The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more

Bailey sees positives at Tennis Jamaica

first_imgTennis Jamaica’s president John Bailey has urged members of his association to move forward in a positive way after he was re-elected unopposed at a rescheduled annual general meeting on Thursday evening at Campion College. “We really want to focus on moving forward and not looking back,” Bailey told The Gleaner yesterday. “We can spend a lot of time talking about what went on in the past, but it is not going to help us. It’s just time to move on.” At last November’s AGM, where Bailey was challenged by John Azar, a disparity in numbers between ballots and eligible voters forced the association to declare the elections null and void. Aswad Morgan was returned as first vice-president, Llockett McGregor; second vice-president and Marcus James, the third vice-president. The treasurer is Charles Pennicook, while Leroy Brown remains the secretary of the association. The regional directors are Pierre Battaglia and James Samson, while the directors are Micola Bicknell, Paula Harris, Charmaine Chin-Loy, Nigel Casserly, Yussuf Migoko, and Steven Shirley. Bailey also revealed that plans to develop the sport include a new playing facility in St Ann, which he hopes will get off the ground in a few months. “The exciting thing is that we are looking to open a new facility in St Ann, Drax Hall in particular, and hopefully, in the next few months, that will start,” he stated. Bailey, who is in his second term as president,, reiterated that the main players in the tennis fraternity are turning their attention to the development of the sport. “The mood in the fraternity is very positive. We will press on and continue to develop the sport and look to Jamaica being on top in the region again in the next few years. So we are back on track, absolutely,” he insisted.last_img read more

‘Airport Security Held Me Half-Naked’

first_imgThe trial of  a Ugandan citizen, Shirat Nelwadda accused of  drug trafficking, turned sour on Friday, March 28,  when she tearfully claimed that she was molested and stripped half naked by three male security officers at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.Defendant Nelwadda is accused of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin valued at US$30,000 through the RIA.She denied the allegation at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, where she testified as defense first witness on Friday.In her testimony, Nelwadda alleged the officers threaten to post her naked photo on Facebook, if she refused to cooperate with them.“I was forced to allow myself to be stripped half-naked for the men to search me, because they claimed they were performing their duty as officers assigned at the Airport,” defense witness further alleged.Explaining about her arrest, the defense witness claimed when she arrived at the Airport from Uganda, she was searched with her suitcase by the men on two separate occasions and asked to leave the terminal.“When I was about to leave the terminal, the men called me back and said they were not satisfied with me and wanted to search me and my suitcase again,” she claimed. “This time I and my luggage were separated. I was taken into an isolated room leaving my luggage with them.”“It was in the room that I was stripped half naked and photograph by the men, who threatened to post it on face book,” adding “I have never been search at any airport by  male officers. This is strange; I was ill-treated and molested by the men.”After she returned from the room it was when she was told by the officers that they discovered the parcel containing the drug in her luggage.“I was searched twice and they did not find anything like drug in the suitcase. It was the third time and in my absence they accused me of travelling with heroin.”“I’m not a drug dealer and I have never seen it in my life. I only came to Liberia based on an invitation from my boyfriend,” the defense witness said.Narrating on prosecution allegation that she attempted to escape the country, while on bail, Nelwadda alleged “at no time did I try to secretly leave the country.”She, however, explained after she was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), she was released by the Court and her traveling documents including luggage and passport returned to her.“They did not tell me I should not leave the country or released on bond. I thought that I was released.”She alleged, when she was released she decided to rent a hotel, where she would be residing, until she can get in contact with her family in Uganda to send her air ticket.After her family sent the money, Nelwadda claimed, it was when she went to RIA to leave the country.Unfortunately, upon arrival at the RIA, the defense witness said, she was arrested by the DEA.They asked how I managed to be released; she replied “I told them that it was the court that freed me from prison and gave me back my travelling documents.  I can’t break jail.”“I even gave my phone for them to contact the court or security officers [to ask] how I managed to get out of jail,” she added.She claimed she was denied food for three days while at the headquarters of the DEA.“I can’t eat rice. I can only eat fruit and vegetables, but the DEA officers for six days kept me hungry, while I was detained at their office.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

