GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC): Disgraced former CONCACAF president, Jeff Webb, is set to be sentenced in June next year, after recently pleading guilty to corruption charges in the United States. World Football Insider has reported that Caymanian Webb, who headed the continental governing body for football in North, Central American and the Caribbean, will be sentenced on June 3. Webb recently pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy, charges levelled by United States prosecutors. According to the US Depart-ment of Justice, Webb agreed to forfeit US$6.7 million as part of his plea. A former FIFA vice-president and Executive Committee member, Webb was one of several football officials who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Swiss police and subsequently indicted as part of an elaborate racketeering and corruption schemed alleged by the US Department of Justice. He was extradited to the US to face the charges where he pleaded not guilty and was placed on US$10 million bond. The former Cayman Islands Football Association president is currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta.
Handel Lamey, a member of the Tornadoes Swim Club, is the new president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ). Lamey defeated outgoing president Martin Lyn 22 votes to 20 at the recent annual general meeting of the association. A new executive has taken over the reins of the association for the period 2015-2017. Tornadoes club’s head coach, Wendy Lee, defeated vice-president for swimming, Allan-Roy Marsh, 22-14 while Nadav Goren received just votes. The new Secretary is Adrian Lyn, who defeated Lavinia McClure 32-10. Uncontested positions were: vice president for water polo – Lance Rochester; vice president for synchronised swimming – Sharon Smith; treasurer – Florence Williams and assistant secretary/treasurer – Paul Campbell. In expressing his appreciation to the swimming fraternity for depositing the confidence and support in the new ASAJ executive incoming president Lamey said he’s ready to take on the challenge of getting aquatics on the front burner. “I look forward to working with the new team in having the discipline of aquatics receive more attention. The establishment of the foundation of the strategic business plan for the sport is also critical to the development of aquatics in Jamaica going forward, and this has to be a shared objective of all stakeholders. We therefore encourage all stakeholders and members to participate at all levels to ensure that these objectives are met,” Lamey said. The new president noted that one of the primary objectives of his executive will be to ensure that Jamaican swimmers qualify and have an opportunity to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He noted that there are senior swimmers who are close to achieving the qualifying time standards for the 2016 Olympics, and the ASAJ will seek to provide the opportunities for them to participate in the approved qualifying meets based on the window that is still left for qualification.
Report: Sammy still West Indies T20 captain PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies selectors have retained T20 captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament, according to reports in the Trinidad and Tobago media. The reports come amid speculation that selectors may have replaced Sammy with ODI captain Jason Holder for the premier tournament scheduled for India in March. The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that selectors opted for experience going into the T20 World Cup but the report contained no official confirmation from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sammy, an all-rounder from St. Lucia, has presided over West Indies rise to number one in the ICC rankings. He led the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. Bravo happy with role in Red Force title win PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies middle order batsman Darren Bravo says he is pleased with the role he played that inspired Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to retain their NAGICO Super50 title on Saturday. Bravo missed his century on three occasions, but his prolific batting propelled Red Force into the finals where they dominated Barbados Pride with a one-sided 72 run win to remain champions. “It’s a good feeling. Obviously, when you contribute to a winning cause, it’s always a good feeling. And I’m always happy about that,” said Bravo, who returned to Red Force’s lineup towards the end of the competition after the West Indies tour of Australia. “It’s just a matter of continuing believing in myself. At the end of the day, I put in a lot of work so it’s always good to know that whenever you go out there, and you get that opportunity, it’s good to know that you’re reaping the rewards”. Coach hails Grenada’s new stadium ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Former American track athlete and now Coach to Kirani James, Harvey Glance, has described Grenada’s new Chinese built athletic and football stadium as ‘mind blowing’. The US$40 million stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 8,000, was declared open amid much pomp and pageantry in an official ceremony carried live on national television on Saturday. The new facility replaces the original athletics stadium which was destroyed when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the country in 2004. “This is my first time seeing the stadium in its full capacity not only crowd wise but also building wise because I came down to recruit Kirani when he was 16 and a half years old and the stadium had been hit by the hurricane,” said Glance. “So I am truly, truly impressed with what the Chinese people have done”. Glance attended the opening alongside James who was invited to perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.
