BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.
Jamaica win again at World TT champsJamaica’s men’s table tennis team made it two wins from two games at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships at Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after scoring another 3-0 win yesterday, this time over Laos.In the opening game, Michael Hyatt scored a narrow and nail-biting 3-2 win — 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11 over Phathaphone Thavisack. Kane Watson then brushed aside Mosangsinh Sonpasith 3-0, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and Mark Phillips beat Oliyavong Phonepaseud 3-2 in five sets — 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7.In their first game on Sunday, Jamaica defeated Morrocco, also 3-0.Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Watson won 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 and Phillips won 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.The Jamaicans are second in the group with maximum four points. They trail leaders Morroco (five points), who they defeated in their opening game and who has played a game more.The Jamaicans will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today.The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the DRC, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Daley still St James FA bossWESTERN BUREAU:Incumbent Gregory Daley was returned for another term as President of the St James Football Association, following Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.Other members of the executive are: David Watt, first vice president; Hopeton Gilchrist, second vice president; Dennis Waite, general secretary; Tracey Reid, assistant general secretary and treasurer Gavin McNeil.It is the second time in near four months that the Montego Bay United (MBU FC) owner was losing a football-related election, after failing in his bid to challenge Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change, we understand the culture they work under and help each club administratively to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” Daley said.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.
“IT is difficult for my team to win the title as while a few of my main rivals are bolstering their squads, they are, at the same time, doing their best to deplete my team.” This is the perspective of a frustrated Corey Bennett, head track and field coach at Hydel High School, as he slammed rivals St Jago for consistently poaching his top talent. “We lost a quality girl, last year in Shaneil English, who went to St Jago, and at the start of this season, a similar situation occurred as Alysha Kelly, who missed Champs last year after transferring from Guy’s Hill, was ready to compete for us at the Championships, but like English, she was lured away to St Jago High,” said a very disappointed coach Bennett. “It is sad when one invests in these athletes and selfish people try to break what you try to build,” added Bennett, who stated that it would always be hard for his team to really challenge for the title if they consistently lost their athletes to other schools. Pressure mounting Despite losing English last year, Hydel, who, in fairness, also recruit heavily, was still able to overcome that hurdle and finished second behind Edwin Allen, and ironically, in front of St Jago. However, this time, Bennett believes things will be even more difficult for his team. “We have a good all-round team, but with those losses and twin sisters Shadae, an outstanding thrower, and Shardia Lawrence a very excellent triple jumper migrating to college overseas, we will have to dig deep to remain among the top three,” continued Bennett, who also stated that he would be taking a different approach this year. “We used to compete at every development meet in the past, and because of this, they were very exposed, and when they are beaten by other athletes, they are kind of unmotivated going into “Champs”. Now we are going to be a bit quieter by going to fewer meets and especially low-keyed ones – and then make a big push for Champs,” he said. Meanwhile, Bennett is tipping Edwin Allen to successfully defend its title. “Based on what I have seen so far, Edwin Allen looks a safe bet to win again as I don’t think they have lost much of the 100 points they won by, while teams like Vere Technical and Holmwood Technical have looked really good so far,” assessed Bennett. Hydel is undoubtedly the most improved team in the country in schoolgirl track and field. After entering the Inter Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2011, where they finished 11th among the girls, Hydel has enjoyed tremendous movement up the table. They secured their first top-10 finish the following year and have remained in the top five, with their best finish being last year’s second-place finish.
The polling station seemed ready for action, long before the 7 o’clock start time. But before the pair appeared at the centre, Beverley Manley, a former wife of former President of the PNP Michael Manley, was seen at the centre, to vote precisely at 7 a.m. The teams of outdoor agents from both the JLP and PNP were all in place just after 6:45 a.m. when The Gleaner arrived. Both sides announced their satisfaction with the arrangements. A long line of early voters were already queued station at 7 a.m. when the station was scheduled to be opened under the Representation of the People Act. Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet, have cast their ballots in the St Andrew Eastern constituency in which the party’s standard bearer, Fayval Williams is up against the People’s National Party (PNP), Andre Hylton. Williams was reportedly hand picked by Holness to be the JLP’s standard bearer in the tricky St Andrew Eastern constituency. Williams is a newcomer to the political process, while Hylton is a first term Member of Parliament. The couple entered the Mona High School at approximately 8 a.m. and was directed to PD 35, where he pressed flesh with voters before casting his ballot. Holness’ wife Juliet looked like a veteran in the political business as she first greeted the orange clad members of the PNP outdoor team before high fisting JLP outdoor agent’s with huge grins. He told The Gleaner that he was satisfied with the proceedings so far, although he has received a few complaints of intimidation. Holness also expressed confidence in the ability of his wife to win the neighbouring St Andrew East Rural seat, saying “Juliet knows what she is about.’
Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, long-time St George’s College (STGC) football coach, while surprised by his team’s perfect four wins from as many games, says there will be no let up, noting St George’s must improve all areas of play, win their zone and qualify for the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup.Bell’s ‘light blues’ team were beaten Manning Cup and Walker Cup finalists last season, but emphatically won the FLOW Super Cup with a 4-0 defeat of previous champions Jamaica College.With STGC’s 24 goals scored and one conceded so far, Bell is not satisfied yet, but is calling his charges to prepare as a team for tougher games as the first round heads to a climax.”We don’t take anything for granted and we play hard because this zone is a tough zone, and we are not out of it yet. We certainly would like to qualify for the Super Cup and we would certainly have to win the zone,” the coach told The Gleaner, following his team’s 11-0 mauling of lowly Tarrant High on Saturday at Winchester Park, St George’s College.UPCOMING MATCHESThe North Street-based school will have several remaining first-round games to play, including a continuation of the match away to Excelsior High, which was called off due to former captain Dominic James’s passing. They will also line up against Greater Portmore and Tivoli Gardens High in return fixtures.”We can improve in every single area, the defence, midfield. We are not there yet and there are many more games to go,” the coach reasoned.”We thought with Dominic, we would do well and we still think we will do well. We need to improve in all areas, we are not there yet,” he stressed, adding that no game is an easy game, despite their winning margins.”We certainly have some tough games, we have taken every single one seriously so far,” Bell explained. “There are still many more miles to go.”
Former National Reggae Boyz assistant coach, Miguel Coley, has broken his silence on his recent departure from the coaching staff of the national senior men’s team. While disappointed with his axing from the Reggae Boyz coaching staff, the Jamaica College Manning Cup coach believes his “work is not yet done,” and remains “committed to producing players for the national team. The 34-year-old, whose playing career was cut short because of injury in 2005, was drafted as assistant national head coach by German Winfried Schaefer. “The sky is definitely the limit, I back myself and push myself every single time and keep on putting in the work. At the same time you have to be producing players again for the National team so the work is never done,” he said in an interview with The Gleaner following JC’s 3-1 win over Eltham High on Wednesday. “I have to support whoever is in charge at this point in time and wish them all the best,” the outgoing assistant coach added. At JC, Coley’s charges have consistently peaked and played their best football at the business end of the season, winning trophy after trophy each year. The highlight of his career came last year when Jamaica finished CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up to Mexico. This was, however, followed by a failed 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. According to Coley he is not sure about what, if any, future role he will play in the national programme at this point in time, adding: “What I know is I am no longer the assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz.” SKY’S THE LIMIT
NEW YORK, AP: The Ring Magazine is making Muhammad Ali its 1966 Fighter of the Year, a half century after refusing to give him the award because of his disapproval of the draft for the Vietnam War and connection with the Nation of Islam. The boxing magazine said it was righting a wrong by retroactively naming the late heavyweight great as the best fighter of 1966. “The editors at that time obviously felt strongly that Ali, while succeeding in the ring, didn’t meet other criteria they deemed important,” said Michael Rosenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “But we can see the injustice by today’s standards, even if we take issue with some of things Ali said and did.” Impressive wins Ali won all five of his fights in 1966 and did so in impressive fashion. He was at the peak of his career, which was soon to be interrupted for three years while he fought the courts over his refusal to be drafted. Ali would later have his conscientious objector status upheld by the US Supreme Court, and resumed fighting in 1970. He was named the magazine’s Fighter of the Year in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978 along with his original award in 1963. Ali died in June at age 74 after years of battling Parkinson’s.
