WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.
Montego Bay United striker Gordon faces three-week layoff
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Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34Portmore 18 10 4 4 19 14 5 34Arnett 18 10 2 6 27 15 12 32Humble Lion FC 18 7 7 4 14 12 2 28H.View 18 6 7 5 18 18 0 25Boys’ Town 18 7 4 7 21 23 -2 25Reno 18 5 8 5 17 19 -2 23UWI FC 18 6 4 8 17 25 -8 22Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Cavalier 18 4 6 8 11 18 -7 18Rivoli 18 4 5 9 19 25 -6 17Waterhouse 18 3 6 9 17 26 -9 15 After a short break for the holidays, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will resume today with five quality matches and another of equal importance tomorrow.Promoted team Portmore United, who trail leaders Montego Bay United on goal difference, will have the opportunity to overtake the St James-based team for, at least, 24 hours if they get the better of visitors Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon. Mid-table Boys’ Town will play away to the struggling Cavalier SC at Stadium East while relegation-threatened Rivoli United will host the improving Harbour View at the Prison Oval.Eighth-placed UWI FC have been steadily showing that they belong among the big boys, and a victory over fourth-placed Humble Lion will make believers of others besides their growing band of fans, but, perhaps, the most interest will be in the Arnett Gardens-Waterhouse match at Drewsland. The Drewsland-based team has experienced the greatest reversal of form of all the teams in the League and are now looking to their third coach for the season, Paul Young, to deliver them from their sorry position.No wins yetIn their two matches under Young’s guidance so far, Waterhouse have played to two draws, scored six goals while conceding six. The second was a 4-4 draw with Cavalier FC, where the score resembled an incomplete set of a tennis match. While it was good that Waterhouse scored goals, Kenroy Howell scoring three, it also showed that they are very porous as Cavalier have struggled all season to find the back of the net and had only scored seven from their previous seven games.The above situation could be very inviting to defending champions Arnett Gardens.”Despite their poor showing when Waterhouse play against Arnett Gardens, they usually come with their best effort,” said Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite, perhaps masking his excitement at the prospect of facing them.”They have a good coach in Paul Young and, under his charge, they have played two games and have drawn both. They also scored six goals and conceded six, so they have positives in terms of the goals that they have scored, but they have negatives in terms of the goals they have conceded, so we will see,” added the analytical Waite.Young is hoping he can move the team to safety and possibly a semi-final place.”The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good and the team spirit is good, so I am looking to good things on Sunday,” Young told The Gleaner last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League’s weekly press briefing at Red Stripe.However, if they are able to get their act together on the field, they may have a good chance to surprise the defending champions as they will be without two of their key players in defensive rock, captain O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson and midfielder Renae Lloyd. With Thompson out of the backline, Jermain Anderson, Howell, and company may have a greater chance of advancing on goal.At the other end, the home team will have to pay great attention to their former player, Kemal Malcolm, who is having his best Premier League season so far with nine goals to be third on the goal scoring table. With Rohan Amos looking way past his best and Nicholi Finlayson looking casual at best, that combination could be easing pickings for Malcolm and the rejuvenated Leon Strickland, also a former Waterhouse player. Both could be aiming to show Waterhouse what they are missing.Today’s Games:5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Reno – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Harbour View – Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion – UWI Bowl, Mona6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Arnett Gardens – Drewsland StadiumTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Montego Bay Sports Complex
WESTERN BUREAU:Petersfield FC central midfielder Akeem Whyte thinks his team has the necessary pieces to put together a strong run for the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League title.Petersfield, who defeated defending champions Savannah SC 2-1 in Sunday’s fourth-round match, are in a three-way tie for the lead in Zone One, with nine points, the same as Salt Marsh and Granville FC.The former Petersfield High School daCosta Cup standout has been asked to lead the team. He said so far, it has been a good learning experience.”We are currently second in the zone and are feeling confident. We always play to win, so a victory is always important to us,” Whyte said.At 19, Whyte is the league’s youngest captain, and though aware of the tremendous amount of pressure the role brings, he admits to enjoying the challenge.”I am still a very young man. I graduated school last year, but I know I am able to bring the team to the level of success we crave,” he said.Whyte was clearly a calming influence in his team’s win over Savannah on Sunday, and the attack-minded midfielder is hoping to make a mark with Petersfield, as they go in search of a first Super League crown and a chance to qualify to the Red Stripe Premier League.Petersfield striker Romario Whyte (no relation to Akeem), another of the team’s young guns, notched a double in the win.Whyte opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and added his second in the 46th. He could have had the league’s first hat-trick of the season, but his effort from close range was blocked on the line by a defender, to keep the score at 2-0 at half-time.Leaton Galloway scored the only goal in a stronger second-half performance from Savannah, which remain grounded on a single point and last in the zone after four matches played.Beaches Negril, in only their second year in the League, are out front in Zone Two, following their 2-1 win over Village United at Llandilo for seven points from four matches.Lucea FC were defeated 2-0 by Granville and remain winless in the league, while their victors held on to third in Group One, with that result and Clark’s Town, the Trelawny champions, edged Sandals Whitehouse 1-0 at Cedric Titus High School.
BOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1)BORUC,FRANCIS, ELPHICK, COOK, DANIELS,RICTHIE, SURMAN, GOSLING, GRADEL,STANISLAS,KINGCOSTA,PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, WILLIAN,MIKEL, FABREGAS,BABA, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,BEGOVICCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)Chelsea have more points and wins on the road than at Stamford Bridge and arrive at a ground where the Cherries have conceded 29 goals; only relegated Aston Villa (31) have conceded more goals at home. Bournemouth have the upper hand over Chelsea in league games. Overall, the teams have met three times and Bournemouth have won twice, the second victory coming at home in the old Second Division, in September 1988.VILLA (4-4-1-1)GUZAN,HUTTON, LESCOTT, CLARK, CISSOKHO,SINCLAIR, BACUNA, WESTWOOD, RICHARDSON,GANA,AYEWPELLE, LONG,MANE, CLASIE, TADIC,WANYAMA,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERSOUTHAMPTON (4-1-3-2)Aston Villa were relegated last weekend the earliest from the Premier League since Portsmouth left with five games to go in 2009-10. They have won just two home league games all season and have two remaining; the club record fewest home victories is four – in the 2011-12 season – so they can equal that at best. After this game their remaining home fixture is against Newcastle.LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET,CLYNE, SKRTEL, TOURE, MORENO,STEWART, ALLEN,MILNER,OJO, STURRIDGE,FIRMINOCISSE,SISSOKO, WIJNALDUM, TOWNSEND,COLBACK, TIOTE,DUMMETT, LASCELLED, MBEMBA, ANITA,DARLOWNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 on Wednesday and have a good record against Newcastle, who last won at Anfield in April 1994. Newcastle are still in the relegation zone despite taking a point off Manchester City on Tuesday. Since their last win at Liverpool, they have lost 18 and drawn two. Indeed, in the last 11, they have lost 10.
OAKLAND, California (AP): Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season. A person with knowledge of the award said Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner. With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to their first championship in 40 years the previous season. The honour comes as no surprise as Curry has been the front-runner since early in the season. The only drama remaining is whether he will become the first player ever to win the award unanimously. “I kind of felt bad today because I didn’t tell him congratulations because I felt like I knew since December,” teammate Draymond Green told reporters at a shootaround before Game Four of Golden State’s second-round series at Portland. Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for three-pointers by making 402, becoming the first player in league history to top 300 and 400 in a season. But Curry is more than just a scorer. He averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 50.4 per cent from the field, 45.4 per cent from three-point range and 90.8 per cent from the foul line. PUT ON A SHOW More than the numbers, Curry put on a show almost every night during Golden State’s record-setting season that started with 24 straight wins and ended with the Warriors breaking the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96. “The way that I play has a lot of skill, but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that,” Curry said after winning AP Male Athlete of the Year earlier this season. “You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can’t even do it.” Curry has become one of the world’s most intriguing and popular athletes, playing golf and doing public-service announcements with President Barack Obama.
SKYROCKETING BILLS “It cannot be acceptable that the industry is subsidising the consumption of electricity of residents in the surrounding communities,” Wilson’s statement read. The racetrack has been plagued by illegal connections to its utility systems, including water, over the years, sending its monthly bills skyrocketing. However, similar disconnection operations, conducted in 2011, ’12 and ’14, followed by arrests in 2015, had led to dramatic decreases in utilities cost, especially light, causing the racetrack’s monthly bill to peaked at $8.3m in April 2014. Vincent Edwards, president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA), whose organisation yesterday staged its annual race meet at Caymanas Park, has come out strongly against alleged threats being made against grooms by persons caught abstracting electricity from the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack. Grooms are employed by trainers to care for horses at stables spread across the 196-acre property and spend most of their time on the Caymanas compound. Edwards said his association condemned the reported threats against grooms and praised ongoing operations for clamping down on breaches to the racetrack’s electricity and water supplies by residents from informal communities, especially to the north of the property. “The leadership and members of the JRTA fully support the actions taken by the police and the racetrack’s security detail, McKay Security Limited, relating to the disconnection of electricity illegally connected by the adjoining informal settlement,” the JRTA president stated. Meanwhile, another group, the Jockeys’ Agents association, headed by Donovan Wilson, also issued a release supporting the operation which led to the apprehension of two persons.