29-year-old gets 65 years for raping girls aged 14 and 8

first_imgWest Coast Berbice labourer Krishna Tulapersaud was on Wednesday sentenced to a total of 65 years’ imprisonment by Justice Sandil Kissoon in the Berbice Assizes.The 29-year-old convict has been convicted of raping two girls, respectively aged 14 and 8 years old, who, during the trial, were revealed to be family members of the rapist. Tulapersaud was indicted on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member, for both of which the jury found him guilty. Justice Kissoon imposed a 14-year jail term for the first count of rape, and a 51-year jail term for the second count; and ordered that the sentences run consecutively. Evidence presented during the trial indicated that Tulapersaud had sex with the teenager on several occasions. Krishna Tulapersaud was represented by Attorney-at-law Charandass Persaud.last_img read more

Rainfall Starting To Cause Minor Problems In Fort St. John

first_imgDo you see any flooding in town? Tweet us or call 311 to tell us where. (we know about the water on 94 Ave) #yxj— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) June 15, 2016 UPDATE:  Phones have now been fixed at Duncan Cran#yxj #sd60 Duncan Cran Phones are now working again. Thank you.— Christine Todd (@ctoddSD60) June 15, 2016Also the flooding on 94th avenue has been fixed.  Remember if you see any flooding report it to the City by calling 311.- Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the major part of a storm expected to hit the Peace Region today, some places are already seeing issues.Phones at Duncan Cran school have apparently stopped working because of the rain.Advertisement #yxj#sd60 The phones at Duncan Cran are not working with all of this rain. You can message here and I will check…— Christine Todd (@ctoddSD60) June 15, 2016The City of Fort St. John also sent out a message on Twitter saying there is some small localized flooding on 94th Ave between 100th street and 102nd street.“Yes we do have a wee bit of excess water on 94th Ave between 100th St and 102 st. We are keeping an eye on it and will pump it out if necessary but the street is passable for now. Fortunately, the final phase of our storm sewer project is beginning in a few days (we are digging up 93 Ave and replacing the pipes) and that will alleviate this problem from happening again in this area. Remember last year we dug up the road in front of the mall to replace those storm sewer pipes? Yup – no flooding will happen there this year. Yay.”Advertisementcenter_img Rain causing some flooding on 94 ave in Fort St John— energeticcity (@EnergeticCity) June 15, 2016The storm is expected to dump 60-80 mm of rain before it ends on Thursday morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea set to sign Barkley

first_img0Shares0000Everton’s midfielder Ross Barkley (R) vies with Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal on December 13, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who was expected to complete his medical at the club on Friday.Barkley’s contract with the Toffees expires at the end of the season, and if a deal is done, it would see the 24-year-old leave the team he joined as an 11-year-old in 2005. Since making his senior debut in 2011, Barkley has scored 21 times in 150 appearances, however, the Liverpool-born star had not featured for Everton in 2017/18 largely due to a serious hamstring injury.Nonetheless, manager Antonio Conte believes he can still have an impact if given time to make a full recovery. He told reporters: “We are talking about an English player, a young player, he is a good prospect for Chelsea.“I think that the club decided for this investment. This is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure, it is a good prospect for Chelsea.“He is very young, he has a lot of space for improvement. He is very strong physically, has good technique. He is a good prospect but at the same time it will be very important to understand, if he signs for the club, that he has to recover from his injury.“Don’t forget he had a bad injury, he had surgery, he has not played for seven months.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Martinez admits concern over Everton’s ‘alarming’ defensive display against Chelsea

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez admits he was left concerned by his side’s shocking defensive display that allowed Chelsea to score six in a nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park.The Toffees were given a mountain to climb after their slow start saw the Blues opened up a 2-0 lead after just three minutes.And while Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith and debutant Samuel Eto’o all netted as the hosts attempted to fight back, their shaky back-four were ruthlessly exposed by the rampant visitors.Martinez was keen to highlight the positives of his team’s spirited performance, yet the Spaniard conceded their form at the back must improve after failing to record a win in their opening three games of the new season.“Conceding six goals isn’t the concern, the real concern is the ten we’ve conceded in our first three games,” said the Spanish boss, whose side played out 2-2 draws against Leicester and Arsenal in their previous fixtures.“That’s not us at all, especially when you look at the experience and the know-how in our defence.“That defence has over 1,100 Premier League appearances between them and we had 15 clear sheets last season, but at the moment it seems there’s a fearful feeling every time we have to defend.“Today it was different, when you concede two goals so quickly it becomes a battle to even get back into the game.“We had to take a gamble in order to catch up and it became a really end-to-end game.“I’m sure it was great for the neutral, but it was very alarming at times the way we defended with so little confidence.“But on the other hand, the way we got on the ball, kept control for long spells and scored three goals shows the positives and strengths of our side – not many teams will score three against Chelsea this season.“I thought our attacking play was worthy of more than three goals, but you just can’t concede that amount of goals in the manner we did.“We know we have to improve now for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

