Indiscipline reared it’s ugly head among spectators once again at Arnett Gardens Football Club’s Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night, after the team’s 2-2 draw and 4-3 aggregate defeat to Montego Bay United in their second-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final.The scene was reminiscent of Arnett Gardens’ loss to Waterhouse in the 2013-14 semi-final, when after battling to a 3-3 draw in the first-leg, Arnett Gardens lost the second-leg at home 1-0, following which supporters took out their frustration on the away team and match officials.Kashief Brown’s extra-time winner spurred some patrons into throwing bottles and other objects in the vicinity the MoBay United team and officials, as well as match officials.However, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) general manager, Andrew Price, says an investigation will to be carried out into the incident and the facts ascertained before any action, if any, will be taken against Arnett Gardens Football Club. He noted that this is a serious offence and if found guilty Arnett could face heavy sanctions.In the 2013-14 season, RSPL semi-final elimination did not go down well with the Arnett home fans, who took out their anger and disappointment on the match officials by throwing missiles and verbal threats. Officials and other important figures had to be escorted from the venue under heavy security. Gun shots were also heard during the melee.SIX-MATCH PROBATIONFor that incident, the Trench Town-based club was fined $200.000 and placed on a six-match probation.If found guilty again, Price warned Arnett could face great punishment, but insists that the facts will determine their next move.”We will have to get the report. The referee and the match coordinator will have to submit their reports. But like in any Premier League we will have to get the facts and deal with the situation after. Action (for missile throwing) would be taken against any club. But you are innocent until proven guilty and the facts will have to come to the committee and be proven. It wouldn’t be prudent of me to make any comment at this time,” he explained.”It’s a situation where you expect certain level of maturity. We will wait until we get documents from the match official, commissary and coordinator. Anything else we will deal with it as the facts are presented and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner,” he said.
The Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series’ preliminary round was scheduled to end tonight with a fight that had all the ingredients for a classic battle between two experienced welterweights, Daniel Powell (11-0) and Miguel Antoine (17-4-1).However, a last-minute pullout by Antoine has changed the equation, as his replacement, Charwin Estwick, has a record of no wins and two losses.Powell and Estwick will fight for the final place in the quarter-finals tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, starting at 9:30.Powell, whose father is Jamaican and flaunts his Jamaican roots, is 31 years old and has been a professional boxer since February 4, 2012. He has won eight fights by technical knockout, one by knockout and two on decision, but has not really met a quality opponent.Tonight is not going to be much different. Estwick, who is 38, was on the Contender roster last year and clashed with Richard Holmes on April 22. That fight went the distance, with one judge giving all six rounds to Holmes and the other two giving Estwick two rounds.Guyanese Estwick, who lives in Barbados, has not had a fight since then, while Powell had his last fight in June last year, so both men have been inactive recently.DEFENSIVE SKILLSEstwick showed in his fight here last year that he has good defensive skills. Against Holmes, who was trying for a knockout from the first round, he managed to tie up his opponent, shortened his range and made it difficult for him to land a knockout punch.It could turn out to be an interesting fight, with Powell trying for a knockout and Estwick using his defensive skills to frustrate his opponent.The winner tonight will join previous winners Holmes, Demarcus Coley, Tsetsi Davis, Revlon Lake, Michael Gardener, Ramel Lewis and Rashid Stevens in the quarter-finals. Four boxers will be seeded and they will draw their opponents for the next round.The winner of the series will, in addition to the title and belt, take home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.The fight will be broadcast live on TVJ.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP):About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his cellphone and dialled Mexico’s emergency number.Within minutes, he was free.An official summary report of three calls to an emergency operator obtained by the Associated Press shows that the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.The dramatic account of derring-do shows that Pulido listed at 5-foot-9 (176 centimetres) and about 150 pounds (68 kilograms), was the main actor in his own liberation a contrast with initial official accounts of his rescue by police.On a first call, with the kidnapper overpowered, Pulido peered out of a window and described the white two-story house with two cars, grey and red, parked in front.In the next call, Pulido told the operator that state police had arrived outside. The operator told him to fire the pistol so they would know they were in the right spot, but Pulido said he had no bullets. He said police themselves were starting to shoot and described his shorts and tank top so they wouldn’t confuse him with the now-unconscious captor.CARELESS ACTOnce police arrived, he made a third call to confirm with the operator that they were trustworthy.Tamaulipas state Attorney General, Ismael Quintanilla, told a news conference that emergency services had received the call after midnight Sunday due to “a careless act by his captors”.In a later interview with Imagen Radio, he confirmed that Pulido had forcibly seized the phone from his captor.”There was an exchange of punches between them,” Quintanilla said, though he did not mention the pistol.Quintanilla said Pulido cut his wrist when he broke a window trying to escape.Pulido was nabbed by four armed people on a highway while returning from a party at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. His girlfriend, who was not taken, alerted others.”Everyone began to activate to look for him, especially when we knew who he was, because we knew it was going to make a big ruckus and was going to be affecting us a lot in the press,” Quintanilla said.Quintanilla said the army, federal and state police participated, including three helicopters.Pulido’s family received the first ransom call around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and a second one a short time later, Quintanilla said.The suspect was 38-year-old from the Gulf coast state of Veracruz who Quintanilla said was a member of one of the criminal organisations operating in the city. He said three other suspects were identified and a search is under way.
