Higuain returns to form ahead of Roma clash

first_img SPEAKS VOLUMES MILAN, Italy (AP): Gonzalo Higuain’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time. The Juventus forward scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Torino after having scored only once in the previous eight matches. And with the league leaders next facing second-place Roma tomorrow, Higuain’s goal-scoring touch will be in demand again. “I didn’t miss scoring,” Higuain said. “It was an outside problem, but not for me. I was always relaxed and calm.” Higuain, however, has struggled at times since joining Juventus for an Italian-record US $100 million after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals for Napoli last season. Higuain’s goals have come at the same time as the return from injury of Paulo Dybala. Five of the eight matches before Dybala’s injury were decided by goals from the two Argentines. Dybala came on for the final 20 minutes of the derby against Torino, when the score was still 1-1, and changed the match. Meanwhile, Roma striker Edin Dzeko hasn’t had any problems scoring. The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season four more than he netted in 31 appearances in his debut campaign, and three more than Higuain. “Both of them know how to play,” Roma midfielder Diego Perotti said. “They don’t just sit in the area waiting for the ball. They go in the middle, track back to get the ball. They know how to provide assists. They are two complete footballers, among the best in the world.” Dzeko has also drawn praise from the man tasked with stopping him on Saturday Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. “Right now Dzeko is their most dangerous player,” Buffon said. “He’s slotted into (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti’s playing system very easily and evidently understands it to perfection, judging by their results. “He probably just needed a bit of time. Dzeko’s past career speaks volumes, just as his current form does.” Buffon also praised Roma captain Francesco Totti. The veteran pair Totti turned 40 in September and Buffon will be 39 next month played together many times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006. “You can’t take anything away from Francesco. He has the same class as when he started playing, in fact I think he’s even better in some aspects,” Buffon said. “He’s an icon for the team and for the city of Rome.”last_img read more

Organisers promise top class Camperdown Classic

first_img ELECTRONIC TIMING SYSTEM Cynthia Cooke, committee chairperson for the Camperdown Classic, remains confident this year’s 13th renewal of the meet will present top-quality competition for junior and senior athletes, while remaining true to helping the development of Jamaica’s track and field. The event will take place on February 11 at the National Stadium with competition set to begin at 8:30 a.m.; with the organisers indicating schools will be restricted to three events in the hope of completing the final by 6:55 p.m. A total of 40 high school events are listed, while 10 will be open to men and women from clubs and institutions. Patrons will be asked to pay $500 to attend, while the closing date for entries is February 8. “Camperdown Classic started off as top quality, so it would take an extraordinary happening to bring us down. We try our very best, and (we hope) our performance will say everything,” Cooke, a former Camperdown principal and a co-founder of the meet told The Gleaner at yesterday’s launch, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Cooke noted that the organisers are again hoping to utilise an official electronic timing system and pointed out that several athletes from the Racers Track Club, which is headed by Glen Mills, who also played a leading role in the creation of the meet, should be making their season debut at the meet. Mills was actually in charge of Camperdown’s sports programme during the ’70s and ’80s. With Racers’ biggest athlete, Usain Bolt currently in Australia ahead of the inaugural Nitro Athletics series, other possible appearances are Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Annsert Whyte, Jevaughn Minzie and Michael Frater. “Bolt wanted to be here but will have engagement in Australia,” she said. Commonwealth Games 200m gold medallist Rasheed Dwyer is expected to compete at the meet this year. Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Agent Sasco, who was a part of the East Kingston institution’s class of 1998, was also unveiled as the new brand ambassador for the meet at yesterday’s launch event. “I am very happy to be the brand ambassador of the Camperdown Classic, although I can’t run,” joked the popular recording artiste. Boys track team captain, Joshua Smikle, who gave the vote of thanks, says he is confident he can help lead Camperdown to a top 20 finish at this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship.last_img read more

