Mourinho’s time runs out at Chelsea

first_img “The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.” Throughout weeks of turmoil, Mourinho retained the support of fans who loyally chanted his name. There was no immediate announcement about a replacement ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Sunderland. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential,” Chelsea said. First hired by Chelsea in 2004, the Portuguese coach ended a 50-year league-title drought and defended the trophy among other successes before losing a power struggle three years later with Abramovich. He was brought back in 2013 by Abramovich in an attempt to restore unity to the club following the divisiveness caused by the appointment of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, who was regularly jeered by fans. Mourinho presented himself as a figure transformed from the fiery character who fell out with Abramovich in 2007, but it was not long before the combativeness returned. He survived a first trophyless season back at Stamford Bridge before cruising to the title in May. “All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” Chelsea said. “His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.” STILL ON GOOD TERMS LONDON (AP): Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended prematurely Thursday with the team in decline only seven months after the Portuguese coach won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea are only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old Mourinho had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team even as it collapsed on the field with a succession of humiliations. Mourinho’s departure, characterised by Chelsea as “mutual”, came two and a half years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contract. The worst-ever start for a defending champion team in the Premier League was compounded on Monday by a 2-1 loss at surprise leaders Leicester. After the match, Mourinho said he was “betrayed” by his players. The personal conduct of the self-styled ‘Special One’ was also proving damaging to Chelsea, with Mourinho engaging in public spats with referees, a television-rights holder and even the club’s doctor over the last year. Chelsea are engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Dr Eva Carneiro after she was publicly criticised and then demoted following Mourinho’s opening-day outburst. Now it is Mourinho leaving Chelsea, with Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich preparing for his 10th managerial appointment since buying the team in 2003 and transforming its fortunes with a huge injection of cash. “Both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways,” Chelsea said in a statement.last_img read more

Murray’s late equaliser delays Waterhouse fate

first_imgAnother nail was just seconds away to being driven in Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League coffin when substitute Rodave Murray, showing great predatory skills, buried an opportunity to draw his team level and possibly delay their inevitable relegation. Murray’s 90th-minute strike was his first in the country’s top-flight football, and it came in only his second game, following a strike by Kenroy Howell in the 23rd, as he gave his team hopes of pulling off a rare victory. Two second-half goals from substitute Chevonne Marsh in the 57th and Dawyne Smith in the 87th set up Cavalier perfectly for the win, until Murray’s late intervention. For Murray, the occasion was bittersweet. “This is my first goal, but it is my second match in the Premier League. My first match was against UWI FC. I am feeling great, but at the same time, I am feeling disappointed. The coach said to us that the aim is to get three points, but we should not leave pointless, and we left with a point, so that is good,” the 18-year-old Dinthill daCosta Cup star said. He added: “I am disappointed because we came out here today looking a victory, and we did not get it.” Though their chances of survival are being written off with each passing match, Murray is still hopeful. KEEP ON FIGHTING “There is still time and opportunity for us, we just have to keep fighting and working hard, and the rest of the competition will tell,” said the youngster, who scored 27 goals for Dinthill last season. Besides trying to help his team survive the drop, Murray, who hails from Orange Field in Linstead, St Catherine, wants to retain his place in the country’s Under-20 squad and earn himself a professional contract. “My dream is to take it to the pro level, so I am just working hard towards that, and good performances in this league will help. “I have been invited to Jamaica’s Under-20 squad, and my aim is to join the team, work hard, and ensure that we qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster explained. At 18, Murray still has another year of eligibility at the schoolboy level, but he could pass on it if the opportunity presents itself. “I have another year at the schoolboy level, but I am not sure if I will return as yet. If I get a professional contract, I will take it. I have had offers from Europe; that is where my agent is based, so we will continue to look until something suitable comes,” Murray said. Murray added that he came close to joining Montego Bay United in the January transfer window. “I was supposed to be with Montego Bay United, but it just wasn’t working out. They wanted me to go to Cornwall College and play for Montego Bay United, but I did not want to leave Dinthill as yet, and Montego Bay is so far away from home,” he said.last_img read more

