Jamaica Reggae Girlz draw 1-1 with South Africa

first_imgPlayers and support staff of the Jamaica Women’s National Team felt their mission was accomplished, after coming from a goal behind to draw 1-1 in a friendly international with South Africa Women’s National Team in Durban, South Africa on Sunday.Khadija Shaw equalized for the Reggae Girlz approaching the hour mark, after Linda Motlhalo had given Banyana,(as the South Africans are known) a 1-0 lead at half-time before a crowd of around 30,000 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.Close to announcing final team for World CupThe Jamaican head coach Hue Menzies said he is now in a better position to make a decision on the final Jamaica squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this June in France.“We’re very close to arriving at our final squad,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. “Obviously, we’ve gotta go back and meet with the technical staff.“We’ve got a few technicalities that we got to wait on with FIFA, but once we get all that stuff sorted, we can finalize our roster. We’ll take 23 for the games, but we’ll take 26 on the trip.”“That gives us an additional three players to be on that trip, and obviously, if somebody gets injured, we have those alternates there training.Menzies and his technical staff had used the one-week trip to South Africa to assess a number of players, hoping to see if the squad could be strengthened for women’s football’s showpiece tournament.“Some players played their way in, some players played their way out,” said Menzies. “That’s just the nature of the beast, but we feel like we got a true evaluation of the players.”Run of pay in South African matchJamaica came under pressure from early, but the South Africans came close to breaking the deadlock twice, when Jermaine Seoposenwe failed to finish off Refiloe Jane’s pass in the 20th minute and the upright denied Jane’s header from Lebogang Ramalepe’s cross a minute later.Motlhalo made the breakthrough in the 27th minute for the home team, beating her marker to fire her side in front.The Girlz had a chance to hit back before the half-time whistle, but they could not take advantage of their hosts’ defensive blunder in the 33rd minute.Shaw brought them level in the 57th minute, when she ran past two defenders before beating hapless South African net-minder Andile Dlamini with a rasping shot just inside the 18-yard box. South Africa missed penaltyFour minutes later, the Girlz had a huge slice of good fortune, when Leandra Smeda missed the chance to give the home team the lead, as she hit the crossbar, after the South African were awarded a penalty from a handled ball inside the penalty area.Jamaican Captain and central defender Konya Plummer said her side would have learnt a number of invaluable lessons as they prepare for the World Cup.Must train harder “What they came out with is definitely what we expected as they exposed us a lot, and that they exposed us showed that we definitely have to train harder and improve on some things,” she told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.“I know there are always areas of my game that need improvement, but I am working on getting out there, trying to get better to make my team and country proud.“We gave up a goal and a penalty, so as captain and playing in the defense that is something I have to deal with mentally in the game and how I could step it up.”Tough Group CThe Girlz have been drawn in Group C at the FIFA Women’s World Cup alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia. They will get their campaign started on June 9 against Brazil. They will play Italy on June 14 and Australia on June 18.last_img read more

Advance Notice Of Road Closure – A709

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe A709 [from A75 to Catherinefield Road] will be closed from Monday 7 January to Sunday 26 January 2019 due to resurfacing work. Alternative routes are A75[T], A701[T], B7076, and A709. Dumfries and Galloway Council are aware that 7 January is first day of school following the Christmas holiday and won’t shut the road until after the morning school run.The closure means there will be no public access to Lochar Moss Household Waste Recycling Centre. Alternative is Lincluden HWRC.last_img read more

Kamala Harris Ends US Presidential Campaign

first_imgInternationalNewsPolitics Kamala Harris Ends US Presidential Campaign by: – December 4, 2019 In this November 20, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, D-California, speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 70 Views   no discussions Tweet Jamaican-American Democratic Senator Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” she wrote in a note to supporters. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”Read Morelast_img read more