Former Barcelona star Abidal announces retirement

first_img1 Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has officially announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old won four La Liga and two Champions League titles in six seasons with the Catalan giants, but had the latter part of his career affected by heath issues.Abidal underwent surgery to remove a liver tumour in March 2011 but made a rapid recovery and was playing again before the end of the same season. However, in March 2012 it was announced Abidal needed a liver transplant which then kept him out of action for just under 12 months.After getting the all-clear to play again in April 2013, he moved from Barca back to former club Monaco and finished his career with Olympiacos, where he was playing this season.Abidal revealed he has had offers of non-playing roles with the Greek side and Barcelona, where he received a huge amount of support from fans during his time away from the game.The defender said at a press conference: “I depart for personal reasons, as I have said. Only a professional player knows when and how he has to retire.“I have had a lot of very happy moments in my career.“Two months ago I talked with the president and told him, ‘In December I will leave because the time has come’.“I will relax with my family and my friends. I have two offers, from Olympiacos and Barcelona, and I will think about these and take my decision.”Abidal began his top-level career in 2000 when he signed for Monaco from French lower-league side OL Duchere.He then joined Lille before moving in 2004 to his hometown club Lyon, helping them win three Ligue 1 titles in succession as well as reaching the 2007 Coupe de la Ligue final.Further success followed with Barca, with four Spanish titles and Champions League glory in 2009 and 2011, beating Manchester United in the final on each occasion.While those honours – along with helping France to the 2006 World Cup final – feature highly among Abidal’s career highlights, he is grateful simply to have had the chance to play professionally both before and after his illness.“One of the best memories is when you lift a trophy but the best moment is passing from the amateur level to become a professional footballer,” he said. “Your dreams are coming true and then you have to work every day to remain a professional player.”He returned for Barca after his health problems and was given the captain’s armband by regular skipper Carles Puyol after the 2011 European final to allow him to lift the trophy.“It was a very great moment in my career,” he said of his return to action.“In football you have positive moments and negative moments and when a negative moment occurs, you have to be determined.“I used football to forget my illness and at an emotional level, this moment was even greater than lifting a trophy.” Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal last_img read more

Revealed! The Premier League’s top 10 fastest footballers

first_img 9. Gabriel Agbonlahor – 21.62mph top speed – Click the arrow to see who has been even faster! – Widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s quickest players, it perhaps a little surprising to see Agbonlahor this far down the list. The Aston Villa attacker notched his top speed against Southampton in November. Blistering pace. It’s an attribute that fans and managers clamour for from attackers and full-backs, but is not something limited to these types of players alone, as has been revealed in a recent look at the quickest Premier League players this season.The top flight’s boffins have been monitoring the speeds of players and as the season reaches its midway point, have revealed who are the quickest.Click the arrow to see who features.*Stats correct up to 9 January 2015 Joint 3rd. Stewart Downing and Marcin Wasilewski – 21.81mph top speed – Click the arrow to see who is fastest – Two surprises in third spot in the form of West Ham’s Stewart Downing and Leicester’s 34-year-old defender Marcin Wasilewski. Downing has been impressive for West Ham this season, while Wasilewski has been a constant at the back for Leicester. 7 7 2. Wilfried Zaha – 21.87mph top speed – Click the arrow to see who is fastest – Wilfried Zaha’s career may not be progressing quite in the manner that he imagined, but the Manchester United-owned wideman remains blisteringly fast. The 22-year-old notched up his top speed against Stoke back in December. 7 8. Ross Barkley – 21.69mph top speed – Click the arrow to see who has been even faster! – Although he is a undoubtedly a talented player, speed is not necessarily one of the attributes usually associated with Ross Barkley, but the Everton wizard seems to have that in his locker as well. 7 7 Joint 5th. Cristian Gamboa, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling – 21.75mph top speed – Click the arrow to see who has been even faster! – In joint fitth it’s West Brom’s Cristian Gamboa, Spurs defender Eric Dier and Liverpool hotshot Raheem Sterling, all reaching a top speed of 21.75mph. Dier is perhaps the surprise inclusion, given Sterling and Gamboa’s reputation as speed demons. 7 1. Moussa Sissoko – 21.93mph top speed – Currently the quickest player in the Premier League – this season at least – is Newcastle’s impressive midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman isn’t necessarily renowned for his speed, but that doesn’t stop the box-to-box star from topping these charts, recording 21.93mph against Leicester back in October. Joint 10th. Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Yun Suk-Young have all achieved a top speed of 21.56mph so far this season* – Click the arrow to see who has been faster! – We start with this trio of Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Yun Suk-Young. Not particularly well known for his pace, Costa notched up a season-fastest of 21.56mph against Liverpool. Prior to his injury, Aguero hit his peak speak against Spurs, while QPR full-back Yun reached his in the home draw against Man City. 7last_img read more

