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Vermaelen wants Wenger to stay

first_img But defender Vermaelen maintains Wenger, who joined the Gunners in 1996, is still the man to take the club forward and wants the Frenchman to extend his spell at the helm. “Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can,” he told the Daily Mirror. “He’s been incredible what he’s done for this club, and for the players as well. We would be really happy for him signing on for a few more years. “The spirit is unbelievable in the team. We’ve worked a lot on our team shape and everybody knows their role in the team, everybody’s working for each other and that’s because there is a great team spirit. That’s the great improvement for us this season. “It is just the hunger in the team. Of course it was there before but the spirit is great and you can see us fighting for each other really hard.” Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is eager for manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners boss, 64, has yet to sign the offer of a new contract extension past the end of the season, but having just completed 1,000 matches in charge is expected to stay on in north London. Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005 but have enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in some time this term, making the semi-finals of the FA Cup and maintaining a push for the Barclays Premier League title, although those hopes look to have been ended by the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea 11 days ago. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini upset by defensive errors as Manchester City lose to West Ham

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini highlighted defensive lapses after West Ham condemned his side to their first Barclays Premier League defeat of the season. City’s run of five successive league wins without conceding came to an abrupt halt as Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho set up a 2-1 win the for the Hammers at the Etihad Stadium. Club record signing Kevin de Bruyne pulled one back before the hosts went on to dominate the second half, but they could not find a way past inspired goalkeeper Adrian. It was a second defeat for City in the space of four days after losing to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek. Pellegrini said: “It was frustrating because I think they were three very important points here at home. “We conceded two easy goals and that maybe was one of the reasons why we didn’t win. “In the last two games, we didn’t play with the concentration and intensity we need in defending. “Juventus shot twice at our goal and they scored two goals. Today it was exactly the same. One shot at the edge of the box and one corner were all the offensive volume West Ham had in the whole game. “We must concentrate more because two balls decided the result.” City had to make a late change to the side after playmaker David Silva withdrew before kick-off. Pellegrini said: “I don’t want to have the excuse of David Silva why we didn’t win. I don’t think there was one player that would change the story. Press Association “David had a kick in his calf and he tried in the warm-up but he felt his muscle was stiff so he didn’t play.” Pellegrini, who added that defender Eliaquim Mangala was taken off at half-time with a muscle injury, dismissed suggestions his team may have been over-confident. He said: “We never believed that because we won five games we were the champions of the Premier League. “We have to play 32 games more, 96 points to play for, so nobody can believe that.” For West Ham, the result represented another notable away scalp under new boss Slaven Bilic after also winning at Arsenal and Liverpool. Bilic said: “It is a surprise, let’s be honest. This game was different from Emirates and Anfield. With the greatest respect to Liverpool and Arsenal, this team (City) are the best in the league. “We knew we would have to score goals to get something, we knew we would have to run like crazy, and we knew would have to be lucky. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to stop them for 90 minutes but we have done it. “We didn’t nick it. It would have been fair if they equalised, but we also had chances. “That is why I am so proud of our performance. The guys have done brilliantly, not only fighting-wise but also playing-wise.” The Hammers now have 12 points from their six games, just three less than leaders City, but Bilic is not getting carried away. He said: “There is a tiny line between confidence and arrogance or confidence and laziness. “It is hard not to get carried away a little but that is also part of my job to install in their heads that we are good, but that you have to know what to do to stay good. “There are going to be ups and downs, we are not Real Madrid, but it is looking very good now.” last_img read more