Academy announces coaching workshop

first_imgLed by Richard Shuttleworth – coaching consultant to England Rugby, GB Hockey and FA National Pathway coaches, professional coach development manager for the RFU and skill acquisition specialist for the Australian Institute of Sport – the workshop takes place at Lockleaze Sports Centre on Sunday, 21st October, 2pm-5pm and will focus on ‘developing skill, decision-making and leadership in young players’.Only 60 places are available, and the cost is £10. To reserve a place, please email Lucie Peters: lpeters@bristolbearsrugby.comlast_img read more

Juan Pablo Montoya: ‘I’m trying to teach them to be racers’

first_imgJuan Montoya in Victory Circle gives son Sebastian a drink of the milk after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 as daughters Manuela and Paulina look on. May 24, 2015Juan Montoya in Victory Circle gives son Sebastian a drink of the milk after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 as daughters Manuela and Paulina look on. May 24, 2015There were four Colombian-born drivers in the IndyCar Series race in Toronto, led by Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya. That might just be the beginning if Montoya does his job.Spend time with him, a driving lesson will follow.Helio Castroneves has seen it in action. At a recent IndyCar race, Castroneves listened to his Team Penske teammate explain to a young driver why he shouldn’t have spun fighting for a right-handed corner.Approach the braking zone with force, Montoya told him, and turn slightly left, into the opponent. He’ll spin instead.“Ahh,” Castroneves remembered thinking. “I’ll put that in my pocket and use it one day.”Montoya has won races all over the world, making his advice coveted. He’s learned how to share it.For most of IndyCar’s offseason, Montoya was out the door of his Miami home by 6:15 a.m., driving to a parking lot at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where people race karts. It’s there where Montoya does some of his best work coaching young drivers.Montoya’s 10-year-old son, Sebastian, is one of the pupils, but a pair of Florida-based Colombian girls benefit from his tutelage, too. Montoya — who owns the karting team with his wife, Connie, and receives help from his brother, Federico — is engaged in all facets of the day.“I set up every kart, which is hard because I’ve got to look at it and see what it’s doing, and I’ve got to sit down with (the drivers) and find out where in the corner they’re (strong),” said Montoya, who spent 14 years in karting and went to two world championships. “I’ve got to think if I want to change camber, casters, tows, everything. Gears, chassis heights, different axles, different spindles.“It’s a lot of work. Long days.”Before Montoya returns home about 8 p.m., he’s studied how each karter handles corners as well as conflicts. Coach misses nothing, and there’s no chance what he sees won’t reach their ears.Insider: Montoya appreciates the Indy 500 this time“I’m really, really hard on the kids, Sebastian and everybody,” Montoya said. “The reason I’m hard on them is because it’s not an easy road, and they’ve got to be tough. They’ve got to be strong, and they’ve got to understand how to do it.”Montoya breaks down the circuit by corners, and he asks the kids to do something specific in each. When necessary, he jumps in a kart to show them what he’s looking for.Juan Pablo Montoya (2) of Team Penske navigates his car through turn one during the 99th running of The Indianapolis 500, May 23, 2015, in Speedway, Ind.Juan Pablo Montoya (2) of Team Penske navigates his car through turn one during the 99th running of The Indianapolis 500, May 23, 2015, in Speedway, Ind.One day in February, Montoya watched 19-year-old Natalia Zornosa qualify third for a heat race. She jumped to second on the start, then was too careful in two hairpins and fell to seventh. Unsure how to make a quality pass, she stayed seventh the rest of the way despite having faster equipment.Montoya’s response was pointed.“I’d rather you crash trying to pass somebody than not try,” he said. “Use the brakes and get inside people. That’s how you get respect.“If the guy turns into you, you’ve got to stay there. If you start backing out (of the position) every time they’ll know you’ll get out of the way.”He takes a breath.“I’m trying to teach them to be racers,” he said.Juan Pablo Montoya still the one to beat in IndyCarMontoya started racing karts when he was 6, so he knows the path to greatness. He also understands most families don’t know the path.Montoya has assembled everything a student needs, including four new engines, all the equipment, the food, the drinks, a tent, even his trusty tool box.Montoya, who can wield a wrench, doesn’t want to publicize his fee, but suffice it to say it’s a bargain to learn from a former CART champion, NASCAR veteran and someone who kept Michael Schumacher honest at the height of Ferrari’s Formula One reign.“I don’t want to rip people off,” Montoya said. “(Another driver) charges $1,500 a day; I would feel bad to do that.“The other day we went with (Zornoc) and my own kart. We did all afternoon, just her and me. Charged her $800.”The work seems to be paying off. Zornoc ran last year’s Winter Tour in Orlando with help from someone else and finished 27th. Three seconds off the pace, she got lapped in a short heat race. Under Montoya’s tutelage, she qualified fourth for both races, only six-tenths of a second off the pole.Similar growth is being experienced by Valeria Vargas, who Montoya said is 10.“It’s a lot of work and it’s frustrating, but when they get better and you see them get better, it’s exciting,” Montoya said.Juan Pablo Montoya with one of his racing pupils, 10-year-old Valeria Vargas.Juan Pablo Montoya with one of his racing pupils, 10-year-old Valeria Vargas.Sebastian’s progress gets more exciting by the day. Yes, he has good equipment and a direct line to experience, but he also has to take his lumps. Father often puts his son through the paces in follow-the-leader. Sometimes, Sebastian is the leader.“He’s good, but it doesn’t mean anything yet,” Montoya said. “My background really helps and being my kid helps, but he’s still got to perform, and I think for what (few) races he does compared to other kids, he does a pretty good job.”Castroneves has been at the Homestead kart track with Montoya and doesn’t know how Montoya coaches so well; Montoya wonders why anyone would doubt him. Montoya understands, however, that most elite athletes struggle to transfer their knowledge to others.“Some guys can coach, some can’t,” Castroneves said. “I’m probably one of the (latter); I get too much emotion in it.“Juan Pablo is good because he tells you like it is. You don’t have to like it.”Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Facebook and on Twitter: @curtcavin. Juan Pablo Montoya, of Team Penske celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 24, 2015, afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Juan Pablo Montoya, of Team Penske celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 24, 2015, afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.last_img read more

