Prosecutors want tougher bans for Blatter, Platini

first_img Blatter wants to clear his name and host the election meeting in Zurich as a farewell to FIFA after more than 40 years. The FIFA appeals committee rarely cuts or annuls sanctions imposed by the governing body’s ethics or disciplinary panels. Blatter and Platini have said they expect their cases will fail at FIFA before they pursue further appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA’s appeals committee has previously imposed a life ban after judge Joachim Eckert decided on an eight-year sanction. In 2013, then-FIFA executive committee member, Vernon Manilal Fernando, of Sri Lanka, was expelled for bribery after then-prosecutor Michael Garcia appealed. Manilal Fernando was judged to have bribed Asian officials to vote for Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar in a 2009 election for a FIFA executive committee seat. The loser in that bitterly fought contest, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, is now a candidate for the FIFA presidency. CAS later upheld Manilal Fernando’s life ban. ZURICH (AP): Already banished from soccer for eight years, former FIFA leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are again facing the threat of life bans. FIFA ethics prosecutors said yesterday they will appeal to increase the bans, arguing they are too lenient. “The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision against Mr. Blatter and Mr. Platini at the appeal committee of FIFA,” the prosecution unit said in a statement. The counter-challenge revives the prospect of life bans, which both men revealed had been recommended by investigators before their ethics hearings last month. Blatter and Platini have said they will also appeal the eight-year sanctions handed down by four ethics judges who rejected charges of bribery and corruption. Instead, Blatter and Platini were banned for a range of lesser violations of the FIFA ethics code, including accepting or receiving gifts and conflicts of interest. They deny wrongdoing over Blatter approving a $2 million payment from FIFA to Platini in 2011 as backdated salary without a contract. Platini worked as a presidential adviser to Blatter from 1999-2002, but did not claim the money owed to him for more than eight years, when FIFA was no longer obliged by Swiss law to pay him. The case has ended Platini’s bid to succeed his former mentor as FIFA president in an election on February 26. Clearing his namelast_img read more

Hayles resigns as Hydel’s coach …cites ‘strong personality’ for refusal to work with technical director Maxwell

first_imgDonovan ‘DV’ Hayles has resigned as head coach of Hydel High School’s Manning Cup football team, following the re-hiring of Geoffrey Maxwell in late June. “Yeah, man. I resigned from early July because, with no disrespect, but Mr Maxwell was brought in as technical director,” Hayles told The Gleaner yesterday morning. “I have my own philosophy, just like Mr Maxwell. He (Maxwell) is a coach who loves to be in control, and I am also a strong coach,” Hayles reasoned. Hayles also disclosed that after the hiring of Maxwell, there was a meeting, and he told the Hydel authorities that it could not work. “They believe that with both of us being coaching for many years, we could work together. But that is not reality. We are two head coaches. Both of us will want to ensure our own style. Authorities want us to work together, but I don’t foresee that happening. Hence, I sent in a resignation letter to the school board,” Hayles revealed. Looking ahead, Hayles says he is open to work with a school or club. “I am up for any reasonable offer as I plan to continue coaching football,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Corey Bennett, Hydel Group of Schools vice-president and sports director, confirmed Hayles’ resignation, also yesterday. “That’s true,” Bennett told The Gleaner. “He (Hayles) resigned at the beginning of the summer. Now, Mr Maxwell will assume roles as technical director and head coach.” Maxwell was re-employed at the Ferry-based institution in late June. At the time, he was employed as technical director. Hayles served as coach of the Manning Cup team in 2014, following the resignation of Maxwell in 2013. Maxwell had previously spent two years and guided Hydel to the Manning Cup final, where they lost to St George’s College in 2012 at the National Stadium. That was Maxwell’s first year in charge.last_img read more

