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Ja in pole position to host CAZOVA Champs


first_imgJamaica 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.last_img read more


FIFA 18 ratings predictions: 25 superstars set for downgrades – surprised?


first_img Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) – Predicted rating = 74 (Was 77 in FIFA 17) – With James Milner picked ahead of him for the whole season at Anfield, Moreno will see his rating decrease in the new game. 25 Andre Gomes (Barcelona) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – Regarded as a flop by most fans at the Nou Camp, the Portugal international is likely to receive another small downgrade this summer, having already had one in the winter refresh. 25 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Predicted rating = 93 (Was 94 in FIFA 17) – He’s still a superstar but while he’s evolving his game, he’s definitely losing his pace and some of his other attributes, and this could result in a small regression. 25 Mehdi Benatia (Juventus) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – Unable to break up the BBC and set to be usurped in the pecking order by Daniele Rugani, Benatia will see his score get a decrease. 25 Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – Okay, he had a brilliant FA Cup final, but there can be no arguments against his decline at the Emirates. 25 25 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 84 in FIFA 17) – England and Red Devils hero can no longer fight the fact his career is on the slide, he could see a big downgrade next season. 25 25 25 Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) – Predicted rating = 77 (Was 78 in FIFA 17) – The Portuguese starlet’s move to Germany may have happened too soon and he’s been on the fringes in Bavaria this season. Expect him to get a small drop, but his potential will remain high. 25 25 Pepe (Real Madrid) – Predicted rating = 84 (Was 88 in FIFA 17) – On his way out of the Bernabeu, the Portguese star is set to lose out in FIFA 18. Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham) – Predicted rating = 77 (Was 80 in FIFA 17) – A £30m flop, despite Spurs magnificent season, we can see the player getting a big downgrade to some of his ratings. 25 Thomas Vermaelen (Roma) – Predicted rating = 79 (Was 81 in FIFA 17) – Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man Vermaelen is now on the periphery in Serie A and could see his score drop as a result. 25 Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 84 in FIFA 17) – Injuries appear to have decreased the striker’s effectiveness and this means a downgrade is surely on the cards for the England man. 25 25 Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris Saint-Germain) – Predicted rating = 80 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – Signed after a stunning season with Nice, Ben Arfa has not performed to the same level in the French capital. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 77 (Was 81 in FIFA 17) – Since leaving Swansea, the Ivorian hasn’t had the best of times. His loan move to Stoke was extremely poor and we can’t see him being rated above 80 in FIFA 18. Claudio Bravo (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 83 (Was 81 in FIFA 17) – Chilean goalkeeper Bravo was hit with a downgrade in the winter refresh and seems set to lose out again in FIFA 18. Loris Karius (Liverpool) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 82 in FIFA 17) – Another Reds star set to lose out is their German shot-stopper, who has been usurped by former flop Simon Mignolet at Anfield. 25 John Terry (Chelsea) – Predicted rating = 80 (Was 82 in FIFA 17) – Used sparingly by the Blues in his farewell campaign, Terry was also error-prone which means his rating will drop. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 79 (Was 80 in FIFA 17) – Still just 21, Shaw has had a tough season at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, who has been a big critic of the player. He may well get a small deduction. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 84 in FIFA 17) – Sadly, illness has affected the German talent and having missed most of the campaign and been poor when fit, he will see his rating drop. But we’re all hoping he can bounce back. Jose Fonte (West Ham) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – The former Southampton star has done okay with the Hammers but does appear to be starting his decline. We imagine he will get a small downgrade. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Predicted rating = 84 (Was 86 in FIFA 17) – Cruelly hit by injuries across the last two games, the creative Spanish star is likely to get a downgrade as a result. 25 25 Arda Turan (Barcelona) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 84 in FIFA 17) – Set to be shown the door at the Nou Camp this summer, the Turkish midfielder is likely to lose a point or two on FIFA 18. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 89 (Was 90 in FIFA 17) – The Swedish superstar may have had a good season with the Red Devils but his recent injury could result in a slight downgrade. The 2016/17 season might have only just ended but EA have already given us a look at FIFA 18, and we’re very excited.There is still time to wait before the full release but we’re already discussing the huge number of stars who could see their ratings change.So, which superstars around the world do we think will be unlucky enough to see their virtual personas decline?Click the right arrow above to see 25 players we think could get a downgrade on FIFA 18… 25 25 25 25 25 25 Nicolas Gaitan (Atletico Madrid) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 85 in FIFA 17) – The Argentine was a big summer signing for Diego Simeone but has been on the fringes for much of the campaign, which could lead to a downgrade, especially as he seemed a touch overrated. Borja Baston (Swansea City) – Predicted rating = 77 (Was 80 in FIFA 17) – Signed for £15m last summer, the Spanish striker has been a flop in Wales. He jumped from 71 to 80 from FIFA 16 to FIFA 17, and this rating is likely to go back down after such a poor campaign. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Predicted rating = 83 (Was 85 in FIFA 17) – He has improved in the latter part of the Premier League campaign, but the Algerian is still a touch overrated and may get a downgrade in the new game. 25last_img read more