Club bosses happy with new U-13 selection process

first_img SOME IMPROVEMENT “We want them to qualify much like the seniors … this year, we had eight teams from the parishes and it’s an improvement, but it’s not there yet,” Jureidini added. Speid believes they can win this and other international youth tournaments, like the Under-15 Cayman Airways International Youth Cup, which both clubs are currently participating in. “I participated in the Cayman Under-15 and won. We didn’t get proper representation the two years Harbour View went (CONCACAF Under-13). They weren’t good enough. If the best team had gone they would have done much better,” he added. Meanwhile Jureidini says getting up to standard and competing consistently should be the objective. “Winning these tournaments is irrelevant. While winning is good, it is not the most important thing. It’s proper development, proper exposure and doing the right thing,” he said. Since its inception three years ago, the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League has generated a great deal of interest among local clubs, but most have been unhappy with the process used to select representatives for the tournament. The staging of a qualifying tournament this year to select the country’s representatives has been hailed as a massive improvement by Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini and Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid, but both insist that it still needs improving. Cavalier won the KSAFA Under-13 title in 2014 and 2015 and Speid was unhappy that Harbour View got the CONCACAF nod both years, but he’s now pleased that an attempt is being made to select the best team. “I was winning the league and they never chose my team. Now they have a play-off. But before, they just chose Harbour View for two years … and Harbour View came last and I won,” he said. “But it’s better … at least they chose eight teams … this process is really an upgrade,” he added.. Jurideini also welcomes the new format. He, however, was quick to explain his club got the first two invitations. “The two years we were selected randomly, they wanted teams or combination of teams that have done well historically or were doing well, but neither process is perfect,” he explained. However, discussions with participating clubs and local interests led to the implementation of a qualifying tournament.last_img read more

Why is Tottenham’s new stadium taking so long to build? Chief engineer reveals all

first_img revealed 2 The chief engineer behind Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has promised fans ‘the greatest stadium that has ever been built’ once the project is completed.Spurs are still being forced to play games at Wembley or at neutral grounds as they wait for construction on their new site to be finished. gameday cracker MOst Popular Football Stories Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Spurs want to host NFL games and concerts at the new ground tense Frustration is growing among fans, with no official confirmation as to when the ground will be completed.However, chief engineer Nick Cooper has revealed the speed of the project has been the problem.“We’ve tried to do something in double time,” Cooper told the BBC.“If you look at any other project of this nature you wouldn’t have achieved as much as we’ve achieved with the stadium. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “Be patient with us, we understand the frustrations. [It will be] the greatest that’s ever been built.”Boss Mauricio Pochettino is not as concerned however and revealed a conversation with chairman Daniel Levy has given him a much clearer time frame.“I am confident this year. I had a private conversation with Daniel,” said Pochettino. 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Although it has taken a long time to get there, the stadium promises to be magnificent BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “I think they are confident. They are working hard to try to find the solution.“I hope before the year ends, before Christmas, we can play. That’s my wish.”last_img read more

Lindsey Vonn eyes some unfinished business at 2018 Olympics

first_imgLindsey Vonn couldn’t wiggle her fingers or move her wrist. Understandably, she wanted to be reassured everything would be OK.A crash during training had left her screaming, then passing out from the pain, on the side of a Colorado mountain, 15 months ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Just one of a series of serious injuries that has interrupted the American’s illustrious ski career, this required delicate surgery to insert a plate and more than a dozen screws into her broken right arm while …last_img

Suronjoy leads the charge of boxing trio

first_imgWhen boxers M. Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) step into the ring for the finals on Wednesday, they will have an opportunity to help India better their record gold haul.India had won a gold, two silver and three bronze for the best-ever boxing show at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The hosts have already gone one-up this time, having won four bronze and ensured three silver.If the Indians win even two gold, they would break the record. Suranjoy will face surprise package Benson Njangiru of Kenya; Manoj will be up against the former European champion Bradley Saunders of England and Paramjeet will clash with Tariq Abdul Haqq of Trinidad & Tobago.Leading from the front will be Suranjoy, who has won lopsided bouts so far. In the semifinals, he crushed England-born Pakistani sensation Haroon Iqbal 9-3, as he chases the seventh gold in just one-and-an-half years.But to make it a reality he has to surmount the challenge from Njangiru. The Kenyan had snatched the spoils from Botswana’s Oteng Oteng in the dying moments of their semi-final bout to emerge as a surprise winner.Suranjoy, however, is least bothered about the growing reputation of Njangiru. “I am never scared of any opponent. I will play my own game and he will play his own. The only thing I know is that I have to play a better game to win, which I am sure I will,” he said.Manoj has made a fairytale comeback by reaching the finals after remaining out of action for around two years due to a wrist injury. Though his opponent Saunders has a formidable record, he is not in awe of the Englishman.advertisement”If I can reach this far, I can cross this hurdle as well. My confidence is sky-high after defeating a few strong contenders. I am fit and I will play my natural game,” Manoj said.Paramjeet, a Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, is in pursuit of breaking the myth that the Indian heavyweights can’t excel at major tournaments.”If you have will power, you can do everything. I have the will power and strong punches. So I can demolish the opponent of any stature,” he said. The boxing bouts featuring the Indians start at 7 pm on Wednesday.last_img read more

