Wenger irate with critics, threatens media walk-out

January 20, 2020

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first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed continued criticism of his team selection as “very, very, very, very boring” and threatened to walk out of a news conference yesterday when questioned about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.Arsenal lost 3-2 to Olympiakos on Tuesday when stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina dropped a corner over the line and the defence then conceded a third goal immediately after the hosts equalised.Wenger yesterday launched an impassioned defence of both his team and decision to select Ospina ahead of Petr Cech as he faced questions ahead of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier match against Manchester United.”You come to the game, you judge the game, and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that. I accept your judgment of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions,” Wenger said. “I make the decision that is right on the day, and I am accountable for the results of my team and the way we play football. … If you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.”When pressed to respond to Mourinho’s comment that there was only one Premier League manager not under pressure, Wenger curtly replied: “Look! Stop that story or we stop the press conference.”As he marked 19 years as manager, the 64-year-old Wenger hit back at the sweeping criticism, having not won the Premier League since 2004. The team is three points behind leaders United after seven games.”I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very, very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that,” Wenger said. “If you have any interesting questions for Sunday’s game, I can answer, but apart from that, let’s not come back always to the same story.”Wenger was frustrated at what he sees as a lack of proper match analysis by the media.”One pundit says something on television and all behind that they repeat exactly the same thing. It is quite boring because nobody came out with numbers of this game where the game was won and lost,” Wenger said. “It is quite depressing to read that and to hear that – to all come just to the same conclusion and not to have watched well what has gone on on the pitch.”In injury news, centre back Laurent Koscielny is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks with a hamstring problem picked up against Olympiakos. Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini remain out.last_img read more


MoBay snatch late equaliser in Arnett thriller in Red Stripe Premier League

January 20, 2020

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay United goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is again coming under fire from the club’s supporters after his two mistakes gifted Arnett Gardens two goals in a dramatic 2-2 draw in Monday Night’s Red Stripe Premier League football match at Montego Bay Sports Complex. Arnett Gardens rallied from a goal down after Dino Williams netted his league-leading ninth goal of the season in just the second minute of the match. With Monday’s result, MBU are on 18 points, two clear of second-place Portmore United, while Arnett Gardens moved a spot up from fifth to fourth with 14 points after nine matches. The game took a turn in the 71st minute when Barrett raced out of his area to clear a through pass intended for Kemal Malcolm. The midfielder got his foot to the ball first and lobbed it into an open net. The Junglists’ second goal was shocking. Barrett again was brought into the centre of the action as he failed to save at his near post off a Marcelino Blackburn left-sided free kick that was lifted over the wall, giving Arnett a 2-1 lead at the 85th minute. The home team would have the final say in a match that swung from end to end. O’Wayne Gordon, having perhaps his most complete game in the MBU shirt, fired in a stunning free kick of his own in the 88th minute to spark frantic celebrations among supporters in the grandstand. A clearly upset MBU head coach, Tim Hankinson, suggested the game was theirs to win. “Any time you’re building points, whether one or three, it’s progress, it keeps you moving up the ladder and puts some distance between us and the other teams. But the way we played the first half, we should have capitalised on some of those chances,” said Hankinson. Monday Night’s Result Tomorrow’s games – Montego Bay United 2 Arnett Gardens 2 SECOND-STRING KEEPER “Not getting two goals going into the half meant that we were going to have a rough second half, and against such a good team, you have to put away your chances,” he said. Hankinson said that while Barrett continues to accumulate mistakes in the goal, second-string keeper Romaine Bowers has little experience at this level and must be eased into any possible starting role. “There were mistakes tonight. There is no doubt about it, and we have a very capable keeper in Bowers on the bench, but he has very little experience – only one game at this level – and you have to bring him along properly,” reasoned Hankinson. “I think, however, he (Bowers) will get his chance in the game Thursday against Waterhouse, where we expect to grab another three points and further separate ourselves from the others in the league,” said Hankinson. Today’s games – 3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Reno vs Cavalier SC at Frome Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre – 7 p.m. Harbour View vs UWI FC at Harbour View Stadium – 6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Parklast_img read more


Gayle sparkles but Renegades beaten

January 20, 2020

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first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Marquee West Indies opener Chris Gayle extended his decent form in the Big Bash League, but his Melbourne Renegades crashed to a ten-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday.The left-handed Gayle stroked 41 off 35 balls to help Renegades up to 170 for four off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Docklands Stadium.He struck two fours and three sixes and put on 98 off 68 deliveries for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who slammed 72 off 48 balls with six fours and three sixes. Gayle was one of two wickets to fall in the 12th over off successive deliveries, but Finch and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who hit 35 from 25 balls, added a further 47 for the third wicket to keep the innings afloat.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 14 from ten balls at the death.In reply, captain Michael Klinger smashed an unbeaten 90 from 58 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while opening partner Shaun Marsh cracked 76 not out off 54 deliveries, as Scorchers motored to their target in the penultimate over.Medium pacer Bravo went wicket-less from his four overs, which cost 35 runs.last_img read more


‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

January 20, 2020

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more


Tennis Jamaica disputes Azar’s claims

January 20, 2020

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first_imgTennis Jamaica have responded to comments made by John Azar published in yesterday’s Gleaner.In the article, Azar contended that he was legitimately elected in the abandoned election and described the over-voting as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process.In a response via press release, Tennis Jamaica president, John Bailey, said the association “remains committed to proper governance of the association and an electoral process that is transparent and fair”.It also said it rejected Azar’s accusations.”With regards to the disputed ballots, neither Mr Azar nor the administration of Tennis Jamaica is in a position to establish which ballots were compromised, as the exercise was based on secret ballots that were not marked for identification purposes.”It added that affidavits from persons purporting to vote for Azar would be inadequate replacements for ballots that may be in dispute.”Persons may, for their own benefit, give incorrect or untruthful responses after the fact.”The releases added: “It is in the pursuit of this, that – after consultation with our board and taking advice from competent persons – we decided to go the route of holding fresh elections to secure a new administration, following the last exercise on November 19, 2015 which had to be terminated due to the action of some unscrupulous members. This, amid the fact that the methodology used then to govern the elections was the usual.”On that occasion, conducting a re-vote was not possible as the meeting had broken down and a number of members had left the premises.”Tennis Jamaica asserted that the current approach is one that it believed would satisfy the requirements of all “well-thinking members of the association and persons who love the sport of tennis.The release added that Tennis Jamaica had secured the services of Jamaica Olympic Association to organise and administer the fresh elections set for March “in a way to remove any doubt as to the integrity of the proposed elections”.last_img read more


JC captain targets Rio

January 20, 2020

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first_imgWhen the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships get under way tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the preliminary round of the boys’ Class One long jump, O’Brien Wasome of Jamaica College (JC) will have two targets. As captain of his school team, Wasome will be expecting to advance to the final and to repeat his 2015 victory. He will also be chasing a big goal: a place on the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. To reach that goal, he needs to long-jump 8.15 metres, or further, before the period for seeking qualifying marks ends on July 11. If that were to happen at Championships, it would take him well past the Class One record of 7.87 metres set by Leon Gordon of Vere Technical High in 1993. It’s a task that isn’t daunting for the outgoing JC senior. “I’m looking forward to making the Olympic team,” he said with quiet assurance before a recent training session. He would also need to earn selection through his performance at the National Senior Championships. “My training is going good, so I’m putting in all the work,” said the Ruel James-coached athlete. Signs of the quality of his preparation came at the recent Carifta Trials, where he won the under-20 long jump with a distance of 7.59 metres. That is his best of the season so far. Wasome won both the Class One long jump and triple jump last year and is aiming to repeat. “I’m looking forward to breaking the long jump and triple jump records,” he said. The triple jump record belongs to his teammate, Clayton Brown, at 16.04 metres. Wasome won with a wind-aided jump of 16.24m but had a legal effort of exactly 16 metres. His 2015-winning long jump of 7.71 metres places him in joint second place on the all-time Champs performance list, with Neil Gardner of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Maurice Wignall of Calabar. They were second and third with jumps of 7.71 and 7.68 metres, respectively, when Gordon set the record in 1993. Wignall produced a 7.71m of his own at Boys’ Championships in 1994. One of Wasome’s prime rivals may miss the five-day Championship. Alrick Ottey of Cornwall College did the Class One long/triple jump double at Western Championships and produced a big jump of 7.46 metres on grass at the STETHS Invitational. However, he was injured at the Carifta Trials in the triple jump.last_img read more


U-17s outclassed once again

January 20, 2020

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first_imgJamaica’s Under-17 team was blanked 3-0 by their Canadian counterparts in the first of their two friendly matches at Winchester Park, North Street, Kingston, yesterday. The young Reggae Boyz, who are preparing for the CONCACAF final round in Panama next April to May, lost their previous two practice games to the United States, going down 3-0 and 4-0 in two matches earlier this month. Yesterday, the Andrew Edwards-coached team went behind courtesy of Jordon Faria’s 16th-minute strike. Alphonso Davies put the visitors 2-0 up after 37 minutes, and Yohan Lebourhis sealed the win for the visitors with another goal on 47 minutes. The young Jamaicans will face the Canadians in the second game of their two-match series tomorrow at UWI Bowl at 3 p.m.last_img read more


