Bolt surprised by RJRGLEANER Sportsman Award nomination | Sports

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt said that he is very shocked that he has been nominated for this year’s RJRGleaner Sports Foundation National Sportsman of The Year award, which will be held on January 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Bolt retired from athletics following his disappointing showing at last World Championships in London, where he finished third in the final of the men’s 100m. He also pulled up on the final leg of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay final. The 31-year-old Bolt, who is tied with boxer Michael McCallum…

Law: Don’t write off Gayle | Sports

  MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC): Chris Gayle may not have fired in the recent limited overs series against New Zealand but West Indies head coach Stuart Law has again warned pundits not to write off the ageing superstar. The 38-year-old managed scores of 22 and four in his two one-day appearances while mustering 12 and 0 in his two Twenty20 (T20) International outings. Law said the Jamaican’s failures in the series did not reflect the quality of the player. “Write him off at your peril,” the Australian told reporters.…

Hammers, Spurs end in 1-1 Wembley draw | Sports

LONDON, England (AP): A powerful long-range strike by Son Heung-min salvaged a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against West Ham yesterday at the climax of a packed festive English Premier League programme. The South Korean, showing no signs of exhaustion after completing a second match inside 48 hours, spared Tottenham from embarrassment 84 minutes into a game it had completely dominated – without finding the ruthlessness needed in front of goal.   LITTLE TO DO   West Ham took the lead with its only shot on target, and it was a…

Gatlin spotted at former coach’s camp | Sports

Reigning 100m World Champion Justin Gatlin has been seen at former coach Brooks Johnson’s training camp in Orlando, Florida fuelling reports that the two parties are working together again. Gatlin, has been the subject of criticism throughout his career after serving doping bans in 2001 and 2006. IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe also publicly made clear his resentment to the American’s active status in global track and field. After beating world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at the IAAF World Championships in London, last August, Gatlin came in for further criticism…

Things easier for Messi, CR7 – Ronaldo | Sports

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has poured cold water on Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) and Lionel Messi’s domination of world football – pointing to a lack or competition for the star pair. CR7 and Messi have undoubtedly been the sport’s biggest stars over the past decade and have shared 10 Ballon d’Ors between them. Ronaldo, despite being a big fan of both superstars, says it was tougher for him to gain global recognition during his playing career than it is nowadays. “In my generation, the competition was much bigger than it is now,…

Money Magnet chasing back to back wins | Sports

MONEY MAGNET has settled down nicely as a stalking sprinter, best effective up to six furlongs, the distance at which she won three weeks ago, beating ORPHEUS in a driving finish after disposing of his stablemate, SIEMPRE BUENO, in the stretch run. The four-year-old filly returns at 1100 metres in Saturday’s St Catherine Cup, hunting back-to-back open allowance victories, which would land her in grade one, joining the likes of CHACE THE GREAT, who only beat her by a length in November’s Caribbean Sprint. MONEY MAGNET’s recent victory has, of…

Yes Ju Can … Liverpool midfielder close to Juventus move | Sports

Italian giants Juventus are reportedly confident of securing the services of German midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer this summer, according to several UK media outlets. The Liverpool box-to-box player has not renewed his deal with the Merseyside club and is out of contract at the end of the season. He is therefore free to negotiate with other clubs from this month. Despite the interest of several other top clubs, The Guardian is reporting that Juve have been assured by Can’s representatives that the midfielder will sign for the…

Toro make coaching change | Sports

TURIN, Italy (AP): Torino fired coach Sinisa Mihajlovic yesterday and hired Walter Mazzarri, the former Napoli, Inter Milan and Watford coach. Mazzarri signed a contract through the 2019-20 season with the Serie A team. Mihajlovic lost his job a day after Torino were eliminated from the Italian Cup with a derby defeat to Juventus. Torino announced the decision on their website yesterday, thanking Mihajlovic for his “dedication and passion” for the club. Torino have won just one of their last eight Serie A matches and are 10th in the 20-team…

Injured Murray pulls out of Aussie Open | Sports

Andy Murray needed only a couple of days in Australia to realise the hip problem that has kept him out of competitive tennis since Wimbledon was not going to improve in time for the season’s first major. The five-time finalist withdrew from the Australian Open yesterday, two days after pulling out of a tune-up event in Brisbane before his first match. Confirmation of his absence came hours after Kei Nishikori announced that he, also, would not have enough time to fully recover from a torn wrist tendon before the Australian…

Simply the best! – Humble Lion coach Merron Gordon hails Foster as RSPL’s top striker | Sports

Humble Lion head coach, Merron Gordon, said that the team’s latest acquisition, Craig Foster, formerly of Reno, is the best striker in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Gordon said that he believes that the striker would not only make the Clarendon club better and help them achieve their ambitions, but anticipates that with the improved supporting cast, he should score a lot more goals than he was able to tally while at the Westmoreland club. “I don’t think he is one of the best. I think he is the…