8:30 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at Anthony Spaulding Sports Club. FOCUSING ON TIVOLI “All the time you are looking to go overseas to play football, but right now I am just concentrating on Tivoli, the players and the fans, and trying to get a trophy for the team,” he said. “You also always want to play for your country, but it is up to the coaching staff to give you that chance. And it’s up to you as well to try and play for the coaching staff to see you,” he continued. The striker was taken out of the game with under 10 minutes remaining after aggravating his shoulder from a first-half tackle. Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said it was unfortunate he had to pull the striker as he brings more than just talent to the team, and he has no doubt the former Oldham Athletic man will soon discover his magical touch. “Teddy brings experience and talent. He is a very dedicated person, and now he is different as he is more mature,” Bender commented. “He also helps the training in how we imparts knowledge to the youngsters, so he is very valuable to the team. But the next game he will be better,” he assured. Tonight’s match Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson showed glimpses of his mercurial talent in Tivoli Gardens’ opening Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game against Cavalier, which ended 0-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. However, it wasn’t the sublime performance the home fans and many football observers had anticipated. The former Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday striker, who is presently out of contract, told The Gleaner that although his intention is to return overseas, he wants to help the West Kingston club win trophies again. He insists, though, that he is not a one-man band and needs the support of his teammates to be successful. “Every time you play, you want to win a trophy or the competition, and that is my aim, try to help the team (Tivoli Gardens) win a trophy,” he said. – Tivoli Gardens 0 Cavalier 0 – MoBay United 0 Portmore 2 – Rivoli United 0 Waterhouse 0 – Reno 1 Humble Lion 0 – Harbour View 1 Boys’ Town 1 Yesterday’s Results TEAMWORK “I can’t believe that I am the one (to lead Tivoli back to the top), because we are a team, and we have to work as a team for everything to come together, so we have to believe in ourselves and try to go out and do it every game,” he continued. Johnson last played for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But he injured his shoulder – which required an operation – last October and has not played since. The 35-year-old is confident that as long as his fitness continues to improve, he will get better. “We never really got into the game today (Sunday), but it’s the first game (of the season). We just have to come the next game and try to do our best, and just keep the focus and keep the confidence going, and once I get fit, everything is possible,” he said. The tricky playmaker still has his sights set on a national recall. “I haven’t played any competitive football since October, since I did surgery, so I just came down here to try and get fit and see what is possible for me in the longer run.
Western BureauOmar Wedderburn, head coach at St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) could be dubbed the most interesting coach in schoolboy football.Widely known as “Rambo”, the former goalkeeper, who scored ten goals as an outfield player for his beloved STETHS in 1998, recently guided a youthful squad to a sixth-straight Ben Francis KO title, and will take them into a fifth daCosta Cup championship match today against Dinthill Technical.Wedderburn started at STETHS back in 1995 and played daCosta Cup there for three years ending in 1998.As a goalkeeper, he was excellent. He was of the same mould as his father Clive “Spider” Wedderburn, the current national goalkeeper coach but with a lot more passion.Rambo footballThis passion and skill has seen him being used at right back, sometimes as a right link player and ultimately in the forward position during his playing days, where his 10 goals in 1998 were a great achievement for a utility player such as he was.”Those days were the beginning of Rambo football at STETHS. But I had some great people around me. It was Wendell Downswell, who took me to STETHS and he has been a great friend and father-figure to me even now,” stated Wedderburn.”My time playing football has been great, thanks to that man, among others including former STETHS coach Andrew Edwards, whom I understudied before he left for Munro College,” he reasoned.”I learnt a lot from Edwards, and I take that with me all the time, while adding my character to how we play football, which is meant to be a fun, but hard-working way,” Wedderburn said.”It is the only way to have the team performing for each other. We have fun in training and in game situations, and as the coach, I try my best to be a centre of enjoyment for the squad. We laugh over things, but we remain committed and serious about it at the same time,” he said.He listed former national coach Jeffery Maxwell, Jerome Waite, Jackie Walters and current STETHS Technical Director Wendell Downswell, as inspiration.