FOOTBALL: Red Stripe Premier League Former champions Tivoli Gardens continued their stabilising work in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) under the guidance of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, when they defeated fierce rivals and relegation-battling Waterhouse 1-0. The win marked Tivoli’s third in their last five games and saw them move from 10th to ninth position and seven points above the relegation zone, with eight games to play. Donovan Dawkins, a Jamaica College (JC) schoolboy who is fondly referred to as “Babylon”, was happy to aid in arresting his team’s slide down the points table. Waterhouse sank deeper in trouble as they lost their second successive match and remained firmly at the foot of the table on 21 points, six behind Cavalier, who were due to meet Harbour View last night. “This is my second Premier League goal and it feels great because this goal is important to my team because it gives us a lead of eight points above Waterhouse, so even if we lose or draw we still have a good gap above them,” the 17-year-old fourth former explained. The youngster, who scored the winning goal to give JC the Manning Cup ahead of St George’s College, said performances like Sunday night’s will help to fulfil his dream of playing at the collegiate level and/or professionally. “I am looking to either be a professional footballer or to go to college on a scholarship and then play professionally and playing in this league helps me to improve. I was a part of the national Under-17s and I am looking forward to being a part of the national Under-20s. I have been to camp once so far and am looking to more invitations and these can only help,” the humble, but confident teenager said. While schoolboy football is different from playing among grown men, Dawkins said that he is quite at home in the RSPL. “I feel comfortable playing at this level because it helps me to improve and I think I am holding my own. I play against some older guys and I don’t find it difficult. There have been lots of young players playing before me and others who are playing now so it is nothing special or nothing that I cannot deal with,” he said, playing down the significance of his involvement. What made his transition from schoolboy representative to Premier League player even more smooth is the presence of former national representative and current national invitee, Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson and Junior Flemmings, respectively. “Their presence make me feel good because I have been playing with Flemmings since Under-13 level and also schoolboy football at Jamaica College because I am a student at Jamaica College, where he went too. “Playing with Teddy is also special because he is someone who has played professionally and has come back to help out his old club so this is something good. I look up to him and could also learn from him and I want to emulate him by being a professional one day,” the powerfully-built young man said. Standings (ahead of last night’s match between Cavalier and Harbour View) Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay United 26 14 9 3 43 15 28 51 Arnett 25 15 4 6 42 20 22 49 Portmore 25 14 4 7 30 23 7 46 Humble Lion FC 25 9 9 7 22 21 1 36 UWI FC 25 9 7 9 25 34 -9 34 H View 24 8 9 7 29 24 5 33 Boys’ Town 25 8 6 11 28 38 -10 30 Reno 26 7 9 10 25 38 -13 30 Tivoli 25 8 5 12 29 33 -4 29 Cavalier SC 24 7 6 11 18 23 -5
The 10-race programme scheduled for Caymanas Park yesterday had to be abandoned following strike action by unionised workers of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The workers claimed that the action was taken because of the failure of the promoting company to sign off on phase two of a reclassification exercise. More than 150 workers represented by the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) took industrial action minutes after 5 p.m. on Thursday. Normality returned on Friday, but following a lengthy meeting between UTASP general secretary St Patrice Ennis and the management of CTL, the workers resumed their protest. A second meeting with the CTL management late into Friday night failed to resolve the issue. This not only resulted in yesterday’s shutdown, but the February 10 holiday meet, featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy, also hangs in the balance unless there is a breakthrough by Monday, noted CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr. According to Ennis, the workers representing all categories were asked to hold strain last November to ensure that the two major races on the calendar, the November 14 Superstakes and the inaugural staging of the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, were run. “But we waited more than six weeks after for a response from CTL and had to force their hand by taking industrial action on Thursday. “Following the back-to-back meetings on the nights of Thursday and Friday, it came down to CTL signing off on the agreement on benefits to the workers, but were told that neither Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer (CEO) of CTL, nor the company’s human resource manager, Tanya Wilson, both of whom were present (along with CTL’s deputy chairman Andrew Azar) had the authority to sign the document on behalf of the board,” explained Ennis. FIND A SOLUTION With the CTL chairman Chris Brown off the island, it is understood that Azar has been asked by the finance minister to intervene with a view of finding a solution in short order. A CTL source said it will cost the company $28 million to sign off on the deal. Efforts to contact CEO Stewart proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went to voicemail. Meanwhile, the workers were adamant that they would stay off the job until the issue is resolved. This was the position coming out of a meeting yesterday afternoon between Ennis and more than 50 members of staff in the grandstand at Caymanas Park. They shouted ‘No racing! No racing!’ in the presence of Azar on the conclusion of the meeting at 4 p.m.