Special Olympics coach hails basketball’s Team Jamaica

first_img UNEXPECTED MEDAL Impressed by an unexpected silver medal in men’s traditional basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, earlier this week, coach Calvin Martin says he has nothing but respect for the multi-talented, focussed and hard-working members of Team Jamaica. Jamaica’s medal haul was 29 overall, but an ‘inspirational’ silver medal, from nothing, Martin maintains, “felt good”. The basketballers finished the Games with one loss and claimed silver behind Australia. “Going into the tournament, we (basketball team) didn’t expect to win any medal. Mrs (Lorna) Bell just wanted to start back the programme, so she said, ‘make a team,'” he added. Lorna Bell is the president of Special Olympics Jamaica. That team consisted of runners and athletes from other disciplines. While Martin outlined that the efforts were great, he underlined that special-needs schools across Jamaica are good places which turn out these talents. One such school is Genesis Academy, which is run by Donna Lowe. “So many medallists are past students of Genesis Academy; we are growing them well for success. They can do it, and they have done it,” she told The Gleaner. Meanwhile, husband-and-wife medallists, Jonathan Lowe and Esther Pair Lowe, copped gold in men’s 100m freestyle swimming and women’s Bocce, respectively. The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on August 24.last_img read more

Simone4children Foundation needs base

first_imgJAMAICA’S former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Simone Edwards, says the future of her Simone4Children Foun-dation’s homework programme and study centre, based in Hermitage, August Town, currently hangs in the balance.The centre, which opened in 2010 and offered homework programmes to inner-city children, along with a host of other community activities, was vandalised by criminal elements and is presently not in use.However, the Escarpment Road Church saw the Foun-dation’s plight, and the pastor – at the time – gave the former national player and coach his blessings to continue the programme at the place of worship.However, a change of pastor at the church recently has seen a new plan and Edwards’ search for a new base for the programme.”In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.”Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.Edwards, who described cutting the ribbons to open the study centre as ‘one of the proudest moments in my life’, said since the migration of the programme’s overseer, Dean Rhoden, a few years ago, things just went downhill.PARKING LOTShe revealed that the reason for their eviction is related to plans to convert the building which housed the study centre into a parking lot, but admitted she is still seeking a meeting with the pastor.”I am hoping they have a change of heart, so we are waiting to see if they are really going to do that. I don’t know where else to move it to, as the pastor before told us it was OK for it to be there,” Edwards lamented.”But I haven’t spoken to anybody as yet, so I don’t know what we are going to do. I was trying to have a meeting with the pastor. So I am going to see the pastor, but if he tells me I have to move, then I will try to find a good place to do my programme and have it permanent instead of running up and down,” she insisted, noting that the original building would be ideal.”I like where it is because it’s easier access. At the top (of community) was convenient, so I guess I will have to talk to the people in the community to get guarantees that no one can touch it,” she added.The Simone4children Foun-dation was formed in 2006 to assist the less fortunate, build worthwhile citizens and help others achieve their goals. Her Foundation established the computerised study centre in December 2010. It held treats, fed hundreds of persons and gave gifts to children.She also copped the 2010 AD Astra Award, delivered by the Immaculate Conception High School’s New York Chapter to Jamaicans who have excelled in their field over a period of time.last_img read more

Entertainers, sponsors ‘Bring Back The Love’