Today’s games Denham Town High School held Kingston College to a 0-0 draw in an exciting ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group C game at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in West Kingston yesterday. It was a good game for both teams and truly ended in a fair result. With the points shared, KC stayed on top of the group on 19 points, while Denham Town remained second on 16 in the race for group honours. Denham Town got the better chance in the first half, but Kevon Smile’s shot to goal, which had KC’s goalkeeper Jahvanni Grant beaten, was cleared off the line by Javain Brown. KC went close when Trayvon Reid hit the left upright as Denham Town stayed disciplined throughout, settling for the point. Denham Town goalkeeper Brian Bennett kept his team in the game with a sixth clean sheet in seven games played. “I feel great; I’m not at hundred per cent. It was a good game from both teams,” Bennett told The Gleaner. “I made some good saves and the team defended well and also got our chances to score. The team can go far as the aim is to win the group and also make the Super Cup,” the 19-year-old sixth form student disclosed. Ludlow Bernard, coach of KC, said it was a fair result. “I am not surprised by Denham Town’s tactic of staying behind the ball. The thing is that we didn’t concede today. We were a bit unlucky. We worked hard in the game,” Bernard said. “I’m pretty satisfied with the performance of my team. We had many young players on the team,” he added. Omar Edwards, Denham Town’s coach, said his team fought hard and earned a valuable point. “The point put us close to a place in the second round and we are also on course for a Super Cup place. I’m satisfied with the performance,” Edwards disclosed. “KC is a very organised team with numerous national and former national youth players. However, we are hungry for more than just advancing to the second stage,” the national Under-17 assistant coach also said. Denham Town 0 KC 0 Ascot 0 Norman Manley 0 St Mary’s College 0 Papine 4 Jonathan Grant 1 Meadowbrook 0 Haile Selassie 1 Ardenne 0 St Catherine 2 Pembroke Hall 0 Dunoon 0 Wolmer’s 4 Jose Marti 2 Kingston Technical 1 Campion College 0 Cumberland 0 Calabar 0 St Jago 1 Hydel 0 Bridgeport 0 Yesterday’s results Excelsior vs Greater Portmore Tarrant vs St George’s STATHS vs Jamaica College Clan Carthy vs Charlie Smith Edith Dalton James vs Camperdown (All games start at 2:30 p.m.)