BATTING FIRST “I was actually looking at something over 200 runs, given that we were batting first, and it was a good pitch to actually bat on,” said Taylor. “I don’t think the batters applied themselves and I hope we go back to the drawing board and come good for the other game.” The result meant that the home team has drawn level 1-1 in the series of five matches, the last three of which will count towards the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship. The Windies Women are currently second in the ICC WC standings on 20 points – 10 behind current ODI World champions Australia Women – and one ahead of England Women. The teams now relocate to Kingston for the final three matches of the series, starting on Friday at Sabina Park. “We want to win all the games … that’s the aim … that’s what we are working towards. We and England are pretty much close, we know it’s not going to be easy. It’s a challenging one, but I definitely think that if we work hard. We will definitely get some points,” said Taylor. “I think we need our two components to go out there and fight for it. We definitely have to bat and bat properly, and bowl and bowl good.” FALMOUTH, Trelawny (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, has praised spinner Afy Fletcher for triggering the batting slide that allowed the regional side to beat England women by 38 runs in the second one-day international (ODI) on Monday. England Women were cruising on 107 for four in the 37th over in pursuit of 149 for victory at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Complex, when Fletcher and Deandra Dottin shared seven wickets to spark a dramatic batting collapse. Leg-spinner Fletcher started the comeback when she plucked out top-scorer Natalie Sciver for 27 in the 37th over and when she trapped Danielle Wyatt lbw for seven in her next over. “Afy Fletcher actually gave us a chance in the game and overall we did well. Afy has grown a lot,” said Taylor. “Working with Mr Ezra Morsely (assistant coach) she has really developed and she is one of my go-to bowlers. Whenever I am in trouble and I need quick wickets, she is the person I can depend on.” Fast-medium bowler Dottin, named Player of the Match, grabbed 4-19 from 6.4 overs and Fletcher collected 3-20 from 10 overs. Dottin and Fletcher ensured the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 17 runs in the space of 45 balls and sent them tumbling from the promise of 93 for three. Earlier, Taylor hit the top score of 56 from 87 balls and was the glue that held her side’s innings together before they were dismissed for 148 from their allotment of 50 overs, after choosing on a hard, slow pitch.
Excelsior High will look to avoid defeat when they face St George’s College in an unfinished ISSA/-FLOW Manning Cup Group A football game at Stadium East today. Match time is 3:30 p.m.The game is a continuation of the abandoned one, following the death of former St George’s College captain, Dominic James, on September 20. James collapsed less than five minutes into the contest and was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies.When the announcement of the player’s death came, Excelsior were leading 2-1 at the half-time break.Now, the teams will do battle for 45 minutes in a crucial encounter to decide the group winner.Excelsior lead on 19 points from seven games, while St George’s have 18 points. With one game remaining in the group, a point for Excelsior will cement their spot at the top.Both teams have already qualified for the Manning Cup second stage, but the battle is also hot for an automatic spot in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup, as well as the Walker Cup KO competition.With all that at stake it should be a gruelling second half and spectators should brace for a hot contest.Excelsior defeated St George’s 2-1 last Friday in their return match at Winchester Park and the latter is fully aware that only a win can put them in a position to defend the FLOW Super Cup, having won last year.Excelsior’s technical director, Xavier Gilbert, says that his team will be mentally ready for this battle.”We know the situation, the players are some mature young men and should be able to manage the game. It is a fresh start and teams lose games in a minute,” Gilbert told The Gleaner yesterday.”I’m sure that St George’s want some sort of revenge following the loss on Friday, in order to win the group. We have to be mentally ready to defend our slim lead,” added Gilbert, a former St George’s College cricket star.Excelsior will rely on senior players such as Thorne Buchanan, Cadine Graham and captain Christopher Thorpe.The Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached St George’s will certainly be in attack mode as only maximum points today will see them winning the group.St George’s will look to players such as new captain Alex Marshall, Hakim Williams, Ronaldo Watson and former Wolmer’s striker Akiki Jackson.CRUCIAL ENCOUNTERIn another crucial encounter, Jonathan Grant High and Haile Selassie High will meet to decide the winner of Group D.Haile Selassie are in front on 24 points, ahead of Jonathan Grant (22), St Catherine (17), Ardenne High (10), Meadowbrook (3) and Pembroke Hall, who are yet to score a point.Haile Selassie, under the guidance of veteran coach Geoffrey Maxwell, have been performing well with eight wins and only one loss. Now, they need a point to top the group.Jonathan Grant must win today’s game in order to march past Haile Selassie and win the group. In the reverse fixture, Haile Selassie edged Jonathan Grant 3-2. Another close and exciting game is expected.Also, St Jago High and Hydel will square off in a key game in Group G. Bridgeport are the group winners after finishing on 23 points from 10 games, followed by St Jago on 19 points from nine games and Hydel on 16 points from nine games.That means Hydel and St Jago are battling for second spot in the group. Hydel need to win against St Jago to move into second spot.Today’s gamesExcelsior vs St George’s College at Stadium EastNorman Manley vs St Mary’s College at Norman Manley HighJonathan Grant vs Haile Selassie at Jonathan Grant HighEdith Dalton James vs Camperdown at Duhaney ParkSt Jago vs Hydel at Spanish Town Prison Oval(All games start at 3:30 p.m.)
