President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.
PROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice, buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others. Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore. Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief, Imam Mohammed Jalieba, and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization, Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes. Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An 18-year-old plumber was on Friday released on bail after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Leron Daly to answer a robbery charge.Kevin Roberts of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge that was read to him.The prosecution is contending that on March 18, 2018, while at Brickdam Georgetown, he robbed Karen Basdeo of one gold chain valued $56,000 while at the time of, or immediately after, he used personal violence towards the Virtual Complainant.The court heard in a bail application that no identification parade was conducted neither was a caution statement given by the defendant.However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail citing the serious nature of the offence.Roberts was represented by Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, who in a submission for bail asked that bail be granted in a small sum since his client is a first-time offender.Roberts was released on $50,000 and is expected to return to court on April 13.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Robert Williams missed his second straight game with a left groin strain. … Horford’s five 3-pointers matched his career high set against Houston on Dec. 29, 2015. . Irving’s 13 assists matched his season best and was one short of his career high.Grizzlies: Gasol has made a 3-pointer in 12 straight games, one short of his career-best 13 in December 2017. … Brooks was 4 of 5 from outside the arc. … Gasol had 10 assists, marking the center’s 13th double-double of the season. . Memphis was 24 for 37 in the first half (64.9 percent), a season-best shooting percentage for a half.DEFENDING CONLEYBickerstaff doesn’t think Conley gets the respect from officials that his point guard deserves. Bickerstaff pointed to a play where he believed Conley was slapped on the arm on a drive to the basket. Bickerstaff said it was a game-changer, calling it a “huge missed call.”“I think it’s been a running theme in the conversations that we’ve had about the fouls that Mike Conley gets that aren’t blown. Mike Conley is one of the class acts in the NBA. He serves the respect of the officials. Time and time again, he drives to the basket, there’s contact made, but there’s no whistle. . He doesn’t get the respect that I feel that some of these other guys at his level do.”FATIGUE SETS INCeltics second-year forward Guerschon Yabusele played a season-high 16 minutes, including significant minutes in the fourth before Horford returned with 4:47 left in the game. “I’m not going to lie, I’m really, really tired,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit San Antonio on Monday. “At the half, Kyrie just challenged all of us to be better,” Horford said of the difference after Boston trailed 64-47 at intermission. “The coach as well. I felt like we came out with better energy, played much harder.”Irving’s halftime talk had to deal with his own game as well. He was limited to four shots in the first half and four points. That approach changed in the second half as Irving became more aggressive and got to the basket more often.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Offensively, I felt like they were trying to take the ball out of my hands,” Irving said, adding the Celtics were more active off the ball in the second half. “You don’t have to touch the basketball every single play down to be effective. You can be effective doing the little things. That’s what we did in the second half.”But there still was the matter of overcoming the 19-point deficit in the third quarter. Boston started it with an 11-2 run in the closing minutes of the third. Then, Memphis opened the fourth missing 15 of its first 16 shots. By that point, Boston had overtaken the Grizzlies. Memphis would hold a 97-96 lead before the Celtics rattled off a 12-4 rally that included a pair of 3-pointers from Horford to collect the win. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We didn’t do a good job of defending the 3-point line,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after Boston was 9 of 18 behind the arc in the second half.“We allowed them to shoot 44 percent from the 3-point line (for the game), and that was the difference.”Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench.Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, while Dillon Brooks added 19. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points apiece.“We couldn’t get stops,” Gasol said. “Normally, the way you stop the bleeding is by getting stops, and we couldn’t get stops. .And it felt like they made every shot down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Grizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guards Shelvin Mack, left, and Garrett Temple, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennesee — Kyrie Irving didn’t get off to a very good start, so he and the Boston Celtics made sure to finish with a flurry.Irving scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Al Horford converted a pair of late 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and the Celtics erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-103 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT
Indian tennis stars Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna began their US Open campaign on a sound note, winning their respective opening round matches at Flushing Meadows. (Death of glamour at US Open: No Maria Sharapova, no Ana Ivanovic)Bopanna kicked off India’s day with a sweat-inducing 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win with his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen over 16th seeds Radek Stepanek and Nenad Zimonjic in the first round men’s doubles on Wednesday.Seventh seeds Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated unseeded American pairing of Jada Myii Hart and Ena Shibahara 6-2, 6-3 in a fairly comfortable fashion in women’s doubles. (Vulnerable Novak Djokovic looks to right ship against Jiri Vesely at US Open)Veteran Paes and his mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis also had a light workout at the court, securing a 6-3, 6-2 win against Americans Sachia Vickery and Frances Tiafoe.The unseeded Indo-Danish pair of Bopanna and Nielsen fought 1 hour and 53 minutes to seal the win at Court 6.Bopanna-Nielsen were up against a more experienced Czech-Serbian combination but began confidently to win the first set 6-3.Stepanek-Zimonjic used all of their experience to claim the second set in a tie-break to pull level.But Bopanna-Nielsen kept a hold on their nerves to win the decider 6-3. They converted four out of eight break points won, while their opponents only won 2 from 9, which ultimately created the difference among two teams.They will now take on the US-New Zealand combination of Brian Baker and Marcus Daniell for a place in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementSeventh seeds Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated unseeded American pairing of Jada Myii Hart and Ena Shibahara 6-2, 6-3 in a fairly comfortable fashion in women’s doubles.They need an hour and nine minutes to complete the victory at Court 4.World No.1 women’s doubles player Sania and Barbora carved out five break points throughout the course of the match, converting three of them to secure the win. They won 65 out of the total 116 points played.Paes-Hingis weren’t even stretched that far.The Indo-Swiss combination wrapped up the contest in 51 minutes.They were at ease from the beginning and broke their opponents serve four times in a one-sided contest, claiming 56 out of the total 94 points played.