Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”
MARTIN HARLEY’S good form continued this afternoon at Lingfield, where the Trentagh jockey rode two winners.Harley had success on 7/1 Miss Dusky Diva and the 13/8 Petite Jack.In the Betway Stayers Handicap, Harley scored his first win of the day on the David Drinkwater-trained Miss Dusky Diva. Set off at 7/1, Miss Dusky Diva was held up early on before coming into contention 5 furlongs from home. After making good headway under Harley, the five-year-old stayed on and pulled clear to win from the 25/1 shot Grand Facile.Harley, who was second in the next race on the Ed Dunlop-prepared Dutch Uncle, was back in the winner’s enclosure after a win in the Betway Best Odds Guaranteed Plus Handicap.Aboard Petite Jack, the 13/8 favourite trained by Neil King, Harley quickened to lead well and moved well in command over the last furlong to take the win from Dolphin Village. Harley’s on the double: Two more winners for Trentagh jockey was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
ALL FOR NAUGHTMessi did his part, and then some.At 29 years old, Messi had another superb individual season worthy of the player widely considered to be the best in the world.The club’s all-time top scorer broke the 50-goal barrier for the fifth time in his career, scoring a league-high 37 goals to go with 16 in other competitions.Beyond the goals, he was the team’s best playmaker, showing his unequaled sense of knowing when to fall back into midfield to pass, and when he needed to take it straight at the defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A coach who says he is tired of managing is not the ideal candidate to rally the troops. Luis Enrique even admitted he was burned out midway through the season.The former Barcelona midfielder will leave the club following three seasons that can only be judged as very successful despite his team’s dip in form during his last year.Under Luis Enrique, Barcelona has won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, two Spanish leagues and a pair of Copa del Rey titles.It will have a chance for a third Copa del Rey when it plays Alaves in the final on Saturday in Luis Enrique’s last match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those extra options let Iniesta play only the important games, and start in just 13 of 38 matches.But the plan backfired when his substitutes failed to come even close to replicating his passing and playmaking skills.That meant Barcelona lost its signature dominance in midfield, leaving its defense exposed to too many counterattacks while Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar waited too long to get the ball.___MISSED OPPORTUNITYIf there is one date when Barcelona had the perfect chance to catch Madrid and take control of the title race it was April 8.Madrid stumbled at home against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, which earned a 1-1 draw on a late goal by Antoine Griezmann. That opened the door for Barcelona to move in front if it could win at Malaga hours later.Instead, Barcelona self-destructed, falling 2-0 after Neymar was sent off for two senseless yellow cards.___TIRED COACH Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But the statistics didn’t mean much in the end because those great numbers and Messi’s continued excellence couldn’t compensate for costly losses to underdog sides and the subpar contribution of Barcelona’s role players.The Catalan club rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on Sunday at Camp Nou, but Madrid won 2-0 at Malaga to finish three points ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHere’s a look at Messi’s season and how his team let him down:___ Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Messi added another memorable match to his archive by upstaging Cristiano Ronaldo in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Madrid in April, when he scored a brilliant equalizer to make it 1-1 before snatching the victory with a stoppage-time goal to stun the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.___SLOW STARTBarcelona only won three of its first seven home matches, digging itself a hole that it could never recover from.But of its four losses this season, the one it will rue the most was a perplexing 2-1 defeat to promoted Alaves back in September at the Camp Nou.That stumble proved to be the only home loss of the season, and those three points ended up making the difference.___IRREPLACEABLE INIESTABarcelona coach Luis Enrique had the plan to not overwork Andres Iniesta, who was entering his 15th season at the age of 32.So last offseason, the club brought in reinforcements Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez to help Sergi Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha and Arda Turan give Iniesta time off. 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(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)BARCELONA, Spain — For Barcelona, this season’s Spanish league title will go down as the one that got away.A league-high 116 goals scored, four fewer goals conceded than champion Real Madrid, and the competitions’ top two scorers in Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have been enough to win the title for the third straight year.ADVERTISEMENT 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eriksen pleased to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen was pleased to prove the matchwinner against Burnley.Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.The Dane said, “It was very important. It’s been a tough but fun week with everything we’ve gone through – going through in the Champions League which we wanted and now a tough game against Burnley with difficult conditions, a difficult team to play against. It was great to come off the bench and help the team win the three points.”Any player who comes off the bench wants to have an impact on the game, trying to create something, trying to score or assist and luckily today I got the goal to get the three points. It was a very nice feeling.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jordan Henderson: Chelsea saw Liverpool’s bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Sunday’s win over Chelsea epitomised Liverpool’s character.Frank Lampard’s side brought the scores back to 2-1 thanks to a cracking second-half goal from N’Golo Kante.But the Reds held onto for all three points and captain Henderson was delighted with the resilience shown by his teammates.He said: “Chelsea was a really tough place to come, good team, we had to grind it out, had to give everything and that shows what we’re about as a team.”It’s important, you need character and we’ve got plenty of characters in this team to fight and see games out.”It was tough, they put a lot of pressure on us and we just need to keep winning, keep getting three points.”