MADRID (AP):With Karim Benzema out injured and Cristiano Ronaldo playing below expectations again, Gareth Bale came through and got the job done for Real Madrid.Bale scored a pair of goals just before half-time to lead Madrid to a 3-0 win over Leganes yesterday, securing the Spanish league lead for his team ahead of the city derby against Atletico Madrid.Alvaro Morata, replacing Benzema in the starting line-up, sealed Madrid’s fourth straight victory with a second-half goal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid reached 27 points, two more than second-placed Barcelona, which defeated Sevilla 2-1 yesterday. Atletico, which lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday, arecurrently third with 21 points from 11 matches.Madrid, unbeaten this season, play against Atletico at the Vicente Calderon on November 19, following the international break.”I’m pleased with the work everyone put in, not any player in particular,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “There will always be one who makes the difference, but the great thing today was the team.”Bale dominated the action from the start and was Madrid’s most dangerous forward throughout the match and his first goal came just as the crowd was growing impatient with the team’s lacklustre play.After a perfect long pass by Francisco “Isco” Alarcon in the 38th minute, Bale calmly found the net after his first attempt was stopped by the goalkeeper.Bale’s second came in first-half injury time after a free kick cross into the area. The ball was deflected towards Bale and he easily scored from just in front of the goal line.Bale also had two great scoring chances early in the second half, first with a close-range shot and then with a header, both requiring difficult saves by Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes.TOP-FLIGHTBenzema was sidelined because of a knee ailment, and replacement Morata got Madrid’s third goal from inside the area after a pass by Toni Kroos in the 76th.Zidane brought back midfielder Luka Modric, who entered the match in the 62nd after being sidelined for almost a month following a surgical procedure on his knee.It was the fourth consecutive loss for Leganes, who were making their first-division debut at the Bernabeu. This is the team’s first time in the top-flight.Seventh-placed Athletic Bilbao were held to a 0-0 draw at Espanyol for their third straight game without a win in the league.Celta Vigo moved to eighth after coming from behind to beat Valencia 2-1 at home. Swedish forward John Guidetti scored Celta’s winner in the 77th.
Local football experts Bradley Stewart and Clyde Jurideini strongly believe the recently assembled Reggae Boyz squad, which contains seven new players, in preparation for the Caribbean Cup semi-finals in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, has promise.Stewart questioned the reasoning behind Montego Bay United’s six selections and Portmore United’s five, but nonetheless believes they should be eager to grab the opportunity.He also argued that if local Premier League players are camped together for an extended period in a proper training programme, they will eventually come good.”We went through a period where there was a denial of local talent, and now that you are giving them an opportunity, if the players are ambitious, they should do well. If our players are coachable and you put them in the (proper) environment, they will do well,” Stewart said.”But we have a high percentage of players out of Montego Bay and Portmore teams; that was kind of the norm. But there are some schoolboys we need to expose, and I don’t see any,” he added.Jurideini likes the idea of local-based players playing top-quality internationals and surmised that this new generation can make the step up if they are given an adequate chance to develop and be exposed.GOOD CONCEPT”It is a good concept and an opportunity for exposure for the local-based players. This is a broader new way at looking at the (local) Premier League players in depth and a process of exposure and elimination,” he said.However, if the team and player are to truly progress they must be placed in systems that suit their ability, says Stewart.Jurideini, meantime, thinks the overseas players should take the backseat and allow this new crop of local talent to gather the international experience and exposure.”In January going February, the North American (club) players will be going back to training and are not available. There are a lot of new faces and question marks, but they (coaches) will see who they can expose and who they can select (long term).The Theodore Whitmore-coached team will play two friendlies against the USA and Honduras on February 3 and 16, respectively.
The West Indies selectors have left out Jamaican batsman Jermaine Blackwood from their starting team for today’s first Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park. Making their Test debuts are Guyana’s Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer. Singh who has performed well in regional four-day first-class tournaments for the past two seasons, as well as with the West Indies A team, scored a century against the Pakistanis in a tour match in Trelawny last weekend. Hetmyer, who captained West Indies Under-19s to the ICC World Cup title last year, made 97 in the same match. The other reserve from the West Indies 13-member squad is Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins. Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field. WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Vishal Singh, Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel PAKISTAN – Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.
