Waterhouse Football has issued an apology for their role in the unfortunate turn of events that marred the ending the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League season at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Portmore United coach Shavar Thomas believes the team’s ability to enforce their will on challengers Waterhouse was a crucial component of successfully defending the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Monday night.

Portmore emerged the victors from a tempestuous affair courtesy of a 51st-minute strike from Ricardo Morrison.  The title holders had, however, dominated the proceedings before then and were perhaps good value for the eventual lead.

“We came here to enforce our will, bossing the game and keeping possession and that’s not Waterhouse’s style and it forced them to think,” Thomas said.

“It was important we kept that momentum heading into the second half and that’s what brought us the goal.  We kept possession, lulled them to sleep and waited for the right time and it was the right time,” he added.

“We practised and trained for every eventuality and everything they threw at us we were able to deal with.”    

The victory saw the defending champions add the title to claiming the league, which they won by four points.  Waterhouse were also the second-place team on that occasion.

Portmore United are the Red Stripe Premier League champions for the second time in a row, though the night at the National Stadium in Kingston was marred by a couple of alarming stoppages. 

Technical Director of the Cavalier Football Club Rudolph Speid said the Cavalier Football Club established themselves as a powerhouse in the 2018/2019 RSPL season and expects the coming season to be an even better one.

Speid was speaking with Sportsmax.TV following his team’s 1-0 win over Mount Pleasant Football Club in the playoff for third place at the National Stadium on Monday night.

A 41st-minute goal from Alex Marshall was enough for Cavalier to win the match and secure third place. Marshall picked up the ball on the left just outside the 18-yard box beat a defender before firing past goalkeeper Joseph Vargas into the right corner of the goal.

Speid believes there is a lot to build on for next season.

“I think the third-place playoff was really an anti-climax to our season but at the same time we can’t complain too much because I think Cavalier established themselves as one of the powerhouses in the league,” he said.

“We have some regrets we didn’t go all the way but we are going to build on it next season.”

Cavalier sold two players during the season that impacted their season by their absence. One of them was 19-year-old Jamoi Topey who departed for the Bethlehem Steele in the National Soccer League in the United States.

Speid described Topey as three players in one and said his departure hurt the team defensively but they managed to eventually get their act together to reach the playoffs.

For next season, he plans to introduce even more young players into the Cavalier team and their fans can expect more from them in 2019/2020.

Cavalier SC midfielder Alex Marshall, despite a sublime schoolboy football career, is really yet to show up at the level many were expecting his prodigious talent to put him. 

One of the West Indies’ biggest weapons heading into the ICC World Cup in England is undoubtedly their inspirational captain, Jason Holder.

Holder has led the team from the front with both bat and ball and in the field has inspired his teammates to achievements many in the region thought beyond them.

But now, with the World Cup a month away, Holder, and by extension, the West Indies may have a problem.

Playing in the London Royal Cup for Northhamptonshire last Wednesday, Holder struck 72, his third half-century in four innings, but was treated for an injury early in the knock.

Holder did not come out to field on account of the injury to his left leg and has since been replaced in the Northants line-up.

There has not been word on the seriousness of the injury just yet, but Holder is supposed to lead the West Indies in a Tri-nation series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland from May 5-17.

On Friday, Holder’s Northants lost by 20 runs to Worcestershire without the all-rounder’s late-order batting.

The West Indies now have a nervous wait to see of their leader will shrug this one off.

Organizers of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) said on Monday, insufficient funding and not wanting to stage a ‘watered down’ prompted the decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the meet that was set for this May-4 weekend.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic would not speak to his team-mates if they got the better of him in training, Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed.

Barcelona forward Boateng played alongside Ibrahimovic for two seasons at AC Milan between 2010 and 2012, before the Sweden international joined Paris Saint-Germain.

Ibrahimovic now plays in MLS with LA Galaxy and was involved in a fracas with former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha during a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.

Galaxy's winner came courtesy of Ibrahimovic, who then appeared to goad Onuoha during his celebrations.

And though Boateng has played down Ibrahimovic's bad boy persona, he disclosed that the former Inter and Barca forward would often ignore his team-mates if things did not go his way in training.

"When I got into the dressing room on my first day, he addressed me by name," Boateng told DAZN.

"I just thought: 'Wow, he knows my name.' From the first moment we got along well.

"Zlatan is a leader. I have never met a more ambitious person. If he loses in training, he does not speak to you for four days."

Boateng has had something of a nomadic career, and unexpectedly joined LaLiga champions Barca in January after impressing at Sassuolo.

Asked if he saw himself as a leader, Boateng replied: "Who follows me? I never claimed to be a leader.

"Others may argue that. It does not mean anything only to talk. You have to show it on the pitch, and afterwards everybody follows you."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's behaviour as he inspired LA Galaxy to a 2-1 MLS win over Real Salt Lake was "unacceptable", according to opposition defender Nedum Onuoha. 

Ibrahimovic clashed angrily with Onuoha during Sunday's match and unsubtly goaded the former Manchester City defender after sweeping in his 78th-minute winner. 

After the match, Ibrahimovic sought to play down the incident and stated, "what happens on the field stays on the field". 

However, Onuoha refused to be bound by that principle and explained he rejected a post-match apology from Ibrahimovic. 

The 32-year-old accused the Galaxy's star attraction of threatening him physically and suggested he was not fit to be considered the face of the United States' top-flight competition. 

"He came into apologise after the game because from 60 minutes in he's saying he's going to do me, he’s going to hurt me for that game," said Onuoha.  

