ANDRE De Grasse booked his place in the Diamond League 100m final as he emerged victorious in Stockholm with a world-lead time of 9.69 seconds.Canadian De Grasse booked his place in the 100m showpiece in Zurich with the fastest time of the year, beating Youssef Ben Meite and Ryan Shields in the Swedish capital.Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba sealed a spot in the women’s 800m final with her triumph, while Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot set the quickest 1500m time of the year – 3:30.77 – in his success.Ivorian Murielle Ahoure prevailed in the women’s 200m with a season’s best time of 22.68 secs, and Spain’s Orlando Ortega won the men’s 110m hurdles in a race that saw two false starts.Steven Gardiner took 400m glory, Norway’s Karsten Warholm won over the same distance in the hurdles and Soufiane El Bakkali comfortably claimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase.Meanwhile, Yaime Perez and Nicole Buchler set meet records to win in the women’s discus and pole vault respectively.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – Ebony Clarke scored in each half as Jamaica beat Bermuda 2-1 in their CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Under-20 Group B qualifier at the National Stadium here on Sunday night.The Reggae Girlz went into Sunday’s group decider with a superior goal difference over the hosts after trouncing Curaçao 10-0 on Friday night, following Bermuda’s 5-1 win over the same opponents two days earlier. St Lucia’s late withdrawal had reduced the group to three teams.Canada-based Clarke put the well-organised visitors ahead in the third minute with a shot from the edge of the box that flew past goalkeeper Micah Pond, who frustrated the visitors with a string of fine saves during the game watched by more than 2 000 fans.Deshae Darrell drew Bermuda level on the hour when she outpaced the Jamaican defence to stroke the ball past advancing goalkeeper Sydney Scheider.Parity lasted only five minutes, however, before Clarke scored the winner for the visitors.Jamaica will now join hosts St Kitts and Nevis and the other two group winners from Haiti and Dominican Republic in the final qualifying stage in November ahead of the 2018 championship.Jamaica captain Emily Caza admitted her side were caught off-guard by Bermuda’s quality.“We always felt confident of achieving our goal,” she said afterwards.“We knew if we worked hard we would have enough to win, although I’ll admit we, maybe, underestimated Bermuda a bit.“The early goal took the pressure off but we were still frantic at the beginning because of the competition they gave us.”Bermuda captain Eva Frazzoni struggled to hold back tears after the final whistle but said she believed she and her team-mates had won the hearts of the fans who packed into the stadium’s main stand.“We left everything out there and we really thought it was our time,” the midfielder said. “It’s really hard to not make it through.”
Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojans are headed to the Pac-12 championship game after stringing together 20 unanswered points to defeat crosstown rival UCLA for the first time in four years, 40-21, in front of 80,000-plus fans at the Coliseum on Saturday.“I think about the seniors and the roller coaster ride they have gone through, for them to be able to call themselves Pac-12 South champions is a victory,” interim head coach Clay Helton said.USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) physically dominated UCLA (8-4, 5-4) in the trenches, running the ball an astounding 59 times for 235 yards rushing yards. Junior running back Justin Davis anchored the Trojans rushing attack, carrying the ball 25 times for 130 yards. Ronald Jones II also surpassed Charles White to become the leading freshman rusher in USC history.“The run game was going to be a huge part of trying to establish ourselves as a physical football team and we exhibited that today,” Helton said.The Trojans victory over the No. 22-ranked Bruins not only brought back the Victory Bell to USC’s campus in the 85th edition of their crosstown rivalry, but also clinched the Pac-12 South title to earn them a trip to Santa Clara to play Stanford in the conference championship next Saturday at Levi’s Stadium.Playing in his last game at home, redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including a seven-yard strike to redshirt junior tight end Taylor McNamara to give the Trojans a three-possession lead late in the game. The three-year starter also snuck one into the end zone on the ground early in the second quarter on his way to leading the Trojans past UCLA for the first time of his USC career.