LONDON (AP):Rarely has a north London derby had such implications for the destination of the English Premier League trophy.When Tottenham host Arsenal tomorrow it will be a meeting of second and third with only three points separating.After both lost Wednesday, a draw between the neighbours could allow Leicester to move further in front in their improbable title challenge when they travel to Watford tomorrow.Leicester were held by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday but were celebrating the following night when the three teams below them Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost.Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea has left Arsene Wenger’s side on a three-game losing streak in all competitions for the first time in six years. That first Premier League title since 2004 is looking increasingly hard to secure for Arsene Wenger, even in this most unpredictable season.”We have to focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well,” the Arsenal manager said.Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday punctured the optimism gathering around White Hart Lane that the 55-year wait for the title could be ending. Instead of going top in March for the first time since 1964, Tottenham remain second.Top-scorer Harry Kane is on a four-game barren run in front of goal but Arsenal will be without injured Petr Cech tomorrow as the goalkeeper recovers from a calf injury.”One year ago we always spoke about reducing the gap with the top four and now we are second in the table,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday. “Who knows what will happen in the future? Now we need to be focused on the present.”The future for Tottenham should be a return to the Champions League, having only competed once in Europe’s top competition in 2010-11.UNITED RESURGENCESuddenly Manchester United’s prospects of returning to the top four are looking far healthier. Buoyed by four successive wins in all competitions, United are now only fifth due to neighbours City having a superior goal difference.”We are showing passion,” United midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s game at West Brom. “We fight to the end. We show when we don’t play good we can win. I think that the attitude is very good.”I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything. We want to be in the top four. We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough, but we are Man United: we have to win.”SWANSEA HEALTH SCARESwansea head coach Francesco Guidolin remained hospitalised yesterday after missing his side’s victory over Arsenal with a chest infection.The 60-year-old Italian was referred to a respiratory specialist in London.”Francesco remains comfortable in hospital and is receiving excellent care and treatment,” Swansea said in a statement. “He is making good progress and is in good spirits … no release date from hospital has been confirmed at present.”The victory at Arsenal, with first-team coach Alan Curtis in charge, moved Swansea six points clear of tomorrow’s opponents Norwich, who are in the relegation zone.Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink took charge in December, with the ailing champions rising from the relegation zone to 10th place. Chelsea host Stoke tomorrow.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it wants to stage a series of fast bowling camps as part of a plan to rekindle an area of the game that has been struggling in recent years. WICB director of cricket, Richard Pybus, made the announcement at the conclusion of the 10-round Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional four-day Tournament on Monday. The WICB is pondering the introduction of an off-season training programme targeting fast bowlers after spinners dominated the just ended four-day tournament. “We are prioritising and looking at some camps for our fast bowlers, possibly some measures off season to prioritise fast bowling in the four-day competition,” said Pybus in an interview with WICB media. “This is going to be central to us getting that back at the heart of West Indies cricket again.” Spinners featured prominently during the tournament, including the top wicket- taker, Jamaican spinner Nikita Miller, who had 65 scalps in nine matches. “The competition has been still dominated too much by the spin bowlers,” said Pybus. “That is something that we will have to seriously address during the off season to make sure that we are prioritising the fast bowlers.” Guyana’s Leon Johnson, with 807, scored the most runs for the season, followed by Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, who scored 719 — though from two matches less. Guyana’s Vishal Singh and Barbados’ Royston Chase were other players who scored over 700 runs. “I think something which is exceptionally positive is the quality of the batting. We are getting a consistency in the scoring,” said Pybus. “We got a core group of young players who have put their hand up all the way through the competition. We are getting consistent with hundreds being scored. Volume of hundreds and volume of runs which I think is very positive.” Guyana Jaguars were crowned champions of the R4Day for the second straight year. They finished with 149 points — seven clear of nearest rivals Barbados Pride — to regain the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional first-class supremacy. “The first season of the PCL was very rushed and the systems we wanted to put in place to be able to support it were not where we wanted them to be,” he said. “So this year is closer to where I would like to see the system in terms of providing support to the players and the structure of the season regarding the off season programmes for the players.”