Victoria Park, Kaisoca share spotlight at SCA gala

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Victoria Park Cricket Club and Kaisoca Women’s Cricket Club shared the top honours when the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) held its 36th annual gala presentation, dinner and dance at the elegant and picturesque Scarborough Convention Centre, Scarborough here last Saturday night.On a night when several players, both juniors and seniors as well as women were awarded for their outstanding performances during an eventful 2016 season, Victoria Park were crowned the inaugural Elite League champions while Kaisoca captured the women’s championships, having dethroned Superstars who won the crown in its first year.After ending the season with the most points and earning the Trophy Stall (Guyana) prize, Victoria Park ensured their efforts were not in vain as they also emerged as the Elite division playoff champs, thereby winning the Shiv Persaud of Primerica-sponsored trophy with their victory over Scarborough Cricket Club (SCC).Chief Financial Officer of the SCA, Vish Jadunauth, presents the Caribbean Wave-sponsored winners’ trophy to Kaisoca captain Mahwish Khan in the presence of other teammates.Chief Financial Officer of the SCA, Vish Jadunauth, presents the Caribbean Wave-sponsored winners’ trophy to Kaisoca captain Mahwish Khan in the presence of other teammates.The Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for the final went to Anand Erramilli (Victoria Park) and Zainul Uniya (SCC).Not to be outdone, the Kaisoca women carted off the Caribbean Wave Restaurant-sponsored winners’ trophy after upstaging Superstars in the playoff final, after the latter had led the season points table which saw them claim the Norman Sue Bakery-sponsored trophy.Kaisoca’s Chuntel Martin and Superstars’ Lorraine Kenton were the respective MVPs in the final, winning the Richard Ramlall- and Deo Samaroo-sponsored prizes.A smiling Chuntel Martin collects one of her several awards from SCA’s Deo Samaroo.A smiling Chuntel Martin collects one of her several awards from SCA’s Deo Samaroo.The Premiere Division playoff champions Toronto Cricketers waltzed away with the Frank Faubert trophy, sponsored by Scarborough Misubishi, turning back the challenge of season points champions Islanders Cricket Club who had to be content with realtor Lakshman Srianganathan’s trophy. The MVPs were Harjeet Singh and Gusting Gibson.Highland Creek B took top honours in the First division playoff final, winning the Richard Ramlall prize, sponsored by Caribbean Wave while the Conference A and B respective season winners were Armor Cricket Club and Knightly. They secured the IR Construction and Action Honda trophies.The second division saw Kaieteur International Sports Club claim the Norman Sue Bakery playoff winners’ trophy while the season champs were Rangers in Conference A and Victoria Park in Conference B.The SCA also reintroduced the T20 competition in the 2016 season with the various winners being Highland Creek A in the Richard Ramlall’s conference, Durham United Cricket Club in the Deo Samaroo while Janbaaz Cricket Club and Rangers stole the limelight in the Bisham Singh’s Conference One and Two respectively.Individual awards for the Elite division went to Highland Creek’s Fahd Ali Khan for the mostSuperstars’ Lorraine Kenton receives on of her prizes from SCA’s Deo Samaroo.Superstars’ Lorraine Kenton receives on of her prizes from SCA’s Deo Samaroo.runs (326) and Bawa’s Abid Roowala the most wickets (22). In the Premiere division, Kush Yadav of Toronto Cricketers registered the most runs (360) while Durham’s Fareed Mohamed claimed the most wickets (24).In the first division, Armor’s Kamran Nazir had the unique distinction of slamming three centuries on his way to tallying the most runs (512) with Zakir Gosla of Star Cricket Club took the most wickets (25).Scarborough Cricket Association’s Yunus Motara, who clobbered a top score of 175, led all scorers in the second division with 495 runs while Gagandeep Singh of Janbaaz was the top wicket-taker with 26 wickets.In the women’s division, Kaisoca’s skipper Mahwish Khan topped with 202 runs while Superstars’ Lorraine Kenton led the bowling with 18 wickets.Towfeeq Ahmed registered the most runs in the Under-17 division which saw Trushil Patel of Superstars take the most wickets while in the Under-15 it was Anoop Chima of Toronto Cricket Academy and Faheem Motara of SCA with the most runs and wickets respectively.In the junior division Mihir Patel of Action Zone Cricket Academy and his teammate Aditiya Pandya stole the honours with the most runs and most wickets.Trophies and medals, sponsored by Action Honda, were also presented to the SCA women’s participants, including MVPs Mahwish Khan and Chuntell Martin, best bowlers Natasha Springett and Lorraine Kenton.The SCA also took the opportunity to honour its T20 representatives who were runners-up in the Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) tournament and the Under-19 squad who captured the OCA title with a comprehensive win over Ottawa.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Premier League club did not identify the person. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff. The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.— Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites.— A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms. ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.— Two players with Japan’s most famous baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game with the Seibu Lions scheduled for Wednesday because of the positive tests. It also raises questions about the start of the delayed season. Japan hopes to open its postponed baseball season on June 19 in stadiums without fans.— A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. The season was suspended March 12 after just two games because of the pandemic.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.In other virus-related sports developments: GERMANY-FLOYD PROTESTSGermany won’t punish players for George Floyd protestsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation says it opposes punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles. June 4, 2020 A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that MLB has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts. The person added that management did not plan to make a counterproposal.MLB proposed an 82-game schedule last week and further reductions in player salaries as the sport tries to salvage a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Management has told the union it has no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote a letter Wednesday to chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer that was obtained by The Associated Press. Halem mentioned that players are unified in their view that they will not accept less than 100% of their prorated salaries, and management has no choice but to accept that representation. Halem said that based on the players’ salary position and the significant health risk of extending the regular season past September, management does not have any reason to believe a negotiated solution for an 82-game season is possible.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) is taking sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes after the Saints’ quarterback reiterated his opposition to kneeling during the National Anthem.Asked by Yahoo to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 kneeling protest against police brutality against minorities, Brees said he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States. He added that the national anthem reminds him of two grandfathers who served in the armed forces during World War II.Brees said that “In many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that has been sacrificed, and not just in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the Civil Rights movements of the ’60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”Critical responses to Brees’ statements appeared on social media from major professional athletes including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.Jenkins was Brees’ teammate when the Saints won the Super Bowl in the 2009 season. Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.NFL-BREES-KNEELINGBrees still against kneeling during anthem The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline for outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-JOHNNY MAJORSJohnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counterNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to starting the 2020 that it was when the union made its latest proposal on Sunday. The Sport & Rights Alliance is a group of trade unions and rights advocates including Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. It has asked the AFC to apply the same rights standards FIFA set for the 2026 World Cup that the United States, Mexico and Canada will co-host.Key issues cited include protecting labor rights, minority groups and media, plus allowing independent monitoring of tournament operations for the next seven years.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-FAUCIFauci is runner-up at BelmontNEW YORK (AP) — A horse named Dr. Anthony Fauci made his much-anticipated debut Wednesday at Belmont Park. — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts. That brings the total to three, all athletes. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three had asymptomatic positives.— The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event. The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.— The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month. Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the outbreak.— Wright State is dropping its softball and men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a plan to cut $2 million from its athletic department budget. The Dayton, Ohio, school is reducing expenditures across the board because of decreases in enrollment and state funding because of the pandemic. Wright State will have 11 sports and must be granted a waiver from the NCAA to remain in compliance with Division I requirements.— Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark. Associated Press He honored his namesake’s stance on social distancing while finishing second in the third race, well behind Prisoner and well ahead of third-place Indoctrinate. The 2-year-old colt is the first of a series of horses inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and the latest tribute to the respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Co-owner Phillip Antonacci picked the name Fauci in mid-March after the 79-year-old started doing daily coronavirus briefings from the White House.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners. It’s part of the big task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing.PIRATES-ARCHERPirates’ Archer out for the season following surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over.The Pirates have announced that the 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The team added that Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule. Update on the latest sports Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment.”ASIAN CUP-HUMAN RIGHTSAFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bidsUNDATED (AP) — A global activist group is urging Asia’s soccer body to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup.Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest. UNDATED (AP) — NBA fans could receive very good news within the next 24 hours or so.A person with knowledge of the situation says the league has told the players association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday.The person says the 22 teams would play eight games near Orlando to determine playoff seeding before the postseason begins there. The Western Conference would have 13 teams heading to Florida, while the East would be represented by nine teams. The 22 teams are those within six games of a playoff spot at this point. Playoffs would start in August, and the NBA Finals will likely stretch into October, according to the person.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS soccer players approve new CBAlast_img read more

