Jamaican Olympian Kemoy Campbell is back home for some well-needed rest and recovery after the harrowing experience he endured in February when his heart stopped while competing at the Millrose Games in New York.

Panama shut out Jamaica 3-0 at the third Gloves over Guns fight card held at the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston on Saturday.

 Decorated Jamaica sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to top spot in the women’s 100m, in the process setting a new meet record at the Grenada Invitational at the Kirani James Stadium on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce got a trademark comfortable start before pulling away from the field to stop the clock at 11.20, which was a new meet record.  Her compatriot Jonielle Smith finished strongly but was still a distant second in 11.35.  The United States’ Aliyah Brown was third in 11.46.

Another Jamaican, Gayon Evans was fourth in 11.46, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett fifth in 11.60.

In the men’s equivalent, it was Great Britain’s Adam Gimili who claimed top spot but only just ahead of Canada’s Aaron Brown who was second in 10.13.  The United States Christopher Belcher was right behind Brown, stopping the clock in 10.14 for third place.  A quartet of Caribbean athletes Nester Carter, Nigel Ellis, Tyquendo Tracey and Julien Forte were fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

In the wake of being announced in the 100m line-up for the Muller Anniversary Games in London from July 20-21, 2016 double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, said she is hoping to enjoy the  Diamond League season.

The 2018 Austin Sealy Award winner, Briana Williams, is likely to be withdrawn from the 200m over a  gaffe in scheduling at the 2019 Carifta Games being hosted by the Cayman Islands from April 20-23.

The United States will get a chance to exact revenge on Trinidad and Tobago at the Gold Cup after they were drawn together in a group that also features Panama and Guyana.

It was a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017, coupled with Panama's dramatic win over Costa Rica, that meant the USA failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup - the first time they had missed the tournament since 1986.

At this year's Gold Cup, defending champions the USA will face Trinidad and Tobago and Panama in Group D, as well as Guyana, who qualified for their first major tournament last month.

Mexico will face Canada, Martinique and Cuba in Group A, while Costa Rica will meet Haiti, Nicaragua and Bermuda in Group B, and Honduras will have encounters with Jamaica, El Salvador and Curacao in Group C.

The tournament, expanded to 16 teams from 12, begins on June 15 and most of the fixtures will take place in the USA, though double-headers will be staged in Costa Rica and Jamaica.

 

Group A: Mexico, Canada, Martinique, Cuba.

Group B: Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Bermuda.

Group C: Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Curacao.

Group D: United States, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana.

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks has revealed his frustration at being replaced at DC United by England and Manchester United Wayne Rooney, a move that came amid one of his most productive seasons.

The 28-year-old Jamaican international got off to a hot start in the previous campaign for DC and had scored eight goals in 11 matches before the club acquired Rooney from EPL outfit Everton.  Following the former England captain’s arrival, the player, who had targeted 20 goals, struggled for minutes on the pitch and was clearly dissatisfied with the situation.

 “Going from pretty high to pretty low very, very quickly,” Mattocks said in describing the situation to cincinnatisoccertalk.com.

“It was very frustrating for me. I set out to score 20 goals and felt like I was right on track to doing so. Things changed and I wasn’t playing at all. At one point, I’m like, ‘I can’t even get a chance to play, even though I’m leading the team in scoring?’.”

The situation eventually led to the forward engineering a move to expansion club Cincinnati FC, where was recently named in the team of the week.

“Things went south for me pretty quickly in D.C. and Cincinnati kept calling (and) telling me how great of an opportunity this was,” Mattocks added.

 

Former West Indies and Jamaica player Robert Haynes is expected to replace Courtney Brown as chairman of selectors, recent reports have claimed.

The 54-year-old Haynes who recently serves as head coach of the Jamaica Scorpions in the recently concluded West Indies Championship is expected to be one of a few changes announced by new Cricket West Indies (CWI) boss Ricky Skerritt in a press conference in Antigua on Thursday.  Skerritt recently replaced Dave Cameron as head of the regional body in the CWI elections.

Other changes expected to be made are the axing of interim West Indies coach Richard Pybus who took over as coach of the team in January.  Pybus who previously served as head of the high-performance centre in 2018 and Windies Director of Cricket from 2013 to 2016 seemed off to a promising start in the job.  Under Pybus, the Windes defeated England after winning the Test series 2-1 and sharing the ODIs 2-2 to lift the team’s confidence ahead of the World Cup.

The Windies squad for the upcoming triangular series in Ireland and the World Cup is also expected to be selected on Wednesday.

 

 

For the first time in a decade, Jamaica will send a team to a regional U-19 Women’s Competition.

The coach of the Antigua national team Derrick Edwards and its equipment manager Danny Benjamin have called for the release of the report surrounding their arrest for possession of marijuana, during a trip to Jamaica with the team last year.

The two were arrested for drug possession at the Norman Manley airport in Jamaica, in March 2018, after a quantity of marijuana was found in the team’s equipment bags.  The officials were, however, lately acquitted after insufficient evidence was gathered.

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) as a result commissioned an official investigation into details surrounding the incident but have yet to make the findings public.