Burrell, Whitmore satisfied with Gold Cup draw

first_img “At this stage, it is three very crucial games what we want to do is get our foot up and running, especially in the first game,” Whitmore reasoned. Meanwhile, reflecting on the draw, Jamaica Football Federation President, Captain Horace Burrell has tipped his coach to get the job done. “I think we got a fairly good draw, it’s going to be highly competitive competition, but I think it is within us to do something very special with this draw,” Burrell said, noting that coach Whitmore will take full responsibility of the team selection. “It’s in Coach Whitmore’s hands. I think he has embarked on a new role, on a new initiative. It’s been paying dividends and we will continue to support him. Full stop,” the football boss concluded. Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore expressed satisfaction with his team’s CONCACAF Gold Cup first round draw, noting that his charges would giving their all to advance from the group stage, which will get under way on July 7 in the United States. The tournament’s 14th renewal will see last year’s beaten finalists, Jamaica opening their campaign on July 9 against CuraÁao in Group C at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, California, with Mexico and El Salvador completing the group. “With the draw, yes, definitely (happy). As I said before, it doesn’t really matter, we have to play someone, the teams must be doing something to be here,” Whitmore reasoned in specific reference to the unheralded CuraÁao. “We don’t want to take anybody lightly because they must have been doing something to be here in the tournament, and this is football, so we have to treat every game serious,” stressed Whitmore. The real test for the Jamaicans will come when they lock horns with reigning champions Mexico on July 13 at the Sports Authority field in Denver, Colorado (USA) in a repeat of the last final in 2015. “We don’t want to use altitude as any excuse; we have played Mexico in the Azteca Stadium and we have done pretty well, so we don’t want to have any excuses,” Whit-more added. They will wrap up the group stage, against El Salvador at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas on July 16. CRUCIAL GAMESlast_img read more

Operation Contain Ebola Athletics on ‘Good Friday’

first_imgA two-day track and field competition which is expected to bring about 400 students from 20 senior high schools is now scheduled to kickoff on ‘Good Friday’ on 18th of April 2014 at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, in Paynesville.Known as the National High School Athletics Championship, it was deferred from the 11th and 12th of April owing to the tight preliminary rounds’ fixture of the Intra Governmental League.According to the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), the championship’s theme is “Athletes for a Better World” under the sub-theme “Operation Contain Ebola.”The championship, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is also aimed to recruit young athletes for the Liberia Athletics Federation.The vice president for technical affairs of the LAF, Frederick B. Krah said during the two-day event, there will be sensitization campaign on the prevention of the deadly Ebola disease.He noted that some of the awareness messages will be: Not to eat dead bush animals; Be very careful in handling fresh bush meat; Treat your water with chlorine before drinking; Avoid eating plums/mangoes and other fruits partially eaten by bats; Avoid eating monkeys, bats, and bamboos; Prevent coming in direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons, amongst others.Mr. Krah said the competition will start with a parade from ELWA junction and an indoor program where a representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liberia National Olympics Committee and the Inter-School Sports Association and other well wishers, will make brief remarks.Some of the events, according the LAF Technical Manager includ1500m, 100m, 400m 4x400m, high jump, shot put, 800m, 200m and long jump.Krah said a trophy would be awarded to the overall winner of the tournament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Audio Testimony Banned in US$6M PUP Fraud Trial

first_imgGovernment lawyers prosecuting four former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor, of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy assigned in Grand Bassa County could find it difficult to convict the defendants, after their request for the admission of a tape recorded evidence was disallowed yesterday by Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court C.  Judge Gbeneweleh said prosecution’s audio “recording points to defendants’ testimony and could not be allowed as state evidences at the trial.”The tape is a crucial piece of evidence, because it could clearly establish what the defendants’ explanations were regarding their individual roles when they were investigated by the Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).The defendants rejected jury trial because of the nature of the case meaning Judge Gbeneweleh is serving as a juror and judge.Judge Gbeneweleh meanwhile ruled that the method used by the Jallah Committee was an administrative action intended to compile their report and have it submitted to President Sirleaf and it cannot be used against the defendants in the criminal trial. He reached the decision after hearing arguments that lasted over several hours as to whether to allow the recorded evidence as part of the trial.Moses Wogbeh, the dismissed FDA Managing Director, along with Jangar Kamara, manager for Commercial Forestry, John Kortor, technical manager, Maxwell Gwee, director of Cartography, David Blayee, senior surveyor assigned in Grand Bassa County were accused of facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one Private Use Permits (PUPS) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farm land.The crimes for which they are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Jallah who is prosecution’s second witness testified on Monday that his committee recorded testimony of the defendants to enable the committee to compile its report and submit it to the President.  He further admitted that his committee did not allow lawyers to represent the defendants during the recording.The defense team contended that the method used by the SIIB to record testimonies of the defendants was illegal and should not be admissible as one of prosecution’s evidences.In counter argument, prosecution said that the defendants were never forced to record their testimonies but rather, they consented to the audio recordings.A portion of the recording was allowed to be played in court before Judge Gbeneweleh denied it from being admitted.The content of the tape recording have numerous references, people, places and activities that would have supported the testimonies of other witnesses, including Mr. Jallah.The recording quoted the SIIB head as saying, “This recording is not a criminal investigation, it is only to help us compile our reports and have it submitted to President Sirleaf.”The current Managing director of FDA, Mr. Harrison Karnwea testified on Monday during the trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man found dead in Police lockups suffered heart attack – PM