“I was trying to hold it all in, but I lost it back there, trying to hold back the tears” Kessler said after the game. “It’s the way you want to go out.”The two rivals went back and forth for the majority of the first half before sophomore Adoree’ Jackson returned a punt for a touchdown for the second consecutive game, taking one back 42 yards to put USC up 20-14 before the half.After enduring a number of drives that ultimately resulted in three-and-outs, UCLA’s true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen was finally able to lead the the Bruins’ offense down the field and reclaim the lead in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by redshirt junior tail back Paul Perkins, who had two scores in the game.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe tides would turn, though, after redshirt senior defensive end Claude Pelon sacked Rosen and forced him to fumble, which would be recovered by defensive lineman Rasheem Green and returned 31 yards for a score. With the touchdown, Green became the sixth true freshman USC player to record a touchdown this season. It also put USC up for good.On UCLA’s next drive, freshman Iman Marshall picked off Rosen for the first of the cornerback’s two interceptions of the day.“I just did my job,” Marshall said. “I understood I made a lot of mistakes last week and made sure I prepared myself this week.”In his first rivalry game at the Coliseum, Rosen threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and had his 245 pass streak without an interception broken, courtesy of former five-star recruit in Marshall. His lone touchdown came on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte.The USC offense made the Bruins pay following the pick, as junior wide receiver Darreus Rodgers climbed the ladder and stretched for the end zone to complete a 20-yard touchdown connection from Kessler.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanAside from Jackson’s punt return touchdown, the Trojans’ special teams unit contributed via two first-half field goals by redshirt junior kicker Alex Wood.The Trojans racked up 410 total yards of offense during the game, while controlling the time-of-possession game, holding possession for just over 40 minutes and doubling UCLA’s time with the football. It was the sixth time this season that USC had more time of possession than its opponent, all coming under Helton.USC improved to 5-2 under interim head coach Clay Helton, who continues to build his resume for consideration as the program’s permanent head coach.“Coach Helton is one of those guys that you do anything for,” Kessler said. “I am so proud of this team. We could not have done it without Coach Helton.”Next Saturday’s Pac-12 Championship game against the No.13-ranked Cardinal is scheduled to kick off at either 4:45 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. It will be USC’s chance at redemption after Stanford handed USC its first loss of the season, 41-31, at the Coliseum in September.“Last week we lost, but God bless us with another opportunity to play for the Rose Bowl,” Jackson said.A win against the Cardinal would send the Trojans to their first Rose Bowl since 2009.
Through 14 games, Syracuse’s most glaring weakness has been its defense. The Orange’s patented 2-3 zone has failed in two of its last three games as SU allowed 93 points to St. John’s and 96 to Boston College.SU head coach Jim Boeheim has harped all season about his guards’ inability to cover the perimeter by locating shooters and rotating correctly. The issues came to a head on Sunday when the Eagles hit 16 3-pointers, tying a record for Syracuse opponents.“Our problem is our guards defensively,” Boeheim said. “They’re just not finding players. They’re not finding the shooters. We’re just not doing a good job. We can’t let people have open shots. Wide open. Wide open. They’re not even just open. They’re wide open.”The way the zone is played, SU typically shuts down opponents from behind the 3-point arc. In the Orange’s six losses this year, though, opponents are shooting 43.1 percent from 3.Here’s a breakdown of two major issues — defending the inside-out pass from the post and defending the pass off a drive — Syracuse’s guards have faced, both of which were evident against BC on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text(All pictures courtesy of ESPN3)Inside-out passing from postExample 1In this example, Syracuse was able to set up its defense at the start of the possession. The ball was dumped into the post and Tyler Lydon defended BC’s Connar Tava. As Tava spun toward the baseline, Jerome Robinson (green rectangle) darted to the corner and drew the attention of Battle (blue circle). Tava passed to Nik Popovic, who stood on the opposite side of the lane along the baseline.Once Popovic caught the ball in the post, he had options. Battle followed Robinson around the court and to the corner, which left John Gillon (yellow circle) with a significant amount of space to cover at the top of