Kelly ready for ANZ league | Sports

Sunshine Girls’ defender Malysha Kelly said she has prepared, mentally and physically, to handle the rigours of playing in this year’s ANZ Championships in New Zealand, which is scheduled to get under way in May. Kelly, 27, will ply her trade for the Southern Steel this season after switching from the Suncorp Super League in Australia at the end of last season. Kelly told STAR Sports that she has been working hard in preparation for this season’s competition and is confident that she will do well. “I am really excited…

De Bruyne inks new City deal | Sports

MANCHESTER, England (AP): Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City, tying him to the English Premier League leader until 2023. The Belgium midfielder joined City in the summer of 2015 from Wolfsburg and has set up more league goals 38 than any other player in that period. De Bruyne has been one of City’s best players during the team’s record-breaking start to the season that has pushed it 12 points clear after 24 games. De Bruyne says: “Not only are we winning, we are playing…

Tivoli’s Shaw eyes Reggae Boyz cap | Sports

Tivoli Gardens central midfielder Tevin Shaw is confident of making his debut for the Reggae Boyz in next Tuesday’s friendly against South Korea in Turkey. Shaw is among 14 local players named in a 20-man squad scheduled to depart the island this afternoon. He had travelled to Peru for a friendly against that country last June but was benched for the entire game. Now, he has another opportunity to get his first cap for the Reggae Boyz. “I feel overwhelmed. It is a great achievement to represent the country at…

No lights, bad roads hamper STETHS’ Champs progress | Sports

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) track and field coach Reynaldo Walcott, says that poor infrastructure in the parish has prevented the school from breaking into the top five at Boys’ Champs after finishing fifth at the last three meets. Walcott, 29, said unlit streets and bad roads have caused him to cut his practice time to suit parents who are worried when students leave practice at the Santa Cruz school after 5 p.m. “If six o’clock hits and the child doesn’t reach home, the parent is going to call…

Faulkland strong despite loss of Ottey | Sports

Faulkland FC continues their dominance of the JFF Western Confederations-Charley’s JB Rum Super League despite losing their former national and most experienced player, Allan Ottey. The striker, last Wednesday joined Red Stripe Premier League outfit Waterhouse FC. Faulkland remains unbeaten in six games so far, scoring 20 goals, which sees them topping the overall points table with 16 points. Their most recent victory came on Saturday at Jarrett Park, where they put four unanswered goals past Roaring River FC of Westmoreland. Coach Gregory Palmer said losing Ottey was tough.  …

Reno’s hope built on defence | Sports

Reno’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, says that his team now fully understands the importance of being a strong defensive unit. Reynolds, who guided his team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Tivoli FC at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, said that the fact that his team has got a defensive philosophy will go a far way in Reno’s qualifying for the play-offs. “I think that we were one of the better teams over the last few games, defensively, which was one of our focuses,” said Reynolds. Reno has conceded…

Edwards shoots down Speid’s call | Sports

Cavalier’s Rudolph Speid has questioned the omission of defender Jamoi Topey from the list of invitees announced for the Reggae Boyz’ friendly match against South Korea in Turkey next Tuesday. Speid, Cavalier’s coach and former president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association, described Topey as “the best central defender in the country” and ready to take his place in the Jamaica senior team. “He has always been a national. He was national Under-15, national Under-17, national Under-20 player. He came right through the system,” Speid pointed out. “He…

Adrian Frater | Giving our own their just due | Sports

As a native of Trelawny, where to be kind is generally accepted as a way of life, I am happy that track and field superstar Usain Bolt, a son of the parish, has stepped forward with his $1 million offer to assist the wards of the Walker’s Place of Safety, in Kingston, who were recently displaced by a devastating fire. Bolt’s kind gesture, which was his immediate reaction after hearing the tragic news, did not come as a surprise to me. Based on what I know of his family, especially…

Cavalier, Portmore meet in hot clash | Sports

Spectators at the Stadium East Complex could be in for a treat tomorrow at 5 p.m. as two of the Red Stripe Premier League’s (RSPL) in-form teams, hosts Cavalier SC and league leaders Portmore United, will do battle in what is expected to be a thrilling game of football. Portmore are in a commanding position on 47 points, while Cavalier are in fourth spot on 35 points in the 12-team league. Both teams are playing some attractive football, so this is a highly anticipated matchup. Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid…

McLeod, Atkinson crowned 2017’s best | Sports

STAR Writer World Champion, Omar McLeod, and star swimmer Alia Atkinson were crowned the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for 2017 at last night’s awards ceremony, which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. McLeod, who followed up his gold in the 110m hurdles at the Rio Olympics in 2016 with a win in the same event at the IAAF World Championships in London last August, was the winning the award for the first time in his career. The 23-year-old McLeod, won the…