Atletico Madrid spurned the chance to climb into the top four in La Liga when they were held to a 2-2 draw by third-placed Sevilla in an entertaining game at the Wanda Metropolitano.Dutch striker Luuk de Jong gave the visitors the lead in the 19th minute through but Atletico levelled with a penalty from Alvaro Morata in the 32nd after a VAR review determined that Sevilla’s Diego Carlos had handled the ball.Atleti took the lead four minutes later with a heavily deflected shot from Joao Felix, only for Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos to level from the spot right before halftime after another VAR review decided he had been fouled by Kieran Trippier.Diego Simeone’s side went all out for a winner after the interval but were unable to get past Sevilla’s impressive keeper Tomas Vaclik and had to settle for a draw which left them fifth on 45 points after 27 games. Sevilla are third on 47.RelatedLa Liga Review: Phenomenal Griezmann Scores Four As Atletico Cut Gap On Leaders BarcelonaMarch 1, 2018In “Europe”LaLiga: Messi Sinks Sevilla in 50th Career HattrickFebruary 24, 2019In “Spain”Spanish La Liga Watch: Barcelona Drop Points Again As Rivals Madrid Fail To CapitaliseDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”
PORT-OF-SPAIN: Radio Jamaica and Television Jamaica Limited, the country’s leading media providers, have acquired the exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup free-to-air and cable television rights, including the right to simulcast its free-to-air channel TVJ via broadband transmission on 1spotmedia and televisionjamaica.com. The stations have also acquired non-exclusive radio, mobile to other FIFA events in 2019, which also includes the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Poland 2019 and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Peru 2019, as well as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The agreement allows viewing on both TVJ’s free-to-air channel and its cable channel TVJ Sports Network, as well as radio rights to broadcast on HITZ 92 FM – It’s Reggae. It’s Sports! “We have a responsibility to ensure that Jamaicans experience and enjoy the thrill of the Reggae Girlz’s first-ever appearance on the global stage for women’s football and we are happy that we, along with DIRECTV, can provide Jamaicans with this opportunity,” said Gary Allen, chief executive officer for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, of which Radio Jamaica and Television Jamaica are members, adding that “this very satisfying agreement with DIRECTV for the 2019 FIFA events has given Jamaicans more exposure through radio, television and other media platforms, to top-quality football in various age groups for men and women”. EXTREMELY PLEASED “We are extremely pleased to partner with Radio Jamaica Limited and TVJ in bringing these events to Jamaica. By acquiring Caribbean media rights to FIFA matches, we are delivering more football than ever before with the latest technology, thereby expanding the viewership for the game at all levels,” said Bernard Pantin, general manager of DIRECTV Caribbean. “This affirms DIRECTV’s commitment to football in the Caribbean, providing us with an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the sport in the region and continue to grow its base of supporters.”
Harbour View FC general manager Clyde Jureidini has high hopes of midfielder Timar Lewis, doing well on his two-week trial at New York Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League.Lewis, 20 years old, was spotted by Red Bulls director of scouting & head scout, Benjamin Ehresmann, who recently visited the island to watch Portmore United’s central midfielder, Chavany Willis. However, Lewis caught his eye during Harbour View’s Red Stripe Premier League fixture against Waterhouse FC. Lewis was then offered the trial, and Jureidini says he has the talent and versatility to earn a deal with the Red Bull second tier team. “He has gotten an unexpected opportunity, and naturally he is elated,” Jureidini said. “He came to us in preseason from Sandals South Coast through Aaron Lawrence, came on a trial and did well enough to stay with us, and we wish him the best.“He is a left-footed midfielder who has been playing both in the defence at left back and on the left side of midfield, and he is learning the roles. But in his last six or seven games, he has played in a more advance attacking role on the right as an inverted winger. He scored against Montego Bay in one game and has done well, and since Fabian Taylor has taken over, he has played more in that attacking role and has been doing well. That is the role he has been seen in, and that’s the role he has been invited to the trial for.”