MARLENE MY LOVE yesterday ran away from a distressed-looking BILINGUAL to romp the 10-furlong Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks by a city block, a dozen lengths to be exact. Settled in sixth position going past the stands and into the clubhouse turn by jockey Jevvanne Erwin, the bay filly sat in the pace down the backstretch before shooting to the lead three-and-half furlongs out. Anthony Nunes’ 3-5 favourite, BILINGUAL, went in chase with Robert Halledeen, but was caught flat-footed and made no impression when Erwin unleashed MARLENE MY LOVE coming off the home turn. “She got a clear run today,” trainer Dwight Chen said after the 10-furlong event. “She ran OK. The time’s not bad, ” he added, glancing at the 2:08.3 posted on the tote board. Bred to get every inch of the Oaks’ 10 furlongs, MARLENE MY LOVE, who won at odds of 2-1, is a half-sister to 2010 Triple Crown champion and three-time Superstakes winner MARK MY WORD. Chen said the Howard Hamilton-owned filly’s next stop will be June’s Jamaica Derby and confirmed Erwin as the rider. “Why not? Why change?” he asked. Late surge Erwin, who was aboard the filly for the first time in a race, said she was travelling “very comfortably” down the backstretch while SARAH LEE and THORNHILL MISS carried the nine-horse field. BILINGUAL’s expected late surge did not materialise. After being sent in chase of MARLENE MY LOVE, she flattened out and appeared erratic at the end of the race. However, she held second ahead of 29-1 outsider VICE ROYALTY. Another rank outsider, 25-1 shot BLUE TRADITION, finished fourth. Though BILINGUAL disappointed in the Oaks, Nunes shared training honours with champion Wayne DaCosta, both saddling two winners on the 11-race card. MESMERIZE opened the programme at 2-1 for Nunes before DaCosta responded with 4-5 favourite PRINCESS KATRIEL in the second. Nunes landed the fourth with down-in-class COUNTER ATTACK among $250,000 claimers. However, the team of DaCosta and jockey Omar Walker sealed a two-timer with FEARLESS SAMURAI, who outbattled ANOTHER BULLET in a one-mile open allowance event, three weeks after landing the 2000 Guineas. FEARLESS SAMURAI improved his Guineas time significantly, by 2.3 seconds, clocking 1:37.4 after posting 1:40.2 at the distance among his peers The champion trainer said he was not surprised by the gelding’s improvement. “Not at all. He has shown me in exercise before that he is capable of doing it. What he keeps doing is opening up at the two (furlongs), then when he gets lonely he slows down,” he explained. DaCosta said he was unsure whether FEARLESS SAMURAI will face the starter in next month’s Lotto Classic Governor’s Cup, a 10-furlong conditional race for three-year-olds in which stakes winners such as DaCosta’s runner carry topweight. “It all depends on the weight. Then again, if he is carrying almost topweight in open allowance, he might as well run against his peers,” he said, adding, “we will have to weigh the pros and cons and see how it goes.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Joining the men’s fray are Regent 5150 Subic winner Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, Brent McMahon of Canada, Kiwis Cameron Brown, Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella, and Eric Watson of Bahrain.Meanwhile, the women’s race is emerging to be a crowded one, with Jacqueline Thisleton, Alise Selsmark, Kirra Seidel, Monica Juhart and Kerry Mulholland, Hungarian Anna Eberhardt, New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson and Filipina bet Kim Kilgroe all out to claim the tiara.The weekend is going to be an action-packed one, with the staging of the IronGirl, a 5km fun run for females 12 years old and above, scheduled on Friday and the Alaska IronKids on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments Blackwater not in a rush to find new import LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Other stars like Piolo Pascual (bike), Gerald Anderson (bike), Jake Cuenca (bike), Enchong Dee (swim), Gretchen Fullido (swim), and Kim Chiu (run) will be engaging in individual legs as part of their relay teams.The celebrities, who took the time out of their hectic schedules and become ambassadors for healthy lifestyle, are just part of more than 2,600 triathletes from a record 51 countries who applied and will race on Sunday which will start and end at Shangrila-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.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’Tim Reed and Dimity-Lee Duke, both from Australia, lead the elite pro side which are out for the top purse of $5,000 each in the men’s and women’s divisions.Reed clocked 3:51:46 to win the Cebu tilt last year. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ford Forza Triathlon team. Photo by Mark GiongcoStars will be converging in Cebu this weekend, not just to grace the event, but also partake in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.Celebrity triathletes Matteo Guidicelli, Paul Jake Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Dyan Castillejo and Kim Atienza will all be participating in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event.ADVERTISEMENT
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