The skeletal system

first_imgThe human skeleton is composed of 206 bones. The skeleton is the framework of the body, without it the body would be shapeless. The bones are shaped according to their function. Bones may be: – Long, as in the arm and legs. – Flat, as the sternum and scapula. – Short as in the ankles and wrist. – Irregular, as in the vertebrae. – Round, as in the patellae. The bones of the arms, legs, shoulders and pelvis make up the appendicular skeleton. The bones of the skull and face and the auditory ossicle, vertebrae, ribs and sternum, make up the axial skeleton. BONE GROWTH Bones develop in the growing foetus through a process called ossification. The skeleton is completely formed by the end of the third month of gestation (pregnancy). After birth, bone growth proceeds from the epiphyseal plates (growth plates). Growth proceeds from the end towards the centre of the bone. When the bone has reached its full size and growth ceases the epiphyseal growth centres are replaced by bone cells. Longitudinal (length) bone growth and ossification usually continue in girls until about age 15 and age 16 in boys. However, bones continue to mature and develop their final shape until about 21 years of age. The whole growth process is controlled by hormones. If there is too much growth hormones the cartridge in the plates grows too fast and results in gigantism, while too little hormone leads to dwarfism. Bone formation and resorption are caused by the actions of osteoblasts and osteoclast. Osteoblast make new bones and at the same time cells called osteoclast break it down. Exercise causes osteoblast to work harder. But, extreme training, especially with weights at young age, can result in problem with bone deformity. Bones get more fragile as you age and can get weak and break easily (osteoporosis), especially in women. FUNCTIONS OF BONES There are five principal functions of bones. – Support the body, enabling you to stand erect. – Protect the internal organ and tissues. – Assist movement by coordination with muscles and joints. – Provide storage areas for minerals. – Serve as sites for formation and development of blood cells in the bone marrow (haematopoiesis). JOINTS A joint is where two or more bones meet (articulate). There are more than 100 joints in the body. Joints are divided into three types based on the amount of movement they allow. – Fixed or immovable joints (fibrous): In these, bones are fused together by tough fibres. These types of joints are found in areas requiring strength. Examples are the joints between the plates of the cranium (skull) and the fused joints in the sacrum. – Slightly movable joints (cartilaginous): In these, a small amount of movement can occur. The bones are linked by cartilage. Cartilage is a tough but flexible cushion of tissue that stops the bones from knocking together (friction) and can also compress a little to allow slight movement. Slightly movable joints are found between most of the vertebrae in the vertebral column and the joint between the ribs and sternum. – Freely movable joints (synovial): All freely movable joints share features which prevents friction between moving bones. One of the main features is the presence of synovial fluid between the moving bones. The bones are held together by slightly elastic fibres called ligaments, which allows the bones to move; any damage to the ligament results in the joint losing some of its strength and stability. Joints work smoothly together when we perform sporting activities. They must be capable of their full range of movement in order to work well. The demands of sport put severe stress on joints. Therefore, it is essential to warm-up before an activity and cool down after the activity. Joints can be injured as a result of impact, internal forces or a mixture of both. Examples sprains, torn ligament and dislocation. (More next week on the skeletal system). NUTRIENTS AND BONE GROWTH The most important nutrients for growth are: – Proteins – build cells and repair damaged tissues. Found in milk, cheese, eggs, fish, pulses and nuts. – Vitamins – Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and is found in milk, fish, liver and eggs. The body also makes it with sunshine. – Minerals – calcium which gives strong bones and teeth and is found in milk, cheese fish and green vegetables.last_img read more

Relieved Nadal wins 9th Monte Carlo title

first_imgMONACO (AP):The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 yesterday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard’s first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equalling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savour his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week. The victory confirms that I am better,” Nadal said. “Monte Carlo is one of the most important places for me, without a doubt.”first title of the yearIt was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 when he was riddled with self-doubt and became a prey on clay, rather than a predator.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarter-finals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarter-finals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-finals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”I’m enjoying it after some tough moments,” said the fifth-ranked Nadal. “Last year was a tough year. The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”resilience coming backAlthough Nadal says he is “still not 100 per cent”, his famed resilience is coming back.”This week, I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” he said. “We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow, I will start to think about Barcelona, another important event.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”You just have to accept he’s a bit better.” Monfils said. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing.”Nadal dropped his serve five times against the 13th-seeded Monfils in a topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them.Playing in his 100th final, Nadal clinched his 68th title and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January routed by Djokovic in Doha.last_img read more

