Adrian Frater | JFF should try the Cavalier model | Sports

As one who strongly believes that the future of Jamaica’s football lies in the hands of our best young talents, I believe it would serve the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) well if it copies the model Rudolph Speid, the technical director of Cavalier Soccer Club, has embraced by drafting several gifted young players into his team’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign. While I have nothing against the older players, I believe that if a 17-year-old player is at the same technical level as a 30 year old, it would…

Chelsea offer Barkley career revival | Sports

LONDON, England (AP): England midfielder Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton yesterday as one of English football’s unfulfilled talents looked to revive his career. The 24-year-old Barkley signed a five and a half year deal at the English Premier League champions, with British media reporting a transfer fee of PS15 million for a player whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season. “To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it’s unbelievable for me,” said Barkley, who has not played this season…

FA Cup: Van Dijk grabs derby winner on debut | Sports

LIVERPOOL, England (AP): It couldn’t have gone any better for Virgil van Dijk on his Liverpool debut. Signed last week for PS75 million as the world’s most expensive defender, Van Dijk scored an 84th-minute winner against Everton Liverpool’s fierce local rival in front of the storied Kop stand at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup yesterday. “Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player,” the Netherlands defender said after the 2-1 win in the 230th Merseyside derby. “To score a goal is even more…

NBL teams doubtful about start date | Sports

Jamaica Basketball Association president, Calvin Martin, said that clubs are still sceptical of the proposed January 20 restart of the National Basketball League and have been slow in completing their registration. Nevertheless, he is optimistic that the tournament, which has been out of commission for four years, will tip off on the projected date, albeit, with a shortened version. ”Right now, to how the teams are responding in terms of getting the registration process going, I have some concerns. We must get things like passport photographs and other information, and…

Khan puts Red Force in control | Sports

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Leg-spinner Imran Khan’s 20th five-wicket haul in first class cricket undermined Leeward Islands Hurricanes and put Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a good position in their eighth round Regional Four-Day match here yesterday. Khan snatched five for 25 as Hurricanes, resuming the second day at Queen’s Park Oval on 36 for three, struggled to 163 all out in their first innings. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre supported well with two for 26. Akeem Saunders top-scored with 49 and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton got 28, while Mervin…

IOC member resigns amid claim he assaulted former girlfriend | Sports

GENEVA (AP): Under pressure in the Netherlands amid allegations he assaulted a former girlfriend in 2015, Camiel Eurlings resigned as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member yesterday. “I greatly regret the course of events,” Eurlings said in a statement to media in his native country. Eurlings was accused of assault in 2015 by a then-girlfriend. An agreement was reached last year to settle the case without criminal charges and no admission of guilt by the former lawmaker and government minister, and one-time CEO of the KLM airline. “The discussion whether…

Fiorentina grab late draw with Inter | Sports

ROME, Italy (AP): Giovanni Simeone scored an equaliser in added time and Fiorentina salvaged a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan yesterday to extend its unbeaten streak to eight matches. Inter had gone ahead when Mauri Icardi scored his league-leading 18th goal in 20 matches early in the second half with a rebound of his own header. But Fiorentina had controlled most of the match and deservedly drew level when a few deflections put the ball at Simeone’s feet and the Argentine scored from 10 yards. It was the seventh goal…

Lamar Jackson leaving Louisville for NFL draft | Sports

Lamar Jackson is leaving Louisville to enter the NFL draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner. The 20-year-old junior quarterback tweeted yesterday that he talked with his family before announcing the decision, which was confirmed by the school. His decision was somewhat expected after he compiled some statistics that were better than those from his Heisman-winning numbers as a sophomore. He finished third in this year’s vote. Jackson thanked Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino, teammates and fans on Twitter. “It has been nothing short of an honour to…

The healing hands of God saw her through | Features

The Bible says, in James 5:16, that the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Well, Reverend Lesline Henry of the Johns Hall New Testament Church of God in Clarendon knew exactly what that meant when she suddenly fell ill some months ago. Henry testified that she fell ill one Wednesday night while conducting Bible study at her church. “I had just started reading the Bible when suddenly, I felt a sensation in one of my feet. Then I started stuttering and repeating the words I was saying, but…

Weah invites Wenger to presidential inauguration | Sports

LONDON, England (AP): Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has been invited to former footballer George Weah’s inauguration as Liberia’s president. But Wenger, who signed Weah when he was Monaco coach in 1988, expects to be too busy to make the trip from London for the January 22 ceremony. Weah, a former FIFA World Player of the Year, was elected president last week in Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years. Wenger says “it’s down to the fact that one thing that was common in George’s…