first_imgWhen Ricky Chin resigned as president of Waterhouse Football Club last season, it was certain that the next man to step into his boots would have a mountainous task returning the club to the peak of it powers.After a comprehensive search, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) board member and a director for energy in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, was handed the mantle to move the club forward.”Waterhouse Football Club is one of the biggest football clubs in the country. I was asked to assume this role of taking charge of the club as president and I consented and the management asked me to implement the necessary changes that I saw fit and rebuild the club to its former glory and even exceed it,” he stated.Vidal said the club’s hierarchy contended that the club was not being managed properly, and that it was plagued with problems of inadequate structures and financial challenges such as a high electricity bill and was overburdened by a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) fine.OPERATINGAS ABUSINESS”The administrative area needs changes and we have had personnel changes. But it’s work in progress. We have more to do and we want the right people, but we are determined to take it (club) to the professional level, as we want to run it as a business.”He added: “We are facing mountains of debts which we are committed to paying off and at the same time to run the club as a professional unit is extremely difficult. But I undertook the task to transform the club into a business operation and put it back to its rightful position. But the financial management is of high priority and we are putting structures in place.”Our sponsors are big stakeholders. We saw National Continental Bakery stepping forward and giving us additional money to support us and it is extremely important because it takes money to run a football and this is sending a big signal and we are grateful for it.”They (sponsors) have been with us through the good and bad times, the highs and lows and corporate Jamaica know what football can do for this community with financial support on a larger scale,” Vidal reasoned.However, uncharacteristic poor results on the field this season have been a major cause for concern, sparking fears of relegation in a community which lives, eats and breathes Waterhouse Football Club.”The community is very important to this football club, the fan base is very strong and very supportive. The club was hungry for change and it has been difficult, but very strategic. We made some changes at the technical level and after I got the technical team I wanted, I then moved my focus to the administrative aspect and we have seen improvements, although not as much as we would have wanted, particularly because we have been paying our debts to creditors,” he noted.”My vision is to make Waterhouse Football Club a football giant, winning leagues, developing youngsters into professional footballers and helping them ply their trade on the international scene and leverage the Waterhouse FC brand for the sustainable benefit of all stakeholders.”I am proud to be identified with this club because everywhere I go people want to be associated with them,” said Vidal.last_img read more

first_imgFormer national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC):United States-based forward Trevin Caesar (86th, 89th) netted a second-half brace as Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) crushed St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) 6-0 in the return leg of their fourth round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tie in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday night.There was no such enterprise for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Costa Rica away in San JosÈ in Group B.At the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San JosÈ, Jamaica were behind through Celso Borges’ seventh-minute strike, while veteran Bryan Ruiz added the hosts’ second eight minutes before half-time.Jamaica failed to find a response and Major League Soccer star Johan Venegas put the finishing touches on Costa Rica’s win with a 76th minute strike.In the same group, Haiti’s misery continued when they lost 1-0 to Panama in Panama City.The Reggae Boyz are third with four points in Group B, with Costa Rica top with 10 and Panama second on seven points. Haiti lie bottom with a single point.Trinidad and Tobago’s emphatic victory put them firmly at the top of Group C with 10 points, with the United States second on seven and Guatemala third on six. SVG, without a point from four games, have been eliminated.Sheldon Bateau (36th), Joevin Jones (49th), Kenwyne Jones (60th) and Kevin Molino (66th) were T&T’s other scorers.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON: THE Kingston Waterfront will be transformed for the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) Kingston Criterium today as parts of Orange Street, Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard will comprise the closed-circuit road race event. With national and regional champion Marloe Rodman and former national cyclist Oneil Samuels among the entrants cycling fans are in for a real showpiece. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m., with the featured events slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. Registration will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Finnikin, president of the JCF, hopes to use the event as a catalyst to rejuvenate local cycling. “It is going to be a cracker. This form of cycling is one of the most exciting and I believe we have everything in place to execute a professionally done event come Sunday,” said Finnikin. “The riders have been buzzing and are anxiously waiting to get out there as the circuit is one of the best in terms of the quality of the roads. This is our first major event of 2016 and we believe it has all the right ingredients to generate enough excitement and interest to spill over into other cycling events for the remainder of the year and beyond,” he added. The JCF’s mission is to restore cycling as a premier sporting activity and has been using 2014 Commonwealth Games representative, Rodman, as the flag bearer. This year, Maliek Byndloss will be looking to fly the flag in his pursuits to represent Jamaica at the Rio Olympics. Byndloss is the current BMX national champion and is considered to be among the world’s elite in the BMX category. The Kingston Criterium itself is a closed-circuit event that will see cyclists racing several laps to complete an event. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters’ and juniors’. In addition, there will also be a kids’ sprint event, plus an all-comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash-prize race for anyone brave enough to enter. The event is free to the public.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP):Describing the latest doping allegations levelled against track and field as a “declaration of war”, Sebastian Coe rushed to the defence of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) drug-testing system yesterday and said it was time to “come out fighting” to protect the reputation of the sport.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Coe gave his first extensive comments following reports by German and British media outlets alleging that the IAAF had failed to act on suspicious blood tests involving hundreds of athletes over a 10-year period.”It is a declaration of war on my sport,” Coe, an IAAF vice-president, told the AP. “I take pretty grave exception to that. This, for me, is a fairly seminal moment. There is nothing in our history of competence and integrity in drug-testing that warrants this kind of attack. We should not be cowering. We should come out fighting.”Just weeks before the World Championships in Beijing, the sport was thrown into turmoil after German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain alleged that blood doping was rampant, citing test results from an IAAF database that were leaked by a whistleblower.”Nobody should underestimate the anger at the way our sport has been portrayed,” said Coe, who is a candidate for IAAF president in elections later this month. “The fightback has to start here. We cannot be portrayed as a sport that is in any way dragging our heels.”The media reports examined the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The reports said that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.breathtaking ignorance”The use of that database, however it got into their possession, displayed either breathtaking ignorance or a level of malevolence around a set of readings you can simply cannot extrapolate beyond,” Coe said. “The idea that my sport sat there either covering up wrongdoing or just being incompetent could not be wider off the mark.”Coe, the middle-distance great who organised the 2012 London Olympics, spoke to The AP on the same day as the IAAF issued a lengthy statement defending its procedures and calling the media allegations “sensationalist and confusing”.The ARD and Sunday Times reports were based on analysis of the leaked test results by Australian anti-doping scientists Robin Parisotto and Michael Ashenden.Coe questioned their credentials, saying: “These so-called experts – give me a break.”The IAAF has a commission of three independent experts who have tested and checked thousands of blood samples, Coe said.”I know who I would believe,” he said.The IAAF said the database was used for building up a record of blood profiles to use for target testing. Most of the samples were taken before the introduction of the biological passport programme and cannot be used as proof of doping.”The use of this stuff, the sensationalising, this is absolutely an attempt to destroy the reputation of the athletes and our sport,” Coe said. “Nobody is remotely suggesting that news organisations don’t have the right to question and challenge and kick the tires, but this selective use of this so-called information is just wrong.”Coe said the IAAF has been at the forefront of blood screening and out-of-competition testing for years.”We will not bend a knee to any other sport in the way we’ve led the way on this,” he said, noting that since 2011, the IAAF has pursued 63 cases based on the biological passport programme, with 39 athletes sanctioned so far.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING (AP):Usain Bolt returned to the track at the World Championships yesterday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favourite race, the 200 metres.Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt’s top challenger.Win or lose, Bolt will leave Beijing still hailed as his sport’s fun-loving Superman. The chances of Gatlin getting a champion’s send-off: slim to none.It doesn’t bother him one bit.”Sometimes it has to be fuel,” Gatlin told The Associated Press as he left the Bird’s Nest to cool down at the nearby practice field following a preliminary heat of 20.19 seconds. “If you don’t let anything affect you at all, you have nothing to pull off of when you’re already running on fumes.”When Gatlin lined up for the 100-metre final Sunday night – a scintillating race he lost to Bolt by .01 seconds – he was on the line with three other athletes who had served doping bans: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Mike Rodgers.Their doping pasts have barely been footnotes to the narrative in the 100. And the other athletes competing in Beijing, despite their doping pasts, have essentially gotten a free pass as well, even as track and field has been hit with multiple reports alleging doping among athletes in almost every corner of the sport.Gatlin? He takes all the heat.”If he wasn’t doing good, nobody would bring it up,” Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina said. “You do a million good things and one bad thing and people focus on the bad thing. It’s just people. It’s strange.”There has been vigorous debate over whether a convicted doper should be able to compete again. Gatlin has been snubbed by some meets since his return from his second doping conviction in 2010.But there is no keeping him out of major events like this one or the Olympics.In 2011 and 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivered a pair of decisions that spiked an International Olympic Committee (IOC) rule banning anyone who’d served a doping suspension of longer than six months from competing in the next Olympics. Those decisions sparked debate about whether a lifetime ban should be in order for a first offence. That didn’t happen, but last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) passed a rule that allowed for a four-year sanction for a first offence.”The reality is that your decisions have consequences, and some are permanent,” US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart told the AP. “He made the decision to dope, and even if he’s fully eligible to compete again, some people can’t erase that from their minds.”Lost in all the handwringing of whether Gatlin belongs is that he’s hardly the scowling evildoer he’s often portrayed as. He’s spent time at schools to drive home the lesson that cheating certainly does not pay.Last night, he shouted down someone heckling his mother during the 100-metre medals ceremony – a widely retweeted story that has gotten him some good publicity.”She was explaining to the guy that you can’t always listen to what the media says,” Gatlin said.Bolt enjoyed a different interaction with the crowd when he got his medal – dancing, filming himself with a handheld camera, applauding back when the fans cheered for him.Back on the track Tuesday night for the 200 heats, Bolt worked hard through the turn, staked himself to a massive lead, then jogged to the finish and crossed the line first in a time of 20.28.”My fitness will be in question,” said the champion, who had run only three 200s this season, while he’s been nursing himself back to health. “Overall, it should be good. I’m confident.”In other races, David Rudisha won the 800-metre gold, and Nicholas Bett won the 400-metre hurdles to push Kenya to a leading fourth gold medal of the championships through Day 4. Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the 1,500 metres, and Denia Caballero of Cuba won the discus.Greg Rutherford of Britain took the long jump, while Jeff Henderson of the United States, who has this season’s longest jump, finished ninth – another disappointing effort for the Americans. With five days left in the meet, the United States are in sixth place, with only one gold, and six medals overall.Gatlin figures to add to the total – in the 200m finals tomorrow and the 4x100m relay this weekend.Getting the public to adore him, however, will be a tougher task, and he knows it.”All I ask for is respect,” he said. “You don’t have to cheer for me or be my fan. But I look for respect from the next man.”last_img read more

first_imgTennis Jamaica has called an extraordinary general meeting for Thursday, March, 3 at 5:30 p.m. to review resolutions regarding the election of officers and directors and approve its elections set to take place on Tuesday, April 12.In a release yesterday, Tennis Jamaica said both meetings will be held at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), 6 Cunningham Avenue, Kingston 6, and will be administered by the JOA to ensure the integrity of the process and in the interest of accountability and transparency.According to Tennis Jamaica “a code of honour that has been respected by successive generations of leaders … (and) which has served the association well up to now needs to be strengthened in light of weaknesses that were exploited by some unscrupulous members that led to the aborting of the last elections held on November 19, 2015.”It said at that election there were 77 eligible voters qualified to vote for either of the two candidates for president, John Bailey, the incumbent, and John Azar, the challenger. At the end of the election process, Bailey polled 43 votes and Azar, 40, six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote.Tennis Jamaica said a review of the process has shown that unidentified individuals were able to take advantage of the less-than-rigorous electoral process that has relied on the integrity of its members, in order to ‘multiple-vote’.It is impossible to identify the offending members or the ‘bad ballots’, the release added.last_img read more