the key.Popovic spun around and read the defense. Lydon had the option of either sticking with Tava on the baseline — which would have freed up Andrew White to guard A.J. Turner at the top of the key — or come at Popovic with a hard double team to try and crowd his vision and the passing lane. But Lydon rotated late toward Popovic in a weak effort. It didn’t impact the pass at all and it kept White stuck in no man’s land as he had to stay down low to keep an eye on Tava. Gillon mirrored the Eagles’ Ky Bowman, which left Turner open for 3 at the top of the arc. Popovic found him and Turner hit the 3.Example 2In this example, Gillon (yellow circle) attempts to trap a Boston College player in the corner as soon as the Eagles push the ball up the court. That left Syracuse’s defense vulnerable once BC got the ball back up to the top of the arc seven seconds into the possession. White (purple circle), who briefly played guard on Sunday, was forced to shift toward Gillon’s side of the zone.Once BC’s Jerome Robinson caught the pass from the corner, he penetrated toward the center of the floor. Both Gillon and White chased him across the middle to try and stop the drive.Gillon and White were somewhat effective in forcing Robinson to pass the ball to Connar Tava in the post. But their lack of positioning on opposite sides of the court ultimately cost SU as they left the wing open. Tava quickly found Jordan Chatman (white rectangle) with lots of space on the right wing.Gillon was slow to recover back to the wing where he originally came from and Chatman canned the 3.Kick out off driveExample 1Here, Jerome Robinson was able to drive (red arrow) right past Howard after getting him off balance with a shot fake. Howard (orange circle) fell for it and Robinson dribbled to the right of him. With Howard getting beat, Battle (blue circle) cheated in a little bit closer to the lane. A key responsibility of the guards in the zone is to prevent opponents from driving and getting inside the paint. But BC did that consistently.Once Robinson beat Howard, options opened up. A.J. Turner, as he did throughout the game, set up on the wing. With Howard beat and Battle sucking in to help against the drive, BC’s offense had its chances to kick out for not only a 3-pointer, but a wide-open 3. Battle wasn’t quick enough to close out against Turner on the perimeter. Turner took the open 3 from the left wing and made it.Example 2This time, Ky Bowman drove from the wing rather than up top, but the play still resulted in Syracuse’s guards dropping down too low and having to scramble to prevent the 3. The Eagles had just inbounded the ball when Bowman attacked from that spot on the court. The drive attracted White (purple circle) and Gillon (yellow circle) to drop down.With Bowman getting inside the paint, all five Syracuse defenders were sucked near the lane. The perimeter was left empty and Jerome Robinson set up to catch and shoot.Bowman sent the pass to the top of the key, forcing White and Gillon to rotate to the top, but their movement was too slow and Robinson hit the 3. It was another play where the guards dropped in when the ball got inside and then weren’t fast enough get back out to defend the 3.To see all of Boston College’s made 3-pointers, see the video below: Published on January 4, 2017 at 3:07 am Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Less than a week before the NFL Draft, we already know how the top two picks will shake out.League sources have confirmed two of the worst kept secrets in recent memory, that Andrew Luck will be heading to Indianapolis and Robert Griffin III will be Washington-bound at No. 2. Smart money also has Matt Kalil going to Minnesota at No. 3., and depending who you talk to, there’s a fair amount of predictability to the next three or four picks.Well, what’s the fun in that?Here in Wisconsin, draft week holds an extra twist of intrigue given the number of former Badgers eligible to be drafted. Eight former UW players attended the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, and one more, safety Aaron Henry, also could hear his name called next weekend.The biggest name of the bunch is Russell Wilson, the record-setting quarterback who transferred to Wisconsin from N.C. State and led the Badgers to their second consecutive Rose Bowl berth. In his one year as a Badger, Wilson brought a largely unprecedented level of explosiveness to Wisconsin’s offense with his mobility and heady decision-making. Wilson also set school records for career completion percentage (72.8) and pass efficiency (191.8).While Montee Ball’s stunning emergence as a touchdown-scoring dynamo catapulted him into national prominence as an eventual Heisman Trophy finalist (Wilson did finish ninth overall in the race), it might have been Wilson who was ultimately the most valuable Badger, coming to