APTN National NewsThunder Bay police say a 20 year old student attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in the city is dead following a stabbing outside a theatre Friday.The man’s name and home community is not being released at this time.Shane Patrick Ashpanaquestcum, 19, was arrested a short distance from the theatre where the man was stabbed.Police say Ashpanaquestcum, from the Summer Beaver First Nation was taken into custody without incident and that a weapon was seized.Ashpanaquestcum was charged with second degree murder.According to a statement issued by Thunder Bay police, authorities received several 911 calls because of a disturbance caused by the two men.Investigators say they are still interviewing witnesses and that an autopsy was conducted Saturday but the results are not being released at this time.Police say the victim and accused were not known to each other.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks. There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Delhi: To bowlers bruised and battered, and faced with the frightening prospect of again running into Virat Kohli, spin great Shane Warne offered an advise: bowl at either leg or wide of off stump, but not at the stumps. “If you’re going to bowl to Virat Kohli, you either bowl at leg stump and protect the on side, or you bowl wide of off stump and you protect the off side. You cannot bowl at the stumps, because he can hit you both ways,” Warne was quoted as saying ‘ESPNcricinfo’. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “So, I think you’ve to take out one side of the field. Protect just one side of the field, that’s how you bowl to very good players,” the Australian added. Warne plotted Kohli’s dismissal if he were to actually bowl to him. “I’d be bowling wide of off stump and letting him try to cover drive with a slip, short cover and some protection out there. So then it’ll be very hard for him to get it over the leg side. That’s what I’d be trying to do and hopefully get a little bit lucky and he mis-hits one.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Warne said he has not seen anyone “dominate” one-day international cricket like Kohli has, but steered clear of calling him the greatest of all time. “I got asked the question last night and again this morning: is Virat Kohli the best player in one-day cricket? Is he better than Tendulkar, is he better than Lara? I’m still thinking about it, I’m still trying to work that out.” Since the start of 2016, Kohli has amassed 3985 runs in 59 ODI innings, maintaining a staggering average and strike rate at the same time. Warne continued, “The one thing we can say is I don’t think we have seen anyone dominate one-day cricket like Virat Kohli has. The best player I saw (Don) Bradman’s the best so he doesn’t even come into the equation but Viv Richards is the best player I saw. As a player, playing against them, Lara and Tendulkar were the two best players that I bowled to.” The Indian has just scored his 41st ODI century, inching closer to Tendulkar’s record of 49 tons. “You know records are different in different eras and it’s very hard to judge. All you can judge is how a player is in their era, and Virat Kohli is so far ahead in one-day cricket than everybody else in hundreds made, especially while chasing that sets him apart from everybody else that is playing,” said Warne, known for his aggressive approach in his heydays as the world’s best leg-spinner.
Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho (center) and Steven Gerrard (left) and defender Jon Flanagan (right) celebrate scoring a goal during a match against Manchester City April 13 at Anfield. Liverpool won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTWhen discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool.Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles.But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years.The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from 3-0 down against Milan.But now, after taking care of Manchester City 3-2 at home this past Sunday, Liverpool has what seems to be its best chance to claim its first Premier League title (the Premier League was established in 1992 in place of the Football League First Division).As an avid Manchester City fan — judge me all you want, I don’t care — this loss pained me because it means that Liverpool controls their destiny in the race for the title.But not even the most dedicated fans of other English clubs can deny that on some level, Liverpool deserves to win another title eventually.Sure, striker Luis Suarez is deplorable — having the infamous distinction of biting an opponent during a game, on two separate occasions — but the storylines are just too great to fight against.A young manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is so close to reaching the summit at the sprightly age of 41.Suarez and striker Daniel Sturridge combine to create one of the more entertaining goal scoring pairings in recent memory, as they currently sit first and second in goals scored this season.It is also the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.During an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, a steel-fenced barrier broke, and 96 Liverpool supporters died from injuries related to the accident.But perhaps the greatest of the storylines is that of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard.Gerrard has been with the club since 1998, making 471 appearances and scoring 111 goals, and is likely to go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Liverpool kit. But despite all of his hard work and success with the team, he has never won the Premier League title.At age of 33, his career is likely coming to an end sometime in the next couple years, and it is hard to deny he deserves a title.Gerrard was emotional following the win against Man City, saying at times he felt the game would never end.“That win means so much,” Gerrard said in an interview with Sky Sports 1. “They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way. That’s the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of the game.”Sure, the title is likely to come down to the wire — Liverpool is only two points clear of Chelsea, and Man City sits six points back but have played one less game — but for now the Liverpool faithful has hope that the drought will end and Liverpool will be restored to the elite club it once was.