Undefeated Murumbu claim premiership with 16th win on the trot

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: KT MURUMBU Outcasts have set the bench mark for rugby league in the Southern Highlands province. This is after they cruised to the Grand Final off the back of a stellar season. They were undefeated throughout the season, registering 16 consecutive wins, which included the Grand Final victory. Murumbu Outcast completed a stellar season with a 16-8 Gand Final triumph over Clancy Warriors in front of a bumper crowd at the Joe Keviame oval in Mendi on Sunday. It was a tough encounter between the mountain boys (Clancy Warriors) and the home town boys (Murumbu Outcasts) who battled it out in an exciting and entertaining finals decider. The Outcast scored two quick tries, one was from a brilliant set piece in the enemy’s red zone which saw their fast-finishing backs finish off on the right edge through Robert Koi to draw first blood in the opening 10 minutes. The Outcasts were led by former Hela Wigmen winger Dickson Paul, former Mendi Muruks Robert Kol and Nanu Dunstan who played key roles in denying the Warriors from causing an upset. Then Outcasts centre Jordan Kope cruised over for the second from a dumy-haff play from skipper and hooker Saki Nono. The Warriors to their credit responded with a try to second rower Junior Yak, after making a strong run to carry several Outcasts defenders over the line to score on the half-time hooter to close the gap to 10-4. Following the break, Outcast winger Nathan Pombo leaped over to score a converted try, after following up a Robert Kol grubber 10 minutes into the second half to seal the match 16-8. The Outcast side held on to the final whistle to capture another win in their peerless season. The Outcasts lifted the Peace Cup trophy and pocketed K5000 cash in prize money for their efforts. While the Warriors who finished as runners-up, settled for K4000. Omme Knights and Yoyo Roosters who finished as third and fourth respectively bagged K2000 as consolation prizes. The women in league division saw KMW Poiyo Storms put up a spirited fight with a come from behind effort to snatch an 8-6 victory over Yoyo Roosters in the women’s Grand Final. The Storms claimed the first ever women’s trophy to etch their name as the pioneer winners. They pocketed K3000 cash. While the Roosters settled for the runners-up trophy and picked up K2000 in prize-money.last_img read more

