Newly promoted Molynes United maintained a perfect start to the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after slipping by former champions Arnett Gardens, despite going down to ten men, at the Waterhouse Stadium on Sunday.

Nicholas Nelson gave the home team the lead in the lead in the 18th minute but was dramatically sent from the pitch only two minutes after.  His ejection left Arnett with a one-man advantage and plenty of time to turn the game around.  The team seemed to be well on their way to doing just that when Vishineul Harris equalised two minutes in the second half.

The hosts, however, had more surprises as Tyrique Wilson fired them back into the lead in the 65th minute.  To make matters worse for Arnett, they were themselves reduced to ten men when Kimani Arbourine was sent off in the 82nd minute.  The win marked a fourth in a row for Molynes who top the RSPL standings with 12 points.

At Harbour View Stadium, defending champions Portmore United secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over struggling Harbour View. 

At the Edward Seaga Stadium, Tivoli Gardens snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season when they defeated Cavalier 2-0.  The match seemed to be headed for an even share of the points but the dismissal of Tivoli’s Clifton Woodbine gave the home team added impetus. 

Rodrico Wellington gave Tivoli the lead six minutes later before Donovan Dawkins secured the home team their first win of the season in the 88th minute.

At the Royal Lakes Complex, Dean-Andre Thomas scored a brace to ensure Dunbeholden kept the momentum from a narrow win over Portmore United last week, with a 2-0 win over newcomers Vere United.  Thomas scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute before adding a second in the 83rd.

At Effortville, Humble Lion and Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw.

On Monday, Briana Williams flew to the Bahamas to do her part in the ongoing relief efforts there after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abacos Islands and claimed several lives.

Jamaica were to have their next CONCACAF Nations League away game against Aruba on October 15 but that has been changed to a fixture in Curacao.

According to reports, Aruba’s home field, did not meet the FIFA and CONCACAF standards to host international fixtures.

The Reggae Boyz have played at the Ergilio Hato Stadium before when they visited Bonaire in Nations League action from last year.

It has been 22 years since the Reggae Boyz last played Aruba in a 6-0 affair and based on the start the team has had, that kind of result could be on the cards for the tiny island nation.

The Reggae Boyz started League ‘B’ positively, winning their first two games against Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Aruba, on the other hand, have found the league’s Group C a rough place to be, losing their games to remain rooted to the foot of the table without a point. Aruba lost to Antigua & Barbuda 2-1, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Guyana.

The tie between the teams could be well and truly over with the Reggae Boyz first facing them in a home game at the National Stadium in Jamaica on October 12.

Veteran shooter and long-standing member, Major John Nelson was recently elected President of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) and has pledged that his administration will elevate the profile of sport shooting. 

The Melbourne Vixens have signed Jamaica’s Kadie-Ann Dehaney to a new deal that will see the player return to Melbourne for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season.

Schoolboy football players that were affected by a lightning strike during a Manning Cup match on Monday are reportedly recovering with very little ill effects.

The match between urban area schoolboy football teams Jamaica College and Wolmer’s was called off after several players suffered injuries when lightning struck the field at Stadium East. 

Two players, JC’s Terrence Francis and Dwayne Allen of Wolmer’s were taken to the hospital following the incident, with another player later admitted after suffering from chest pains.  According to ISSA president Keith Wellington, none of the players seems to have suffered significant injury and are on the improve.

 “Thankfully they have shown significant improvement.  The Wolmer’s young man was treated and released.  One young man when he initially went to the hospital wasn’t speaking or walking but eventually, he came around and he has been moving and speaking,” Wellington said in an interview on the Sportsmax Zone.

“All the tests that have been done ECG, CT scans have come back with good results.  I think the major issue now is that that the flash seems to have affected their eyes so the ophthalmologists will examine them.  It appears as though they have passed the worst.”

 

 

 

Akeem Bloomfield is elated that he was selected to compete in the individual 400m at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics this month-end and has declared that he is ready to go three rounds with the best quarter-milers in the world.