Paul Wright: Governors of horse racing need to act

first_imgA lot has been written regarding the appointment of 52 Government boards whose members were, as The Gleaner columnist Gordon Robinson puts it, “considered, vetted and approved in absolute secrecy”. It goes without saying that ideally, in a modern democracy, such appointments would be subject to scrutiny from the very people who would be affected by an unsuitable (incompetent) appointee. But the reality is that we have to live with it until we the people, understand and use our power to force elected representatives to govern on our behalf, not theirs or their ‘pardies’. In the popular sport of horse racing, there appeared in the Track and Pools publication of April 13, the results of an appeal heard by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). This appeal was held on April 7. The facts outlined in the report of the appeal were that a horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, trained by Colin Blair and ridden by the apprentice jockey, Bebeto Harvey, won the fourth race on the 28th November 2015. At the conclusion of the race there was a Stewards Inquiry, where the film of the race was reviewed. After the review, the winner, PRINCE OSHAUN, was disqualified for intimidation and interference to horses #5, MONEY NEVER SLEEP and horse #15, ROMAN SPY. Therefore, all those punters on and off the racetrack who had backed PRINCE OSHAUN, lost their money as second-past-the-post GRAND CORAZON was now declared to be the winner. However, at the appeal, the aggrieved trainer submitted that his horse (PRINCE OSHAUN) came down from the outside after the interference occurred and could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey. Mr Blair further submitted that if his horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, was not in the race, the infractions that happened would have still occurred. The trainers’ submissions at the appeal reflected the opinions of fans of racing who were present in the North Lounge at the Caymanas racetrack on that fateful day. UPHELD THE APPEAL The appellate body reviewed the film of the race and listened to evidence from Harvey and Operation Steward Robert Clark. Its conclusion was that PRINCE OSHAUN could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey, and upheld the appeal. Thus, the new results would reflect that PRINCE OSHAUN was, indeed, the winner and directed that the appropriate adjustment to the purses be made. Unfortunately, those knowledgeable punters who had selected PRINCE OSHAUN to win the race (and who witnessed PRINCE OSHAUN winning the race) have absolutely no possibility of being rewarded for their correct decision, while those responsible for this error is allowed to say, “oops”, and continue to adjudicate on races ostensibly to keep making these errors with absolutely no possibility of any sanction, while punters are actively encouraged to “come on down to the track and support the sport of kings”. Here now is an opportunity for the new commission to inject some long-lost confidence in the administration of the sport by taking decisive action against any member of staff whose actions repeatedly are found (on appeal) to have no basis in fact. Those responsible for these (numerous) errors only serve to turn off punters (the lifeblood of the sport) as there are many alternatives for the betting dollar. Racing cannot afford to keep alienating those whose money keeps the sport alive. For even though there was no parliamentary vetting and public comment on their suitability, competence or integrity, the sport of kings, horse racing, needs board members to do the right thing.last_img read more

Foster’s goal secures INSPORTS/Babsy Grange title for McKoy Lands

first_img “This was a great conclusion to the INSPORTS/Babsy Grange Community Football competition and we would like to congratulate McKoy Lands for taking the title,” declared Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director. “All teams played very well and we are pleased with the level of community support. We are now looking forward to seeing more teams in action for the upcoming INSPORTS All-island Football Championship, which is popularly referred to as the ‘Ghetto World Cup’, where I am confident we will see many more talented athletes,” he added. Great conclusion ST CATHERINE: McKOY LANDS crowned themselves king in the INSPORTS/Babsy Grange Community Football competition, registering a 1-0 victory over Genosyde in the final. The winning goal was scored by Christopher Foster in the seventh minute of a highly entertaining and competitive final on Sunday. Genosyde made several well-intentioned attempts at securing an equaliser, but were unable to breach the defensive tactics of McKoy Lands. For their well-deserved win, McKoy Lands were awarded a $100,000 cash prize, while Genosyde received $50,000. In the third-place play-off, Rebel United hammered Brunswick United in an embarrassing 8-1 thrashing. Rebel United took the lead at the fifth minute through Marlon Robinson. However, Devon Francis was the star player for Rebel United, as he netted a hat-trick (13th, 16th, 31st). Father and son duo Wilson Herrera Jr. (19th) and Wilson Herrera Sr. (20th) also got in on the act with a goal apiece. In an embarrassing turn of events, Brunswick United scored an own goal, increasing Rebel United’s substantial lead. Brunswick United’s Robert Junior scored his team’s only goal of the match, in the 32nd minute. The second half proceeded with no additional goals and Rebel United were the clear third place winners. For that outstanding effort, Rebel United pocketed $25,000, while Brunswick United received a $10,000 cash prize. The leading goalscorerwas Dawayne MacDonald of Genosyde, who received a $10,000 prize, while Viper FC were awarded $15,000 for being the most disciplined team.last_img read more