Questions linger over Stima duo promotion

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima players line up for a group photo before a previous National Super League match. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 17 – If both finish within the top three National Super League (NSL) promotion slots, whoever finishes lower than the other between Western Stima and Nairobi Stima faces the possibility of missing out on ascending to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).According to FIFA statutes, the two, both sponsored by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) cannot play in the top tier at the same time. Article 20 of the FIFA Statutes states; “Every member association shall ensure that its affiliated clubs can take all decisions on any matters regarding membership independently of any external body. This obligation applies regardless of an affiliated club’s corporate structure.”“In any case, the member association shall ensure that neither a natural nor a legal person (including holding companies and subsidiaries) exercises control in any manner whatsoever (in particular through a majority shareholding, a majority of voting rights, a majority of seats on the board of directors or any other form of economic dependence or control, etc.) over more than one club whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardized.”With this statute, it would be impossible to have the two teams playing in the same league if at all it is proved that both share a similar shareholding or economic dependence on one entity.Nairobi Stima’s Joseph Shikokoti in action against an FC Talanta player during a previous National Super League match. PHOTO/FKF“It was the same case sometimes back when Mathare United and Mathare Youth played in the KPL. They had to prove beyond doubt that the two were separate entities. According to that FIFA Statute, Western, Nairobi and Coast Stima should not even be playing in the NSL together. Probably if there is a proof that the two are not sharing the same sponsorship structure then that’s okay,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Capital Sport.Meanwhile, Football Kenya federation who run the second tier NSL say they have referred the matter to the legal department which should be giving them a response soon.“We are aware of the issue and we have the legal team handling that. They should be getting back to us on the position. I cannot pre-empt on anything at this point until further advised by the legal team,” FKF Head of Communications Barry Otieno noted.Currently, Western Stima who were relegated from the top tier at the close of last season sit at the apex of the standings with 70 points, seven ahead of second placed KCB who have played a match less. Nairobi Stima are third with 62.KCB midfielder Samuel Mwangi controls the ball under pressure from his St Joseph Youth marker during a past FKF National Super League match. PHOTO/FKFWestern Stima and KCB made the most of slip ups from their fellow promotion chasers over the weekend, the power-men winning by a solitary goal against Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.KCB who are seeking a return to top flight after two seasons in the lower cadre picked a priceless 2-1 win over Kenya Police at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds with head coach Elvis Ayanya confident they can rack up promotion.“It was a tough match but getting three points was a huge reprieve for us. We need to take a match at a time and give our all and I am certain we will earn that promotion slot,” Ayany, a former Ulinzi Stars midfielder said.Meanwhile, Nairobi Stima slipped to third after being held to a barren draw away to Bidco United. Ushuru failed to take advantage of the slip up playing to a similar score-line against Kangemi All Stars on Sunday.The top two finishers in the league earn automatic slots in next season’s Premier League while the third placed team will face the 16th placed team from the KPL in a play-off.NSL Weekend ResultsFridayAdministration Police 1-2 Green Commandos (Camp Toyoyo)SaturdayBidco United 0-0 Nairobi Stima (Thika Stadium)Kisumu All-Stars 0-0 Migori Youth (Moi Stadium)KCB 2-1 Kenya Police (Camp Toyoyo)SundayWestern Stima 1-0 City Stars (Moi Stadium)Modern Coast Rangers 2-1 Kibera Black Stars (Mbaraki Sports Club)Nakuru All-Stars 0-1 Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium)Talanta 2-2 GFE 105 (Camp Toyoyo)Ushuru 0-0 Kangemi All-Stars (Camp Toyoyo)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more