SILVERSTONE, England (AP):With a new car beneath him and his biggest rival in retirement, Lewis Hamilton is ready to get back on the track. Hamilton, speaking at the launch of the new Mercedes car on Thursday, said the experience of losing to teammate Nico Rosberg last season has made him better. “I feel I am stronger. I feel more complete as a driver,” the 32-year-old Hamilton said. “I feel like I am the best prepared I have ever been. I didn’t win the world championship last year and I want to change that.” Hamilton, a three-time F1 champion, will be teaming with Valtteri Bottas this season. And that’s fine with Hamilton, who had uneasy relationship with Rosberg. “I don’t think I have ever missed a teammate in my life because there is always one that takes his place,” Hamilton said. “It definitely will feel strange, and it already is, but you soon get past it. “One day I will leave and another driver will come along. You don’t forget, but get used to what you have. Right now my feelings from last year are not lingering. I have started a new slate and moved on.” Hamilton won more races than Rosberg last season and rounded out the year with four consecutive victories, but his championship defense was blighted by a number of mechanical issues.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t know how we won this game because we were very tentative at the start of the game,” SMB head coach Leo Austria told reporters at Smart Araneta Coliseum.There was hype heading into the game being that it was the two teams’ first meeting since Game 6 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals where the Beermen won their fifth championship in three seasons.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’Austria, however, downplayed the finals rematch with the duel happening early in the conference.“This is not a barometer whether you’re a strong team or not. This is just the start of the conference,” he said. But the players knew differently. The intensity was high and the physicality was above normal that resulted to the likes of Beermen’s Chris Ross and engaging in sporadic commotions with KaTropa’s Michael Craig, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.The Beermen leaned on Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter in the fourth quarter, where they extended a one-point lead to 14, 93-79, late.Fajardo scored 12 in the final frame while Lassiter unleashed 10 of his 16 points in the period.Wendell McKines added 22 points and nine rebounds for San Miguel, which had 20 more free throw attempts than TNT.The KaTropa, who blew and early 10-point lead, went to the line just eight times while the Beermen went 19-of-28 from the line.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer scraped past TNT, 97-91, Wednesday night in a heated game that saw several dustups and trash talk between two rivals.Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo made his presence felt on both ends of the floor with 27 points, six rebounds and five blocks for the Beermen, who improved to 2-0 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Teng downplays latest feat, says anyone from Thunder can step up ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Craig struggled mightily going 8-of-25 from the field and scoring just 16 points with six turnovers. He did, however, grabbed 18 rebounds and had three steals. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Welcome to season 15. @KingJames#LeBron15 #NikeBasketball pic.twitter.com/UtT0LlSzc0— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) October 16, 2017ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Avenido’s years in ABL recognized with Lifetime Achievement award A day before LeBron James is to set return to the hardwood for his 15th NBA season, Nike released a tribute video for its biggest star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn what has become an annual tradition for the sporting giant, the 58-second clip highlights the challenges ahead of the four-time NBA MVP after failing to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Larry O’Brien trophy last season.Amply narrated by the commanding voice of Idris Elba, the ad splices footage from LeBron’s social media accounts and sends a chilling warning to the rest of the league. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Oh no, no why’d they go and poke the bear? Why’d they try to set fire on fire? Do they know what happens now?” Elba said, describing the Ohio native’s ever-burning passion for redemption.“Did they even think about that? No, too smart for that… now they’re living on borrowed time. Now is the season of their discontent.”The clip then shifts to scenes of flames, thunderstorms and the proverbial lion and the deer, along with flashes of James’ dominance on the court last year.With a retooled squad of fresh faces and a desire to once again silence all his critics, James is expected to once more carry the entire team on his broad shoulders and elevate the franchise to greatness.The narration ends with Elba putting the other 29 NBA teams on notice of the resurgence of the man known as “The King.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “That’s their future now, and I’d feel sorry for them if it wasn’t going to be so much damn fun to watch.” /raRELATED STORY:NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland returnSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments S’woods pads lead to 9 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Throughout the season, our team has suffered injuries, but the team has delivered good results,” said Steuble.Ceres and Global split their four meetings this season.The match coincides with the Philippine Football Federation Congress in the city, where PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta will present his plans and projects for 2018.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson BACOLOD CITY—It doesn’t get any bigger than this for Philippine club football.Two clubs that have won every major trophy in the country the past three years—Ceres Negros and Global Cebu—seek to make history on Saturday when they dispute the first Philippines Football League title at 6 p.m. at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Busmen are looking to end an incredible year with another trophy after winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asean zonal championship last September.But with a squad decimated by injuries and suspensions, coach Risto Vidakovic’s side face a difficult task of overcoming a Global side that stunned top seed Meralco Manila in the semifinals last weekend.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“We don’t have the pressure, rather we have the pleasure of playing here in Bacolod,” said Ceres defender Martin Steuble. “We’re confident. It’s one game and for 90 minutes, we just have to do our best.”Ceres’ strength lies in its depth as the Busmen have survived a gruelling season and a tough AFC Cup campaign to put themselves in a position to win their first domestic trophy since ruling the United Football League in 2015.