"This is a guy who is the face of MLS, as he calls himself, but this is the way that he plays on the field.  

"So, I don’t care. If someone comes in and says that to me, I don't care. I’m not going to accept his apology. It’s unacceptable." 

Ibrahimovic said the running battle with Onuoha was responsible for inspiring his decisive performance. 

"I like to feel alive," he said. "I like when it becomes duels because sometimes, not that I fall asleep, but I don’t feel alive if they don’t activate me.  

"They need to activate me or else it becomes too easy. I know me. When I get angry I feel good." 

The goal against Real Salt Lake was Ibrahimovic's eighth in seven MLS appearances this season. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured LA Galaxy capitalised after rivals Los Angeles FC were held despite another Carlos Vela goal in MLS on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic scored a 78th-minute winner to see the Galaxy overcome Real Salt Lake 2-1 in California.

Uriel Antuna's tap-in for the Galaxy had been cancelled out by Donny Toia in the second half.

But Ibrahimovic struck his eighth goal of the season, side-footing in a Sebastian Lletget cross for the winner.

The result moved the Galaxy to within a point of Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC, who drew 1-1 against nine-man Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle struck after just 45 seconds through Jordan Morris, who intercepted a poor back pass to open the scoring.

However, Vela scored his 11th goal of the season just three minutes later, the Mexican tapping in a Diego Rossi cross.

The Sounders were reduced to 10 men in the 18th minute when Cristian Roldan was sent off for making contact with the face of Eduard Atuesta in a scuffle.

Christian Ramirez missed the best chance of the second half when he somehow put an effort over from point-blank range for LAFC.

In an end-to-end finish to the game, Kelvin Leerdam was also sent off for the Sounders, who held on for a point.

Elsewhere, Eastern Conference leaders DC United suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Minnesota United at Allianz Field.

Montreal Impact moved level on points with DC thanks to a 1-0 victory at home to Chicago Fire.

The Jamaica International Invitational, the local meet where retired sprint king Usain Bolt once thrilled fans with outstanding performances, will not be held this year.

The meet, which has been held every year since 2004, often brought some of track and field’s biggest names to Jamaica soil.  In addition to Bolt, who set the meet’s respectable 100m record of 9.76 seconds in 2008 and 19.56 in the 200m two years later, Americans Jasmin Stowers, Carmelita Jeter and Kerron Clement have set some eye-popping marks.  In 2011 Jeter stopped the clock at 10.86 in the women’s 100m, Clement thrilled fans with his brisk 47.79 400m hurdles run in 2008 and Stowers set the mark of 12.39 in the women’s 100m hurdles in 2015.

Despite those glowing performances, the meet which was upgraded to an IAAF World Challenge event had struggled to secure funding in recent years.  According to organizers, the issue has led to the cancellation of the 2019 edition of the event, which was originally scheduled to take place at the National Stadium on May 4.  A message posted on jainvite.com the official page of the event confirmed its cancellation.  At this stage, the future of the Invitational remains unclear.

 

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell has admitted he is champing at the bit to get back on the field for the regional team, after recently being included in a 15-man squad for next month’s ICC World Cup.  

The bullish all-rounder has been in fine form for Indian Premier League squad (IPL) Kolkata Knight Riders this season, where he has scored 406 runs from 11 games, at a brilliant strike rate of 209.27. 

Despite having not played in ODI cricket since last year against Bangladesh, the 30-year-old is confident of making an impact in England next month.  Russell was previously called to the ODI squad for the series against England but could not take the field after being hampered by a knee injury.

"I'm so hungry now to represent the West Indies.  The last time I joined the West Indies team was recently, when I had taken two injections to better my knee and it flared up again. I was so upset. I was watching the game against England and couldn't do anything about it,” Russell said.

"I wasn't surprised that I was called to the World Cup squad.  I've been doing well, I've been back and forth with the selectors and the coaches back home. I know once I'm doing my work here and performing, it will lead to national duties. I wasn't focused on the World Cup. I was just making sure that whatever happened here, I was doing my best,” he added.

 

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in exquisite form despite it being very early in a season where the IAAF World Championships of Athletics is still five months away. 

Former Wolmer’s Girl, Janeek Brown, achieved a feat on Friday evening rarely seen anywhere in the world, and certainly not at the level that she did.

Running at the Arkansas National Relay Championships, the sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica earned double gold, but not in the traditional sprints – she managed it in the 100-metre hurdles and the 200 metres.

To start, Brown now leads the world over the sprint hurdles, running to 12.57 seconds to smash the facility record of 12.84 and the Arkansas programme record of 12.80.

An hour later, Brown became the fastest in the South Eastern Conference this season, when she stormed to 22.67, putting her third on the Arkansas all-time list. Only Olympians, Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.41), and Taylor Ellis-Watson (22.48) have ever gone faster.

Brown, as a Freshman, was an All American both indoors and outdoors and so her head coach Lance Harter expects great things from her, but was still stunned at the achievement.

“What she did today was absolutely phenomenal! For her to post the leading time in the 200-meters in the SEC where it’s a ‘Who’s Who’ of sprinting talent and to do it as a hurdler, is a tribute to Chris Johnson’s training and the job he’s done in recruiting and developing these sprinters,” said Harter.

To put the achievement into greater context, in the history of track and field, there has only ever been one double in those events that has been quicker.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee has gone faster, the youngster from Arkansas now putting her name in rarified air.

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