    “The football president needs to, at least, deal with that part of the investigation and let the public know exactly what’s going on; because, since in Jamaica, I promised the public that the truth will be told and I am still for that, because you went away to represent your country and people have to give account of what they have done,” Benjamin told the Antigua Observer.  Edwards, who claims he has moved on from the incident was in complete agreement.

“I totally forgive the individuals who have really did it, but at the end of the day an investigation was carried out and that chapter needs to come to a close. The families also need to see this thing over. They need to make their enquiries and make sure that this thing is over,” he said.

Former Jamaica Reggae Boyz midfielder Jobi McAnuff has insisted he could not play with Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, following the player’s recent controversial comments after teammate Moise Kean was racially abused.

Bonucci, the Juventus captain, claimed blame could be apportioned 50-50 after Kean was subject to monkey chants from sections of the Cagliari crowd and celebrated in front of the fans after scoring.  The defender does not believe, the 19-year-old Moise should have celebrated in front of the spectators.

 “It’s disappointing in this day and age with everything that’s happened, we still have to go through incidents like this,” McAnuff said on The Football Show (TFS).

“The Juventus situation, for me, if my captain had come out said those things, me as a black player, I couldn’t play under him again. It would be that serious for me,” he added.

“It’s great now that players are taking a stand and it’s because they have to because there’s not enough being done by authorities around the world and for me, the next step is going to be leaving the field of play.”

Bonucci, who saw his comments widely criticized, later claimed the statement was ‘misunderstood’ and that any form of racial abuse was unacceptable.

The Jamaica national team is slated to face the United States in a friendly international scheduled for June 5 at the Audi Field in Washington.

The match will serve part of both team’s final preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will kick off on July 15.  The match will be the first between the teams since the United States defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 Gold Cup final.

The USA has traditionally dominated the fixture, with the Jamaicans having to wait until 2012 to record their first win in 25 games.  The Jamaicans, however, also eliminated the United States from the semi-finals of the 2015 Gold Cup, before going on to lose to the United States.

The teams have had contrasting results in their last couple of matches.  The United States registered comfortable 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Panama and Costa Rica, respectively, while Jamaica suffered losses to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Jamaica are currently 54th in the FIFA World Rankings. Mexico (17th), the U.S. (25th), and Costa Rica (37th) are the only higher-ranked CONCACAF teams.

Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore insists the team does not want to drop its usually high standards, heading into the Gold Cup, on the back of a poor performance against El Salvador at the weekend.

An uncharacteristically poor performance in the Concacaf Nation’s League, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador on Saturday saw the team fall to a 2-0 loss.  The loss was the first for the Jamaica team in the competition, prior to that scoring Cayman Islands, 4-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston in their opening game followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Bonaire in Curacao and a 2-1 victory against Suriname at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.

“The Gold Cup is coming up and the team did very well by reaching the finals in the last two editions in 2015 and 2017, and we don't want to drop that standard,” Whitmore said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“I also want to give everybody here a chance to see what they have to offer which will help us in the selection of the Gold Cup squad,” he added.

On the eve of the 109th staging of the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, title sponsor GraceKennedy has released a statement condemning the recent incident in which a teacher claimed he was assaulted by two of Calabar High School’s star athletes on December 15, 2018.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were handed a shock 2-0 by El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Saturday, the team’s first loss of the competition this season.

The Jamaican’s found themselves on the backfoot after uncharacteristically sloppy play from custodian Andre Blake.  The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute after Blake coughed up a routine cross into the area from a set-piece unto the boot of Nelson Wilfredo, who tapped home from two yards out.

The night got even stranger for the Jamaicans. They found themselves two goals behind, in the 85th minute, after what appeared to be an attempted header back to Blake, from defender Andre Lowe, bounced wide of the custodian and ended up in the back of the net.   To add insult to injury, the visitors were reduced to 10-men when striker Darren Mattocks was sent off in time added on.

In other results,  Dominica topped Bahamas 4-0 on the strength of goals from Julian Wade (24’, 35’), Travist Joseph (30’) and Briel Thomas (85’).  That was followed by a breathtaking encounter between neighbours Sint Maarten and Saint Martin in which the Dutch side of the island emerged victorious 4-3.

 A Danilo Cocks own goal (10’) plus scores from Smally Lake (23’) and Remsley Boelijn (30’) via penalty countered an Akim Arrondell goal (11’) to give Sint Maarten a 3-1 halftime lead. Cocks made up for his earlier miscue in the 52’ to make it 3-2, only for Lake to score his second (59’). Wrubens Dupalus’ penalty conversion in the 80’ cut the deficit to 4-3 but Sint Maarten would hang on for the win.

 Guyana edged Belize 2-1 with goals from Neil Danns (16’) and Emery Welshman (43’), offsetting a score from Elroy Kuyen (25’) to collect the three points and move to sixth place in the 34-team table.

Antigua and Barbuda then stunned first-place Curacao with a resounding 2-1 home win.  Suriname put itself in the Gold Cup mix with a big 2-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Stefano Rijssel (38’) and Ivenzo Comvalius (71’) did the damage against the Sugar Boys.

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