Madison in the middle of the summer to solidify a previously muddy quarterback picture.Months later, it should all be culminating in Wilson being mentioned as one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. This year’s class of signal callers has the potential to be one of the greatest, alongside the 1983 trio of John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly, or more recently the 2004 class of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. Luck and Griffin are the undisputed top dogs this year, but behind them are remarkably talented products in Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.Consensus among scouts and draft aficionados seems to place Wilson next on that list, though many – not the least of which are Badger fans – might place him ahead of Cousins. Either way, Wilson’s not ranked as highly as his production and skill would suggest, and there’s a clear-cut reason for it.At just 5-foot-11, Wilson finds himself on the shorter end of quarterbacks. Even though he played behind the mammoth Wisconsin offensive line – one larger than many NFL lines – Wilson has battled questions about his height ever since he emerged as a viable pro prospect. The archetype of the tall (between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-5) NFL quarterback with a rocket arm and enough mobility to, at the very least, keep plays alive in the face of a persistent pass rush is well established, and while Wilson has the arm and undoubtedly the mobility, that dogged height question won’t fade until he finds sustained success in the NFL.How much success he finds, as it does with essentially all quarterback prospects, depends on where he ends up. Wilson is widely perceived as a third through fifth-round prospect, a range predominately designated for developmental quarterback prospects. An ideal situation for a mid-round quarterback is to be drafted by a relatively stable franchise and coaching staff that can keep him on the sidelines, where he’ll be groomed as the eventual successor while being allowed ample time to learn the offensive schemes.Of course, the ideal situation is far from likely or even feasible, but remember this – Wilson came from an entirely different system at N.C. State, learned Paul Chryst’s notoriously complex pro-style offense here at Wisconsin over the course of an abbreviated summer and dominated from Week 1 against UNLV. Wilson was essentially a complete stranger to his new Badger teammates when he came to Madison, yet they were the ones who voted him a captain at the end of fall camp.So where will he end up? Any draftnik from Mel Kiper Jr. to a range of football bloggers will tell you first round picks alone are hard enough to predict. For the middle rounds? Who knows where teams want to go and whom they’re targeting.But taking a rough look at the league, roughly 10 of 32 teams are in need of a quarterback. Some of these needs are more for a backup or quarterback-of-the-future type, such as the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. These three teams are all contenders and likely won’t be targeting a quarterback in the top rounds. Denver believes it has a few great years left in Peyton Manning, while Philadelphia and Dallas are set with Michael Vick and Tony Romo – two quarterbacks who are always in need of a solid backup given their injury histories.Other teams are stuck in more precarious positions, having recently drafted young quarterback prospects that have yet to prove successful. The Minnesota Vikings had mixed results with rookie Christian Ponder last season, while the Jacksonville Jaguars fared even worse with Blaine Gabbert. The Cleveland Browns can also be thrown into the mix here with the inconsistent Colt McCoy, who they have yet to reward with a sign of real commitment.The four remaining quarterback-needy teams find themselves in similar situations – they have veteran quarterbacks either on the tail end of their careers or on the brink of losing their starting jobs. The Arizona Cardinals have yet to see enough from Kevin Kolb to warrant full-fledged support, while Carson Palmer seems to be on borrowed time as an Oakland Raider.The same can be said for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Matt Cassell, while the Miami Dolphins somehow continue to search for a post-Dan Marino quarterback with Matt Moore as the latest underwhelming option. The Dolphins do, however, have the No. 8 overall pick, situating them nicely to select Tannehill.Whether any of these teams pick Wilson remains to be seen. But should he end up on a team willing and able to give him a shot at eventually seizing the starting job, Wilson will be a fascinating prospect to watch.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Where do you think Wilson will end up? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta.
Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Following the request of all of Italy’s top flight clubs, The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is moving forward with plans to allow Serie A sides to utilise sleeve sponsorship deals. The proposal could potentially expand the shirt sponsorship opportunities for Italian sides, allowing them to promote four partners on their official matchday shirts. In an official statement, the league stated: “Sponsorship advertising is allowed on the front of the shirt, on the back of the shirt (under the number) and on the left sleeve of the shirt; the total area occupied by advertising must not exceed 650 cm2.”It comes after clubs in the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and La Liga have all benefited from the sponsorship expansions that come with sleeve advertising this season. However unlike in other European nations, Italy is moving to implement a complete ban on gambling advertising and sponsorships, a blanket rule which will come into force at the start of 2019. Detailing new sponsorship and advertising regulations, the Italian coalition released “Dignity Decree”, which stated: “Any form of advertising related to games or wagering with winnings of money, however carried out and by any means, including sporting, cultural or artistic events, television or radio broadcasts, daily and periodic press, publications in general, billboards and internet.”Significantly to Serie A sides, the report goes onto outlined: “The explanatory report adds that the ban “also applies to sponsorships and all forms of content communication promotional not counted among the usual tabular advertising messages and includes the visual and acoustic citations and the superimpression of the name, brand, symbols, activities or products that promotes gambling or betting.”That being said, sports clubs and media partners have been granted a ‘transition period until 30 June 2019’, when it comes to the implementation of the “Dignity Decree”. CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Share Submit
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A funny thing may or may not happen to the Warriors, who are trying to break the Bulls’ record of 72 wins on their way to back-to-back titles, but could wind up with the worst of both worlds, instead:1) Settling for tying the record, or missing it altogether.2) Wearing themselves out in the process.Or, they could get the record, realizing the “once in a lifetime” opportunity that people in the Bay Area go on and on about — which would be quickly forgotten in the run-up to the playoffs. Not to worry. They can still get to 73 just by winning their home games.April 5: Oops. They blow a 17-point lead and are stunned at home by 25-win Minnesota.Draymond Green, who’s the Warriors’ inspirational leader, or out of control, or both, is asked if they’ve been caught up in the hype:“Honestly?” Green says. “Yes.”Green then corrects himself — a little — noting they weren’t really “caught up” but it’s no longer a romp.“It’s human nature to where, all right, kind of ready for the regular season to end,” Green says.“It’s kind of at a point now where you’re ready for the regular season to be over.”Unfortunately, there are five games left with that !@#$%! record still out there.April 7: Showing who’s still whom, the Warriors dump 65-12 San Antonio, 112-101, after leading by 23 to win No. 70.Now there’s as much talk about rest the record.Kerr, brilliant at dealing with the hysteria in the Bay Area, is less so at explaining what they’re doing and why it’s up to the players.Asked to compare this team to those 1995-96 Bulls, for whom he played, Kerr says, straight-faced, that he has a grammatical issue — “I don’t know who ‘we’ is and who ‘they’ are” — concluding, “There’s no question that we could beat us.”On the other hand, Kerr, who has said his players will decide what to do, is trying ever-so-gently to help them decide the smart thing is kissing off the record.