Since the arrival of Brazilian coach Luciano Traina Gama, just over two weeks ago, Montego Bay United (MBU) have made what could be considered a turn around in the Red Stripe Premier League, picking up five points from three games. This includes Sunday’s come from behind 2-1 win over Cavalier at WesPow Park. Despite the results, MBU still occupy one of two relegation spots, sitting in eleventh place with 24 points – one above Reno at the foot of the table and three behind 10th placed Harbour View. The Brazilian was pleased with the win but is already looking forward to next Sunday’s western derby against Reno, which he underlined as a crucial encounter to their survival hopes. “The feeling is good for the result. To come back from one down is very difficult because of the expectations as everybody knows we need the three points to save the team,” Gama told The Gleaner. “It was normal that they started a bit nervous, which resulted in the goal (conceded). However, I’m very happy with the reaction, they never gave up. It was important for the team to get all three points,” Gama added. The coach, however, warned that the effort must carry over to their next assignment, noting that a negative result will severely dent their chances of staying in the top flight. “If we don’t win that game (against Reno) we are going to be in more trouble next week. We must think game by game as each game is a final. We must fight each game, because we know the consequence one bad result can have on the next game,” Gama said. In their previous two games this season, Reno and MBU played to draws, tying 0-0 in October, before playing out a 1-1 draw in early December. On Sunday, Kaheem Parris gave Cavalier the lead just three minutes into the encounter. However, Nazime Matalie-Grant levelled the scoreline in the second minute of stoppage time before the break slotting home a clever pass from Dino Williams, who scored a spectacular bicycle kick to give is team all three points, after earlier seeing his penalty saved in the 72nd minute. Gama’s boys are in for a tough stretch, with Arnett Gardens, Portmore United and Waterhouse laying in wait, after the Reno clash.
PARIS (AP):Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps , the type seen more frequently at Pebble Beach than Parc des Princes.A message? You bet.Easy wins and lots of goals are par for the course when it comes to the US women’s football team.“I can’t take credit for it. I’m not sure if Lindsey is taking credit for it,” Lloyd said after a 3-0 victory yesterday advanced the US to the round of 16. “She had told me if we score, that’s what we’re going to do, so I just went along with it after I did my little celebration. But it was fun. I think it made a statement on the sideline there. It was cool.”A record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand that opened the tournament for the Americans sparked a debate back home. Celebration had not been discussed this much since Kool & the Gang. Some cried poor sportsmanship. Others argued players shouldn’t be asked to let up on football’s biggest stage.All the harrumphing was heard across the Atlantic.“I guess we could have just passed it around the back for a million times, but that’s boring. That’s disrespectful to everyone: fans, ourselves”, said 33-year-old Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired veteran famous for running to a corner flag and screaming “Born in the USA” into a television microphone after a goal against Colombia in the 2011 World Cup.“The only thing you ask of an athlete really is to put it all out there and do the best you can. It’s not in our DNA, ever.”Coach Jill Ellis speculated Lloyd’s inspiration was her spouse, professional golfer Brian Hollins.“I’m guessing it was a shout-out to her husband,” Ellis said.Horan said Emily Sonnett, a 25-year-old defender at her first World Cup, suggested responses. Trolling critics was the goal.“We decided to do something different today,” Horan said with an impish smile. “Handshakes were part of it. Golf clap was part of it.”