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal, but missed a penalty as Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Malaga yesterday to drop nine points behind leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute, but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. The hosts equalised through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.Real Madrid have 13 games left to try to stop Barcelona from successfully defending their title for a second consecutive year.”We are not done yet, we only lost two points,” Real Madrid; coach Zinedine Zidane said. “There are a lot of games left. The other teams can also lose points.”It will be difficult, though, as Barcelona haven’t lost in 32 games and have won eight in a row in the league. Real Madrid have been dominant at home since Zidane took over the squad, but they drew two of their three away league games. The only victory came with a late winner against Granada.NO GIVING UP”We never give up,” Real Madrid left back Marcelo said. “It’s a big difference, but we will fight until the end.”Some of Spain’s top sports newspapers ran headlines saying Madrid’s title run was over.”Real Madrid says goodbye to league title,” both Marca and AS said on their websites after the game.Madrid struggled from the start at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, allowing the hosts to create several scoring chances. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas did well in keeping Malaga from scoring more goals.Replays showed Ronaldo was offside when he opened the scoring with a header after a cross by Toni Kroos. The ball appeared to bounce off Ronaldo’s back or shoulder before going in. It was Ronaldo’s 22nd league goal in 25 rounds. Luis Suarez, who scored on Saturday, leads the league with 25 goals.Both teams had opportunities to score towards the end of the match, but it was Malaga who got on the board with a close-range shot by Albentosa after a cross by Brazilian defender Weligton.The home draw left Malaga 11th in the 20-team standings with 31 points.last_img read more

first_imgDORTMUND, Germany (AP):Borussia Dortmund’s chief has confirmed that nine-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will practise with the Bundesliga team.Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker magazine yesterday that “it was no joke” and “not a marketing move”.Watzke was responding to a report in a Guardian newspaper that Bolt planned to train with Dortmund, one of the top Bundesliga teams.Dortmund and Bolt are both sponsored by the same Germany-based sports goods company, Puma, whose president contacted Dortmund to say that Bolt had asked about training with the team.Watzke said he welcomed the idea and that Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel also looked forward to it. Watzke said the timing of the practice remains to be determined.Asked if Bolt could have a future in Dortmund, Watzke replied, “We don’t even need to talk about it.”last_img read more

first_img5 reasons to give badminton a try “Testosterone is the natural steroid hormone that enhances sport, athletic and fitness test performance. In general, people with smaller digit ratios are better athletes,” explained Dr. Tomkinson.“Given that muscular strength is an important determinant of success in many youth sports and athletic events, our finding suggests that the digit ratio may predict performance in youth sports and athletic events requiring high strength,” he added.As muscular strength is also an important indicator of good health, the findings also suggest that teenage boys with lower digit ratios might enjoy better health in general.The results were published online in the journal Early Human Development. JBADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “The ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females,” explained Dr. Tomkinson, adding that there is some evidence to suggest that the digit ratio is influence by the levels of testosterone present during the early development of the fetus. “The more testosterone the fetus produces, the longer the ring finger, so the smaller the digit ratio.”The father-son team set out to look at whether the digit ratio could possibly be linked to muscular strength, which in turn could be linked to sports performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The pair recorded the age, digit ratio, body mass and right handgrip strength of the participants, who were all aged 13 to 18 and attending Jordan’s school, the Sacred Heart School in East Forks, Minnesota, in the United States.They found that adolescent boys with lower digit ratios did indeed show a better handgrip strength, irrespective of their age or body size. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Image: monkeybusinessimages/Istock.com via AFP RelaxnewsNew research has revealed an unusual way of predicting sporting success: finding that the length of the ring finger of teenage boys could indicate their prowess at sports. The study is the first to attempt to measure this relationship.Carried out by the University of South Australia’s Dr. Grant Tomkinson and his son, 11-year old student Jordan Tomkinson, the research looked at the digit ratio (the difference in length between the index finger and ring finger) of 57 adolescent boys.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s in store for your animal sign this year MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more