World Cup match official resigns after cash sting revealed | Sports

GENEVA (AP): A World Cup assistant referee resigned from duty after being caught taking a US$600 (about $J76,000) cash payment in an undercover television sting. Aden Range Marwa of Kenya told FIFA he would not go to Russia, the world football body said Thursday. FIFA said it passed details of Marwa’s case and others linked to misconduct in a Ghanaian journalist’s documentary to its “investigatory and judicial bodies to follow up.” The Kenyan official, who was approved by FIFA for international games since 2008, was filmed taking the cash at…

Germany in unconvincing win over Saudi Arabia | Sports

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP): Defending World Cup champions Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 yesterday for a timely but unimpressive win just more than a week before its title defence begins in Russia. Having failed to win any of its previous five friendly games since wrapping up qualification with a perfect 10 wins from 10 matches, Germany were keen to deliver a statement four days before the side leaves for its tournament base in Moscow, especially after last Saturday’s lacklustre 2-1 defeat to Austria. But Joachim Low’s side again failed to shine…

WORLD CUP FLASHBACK: Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 | Sports

WORLD CUP FLASHBACK: (AP): Diego Maradona scored one of the most underhanded goals in World Cup history in 1986. It’s known as the “Hand of God.”Argentina was not a one-man team at the tournament in Mexico, but Maradona made it look like it was. That was especially true in the quarter-finals against England, when he scored one of the game’s greatest goals as well as one of the most controversial. Standing at 5-foot-5 (1.65 meters), Maradona had a low centre of gravity allied with exceptional strength, a combination that allowed…

Sadio Mane: The ‘quiet kid’ with the superstar talent | Sports

DAKAR, Senegal (AP): One fan thumped his chest with his fist. Another raised a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane had scored. It did not matter that Mane’s goal was for Liverpool, not Senegal. Nor that his club would lose to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. “He’s our leader,” said Samba Ndiaye, 27, who wore a US$5 (about J$635) knockoff “Mane” Liverpool jersey to the Champions League final viewing party at Cheikh…

Barbican, Mount Pleasant in hot clash | Sports

Barbican will look to maintain their lead atop the Magnum/Charley’s JB/JFF Premier League promotion play-off series, against highly fancied Mount Pleasant Football Academy at Drax Hall, St Ann, at 4 p.m. The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League champions are early leaders in the four-team play-off series for two spots in next season’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Barbican, who are on four points from two games, will play away to third-place Mount Pleasant FA (three) in a crucial clash to finish the first round. Having won…

Argentina’s injured Lanzini to miss World Cup | Sports

BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini tore a ligament in his right knee yesterday, ruling him out of the World Cup. Lanzini was injured while the team trained in Barcelona, Spain, before heading to Russia for the tournament. Team doctor Daniel Martinez said they would announce soon when and where Lanzini will undergo the operation to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. Argentina opens its World Cup campaign in eight days against Iceland in Moscow. The 25-year-old Lanzini, who plays for English club West Ham, was expected to be a…

No room for Slayers error – Rohan Robinson | Sports

St George’s Slayers’ coach, Rohan Robinson, said he is well aware of the threat UWI Runnin’ Rebels present when the teams face off in the decisive game three of the National Basketball League (NBL) final tomorrow at the National Arena at 6 p.m. The Rebels scored a close 65-62 victory over Slayers in game two of the finals at the same venue on Thursday to level the series at 1-1. Robinson says that although they know Rebels can be dangerous, they are mentally ready for anything their opponent can throw…

Whitmore implementing new style of play | Sports

With increasing calls for the country to adapt a unified style of play, Jamaica’s senior men’s football team coach, Theodore Whitmore, says he is working assiduously with his technical team to devise and implement a style that will suit the natural abilities of Jamaican players. Whitmore, who was present at the Captain Horace Burrell Memorial Lecture at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday evening, says implementing a style of play from the grass root level would give a clear indication of where the football programme is going. “It is something that…

Breaking down the groups

Group ARussia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UruguayJune 14 – Russia vs Saudi ArabiaJune 15 – Egypt vs UruguayJune 19 – Russia vs EgyptJune 20 – Uruguay vs Saudi ArabiaJune 25 – Uruguay vs RussiaJune 25 – Saudi Arabia vs EgyptRussiaKey player – Igor Akinfeev… Source link

Notify us! – Lawes, Benbow gave JFF no warning of missing national training | Sports

Manager of the Jamaica national senior football team, Roy Simpson, told STAR Sports that Waterhouse duo, Cardel Benbow and Shawn Lawes, left the island for the United States of America (USA) without officially informing the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Central defender Lawes and midfielder Benbow were named in a 21-man squad by head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, for a training camp that started last Monday and finished yesterday at the UWI-JFF/Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence. The national team continued preparation for the inaugural CONCACAF Nation’s League coming up in…