Indiscipline reared it’s ugly head among spectators once again at Arnett Gardens Football Club’s Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night, after the team’s 2-2 draw and 4-3 aggregate defeat to Montego Bay United in their second-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final.The scene was reminiscent of Arnett Gardens’ loss to Waterhouse in the 2013-14 semi-final, when after battling to a 3-3 draw in the first-leg, Arnett Gardens lost the second-leg at home 1-0, following which supporters took out their frustration on the away team and match officials.Kashief Brown’s extra-time winner spurred some patrons into throwing bottles and other objects in the vicinity the MoBay United team and officials, as well as match officials.However, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) general manager, Andrew Price, says an investigation will to be carried out into the incident and the facts ascertained before any action, if any, will be taken against Arnett Gardens Football Club. He noted that this is a serious offence and if found guilty Arnett could face heavy sanctions.In the 2013-14 season, RSPL semi-final elimination did not go down well with the Arnett home fans, who took out their anger and disappointment on the match officials by throwing missiles and verbal threats. Officials and other important figures had to be escorted from the venue under heavy security. Gun shots were also heard during the melee.SIX-MATCH PROBATIONFor that incident, the Trench Town-based club was fined $200.000 and placed on a six-match probation.If found guilty again, Price warned Arnett could face great punishment, but insists that the facts will determine their next move.”We will have to get the report. The referee and the match coordinator will have to submit their reports. But like in any Premier League we will have to get the facts and deal with the situation after. Action (for missile throwing) would be taken against any club. But you are innocent until proven guilty and the facts will have to come to the committee and be proven. It wouldn’t be prudent of me to make any comment at this time,” he explained.”It’s a situation where you expect certain level of maturity. We will wait until we get documents from the match official, commissary and coordinator. Anything else we will deal with it as the facts are presented and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner,” he said.
LONDON (AP):As Wayne Rooney went a 10th game without scoring for Manchester United, an English striker did manage to score a hat-trick yesterday – Callum Wilson of Bournemouth.It was a landmark treble for the player and his team, both newcomers to the Premier League.In edging a wild encounter at West Ham, 4-3, Bournemouth, for the first time in their 125-year history, scored goals in the top flight of English football and won their first game.It was just the kind of attacking enterprise that Rooney’s United was missing in their 0-0 draw with Newcastle.Bournemouth, who came close to going out of business and dropping out of the fourth professional division in the last decade, had lost their first two Premier League games without scoring.DUG DEEPWilson sent Bournemouth into a 2-0 lead at half-time, but the visitors had to dig deep after Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate brought West Ham level after the break. Marc Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead and Wilson completed his treble from the penalty spot after West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson was sent off for clipping Max Gradel in the box.Tottenham and Sunderland are still searching for their first wins after draws yesterday.In a lively final 10 minutes at Leicester, Dele Alli headed Tottenham in front, but it was quickly cancelled out by Riyad Mahrez, who preserved the hosts’ unbeaten start to the season.Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was on target, securing Sunderland’s first point of the season by cancelling out Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal in a 1-1 draw with Swansea.Crystal Palace have six points from a possible nine after Bakary Sako scored his first goal for the team to clinch a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.In Norwich, Xherdan Shaqiri marked his Stoke debut by setting up Mame Biram Diouf’s opener, but Russell Martin equalised in one of several games that required drinks breaks because of the heat.
Top End crushed defending champions Boscobel by 206 runs in the opening match of the St Mary Cricket Association LP Martin’s Funeral Home 35 overs competition at Boscobel on Sunday.Batting first, Top End chalked up an impressive 295 all out, with Delroy Stone making a stroke-filled 95. When Boscobel batted they were skittled out for a paltry 89, with no batsman offering resistance to D. Clarke, who picked up five for 20.Over at Galina, highly touted Jack’s River were made to fight all the way before defeating Galina by 17 runs. Taking first knock, Jack’s River were bowled out for 179, with skipper Orane Farr, 44, and T. Daley, 54, being the main run-getters against J. Brown, 3-20 and D. Brown, 2-30.Galina were restricted to 162 for five, with R. Gordon, 61 and D. Brown, 29, the top batsmen against D. Walker, 2-21.Over at Wilderness, the home team were trounced by 113 runs by Sandals/Beaches resorts. The hotel men took first strike and rattled up 195 all out, thanks to Delroy Patterson, 47, and Samuel McIntosh, 36.Wilderness were bundled out for 83, with Marlon Thompson taking 5-20.