In 1st extended time since NCAA tournament year ago, Cavalieri steps up in win

first_imgNEW YORK — Syracuse men’s lacrosse head coach John Desko didn’t see the similarities in Al Cavalieri’s sole two replacement performances in the past two seasons. For one, he said John Galloway could’ve come out for the second half Saturday if he needed to. And for another, this wasn’t an NCAA quarterfinal game.Still, watching Cavalieri dispose of shot after shot, his head coach couldn’t help but be impressed.‘I thought Alex (Cavalieri) was terrific today,’ Desko said. ‘He made some great saves from the outside, from the inside. … He definitely is a gamer.’With Galloway nursing his left thumb for the entirety of the second half, Cavalieri was thrust into extended playing time for more than 25 minutes in SU’s 15-7 victory over St. John’s on Saturday, almost equaling his entire playing time coming into the game.Galloway appeared to get slashed on the left arm after making a save with a little less than five minutes to play in the first half. He came up grabbing at the arm on the Orange’s clearance attempt. With SU holding a comfortable eight-goal lead at halftime over the Red Storm, Desko said he felt no need to risk anything.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also said it was not likely to affect Galloway’s status for next weekend’s first round of the NCAA tournament.‘He just caught one in the thumb,’ Desko said. ‘With the score at 10-2 at halftime, we really didn’t see it was that important to get him in the second half and potentially take another one. So it was good to get him out, get healthy, stay healthy, rest and see who we’re going to play in the playoffs.’Cavalieri was playing in his first extended action since last season’s NCAA quarterfinal victory over Maryland, in which he stepped in and replaced a flu-ridden Galloway. In that game, he made 14 saves in his first career start, earning Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week Honors in the process.On Saturday, Cavalieri picked up right where he left off. St. John’s had 18 shots on goal in the second half, and Cavalieri took 14 them, stopping 11 shots and only allowing three goals in the span of nearly two quarters.‘I was seeing the ball well,’ Cavalieri said. ‘It’s a sunny day out. There are no bleachers in the background. So I just saw the shots, and that’s all there was to it.’The Red Storm came out firing out of the locker room, and Cavalieri had three saves in the half’s first three minutes.One after another, St. John’s seemed to find the openings it missed in the first half. First, it was Tyler Novotny, who was stonewalled twice by Cavalieri in the third quarter. Then, Brandon Ayers. Each time a Red Storm found a path, Cavalieri was there for a stop.‘We see that every single day in practice,’ SU longstick midfielder Joel White said of Cavalieri. ‘I’m not too surprised about it, but I’m glad he got a chance to get out there.’Though Desko isn’t worried about Galloway’s status for next weekend in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he said it’s still good to have the comfort in the back of his mind that he has a backup goalie who he considers good enough to start.‘We’re happy that he got some experience before the playoffs,’ Desko said. ‘Because you never know. Look what happened a year ago when we had to go with him against Maryland. Just having him there in his position is very comforting to our staff.’Up NextSyracuse will now wait for the deliberations of the NCAA selection committee, which will decide the NCAA tournament field on Sunday night.The Orange has been discussed as anywhere from the No. 1 overall seed to the No. 4 overall seed. Currently, SU is ranked fourth in the Inside Lacrosse RPI rankings. Three ACC squads — Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina — currently occupy the top three slots in the rankings.As likely one of the top four seeds in the tournament, Syracuse would host a first-round game next weekend against a lower-seeded team.But SU players and Desko alike aren’t caught up in worrying about where they’ll end up. To Joel White, it’s a matter of beating the elite teams on the path to a national championship seeded at any slot.‘My philosophy is that you have to beat everyone to win the national championship,’ White said. ‘You’ve got to beat the best to be the best. So I’m not too worried about what rank we are, and we can’t do anything about it now.’ Comments Published on May 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Office of International Services closes, goes fully remote