MIAMI (AP):Miami jumped a slow-starting and inaccurate Dallas to set up a 106-82 win against the Mavericks on Friday, moving within one game of the lead in the NBA Southeast Division.Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were without an ill Dwyane Wade early but still dominated.Elsewhere, Toronto rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, and Chicago blew a big lead before steadying and beating New York.Miami’s Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who were forced to adjust their starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career.Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.Dallas had only 10 points in the first quarter – their lowest for any period this season – and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami.Zaza Pachulia’s 14 points and 13 rebounds was best for the Mavericks, who had won their previous four games.Toronto came from seven points down after three quarters to defeat Charlotte 104-94.DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists for the Raptors.Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.Chicago blew a 17-point lead before pulling away again in the final quarter to beat New York 108-81.Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite Derrick Rose missing a second straight game with hamstring tendonitis.Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, who have dropped five of six.Washington beat Orlando for the 11th straight time, with John Wall contributing 24 points with 13 assists toward a 103-91 victory.Los Angeles’ Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to guide the Lakers to a 93-84 win against Philadelphia in a match of the league’s two worst teams.
“My team look to me for organisation and leadership and my aerial ability, because I am a very big guy. They also rely on me to make important tackles, passes and power runs through the midfield, which has earned me the nickname ‘Yaya TourÈ’. But I need to improve on my stamina and my left foot. “Also, people have told me that I have a strong kick, and that I need to shoot more, but I tend to look for a pass. I know I have a good kick, and I am looking to improve on that,” he said. The former national under-17 and all-schools representative never really figured prominently in the national programme at the youth level, and is really working to make his mark with the senior team in the near future. “I just need to get some more exposure over here so the national coaches get a chance to look at me again. It’s been a while since they have seen me in action, but, hopefully, when they do again, they will see something that they want in the programme. “But, so far, I am pleased with how things are moving forward. I can see greater things ahead. I have contacts, and my agent (Damani Ralph) is making arrangements, so I expect another good year,” he said. “The first two seasons, I was playing at Cloud County. The first season I got injured (knee), from which I have now recovered. The following season, I was injury free, and I had a great season, as I got selected to play in the conference All-Stars first team, scored six goals and had four assists,” he told The Gleaner recently. The player, who is likened to Manchester City’s Yaya TourÈ on the college circuit because of his size and powerful runs from deep midfield, is sometimes played further forward by Byrant and Stratton coach Nick Dimitrievski, and although he relishes playing a more attacking role at times, he prefers to play out of his customary central midfield position. “I played mainly defensive mid(field), but sometimes I like to push through midfield. My new school has been a good experience because it has better facilities, more experienced players, and the coaching staff is much better. It has helped me grow, and I have grown in confidence, as the coach has me playing a free role behind the strikers sometimes, and I enjoy that,” he said. “So I feel like I can try out for the MLS, and I am going to play PDL this summer, and that’s the goal right now: to play PDL, get a few look-ins, and see where it goes from there. And if an MLS opportunity comes, I will take it. I believe I am capable of playing at a high level, so I would definitely take the opportunity if it comes my way,” he stated. Although his stock has grown considerably recently, Bedward, whose leadership ability and organisational skills are two of his main assets, has not lost sight of his overall development and wants to continue improving his game. leadership Excelsior High School 2012 Manning Cup captain, Ojai Bedward, affectionately called ‘Big 12′ because of his enormous physique and affection for the number 12 jersey, just completed a very successful collegiate season. Bedward helped his team, Bryant and Stratton-Syracuse, to the final of the national USCAA championship in November, where his team lost to University Maine of Fort Kent on penalties. However, the powerful 21-year-old, who is also on the radar of many Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, is optimistic he can make an early break into the United States top flight when he participates in the Players’ Development League (PDL) this summer. The midfielder left Excelsior for Cloud County Community College in 2013 and spent two years at that institution before transferring to his present school, where he has seen his game improve and confidence grow since joining in September. GREAT SEASON
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Legendary Sri Lankan strokemaker Kumar Sangakarra says he is already looking forward to the “enchanting” experience the Caribbean holds after being selected to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) starting in June. The 38-year-old left-hander is one of the most sought-after batsmen in the game’s shortest format and will join the likes of superstar opener Chris Gayle and exciting all-rounder André Russell in a formidable Tallawahs unit over the summer. “Over my 15 years playing international cricket, I only toured the West Indies twice, aside from playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World T20 in 2010, but every time I played here, it was a special experience,” Sangakkara said. He added: “When you play in the Caribbean, you can’t help but be enchanted by the public who makes playing here so special. They’re passionate, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. The island feel and the music and traditions of the Caribbean are amazing and I can’t wait to get back.” INITIAL SUCCESS Sangakkara tasted success with the Tallawahs in the inaugural year of the tournament when the Gayle-led side beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final in Port-of-Spain. Now retired from international cricket, Sangakkara said that he was anxious to build on this success. “I am extremely excited to be part of the Jamaica Tallawahs again this year, having enjoyed being part of the squad who went on to win the inaugural trophy back in 2013. The CPL is a competition that is growing year on year and the quality is extremely high,” the former Sri Lankan captain said. He continued: “Our goal with the Tallawahs is to build game by game and go on and try to win the competition. We have some outstanding players such as Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell and Chadwick Walton, and we will aim to build a cohesive side and add strength, which I believe we have done now. “It’s clear that there has been real growth in popularity and appeal in the CPL, and with the quality of cricketers who have been attracted across all of the teams, this could be the best year yet.”