Kei Nishikori wins 2-day five-setter, Novak Djokovic easily advances

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Women who beat Serena, Osaka in Paris are quickly gone In a match ridden with unforced errors, 15 breaks of serve, but also some beautiful shots, Nishikori prevailed after a nearly four-hour battle. Their fourth-round match had been suspended by darkness on Sunday, with Nishikori leading by two sets to one.Nishikori extended his impressive record in five-set matches to 23-6, including a 6-1 mark at the clay-court Grand Slam. He also holds the best percentage of wins in deciding sets (132-45) — either in best-of-five or best-of-three matches — since the Open Era began in 1968.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn damp conditions, Paire’s all-risk tennis was working when they came back on court. The Frenchman saved two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker and served for the match at 5-3, but he was finally made to rue his awful mistakes.“He was serving for the match, and I just tried to play one point at a time,” Nishikori said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Paire hit 15 double-faults and 79 unforced errors.“Never easy to finish a match,” Paire said. “It was tough emotionally. I’m very sad to lose this match but glad for what I did this week.”Nishikori will play in a third quarterfinal in Paris but faces a tall order in the next round. Nadal has won 10 of their 12 previous matches, including all three on clay.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had an easier time against 45th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, becoming the first man to reach the French Open quarterfinals 10 years in a row with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory. His quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 Alexander Zverev or No. 9 Fabio Fognini.Last year’s runner-up, Dominic Thiem, ended French hopes of Roland Garros glory by ousting Gael Monfils, the last Frenchman remaining in the draw, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Monfils had not dropped a set in his three previous matches but could not find an answer to his opponent’s consistency. Thiem produced a superb winner in the third set when, after being dragged to the net, he chased a backhand toward the baseline and fired a winner between his legs.“He was just stronger, he impressed me a lot today,” Monfils said.In the women’s draw, Sofia Kenin and Katerina Siniakova could not follow up their upsets of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.Kenin lost to eighth-seeded Ash Barty 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, while 14th-seeded Madison Keys advanced to the last eight for the second straight year with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Siniakova.Keys and Barty will face off in the quarterfinals.“It’s going to be a tough one,” said Keys, a semifinalist in Paris last year. “I feel like clay actually suits her game really well with her kick serve and slice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Japan’s Kei Nishikori plays a shot against France’s Benoit Paire during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — When it comes to the deciding set, count on Kei Nishikori.The Japanese player won his eighth consecutive five-set match on Monday to defeat Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5 over two days and set up a quarterfinal against defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Feeling in camp still very strong, says South Africa captain Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa’s washed-out World Cup game against the West Indies has put them in danger of being ousted from semifinal contention but captain Faf du Plessis is pleased that they did not have to play in a rain-shortened game which would have favored the Caribbeans.A struggling South Africa got their first point of the World Cup after their game against the West Indies was abandoned due to persistent rain here on Monday.”The further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favor. So, as it got a bit later in the day, then you would rather get the point and go,” du Plessis said after the match was abandoned.South Africa were 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play and intermittent showers meant no play was possible for the rest of the game, giving them their first point after three back-to-back losses against England, Bangladesh, and India.”We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent and more solid cricket. If we do that, and the results start happening one by one, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages.”South Africa has to start winning matches to maintain any hopes of making the semifinals. But du Plessis is happy that his team is free of any cracks which can develop when on a losing streak.”Generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there are a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start. And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that,” the skipper said.advertisement”The feeling in the camp is still very strong. The guys are still enjoying. It is just performance-wise, we haven’t put in the performances we need. That is a strong sign of us as a team, as a culture, and that is one aspect of performance. Now it is just the performance and the skill side of cricket that needs to take over.”He hoped the individuals within the team will stand up and pull the side up.”You need one guy getting a great hundred,” du Plessis said.”KG (Kagiso Rabada) did that against India as a small part of a role in a game. He picked the bowling unit up by just being the X-factor player that he is, so right now, we need individuals to stand up and step up to lift the team’s morale. If you get that going, then other players can feed off their confidence.Also Read | AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa, West Indies share points after rain plays spoilsportAlso Seelast_img read more

Vanessa Brookman Turner Broadcasting System poache

first_imgVanessa BrookmanTurner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe.Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role.At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s bouquet of kids and entertainment channels in the UK, Nordic and Baltic territories, which include Cartoon Network and TNT.Working out of Turner’s EMEA headquarters in London, Brookman will report to senior VP and managing director, UK and northern Europe Ian McDonough.“This follows our recent hire of [UKTV’s] Dan Fahy as senior director of commercial development, and demonstrates our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent,” he said.“The newly created VP, content and creative role also exemplifies our commitment to acquiring and developing the best content for our channels and I am confident that Vanessa’s great track record and experience will be a critical asset. Our business is poised for future growth.”Before Viacom-owned VIMN, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC production division BBC Vision.Overall, Turner operates more than 170 channels in around 200 territories.last_img read more