Simpson says confidence among Boyz now sky high

first_imgManager of Jamaica’s national men’s senior team, Roy Simpson, says the valuable experience gained in the Copa America and Scotiabank CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, has lifted the confidence of the players ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifications.Jamaica will engage Nicaragua in a two-way tie for a berth in the CONCACAF group stage. The Reggae Boyz will host the first leg on September 4 and play away four days later. The winners on aggregate will advance to the next stage.”We came second in the Gold Cup, but that was the end result of work we had put in. We started preparing from the Caribbean Cup in December 2014. We decided that we had to win the Caribbean Cup. And we did that,” Simpson, who has been manager of the senior team since 2008 told The Gleaner a few days after losing 3-1 to Mexico in the Gold Cup final in the USA.Simpson said Jamaica were at a disadvantage in the final stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as while their main opponents were involved in the Gold Cup the Reggae Boyz were idle.”Coach (Winfried) Sch‰fer came on at that time in the World Cup qualifiers … from then he decided that if he was with the team he planned to be at the Gold Cup in 2015,” Simpson disclosed.”We were aware that the top-four teams from the Caribbean Cup competition would be at the Gold Cup but we wanted to win the Caribbean Cup. We were already invited to the Copa America, so we thought that it would make our invitation more authentic if we won the Caribbean Cup.buffer experience”When we looked at the Copa America, we decided that we could not win the tournament. It was not impossible, but we knew we could not win. So, we decided on how best we can use that experience to buffer us going into the Gold Cup.”With better luck, we could have got better results and from that backdrop we knew we could have been very competitive in the Gold Cup,” he recounted. At the Copa America, Jamaica were beaten 1-0 on three occasions – by Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.”I remember at the CONCACAF workshop – after the draw for the Gold Cup zones – coach Sch‰fer said to me that he thought we could win the Gold Cup. Then we felt even more confident when coach Sch‰fer, Captain Burrell (Jamaica Football Federation president) and myself went to meet the overseas players in the United Kingdom. What was really encouraging was the sort of commitment that the players exhibited when we spoke to them about the plans for the senior team.”They saw it as their responsibility to come and represent Jamaica and give their all,” Simpson recalled.”If you go to the Gold Cup final and are second, then with three and a half spots available in the World Cup from CONCACAF the expectation is that we should be there in Russia in 2018. There are more eyes on us but what we need to understand is that the work gets harder at each step.”Now with the back to back performances in the three tournaments (Caribbean Cup, Copa and Gold Cup) people will take us seriously again.”I want the people to continue marking us hard because the harder they mark us the better for the team,” Simpson concluded.last_img read more

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Steve Kerr takes the blame, plus 4 more takeaways from the Warriors’ loss to the Hornets

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — With Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell joining Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney on the growing injury report, the Warriors entered Saturday’s 93-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets without a single healthy player who logged minutes in last season’s playoff run.And yet, a mostly anonymous roster gave fans donning Curry, Thompson and Green jerseys something to cheer about — the first close game at Chase Center.Injuries have depleted the Warriors roster beyond …last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agenda

first_imgEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agendaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is back on the agenda of AC Milan chiefs.TMW says Wenger is the frontrunner to land the Milan job – should it become available.The Frenchman left the Gunners last summer after 22 years in charge.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Rino Gattuso has two games to save his job.Milan sit fifth in the Serie A table and are desperate for Champions League football next season.They lost to Fiorentina yesterday and Gattuso must now beat Frosinone and SPAL between now and December 29 to save his job.Wenger is the favourite to replace the Italian, with former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis now in charge at Milan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these days

first_imgTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these daysby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says they know they face a new Manchester United this weekend.Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side have regained their confidence with five wins on the spin since appointment last month.Alderweireld said, “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before. “We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”Alderweireld insisted the Spurs team enjoy coming up with the answers to defy their critics.He said: “We have a hungry group who want to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”Alderweireld also insisted there is more to come from the Spurs team.He went on: “I think we don’t have to look too much to the past just our performances recently.“We have done well against the top six teams but of course we can improve and that is what we try to do every day. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthrough

first_imgBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthroughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis was thrilled with his debut this week.The young Swede featured in the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.”It was really fun, a day that I put in a lot of hard work and time for. It was really nice to finally be able to make my a-team debut and have it confirmed. It’s just up to me to keep working even harder,” Gwargis told Fotbollskanalen.On Seagulls boss Graham Potter, he added: “I have followed his journey and what he has done. I see how he builds the team and it looks really good. He gave me a lot of advice yesterday on the plan and advised me on what to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jamaica and Dominican Republic to Forge Closer Ties

first_img Meanwhile, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez said the time has come to launch “a new era of win-win cooperation to take tangible benefits to our people in a just and solidary manner. We are two nations that, unfortunately, face vulnerability caused by climate change, and in which large sections of the populations still live in poverty vulnerability”. At a joint press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister after the discussions, Prime Minister Holness, said that both countries have similar goals, which could be facilitated through cooperation and strengthening of alliances. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic will be increasing collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education, among other areas, with the aim of bringing tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region.This followed a meeting between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, where they discussed a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.President Medina arrived in the island today (November 27) for a one-day State Visit.At a joint press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister after the discussions, Prime Minister Holness, said that both countries have similar goals, which could be facilitated through cooperation and strengthening of alliances.He cited tourism as one area where closer ties will be forged. “We both agreed that the tourism sector has (grown) considerably in Latin America, and especially in the Caribbean. For this reason, the time has come to join forces, so that the fruits of this growth are distributed more and more in a fair and sustainable way among Caribbean people as a whole,” he said.Mr. Holness said that both countries are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote multi-destination tourism. “We agreed that we will negotiate a new air services agreement, which will complement the MOU,” he noted further.Prime Minister Holness said the leaders also agreed to establish a joint bilateral commission to enable broader cooperation in the areas of sport, culture, education, and other matters of mutual interest.“Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have mutual interests in strengthening trade and investment relationships with the aim of creating more opportunities for employment and income generation in both countries,” he added.Prime Minister Holness and President Medina also discussed the need for the Caribbean to have a single voice in fora such as the One Planet Summit on climate Change to be held in Paris France on December 12.He said it is important that the world know the difficulties Caribbean islands are experiencing from the increase in and intensity of natural disasters.Meanwhile, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez said the time has come to launch “a new era of win-win cooperation to take tangible benefits to our people in a just and solidary manner. We are two nations that, unfortunately, face vulnerability caused by climate change, and in which large sections of the populations still live in poverty vulnerability”.“But, we are also two countries with very promising economies, with developments that present the opportunities to overcome these challenges and take care of the needs of our people,” he added.President Medina noted that tourism has grown considerably in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, adding that the moment has come to bring “our efforts together, so that the product, the fruit, the result of this growth will be distributed in a fair and sustainable way amongst all societies of the Caribbean”.The Dominican Republic President said that Jamaica is a great and important trade partner, from which his country has a lot to learn.“You are the regional leader in such aspects that are key to competiveness, such as the time it takes to incorporate. On our hand, we are also very interested in sharing our best practices and (to) cooperate with the people of Jamaica in whatever interest you may have,” he said.During the media briefing, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, signed an MOU aimed at facilitating bilateral consultations between both governments in areas of mutual interest.Danilo Medina Sánchez is the Dominican Republic’s 53rd President. He has been in office since 2012.At the end of the State Visit, President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Story Highlights Jamaica and the Dominican Republic will be increasing collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education, among other areas, with the aim of bringing tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region.last_img read more

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Michael Sams Father Not Happy With Sons Gay Revelation