first_imgConstant Spring Football Complex will be the place to be for football lovers this evening, where the 20th staging of the ‘Bring Back The Love After Labour’ football fiesta is scheduled to take place, starting at 5 p.m. The 2016 edition promises to be another exciting day of football mixed with fun and entertainment for the entire family. This year, an Entertainer Invitational will face off against a Sponsors’ Invitational team. The teams will be selected from players such as Aidonia, Chris Martin, Wayne Marshall, Agent Sasco, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Charley Black, Iba Mahr, Jermaine Mason, Nomadz, Ian Wilkinson, Ian McNaughton, Damion Gordon, Audley Boyd, Rudolph Speid, Hugh ‘Bingy’ Blair and ‘Jah Mikes’, among other former football stars, musicians and celebrities. The Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell-organised event will this year honour two outstanding Jamaicans – music icon Carlene Davis and respected news journalist Earl Moxam. Proceeds from the event will, as usual, be used to assist basic schools with funding and equipment. Admission for the event is $400 for adults. Children will be required to pay $100, while kids under 12 will be allowed free entry.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgMADRID (AP): Real Madrid players changed into auto racing suits for a go-kart race yesterday then drove home expensive cars. Captain Sergio Ramos won on the track, and for his ride home, selected an Audi S8 Plus estimated to cost US$177,000. Audi promoted the kart race. Spanish newspaper Marca said Audi made its Q7 model available to all players, but those selecting to keep their cars after the season – at a 30 per cent discount – could pick their own models. Marca said Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane could pick their own cars without having to buy them after the season. Ronaldo, who was among several players who did not participate in the kart race, selected the Audi RS 6 Performance. Zidane picked a similar model. Barcelona players received their cars from Audi in a similar event last week. Kalou stars for Hertha Berlin BERLIN (AP): Borussia Moenchengladbach endured a night to forget in the Bundesliga yesterday, slumping to a 3-0 defeat as Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick for Hertha Berlin. Gladbach forward Patrick Herrmann suffered what looked like another serious injury between Kalou’s first-half goals for the home side, and there was still time before the break for midfielder Christoph Kramer to be sent off for his second yellow card. Kalou’s first goals of the season fired Hertha to third before the rest of the 10th round, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, while ‘Gladbach remained in the bottom half of the table after its fifth straight league game without a win. Kalou opened the scoring, sending the ball inside the far post with a diving header to Mitchell Weiser’s perfectly lofted cross. Chinese player banned 8 months for doping KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it banned Shandong Luneng player Jin Jingdao for eight months after he tested positive for clenbuterol ahead of an Asian Champions League match. Jingdao gave a sample in training before Shandong’s 3-1 loss at FC Seoul in the quarter-finals in August. Details of the case will be published at a later date, the AFC said in a statement. It was unclear if the 24-year-old Jin’s case involved eating contaminated meat. Doping cases involving clenbuterol in China are often linked to the anabolic agent being used in livestock farming.last_img read more

