Jamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, has said that while he is concerned about the fortunes of the team in recent years, he is not too perturbed at the notion of losing his job. The former regional four-day and one-day championship-winning coach has for the past three years been prevailing over squads that have produced substandard outcomes. This lack of results has been evident in the regional first-class championship, where two years ago, the team finished fourth, and last year, fifth. The one-day team has not been firing on all cylinders either, with the team over the past three seasons having a record of two semi-final appearances, and a first-round exit. “If you are the coach of the side and they are not playing well, then you have to take responsibility for it,” Bennett told The Gleaner following the team’s eight-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Championship at Sabina Park earlier this week. “But, in life, just you just have to do what you have to do. That’s the way I see it. That’s the way I work. You are going to have good times and bad times.” The defeat by Jamaica was their fourth of the season in seven outings, with the others being victories. It followed a surprising 82-run defeat away to Leewards Hurricanes the previous week. This has placed them in third position on 60 points and with only a mathematical chance of surpassing leaders and defending champions Guyana Jaguars, who has 107. B’DOS IN SECOND PLACE The Barbados Pride, 90, are in second position with Red Force fourth on 56, Windwards Volcanoes fifth on 41 and the Leewards rounding off the standings with 36. “No, I am not worried,” Bennett said when asked if he was worried that the team’s lack of results could cost him his job. “Anytime you play cricket and dominate for a period of time, you are going to have a time when you just have to rebuild,” Bennett added. The Scorpions, who changed captain from Paul Palmer Jr to John Campbell last weekend in a bid to try and arrest their flagging fortunes, are scheduled to face the Pride at Sabina Park this weekend in the eighth round of the 10-round championship.
“The final report was transmitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 26 April 2016, with a recommended sanction of a lifelong ban from all football-related activities for violations of parts 13, 15, 18, 19 and 21 of the FIFA code of ethics.” The move by FIFA comes after Webb pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy in a New York court last November. This followed his arrest in a dramatic predawn raid here one year ago as high-level FIFA executives gathered for a highly anticipated presidential election. He was subsequently deported to the United States to face charges. FIFA said yesterday Webb would be free to defend himself during the ethics committee proceedings and could also request a hearing if desired. Webb is currently on bail and awaiting sentencing next month. The Caymanian was one of several current and former FIFA officials who were arrested and charged in the ongoing US Department of Justice corruption investigation into FIFA. In a dramatic turn of events last December, Webb’s replacement, Honduran Alfredo Hawit, was also arrested on corruption charges and also recently pleaded guilty. A new president will be elected when CONCACAF holds its congress in Mexico City in just over a week’s time, with Bermudian Larry Mussenden, a former attorney General and justice minister, along with Canadian football chief Victor Montagliani, contesting the post. ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC): Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb is facing a life ban from football after FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against him, relating to his recent guilty plea to corruption charges in a United States court last year. Football’s world governing body said yesterday the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee would mull over the investigatory chamber’s recommendation of “a lifelong ban from all football-related activities” for Webb’s violation of its code of ethics. “The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Jeffrey Webb based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” FIFA said. “The adjudicatory chamber has carefully studied the report of the investigatory chamber, under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbely, and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Webb, formerly the president of CONCACAF, a vice-president of FIFA, a member of the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union and the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association. FINAL REPORT
Hamilton’s first for the season MONACO, CMC Lewis Hamilton produced a superb drive to score his first victory of the Formula One season with success in a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix here yesterday. The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, started from third on the grid but capitalised on wet conditions and then a flawed pit stop by pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo to take the chequered flag in just under two hours seven seconds ahead of the Red Bull. Force India’s Sergio Perez finished third while Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, was seventh after starting from second. “I’ve had a lot of races, but personally, this feels like the best ever. This feels like the one, in my heart, that I earned,” Hamilton said. Pelle fires Italy to 1-0 win VALLETTA, Malta (AP) Italy dominated against Scotland, but only scraped a 1-0 win yesterday in their penultimate warm-up match before the European Championship, and the Azzurri’s wayward shooting will be of concern to coach Antonio Conte. The main culprit was Emanuele Giaccherini, who missed three golden opportunities in the first half. Graziano Pelle scored the only goal of the game shortly before the hour mark. Eder laid off a superb through ball from Daniele De Rossi, and the Southampton striker curled into the right side of the net from the edge of the area. It was one-way traffic from the start and it took Scotland until the 77th minute to muster a shot at goal. Italy had 13 in the first period alone. Portugal beat Norway 3-0 PORTO, Portugal (AP) Two second-half goals in seven minutes from Raphael Guerreiro and Eder helped Portugal to a 3-0 win over Norway in a warm-up game yesterday for the European Championship. Ricardo Quaresma put the Portuguese ahead with a spectacular dipping shot in the 13th. Missing Cristiano Ronaldo, who played in the Champions League final the previous day, Quaresma was Portugal’s standout player. Portugal gave a composed performance and were mostly in control of the match, though Valon Berisha headed against the woodwork for Norway in the 57th, and the Portuguese left it late to seal their victory. Left-back Guerreiro struck in the 65th with a curling free kick, and centre-forward Eder tapped in another.