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Hubert Lawrence has made notes from the edge of his seat at trackside since 1980. You don’t always get what you want. Life would be perfect if the bid for glory by the Sunshine Girls at the Netball World Cup had gone well so far. Two key losses, one to South Africa and the other to top rival England, have put the Girls in a precarious position. Now all Jamaica can do is win its remaining group matches and hope for the best. It could all still work out. In the same way that South Africa inflicted an unexpected defeat on our Girls, surprise results could put Jamaica back in the reckoning. Such is life. Jamaica hasn’t finished outside the top four in the World Cup since 1987 and hopefully, that won’t happen now. That quest for glory is hanging by a thread, but the quest by 100-metre hurdler Danielle Williams to get to the IAAF World Championships is still alive. Last week, at a Diamond League meet punctuated by a world record in the mile by Sifan Hassan of Holland and four other world-leading performances, Williams zoomed a near-PR run of 12.52 seconds behind world record holder Kendra Harrison of the United States. PROVED HER RANK With her path to Jamaica’s World Championships team blocked by an uncalled faulty start at last month’s National Championships, Williams showed why she was ranked number four in the world by the respected US publication TRACK AND FIELD NEWS. Out fast, the 27 year-old Jamaican came close to her personal best of 12.48 seconds set last year. The result has placed her in a safe fourth position in the League’s 100-metre hurdles standing. Her quest continues this weekend in London when the Diamond League tour stops in the British capital. A strong performance will advance her cause by drawing her closer to the League final in September. A win there will open another road to the World Championships for her. If she is successful, Jamaica will have the right to enter four 100-metre hurdlers at the Worlds. That’s what happened in 2017 because Williams arrived there as reigning World Champion with an IAAF wild-card slot into the first round. In events where a country doesn’t have the reigning champion, the Diamond League winner is treated in the same way. Her only other route to Doha, the host city of the World Championships, is to be considered by selectors when they peruse the IAAF World Rankings roughly a month from now. There are no assurances. The Girls must now take care of business in their remaining group games and watch the teams around them decide their fate. Williams must qualify for the Diamond League final AND win it. It’s that simple in both cases. One of my favourite moments in sport came in 2005. A big AC Milan team took the field for the second half of the European Champions League final three goals to the good over Liverpool of England. Implausibly, Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool fought back to 3-3 and survived Milan’s attacks in extra time. Then, with goalie Jerzy Dudek in inspired form, the men in red finished the job by winning the ensuing penalty shoot-out. The victory inspired even those who weren’t hardcore sports fans. Despite the obvious obstacles, this is how the Sunshine Girls and Danielle Williams must face the next few days. The history of sport is filled with remarkable turns of good fortune. Now, they must go game by game, race by race, trusting and hoping.
It was one of the most pathetic displays of football by any Jamaican age-group team as the Reggae Girlz put in a hapless display in Texas to go down by 9-0 to a professional and clinical Canada team in their CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifier.The loss put an end to the Jamaicans Olympic dream as they lie third in the group without a point after two games, with only the match against St Kitts and Nevis remaining.With captain Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw cleared to play after picking up a head injury against Mexico and the inspirational defender Konya Plummer returning to the starting line-up, the Jamaicans were expected to put in a better showing against the Canadians.But it was complete domination by the Canadians from the opening whistle as they pressed the Jamaicans high and had them on the back foot for the entire game.It took only 10 minutes for the Canadians to get the opening goal as Jordyn Huitema hit the back of the net after the Jamaican defence failed to clear their lines, which allowed the striker to fire home from close range.Five minutes later, it was 2-0 as Dionne Rose bundled in a well-placed right-sided cross from the ever-present Janine Beckie.Beckie would then get on the scoresheet just before the half as she slotted home from inside the area after some more neat work down the flank by Huitema.Down three goals, Coach Hubert Busby Jnr decided to change things up as he brought on striker Kayla McCoy and dropped Shaw back in midfield.That tactic didn’t change the outcome much as the Canadians continued to press forward, utilising both flanks. DOUBLE BLOW The fourth goal for the Jamaicans would be a double blow as Beckie outpaced defender Plummer to fire home her second on the night. The ensuing play caused an injury to Plummer, who had to be substituted by Alyssa Whitehead in the 51st minute.With the stuffing knocked out of the Reggae Girlz, the Canadians raided the Jamaican goal at will, and it was a matter of how many goals the Jamaicans would concede on the night.Well, that answer would be five more as Huietama wrapped up a five-timer, and Beckie would complete her hat-trick as the Canadians stamped their dominance in the group. The Jamaicans managed only two shots on target during the entire match, and that summed up their pathetic display as they now turn their attention to the bottom-of-the-table clash with St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday.