The 21-year-old Bloomfield, the second-fastest Jamaican in history, only competed in the 200m at the national championships and was only fifth in the finals with a disappointing 20.81.  However, on July 21, almost a month later, the former Kingston College star ran 44.40s to win the 400m at the Diamond League meeting in London.

Since then he has run times of 45.04 and 45.74 before ending the Diamond League season with a 44.67 clocking for third place in Brussels. Given that only two Jamaicans – Demish Gaye and Rusheen McDonald – had met the qualifying standard for the championships, Bloomfield found a way into the team for Doha.

“Right now, I feel pretty excited. I am thankful that the JAAA selected me,” Bloomfield told Sportsmax.TV shortly after Jamaica’s 55-member team was announced on Wednesday.

“This gives me a chance to show my talent. It’s a great honour and I am really happy right now.”

Bloomfield admitted he was a bit surprised by his selection because of his performance at the national championships.  Now that he is included in the squad, the athlete is confident he will be ready to compete well in Doha as evidenced by the progress he has made since June.

And once in Doha, Bloomfield is confident that he can handle the rounds and go on to the final to battle for a spot on the podium.

“I am doing okay. I am going to give my best in Doha and see where the chips fall.  I am physically ready to do three rounds.  I just need to not exert myself over the first two rounds, and even if I do have to {run fast} in the semi-finals, I think I am in good standing,” said Bloomfield, who boasts a personal best of 43.94, 0.01s off Rusheen McDonald's national record.

 

Jamaica extended their lead atop Group C of the CONCACAF Nations League on Monday night following a comprehensive 4-0 win over Guyana at the Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Leonora.

Precocious Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaican Championships in June.

The commentators discuss key aspects of the case as well as the possibility of the 17 year old representing Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Trinbago Knight Riders secured their second win of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 22-win over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Andre Russell threatening to pull off another unlikely heist.

Last year, Russell had won a game against the Knight Riders almost single-handedly from a seemingly impossible position with a century for the ages, and for a while here he threatened something similar in a game TKR had otherwise dominated.

The Tallawahs needed 99 from 42 when Russell came to the crease, but he smoked the third ball he faced high and handsome over wide long-on for six. When he muscled the next one down the ground and was dropped by Neesham – the ball rolling into the rope for good measure – a repeat of 2018 looked all too feasible.

Ultimately, though, he had been left just too much to do on this occasion. Despite three more monster maximums and the able assistance of George Worker, who finished with 46 and more than played his part in a thrilling 67-run stand it was instead a maiden Hero CPL half-century for Tion Webster and Sunil Narine’s all-round efforts for the Knight Riders that proved decisive.

Webster batted through the TKR innings for his unbeaten 66, with the Knight Riders given early impetus by Narine’s quick-fire 46 at number three. Kieron Pollard made 33 not out at the back end of the innings to lift the total to 191 for 4 before Narine added figures of 2 for 23 from four overs to his night’s work.

Narine got the first Tallawahs wicket to fall, following his batting exploits with the crucial dismissal of Glenn Phillips. The Kiwi keeper-batsman was the second-highest run-scorer in last season’s tournament but made just 6 in his first outing of the 2019 Hero CPL before being bowled by one that spun through the gate.

Chris Gayle hit back-to-back sixes off Mohammad Hosnain and a huge six down the ground off Ali Khan on his return to Tallawahs colours but fell to the American’s very next ball for 28 as sub fielder Akeal Hosein held a juggling catch at deep midwicket.

Rovman Powell picked out Khary Pierre in the deep to hand Seekkuge Prasanna a wicket in his first over to leave the Tallawahs three down and falling well below the required rate.

The squeeze was on. Narine, Pierre and Prasanna at one stage had combined figures of 2 for 32 from seven overs to leave the Tallawahs limping along below a run a ball at the halfway stage of the innings.

Earlier in the night, the Knight Riders innings had got off to a breathless start and rarely let up. Lendl Simmons set the tone, slashing the very first ball of the night from Oshane Thomas over point for four and adding a Hero Maximum before the over was out.

He fell in the second over, though, deceived by the spin of Christopher Lamont and bowled. That brought Narine to the middle for a whirlwind innings. In the space of his first four balls he had bludgeoned two fours, smashed a six over long-on and sent a steepler down to long-leg that was dropped by Gayle.

