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first_imgDefending champions Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens will battle today in the teams’ last chance at silverware this season in the Locker Room-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout football final at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 4 p.m. Both teams will look to make up for disappointment in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by finishing the 2015-16 local football season on a high. The winning trophy apart, the teams will fight for the top cash incentive of $400,000 and, of course, bragging rights in the Corporate Area’s premier knockout competition. For the losers, the second place prize is $250,000. Third and fourth-place teams will earn $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. Relegation Last season’s champions, Arnett were knocked out of the race for the national league last Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Montego Bay United in the return-leg semi-final (they had lost the first leg 1-2), while Waterhouse struggled throughout that league and were saved from relegation on the final match day of the season. Now, the teams are ready to continue their long-time rivalry. Also, each team has won the title five times apiece and the winner would move one title behind the team to have won the most, Harbour View FC, with seven titles. Coach of defending champions, Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said his team is looking forward to ending the season on a high. “The team and community are optimistic. After a break, we returned to training last week. We are short on a few players for different reasons. However, the other players are upbeat,” said Patrick, who was in charge when the team won last season. Waterhouse’s self-proclaimed saviour, Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, Andre Leslie and Kenroy Howell are expected to lead the attack in their quest to retain the title. Meanwhile, Arnett will be coming with the same intention of finishing the season with silverware. “The motivation is always a factor after faltering in the Premier League,” Arnett’s long-serving coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Sunday Gleaner. “We know the importance of winning this trophy in memory of Jackie Bell. The physical condition is there, so we will continue to work on the mental aspect,” he said. Arnett will look to captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Ranike Anderson, Kemal Malcolm, Vishinul Harris, among others, to capture the title for the sixth time. Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell died along with his close friend, Dennis Ziadie, in Mexico City while attending the FIFA World Cup Finals in June 1986. Bell was president and coach of Santos FC at the time. He was also a former national player.last_img read more

20 12 19

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — On Sunday morning, Bruce Bochy expects to welcome four-to-five players into the home clubhouse at Oracle Park.He’ll greet them with a handshake, explain their roles for the next month and tell them exactly what he’s explained to every September call-up for the last 25 years.Bochy’s door is always open.When rosters expand next September, a new manager will sit in the office tucked just inside the entrance to the Giants’ clubhouse and go through the same ritual. By …last_img

27 11 19

first_imgDortmund, the 2013 Champions League runner-up, will host Arsenal for the third time in four seasonsFamiliarity has bred a healthy respect between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in the Champions League, with the German club eager to avenge a loss at home against the English team.Dortmund, the 2013 Champions League runner-up, will be hosting Arsenal in the competition for the third time in four seasons.”It’s been a while since our last home win over Arsenal. So we have some making up to do,” said Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl, referring to a 2-1 victory over the Gunners in October 2002.Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil can expect a difficult time from the fans at the Westfalenstadion because of his time at rival Schalke.In the other Group D match, Turkish runner-up Galatasaray and Belgian champion Anderlecht will play in Istanbul.Here are some things to know about Group D of the Champions League:POOR STARTERSBoth Dortmund and Arsenal won their respective away games when they met last season and the German side has a poor record when it comes to starting the Champions League. Dortmund has won only one of its last six opening games in the competition.”We want a good start. We want a home victory,” said Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who has a pelvic injury.Despite losing to Napoli and Arsenal in the group stage last season, Dortmund finished at the top on goal difference and only bowed out in the quarterfinals after beating eventual champion Real Madrid 2-0 for a 3-2 aggregate loss.advertisementSHINJI-MANIAReturning fan favorite Shinji Kagawa scored on his second debut for Dortmund in the 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday. The Japan midfielder also helped set up the opening goal in what was an outstanding performance before he was forced off with cramps.Kagawa, who endured two frustrating seasons at Manchester United, still needs time to get back to his best, according to Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, but that hasn’t stopped burgeoning expectations at the Westfalenstadion.Kagawa, who scored Dortmund’s consolation in the side’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in November 2011, has been involved in 40 goals in 70 appearances for the club.Kagawa will likely get another chance to impress against Arsenal, though he and fellow midfielder Milos Jojic were restricted to light running in Monday’s training session.”Shinji still had a couple of problems so we restricted him to a couple of laps. We didn’t want to stress anything when there’s no need to,” Klopp said.INJURIES GALOREBorussia Dortmund’s injury list is long. Attacking midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out for four weeks with a left ankle injury sustained on duty for Germany, and Jakub Blaszczykowski had a setback to his return from a cruciate knee injury with a muscle injury in training.Midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Nuri Sahin are also out, as is defender Oliver Kirch with a thigh injury. Hummels was only expected to return to training on Wednesday.”My issue is not who can play how well with whom, or how good can someone be, but who can (play) at all,” Klopp said.New signing Ciro Immobile recovered from the knock he picked up playing for Italy to make a substitute appearance against Freiburg.Also, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has a serious-looking ankle injury from the side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Debuchy is reportedly facing two months out but would have been suspended for Tuesday anyway following his red card in the playoff against Besiktas.Midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey both shook off ankle problems to play against City.DEFENSIVE PROBLEMSArsenal plugged a gap up front by signing Danny Welbeck on the final day of the transfer window. Manager Arsene Wenger may now be regretting not bolstering his defense, too.The English club begins its 17th straight season in the group stage of the Champions League with defensive problems due to Debuchy’s absence.Calum Chambers will fill in at right back but it leaves no senior cover in that position or at center back, with Wenger having sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in the off-season.In attack, it will likely be a choice between Welbeck, who made his debut against City, and Alexis Sanchez as lone striker as Olivier Giroud is a long-term injury absentee.The closest Wenger has come to winning the Champions League in his 18 years at Arsenal was an appearance in the final in 2006, when it lost to Barcelona 2-1.”For him, that would be the icing on the cake if you like,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “I think this is the one he really, really wants.”advertisementISTANBUL CALLINGFormer Italy coach Cesare Prandelli makes his Champions League debut with Galatasaray after taking charge in July. Galatasaray has only played Anderlecht once before, in the second round of the 1976-77 European Cup Winners’ Cup, when Anderlecht won 5-1 both at home and away.Prandelli’s side played a scoreless draw at home with Eskisehirspor in the Turkish league after beating Bursaspor 2-1 in the opening week.Anderlecht also drew, 2-2 at Lierse SK on Saturday, but maintained its eight-game unbeaten start to the season. The side is unbeaten in seven games away from home, including the Belgian Super Cup.last_img read more