Mendi happy with Hope Cup challenge

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Mendi Rugby League through its Digicel Cup franchise team PRK Mendi Muruks is pleased to host the 2019 Hope Cup challenge. PRK Mendi Muruks team manager Eric Alom made this statement when speaking on behalf of Mendi rugby league, PRK Mendi Muruks and the entire rugby league followers of the province during a press conference held yesterday at National Capital District’s City Hall. The Hope Cup challenge was an initiative by NCD Governor Powes Parkop with support from Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, PRK Mendi Muruks, NCDC Port Moresby Vipers, Oceanic Construction, Pacific Corporate Security and other kind hearted sponsors. “As a representative and rugby league administrator, when Parkop who has immense success to change the face of Port Moresby comes with an idea like that we went straight to grab hold of the opportunity,” said Alom. He said this was also in line with what Muruks have embarked on by promoting hope and good values through rugby league in the community to develop good citizenships. “At the end of the day all the problems and success is the product of the people on who they are individually, families and community. We (PRK Mendi Muruks) are the only team representing the province, said Alom. “We are a passionate province and passionate rugby league people. We have had some long success in rugby league and people still compare Muruks of the past and to this current state. Sometimes it is not fair but that is the kind of expectation people have.” Alom said rugby league under PRK Mendi Muruks brand was used as a perfect vehicle to drive the whole concept. “We gave our best, we filled in the good team both coming from Mendi league and PRK Mendi Muruks to put on a good competition during the Hope Cup challenge,” said Alom. He said the key message apart from just competing on the field of play was promoting the message of hope. Problems face in the community goes beyond rugby league, family units and tribal connections and there needs to be ways to address these issues. “We need to use concepts to address such issues and rugby league is a good vehicle because everybody loves the game, play and comes in and support. That is the only best vehicle to use and we commend the governor Powes Parkop for the initiative,” said Alom. He said PRK Mendi Muruks board will continue to support and fully committed to partner such partnership.last_img read more