Two wickets in two overs seemed set to check the Knight Riders’ progress as Narine holed out to Walton at long-on off Shamar Springer for a thrilling shot-a-ball 46 from 22 and Neesham, man of the match two nights ago in the tournament opener, chipped a return catch to Steven Jacobs for just 6.

Instead, Webster simply took up the challenge. Having been content to be the silent partner during Narine’s fun, he smashed 14 in three balls off Springer to start the 11th over and send TKR screeching past 100.

 

Striker Shamar Nicholson grabbed a brace while Bundesliga star Leon Bailey netted his debut goal for Jamaica in a comfortable 6-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Friday.

It was Nicholson who got things going for the home team, much to the delight of the crowd, at the Montego Bay Stadium when he found the back of the net in the 9th minute.  Another debutant, Bobby Reid, added another for the team in the 31st minute with Nicholson returning to safely put the game away by adding another in the 51st minute.

FK Partizani forward Brian Brown added to that lead five minute after coming on to the pitch as a substitute for Junior Flemmings.  Bailey, in his fifth game for the national team, got his maiden international goal in the 77th minute with midfielder Peter Vassell rounding off the scoring in the 81st minute.

The Reggae Boyz have been drawn in group B of the tournament and will next travel to Guyana.  In group B’s other game, Guyana defeated Aruba 1-0.

 

Seven months after he collapsed and almost died on the track at the 2019 Millrose Games in New York, Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell has announced his retirement from track and field after being advised presumably by his doctors that he would risk his life by resuming his career as a long-distance runner.

Avernell Modest is one of the best Bikini Fitness athletes Jamaica has ever had and she is expected to do well at the IFBB Elite Pro World Professional Championships in Tarragona, Spain, in November.

Jamaica international Michael Hector has officially completed a move from English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea to Championship club Fulham but will be unable to play until the next transfer window.

The 27-year-old Reggae Boy joined the Blues in a surprise move on deadline day in 2015 but was immediately loaned back to Reading for the 2015-2016 campaign.

 The defender spent the next three seasons on loan at clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City, and Sheffield Wednesday and never made an appearance for his parent club.  Although he cannot officially beginning playing for the club until January, Hector will join Fulham to immediately begin training with the squad.

“Although Michael can’t officially join our First Team until January, what’s important is he’s now a member of Fulham Football Club,” Fulham’s co-owner Tony Khan said.

“Michael will help us challenge for promotion and make us better in the second half of the season, at a time when depth, experience, and quality will be at a premium in the Championship. Come on Fulham!” he added.

He spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, playing in 37 Championship games for the Owls.

“It was an easy decision to make. My mum’s from Fulham, so it’s nice to join a club that some of my family support,” Hector told Fulham’s official club website.

Hector, who was close to completing a deal to join the club on deadline day before it fell through, signed a two and a half year contract.

 

 

One of the heavyweights in the Concacaf Nations League, the Jamaica’s men’s national team will be one of the favorites to win their group in League B.

Theodore Whitmore’s side finished Concacaf Nations League Qualifying in eighth place and were denied participation in League A only by goal difference.

Jamaica won their first three qualifying matches by a combined score of 12-1 but had their attack shut down on their final matchday.

The team’s only defeat in CNLQ came away at El Salvador, 2-0, a match their foes needed to secure the final spot in the Gold Cup.

Jamaica’s run in qualifying saw them secure a spot in the Concacaf Gold Cup for themselves and were later named as one of the tournament’s co-hosts.

Hosting a Gold Cup match for the first time, Jamaica opened the tournament with a win against Honduras. The next two matches ended in draws but were enough to win the group.

A 1-3 loss to the United States in the semifinal denied the team a third consecutive final.

Jamaica now turn the page and begin play in the Nations League, drawn in Group C along with Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba.

The Reggae Boyz open at home against Antigua and Barbuda before traveling to Guyana to kickoff Nations League play on Friday.

In other games, from League B tomorrow, Aruba play Guyana and Montserrat host the Dominican Republic.

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