baseball roll outThe Municipality of Portmore will hit-start the Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA) all-island project called “Baseball roll-out”.President of the JBA, Urel Gordon, has been busy getting schools registered as affiliates of his organisation.The main aim of the project is to spread the game of baseball throughout Jamaica.Errol Matthias the coordinator of the project said that this initiative will commence in Portmore, on Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m. It is tentatively set for the UDC field, across from the Portmore Mall. Approximately 230 children, ages nine-12, from primary and preparatory schools will be taught the dynamics of the game. The theme for the project is “pitch it”, “hit it”, “field it”, “catch it”. The JBA on a broader scale will target players from age nine to 19 in primary, prep, junior high and high schools across the island. United continues unbeaten runDefending champions Passagefort United appear to have no equal in the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Domino League as they won their eighth match in a row last Sunday.Passagefort United surged to 32 points from eight games and lead by an 11-point margin, after they defeated fourth place, Garveymeade (17 points), 250-232. In other games, second place Cumberland (21 points), handed last place Portsmouth their seventh defeat of the season while third place Waterford (19 points), were on the losing end, 250-248 to a resurgent Westmeade Rising Stars (16 points). Games on tomorrow: (Home teams named first), Garveymeade vs Ken’s Wildflower; Passagefort United vs Waterford and Westmeade Rising Stars vs Portsmouth. All games begin at 1 p.m.Portmore Primary competitions put on holdThe INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football and Netball Leagues will not start next week as planned.INSPORTS Sports Officers Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas said at a meeting with coaches that a new date in November is being looked at for the commencement of the leagues. The Football League was scheduled to start on Thursday, October 8 while the Netball League was set to begin on Thursday, October 15. The opening day schedule for both competitions remains the same. Portsmouth Primary are defending champions for both leagues.Classic return to winning waysVeteran club Caribbean Classic returned to winning ways after their shock defeat to Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA), mid-season final. They defeated Naggo Head 300-272 last Sunday.Spit Fyah, the newly crowned mid-season champions, easily beat Memory Lane 300-238. In other games Giants stampede Eradication 300-288; Waterhouse United cut down Small Axe 300-252; Right Stuff turned back Highlight Strikers 300-265; Tamerind Tree got past Feluchie 300-263; Spring Village triumphed 300-282 over Exceptional International and Ten to Ten beat Sour Sop Tree 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.Passagefort
The Police have instituted charges against two males who have confessed to beating to death Kumar Persaud at Bartica, Region Seven, after he refused to remove from a location where they were performing a “threesome” with a female.‘F’ Division Commander Rabindranauth Budhram told Guyana Times that the men will be arraigned in court on Tuesday, since Monday is a public holiday. The men allegedly confessed to the crime after they were arrested on Monday afternoon.They were identified by another person who was also looking at the act from another angle. Based on reports received, the eyewitness told detectives that upon realizing that Persaud was staring at them, the suspects asked him to desist, but he continued.Dead: Kumar PersaudThe two young men reportedly became angry and confronted Persaud, and dealt him several blows to the body with pieces of wood that they had collected. After he fell to the ground, they allegedly continued their assault by kicking him to his head and other parts of his body.The man was left unconscious, and after some time had elapsed, the Police found him lying in a pool of blood. He was taken to the Bartica Hospital, where he later succumbed. The two men who were engaged in the act will be charged for the capital offence of murder.Only recently, 40-year-old Orland LaCruz of Pomeroon River was shot to death after he allegedly refused to perform fellatio (oral sex) on one of his two drinking buddies at Jack and Vieira Backdam, North West District.
0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew (R) was caught out by the shock announcement of Mesut Ozil (L) that he was retiring from international duty on Sunday. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Jul 24 – Mesut Ozil’s shock retirement from international football caught Germany head coach Joachim Loew by surprise, it emerged on Tuesday.Loew was on holiday in Sardinia when news of Ozil’s retirement broke on Sunday and he only found out when the Arsenal midfielder posted statements on Twitter and Instagram. “Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance,” Loew’s agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.Ozil, 29, dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from Germany duty and accused the president of the German FA, Reinhard Grindel, of racism.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in his lengthy farewell statement.Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner was born in Gelsenkirchen but has strong Turkish roots.The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday refuted Ozil’s allegations of racism, but the fiasco has damaged the governing body’s reputation in football-mad Germany.A survey of 5,000 Germans by t-online.de showed 49.7 percent think Grindel should resign over the saga.Ozil says he is quitting over the furor caused by his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of the World Cup as Grindel failed to back him amidst the criticism.When Germany crashed out of the World Cup in Russia after the knock-out stage, Ozil was made a scapegoat by some pundits in a group of senior players who failed to perform.He was dropped after the shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico, sitting out the last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden, but was one of several stars who played poorly in the 2-0 defeat to South Korea which confirmed Germany’s early World Cup exit.– ‘opened the door’ –Marco Reus (L) and Julian Draxler (R) are the main candidates to replace Mesut Ozil after his shock retirement from international football with Germany. © AFP / Yuri CORTEZThe Arsenal midfielder is walking away after nine years as one of Loew’s most trusted players.The news that he had no warning is surprising as Arslan has a co-operation agreement with Ozil’s advisor Erkut Sogut, who only warned the DFB that a statement would be released on Sunday.After 23 goals and 40 assists in 92 appearances for Germany, the loss of Ozil is a blow to Loew, who deployed the Arsenal midfielder as his main playmaker.Germany’s first game after the World Cup debacle is against newly-crowned world champions France in the new Nations League tournament on September 6 in Munich.With Ozil gone, Loew will have to find his replacement with Paris Saint Germain’s Julian Draxler or Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the leading candidates.Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.“Mesut Abi (‘brother’ in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me,” wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.“Thank you for everything you’ve done for German football. You can be proud of your many achievements.”However, others see Ozil’s retirement as no great loss for Germany.“He has not put in performances that can help the national team over the last 18 months to two years, nor was he convincing at the World Cup in his two outings,” ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus told Sky Sports.“Now there is the chance for a younger, maybe even a better player” to come into the Germany side, Matthaeus added.Erdogan meanwhile announced on Tuesday that he had contacted Ozil to praise his “patriotic” decision in standing down from the national team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)