Hamsik extends record as leaders Napoli win 1-0 at Crotone | Sports

CROTONE, Italy (AP): Breaking Diego Maradona’s all-time scoring record at Napoli meant entering sacred territory for midfielder Marek Hamsik. So it is no surprise that Hamsik is being celebrated as club royalty. Less than a week after breaking Maradona’s club record, he scored the 117th goal of his Napoli career in a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Crotone yesterday. Yesterday’s match was all about honouring Hamsik, a 30-year-old Slovak who joined the club 10 years ago. Napoli’s shirts featured a special patch on the left sleeve that read ‘All-time top scorer’…

Wenger focusing on short term with Sanchez | Sports

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he will not be drawn on speculation regarding star player Alexis Sanchez’ future at the club, adding that instead, he is focused on the short term while the player is still under contract. The player will be free to sign a pre-contract with any foreign club, if he chooses, when the transfer window reopens on Monday but Wenger admits he is not sure what may happen when that time comes. “First of all nobody knows what will happen and it’s always difficult to speculate,”…

Inter hoping to turn corner against Lazio | Sports

(AP): Two weeks ago Inter Milan was on top of Serie A and had not lost a match all season. Now it is seemingly in freefall and has lost three straight matches in all competitions. Inter’s latest defeat came in the Italian Cup at struggling city rival AC Milan on Wednesday and it will need to swiftly pick itself up if it is to get a result against title rival Lazio today. “It is a painful defeat, and also maybe unexpected, because we cared a lot about this Italian Cup,”…

Reno to address defensive woes | Sports

Michael Graham, coach of Red Stripe Premier League outfit FC Reno, said he plans to bolster his team’s defensive unit when the transfer opens in January. Reno, whose current record stands at five wins, seven draws and sixth defeats, are currently sixth in the standings on 22 points. They were beaten 2-0 by hosts Tivoli Gardens in their last game at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Thursday. They have scored 16 goals so far this season while conceding 20. SOFTGOALS Graham said that his team has been conceding what…

Goals keeping one horse race Bundesliga interesting | Sports

Goals are keeping the Bundesliga exciting even if the title race has a familiar feel with Bayern Munich racing away at the halfway stage. Only two games were settled by just one goal in the last round before the winter break, with all but one of the rest featuring four goals or more. Bundesliga defenders are having a hard time defending. Bayern’s early troubles have been quickly forgotten, as has Borussia Dortmund’s best-ever start to the league after its collapse. Meanwhile, Schalke has proven resilient under new coach Domenico Tedesco…

Beckham’s youth coach to be honoured by Queen | Sports

LONDON (AP): Queen Elizabeth II is honouring the former Manchester United youth team football coach who helped to launch David Beckham’s career. Eric Harrison developed the renowned “Class of 92” at United that also featured winger Ryan Giggs, midfielder Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers, Phil and Gary, who played in defence. In the British monarch’s New Year honours list, the 79-year-old Harrison has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE. The graduates of Harrison’s youth setup went on to form the backbone of…

Hakkinen: Hamilton will retire when he loses hunger | Sports

Finnish Former Formula One (F1) World Champion Mika Hakkinen, said that he believes current champion Lewis Hamilton will retire from the sport when he loses his hunger for winning. Hakkinen drew comparisons between himself and the Brit, Hamilton, saying that he is impressed with his F1 World Drivers’ Championship win this year, which was the third in four seasons, and fourth overall. “Lewis’ achievement in winning four World Championship titles is impressive, and you can see that he has kept the hunger alive, that is critical,” Hakkinen wrote in his…

Arnett looking to strengthen | Sports

Despite flying high in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite says he plans to strengthen his team in the January transfer window. Although he is looking to make reinforcements in all areas, the wily tactician claims no specific players has been identified as yet. “The door is always open for every area. The offensive team is doing well in terms of scoring goals, but I still think they are a little off where our target is concerned. The midfield minds needs to improve, even though…

‘We need support!’ … Benzwick blasts lack of sponsorship attention | Sports

Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick has bemoaned the lack of sponsorship for the sport, saying that not enough corporate backers are interested in investing in growing local sporting brands, which needs to change. “We know how Jamaica is, especially with a ‘minor sport,’ he said. “If you don’t win, you don’t get attention. We see it over and over where athletes do very well in their sport. It’s not until dem deh pon tv nuff, dem get sponsors saying ‘Yeah, we want to be a part of…

Lloyd dismisses Boys’ Town return | Sports

Arnett Gardens’ midfielder, Renae Lloyd has dismissed a possible return to former club Boys’ Town during next month’s transfer window in the Red Stripe Premier League. A close source had told STAR Sports that Lloyd was among three players that coach of Boys’ Town, Andrew Price had secured for the Red Brigade. However, when contacted yesterday morning, Lloyd said he has no reason to leave Arnett Gardens at this time. “Boys’ Town is my club, that I love but I don’t think that would be the best move for me…