns, and both are expected to fight out the finish here. Several other Jamaicans, including Calabar’s Akyeeme Francis and Jamaica College’s Malik Smith, are also down to compete.GOOD MEETSt Jago could have a good meet as Lushane Wilson, with a season best of 2.08 metres in the high jump, and Roje Stona, in the discus, have a good chance to win their events.Both Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High and Carey McLeod of Kingston College could add to a likely good showing for Jamaica in the field by winning their respective events. Nedrick, following wins at Champs with a record heave of 20.05 metres in the shot put and 19.29 metres at Carifta, looks good here, while McLeod could dominate the long jump. He won the event at Carifta with 7.62 metres and will renew his rivalry with The Bahamas’ Martin Holland, who was second with 7.33 metres.
DECLINING FORTUNES Their fortunes have declined steadily since then, however, and they now also face the prospect of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup Only hosts England and the remaining top seven sides by the September 30 cut-off date will secure automatic spots with the remaining sides forced to play a qualifying tournament for a chance at the remaining two slots. Sir Curtly, who until last year served as a bowling consultant to West Indies, believes consistency is the big hurdle the regional side has to overcome. “Potential and talent have never been the question. It’s just we’ve not kept the results that we want. From time to time, there have been some good performances, but we’re not consistent enough,” explained the Antiguan, who took 405 wickets from 98 Tests and 225 scalps from 176 one-dayers. HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC): Legendary former fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose has urged West Indies to use the disappointment of missing out on next month’s ICC Champions Trophy to return to the top of world cricket. The tournament, referred to as the mini World Cup, features the cricket world’s top eight sides, with West Indies missing out on the June 1-18 showpiece in England because of to their lowly number nine ranking. “It’s really a shame. It is sad. I never thought the time would come when we, as a West Indies team, would miss a Champions Trophy,” Sir Curtly told the Royal Gazette. “It’s not a nice feeling at all, but that’s the way it is. We are not playing as well as we can, so it’s up to us as a nation, and the cricketers themselves, to bring back this tradition we have to get West Indies cricket near the top again.” West Indies were good enough to win the tournament back in 2004 in England when they beat the hosts in a dramatic final at the Oval.