Top local netball coach Winston Nevers says if the Sunshine Girls intend to get on par with world champions Australia and number two New Zealand, there are three areas they must work on. The many-time national champion coach said the Jamaicans’ shortcomings at the just-concluded Netball World Cup in Australia, where they finished fourth and without a medal, were glaring, and they must reinforce these three areas if they are serious about making that next step. “They need to work on three areas. They need to work on the height in the mid court; we need to be uniform right across the court, not only in the defensive and the shooting area, but we need to have height in our mid court,” he stressed of the Sunshine Girls, who were beaten 66-44 by England in the bronze-medal match at the Netball World Cup at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, yesterday. need to shoot “Then we need to start shooting as we get inside the circle. If you look at the other teams, as they get one pass inside the circle, they shoot. We make three and four passes inside the circle, and then shoot right underneath the post. But we don’t have to go underneath the post to shoot,” he insisted. “Their percentage of converted passes in the circle and the percentage of winning the ball is higher than ours because we make more passes (in the shooting arc), and they make less passes. So we need to work on distant shooting inside the circle,” he added. The Sunshine Girls’ biggest downfall against the major teams was their inability to stay focused and maintain their standard of play for four quarters. The women play for three quarters, but always have a bad period (mainly the third quarter) from which they mostly never recover. Nevers emphasised the need for the team to concentrate for the entire game. “We need to work on our concentration level, because we are not concentrating right through a 60-minute match. “When I went into the national programme that was what I was going to work on, especially the concentration and the shooting, but I only spent three weeks. But if we had worked on those three areas, we could have beaten them (big teams),” he commented.
LONDON (AP): Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth yesterday, while Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said there was “not any reason” for him to resign despite a 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending his team’s winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top – for 24 hours at least – with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean-sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturday. Arsenal are a point clear of second-place Leicester and four points above Tottenham and Manchester City. Leicester can replace Arsenal at the top by beating City today. “We were focused from the start,” Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger said. “It took us a while to get going, but (we) were in control of the game and did very well.” UNITED’S ATTACKING DISPLAY At Old Trafford, United produced an attacking display against Chelsea to end their four-match losing run, but missed good chances for a first league win since November 21, against Watford. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial hit the crossbar and the post, while Thibaut Courtois denied Ander Herrera from point-blank range, and Wayne Rooney missed from six yards late on. Chelsea also had chances to score, with David De Gea turning John Terry’s header over the bar, before making an impressive double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta early in the second half. The draw leaves United five points behind the Champions League positions, but Van Gaal, who said he could resign as manager after defeat at Stoke two days ago, was encouraged by his team’s display. “When the players can give such a performance, when there is a lot of pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me,” Van Gaal told BT Sport. “I shall not do that. It is not a question of staying, it is a question of fulfilling my contract.” Elsewhere, Tottenham won their third straight league match to provisionally go third with a late 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford, while Stoke beat Everton 4-3 with a last-minute penalty from Marko Arnautovic. Tottenham will be dislodged from third if City get at least a draw against Leicester. Also yesterday, Norwich beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0, West Bromwich Albion defeated Newcastle 1-0, and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against Swansea. West Ham also came from a goal behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and move seventh in the standings, a point behind United.
Jamaica men’s national senior football team will engage Suriname in a top-of-the-table clash in Group One of the Scotia Bank CFU Caribbean Cup qualifiers to determine which team advance to the 2017 competition as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.The game will be played on Sunday at the National Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.Both teams are joint leaders in the three team group on three points apiece, so based on the competition’s rule, it will be a play to the finish encounter.The game was originally scheduled on October 5 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, but rescheduled due to safety concerns regarding Hurricane Matthew.Nine overseas based Reggae Boyz arrived in the island yesterday and will be joining the camp to begin preparation this morning at 8:00 to be followed by another session at 4 p.m. at the Stadium East Complex.The overseas players are Damion Lowe, Omar Holness, Owayne Gordon, Shaun Francis, Ryan Thompson, Oneil Fisher, Cory Burke, Michael Binns and Romario Williams.They joined local based players – Ladale Ritchie, Dwayne Amburseley, Allan Ottey, Dino Williams, Ewan Grandison, Andrew Vanzie, Rosario Harriott, Dicoy Williams and Rohan Richards.Jamaica will look for their second win in the group as they had defeated Guyana 4-2 on October 11 in Guyana. The Guyanese are out of contention as they also went down to Suriname.Meanwhile, tickets for the game will go on sale this Saturday, costing $1,500 for grandstand and $700 for bleachers. Outlets are: York Pharmacy in Half-Way Tree; Total service stations located at Stanton Terrace and Dunrobin Avenue; Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston; and Captain’s Bakery and Grill in Downtown and Cross Roads.Tickets will not be sold at the National Stadium venue.
