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Genosyde, McKoy Lands to contest INSPORTS/Babsy Grange final

Genosyde, McKoy Lands to contest INSPORTS/Babsy Grange final

first_img PENALTY ROUND St Catherine: FOLLOWING highly exciting and competitive semi-final matchups, Genosyde and McKoy Lands secured their places in the final of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Babsy Grange Community Football competition in Gordon Pen, St Catherine. In a very tight affair that finished 1-1 after full and extra-time, Genosyde went on to beat Brunswick 5-4 on penalties, while McKoy Lands also endured a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out to prevail over Rebel United, following a 2-2 regulation and extra-time scoreline. Kenano Allen had fired Brunswick into a 16th-minute lead, but with the celebrations hardly over, Nick Williams (19th) notched the equaliser. The second half saw the teams battle without scoring goals, thus advancing to the shoot-out, which Genosyde won. In the McKoy Lands-Rebel United semi-final match, Roshane Myrie scored the opening goal for McKoy Lands, after only two minutes. Rebel United answered with a goal from Roger Francis in the eighth minute, but McKoy Lands regained the lead as Andre McLeod scored the team’s second goal. Determined to stay in contention, Rebel United made one last push and found another goal through Roger Francis to tie the scores 2-2. Another penalty round was in order and McKoy Lands sealed a 3-2 victory, along with their place in the upcoming final. The competition is similar to others held in various communities, both in rural and urban Jamaica, and fits within the mandate of INSPORTS to unearthing talent in sports across the country. The main objective of these competitions is to provide a structured medium through which talents can be displayed and identified for further development through the state agency’s coaching programmes. “INSPORTS is here to provide those opportunities and to give athletes the chance to excel within their sporting disciplines. The fact that there is untapped potential becomes clearer when we host these kinds of competitions and invite players to display their talents on the field. What we are doing through our football community programme is priming players for professional advancement,” noted Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS. Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, also commented on the semi-final matches. “What we saw here today makes me very optimistic about the future of football in Jamaica,” he said. “This just speaks to the fact that with continued efforts behind the INSPORTS community football programme and coaching clinics, Jamaica will be able to produce world-class football players.” INSPORTS will be extending its coaching clinic programme to St Catherine next month.last_img read more

Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations

Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations

first_imgFormer world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.The Class of 2017 will be announced early next year, the Newport, Rhode Island-based Hall of Fame said on Thursday.Belgium’s Clijsters bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. (Serena Williams stunned in US Open semis)A dedicated Fed Cup team member who led her team to their first title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006, Clijsters also won doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and was the world’s number one player for 19 weeks.Clijsters first retired from tennis in 2007 but returned to the sport in 2009 and, in only her third tournament back, won that year’s U.S Open as an unseeded and wild card entry. Roddick, known for his incredibly fast and powerful serve, held the world number one ranking for 13 weeks and won his only grand slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open where he closed out the match against Juan Carlos Ferrero with three straight aces. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to reach US Open final)A three-time runner-up at Wimbledon, Roddick won 32 career singles titles and was a dedicated team member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, including in 2007 when he was instrumental in leading his team to victory over Russia.Other nominees were Paralympic gold medalist Monique Kalkman, historian and journalist Steve Flink and the late tennis instructor Vic Braden.advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool interested in Xherdan Shaqiri after Stoke’s relegation

Liverpool interested in Xherdan Shaqiri after Stoke’s relegation

first_imgnews Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri following Stoke City’s relegation. Share on Messenger Topics Liverpool were close to signing Shaqiri from Bayern in the summer of 2014 and were the player’s preferred option at the time. The winger, however, later claimed Bayern blocked his transfer to Anfield and, with his playing time at the Allianz Arena limited under Pep Guardiola, he joined Internazionale six months later.Klopp has added the Monaco midfielder Fabinho to his squad this summer for £43.7m and wants the highly rated Lyon captain, Nabil Fekir, ideally before the World Cup. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook Transfer window The Switzerland international has a release clause in his contract – understood to be set at about £12m-£13.5m – that can be activated after the club lost their Premier League status. Shaqiri, a £12m arrival from Internazionale in 2015, has made clear he has no interest in playing in the Championship but would “love to stay in England”.Shaqiri’s availability and affordability has alerted a host of clubs in Europe and the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton – the latter managed by Mark Hughes, who signed the winger for Stoke – among those linked with the 26-year-old. Liverpool also have an interest in the former Bayern Munich player, with Jürgen Klopp looking to strengthen in key areas, although that has not advanced to activating Shaqiri’s release clause. Share on LinkedIn Liverpool Read more Stoke City The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdictlast_img read more