Beckford launches book on sport and tourism

January 20, 2020

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first_imgCarole Beckford has written a new book to showcase the potential of Jamaica as an opportunity for business and sports tourism.The book, titled Jamaica Is In – Sport and Tourism, is Beckford’s second and was launched on Thursday night at an official book signing held at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) on Trafalgar Road. The function was attended by various leading figures in sports, business and tourism.Beckford said that she had been working on the book for eight years.”The motivation to write the book was really to ensure that Jamaica and the Caribbean can capitalise on sports tourism – a very important aspect of our economic development,” she said. “I think, over the years, we have depended on talent, but I think there’s actually a business model that we can use and I think this book kind of chronicles some ideas that people can put to good use.”Beckford said that it was not difficult to publish because of her years of experience working in sport. This includes her time spent as a sports publicist, broadcaster, writer, blogger and lecturer.”The book says to me that the door is open for business to happen in sport in Jamaica,” Dahlia Harris, Beckford’s friend and master of ceremonies at the launch, said.Milton Samuda, past chairman of JAMPRO, is one of the book’s endorsers. He says that the book brings attention to the importance of branding in sports.BRANDING OF SPORTS”This book says the business of and the branding of sports and also the branding of individual sportsmen and sportswomen is something we need to pay attention to,” he said.Beckford said that an online version will be released next month and her aim for both formats is to reach not only local readers but also members of the Jamaican diaspora.”From the first one, I think I’ve done pretty well in terms of schools and colleges, centrally into the diaspora areas: New York, Miami, around the Caribbean, and so on,” she said.Beckford said this is not her last publication as she will be working on a third book in the future, but she would not give any hints, except to say ‘it will be about sports, but I won’t tell you what about sports’.last_img read more


Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury

January 19, 2020

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first_imgMOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody 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 Curry, 27, is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. He enters the final season of a two-year deal worth $6 million after averaging 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game last season for Dallas, all career highs.He connected on 48.1 percent of his shots from the court, 42.5 percent from 3-point range, as the Mavericks went 33-49, finishing eight games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSeth Curry had prior NBA stops with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings before joining the Mavericks. /cbb Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img Seth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks waits to enter the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of NBA champion Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, will be sidelined indefinitely with a left leg injury, the Mavericks announced Saturday.The expected Mavericks backcourt starter has suffered a left tibia stress reaction and will be re-evaluated in a week, the club holding out hope he can be ready when the new season opens in just under two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Ladies first In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings

January 19, 2020

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first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him.“I gotta be much better,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT James and his teammates practiced the past two days while searching for answers following a horrific performance on Saturday against Oklahoma City. With Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony combining for 88 points, the Thunder put up 148 against the Cavaliers, whose defensive ineptitude has raised questions about their title legitimacy.Coach Tyronn Lue didn’t show his team film from the game, but James watched it to try to decipher what went wrong.“A lot of bad things,” he said. “We had some good things offensively. We almost scored 130 ourselves. But defensively we had a lot of breakdowns and a lot of things we gotta clean up.”There’s a pile of alarming issues right now, but James isn’t overreacting.“I’m not a red-flag guy. I’m not a concerned guy,” he said. “I’m a guy that thinks it’s going to get better. That’s just who I am.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “That hasn’t changed,” said James, who enters Tuesday’s game against the Spurs seven points shy of 30,000. “As a leader, the leader of this franchise, I have to do more, especially out on the floor. I have to pick it up for other guys and I haven’t been able to do that as of late. It’s not about them, it’s about me.”One of the reasons for James’ sinking stats is that he’s been trying to incorporate guard Isaiah Thomas into Cleveland’s offense. The All-Star has played seven games since returning from a hip injury that sidelined him since May, and he and James are still learning to work together.Thomas is most comfortable initiating offensive sets with the ball, and James has been sacrificing early touches in the 24-second shot clock to accommodate his teammate.James knows the Cavs need to get Thomas — and Derrick Rose, back from an ankle injury — up to speed. It’s taking time, and it’s going to require patience — and maybe some pain.“It’s a challenge that I’m willing to make and willing to do,” James said. “It’s definitely a fine line for me personally, but I’m willing to see if it works well for us or if it doesn’t work well for us.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Arsenal, United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As Cleveland has staggered to a 3-9 record since it lost at Golden State on Christmas and fallen behind Boston and Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings, its decline has run parallel to a statistical drop-off by James, who was considered the front-runner in the MVP race before the calendar changed to 2018.“My numbers are down, the team’s numbers are down and we’re not playing well, so obviously it’s a direct correlation of all of those things,” James said Monday before the team traveled to San Antonio. “I could care less about me individually, but when I’m not playing to my standard and we’re losing, then I have to do a better job as well, so I gotta figure that out, too.”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 folkOver his last 12 games, James is averaging 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 4.4 turnovers. He is making 21 percent of his 3-pointers this month after knocking down 35 percent of his shots behind the arc in December. The 14-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time champion has failed to reach 20 points in four of Cleveland’s past nine games after scoring fewer than 20 in five of the club’s first 36 games.Everything with the Cavaliers starts and ends with the 33-year-old James.last_img read more