Another weekend has come with no sports to watch. Another weekend when it appears that the natural order of the universe has been thrown out of whack. Since there is no sports to look forward to, am I allowed to go back in time? Am I allowed to reminisce on my own time playing sports? Just this once? Playing sports for me meant playing cricket. I was half decent at some other ball games, but, at cricket, I had skills which could have carried me places. Anyway, I digress. As a teenager, my community cricket team in Westmoreland would make this annual trek to a place called Joyland in St Elizabeth. It was high up in some hills, accessible by making a right turn before you reached Santa Cruz, coming from Holland Bamboo. We all looked forward to it. There were more crowds at those games than the few diehards we now see at a regional first-class game. The cricket was always great and, to top it off, there would always be a big dance in the night. On this particular day, we arrived early, maybe two hours before game time. Among the already-building crowd was a very cute young lady. She was in her late teens, just like me. All of the cricketers were interested in getting in a word. Truth be told, we were all over her like so many “harbour sharks” before the game. A little annoyed at our over- zealous approach, and with a little twinkle in her eye, she said she would “par” at the dance later with whoever from our team performed best at the game. NO STANDOUT We bowled out Joyland for 79. On a treacherous pitch, it wasn’t as bad a score as it sounded. One ball could hit a spot and rear towards your throat and, from the same length, it may ‘mongoose’ to hit you in the ankle. The wickets were shared. Nobody got more than three. So though we got them out relatively cheaply, no one bowler really stood out.I opened the batting with a fellow called Raymond Blair, who, for many years, was one of the mainstays in that successful Holmwood team in the early 1990s. Maybe it was because I wanted to impress this girl, but everything I did that day came off. I got to 43 in no time, pulling and driving with authority and disdain. Raymond ‘Parchy’ Blair and I put on 62 for the first wicket before I got out. The girl was mine! Right after I came in and took off the pads, I went over to her and she said she would keep her promise to be my date at the dance later. I was over the moon. What happened after was the strangest finish I have ever seen to a cricket game. With 18 needed and nine wickets in hand, we got bowled out for 75! To this day, I’m not sure how that was possible. Maybe the rest of the guys didn’t try because they had lost out on the girl. Maybe they were too busy drinking when it appeared that ‘Parchy’ and I would take us home. Whatever it was, we lost the game. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! I had mixed feelings. I did not like to lose, but I didn’t mind losing a game if I could get a highly attractive girl to “par” with at the dance. My teammates were all jealous later. I spent the night ‘renting a tile’ with her while my teammates looked on with straight bad mind in their eyes. I kept rubbing it in their faces that, if only they were as good as me, they would have the girl instead of me. Sports has been good to me over the years, but that was probably my first real prize.
The Professional Development League defeat brings to an end Jamie McAllister’s side’s recent three-match unbeaten run. City actually started the brighter of the two teams, with Kodi Lyons-Foster bundling the ball in early on, only to see his effort disallowed, then George Dowling warmed the gloves of Dillon Phillips in the home goal with a stinging drive. Shawn McCoulsky passed up the chance to open the scoring when he was thwarted by Phillips in a one-on-one situation, and soon after City were made to pay. Regan Charles-Cook broke free down the right and sent the ball across the penalty area for Joshua Umerah to power home. Umerah made it two before half-time with a cushioned volley at the back post. George Nurse had a great chance to reduce the deficit after half-time, but his dipping volley from a good position fizzed wide. Then, moments later, Dowling’s 25-yard effort cannoned wide off the post. Charlton responded to City’s rally by putting the game to bed with two goals in five minutes. Mikhail Kennedy swept home from close range after Umerah had turned provider with a neat cutback. The fourth and final goal came from Karlan Ahearne-Grant, who produced exquisite skill before beating Jojo Wollacott from a tight angle. City Under-23s: Wollacott, Harris, Harper (Challis 70), Lyons-Foster, Kelly, Dowling, Morrell, Omofe, Edwards (Morton 46), McCoulsky (Nurse 46), Andrews.