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…

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…

‘Tuffy’ set for Boys’ Town move | Sports

Former national senior team striker, Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson is in talks with struggling Red Stripe Premier League club, Boys’ Town FC for a possible move to the Red Brigade during this month’s transfer window. Andrew Price, head coach of Boys’ Town said that Anderson has expressed a desire to come to the club and help them battle relegation. Boys’ Town are in last position on 11 points in the 12-team league. “There are some discussions with the player. He has expressed an interest to help the club,” Price told Star…

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…