Bravo out of T&T squad pending WICB meeting

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Marquee left-hander Darren Bravo has been left out of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 14-man squad for this month’s Regional Super50 pending the outcome of a meeting with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) pertaining to his disciplinary issues.The 27-year-old was sent home by the WICB ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe over a controversial tweet and has not played competitively since.Suruj Ragoonath, the T&T Cricket Board’s chief executive, said Bravo’s participation in the January 24 to February 18 showpiece hinged on the player’s meeting.”In furtherance to the team for the Super50, do note that Darren Bravo’s availability is dependent on the outcome of his pending meeting with the WICB,” Ragoonath said.Bravo found himself in trouble last November when he labelled WICB president, Dave Cameron, a “big idiot” via online social networking service, Twitter, in response to the administrator’s comments which were critical of his performances.UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORBravo was then sent home “due to inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour, which is contrary to his contractual obligations to the WICB” and warned that if the offending tweet was not removed, he could “face further disciplinary action, including referral to the WICB disciplinary committee”.Media reports subsequently said Bravo would initiate legal action against the board.Last year, Bravo played a major role in Red Force’s Super50 triumph, scoring 274 runs from three innings including 97 in the final against Barbados Pride.He is one of several key names missing from this year’s squad, with all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree all unavailable.Red Force, the reigning champions, will compete in Group A of the Super50 alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, West Indies Under-19s, Windward Islands Volcanoes and English County side, Kent Spitfires.SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Alexis, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul, Shannon Gabriel, Khary Pierre, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Imran Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit. Nominee Nugget | Usain Boltlast_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgPast The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. #4 BIRD CATCHER OEdwards2 51.02. #1 QUEEN OF BAGDAD OScott4 50.0 2-1/2L*3. #2 FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 53.0 2L4. #6 EL GATO AndreePowell3 49.0 3-1/2LWIN: $168.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.1, 1:11.2,Winner : 4yo filly – BURNING MARQUE – BYE BYE BIRDIETrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (1,4) $790.00 Exacta : (4-1) $1,583.00Trifecta : (4-1-2) $438.00Race 2 1820 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #4 FRANCIA’S PRIDE AntThomas3 54.02. #5 OLD BRAETON JAnderson 54.0 8-1/2L3. #6 HEY CHAMP DDawkins2 49.0 1/2L4. #2 COUNTER ATTACK LSteadman2 54.0 1-1/2LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $62.00, $77.00, $116.00Final Time : 1:57.3 Splits : 28.0, 53.2, 1:17.4, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – TIFFINTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIE, HAYDEN THOMASBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $355.00 Ex: $546.00D/E: (4-4) $343.00Trifecta: $812.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 LIGHT BRIGADE SMuir 54.02. #8 MONEY MOVE MWard3 48.5 5L3. #3 REIGN OVER ALL RMitchell 54.0 2L*4. #6 TWO STEPS UP AndrePowell3 52.0 2LLate scratch : #4 MIRACLE RECOVERYWIN: $302.00PLACE: $158.00, $193.00, $205.00Final Time : 1:07.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 8yo b horse – TRADITIONAL – OCEAN LINERTrainer : DELROY WISDOM Owner : RONALD PARKERBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQu: $2,127.00 Ex: $4,061.00D/E : (4-1) $1,004.00 (4-4) $108.00Superfecta: $7,556.00Rolling Triple: $3,353.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(DIV.I)1. #10 ICTUS RHalledeen 56.02. #2 ZI BEAST BebHarvey2 53.0 1-3/4L2. #7 BRUCE WAYNE RMitchell 54.5 dead heat4. #1 PLEASANT SECRET ARobles 56.0 2-1/2LWIN: $296.00PLACE: $96.00, $68.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.0, 47.3Winner : 3yo b colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – STARSHIPTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $242.00 (7,10) $265.00 Ex: $599.00 (10-7) $551.00D/E: $2,627.00Superfecta: (10, 2, 71) $1,573.00 (10-7-2-1) $1,694.00Rolling Triple : (4-1-10) $7,801.