Jamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. TITLE SPONSORS
MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Injured players like Greg Slaughter, who was suffering from a bum ankle, and Sol Mercado, who was nursing a bruised rib, got time to recover.Veteran shooter Jeff Chan was also acquired during the break.“We had a long break and that helped us sharpen our system and that was a big factor,” said Tenorio who had 11 points and five assists. “I hope that our peak form is better than what we’re experiencing right now. We’re not at the top of the mountain, we’re still climbing up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Starting the conference on a 1-5 slump, the Gin Kings are now running a seven-game winning streak at the end of the quarterfinals.And this type of momentum just happened at the opportune time as LA Tenorio and the rest of Gin Kings scored a quick sweep of Meralco in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Ginebra sweeps Meralco, advances to PBA semis“The way we’re playing right now, I can say we’re peaking at the right time,” said Tenorio in Filipino after their 104-90 win over the Bolts in Game 2 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs San Miguel KOs TNT to keep title defense alive LATEST STORIES “At the start, I know we started flat because of the changing of the imports. Justin [Brownlee] came off a stint in the other league so he wasn’t rested.”Ginebra started the Commissioner’s Cup with Charles Garcia but eventually tapped Brownlee, who had led Alab Pilipinas to the ASEAN Basketball League title, four games into the conference.Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone echoed Tenorio’s words but warned that Ginebra can’t afford to have a day off especially in this crucial stretch of the playoffs.“When you have momentum, that’s when you got to push hard and go at it,” said Cone. “It’s when you’re in a losing streak when you need to step back and go look at what’s going on. You need to step back and take a day off and get a good perspective on what’s going on.”Another saving grace during Ginebra’s transformation was the more than two-week long break by the league to give way to the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Barangay Ginebra wasn’t the image of success at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but all those failures seem to have dissipated by now as the Gin Kings are on a roll heading into the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) makes a move against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving had 13 points and 12 assists, Al Horford scored 18 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 107-96 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.Marcus Morris added 17 points and nine rebounds, Marcus Smart scored 16 points, and Jaylen Brown added 13. The Celtics won for the first time since the All-Star break to avoid their first five-game skid in more than four years.ADVERTISEMENT Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Quarters-bound Phoenix keeps defensive vigor up Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The lead didn’t last long. After shooting 62.5 percent (15 for 24) in the third quarter, Washington opened the fourth 3 for 11 and went 4:21 without scoring.Brown scored five points during a 9-3 run that put Boston up 91-86.TIP-INSWizards: Entered the game three games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. … Beal had 10 points in the first quarter to account for half of Washington’s scoring. … Beal averaged 30.9 points in February while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. … The Wizards didn’t get a field goal until Beal’s dunk with 6:16 left in the first quarter.Celtics: Haven’t lost five straight since Nov. 21-Dec. 2, 2014. … C Aron Baynes (foot contusion) missed his 11th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UP NEXTWizards: Host Minnesota on Sunday night.Celtics: Host the Houston Rockets on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boston held Washington scoreless for more than four minutes in the fourth quarter.Bradley Beal had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, and Tomas Satoransky and Jeff Green each had 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWashington had a 53-46 rebounding advantage, but had 18 turnovers and couldn’t overcome a cold stretch in the fourth quarter. The Wizards losing for the fifth time in six games.Jabari Parker hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to pull the Wizards to 82-81, then opened the fourth with a 16-foot jumper. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Ex-soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.Weah said he hopes the song will help stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 3,000 persons in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Nearly 3,000 people have been infected with the disease, and health officials have said they are struggling to contain it.”Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real,” the lyrics of the song exhort. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease’s spread. Some even doubt the disease’s existence.Weah said Liberia’s Health Ministry asked him to join their efforts to raise awareness, so he worked with the Ghanaian musician, Sidney, to record the song. Proceeds from sales will go to the Liberian Health Ministry.Weah said he feared that if not enough support and effort are forthcoming quickly the disease would spread beyond the four countries.”I know Africa will be greatly affected if we don’t take it seriously,” he said.Weah, the former Liberian soccer player, who is now at the head of the association, “Ebola Emergency France”, said that the Ebola epidemic “is killing the fabric of the Liberian society.”He called on African footballers to commit to the fight against the Ebola epidemic which has swept through West Africa.Weah spoke Tuesday about his involvement in the campaign against the outbreak which strongly affects Liberia, where over 413 deaths have been recorded.He called for more awareness about the epidemic, which he said, was an undeniable reality. APShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has confirmed that the grenade that was found in the possession of a Grade Five pupil of the Timehri Primary School was a training device that is predominantly used by members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).In an invited comment, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the device is not harmful but the mere fact it was in the possession of a pupil raises some concerns while praising the teacher for being vigilant.Timehri Primary SchoolHe nevertheless confirmed that the parents and an uncle of the child were questioned in connection with the incident.However, this newspaper was told that the child’s uncle is a Sergeant attached to the Guyana Defence Force and might have unknowing taken home the device after training at Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The Sergeant’s son saw the device in his father’s bag and as such took it, this newspaper was told. In turn, he handed it over to his cousin, who is a pupil at the Timehri Primary School.This publication understands that the military base at Timehri has been called in following the discovery of the device. This prompted an investigation.The device was discovered after the child was seen playing with it during school session on Monday. The teacher from the inception thought that it was a “real” grenade but after consulting with the head teacher, she was told that it was a toy.She nevertheless, took the devise to another teacher who has family members in the Army and she confirmed that it was a “real” grenade after an inspection. At this point in time, the Police were summoned.Classes at the school were abruptly disrupted and the child’s parents were called in. The discovery of the device did not go down well with the parents who up to Tuesday were still curious and showed some signs of concerns.
Maybe the third time will be the breakthrough victory. The University of La Verne women’s basketball team, already in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in school history, found out Monday that it will be playing Chapman for the third time this season in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday. Game time at Chapman is 7 p.m. Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion La Verne (19-6) lost to independent Chapman (22-5) each of the first two times the teams played this season, but a victory this time would give La Verne a win in the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the first time in school history. “We’re actually excited,” said Kline, who is in her 16th season. “We’re familiar with Chapman and they’re right down the 57 freeway. “They’re close by. We don’t need to prepare for the game any differently.” Each of the NCAA Tournament trips for La Verne have come during Kline’s tenure and each time the Leopards have been matched up with an area opponent. In 1996, SCIAC runner-up La Verne lost to SCIAC champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first round. In 2003, La Verne won the SCIAC, but lost to Chapman in the first round. This year, La Verne lost to Chapman 83-66 in La Verne on Nov. 27, and fell 68-65 in Orange on Jan. 23. “If we had any kind of first half (in the second game), we could’ve beaten them,” Kline said. Chapman, winners of 16 in a row, was 10-2 against SCIAC opponents this season, beating every team it faced at least once. La Verne finished 12-2 in the SCIAC this season. The winner of Wednesday’s game will play at Howard Payne (Tex.) in the second round Saturday. Howard Payne (27-1), ranked No. 3 nationally, was also ranked No. 1 in the South Region and is the only team in the 63-team field with a first-round bye. “I was really surprised how they split up the Texas schools,” Kline said. “I thought we might be in the Northwest.” SBVC swept a double header at Compton, winning the opener 7-5 and the second game 3-2. The Wolverines rallied with a four-run final inning to take the opener. Compton closed within one with a run in the eighth inning of the second game, but SBVC held on in the ninth to clinch the victory. BASEBALL SBVC SOFTBALL In its final preseason tuneup, the Wolverines dropped a 6-2 road decision to Los Angeles Mission College. Freshman Laura Bargsten doubled and losing pitcher Amanda Merendon added two hits for SBVC (5-6), which opens its Foothill Conference schedule Wednesday at Barstow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Diego is a great friend. I am with him every day in Madrid,” Griezmann told reporters ahead of the clash in Nizhny Novgorod. “It is a nationality that I love, a people that I love. It will be a very emotional match for me.”Griezmann’s love affair with Uruguay began when handed his breakthrough at Real Sociedad by Martin Lasarte in 2009.Having spent his entire career in Spain, Griezmann has always had a steady stream of Uruguayan teammates.He began drinking mate at Sociedad with former Uruguay striker Carlos Bueno and was persuaded to join Atletico in 2014 by Godin.“He says he is Uruguayan,” said Godin. “He made his debut with Martin Lasarte and had a lot of time for him.“He has always been surrounded by Uruguayan players. He likes how we are and our customs: eating the barbecue, our music, he even drinks more mate than me!”