Cavalier’s attacking midfielder Chevone ‘Messi’ Marsh, who impressed at the schoolboy and Red Stripe Premier League levels, is set to jet off to a two-month trial stint with top flight Finnish outfit Kuopian Palloseura, having impressed club scouts two months ago. Twenty-two year-old Marsh represented Calabar High as a schoolboy and made his debut at Cavalier at age 11 in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) under-15 league. He has also featured for the club at the under-17 and KSAFA Super League levels. The tricky midfielder has developed over the last four years into one of the most talented players in the Red Stripe Premier League. Despite Cavalier’s relegation this season, club boss Rudolph Speid said his charge is one of the most destructive midfield players and deserves to take his career to the next level. “The fact that Messi (Chevone Marsh) was called up to the national team as one of four players to play in our premier league, alone says that he has impressed a lot of persons,” said Speid He explained that scouts were impressed with Marsh, and backs the player to continue impressing and making his mark. “I am pleased for him. He has been our longest serving player and I can only hope for the best for him because he has the potential to excel,” continued Speid, while stressing “he is one of the most destructive players in the premier league”. Meanwhile, in an email correspondence, Jarmo Heiskanen, managing director of Kuopion Palloseura, confirmed that his club would like to invite the Jamaican for a football trial from April 30 through to July 2 this year. The club has played in Finland’s top flight for 50 seasons and claimed five league titles, two Finnish Cup titles and one Finnish League Cup title. It is also called KuPS, and has finished runners-up in the league nine times and claimed a number of junior titles.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s players are getting ready for another big party – and this time the fans are invited.Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.On Saturday, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester’s atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan’s name to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football’s biggest prize.FEEL-GOOD TALESThe Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy’s rise from playing non-league football to being English champions in the space of five years. Morgan’s backstory is also one to gladden the heart, too.The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club’s fitness staff.He became a mainstay of Forest’s team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only got his first taste of top-flight football at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.Leicester will be presented with the trophy after tomorrow’s match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan said. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it.”There’s another treat for Leicester fans tomorrow: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before the game, honouring a commitment he gave to Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester went on to win the Premier League.Leicester, 5,000-1 long shots for the title at the start of the season, have achieved the unthinkable with two games still to play. For many other teams in the Premier League, there’s still plenty at stake.RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUELeicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe’s top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, and they meet at City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal and City.
SAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio improved to 26-0 on home court this season by beating Orlando 107-92 on Monday night, led by a season-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs edged within four games of Golden State Warriors in the fight over the top seed in the NBA Western Conference. They also stayed four games ahead of Oklahoma City, who beat Washington, thanks to a triple double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season as the Thunder won 114-98. Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and got the best of his match-up with Washington point guard John Wall. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Thunder, who have won 11 of 12. Among other key results, Cleveland were forced to overtime at Indiana, but notched a fifth straight win, 111-106. Atlanta defeated Dallas 112-97 to move into a virtual tie with Miami for top spot in the Southeast Division. San Antonio’s Aldridge shot nine for 13 from the field to pace the Spurs. Australian Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going three for four on three-pointers. San Antonio found their defensive footing late in the third quarter to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Cavaliers won in overtime at Indiana. LeBron James had 24 points – but only seven after half-time – with 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers extended their lead in the Central Division to nine games and won in Indiana for the first time in six years.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP): Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, returning Azarenka to the world’s top 10 for the first time since August 2014. Clearly the crowd favourite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on a 918 (328C) day in the California desert, while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket. Trailing 5-1, Williams won three straight games and held two break points on Azarenka’s serve in the last game. But Williams ended the match with three straight errors. It was Azarenka’s first victory over the top-ranked Williams since the Cincinnati final in August 2013. She will move up seven spots to No. 8 in the WTA Tour rankings today. Azarenka, who won here in 2012, hit just 10 winners and had 20 unforced errors in the two-hour match. She connected on 60 per cent of her first serves and broke Williams’ serve three times. Williams converted just one of 12 break chances. Williams was back at Indian Wells after ending her 14-year boycott last year, and the crowd, including Queen Latifah, was eager to support her. One fan held up a sign reading, “Go Serena. We straight outta Compton,” in a nod to the gang-infested Los Angeles suburb where the Williams sisters learnt to play tennis. But there was none of Williams’ trademark fist-pumping and screams of “Come on!” She hit just 22 winners. Azarenka and Williams met for the 21st time in their careers, with Williams now owning a 17-4 edge. The only player she has faced more in her career is older sister Venus, who watched grim-faced from a box after losing early in her return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001. Williams was warmly welcomed back last year only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semi-final. She got emotional while accepting the runner-up trophy, tears welling in her eyes, after tournament officials thanked her and Venus for ending their boycotts. “Thank you so much for the cheers,” Williams said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.” Azarenka was gracious in victory, thanking Williams for her hard work that motivated the Belarussian to raise her game. Williams playfully stuck out her tongue as she walked past Azarenka posing with the winner’s crystal trophy on her way off the court.
Bolt, Fraser-Pryce miss out on Laureus awardsBERLIN, Germany (CMC):Three-time winner, Usain Bolt, missed out on a fourth Laureus Sportsman-of-the-Year Award as Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic repeated as winner for a second straight year here yesterday.The 29-year-old Bolt was one of four athletes up for the award but lost out to Djokovic, who won three of the four grand slams last year on the ATP Tour last year, to clinch his third Laureus Award overall.Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi and British Formula One ace, Lewis Hamilton, also missed out.Jamaican Bolt is the reigning World champion in both the 100 and 200 metres, having once again dominated at the Beijing World Championships last August.He is preparing for the defence of his sprint titles at the Rio Summer Olympics.American Serena Williams, meanwhile, captured the Sportswoman-of-the-Year Award, defeating Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American footballer Carli Lloyd.WI snub PCB offerLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):West Indies will play all their games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as scheduled after turning down an offer from the host board to contest the two Twenty20 Internationals here. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan, said they had requested the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) play the two games here, but the Caribbean body had declined on the basis of security concerns.International cricket has not been played here since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus en route to a game, killing seven policemen and injuring several players.”We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort, but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused saying they have security fears, so the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates,” Khan was quoted as saying.The Windies are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-day internationals and the two T20s later this year in September and October.
With the threat of Hurricane Matthew having ended on a positive note, yesterday’s mid-week programme, which was cancelled by CTL on Monday, has been revived by the promoters and will; be run off today.The well-supported 10-race programme, which commences a 12:40 p.m, features three trophy races. These are the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over 1500 metres for the Fontainbleu Trophy, the Cecil C. Charlton Memorial Trophy over 1,300 metres for $500,000 – $550,000 claiming horses and the Monica Todd Memorial Cup over 2,000 metres for $180,000 claimers.The focus of attention will definitely be on the Fontainbleu Trophy to be contested by seven starters, all of whom are enjoying good form.Included in the line-up are the consistent 7-y-o gelding PHINEAS, who shoulders joint topweight of 57.0kg with TRADITIONAL PRINCE.MORE EFFECTIVEOver this trip, however, PHINEAS is definitely the more effective, and with trainer Andrew McDonald calling up in-form rider Robert Halledeen, the son of Distorted – Winning Spirit will not go down easily.PHINEAS has won twice from five starts this season, and having finished a good third to BRAWN in the recent Saint Cecelia Cup, is in good nick for this race. With the genuine speedsters FORCE D JOUR, MOM’S STUDENT and SIR BUDGET expected to ensure a hot early pace, things should be set up nicely for PHINEAS, who won’t be far off entering the straight.This is a horse who beat none other than Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM by a head last November in the CTL Invitational Mile, and with those credentials, gets the nod over MOM’S SECRET and HOVER CRAFT.Other firm fancies on the card are the well-forward 2-y-o debutante FEARLESS SAMURAI in her first race, GIRLY GIRLY LINKS in the fourth, COLORS OF WAR over DR TRAIN in the Monica Todd Memorial Cup and SCOOP JORDYNE to score an overdue win in the Cecil C. Charlton Memorial Trophy to be contested by nine starters.
KCNK’s charity golf tournament The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) will be hosting its 17th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, November 12, at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The theme for this year’s tournament is ‘Tee Off for Charity with KCNK – Follow Through For Kids with Sickle Cell’. Part proceeds from the tournament will be used to increase awareness of this ailment and improve the lives of those who currently suffer from its impact. This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford Tournament, with a start time of 7 a.m. This annual charity golf tournament has become a major event on the Jamaica Golf Association’s calendar. Tournament director is David Mais. Phoenix Lodge charity golf The annual Phoenix Lodge charity golf tournament is on today at the Constant Spring Golf Club. Tee times are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The format of the tournament is based on an 18-hole individual stableford of 7/8 handicap in four flights. It’s open to men, senior men, super seniors, ladies, and juniors. Trophies and prizes include weekends for two, Caribbean Airlines tickets, and electronics. Entry fee is $4,000. Part proceeds from this year’s tournament will aid the National Children’s Home, the Port Royal Basic School, the Port Royal Scholarship Fund, and the Caribbean Maritime Institute Scholarships. Dean Martin Memorial Swim Classic The 2016 Dean Martin Memorial AB Long Course Swim Classic is now on at the National Aquatic Centre. Session two for 10 and under takes place this morning at 8:30, while session three for 11 and over (CARIFTA Age Group) begins at 1 p.m. The event is the season opener for the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica in which swimmers will be looking to make their CARIFTA cuts and measure themselves against international counterparts using the 2013-2019 Motivational Age Group Time Standards. These time standards are designed to encourage age-group swimmers to step their swimming up to the next level. Obtaining a time in the AA category will get a swimmer selected to train for the national development squad. CARIFTA 2017 will be held from April 12-16 next year in The Bahamas.
Newton Sterling’s 85th-minute strike saved Arnett Gardens from a third successive defeat in the Red Stripe Premier League at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday.The 2014-2015 champions, who were still smarting from back-to-back 2-0 defeats to champion Montego Bay, were 1-0 down to Reno at the Tony Spaulding Complex on Jashane Foster’s 16th-minute penalty.Sterling, who came into the game 15 minutes from the end, to loud protests from fans, silenced his critics with a towering header in the 85th minute and gave the hosts their first point in three outings.The 32-year-old striker was not distracted by the fans’ protests.He told The Gleaner that he has been representing Arnett for ten seasons now and he has never focused on the fans as he is just doing his job.”To be honest, I don’t have a reaction towards it (fans) because it’s my job to score goals. I am sorry I couldn’t get two. But what spectators say does not matter to me because you have some saying Sterling must play and you have others saying no, so it’s neither here nor there for me. I am just doing my job,” he said.However, he was pleased to help stop the team’s two-game slide.DIFFERENCES TO BE SEEN SOON”We couldn’t afford to get another one (defeat) today. The two defeats were rough. We had a draw today, so that was a positive. Hopefully, we can build on this. We had some issues that took a toll on the team, but we should have a full week, and you should see some differences in the Tivoli game next Sunday,” he added.Reno went ahead after 16 minutes when goalkeeper Damion Hyatt cut down Afiba Chambers in the box and Foster dispatched the penalty.After the break, Arnett pinned their opponents inside their half, but wasted good chances to score. Sterling’s impact was immediate when he came on as he nearly set up Ranike Anderson and then headed a cross just wide. But five minutes from time, there was nothing Reno could do when the big striker climbed above the defence to head home Lloyd’s cross.Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said the situation was best suited for Sterling to come in when he did.”Supporters are going to have their say because they are coaches from the stands, but based on how the game was going, we thought that Sterling’s six feet four inches height would make a difference,” he said.Meanwhile, UWI (26) beat Waterhouse (11) 1-0 to move to the top of the league again, ahead of last night’s late game between Harbour View and Montego Bay United.Jamalco (13) picked up their first win in nine matches with a 2-1 win over Maverley-Hughenden (13). Tivoli (23) climbed two places to third after a 4-0 hammering of Boys’ Town (7), who remained at the bottom. The game between Humble Lion (21) and Portmore (21) was blown off at half-time because of a waterlogged field.