CALL FOR DISMISSAL The fate of West Indies cricketer Andr Russell could be decided in the next two to three weeks following final submissions from Russell’s and JADCO’s representative in the allrounder’s whereabouts hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday. The three-member panel consisting of chairman Hugh Faulkner, Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixieth Palmer heard lengthy final arguments, especially from JADCO lawyer Lackston Robinson, whose presentation lasted nearly four hours. The submission from Russell’s representative, Patrick Foster, lasted more than two hours. In his submission, Foster called for the case to be dismissed. If he is found to be negligent, then he recommended that the cricketer not receive more than a 12-month ban. “The onus is on the complainant to prove the filing failures to the panel. When giving more than one filing failure in a quarter, you need to be clear. It was a recipe for confusion,” he argued. He added: “Because Russell was unfamiliar with the (filing) process, he cannot be considered to be negligent.” Robinson pointed out that JADCO went over and beyond in trying to assist Russell to file his whereabouts information but claimed that the athlete was just “grossly negligent” and insisted that a one-year sanction was not permissible. “The role of the athlete is to comply with the rules. It is his responsibility to comply with JADCO and international standards, so it was for him to avail himself. It is his duty,” Robinson argued. He also noted that JADCO was within its rights to record a second filing failure against the cricketer in the July to September quarter and insisted that Russell received more than adequate notification and more than one extension on his deadline but made no effort to provide the information required by the anti-doping organisation. Russell faces a ban of up to two years if he is found guilty of the allegations.
Wolmer’s Boys will go in search of their first Manning Cup title in more than 20 years when they square off against three-time defending champions Jamaica College at the National Stadium this evening at 6 o’clock. Both teams scored easy wins in the semi-finals last weekend and today’s battle, between two of the island’s top traditional schools, should be close. JC welcomed back talented Tyreek Magee from injury last weekend and he will be a key man for them today. Magee who recently attended a Digicel Kickstart camp at Manchester City in England, was very impressive in last week’s match. He dictated play in midfield and he must be kept quiet today if Wolmer’s hope to dethrone JC. Also expected to shine for JC are Ronaldo Brown, captain Oquin Robinson and leading forward Duhaney Williams. Wolmer’s have come on by leaps and bounds in the latter part of the season and look the team to beat after they lifted the FLOW Super Cup on November 12. Big striker Alphonson Gooden has been leading the way up front while captain Jahwani Hinds has been a tower of strength in defence. Rivaldo English and Andrew Daley are two other key players for Wolmer’s. Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds says his team is bursting with confidence from the FLOW Super Cup victory and their sights are firmly set on the Manning Cup. “I think we will win but it’s two good teams and we will have to go with our A game,” he said. “I told people even before the Super Cup that since I have been coaching I have never seen this level of confidence amongst my players. And since we won the Super Cup and the (Manning Cup) semi-final the confidence has risen,” he told The Gleaner. Reynolds admitted that their defence has been their strength but said they are just as good in attack as they have scored 45 goals in 14 Manning Cup matches. ” … But this is a final and both teams will be motivated to give their best, as it is the Manning Cup at stake. But we need it more than them … I think we will give our all and I am certain that with a little luck the Manning Cup will be at Heroes Circle,” he stated. Many have argued that Miguel Coley’s JC have not faced any of the tournament’s big guns to date this season, and that Wolmer’s are more battle ready but Coley is not perturbed and is just happy to be in the final. “Winning the Manning Cup is always on our agenda and being in the final gives us the best chance to go out and achieve our objective. Before the semi-finals people were saying Holy Trinity are a big team, a tricky team and how they were going to defeat us but we crossed that hurdle . “We realise that this (JC) team is under-appreciated but we respect every team. We have a final in front of us and in terms of a big team, we have Wolmer’s in front of us and that’s the most important thing,” he commented. He noted that Wolmer’s will be on a high after their Super Cup triumph and says full respect must be shown to them. “They are good competitors, they are in the final, we respect them. They have won a competition so far, so we have to give respect to that as well. But we know our strength, we know our determination and what we are all about… So it’s about character, determination and the whole Jamaica College product,” he concluded.
High-profile owner Winston Kong was over the moon at Caymanas Park yesterday following his filly’s, SHE’S A MANEATER, fast-time win in the 26th running of the Front Runner-sponsored Thornbird Stakes (Guineas trial) over 1400 metres, now feeling pretty confident he can win the 1000 Guineas over a mile in April.Following the disappointment last Boxing Day when beaten for the first and only time by SOTOMAYOR in the Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, Kong said he is happy that ‘MANEATER’ has passed this important test to give 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta one of four winners on the card, and reigning champion jockey Omar Walker one of three. Walker and DaCosta also teamed up to win the 26th running of the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings with 4-5 favourite FEARLESS SAMURAI.GRAVE DOUBTSKong, who also bred SHE’S A MANEATER, said: “It wasn’t a case of her winning this race, but the manner in which she achieved the victory. She suffered interference early in the race and was badly placed after the first two furlongs, at which stage I had grave doubts that she could win. But she gradually recovered as Marlene My Love and Money Magnet alternated in the lead, showing me that she had the capacity to motor from off the pace.”She closed rapidly on the rails to overall Money Magnet in deep stretch for the victory.”This was a different side to her … She showed me she can fight and win, and this augurs well for the 1000 Guineas,” he explained. “In six outings, she has never lost to a filly and, knowing this, I feel confident she can win the Guineas and the Oaks in the coming weeks. Given her abundance of class, she could turn out to be good as her mother, Ahwhofah, who, though failing in her bid to win the 1000 Guineas in 2008, the year when Alsafra won the triple crown, distinguished herself in 2009 to be voted ‘Horse of the Year’. She was sired by Natural Selection and definitely has the pedigree to go far,” added the veteran owner.DaCosta was equally impressed by the filly’s performance. “She won in the pretty fast time of 1:25.1 and, in light of this performance, I can say I am super confident about her chances in the Guineas in another three weeks”, said the Hall of Fame trainer who has saddled over 2,000 winners in a long and distinguished career.His other winners on the 11-race programme were the Walker-ridden LITTLE BIG HORN (owned jointly by Kong) at 5-2 in the third race over the straight, the lightly-raced PAPER CHASER at 4-1 with Jevanne Erwin aboard in the sixth, and FEARLESS SAMURAI, a 4-5 favourite with Walker riding for owner Elizabeth DaCosta in the Prince Consort Stakes, a race he won by three lengths from long-time leader WESTERN WARRIOR in a time of 1:26.0.Meanwhile, 29-year-old Nigel Burke, who started training five months ago, saddled his first winner, BRUCE WAYNE (6-1), in the seventh race over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Burke is the grandson of late Hall of Fame trainer Nigel Nunes and the nephew of topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.
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View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ And in the event that all three teams win their respective final matches in the eliminations, they would be relegated to playoff games to figure out who gets the last semifinals spot.Knights head coach Jeff Napa, though, is not focusing on the fate of the Chiefs and the Golden Stags.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“We don’t care what the other teams will do,” said Napa in Filipino Friday after the 73-68 setback at Filoil Flying V Centre.“All we care about right now is the must win on Tuesday against College of St. Benilde. So let’s see what happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Knights had the chance to lock up the fourth seed but Napa’s team faltered in the end game against the defending champions.San Beda went on an 11-2 game-closing run to take the victory and deflate Letran’s hopes of an easier path to the semifinals.“Of course we’re frustrated because the players gave it all,” said Napa. “But we’re still positive and we have to win against Benilde.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is in a precarious predicament heading into the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.After their loss to San Beda, the Knights failed to get a precious edge in the race for a spot in the semifinals as they dropped to 8-9 and tied with Arellano and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT
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