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford happy with penalty successby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford was happy to prove the matchwinner against Leicester City.Rashford has revealed what was going through his mind ahead of his first-half penalty yesterday.“There has been a lot of talk [about penalties] but it is all about clearing that out of your head and just getting back down to basics,” Rashford told MUTV.“When it comes down to it, that is all you know, to get to the first team, it is by doing the basics and working hard.“I just try to look at the keeper, especially a keeper like him because he has a good jump and likes to go early. If it is not hard and in the corner, then he has a chance of saving it. But it was a nice feeling to score.”
Wolves boss Nuno hails players’ spirit after Crystal Palace pointby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno hailed his players’ spirit for their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.Diogo Jota’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Wolves at Crystal Palace.Leander Dendoncker’s own goal had seemed certain to give Palace victory before Jota’s late strike for the visitors, who had Romain Saiss sent off for two bookings.Wolves boss Nuno said: “This happens in football. The spirit of the team – we have it. First half was really good. When we speak of mistakes, it is from both sides. I am not happy with that. We controlled and dominated the game. When we have it so well we must punish. We speak about what can happen, with the reaction of Palace.”We risk everything. Palace had chances and we made saves. It is not the game we like to see. But we had a lot of heart and character. More with the head, though.”We know what the situation is. We have to play Thursday and Sunday and manage the game. We wish it to happen.”On Romain Saiss’ red card: “First one I am not sure. Second one was close to me and the referee decided. The VAR also. If they see it clear they have to decide. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella: Why I rejected concrete Chelsea offerby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella admits he was close to joining Chelsea in January.The Italy international was with Cagliari at the time and would eventually sign for Inter over the summer.”Chelsea wanted to recruit me in January, the negotiations were concrete,” the midfielder tells Gazzetta dello Sport. “At Cagliari I said: ‘It is no easy period for the team, I will stay here for the season. “‘Then I will make a decision’.” Barella admits he’s enjoying playing for former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Inter.He added, “Do you see how Conte’s team is running? It is not just because they are well prepared. It’s the result of what he puts into your head.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OSU center Pat Elflein wraps his hand around the football during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditCoach Urban Meyer couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season as 107,193 fans watched his Ohio State Buckeyes put on a historic offensive showing as they beat Bowling Green State University 77-10 in the ‘Shoe. A dominant showing by the Buckeye defense combined with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett’s seven touchdown performance helped the buckeyes start the season on a winning note.Despite finishing the game strong, Barrett started off sloppy. With the Buckeye offense driving towards the end zone, Barrett threw an interception that sophomore Brandon Harris returned 63 yards as Bowling Green took a shocking 7-0 lead. However, Barrett rebounded putting together an impressive number of total yards on way to a rout over the Falcons.With Barrett in control, the Buckeyes scored three unanswered touchdowns in quick succession. By halftime, the Buckeyes had already racked up 456 yards of offense and 24 first downs, led by five touchdowns from Barrett. The Buckeye defense also stepped up to limit the Falcons to only 244 yards on the day and a measly 3-for-16 on third down.Despite getting taken out in the third quarter, Barrett still finished the game with seven total touchdowns, tying his own school record of six touchdown passes, while completing 21 of 31 passes for 349 yards. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel had an incredible day as he rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while adding nine receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber pounded out 136 yards rushing on 19 carries.On the defensive side, redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker had two interceptions and freshmen Rodjay Burns added an interception for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to pad the score even further.By the Numbers776: Ohio State racked up a program record 776 yards of offense for the day.15: Head Coach Urban Meyer might have had a case of déjà vu today, as he began his head coaching career with the falcons fifteen years ago.95: With the win over Bowling Green, Ohio State has now gone an incredible 95 years without losing to another in-state school. Their last loss to an Ohio school was to Oberlin in 1921.5: This was the fifth meeting all time between Bowling Green and Ohio State, with the buckeyes coming out on top in every matchup.4: A total of four redshirt freshmen or true freshmen scored for the Buckeyes on Saturday.67: The buckeyes won the game by 67 points, which was their largest margin of victory since defeating FCS school Florida A&M 76-0 in 2013.9: A total of nine Buckeyes caught a pass on Saturday.41: OSU gained 41 first downs against Bowling Green, the most since Cincinnati in 2014 where OSU had 45 first downs.7: Not only did Barrett account for an individual program record seven touchdowns, redshirt freshman Joe Burrow threw his first touchdown pass with the Buckeyes making a total seven team passing touchdowns. That ties a school record that occurred in 1995 against Pittsburgh.