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)*1. #2 JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey2 53.02. #5 CAPTAIN GRANVILLE RMitchell 56.0 11L3. #6 TROPICALDEPRESSION JErwin 54.0 Neck4. #7 NATASHADONTPLAY SBlake 54.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #4 ALDEBARANWIN: $92.00Final Time : 2:00.0 Splits : 27.2, 52.1, 1:18.4, 1:45.3Winner : 9yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – JESSICATrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : DELETA BREWSTERBred by GEORGE MILESQu: $946.00 Ex: $1,621.00D/E: $643.00Trifecta: $1,262.00Rolling Triple: $5,542.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)*1. #6 GOLD MEMBER RLahoe 52.02. #2 BIMINI OEdwards2 52.0 4-1/2L3. #4 LAZZA DaneNelson 54.0 Head4. #5 NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST AntThomas3 49.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #8 MESSITHEGREATWIN: $80.00PLACE: $63.00, $65.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.2Winner : 5yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LADY CHACHITrainer : GRESFORD SMITH Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQu: $185.00 Ex: $323.00D/E: $244.00 (2-8) $51.00Superfecta: $4,944.00Rolling Triple: $1,110.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(DIV.II)1. #11 STANISLAUS OMullings 56.0*2. #8 RAMBUNCTIOUS LINKS OWalker 54.0 7L3. #12 TOOT THE BLUES JInnis2 52.0 1L4. #9 LUCKY STROKE BebHarvey2 54.0 Neck5. #1 NUCLEAR COMMANDER AChatrie 54.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #2 PEEPING TOMWIN: $157.00PLACE: $88.00, $63.00, $152.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.1,Winner : 3yo colt – TRADITIONAL – ABSOLUTE JUSTICETrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : BROTHER 2 BROTHER SYNDICATEBred by BROTHER 2 BROTHER SYNDICATEQu: $183.00 Ex: $557.00D/E : (6-11) $546.00Trifecta: $2,805.00Hi-5: $22,035.00Rolling Triple: $1,420.00Pick-4: $6,356.00Super-6: $38,881.70Race 8 1600 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #5 SMASH AMUSEMENT DDawkins2 53.0 4/1 261.00 98.002. #10 CRAFTY STAR JasSimpson 54.0 9/2 21/2 134.003. #3 RUBY ROSE DaneNelson 55.0 2/1 33/4 85.004. #12 NINELIFECAT RMitchell 57.0 *9/5 11/45. #6 EXPLOSIVE CHARGE JInnis2 52.0 52/1 1/2WIN: $261.00PLACE: $98.00, $134.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:42.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:14.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY MARAGINTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : T.Y.S. RACING STABLESBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $772.00 Exacta: $1,487.00D/E: $2,006.00Trifecta: $590.00Hi-5: $27,567.50Rolling Triple: $4,276.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #1 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 51.0*2. #5 IAN LINKS JInnis2 49.0 1-1/2L3. #11 CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 Sh.Head4. #10 ACTION MAN HPottinger2 51.0 3/4L5. #2 GOLDEN BULLET OMullings 51.5 6LLate scratch : #4 SOTOMAYORWIN: $152.00PLACE: $75.00, $62.00, $92.00Final Time : 1:32.3 Splits : 24.1, 46.4, 1:12.0,Winner : 8yo b horse – TWILIGHT TIME – ARMSOFANANGELTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner: FITZROY GLISPIE & GARY G. LEE-SINBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $129.00 Ex: $452.00D/E: $673.00Trifecta: $323.00Hi-5: $20,588.00Rolling Triple: $7,587.00EILEEN CLIGGOTT MEMORIALTROPHYRace 10 1300 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. #4 CAMPESINO RHalledeen 57.02. #2 BRAWN AChatrie 54.5 3-3/4L3. #6 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 53.0 3/4L4. #1 BUBBLING KITTEN JPatterson2 48.5 3/4LLate scratch : #3 JAMAI RAJAWIN: $91.00Final Time : 1:17.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:10.3,Winner : 7yo b horse – COMPADRE – YAELLATrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $89.00 Ex: $170.00D/E: $448.00Trifecta: $68.00Rolling Triple: $1,193.00Race 11 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LEIGHTON REID ABudhu 57.02. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN RWilson 56.0 1-1/4L*3. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT AndrePowell3 54.0 2-1/4L4. #11 ONE GREAT TRAIN JPatterson2 54.0 3-1/2L5. #12 THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 55.0 3LWIN: $308.00PLACE: $156.00, $149.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.2,Winner : 4yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – SUPER LASSTrainer : ROHAN GORDON Owner : ROHAN GORDONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $1,268.00 Ex: $1,786.00D/E: $445.00Trifecta: $3,556.00Hi-5: $148,723.50Rolling Triple: $2,225.00Pick-4: $9,512.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $49,825.10 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $27,992.50 (8 OF 9); $466.50 (7 OF 9) Carry-over : $391,891.50PlacePot 8: $885.00 (8 OF 8)last_img read more