REAL CHANCE Western Bureau: On Sunday, Montego Bay United tagged Arnett Gardens 2-0 at Wespow Park. The margin of victory was the same in a rescheduled game yesterday, as the defending champions went to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League table with goals from Jermaine Woozencraft and Dino Williams. But while the attackers produced the goals, it was another outstanding defensive job from former Munro College player Kevon Lambert that caught the eyes of the spectators. He was everywhere and already looked a perfect pairing alongside the more senior centre half Ladale Richie. The opening goal came from midfielder Woozencroft, who was on target in the 36th minute while Williams scored his sixth goal of the campaign in the 62nd minute to give the defending league champions a fourth straight victory. They lead the league with 25 points. UWI FC are second in the standings with 22, Humble Lion are third on 21 while Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens FC round out the top-five with 21 and 20 points, respectively. The champions dominated almost from the start, with Arnett’s only period of dominance coming within the first ten minutes of action. Woozencroft scored the opener when he latched on to a pass that was drilled across goal. Arnett managed to keep the MBU front three, Williams, Allan Ottey and Woozencroft in check, to finish the first half down a goal. MBU never let up on the resumption, but had to wait for a brilliant bit of skill from Williams. With hIS back to goal, Williams flicked the ball between two defenders and slammed past goalkeeper Damion Hyatt to double the lead. Arnett’s only real chance came in the 81st minute when Marvin Morgan forced MBU goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett into a low save. Barrett, who deputised for regular captain Dwayne Ambusley, who sat out the match with a foot injury, told The Gleaner he was happy with how the team performed. “It was a really good performance; we did the job our coach demanded of us, and to be on top of the league standings is really a good achievement going forward,” Barrett said. Arnett’s head coach, Jerome Waite, reasoned that two trips to the Second City in five days took a toll on his players. “I think the travel to Montego Bay twice has hurt us. We looked lethargic at times throughout the match and that is perhaps why,” he said.
KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Caroline Wozniacki has finally made her first Miami Open title match.The part-time Miami resident rallied past second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, meaning the No. 12 seed will play in tomorrow’s championship match against No. 10 Johanna Konta or No. 11 Venus Williams.Wozniacki, playing on Key Biscayne for the 10th time, was clearly the fresher player, as the match went along on an 80-degree sunny afternoon. She wasted three set points in the opening set, then was barely challenged the rest of the way.”I got a good start to the second set and that kind of got me fired up,” Wozniacki said.Wozniacki took 62 of 104 points played in the final two sets, recovering after letting the first set get away. She won the first three games of the second set with Pliskova giving her racket a toss afterward and then controlled the rest of the match.The former world No. 1 went over the $23-million career earnings mark with the win. A win tomorrow would send her to No. 8 in the world.”It’s extremely special,” said Wozniacki, who has been a courtside spectator at some Miami Heat games in recent years. “Having a place here, training here in the off season, playing kind of on home advantage … I’m extremely excited.”
LONDON (AP): With an arm draped around one of his players, Swansea manager Paul Clement walked towards the team’s celebrating fans and held up two of his fingers. Two games to secure English Premier League (EPL) survival. And this relegation battle could go right to the wire. Swansea were the big winners yesterday as the fight to stay in the world’s richest domestic league took more twists across three back-to-back games. After witnessing losses for relegation rivals Crystal Palace and then Hull, Swansea beat Everton 1-0 to climb out of the bottom three for the first time in a month. That’s seven points won from the last three games for the Welsh club that looked in such a mess in late December when it fired American coach Bob Bradley. “It’s one of my proudest moments,” said Clement, a former assistant at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea, who is starting to look the part as a coach in his own right. Last-placed Sunderland are already down. Next-to-last Middlesbrough are set to drop, too, on Monday. It looks to be down to three teams – Palace, Swansea or Hull – for the other relegation place. Mathematically safe Palace have 38 points, Swansea 35, and Hull 34. Next week, Hull visit Palace and Swansea are away to Sunderland. Yesterday, Bournemouth and Stoke clinched another season in the Premier League. Burnley and Watford are all but mathematically safe. Swansea 1 Everton 0 The all-important goal by Fernando Llorente ended up being a stroke of luck. Jordan Ayew floated over a cross from the right and Llorente leapt highest at the far post, bundling the ball home with his left shoulder. For one of the best headers of the ball in the league, it was an ugly but decisive finish. This win for Swansea built on their victory over Stoke and a draw at Manchester United over the last two weeks. Other results: Hull 0 Sunderlands 2; Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0; Burnley 2 West Brom 2; Bournemouth 2 Stoke 2; Leicester 3 Watford 0.