The three-year-old campaign leading up to the Guineas classics in April gets under way at Caymanas Park today with the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight five course confined to native bred fillies taking the spotlight.As is usually the case, the race will be run in two divisions, with 11 declared for the first, and nine for the second. Five debutants are down to contest division one, and judging from the manner in which PAPER CHASER from the Wayne DaCosta stable, and the Dwight Chen-trained EARTH ANGEL have been carrying themselves at exercise, either could win.PAPER CHASER, a chestnut filly by Fearless Vision out of Money Spinner, looked easy out of the straight last Saturday morning in 101:3 by 48.1, while EARTH ANGEL galloped from the gate last Monday in 1:01.1 by 47.3, looking that much sharper than PAPER CHASER.However, they will have to reckon with the pair of BLUE TRADITION and DELPHINIUM, despite both having disappointed on their recent debut behind SARAH LEE over 1100 metres on December 24, finishing fourth and last place, respectively.BEST WORK OUTThe Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained BLUE TRADITION was installed an even-money favourite over 1100 metres, but despite this she missed the break, and ran wide into the straight, when attempting to mend. Having ran green that day, the bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Source Of Tradition will be a lot better for the experience, having galloped 1:01.1 by 47.1 from the gate a week ago, and could well recoup losses with in-form apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.Lorenzo Robinson’s DELPHINIUM turned in the best work out of the straight last Tuesday, galloping 1:01.1 by 46.3 and coming from a favourable draw on the outside, will not be out of it. The vote, however, goes to BLUE TRADITION.Division two looks much easier to unravel, as the Dwight Chen-trained MARLENE MY LOVE (Dane Nelson up) has looked so forward In condition that she is tipped to get off the mark immediately. The bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Miss Chestnut looked sharp at exercise on Wednesday morning, galloping out of the straight in 1:01.1 by 47.3 and will be hard to beat.Elsewhere on the 11-race programme, Nelson’s mount, SILVER CLOUD should win the day’s supporting feature for the Allan “Billy” Williams Memorial Trophy over 1400 metres to be contested by 11 overnight allowance horses.Trained by Steven Todd, the grey SILVER CLOUD is not among the fancied runners but has the capacity to win a race of this nature and gets the nod over UNCLE TAF and ROYAL VIBES. I also like BIMINI to win the first race, FRANKENSTORM to repeat in the second, SMASH AMUSEMENT in the fourth and MARVELLOUS MARVA in the eighth.
The Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) player development programme, will have a new twist this year, after the local beer giant’s partnership with Nike.The American sports apparel company will send a team to conduct advance fitness and structured football training for selected players and coaches at the Barbican field in a two-day exercise starting today at 8 a.m.Now in its third year, the RSPL player development programme seeks to develop players’ off-field skills such as appearance, media training, social media skills and financial management.The two-day event will this year be split in two segments with on-the-field training for players and coaches on Friday and a seminar on Saturday.Red Stripe’s head of marketing and innovations, Blandine Paul-Reid said they are totally committed to the RSPL players’ development, which is why they have invest in this project and its continued improvement.COMMITTED TO THE LEAGUE”As we look at moving the Red Stripe Premier League to the next level, projects like this are important. Red Stripe is very dedicated to the league and the development of players,” said Paul-Reid.”Developing players has been a long journey. We have gone from a small execution at Courtleigh hotel, to bringing partners like Nike to help our players become better. Having Nike representing the players and helping them build their skills so they can make it big is probably the best development for the League,” she commented.Jamaica and Trinidad’s Nike sales representative, Michael Bookbinder, leads the three man team consisting of himself, former professional footballer and currently top Panamanian Nike coach, Eilado Mitre and head of sport marketing, Pedro Boyd.”I would like to do something positive and get them to a next level, whether in life or in their careers. I want to leave something positive so that people will talk about the event we did. We’ll see what players need to improve on, if it’s speeds, strength,” said Bookbinder.”The coaches will benefit because they are going to see new techniques they are not using now in their daily or weekly routine, and it will help them incorporate new training techniques they are not using now,” Bookbinder added.
Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was merely a spectator for most of the match and had plenty of time to admire his heir apparent. Donnarumma turned 18 only last month but he has already played more than 60 times in Serie A and made two Italy appearances. He notably kept out a Miralem Pjanic free kick then denied Sami Khedira with the help of De Sciglio’s goal-line clearance. He also managed to deflect Pjanic’s shot onto the crossbar. Milan midfielder Jose Sosa was sent off following a second booking in the third minute of stoppage time and Juventus upped the pressure. Gonzalo Higuain’s acrobatic effort was parried by Donnarumma but the ball was crossed back into the area and struck De Sciglio’s arm from close range. Fino alla fine (Until the end) is the Juventus motto and it lived up to it again as Paulo Dybala converted a penalty with the last kick of the match to beat AC Milan 2-1 and go 11 points clear in Serie A yesterday ahead of this weekend’s games. Teen goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to have earned Milan a precious point with some fine saves but Juventus were awarded a penalty deep in stoppage time after Mattia De Sciglio was judged to have handled Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross. Juventus extended their Serie A record to 31 consecutive home wins. They also moved 11 points clear of second-placed Roma and 13 ahead of Napoli. Roma visit Palermo tomorrow, shortly after Napoli host Crotone. Milan remained seventh, a point behind Inter Milan, which host fifth-placed Atalanta tomorrow. Juventus took the lead on the half hour through an unlikely goal-scorer. Medhi Benatia beat the offside trap to control Dani Alves’ chipped pass and smash it past Donnarumma from close range for his first goal for the club. Milan leveled two minutes from halftime following great work from Gerard Deulofeu, who sprinted down the left from inside his own half, cut inside, and threaded the ball through for Carlos Bacca to fire into the bottom right corner. Bacca appearaed to be slightly offside. Spectator