Lindy Delapenha a brilliant sportsman

first_imgWhen I was a boy, I heard of him, the same way that I heard of champions like George Headley, Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, and Alfred Valentine, and when I became a young man, I finally saw him play, although he had passed his best and retired by then.What I saw, however, convinced me even then of what I had heard and read before from many people. He was the best footballer Jamaica had ever produced; he was an all-round sportsman beyond the ordinary; and he was, without a single doubt, the greatest all-round sportsman Jamaica had ever produced.Lindy Delapenha, schooled at Central Branch Primary and St Aloysius Primary, Wolmer’s Boys and Munro College, was a little man, but a multi-talented and skilful one. In fact, by showing his football prowess by the time he was 12 and representing Wolmer’s in Manning Cup football, in many ways he was a child prodigy.Before he left Wolmer’s for Munro, he had represented the school in football, cricket, track and field, and boxing, and while at Munro, he paraded his skills for all to see, and to enjoy, representing the school and winning ‘colours’ in football, cricket, tennis, boxing, gymnastics, hockey, and track and field.In 1945, in his last year in school, he did the unthinkable, and he did it on two occasions.GREAT FEATSFirst, he led Munro to the Boys’ Championship title, and he did it almost single-handedly.In the two-day event, he ran a total of 16 races, eight heats and eight finals, and finished first in the 880 yards and the mile, second in the 220 and 440 yards, the 120 yards hurdles, the long jump, and the sprint relay, and third in the 100 yards.The second unthinkable thing came in the Olivier Shield final against Calabar. With 10 minutes to go in the match, Calabar were leading 4-1, and with Delapenha on the warpath, it was soon 4-4 before, with one minute to go, Munro won a penalty and sealed the issue from the spot.That remains, to this day, one of the finest climaxes to any football match in this country, or indeed anywhere in the world.Although Delapenha played all-schools football and cricket and will be remembered as the most gifted schoolboy sportsman, even better than Franz Alexander and Micky West from Wolmer’s, his legacy is football, whether it is flying down the wing and ‘centreing’ the ball for hungry strikers or driving through the middle and peppering goalkeepers with stinging shots.His football exploits saw him becoming the first Jamaican and one of the first black men to play professional football in England when he joined Portsmouth in 1948, and later Middlesborough, where he was the leading scorer for a few years, and then Mansfield Town.Before returning home in 1964, he played for Hereford United and Burton Albion.Lindy Delapenha was an avid golfer in his later years, and he also played it well.I will always cherish the days he played for Boys’ Town and for Real Mona United in local football, however, and I will always remember his still twinkling feet and those delicately and accurately placed shots from the penalty spot.It is a pity they never twinkled a lot for Jamaica. He was the best, bar none.last_img read more

Allen takes the lead

first_img RANKED NUMBER SIX The time by Allen elevated him to number 6 on the all-time Jamaica 400 metre performance list behind Rusheen McDonald, Jermaine Gonzales, Roxbert Martin, Bert Cameron and Francis. As a St Jago High School student-athlete, Allen was runner-up in the Class 1 400 metres at the 2015 staging of Boys and Girls’ Championships. In that race, he logged a personal best of 45.30 seconds in pursuit of Bloomfield, then of Kingston College. Bloomfield broke Francis’ one-year-old Boys’ Championships record of 45.00 with an outstanding time of 44.93 seconds. That was his lifetime best until his fine performance at the South-Eastern Conference meet. Nathon Allen has edged ahead of Davian Clarke as the athlete with the fastest 4×400 metre leg ever by a Jamaican. Running at the South-Eastern Conference Outdoor Championships in Columbia, South Carolina, Allen anchored Auburn University to second in the 4×400 final in 43.5 seconds. That matched past performances by Clarke and Javon Francis and Allen himself. However, Allen was timed electronically in 43.48 seconds. Clarke and Francis ran their 43.5 relay carries in the finals of the 1997 and 2015 World Championships respectively, while Allen produced his first 43.5 in the relay heats at last year’s Olympic Games. Based on electronic timing, Clarke had the edge at 43.51, while Francis and Allen had matching 43.52 second legs. Allen’s fast run came after he and Auburn teammate Akeem Bloomfield set personal bests in the flat 400. Beaten by American Fred Kerley, Allen and Bloomfield nevertheless sprinted to times of 44.52 and 44.81 seconds to take the silver and bronze medals.last_img read more