“I’m inclined to give some guys some rest if they need it,” Kerr says, “but I’ve sort of made a pact with the guys that if they are not banged up and they are not tired and if they want to go for this record or whatever then — so we got to talk.”He had better talk fast. Green, Thompson and Harrison Barnes say they won’t sit out.Kerr is trying to rise above a modern-day fascination with the immediate, hyped in no small way by real-time excitement on social media … even if it conflicts with the knowledge that only one thing counts and this isn’t it.With two days off before the season finale at home, Kerr had hoped to get No. 73 by then, giving him a week to rest his players between their next-to-last game — Sunday in San Antonio — and the playoffs.Now they have to win out to get No. 73, beating a Spurs team trying to become the first to go 41-0 at home for an NBA season.If Coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t care less about any record, home-court advantage is the only edge he has over the Warriors, who beat the Spurs twice in Oakland by a total of 41 points, but fell to them in a slowdown game last month in San Antonio.So Pop, who wrote the book on resting his stars, isn’t likely to do it Sunday.Now to see who gets which record and, more importantly, if it has a price tag.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. In any case, their players won’t let Coach Steve Kerr rest them. With the team in the midst of three games in four days, Curry ignored Kerr’s invitation to sit out Saturday in Memphis and went back out there.On behalf of the other seven West teams in playoff slots, who went 3-22 against the Warriors:March 30: Klay Thompson’s three at end of regulation ties it before they win in OT in Utah.Suggesting they finally feel the pressure, Curry says it’s the first time he thought about the Bulls’ record during a game.April 1: Boston, a mere 43-32 team, ends the Warriors’ 54-game home winning streak.
“We watched that in film this morning and everybody had a good laugh over it,” Vogel said. “Great play by JaVale. … There’s a lot of ways to get open in this league, right? That’s a new one.”McGee emphasized that he didn’t fake his limp after bumping against Green – he felt real pain. But he also couldn’t keep himself from laughing either as he talked about what he called “a cool play.”“I didn’t fake it,” he said. “I just want everybody to know that. I really did hit my knee. But I sucked it up like the real man I am.”DAVIS, JAMES TO SIT OUT PRESEASON FINALEThe Lakers feel comfortable enough with their stars to wrap them up until the regular season begins.Vogel said after Thursday’s practice that LeBron James and Anthony Davis will sit out Friday’s last preseason game against Golden State at Chase Center. It wraps up a relatively impressive four-game performance by the Lakers duo, who both played more than 25 minutes on Wednesday.“I was prepared to play those guys four quarters if needed,” Vogel said. “We came out in the second half with the mindset that … we’re going to use this game as a conditioner and really look to push our wind, and I gave those guys an extra quarter to get some work in.”James finished the preseason averaging 14.8 points, 6.3 assists and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes in his four appearances. Davis averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in just under 21 minutes per game.Vogel said he might rest other players for Friday’s game, but that he had not yet decided.LAKERS EXERCISE TEAM OPTION ON KUZMAKyle Kuzma is officially under contract with the Lakers through the 2020-21 season as the team exercised its fourth-year option for the 24-year-old forward. The decision will net Kuzma $3.6 million next season, before he’s eligible for an extension to his rookie deal.The second-leading scorer among the Lakers returning from last season, Kuzma has still not played in the preseason. Since being cleared for non-contact work on Monday, he’s been spotted after practice and before games doing one-on-one work with assistant Phil Handy.“He’s just doing a lot of one-on-0 shooting with a coach … increasing his load and the intensity of his minutes potentially, just trying to work on progression,” Vogel said. “But it’s all still a no-contact thing.” EL SEGUNDO — Leave it to JaVale McGee to innovate head-scratching highlights.The 31-year-old Lakers center of “Shaqtin’ A Fool” fame got another clip added to his collection Wednesday night as he got open for a dunk via an unconventional method: limping near the baseline.McGee bumped knees with his former teammate Draymond Green, and staggered out of bounds briefly. But when he saw Green move over to double-team Anthony Davis, he could smell an opportunity.“I was like, ‘Forget the pain. I’m going to go get these buckets,’” McGee said, recapping the play after Thursday’s practice. “So I just ran back in and got a dunk.” It was one of the six baskets McGee got in a 12-point night against the Warriors, who he’s thoroughly annihilated throughout the preseason. The possible favorite to start at center next week, McGee received three assists from Davis, who he said he’s built chemistry with throughout the preseason.Even within the Lakers organization, though, what Coach Frank Vogel called McGee’s “possum” play got special attention. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers
Although there were some announcements that Meho Kodro could be a successor of Mehmed Bozdarevic, that is yet to be seen, and members of the Football Association of BiH will continue activities regarding the election of the selector of our representation in the upcoming days.Vice President of the National Football Team of BiH confirmed that proposals of the Expert Commission were Amar Osim and Meho Kodro, but that does not mean that a third person will not be the future selector of our Dragons.Many other names were mentioned during the “election campaign”, mainly Robert Prosinecki and Slavoljub Muslin. However, both of them were very grateful for being selected as candidates, but they noted that they are not interested in taking over the national team of BiH at the moment.Therefore, Kodro and Osim are still in the game as the most serious candidates. Formerly famous BH football player, who played for Barcelona at the top of his career, currently works as the coach of the Swiss second league team of Servetta, and he led FC Sarajevo during his coaching career.Osim achieved his biggest coaching success with FC Zeljeznicar, with which he won the title of the Champion of BiH five times, four Cups, and one Supercup. He also worked in JEF United from Japan and Al Kharaitiyat from Qatar.On the agenda of the session of the Executive Board were some other topics as well. Sofrenic said that they mostly discussed current issues, as well as the visit of the President of UEFA, who will be visiting Sarajevo on November 29 and 30.(Source: faktor.ba)
In a column written almost eight years ago, Gleaner contributor Gordon Robinson wrote that Jamaica’s 1998 qualification for the World Cup in France would have been impossible had not one Lloyd Lindbergh ‘Lindy’ Delapenha kicked down the door to the English leagues in the 1940s for Deon Burton and others to get an easy access decades later.Robinson in his article, said Delapenha, born May 25, 1927, on the corner of North and Church streets, Kingston, was “congenitally mischievous and averse to academics” in his early days.He started high school at Wolmer’s Boys’, but was eventually sent to boarding school at Munro College. At Munro, Delapenha became one of the school’s best ever sportsmen, representing them in football, cricket, track (participating in 16 events at one Boys’ Champs), tennis, hockey, boxing and gymnastics.ENGLISH FOOTBALLAfter leaving Munro, Delapenha went to England in 1945 and joined the British army and was stationed in Egypt. While playing football for the army, Delapenha was spotted by an English scout, who took him to Portsmouth in April 1948 and became the first Jamaican to play professional football in England. Robinson wrote that he was “the first Jamaican through that door and he oiled it properly for future users.”Delapenha won the Division One championship with Portsmouth in 1948 before leaving for Middlesbrough in 1950. At that club, now in the English Premier League, Delapenha, playing as an ‘inside forward’ and as a winger, was Boro’s leading scorer (1951-52, 1953-54 and 1955-56).He slammed in 93 league/FA Cup goals in 270 appearances for the club and, according to Robinson, was kept out of the England side “only by the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews who, like Delapenha, was a winger.”He moved to Mansfield Town in June 1958, contributing 27 goals in 115 appearances over two years, before retiring from league football in 1960.After three years of non-league football, initially with Hereford United, he moved back to Jamaica.After returning to Jamaica in early 1965, Lindy not only played Sugar Estate cricket, but represented Boys’ Town at football, taking the club from Division Three to Division One, before moving to Liguanea/Mona.Shortly after, he became director of sports at JBC (radio and TV) and was instrumental in bringing English Division One football and horse racing, among other things, to television in the 1960s and 1970s. He stayed there for 30 years.Professional football careern 1948-50: Portsmouthn 1950-58: Middlesbroughn 1958-60: Mansfield Townn 1960: Hereford Unitedn 1964: Burton Albion