first_imgA post mortem performed on the body of Om Singh who was found dead in Police lockups at Anna Regina Police Station revealed that he died as a result of a cardiac arrest.The autopsy was performed by Dr Nehaul Singh at the Suddie Hospital Mortuary after which the body was handed over to his family for burial. His wife, who was taken into custody was subsequently released.Singh was arrested on Sunday last at about 21:45h by ranks of the Anti-Crime Patrol Unit, who responded to a domestic dispute, where the 46-year-old man and his wife were involved in a heated argument at their Lot 35 Danielstown, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) home.He was taken to the Anna Regina Police Station for questioning and later that evening he collapsed and died while in the lockups.He was rushed to Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Guyana Times had reported on Tuesday that an investigation has been launched into the mysterious death of the Essequibo Coast resident.It was alleged that Singh and his wife were engaged in a heated argument and the neighbours contacted the Police.Nalini Singh, daughter of the now dead man had informed Guyana Times that after she learnt of her father’s arrest, she visited the police station and saw him lying on the bench motionlessly.However, at 02:30h on Monday, the Police ranks visited the home of the now dead man and requested his Identification Card (ID) or passport.It was at this time that the relatives were told that the man had died, and the Police needed some form of identification. The Police related that Singh suffered a seizure and was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital.Singh leaves to mourn his wife and five children. He was laid to rest on Friday.last_img read more

Scott Ford, South Carolina Stingrays advance to ECHL final after triple OT victory

first_imgOn a personal level advancing to the finals, and the season as a whole has been something that’s given Ford a lot of great memories, especially considering he didn’t know where his career was going in December of last year.“When you’re on the couch until December contemplating your future as a professional it’s huge,” he said. “It’s been great to come down here and be involved with a group of guys that have been great all year. We went on that big stretch run where we set records for wins in a row. We’ve had a group of guys here that have stuck together through thick and thin. We had not a good start. There was a time where we were hovering around .500 just after Christmas and on the outside looking in for the playoffs. There’s a lot of great memories and a lot of cool things happened this year and to be a part of that is pretty special. I’m proud to be a part of it.”The overtime winner was scored by Joe Devin. Stingrays tender Jeff Jakaitis turned aside all 44 shots he faced.Ford and company will play in game one of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. local time.Advertisement Last night was just about as good as it gets for Fort St. John alum Scott Ford and his teammates with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. The team was in Toledo last night for game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals and came away with a 1-0 win in triple overtime to book their tickets to the ECHL finals where they’ll compete for the Kelly Cup against the Allen Americans.The best of seven series appeared to be in control for the Stingrays as they were up 3-0. A loss in game four, coupled with back to back losses in overtime however forced game seven. Ford said the squad put forth their best effort of the series to finally seal the deal.Playing in a third consecutive overtime game, and a second hockey game in as many nights had both teams running low on energy, but Ford and the Stingrays seemed to have that extra gear needed as the teams entered the third overtime period of the night.- Advertisement -“It definitely does especially playing two games back to back,” Ford said. Both teams are pretty fatigued. Obviously you’re forechecking not as hard. Our group was pretty resilient, and seemed to be pretty fresh, we seemed to be the fresher team.”Reflecting on the victory last night, Ford said it brought back memories of being a youngster and playing on the street pretending it’s next goal wins.“We were just happy we put ourselves in that position where next goal wins. It’s cliché but you think about how many times you grow up as a kid and you put yourself in those positions in road hockey where it’s the seventh game in overtime. It just doesn’t happen and for it to occur it’s something that we’ll never forget.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ducks see more Stars in 4-1 loss