Maverley-Hughenden’s captain Andrew Peddlar celebrated his birthday with a goal that rescued his team against Tivoli Gardens in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.The game ended in a 1-1 draw.Tevin Shaw sent Tivoli Gardens ahead when he converted past Maverley-Hughenden goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell in the 15th minute. Peddlar, who played in the full back position, levelled for his team when he beat Tivoli’s veteran custodian, Edsel Scott, with a beautiful strike from about 35 yards in the 20th minute.It was a heated game, which saw a red card and five yellow cards issued, with Maverley-Hughenden’s Nicholas Scott receiving a red card in the 78th minute that reduced his team to ten players.Peddlar, who netted his first goal in the new season, was overjoyed to have scored on his special day.”I told myself that I wanted to score today, and it happened, so I am very happy for that,” Peddlar told The Gleaner.SHOT PAID OFF”When I saw that Robbie (Scott) was out of position, I took a shot, and it paid off. We came for three points but got one on the road, and that is good,” he added.”Our next game is against Waterhouse in a derby and we will go there for a win,” the captain added.Maverley-Hughenden’s head coach Lijyasu Simms said it was a fair result.”We came for three points and earned one on the road, and that is always good. We are moving from strength to strength and will get better as the season progresses,” Simms said.Omar Edwards, Tivoli’s head coach, said his team fought hard throughout the game.”It is a positive result despite the 1-1 draw. We wanted to win, but that is football. We did pretty well for the most part of the game. It is a work in progress,” Edwards pointed out.Tivoli Gardens inched to seven points from five games while Maverley-Hughenden moved to six points.ResultsTivoli Gardens 1 – 1 Maverley-HughendenHumble Lion 2 – 1 Montego BayBoys’ Town 1 – 0 JamalcoReno 0 – 1 UWIArnett Gardens 2 – 0 PortmoreHarbour View 0 – 2 Waterhouse
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has expressed regret and has offered condolences to the family of former youth Reggae Boyz team doctor, Martin Garwood, who was found murdered in his Barbican, St Andrew home yesterday.”This is somebody who worked with both our youth teams (Under 17 and Under 23),” JFF director of operations, PR and events, Mrs Janice Rose-Brown, told The Gleaner yesterday.”He was professional. This is something we sincerely regret and express condolences to all his loved ones,” she added.Rose-Brown noted that JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell, was travelling overseas at the time and had not yet been notified at the time of writing.Rose-Brown said the last time Garwood had worked with any of the national teams was sometime in 2015. Records show that he travelled with the young Reggae Girlz to a tournament in Guyana in July 2015.”We have a cadre of doctors that are rotated upon availability,” she explained.Dr Winston Davidson, who described himself as a colleague of Garwood, told The Gleaner that he found him to be a very community-minded person.”He was an excellent doctor and a very diligent person and very civic-minded person,” he said.”He had the reputation of being a very competent and sound doctor and caring of his patients,” Davidson noted.Garwood, who was a recipient of a 2004 scholarship from the Jamaica Association of Northern California, was a general practitioner who worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.”We discussed cases together. As a public health specialist he took interest in communicable diseases and was a very good doctor and very good practitioner. He participated in a lot of continuing medical education and post graduate training and he was interested in family medicine and family,” Davidson added.
In his own words, the last four years of Kimani Ffriend’s life have played out like a movie. Not a sunny, happy film, but a horror flick; one which Ffriend hopes to walk out of very soon. Things are looking up for the professional basket baller though. After spending two years and eight months of his sentence, part of that period under house arrest after he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in 2014 for the November 3, 2012 death of Serbian Nevena Dragtunovic, Ffriend late last year signed a contract with Serbian team OKK Beograd and only a few weeks ago got a new contract with the top team in the country’s domestic league – Dynamic. He’s so far been the leading scorer for the team and is one of the most valuable players in the league. In fact, he says playing basketball has been his therapy as he hovers on the cusp of liberty – not quite free, not quite locked up. He is scheduled to return to court on January 25 for a hearing on an appeal against his conviction. While he awaits the outcome of his appeal, Ffriend has been allowed some freedoms and that is what enabled him to start playing again, and earn a living in the sport which brought him fame. “The basketball for sure has been my therapy. The two hours I’m in training or the weight room or playing that is my way of getting away from the reality of the situation. If it wasn’t for me being able to play here it would have been much harder and being under house arrest it was much harder,” he told The Gleaner. His renewed faith in God has also helped him get through the difficult moments. Ffriend admits that his position has weighed heavily on his psyche. Because he was so well known, and the woman who died was the girlfriend of a Serbian pop star, the case has continued to make headlines. “It’s all been very humbling. I made a lot of money financially and all of that was taken away from me, but although I lost a lot, I gained in Christ and now I rely on my faith and it’s my faith why I’m able to have a positive mind outlook,” Ffriend said. Ffriend, who continues to live in Belgrade, has not been able to see any of his Jamaican family throughout the period and he says the experience has taught him patience. “Everything happens for a reason and I see what my purpose is and now I have to stay patient and trust God that everything will work out,” he said. “It messes with your head but at the same time it’s a blessing because I am able to move around, but my life is stagnant because I have to go back to court and I’m still like a prisoner. I’ve been here four years now but my life is still not moving forward. I can’t do anything in my career. I lost four of my best years in this country,” he said. “It’s traumatising. Those types of stuff affect your mentality. Because of that I can’t really be myself until all of that is over. I’m more aware of my surroundings. I don’t trust people as much as before. I’m not as open or friendly as I used to be. It’s not a good feeling and this is something I have to live with for the rest of my life.” The knowledge that he robbed a family of its daughter also weighs on his conscience. “There is not one day that goes by that I don’t think about it,” he said. Through basketball and over the last few months Ffriend has been turning things around and one of the best parts he says is that when the newspapers write about him it’s no longer about his court case but his exploits in basketball. “The fact that I’m playing and the coaches want me to play is a big deal. It’s a new year. All I’ve been going so far is up and I just have to believe that God is going to pull me through,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