Jamaica will know by the end of the year whether it will be selected to host the 2016 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship set for July 7-17. President of CAZOVA, Mushtaque Mohammed, visited the island from December 27 to yesterday and toured the facilities which could be used to host 16 male and female teams from across the region if Jamaica is successful in its bid. A decision should be made by the end of the week. The Jamaica Volleyball Association successfully hosted the CAZOVA Beach Volleyball Olympic qualifiers earlier this year and won rave reviews for organising the event. JAVA President Rudolph Speid said he is optimistic that Jamaica will be selected to host the tournament. He revealed that CAZOVA will donate an indoor volleyball court, which, if it gets the tournament, JAVA will use as a practice court inside the National Arena. During his short visit, Mohammed also met with Major Desmon Brown of Independence Park Limited (IPL), as well as Denzil Wilks of the Sports Development Foundation. If Jamaica is selected, the tournament would be staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) run by IPL. The CAZOVA president looked at hotels in Kingston and also the courts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, during his trip. Mohammed, who is also a vice-president of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, was in attendance at the 2015 JAVA Senior Awards Ceremony held Monday evening at the offices of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, where UWI and Vikings received their awards as the champion male and female teams for 2015. Jamaica’s male Under-19 team, the CAZOVA Under-19 champions, head coach Steve Davis, assistant coach Adrian Ramdeen, and manager Tracey Ann Findley were honoured during the ceremony. Also recognised for their significant achievements during the year was the country’s female beach volleyball team of Kai Wright, Danielle Perry, Sasha Lee Wallen, and Alicia Malcolm, who won the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in May in Ocho Rios. The men’s team of Rick Webb, Mark Lewis, Christopher Wallen, and Donovan Richards, who were second in their qualifiers in CuraÁao, were also honoured.
Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be looking to pick up on a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 in an effort to make sports a serious foreign-currency earner.In an interview with The Gleaner following welcome home celebrations for the island’s teams to the Carifta swimming and track and field championships, at the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport earlier this week, the minister outlined that she hopes to market Jamaica as a sports tourism destination and training facility.”When I became minister in 2007, I had submitted a proposal to UNESCO to do a pre-feasibility study on Jamaica as a training facility for various sporting disciplines. That pre-feasibility study was funded and was actually done by someone from the University of Technology (UTech). The results were submitted to UNESCO and they were about to fund the feasibility study when we demitted office; and so we are gonna pick up where we left off, because I know that Jamaica is a brand and we should exploit that brand,” she outlined.”We can be that training facility, we can be the centre of sports tourism, the centre of culture tourism and we can be the centre of a creative industry, where Jamaica can say to the world, here we have the facilities. We have the infrastructure and we have the people with the skills to be able to provide what you need. Come to Jamaica,” she pointed out.
P W D L GF GA GD Pts 1. Leicester City 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 73 2. Tottenham 34 19 11 4 64 25 39 68 3. Man City 34 18 7 9 62 34 28 61 4. Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 60 5. Man United 34 17 8 9 42 30 12 59 6. West Ham 34 14 14 6 57 43 14 56 7. Liverpool 33 15 9 9 56 43 13 54 8. Southampton 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 51 9. Stoke City 34 13 8 13 37 47 -10 47 10. Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 44 P W D L GF GA GD Pts 11. Everton 34 9 14 11 53 48 5 41 12. Watford 34 11 8 15 33 40 -7 41 13. Bournemouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 41 14. West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 40 15. Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 40 16. Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 36 45 -9 39 17. Norwich City 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 31 18. Sunderland 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 30 19. Newcastle 34 7 8 19 36 62 -26 29 20. Aston Villa 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16
The 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres will take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today. Billed as ‘A Day with the King and his Horses’, the nine-horse field for the prestigious invitational race with a purse of $4.5 million includes last year’s winner FRANFIELD with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan; two-time winner TYPEWRITER to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Spencer Chung, as well as the reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM with leading jockey Omar Walker again riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Orlando Foster aboard and this year’s St. Leger winner BIGDADDYKOOL with champion apprentice Linton Steadman riding for topline trainer Anthony “Baba’ Nunes. The above mentioned horses should ensure a highly competitive race and the winner is sure to emerge from this group. All have looked sharp in their preparation, especially SEEKING MY DREAM and the three-year-old gelding BIGDADDYKOOL, both of whom have already won over the distance this season, BIGDADDYKOOL winning both the St. Leger and Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) over same and having improved, could make it close. HOPING FOR THE BEST FRANFIELD, who won the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance by four lengths from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, is also in good nick for the race and Azan is hoping for the best. He is quietly confident: “He won convincingly a year ago, is a better horse this year having beaten Seeking My Dream in the Chairman’s Trophy in March and Perfect Neighbour in the GG Stakes. He is not only fit but has a lot of heart and I am expecting another big run from him,” said Azan, who has won the Superstakes a record nine times, including four in a row with MENUDO (1999-2002). For me, however, the choice has to be SEEKING MY DREAM now that his main rivals are sitting level with him in the scales. The class horse of the field, SEEKING MY DREAM should at last provide DaCosta with that elusive success in the only major race he is yet to win in a career spanning 40 years. Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 “Horse of the Year” Alsafra notched his last win over the distance in the Prime Minister’s Stakes on August 6 under topweight of 57.0kg, and although humbled by top sprinter BUZZ NIGHTMARE In the recent Gold Cup over 1400 metres, has worked impressively for today’s assignment. Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHTMARE looks a cinch for the GLEN MILLS O.D. Caribbean Sprint, while it should be the Nunes-trained HOUDINI’S MAGIC ahead of old rival BRAWN in the Coco Cola Invitational Mile. Post time 11:00 a.m.