England World Cup squad reflects Gareth Southgate’s principles

first_imgSOUTHGATE had displayed his ruthless streak as England manager long before the confirmation of his 23-man World Cup squad and those left out yesterday were the latest examples of his determination not to be swayed by reputation.Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Bertrand joined Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling on the list of players to be discarded during his 18-month reign in charge. Billed as a safe pair of hands when appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor in 2016, following the controversial departure of his predecessor after just one game in charge, Southgate was portrayed as football’s Mr Nice Guy.Wayne Rooney has not made the cut in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.But, since taking on full-time a role over which he was initially hesitant, he has been bold virtually every step of the way with his decisions and selection and his squad for Russia, which has an average age of 26 years and 18 days, is all about potential and possibility, rather than a second or third shot at redemption for those who failed before.Whether England can win the World Cup remains to be seen and, with a potential quarterfinal vs either Brazil or Germany, a place in the last eight may well be the limit of Southgate’s ambitions. But at least this squad will go into the tournament without too many scars of the past, burdened by memories of abject failure and an inability to cope with pressure.There are no survivors from those taken by Fabio Capello to South Africa in 2010 and only five of Roy Hodgson’s Brazil 2014 party – Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Phil Jones, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck – have made the plane.Southgate has simply cleared out the old guard; he started with Rooney and Walcott during qualifying and completed the job by leaving Hart, Wilshere and Bertrand at home.However, don’t fall for the suggestion that this is all part of a masterplan designed to prepare for Qatar 2022, because football doesn’t work like that. Too many players come and go between World Cups – Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley, for example – so this is all about the here and now. Southgate believes the players selected are the best options; if they are also still around in four years’ time, so much the better.It is difficult to question any of his selections. The omissions are the right call and while the younger picks Trent Alexander-Arnold is uncapped and just 19 – may lack the experience of those they have replaced – Southgate is not exactly blessed with a variety of alternative options.In goal, the big call was overlooking Hart, who has 75 caps but was farmed out on loan by Manchester City for the past two seasons. With Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland obvious choices, Southgate has taken a chance on Burnley’s Nick Pope on the grounds of form, which should, in reality, always be the first criterion.Ruben Loftus-Cheek is heading to Russia.Defensively, there are good options rather than great ones. John Stones has had a difficult season at Manchester City, but Southgate is a confirmed admirer and the 23-year-old is seen as crucial to plans to play three at the back.The absence of a top-level playmaker in midfield is a problem that Southgate has had to grapple with since taking charge, so his options in that area lack the creative flair of the leading nations in Russia.Wilshere may once have had the potential to tick that box, but the Arsenal midfielder now lacks the requisite fitness and finesse. Physically, he also struggles to compete against the most accomplished teams and players.The decision to place Adam Lallana on standby is a surprise, considering Southgate’s admiration of the Liverpool player, but it is also a pointer to the manager’s determination to have a squad without pre-existing fitness concerns.Lallana’s injury-ravaged season has cost him, with England also denied the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following the knee injury he sustained last month.Ruben Loftus-Cheek is Southgate’s biggest gamble but the Chelsea midfielder, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, was outstanding against Germany and Brazil last November and so has earned the chance to impress in Russia.Up front, Southgate possesses a world-class striker in Harry Kane, while Jamie Vardy once again proved his credentials for Leicester with 20 league goals this season. And with Sterling and Jesse Lingard offering a goal threat from midfield, the concerns over Marcus Rashford’s form and Danny Welbeck’s ability to avoid injury are not quite as worrying.Indeed, another noteworthy aspect of the squad concerns the versatility offered by many players. For example, Alexander-Arnold, Ashley Young, Fabian Delph and Eric Dier can play in defence and midfield, while the attacking midfielders included also offer certain fluidity.There can be no escaping the fact that this squad is largely unproven at international level, with the shadow of Euro 2016 and the defeat against Iceland still hanging over the team at a major tournament.But Southgate’s selection has brought a freshness and sense of realism to the England set-up; the big question is how long that will last before misplaced optimism takes over.last_img read more

Thakurdin century, Ali five-for propel UG to first-innings lead

first_imgA CENTURY from Godfrey Thakurdin and five wickets from leg-spinner Ershaad Ali propelled the University of Guyana (UG) cricket team to a first-innings lead in their Noble House Seafoods Second Division two-day cricket competition against GNIC.GNIC won the toss and chose to bat. David Dick and Ovid Richardson scored half-centuries to lead the side to 200 in 35.4 overs at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground.Richardson, who opened the batting, struck eight fours and a six in his score of 52, while Dick, who batted at number four, smashed a similar number of boundaries in a score of 75.Ali, who was the last bowler to enter the attack, got the wicket of Dick then cleaned up the lower order to finish with 5-46 from eight overs, while captain Dennis Heywood and Omesh Danram supported with two wickets each.UG, in reply, raced to 340-7 in 49 overs by the end of the day’s play with the right-handed Thakurdin hitting an even 100 (12×4, 4×6). Support came from Danram who struck five fours and four sixes in his score of 58 and Elroy Fernanda who is unbeaten on 47 (5×4, 3×6).Dick, J. Benjamin and Clairmont Duesbury have so far picked up two wickets each for GNIC.last_img read more

Teenager Scrivens invited to train with QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images See also:Teenage forward agrees QPR dealQPR’s Luongo picks up injury West Brom youngster Chay Scrivens has been invited to train with QPR. The 19-year-old winger is one of a number of potentially available young players Rangers have agreed to take a look at in recent months.Scrivens, who has not made a first-team appearance for West Brom, is currently on loan at non-League Worcester City. He has previously been on loan at Torquay United. AdChoices广告center_img  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Amazon Shares: with Only £250 You Can Get a Monthly Fixed Income x Final Photos Taken Just Seconds Before Tragedy Struck x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Remember Her? Take a Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like Now x This 70s Star Was Every Guy’s Dream Girl. Try Not to Gasp when You See Her Now! x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more