BreakdownRutgers is on the rise as a team, improving in multiple positions statistically from last season and earning its way to a .500 record thus far.But it will take more than just a little improvement to knock off an OSU team that is outscoring opponents by more than 44 points, and averages 3.7 takeaways a game.OSU has too strong of an offense and too stout of a defense for Rutgers to potentially upset the Buckeyes. With Big Ten play opening this Saturday, the Scarlet and Gray should have no problem emerging with an unblemished record. OffenseThe offense of Rutgers benefitted from the dynamic play ability of Grant, who currently leads the team in both rushing touchdowns and receiving yards. But the Scarlet Knights will need to look elsewhere for offensive production this week.Leaning heavily on a potent running attack led by junior running back Robert Martin, Rutgers has averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Overall, the team has totaled 881 rushing yards, a mere 38 yards behind OSU’s rushing attack.In terms of passing, senior quarterback Chris Laviano has struggled to provide consistency. Completing just 52.5 percent of his passes, the team has struggled to put the ball in the hands of its receivers, resulting in a passing offense that ranks 110th in completion percentage.Senior wide receiver Andre Patton has recorded three of Laviano’s five touchdown passes this season, He averages 13.5 yards per reception. Sophomore wide receiver Jawuan Harris is second on the team with 183 yards, trailing only Grant.The offensive line has struggled to keep pressure away from Laviano. On average, he has been sacked 2.3 times per game. With the play of OSU’s defensive lineman so far, it could be a long day for the senior. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights make their entrance before an NCAA football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been more than a week since the Ohio State football team took the field against an opponent. With rain expected this Saturday, Buckeye fans will most likely need to don their ponchos and rainboots to watch OSU open Big Ten play against Rutgers.Led by former OSU defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights have earned their way to a 2-2 record so far, with wins over Howard University and New Mexico. Last week, Rutgers fell to Iowa 14-7 in a defensive battle that saw each team netting more than 350 total yards a piece, but failing to frequently find the endzone.While Rutgers is in good hands with Ash at the helm, the Buckeyes appear to have the upper hand in this matchup, both statistically speaking and in terms of skill.Two top performers for the Scarlet Knights — wide receiver Janarion Grant and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton — were lost to injury last week. OSU coach Urban Meyer gave his sentiment to the team and the injured players.“Any time a young guy gets hurt you just wish them the best, and they’re both really good players,” Meyer said. DefenseRutgers has struggled to slow opposing offenses this season. Surrendering 399 yards per game, the Scarlet Knights have not produced similar numbers with Ash at the helm as OSU did during his tenure in Columbus.Although the team has not shown a stout defense this year, Meyer said the schemes Rutgers runs are Ash’s through and through, and look nearly identical to the Buckeyes approach.“Yes, it’s our defense,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore Kiy Hester currently leads the team in total tackles, followed by sophomore linebacker Deontre Roberts. Last season, Rutgers ranked nearly last in pass yards allowed. After ranking 118th nationally in that category, the Scarlet Knights have underwent a complete overhaul of the position.Opposing offenses have been limited 206.7 yards per game against Rutgers. Even with the improvements of the secondary, the team’s defense has been gashed so far this year against the run.OSU has leaned heavily on its rushing attack this season, while the Scarlet Knights have struggled to keep opponents under 200 yards per game on the ground.