2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The sanctions freeze all U.S. assets of the people and entities named and forbid U.S. citizens from doing business with them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I categorically deny any kind of relation to this organization,” Marquez said in a statement, adding “today is my most difficult match; I will try to clear all of this up.”Flores Hernandez allegedly operated independently in the northern city of Guadalajara but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. The attorney general’s office said Flores Hernandez was arrested July 20 and is being held while his extradition is pending.The Mexican Attorney General’s Office also seized related assets Wednesday, including the Grand Casino near Guadalajara, according to the U.S. statement.Mexican prosecutors said they were working closely with U.S. authorities on the investigation and added that Marquez came voluntarily to the Attorney General’s Office to provide a statement.Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and author of the book “Deal,” said the 64-year old Flores Hernandez has been in the business since the 1980s.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate LOOK: Kobe’s in-game used Air Jordan 3s sell for $30k Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office confirmed Wednesday that a photo of the president and Alvarez had been removed from Pena Nieto’s Instagram account. The office declined further comment.The U.S. statement did not say that Marquez or Alvarez face charges in the United States.Marquez is famed as a tenacious defender whose crunching tackles have sometimes seen him sent off in high-profile matches. In Mexico he is revered as one of the country’s all-time greats, though many U.S. fans remember him for a studs-up, head-butt foul on Cobi Jones that earned him a red card at the 2002 World Cup.Marquez debuted in Mexico’s top-flight league in 1996 with Atlas and moved to AS Monaco of France’s Ligue 1 three years later. In 2003, Marquez joined Barcelona and spent 10 years there, helping the Catalonia super-club win Spanish league and Champions League trophies.Advancing into his 30s, Marquez then had stints with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, Leon of Mexico and Hellas Verona in Italy’s Serie A before returning to Atlas.A longtime fixture of Mexico’s national team, he led “El Tri” at four World Cups and has hoped to become only the third player ever to compete in five. Marquez has scored 13 goals wearing the green jersey in 158 appearances between 1997 and 2017, according to statistics published by the Mexican Soccer Federation.Speaking in a briefing to reporters, a high-level Treasury Department official said the association between Marquez and Flores Hernandez went back at least 20 years and Marquez served as “an important” frontman for money laundering. Under the terms of the briefing, the official could not be named. Among the entities that the department cited were his soccer academy and health and rehabilitation clinics.Marquez’s children’s foundation was also linked to Flores Hernandez, though it also had a number of corporate sponsors. It claimed to have provided food, educational and sports programs for about 1,000 low-income kids.Vigil said cartel figures have long been drawn to soccer stars and musicians.“They love soccer … so they love to associate with sports figures,” Vigil said. “Who else do they like? They like these norteno singers, because these guys create ballads about their exploits and it adds to their legend, to the folklore.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano It will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Marquez, 38, is a former defender for Barcelona, Monaco and New York Red Bulls who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team. He did not practice with Atlas on Wednesday.Later in the day, Marquez denied having any links to drug traffickers. “He is extraordinarily crafty in the way he strategizes and the way that he navigates between cartels,” Vigil said.But, the former agent added, Flores Hernandez has remained a mid-level drug trafficker, never forming what one would call a cartel, and of late had aligned himself with Nemesio Oseguera of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.Vigil said Flores Hernandez had a real talent for laundering drug proceeds by setting up front companies. He said it would be difficult to imagine that Marquez didn’t know who he was dealing with because Flores Hernandez has been around for so long.“Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds,” John E. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in the statement.Federal drug trafficking indictments against Flores Hernandez were returned in March in Washington and the southern district of California.The U.S. government referred to Marquez and 34-year-old norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, as people with longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez who “have acted as front persons for him and his (drug trafficking organization) and held assets on their behalf.”Alvarez has been nominated for Latin Grammys and has won Billboard awards. His latest album, “Not a Devil, nor a Saint,” released in May was his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard list of regional Mexican music.Alvarez’s manager did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. A spokesman for Universal Music, the parent company of Alvarez’s record label Fonovisa, declined to comment.But Alvarez posted a video to his Facebook page saying “absolutely nothing is going on.”Alvarez called Marquez a friend and sent him a hug: “Everything they are saying there can be cleared up.” Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Mexican football star Rafael Marquez Alvarez, center, arrives to give a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)MEXICO CITY — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday.The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez, the department said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments