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Team work the key for Schäfer

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia: WINFRIED Schäfer  had credited his team’s unity on and off the pitch for most of what they have achieved at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, following their historic 2-1 win over the United States in Wednesday night’s semi-final. “Our plus is team work and team spirit, and I hope we’ll continue to do the same in Philadelphia,” he admitted. “I remember yesterday (Tuesday) I told you we want more, we want to go to Philadelphia, to the big stadium. I’m very proud of my team for what we did today, from the first minute to the 93rd minute,” he said on Wednesday. “It was very, very difficult because the United States is a physical team with big potential, very, very big potential. The players went over the limit, and I’m very happy about this.” The well-coached Jamaicans are headed to the Gold Cup final for the first time, being the first Caribbean team to make that landmark. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. It was the first Jamaican victory over the US on American soil in 23 clashes between the nations. Their record now stands at two wins, eight draws, and 13 losses. “David won against Goliath and one German won against two German coaches – Klinsmann and Berti Vogts,” Schäfer noted with a laugh. “No, no, no! They’re my friends,” he said. Evidence of the Schäfer’s team working hand in hand played out in the way they controlled key US midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman, which forced the opponents to use the aerial option of many long balls to attack. “Before we played against the States and Haiti, we made an analysis … when number four (Bradley) and number five (Beckerman) go out of the match, this team can only play long passes. When both players are out, it’s easy to win the match,” Schäfer explained. “All these long balls to our defence was easy and we have more space for our counter-attack,” the 65-year-old German further observed. “The players need their (head) for playing, not only running.” The Jamaica squad travelled to Philadelphia yesterday for Sunday’s final against Mexico, who got two penalty goals from AndrÈs Guardado to beat Panama in a hot-tempered second semi-final. “Mexico are one of the best teams in CONCACAF and at the World Cup. They play fantastic football. I like this football, one touch, two touch,” he admitted. “We’re not finished; we have one match more. We cannot make a party now. Bob Marley is after the match.”last_img read more

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Calabar High synthetic track opening delayed

first_imgCalabar High School’s plan to open its new synthetic track at its Founder’s Day ceremony next Wednesday has been pushed back, at least until next month end.The Red Hills Road-based institution will be the first high school in Jamaica with such a track.”The original plan was for the track to be completed in time for our Founder’s Day on September 12, but that has been put back. We are cautiously optimistic that it will be ready next month end,” Principal of Calabar High, Albert Corcho, told The Gleaner yesterday.Corcho said the football field that is already finished will not be in use until the track is completed.”The football field is basically ready, but we will wait until the track is completed before activity is on the field. It is fully grassed as we have a well that pumps water onto the field,” Corcho disclosed.”The synthetic track at Calabar will be the first for a high school in this hemisphere. The work is being done by the same contractors, VSW Regupol, who did the G.C. Foster College track,” he noted.With regards to the financing of the project, it started from a government allocation of $10 million apiece to six high schools. However, Corcho said they needed more funding to complete the project. He was unable to reveal the total cost.”The Sports Development Foundation, through the Government, granted $10 million, and our stakeholders, such as the Old Boys and others, contributed a whole lot of money for the project,” the Principal said.upgraded fieldMeanwhile, coach of Calabar’s Manning Cup football team, Bradley Stewart, says he is hoping that the team would be able to host home games in the preliminary round on the upgraded field.”We would love to play matches on that field, but it is not expected to be in use until the next seven weeks. The track has to be completed before we can use it for games,” Stewart added.”However, we will play on the field with the cricket pitch during the preliminary round of the Manning Cup,” he said.Calabar last won the Manning Cup in 2005 under the guidance of the late David ‘Wagga’ Hunt.Stewart is in the second of a three-year plan to bring back glory to the famed school.”We understand that with a good football field, that can bring glory. We have a three-year plan that started last year with coach Bradley Stewart, so with an improved field, we are expecting good things from all teams at Calabar,” Corcho pointed out.last_img read more

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STETHS tops Fort Lauderdale alumni tournament

first_imgNEW champions were crowned on Monday night following the seventh staging of the Jamaica High School Alumni Football Competition at the Lauderdale Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) turned back defending champion, the Manning’s School 1-0 in the final.The two-day tournament, which was held over the Labour Day weekend, saw 15 teams participating, with Vere Technical the only team that failed to show up for their matches.Competition was very fierce from Sunday’s opening day, where last year’s finalists, Manning’s and Kingston College (KC), went down to 1-0 defeats to Meadowbrook and Old Harbour High, respectively.STETHS sent an early warning with the biggest win on the opening day, hammering St Mary’s College 4-0. They followed up with a 1-0 win over Herbert Morrison, then a 0-0 stalemate with Dinthill.Manning’s bounced back to win their other matches, but KC lost 1-0 to Dinthill in their wild card play-off.Only one Corporate Area school made the quarter-finals, Excelsior.That, however, was as far as they got, as four teams from western Jamaica STETHS, Manning’s, Cornwall College and Rusea’s advanced to the semi-finals. Manning’s stopped Cornwall 1-0, while STETHS profited from two penalties for a 2-0 win over Rusea’s.Tournament MVP and Golden Boot winner Michael Binns, along with former Arnett Gardens player, Jonathan Williams and Akeil Marshall, enabled STETHS to dominate. However, goalkeeper Kevin Williams was brilliant and denied Marshall from the penalty spot, as the half ended goalless.unstoppableIt was all STETHS in the second half as Binns was unstoppable, creating the goal from a solo run as he dribbled by four players before passing to Williams, who fired past the keeper to give his team the winner.Winning coach O’Neil Bloomfield was an elated man.”We are happy for the win as after reaching the quarter-finals and semi-finals over the years, we were determined to go all the way this time around,” said Bloomfield.Losing manager Dirk Brown said: “Congrats to STETHS, they were the better team today.”But missing some key members for the final, due to injuries, cost us,” added Brown.STETHS’ Damian Harriott was voted the best goalkeeper, while Garfade Johnson of Manning’s was voted the best defender.Tournament coordinator Lavern Deer is looking forward to next year’s eighth staging.”I am very impressed with the organisation this time around as this has being the biggest so far in terms of teams and attendance, and this has taken off big time, locally and internationally. We will be starting our plans for next year very early … so that more teams can be involved,” she said.Meanwhile, Dinthill retained the netball title, defeating Mt Alvernia High 21-14 in the final.last_img read more

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Fraser-Pryce welcomes Schippers, Thompson threats

first_imgJamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says this will likely be her final Olympic Games, However, the 29 year old is very excited about the prospect of becoming the first female to win a historic three Olympic 100m gold medals.She is also looking forward to facing the new sensation Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands and other rising stars of the sport.Schippers, the world 200m champion and 100m silver medalist and the fastest woman over 60m this year, has been phenomenal since switching from the heptathlon to the sprints and many are projecting her to be the biggest threat to Shelly’s legacy.However, the Jamaican insists she is not worried about her opponents and even welcomes the challenge, which she anticipates will be her toughest of her three Olympic Games appearance.”Each year, you have persons coming to the forefront, person who will rise and that’s what happened to me (earlier in career). Daphne is a heptathlete, so she is very strong. But I don’t subscribe to reading about my opponents, I don’t follow them to be honest. I keep my head in my training and focus on that,” she told The Gleaner at a luncheon at GraceKennedy yesterday.ADDEDCOMPETITIONFraser-Pryce is expecting the added competition from Schippers as well as her club-mate and World Championships 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson among others will bring female sprinting into the limelight this year.”I am really excited about where female sprinting is right now, the bar has been set, no longer people will sit around waiting on (Justin) Gatlin and (Usain) Bolt. They will look for us and I am looking forward to the challenge. Elaine has done times that not even I have done and it’s exciting just to train with her and that has helped me to know I can do it.”But 2016 is going to be an incredible year for female sprinting and I would love to be a part of that. It will not only be good for them but it’s good for me to have that,” she added.” … I believe this is a testing year, where I will have to more than rise to the occasion. I love those challenges, as I have been Olympic champion twice and three times world champion and that’s a big feat,” said Fraser-Pryce.”So when 2016 comes and everybody ask if I am worried, I am not worried. Challenges make us and if I am to create history by just walking on the track without challenges it wouldn’t be satisfying,” she added.last_img read more

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Warner slams unbeaten 93 as Sunrisers reach IPL final

first_img FOUR FOURS Earlier, Bravo hit a cameo 20 off 10 deliveries with four fours to help Lions get up to 162 for seven off their 20 overs, after they were sent in. Australian Aaron Finch top-scored with 50 off 32 balls while New Zealander Brendon McCullum struggled for 32 off 29 deliveries. Smith, batting at number six, made just one before cutting a long hop from Aussie seamer Ben Cutting to Shikhar Dhawan at point, at 83 for five in the 13th over. Sunrisers will now take on Chris Gayle’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in tomorrow’s final. NEW DELHI, India (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo bowled a poor penultimate over, and Australian star David Warner capitalised, to propel Sunrisers Hyderabad into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with an exciting four-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in the final play-off game here yesterday. Chasing 163 for victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Sunrisers reached their target with four balls to spare, with captain and opener Warner stroking a sublime, unbeaten 93. The game was in the balance with Sunrisers requiring 24 runs at the start of the 19th over but Bravo conceded 19 runs, to squander any advantage Lions had. Up until then, the Trinidadian had bowled superbly to grab two for 13 for his first three overs of medium pace. Bravo scored 18 from 20 balls and picked up two wickets for 14 runs. But Warner smashed the first and fourth deliveries for off-side boundaries as Bravo provided generous room outside off-stump, and Bipul Sharma virtually secured the result when he carted the final delivery of the over for a straight six.With five needed from the last over, Warner punched the first two balls to the square boundary to achieve victory. All told, Warner struck 11 fours and three sixes off 58 balls, an innings that rallied Sunrisers after they slumped to 84 for five in the 13th over.last_img read more