first_imgThe Office of International Services operates out of locations on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Beginning Saturday, it offers only essential services, including providing visa assistance to international students, answering questions about immigration status and mailing personal documents. (Daily Trojan file photo) “Although we have planned for the possibility of this change due to COVID-19, our operational plan will continue to evolve in the days ahead,” the email read. International students will be permitted to take classes virtually during the remote instruction period, in accordance with the Student Exchange Visitor Program’s policies for non-U.S. citizens enrolled at U.S. schools. The transition to online instruction has presented unique challenges for international students, who may face difficulty returning home. Students able to vacate their on-campus residences have been encouraged to do so to promote social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus, but students unable to return to their permanent residences are permitted to remain on campus if they email USC Housing. “If [international] students leave the country and cannot get back, then we are delivering education online,” Zukoski said. “We are committed to supporting [students’] academic progress, so we want the students to know that we’re going to work with them under those circumstances.” The University will continue to support the international student population and offer virtual coursework for students who are unable to return to campus by the time in-person classes resume, Provost Charles Zukoski told the Daily Trojan in an interview. USC’s informational website on coronavirus includes a page of topics relevant to international students, including travel, housing and immigration services. The site recommends international students contact OIS by email to discuss visa status before making plans to return to their home countries. OIS staff will continue to respond to emails sent to the office address, the email read. The office will offer remote services until further notice. In the email, OIS stated it would send international students their immigration documents by mail. The Office of International Services has closed its physical locations on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, the office announced in an email to international students Saturday.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz Make Fifa’s Top 50 List For the First Time…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s national football team, the Reggae Boyz moved up five spots on the FIFA World Ranking to make the top 50 for the first time since 2005.This comes after securing back to back wins in the CONCACAF Nations League earlier this month, with a 6-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda following by a 4-0 triumph against Guyana. Jamaica moved up from the 52nd spot to number 47 on the list, becoming the best ranked Caribbean team.The last time Jamaica broke the top 50, they ranked at number 42 in 2005. The highest ranking that the Reggae Boyz has seen came in 1998 when the Boyz were ranked at number 29 in the world.In the CONCVACAF rankings, however, Jamaica is ranked fourth, with Mexico at number one followed by the United States and Costa Rica. The FIFA top ten teams in the world are as follows: Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal, Uruguay, Spain, Croatia, Colombia and Argentina.Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore expressed his optimism for the team as they cautiously celebrate the milestone. “This is of course, positive for the team and the country and this is in keeping with the objectives that the players, technical staff and the federation set at the beginning of the Concacaf Nations League Group phase,” Whitmore said.“Our wish is for it to continue to get better and I will be lobbying with the federation to ensure that what is necessary to make this happen, is indeed put in place because we do not want to get complacent,” he added.Jamaica will need to remain in the top six in CONCACAF by the June 2020 edition of the rankings to fight for one of three spots in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The next assignment for the Reggae Boyz will be to tackle Aruba in League “B” of the Nations League on October 12 and 15.last_img read more

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS football coach resigns, cites shooting

first_img“When you teach all the time: Don’t quit, don’t quit, and then you’re quitting, I’m sure that’s hard,” May said. “But I don’t want them to think I’m quitting on them. I just need that change in my life.“This whole year. I mean, it’s been hard. But you come back every day for the kids. You come back because they need you. I said it a lot. It’s just terrible, it’s terrible, it’s hard every day. It’s hard to come to work, and you don’t want work to be like that, where you’re miserable.”May led Stoneman Douglas for six years, going 33-26. The team went 5-5 last year and missed out on a playoff berth. Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school football coach Willis May announced his resignation Wednesday just more than a year after a fatal school shooting left 17 people dead, including assistant football coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon. While May expressed gratitude for the Parkland, Fla., community, he cited the shooting as his primary reason for stepping down.  “It’s been hard to come to work with everything that’s went on,” May said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I miss Aaron Feis every day, and I miss Chris Hixon every day. It’s been really hard, and I just needed a change. I needed a change for my soul.“We’ve got a cemetery on campus that we have to look at every day, when it comes to the 1200 building. They know I have to walk in my office and Aaron Feis’ desk is there without him, and on the other side Chris Hixon’s office is there without him. It’s hard. They understand.”May explained he didn’t take the decision lightly and that he doesn’t want his players to think he’s quitting. Instead, he reiterated he needs a change in pace and plans to move to Fort Myers to be closer to his parents.last_img read more