Today’s Games: The Omar Edwards-coached and Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson-inspired team is still smarting from the 0-4 whipping they suffered at the hands of leaders UWI. With designs of getting into the semi-finals and even winning the title still very much in their minds, no further slips can be afforded. Waterhouse and Harbour View are more comfortable than the trio of Boys’ Town, Maverley-Hughenden and Jamalco, but they cannot afford to take anything for granted as they are not yet out of the woods. Of them, Waterhouse are the only team not to have lost in their last five games, but sit just four points above the relegation zone. Harbour View have found themselves back on the losing trail – dropping four in a row of their last five. Today’s away game to Waterhouse could be a statement game for them. At the other end of the table, leaders UWI will seek to get the better of Reno as they look to confirm their place in the championship play-off stage. Reno, on the other hand, with two games in hand are still eyeing that sixth-position despite being 10 points off Arnett Gardens. “It is a big, big game. I told my players that this is probably our biggest game of the season. We have to leave the Wembley Centre of Excellence with three points, and that is our objective. Today will be a test of that when they play away to 10th-placed and fellow relegation battlers Jamalco in one of five games on today. They showed quality to lift themselves up from a 4-0 hammering at the hands of a ruthless Portmore United on Monday night to draw 0-0 with leaders UWI, who themselves were coming off a 4-0 hammering of Tivoli Gardens. Boys’ Town also managed to register a recent 2-1 away win over Harbour View, but have not managed to register a series of positive results. A win for Boys’ Town, now on 20 points, would elevate them to three points behind Jamalco and one behind Maverley-Hughenden if the form book plays true, as the latter are expected to fall to Tivoli Gardens. Another positive for Boys’ Town is that they have a game in hand. Jamalco have registered just one win in their last five games for a total of three points, but of note is the fact that that win was achieved at their home ground – a good sign for them. Boys’ Town only went a point better as they had three losses, one win and a draw. As for Maverley-Hughenden, they will be going up against Tivoli Gardens at the wrong time. NO FURTHER SLIPS – 3:00.p.m.: Maverley-Hughenden FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC – Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Jamalco FC vs Boys Town FC – Wembley Centre of Excellence – 6:00 p.m.: Waterhouse FC vs Harbour View FC – Drewsland Stadium – 3:30 p.m. UWI FC vs Reno FC – UWI Bowl, Mona BIG, BIG GAME Tomorrow’s Game: – 8:00 p.m.: Montego Bay United FC vs Humble Lion FC – Catharine Hall Stadium Boys’ Town have made the bottom place in the Red Stripe Premier league their own all season and many have pronounced them dead, while others have gone a step further by closing the coffin of relegation on them. The Red Brigade, as they were known in their heyday, were notorious fighters, and they will need to summon those qualities and add to that some consistency if they are to survive. Their coach, Andrew Price, is of the view that talks of relegation are premature. “My personal view is that we will survive. We have seven games to go and it is my view that if we win four of them, we will still be in the league next season,” said Price, adding that most of those games will be against teams in the lower half of the table and once his team gets the better of those closest to his, they will be out of the danger zone. Today’s game, he said, is probably their biggest of the season.
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES “The JPA is about creating opportunities from its limited resources for Jamaica’s para-athletes and is focused on their personal and athletic development. Therefore, Hudson’s appearance at the Grand Prix is a testimony to our commitment to the success of Jamaica’s Para Sport.” The Brazilian Paralympic Centre is a multi-sport facility which opened its doors in May, 2016. The 2017 the Youth Para Pan American Games was held in the centre, which saw Jamaica’s two athletes, Jason Brown and Tevaughn Thomas, winning three medals – one silver and two bronze – respectively. When Paralympian Shane Hudson steps on to the track tomorrow at the brand-new Brazilian Paralympic Centre, the home of the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix, it will be a historic day for the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA). It will be the first time that a local paralympian athlete will be competing in a Grand Prix meet staged by the International Paralympic Committee. Hudson will be competing in the Class T47 200m and 400m events and will be using the meet to assess his preparation for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London in July. “I am ready. So far, training has been going well, and I am optimistic going into the World Para Athletics Championships in London,” Hudson said ahead of the meet. Last month, Hudson opened the season with a 49.10 clocking in the 400m and if that is an indication of his state of readiness for London, then he should certainly be in the finals with a very good chance of a podium appearance. Sport administrator Richard Shaw is the manager of the team to the Grand Prix meet and massage therapist, Rushane Sterling, completes the three-man delegation. JPA president, Christopher Samuda, is pleased with the association’s accomplishment.