JAAA moves to keep cash flowing into track after Bolt

first_imgPlans are afoot for the formation of the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, an organisation to raise funds for the development of track and field in Jamaica. This was revealed in an interview with Dr Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) last week. The new entity will be reaching out to local corporate entities and Jamaicans overseas.Speaking at his JAAA office in Kingston, Blake said he worried about the possibility of dwindling corporate support after superstar sprinter Usain Bolt retires.”It is a concern because, as you know, Bolt himself pulls and attracts sponsorship to athletics, and people may say that when Bolt goes, there’s nothing in it for us,” he outlined, “so we have to convince our partners that it is worth their while to stay with us, that we’re running a good ship, that we can deliver the same brand alignment that we have done in the past.”The formation of the foundation is part of the JAAA’s response to that possibility.”It’s already a legal entity, the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, where we involve some top people locally and some members of the diaspora, and we have got some key people overseas involved”, he said optimistically.MONEY IS TIGHTHe doesn’t expect that the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be able to assist much after its efforts to install a new synthetic track at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. “Having been head of the SDF, I know the sort of cash flow they have”, he remarked, “and the money is really tight.”He is envisaging a foundation “where we can raise funds, both from corporate and a sort of crowd-funding venture, where members of the diaspora give a small amount each month”.He also revealed that his association has been able to avoid its customary year-end borrowing in 2016. “This is one of the first years in my memory since 2000 that we have not had to go to the bank to borrow to bridge that gap at this time of the year”, he recalled.To explain, he gave an insight into the JAAA cash flow that included a reference to the association’s major sponsor, German sportswear firm Puma. “The money from Puma, you know, comes in tranches and, usually, at this time of the year, we are facing a serious cash flow problem,” he reported. Blake said tighter management has enabled the association to avoid bank loans this year.last_img read more

Sunshine Girls win three-Test series

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls defeated England’s Roses 64-57 in Coventry yesterday to take the three-Test international series 2-1. England took a narrow 15-14 lead after the first quarter, but Jamaica hit back strongly to hold a 29-23 advantage at the half-time break. The hosts had a very good third quarter and levelled the scores at 46-46 going into the decisive fourth quarter. The Sunshine Girls kept their composure and withstood the home pressure to take the final quarter 18-11 for a seven-goal victory. Jamaica won the first Test 66-49 before England took the second 63-50. Goal attack Shanice Beckford was named Player of the Match, while the Player of the Series crown went to goal shooter Jhaneile Fowler-Reid. The Sunshine Girls are due home today at 5:30 p.m.last_img