WEAR AND TEAR Conventional wisdom once postulated that as he got older, the wear and tear of running the 100m would force the great man up in distance. He has resisted that theory resolutely, but 2017 might be the time for him to change. In addition, it wouldn’t hurt Jamaica if Bolt didn’t use the world champion’s wild card selection to run the 100m in London since Asafa Powell, the 2016 Diamond League 100m winner, would inherit his automatic spot in the draw. Diamond League winners, like reigning World Champions, can receive wild card selections to the next World Championships. The catch is that countries with a World Champion and a Diamond League winner in the same event must choose just one to compete. Whenever Jamaica has had this dilemma, the World Champion has always gotten the nod. Jamaica would still have the right to have four men run the 100m in London, with Powell using the Diamond winner’s wildcard and three others qualifying at the National Senior Championships. If Bolt chooses to run only the 200m in London next year, it may suit him. It would eliminate the event where the margins for error are the thinnest. It might also mitigate a source of the injuries he has suffered. The bright side is that the 30-year sprint king would reach the 200m fresh. If his training goes well, Bolt would have a chance to break a world record in his last individual championship race. There could be no grander exit from athletics than that. • Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. It’s hard to conceive of a 2017 World Championship with Usain Bolt running just the 100 metres. Maybe he’s spoilt us all by doing both the 100m and 200m for all these years and winning almost everything over both distances. Given that the 200m is his favourite event, his event choice for 2017 is even more baffling. If he skips the 200m in London, his stated goal of breaking 19 seconds will fall by the wayside. To tell you the truth, I secretly imagined something really fast was on the cards at this summer’s Rio Olympics after his 200m semi-final. An easy-looking effort produced his fastest time ever at that stage of the competition – 19.78 seconds. Sadly, rain splashed the track before the final. Forty years earlier at the Montreal Olympics, the same thing happened to Don Quarrie (DQ). DQ might have made a run at the world record, but pre-race rain narrowed his focus to simply winning. Faced with the same circumstances in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Bolt produced another run of 19.78 seconds to complete the double for the third time.
Boxing returns to the local scene at 8 o’clock tonight with a seven-bout pro-am card at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road in St Andrew. Five of the bouts will be amateur contests, with Jamaica going up against The Cayman Islands. The other two will be six-round professional bouts featuring Jamaican boxers Sakima Mullings and Jermaine Bowen going up against foreign opponents over six rounds each. The Jamaica Boxing Board is promoting the amateur section of the card, while two new promoters, I-Fight Promotions and Creative Sports, will be in charge of the professional bouts. The sponsors are Usain Bolt Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports, and Stonleigh Coffee. The feature bout will be between Jamaican crowd favourite Sakima Mullings and Courtney McCleave from the United States, while Jamaican Jermaine Bowen goes up against Trinidadian Sheldon Lawrence. Mullings, who is the 2014 Contender Welterweight champion, has an impressive 18-2 record. He should have been fighting a boxer from The Bahamas, but this was cancelled because it was reported that this boxer suffered severe personal losses during Hurricane Matthew and could not keep the fight date. McCleave who agreed to the fight on short notice, has a 1-4 record, but this has not dampened his enthusiasm, and he is hoping to play the role of giant killer. Bowen, who is a dogged fighter, has been inactive for over a year and takes a one win and three losses record into his fight with Lawrence, who has had five fights and won them all inside the distance. The five amateur bouts on the card will see Jamaican boxers going up against their counterparts from Cayman in the first half of an exchange programme. In the first bout, Jamaicans Samuel Grant and Collel Hogg will exchange punches. There will be a female novice bout between Keron Thomas from Jamaica and Cayman’s Chambria Dalhouse. Daniel Hylton will go up against Cayman’s Alexander Smith, and Ricardo Carter, Jamaica’s outstanding lightweight boxer, goes up against promising Eduardo Montalvo. The curtain will come down on the evening with hard-hitting Jamaican Alando Lewis taking on Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks in a light heavyweight contest that is expected to be the highlight of the programme. JAMAICA VS CAYMAN