With several pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black believes his Meralco Bolts are slowly overcoming a key obstacle.ADVERTISEMENT Amateur Kim steals spotlight from pros “There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.”Meanwhile, Star snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-83 decision of GlobalPort in the second game.The Hotshots got back in top four contention after rising to 5-3, while pushing the Batang Pier harder to the wall with a 3-6 record.Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while De Ocampo, six times a champion with TNT, scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham had 26 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, the Gin Kings shoot for the first of the top four berths when they clash with the Rain or Shine Painters in a Petron Saturday Special schedule at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Game time is 5:15 p.m., after the Beermen battle the winless KIA Picanto at 3 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball00:50Trending 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 Winning start “We’re starting to blend well, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, Friday to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and veteran superstar Ranidel de Ocampo, playing his first game with Meralco after his acquisition from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal, helped the Bolts break loose in the second period and yawn their way to a seventh win in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.Meralco has two games to nail the win that will seal their place in the top four and the Bolts—against GlobalPort and powerhouse San Miguel Beer. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Adamson clips UST for first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo go a long way.The two first tangled in the 91st Season of the NCAA when Ayo led Letran to the title, before Jarin steered San Beda back to the apex.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground MOST READ And as Jarin reigned supreme in the NCAA, Ayo hoisted the UAAP crown with De La Salle University.Now that the 80th Season of the UAAP is in full swing, the two are once more in each other’s crossfires. But despite their rivalry, both have nothing but praise for each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Both of us are very familiar with each other and I have so much respect for that coach,” said Ayo after his Green Archers outdueled Jarin’s National University Bulldogs 115-109 Saturday. “He always brings the best in me.”Jarin, despite losing to Aldin in their first NCAA season, seems to have buried the hatchet and was quick to return the complement. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin is a really good coach,” said Jarin.“He brings out the best in his players, and what he said is really appreciated and he brings out the best in me also.”
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up UST refuses to give in despite 0-4 start LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt had been a whirlwind of a Saturday for University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Rob Ricafort was finally able to suit up for the Fighting Maroons and in his first game, they silenced defending champion De La Salle 98-87 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson READ: Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La SalleBut there’s a chance that golden victory—and other possible wins where Ricafort would play in —could be forfeited in case Ricafort’s 20-day restraining order, which will lapse on October 11, is declared invalid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut that’s a risk UP head coach Bo Perasol is willing to take.“Those sort of things have been dealt with by the lawyers at UP,” said Perasol in Filipino. “For them it’s a bigger evil if you don’t follow a court order than abide by the rules of a league.” View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The UAAP eligibility board initially denied Ricafort the chance to play in Season 80 as the Fightin Maroon will exceed the age limit of 25-years-old in January of 2018, smack in the middle of the sporting calendar.READ: UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’Perasol, however, is confident the TRO’s clauses will stand and that Ricafort is an eligible Maroon.“The lawyers can take care of it, I’m not a lawyer so this kind of stuff is beyond me,” said Perasol. “If our wins are forfeited then that’s too bad but I’m sure the lawyers know where they’re coming from and they’ll have this straightened out.”ADVERTISEMENT
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings steal thunder from Bolts Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ “The field was so wet and we adapted well to the conditions,” said Ceres assistant coach Pepe Losada, who minced no words about the officiating.“With these kind of referees, it’s very dangerous. Super Herrera had a broken lip and you see the yellow cards? Ceres had six yellow cards, one red, and Kaya had zero [cards],” added LosadaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCeres moved within seven points off Meralco Manila, which is two wins away from clinching a playoff berth. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Fernando Rodriguez struck deep in injury time as 10-man Ceres-Negros survived Kaya Makati,3-2, to close the gap at the top of the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on Saturday.The Spanish striker pounced on a cross from Stephan Schrock at the far post in the 94th minute as the Busmen prevailed in a duel filled with controversial calls and marred by the sending off of Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic and the red card of left-back Jeffrey Christiaens.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View comments