Izet Hajrovic presented in Eibar, asked Haris Medunjanin for Advices

first_imgThe Spanish first league club presented yesterday the BH national team player Izet Hajrovic, who arrived in this club on one-year loan from the German FC Werder.Hajrovic was presented as the new player of Eibar at the stadium Ipurua on which this Spanish first league club plays. Eibar is currently ranked second in the Primera with six points from two matches.“In my football career I have always played in good teams, and for me Eibar is a good team. I like how they play in the Spanish league. I was very interested in coming here and I am happy to be a part of this team”, said Hajrovic.He talked with the teammate from the national team Haris Medunjanin about the new club and the Spanish league.“With the teammate from the national team I talked about the coach with whom he already cooperated in Valladolid, and he told me a few positive things and gave me some advices. The coach likes it when we are in the possession of the ball, and that could be seen on yesterday’s training”, BH national team player added.Hajrovic said he is ready for a debut in the Eibar shirt.“If the coach wants me to play, I am ready”, said Hajrovic, who will wear number 11 in Eibar.The 24-year-old wing player performed for Grasshopper, played 91 matches and scored 20 goals. The things started going down when he transferred to Galatasaray in 2011, for which he played only eight matches. He arrived in Werder in 2014, and recorded 14 performances and one goal.(Source: klix.ba/ photo abc.ba)last_img read more

Deadline for REAL ID driver’s license now one year away

first_imgMark Lowe.He says there won’t be any exceptions once the deadline is here. “You will be denied access and won’t be allowed to fly if you don’t either have a REAL ID marked license or ID or another accepted form of federal identification,” Lowe says.You will need bring documents to the driver’s license office that prove your identity to get your license approved for REAL ID. “You can always get one whenever you renew your license. If you do it when you renew, there is no additional cost to do so,” Lowe explains. “One thing we like to point out is if you are due to renew before October one 2020, you don’t need to rush in, you can just come in at that time and bring the necessary documents. But if you are not due to renew you can also come in at any time and get what we call a duplicate license that is marked for REAL ID.”Lowe says with eight-year licenses many people may not be due to come to renew licenses before the deadline next year and should find time to get a REAL ID. If you already have the gold star on your license then you are set. “If you look at your license and it’s got that gold star marking on it — then you don’t have to do that again. Once we put your through that process and you’ve got that, you will continue to maintain that as you renew and replace your license over time,” he says.Lowe says around 36% of Iowans with licenses already have gotten the REAL ID upgrade. He isn’t sure where we stand in comparison to other states for getting people switched to the REAL ID. He says there has been a lot of range of when states got started with the REAL ID and Iowa was one of the early ones in 2013. Lowe says Oregon won’t get started until next July. You will also need a real ID to get into federal buildings after the October 2020 deadline.You can see the list of documents you need to bring with you for a REAL ID on the DOT’s website. DES MOINES — Tuesday marked the one-year countdown to the federal regulation that requires you to have your driver’s license certified as a “REAl ID” to be able to use it as identification for flying.Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe says the requirement came out of rules developed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. “What they did for states was establish common standards that apply to all states to help protect against identify theft and fraud,” Lowe says. “And those standards really went to the things like the systems, materials and machines we use to make sure the licenses and ID’s are secure. The physical cards themselves are secure and resistant to alteration and counterfeiting. That we have secure and accurate processes for identifying people who apply for licenses and IDs.”You can tell if your driver’s license is a REAL ID by looking into the right corner and seeing if it has a gold star there. “If you don’t have a REAL ID marked license or ID on or after October one 2020 — you have to show a federally accepted form of ID like a passport or military ID card,” according to Lowe.last_img read more