Haile Selassie High and St Catherine High will meet in a rescheduled Group K Manning Cup second round game at Constant Spring Complex today. Match time is 3 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for November 1 but was postponed due to a water-logged surface at the venue. Now, the teams will be engaged in a game that will determine whether they can advance to the semi-finals. Wolmer’s lead the group on six points from two games followed by St George’s College (3), with Haile Selassie and St Catherine both without any point from one game each. That means a win for either team will put the winner in with a chance of advancing to the last four. When the teams met in their first game during the preliminary stage, St Catherine won 1-0, while Haile Selassie won by a similar scoreline in the reverse fixture. Since the departure of veteran coach Geoffrey Maxwell from Haile Selassie, the team has suffered two straight defeats and has not looked like the same team that dominated the preliminary stage, winning nine of 10 games and making a historical appearance in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup. They will rely on influential captain Ricardo Phipps, Akeem Grandison, Hamish Smith and Omari Grant for a win today. Coach of St Catherine, Anthony Patrick, said his team is confident that they can beat Haile Selassie for the second time this year. “I know it is going to be a difficult one, as earlier in the season we beat them 1-0 and they also scored a 1-0 win against us. It will be a keen contest,” Patrick told The Gleaner yesterday. ‘They are without coach Geoffrey Maxwell and that will give us the edge. But when he was there, we also did well. We are confident that we can win the game, but it will take overall team effort,” he also shared. St Catherine’s key players include Rajveil Brown, Shamar Solomon, Shemar Vee and Davany Morgan.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPouncing on the mixed martial arts boom in the country, ONE Championship is set to stage four events in the Philippines next year.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the development on Thursday as the Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion announced its full 2018 calendar.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Four of ONE’s 24 fightcards next year will be held in Manila after hosting two events in 2017.“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” Sityodtong said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogONE events in Manila will be on January 26, April 20, July 28, and November 16, with the venues still yet to be announced.The promotion will stage one more event in the country this year, with ONE: Legends of the World set on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena. /je In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hills
“I’ll be the first to say something if I feel that I don’t have the same strength and the same importance as I had before,” he said. “Then we can change things, and it will be fine.”There had been widespread speculation about Iniesta’s future, with the player saying he wanted to stay with Barcelona but had also been evaluating other possibilities. Spanish media had reported that Iniesta was not pleased that the team took too long to start negotiations for his new deal.“I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract,” Iniesta said. “It shows that they have confidence in me as a person as well, that’s very important. There couldn’t be a better place for me. This is my home.”Iniesta has played 639 matches for the club since making his debut with the first team in October 2002. He has scored 55 goals since then.Only Xavi Hernandez has had more appearances, with 767. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta signs a shirt reading in Catalan: “Andres Iniesta forever” at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Barcelona has extended Andres Iniesta’s contract “for life.”. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Andres Iniesta has become the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal which will keep him playing for the club for as long as he remains fit.The club said Friday that Iniesta’s contract was extended “for life,” securing the Spain midfielder through the “remainder of his career” but not putting a timetable on his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The club also did not say what will be Iniesta’s role after he stops playing.“I’ll be here while my body and my mind can keep performing,” the 33-year-old Iniesta said. “And I hope that it will be for a long time. At the end of the season we will evaluate everything together and see what is best for everyone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIniesta signed the new contract at the team’s Camp Nou Stadium and was given a team shirt with the words “Iniesta forever.”His current contract was valid until the end of this season. In the last couple of seasons he did not play as much as in past years, often being rested for the most important matches. 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 “This is a reward to a player who has been exceptional,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “He is a big reason why this club has had so much success recently. He is the player who brought balance to the team. He is an inspiration and a role model to our youngsters, not only as a player. No other player in the history of Barcelona has come up through the club like he has.”One of the most complete midfielders of the game, Iniesta joined the club’s youth squad when he was 12 in 1996, and along with Messi is the player with most titles won with the senior squad, with 30.Iniesta said he hasn’t given much thought about his future with the club after retiring, but said he will definitely remain closely involved with soccer.“Right now I want to focus on enjoying my time and on taking care of myself so I can keep doing this for as long as possible,” he said. “I know that I’m running against time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Spain makes it to World Cup; Serbia unable to clinch a spot It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.