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60m PB for Thompson

first_img   Thompson held off teammate and Olympian  Christania Williams who finished a close second in 7.05. Audra Segree took third in 7.27.     “I didn’t know that I ran that fast and I am extremely pleased. I can’t wait for the Birmingham  Indoor meet next month,”  Thompson said.   Julian Forte topped the men’s event in 6.55 ahead of  Kevean Smith (6.60) Michael Campbell,  third in 6.63. Double Olympic sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, made a smashing start to her 2017 campaign after running a personal best (PB) 7.02 seconds to win the women’s 60 metres at  the  Queen’s Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium this evening.last_img read more

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ONE: Suzuki makes quick work of PH’s Pacio

first_imgSuzuki had early control of the match and eventually slapped a rear-naked choke on Pacio as the Filipino tapped out 3:17 into the first round.Pacio was supposed to vie for the title once more, after losing his first championship match against Yoshitaka Naito, in the event of a win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hayato Suzuki vs Joshua Pacio. in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Hayato Suzuki derailed Joshua Pacio’s title aspirations after scoring a quick victory in their strawweight clash in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese is still undefeated and improved to 17-0-2 while Pacio slipped to 9-2 and his second loss in three fights.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Maliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater Carmelo Anthony (7)  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)After laughing off a reporter’s query as to whether he’s willing to come off the bench for his new team, Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem sliding to the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.The team’s head coach, Billy Donovan, recently made it known that the 33-year-old superstar would indeed be filling in at the four position full-time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I have no problem with playing the four,” Anthony, who mostly suited up at small forward for much of his 14-year NBA career, told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better.”Although he has never considered himself a typical “stretch four,” the 10-time NBA All-Star said he’s used to playing the position, citing his earlier years with the Denver Nuggets as an example.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’ve been playing the four almost all my career,” he added. “Even in Denver…we kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the four, picking up the pace. We kind of started that.”The move comes as no shock to most fans, as the Thunder also managed to land superstar Paul George in the off season, who would likely take up the small forward slot. Anthony’s strong physique would also help ease his transition better, as George was not really fond of playing the four during some stretches when he was with the Indiana Pacers.Still, Anthony relishes the chance to play for a legitimate contender and credits today’s “position-less” basketball for allowing him to pair up with both George and Russell Westbrook.“Now, it’s just whoever,” he said. “You have two-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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GALLERY: F2 Logistics captures PSL Grand Prix crown

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Perez dedicates PSL title, MVP award to fallen brother Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net,ADVERTISEMENT SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

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Blazers clip Tamaraws to remain unbeaten in Filoil

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde remained unbeaten in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup after slipping past Far Eastern University, 80-73, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Justin Gutang powered the Blazers with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals to improve to 3-0 in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Ursula slightly weakens, expected out of PAR by Saturday PLAY LIST 05:52Typhoon Ursula slightly weakens, expected out of PAR by Saturday00:50Trending Articles02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo02:14Carpio 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The scores:ST. BENILDE 80 — Gutang 27, Leutcheu 13, Dixon 12, Naboa 9, Haruna 7, Pasturan 5, Domingo 4, Carlos 3, Young 0, Belgica 0, Velasco 0, Pagulayan 0.FEU 73 — Tolentino 16, Comboy 10, Tuffin 9, Ebona 8, Cani 7, Escoto 5, Bayquin 5, Orizu 4, Parker 3, Inigo 3, Bienes 3, Ramirez 0, Nunag 0, Stockton 0.Quarters: 22-17, 38-39, 56-57, 80-73.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Balkman comes full circle, rejoins Beermen in PBA Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu also pumped 13 points, 14 boards, and four assists, while Edward Dixon got 12points and four rebounds in the win.St. Benilde took advantage of FEU’s erratic offense, turning the Tamaraws’ 21 turnovers to 23 points in its favor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownArvin Tolentino paced FEU with 16 points on 3-of-9 shooting from three, on top of nine rebounds, while Wendell Comboy got 10.The Tamaraws suffered their first defeat in the summer tournament after winning their first three games. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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