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CORRECTIONThe first edition of the Ali Cole Cup will be held on July 13 and 14. A report in last Saturday’s STAR Sports had an incorrect date. We regret the error. Source link

Lankan batsman flies out for Windies series | Sports

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Batsman Dhananjaya de Silva is set to join Sri Lanka on their current tour of West Indies, after attending to his father’s funeral. The 26-year-old’s father, a local politician, was shot dead by an unknown assailant on the eve of the squad’s departure for the Caribbean last month. However, de Silva will not be part of the opening Test starting Wednesday in Port of Spain, as he will only touch down in the Caribbean today. Sri Lanka completed their three-day tour match against CWI President’s XI…

Brilliant Neymar | Sports | Jamaica Star

LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Only three months ago, Brazil striker Neymar was on an operating table and in danger of missing the World Cup in Russia. Those fears largely disappeared yesterday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon. Playing for the first time since February, Neymar scored the opener in Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win against Croatia in Liverpool after coming on for the second half. He then ran to hug Brazilian football confederation doctor Rodrigo Lasmar on…

Little-known 34-y-o steals spotlight in JFF play-offs | Sports

Little-known midfielder Jerome Wedderburn of Dunbeholden produced a wonderful performance as his team scored a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Mount Pleasant in the Magnum/Charley’s JB/Jamaica Football Federation promotion play-off series yesterday. Wedderburn showed heart and plenty of ability. He scored the winning goal in the 28th minute, after Mount Pleasant had taken the lead through Kesslan Hall in the 20th minute. Dunbeholden’s central defender Kevin Reid had earlier found the equaliser in the 26th minute. Wedderburn, who attended Norman Manley High but did not play in the Manning Cup is…

Iwobi, Moses headline Nigeria’s squad | Sports

VIENNA (AP): Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses are the big names in Nigeria’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with John Obi Mikel as captain. Iwobi, Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho offer coach Gernot Rohr a variety of options up front, while the 6-foot-6 striker Simeon Nwankwo is included after earning his first cap Monday against Congo. Left-back Bryan Idowu, who was born and raised in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, could play in his home city when Nigeria take on Argentina in Group D, after Nigeria revealed their…

‘Home’ players dominate Russia’s squad | Sports

MOSCOW (AP): Creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev and Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev have been confirmed in Russia’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup. All but two of the squad play for Russian clubs, with the exceptions being Cheryshev and reserve goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, who plays for Brugge in Belgium. The naturalised German defenders Roman Neustaedter and Konstantin Rausch failed to make the cut from a provisional 28-man list, but Brazil-born right-back Mario Fernandes is included. Without a win in their last six friendlies, Russia could struggle for goals in Group…

Taylor makes big statement in Cayman | Sports

Jamaica’s top junior sprinter Christopher Taylor said Saturday’s victory in the men’s 400 metres at the Cayman Invitational track and field meet is a major boost for him ahead of this year’s World Under-20 Championships, which will be held in Tampere, Finland, next month. The 18-year-old Taylor turned in a brilliant performance to capture the event in a new personal best time of 45.24 seconds beating the 45.27 he ran in 2015 at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. Chidi Okezie of Nigeria was second in 45.65, while Jamaica’s…

Jackson upbeat about future in Europe | Sports

Phoenix All-Star Football Academy Founder Craig Butler describes academy graduate and St Andrews FC winger Kemmu Johnson as the most skillful player from his set-up. The 22-year-old, who admitted to having a tough start to life in the Maltese Premier League, strongly believes he has the qualities to play at an even higher level, but just needs someone to show faith in him. “I’ve been in Malta for two years. At first it was tough when I was playing with Mosta FC. A lot of things affected me and sometimes…