first_imgSmith stopped 24 shots, Jussi Jokinen and rookie Krys Barch each had a goal and an assist and the Stars tightened the division race with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Ducks on Friday night. Dallas is five points behind the Pacific-leading Ducks and two back of second-place San Jose. The Stars trailed the Ducks by 15 points on Jan. 15. • Photo Gallery: 02/23:Ducks vs Stars DALLAS – The Dallas Stars have two hot goaltenders and will need rookie Mike Smith and starter Marty Turco to stay that way down the stretch if they hope to win a second consecutive Pacific Division title. The Stars played one of their most complete games of the season, especially against an elite team, as they beat the Ducks for the second consecutive time. “We’ve had some games against them where we were chasing the game,” Tippett said. “Tonight we dictated, starting in goal with Smitty. We got some breaks but we earned those breaks.” Ladislav Nagy got Dallas off to a fast start with a first-period goal, his first for the Stars since being acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 12. Jere Lehtinen’s breakaway goal 40 seconds into the third period, his 20th, gave Dallas a 4-0 lead. Lehtinen has eight goals in his past 14 games and reached the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his career. The Stars are 10-3-2 in their past 15 games, including a 7-1-1 run at home. Corey Perry’s 14th goal ended Smith’s bid for his fourth shutout with 4:45 left. Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 17 saves for the Ducks, 2-4-2 in their past eight games. “This is as flat as we’ve been all year, and I don’t know why,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “In the situation we’re in, in this important of a game, this made a statement.” The Ducks have dominated the division for most of the season, but now they can see the competition gaining fast. “We just didn’t compete like we needed to,” the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer said. “This was an important game for both teams and we didn’t respond to it. It’s upsetting for sure.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “That was as good a team effort as we’ve had all year,” Smith said. “First place seemed out of reach a couple of months ago. Now it isn’t. “We want to win the division and this helps.” Smith was in the nets for the fourth time in the past seven games, including three starts. Coach Dave Tippett wants Smith to get more game action down the stretch to keep Turco fresh for the playoffs. Smith, 4-1 over his past five starts with a 1.15 goals-against average, beat the Ducks 1-0 on Feb. 10. “We’ve talked since training camp about wanting to go down the stretch with two (goalies) ready to play,” Tippett said. “And we’ve got that. “March will be very busy for us. We’ll need both of them.” last_img read more

Fresh drama at Elland Road as assistant boss suspended

first_img Steve Thompson Leeds United have announced they have suspended assistant manager Steve Thompson over an “internal matter”. The 50-year-old only joined head coach Neil Redfearn’s backroom staff in December, leaving Championship rivals Huddersfield to take up the role.Thompson has been praised for the impact he has made at the club in recent weeks, with the Whites having lost just three games since his arrival.However, the 50-year-old has now fallen foul of director of football Nicola Salerni, who has taken the decision to suspend him from his duties due to an unspecified matter.The development plunges head coach Redfearn’s future into doubt.Leeds’ third permanent manager of the season has been won widespread praise for the job he has done but is out of contract in the summer and the loss of his former Bolton teammate would appear to undermine his position.“Director of football Nicola Salerno has suspended the assistant coach Steve Thompson from his duties at the club,” read a club statement.“This is an internal matter and the club will make no further comment.” 1last_img read more

EVERTON SLAP €30M PRICE TAG ON DONEGAL STAR SEAMUS AMID MAN UTD INTEREST

first_imgSeamus ColemanEVERTON manager Roberto Martinez has slapped a €30M pricetag on Killybegs man Seamus Coleman amid interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal.Reports in the British newspapers say David Moyes is keen to link up again with the player he signed for Everton.The player has not made any comment – but he is a huge Man United fan. Friends say if he is sold by Everton, he’d choose United ahead of Arsenal.The Sunday People says Moyes is set to offer his old Merseyside club €18M for Coleman to fill a gaping hole in the right of his defence.But Everton sources close to Martinez are quoted as saying that Coleman will not be sold “on the cheap.”Martinez has made it clear he will not accept a penny less than €30M for 25-year-old Donegal man who has already scored six goals for his club this season – more goals than any other defender in the EPL. Coleman is due to play for Everton against West Brom tomorrow night, where Aiden McGeady is expected to make his debut. EVERTON SLAP €30M PRICE TAG ON DONEGAL STAR SEAMUS AMID MAN UTD INTEREST was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:evertonManchester Unitedseamus colemantransfer marketlast_img read more