– Similar styles –Friends turned rivals: France’s Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin of Uruguay face off in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final © AFP / Boris HORVATAt Atletico, Griezmann is the star and top scorer. Godin, though, is the embodiment of the dogged, determined and defensively brilliant side Diego Simeone has created in the Spanish capital.“They will waste time, they will fall down, surround the referee. It’s their game, it’s the same at Atletico,” said Griezmann. “The match will be boring, they will want us to fall into their trap.”Much as they may not seem it, those are meant as words of respect. Griezmann turned down overtures from Barcelona to commit his future to Atletico just before his World Cup began.Griezmann turned down overtures from Barcelona to sign a new deal at Atletico just days after the World Cup began.“They give everything for their teammates, it’s beautiful,” he added.Griezmann has also witnessed Atletico beating the odds too many times against the likes of Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern Munich to take a place in the semi-finals for granted.After labouring through to the last 16 as winners of Group C despite scoring just three goals, France sprang into life thanks to the speed of Kylian Mbappe in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina.Griezmann was also on target with his second penalty of the tournament, but the breakout star and Golden Boot winner at Euro 2016 has not yet hit top form in Russia.Instead he has been overshadowed by his blistering 19-year-old strike partner.Griezmann, though, knows Godin and another Atletico teammate, Jose Maria Gimenez, will not give Mbappe the same space to exploit his pace that a disorganised Argentina did.Uruguay have conceded just once in winning all seven of their matches in 2018.“Do not expect him to do too much of the same in the quarters,” warned Griezmann of heightened expectations after Mbappe drew parallels with Pele when he became the first teenager since the Brazilian to score at least twice in a World Cup match.“The Uruguayans will have watched the match, they will change the way to defend him. It’s up to us to put him in good positions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Slow start: Antoine Griezmann has scored just two penalties at the 2018 World Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 5 – A self-confessed lover of all things Uruguayan, from grilled meat to bitter-tasting infusion mate, France’s Antoine Griezmann knows not to expect any favourable treatment when confronted by close friend Diego Godin in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final.Teammates at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann and Godin have formed such a bond over the past four years that the rugged defender is the godfather of Griezmann’s daughter Mia.
He has scored 22 goals in 12 games for their Under-17s this season — including hat-tricks on four occasions — and hit four goals, as well as contributing two assists, in a 10-0 romp against Hennef last month.“If I am honest, my aim is to be a professional footballer with Dortmund, lift the Champions League with Borussia and win the Ballon d’Or,” Moukoko told German magazine Sport Bild in his first interview.His breakthrough last season was staggering.As a 13-year-old, he netted 40 goals in 28 games to help Dortmund’s juniors win the Under-17 league title, scored the winning goal in June’s 3-2 cup final win over Bayern Munich. He also became a Germany Under-16 international.However, it is at least three years before Moukoko can make his Bundesliga debut as the minimum age is 17, and then only with special exemption.Even though he is much younger than most of his team-mates, defences struggle to cope with the robust Cameroon-born teenager.However, doubts about his true age persist.According to his official certificate, issued at the German consulate in Yaounde, his date of birth is November 20, 2004, but he admits the constant speculation over its authenticity annoys him.“Last season was hard for me, with that whole story. I can’t do anything about the fact things have gone so well,” said Moukoko.Nevertheless, the German wunderkind has tried to play down expectations on his young shoulders.“I have plenty of time to develop. The next thing I want to do is play for the (Dortmund) Under-19 team,” he said.“We’ll see after that, not everything has to go so fast.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Youssoufa Moukoko, 14, is one of the hottest talents in German youth football and the Under-16 international has already scored 22 goals in just 12 games so far this season for Borussia Dortmund’s Under-17 side. © AFP/File / WILDBILDBERLIN, Germany, Nov 21 – A German football wunderkind, who only turned 14 on Tuesday, says his goal is to one day lift the Champions League trophy with Borussia Dortmund and win the Ballon d’Or.Burly teenager Youssoufa Moukoko, a goal machine in German youth football, is already well on his way to a professional contract with Dortmund, the current Bundesliga leaders.
Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has fuelled further speculation that Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City this summer.The Nerazzurri chief has said he will do “anything he can” to bring the Ivorian to Italy when the transfer window opens.According to Corriere dello Sport, Toure wants to be reunited with his former manager Roberto Mancini and the pair have apparently already had telephone conversations about a potential move.“I can’t say what our chances are, but what is clear is that we will do everything to take him to Inter,” Thohir said. Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City 1