Michael Sam Sr., the father of Missouri football star Michael Sam who revealed this week that he is gay, was so upset when his son told him of his sexuality that he said he could not finish his meal.“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. told The New York Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”He said he received a text message from his son that read, “Dad, I’m gay” last Tuesday. And while many have publicly applauded Sam’s son for his courage, the player’s father was less than thrilled. He told the Times that he’s “old school” and that the idea of a homosexual player in the NFL bothers him, even when that person is his own son.“As a Black man, we have so many hurdles to cross. This is just one he has to cross,” Sam Sr. told The Times.He told the newspaper that late Hall of Famer Deacon Jones, the leader of the Rams’ Fearsome Foursome who is credited with terming the word “sack,” is “turning over in his grave.”He told the newspaper, however, that he loves his son and hopes he makes it into the NFL.Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss. Many NFL draft projections see him as a likely mid-round pick, with some saying Sam could go as high as the third round, with a possible position switch to outside linebacker. He is rated as the 12th-best outside pass-rusher in the draft by ESPN Scouts Inc.His upbringing in Hitchcock, Texas, was filled with adversity. As such, he told ESPN that his decision to come out seemed easy compared to the tragedies he has had to endure.“I endured so much in my past: seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound, not knowing that my oldest sister died when she was a baby and I never got the chance to meet her,” he said. “My second-oldest brother went missing in 1998, and me and my little sister were the last ones to see him … my other two brothers have been in and out of jail since eighth grade, currently both in jail.“Telling the world I’m gay is nothing compared to that.”On Sunday, the defensive end told ESPN that his parents, who are no longer together, took the news well, which contradicts the comments from his father to The Times.“I told my mom and dad last week, and they just pretty much said, ‘We knew and we love you and support you,’” he said. “I’m their baby boy. I’m the first to go to college. I’m the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone.”The Times reported that when Sam returns to his hometown he usually stays with friends instead of his family.“I’m closer to my friends than I am to my family,” Sam told the newspaper. read more

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Paris SaintGermain in chase of in NGolo Kante

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been in one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers in recent years and PSG have is keen on a £90million move for the Chelsea star.The Qatari-owned French giants want to make the 26-year-old their latest Galactico after bringing in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a total of over £300million last summer, reports The Mirror.He was nominated for the prestigious Ballon D’Or award last year after helping Chelsea to clinch their second title in three seasons.The widely-admired star joined a select band of players to win the League in successive seasons after previous success with Leicester.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Kante made his senior debut at Boulogne and then spent two seasons at Caen, the latter in Ligue 1. In 2015, he joined Leicester City for a fee of £5.6 million and became an integral member of the club’s first ever Premier League win in his only season at the club.In 2016 he joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million, winning the league again in his first season. He also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was included in their squad that finished runners-up at that year’s European Championship.last_img read more

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MilinkovicSavics agent denies buyout clause speculations

first_imgAccording to the TeamTalk, a day after the Serbian in-demand midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic extended his contract with Lazio, his agent Mateja Kezman announced his client is poised to stay at the Stadio Olimpico despite the interest of numerous major European clubs.Yesterday was a great day for all Biancocelesti fans, as both Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pledged their alliance to the Rome-based club. The extension of the 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder is by far the most significant news for Simone Inzaghi ahead of Lazio’s commitments in Serie A and the Europa League, as Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid all tried to lure the Serbian away from the Stadio Olimpico.The Italian news outlet SportMediaset revealed yesterday that any club that wants to sign Sergej would have to allocate €100 million according to the new buy-out clause.However, player’s agent Mateja Kezman came out to deny those claims, suggesting that Milinkovic-Savic plans to remain at Lazio after the club managed to keep all of their key players during the summer transfer session.“Sergej, Lazio and we in his entourage are all very happy with his new contract,” Kezman told LaLazioSiamoNoi.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…“We’re looking forward with positive energy. The club is strong because they kept all of last season’s players, there’s a serious project and they want to play in the Champions League.“So, everyone just has to concentrate on doing their best and making all the Lazio fans happy.“No-one talked about a release clause, Sergej is very happy in Rome. He’s been here for three years and he loves the club and the city.“He’s concentrating on recapturing his best form.”As things stand, Milinkovic-Savic is set to stay in Rome for another five years, while the interested parties should switch their attention towards other alternatives.last_img read more

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Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more

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