Reggae Marathon – A big player in local sports tourism

first_img Meanwhile, there was a Jamaican sweep in the men’s half-marathon. Kirk Brown retained the title he won last year, topping a competitive field to win in 1:12:58. Gregory McKenzie was not far off the pace but ended up in second spot, crossing the line in 1:13:28. Kemar Leslie ran 1:20:12 for third. Brazilian Adelita Gomes took the female category in 1:29:03, ahead of Canadians Stephanie Zammit 1:39:03 and Yuki Chorney 1:43:56. St Mary-based distance runner Dwayne Graham copped the top spot in the men’s 10K. Gordon’s winning time was 32:32, with Garfield Gordon (32:52) in second place and Andre Walker third in 34:17. Vere Technical dominated the high-school girls’ category to finish with the top two places. Brittanie Dixon ran through for first in 41:30, ahead of her teammate Kris-Ann Plummer, 41:34. Third place was taken by 14-year-old Shantay Chamberlain (14:06). Over 2,300 runners participated, including first-time entrants from six new countries to the Reggae Marathon. “We could not have asked for more; it has been a remarkable journey for us. The Reggae Marathon continues to grow and is certainly the biggest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean,” Francis said. “Sixteen fulfilling years and we are satisfied. Next year, there will be more great additions and changes to make it even better, while we use this means to market what is known as Brand Jamaica across the world,” he said. JAMAICAN SWEEP WESTERN BUREAU: The Reggae Marathon was designed to stimulate sports tourism, says conceptualiser and chief organiser Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis. So when Japan’s Kota Taniguchi crossed the line first to win the 16th staging in Negril, it confirmed what Francis had in mind. “The genesis of this event was really to support sports tourism and boost the economy of Jamaica and that was the concept from 2001. Now we can say this is a true testimony of sports tourism in Jamaica,” Francis said. “Every year since then, we have had thousands of people coming here to participate, adding a significant amount of money to the economy of Negril,” he added. “They come from a wide array of countries and they have become ambassadors for this marathon. It is beginning to become a huge deal and we are happy about that,” continued the dreadlocked Francis. Taniguchi is on an exchange programme between the Prefecture of Tottori, Japan, and Westmoreland. The city and parish were twinned in an official ceremony in the Asian nation last year. Taniguchi crossed the line in two hours 38 minutes and 49 seconds to win the event ahead of Jamaica’s marathon standout Rupert Green, who was second in 2:43:49, with Brian Polen of the US back in third place, after stopping the clock in 2:58:00. Canadian first-time entrant Karen Warrendorf, took top spot in the female section, winning in 3:39:15. She was followed across the line by the Chinese pair of Ting Yu 3:48:19 and Sun Yingjie 3:52:01. Pleased with his effort, Taniguchi said he was happy to win the event on his first attempt. “It was very hot, which makes it very difficult for me to run. However, the course is flat, which is good. In Tottori, there are hills and the route is much cooler, but I think the Reggae Marathon is great,” Taniguchi said through an interpreter. It was also a first-time visit for Warrendorf. The Toronto, Canada native agreed with her male counterpart, but told The Gleaner she was delighted to have travelled so far to secure the win. “I am so happy right now. I never thought about coming here to win. I wanted to enjoy the run and I did, but to emerge the winner is special. It is a sweet victory,” she said.last_img read more

Tallawahs have big void to fill – analysts

first_imgLocal cricket analysts believe Chris Gayle’s departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ahead of the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season will leave a big void in the Jamaican franchise – one that will not be easily filled. Maurice Foster and Wayne Lewis both believe that it’s an opportunity for other batsmen to step up, while it makes for stronger, more interesting competition for the region’s premier Twenty20 tournament. When news broke on Thursday that the well-loved, hard-hitting Jamaican batsman was leaving Jamaica for St Kitts and Nevis, many pointed to family reasons, while some argued that money was his motive, but whatever the reason, Gayle’s exit has broken the hearts of many Jamaican cricket fans. “Any T20 team will miss the power of a Chris Gayle, especially when he’s batting well,” Foster told The Gleaner. “The players will miss him not only for his performance, but his captaincy as he is also important in terms of team unity.” NOTHING WRONG WITH CHANGE “They won it twice with Chris as captain. But this gives another player a chance to step up to the plate. So without Chris, they will have to find another power hitter, who maybe can do a more consistent job than Chris. But nothing’s wrong with change and it’s not that he is deserting Tallawahs,” Foster said. Lewis says Gayle is irreplaceable, but called on other players to seize the chance to try and fill his boots. “He will be terribly missed. I can’t imagine who will replace him. They will probably need three or four people to replace him; that’s how invaluable he is. But it’s an opportunity for someone to step up and make their mark. This as an opportunity to step up and maintain the high standard Chris has set,” he said. He added, “He inspired the team to win games. So (many) people underestimate the intangibles of an effective captain. He got players to perform at an optimum level, and that’s why we won it (CPL) twice.” “He hinted last year that if he didn’t win, he would play for another franchise. It’s for better for the competition, and it would be nice to play and can go home to be with your daughter,” Foster added. Lewis commented, “He has family ties there but lives in Jamaica. But if it’s money, what’s wrong with it? Power to him – we need money to live. Money makes the world goes around, so if you need to secure your future, no one can fault you. But this just goes to show the level of professionalism being shown by our sports in the Caribbean.”last_img read more