Lawrence: Greatest moment of my life

first_imgIt has now been 20 years since Jamaica’s historic appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France. Some of the members of that team recall some of the memories of that campaign for The Sunday Gleaner’s Rachid Parchment. Aaron ‘Wild Boy’ Lawrence was the understudy to captain and national goalkeeper Warren Barrett during Jamaica’s 1998 FIFA World Cup campaign. Although he did not get as much playing time as Barrett, he cherishes the memory of that tournament as a groin injury to the captain meant Lawrence got his chance to play in Jamaica’s 2-1 win over Japan. Rachid Parchment: What was your reaction at the final whistle on the day Jamaica got the 0-0 draw with Mexico to qualify for France 98? Aaron Lawrence: On that day, I was over the moon to know I’m a part of a team going to the World Cup. We made a dream become real and we got there. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me in my life. RP: How much did that qualifying campaign unify the nation? AL: Throughout the whole campaign, everyone was like a family in Jamaica. Seeing people up and down the road with their flags, travelling from various parts of the country to come to the National Stadium to be a part of history, it was a joy for me to be a part of that moment. RP: Were you nervous about what it would be like to perform on that stage? AL: It was exciting to be there, to get to France and see all the different things and all the people. They welcomed us, and it was exciting. I even told my roommate, Robbie Earle, I was going to play in the final game. They said I was going to start in the first game (against Croatia), but it didn’t happen. So I said whenever I get a chance, I’m going to show Jamaica and the world that I am one of the nation’s best keepers ever. I proved it to them in the last game against Japan. RP: What else did you discuss with Earle? AL: I said to him before the Croatia game, ‘Robbie, yuh know yuh gwain score today? And when you score, you better salute me ’cause I tell yuh, yuh gwain score.’ And it happened. So it was fun for us. No one expected us to be there, and no one expected us to do well. So we just went to have a grand time. RP: Did you have culture shock being in France? AL: Yeah, man! There was a lot of different things we saw there. In the community we were based, people painted a house in black, green, and gold. It was overwhelming for us to see how the people reacted to us. It was a great feeling – travelling to different places and seeing how people react to you. RP: What was your feeling throughout the Japan game? AL: I thought, ‘We can’t lose this game.’ We targeted Japan because we said if we don’t win against Croatia and Argentina, which we knew was going be tough, Japan are not supposed to beat us. It was their first time at the World Cup, and we were more powerful in the football world back then. I told myself, ‘They can’t score on me.’ Even when they got that ‘fluke goal’, I was upset because it was poor marking, but afterwards, we tightened up and said we’re not giving up any more. We’re going to lock shop, and that’s what we did. That was one of the highest and greatest moments of my life. I have a son and a daughter, but in a football sense, it was the greatest moment of my life.last_img read more

Jagdeo tells Diaspora of assault on democracy in Guyana

first_imgLeader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo has orated that there is an attack on democracy in Guyana and more specifically supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).Jagdeo made this assertion at a gathering of Guyanese living in New York and assured them that the PPP/C will win the General Elections in 2020.“Guyana needs a spirit of community to ensure that we defend our people through these dark times. There is an assault on democracy, on the people of Indian origin and there is an assault on the supporters of the PPP…” he declared.Stating that he never imagined that Guyana would return to the days of “dictatorship,” Jagdeo asserted that in just one short year it hadOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoreturned with “full force” and even worse, in some regards, than the Burnham era.“…from snatching peoples’ land that had transport, to the passage of new laws… the budget this year, and 140 new taxes were increased and largely targeting poor people, but mainly rural poor. And you know who live in the rural areas, it is mainly our supporters,” he added.Jagdeo has been constantly berating the Government for taking the country backwards, stating that they have no vision for development. He lambasted them about the slothfulness of the economy and the passage of bills that he believes would hamper growth, and not serve the people.“Our country has taken a turn for the worse…it is something that we have to live with, we are going to work hard and when the elections come again we are going to take back Guyana,” he declared.last_img read more

Amonde, Nelson Oyoo back in Shujaa team

first_img0Shares0000Nelson Oyoo offloads a pass during a Kenya Sevens training session at the RFUEA Ground on March 28, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Former skipper Andrew Amonde and speedstar Nelson Oyoo are among the senior players who have returned to the Kenya Sevens team ahead of next month’s Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the World Sevens Series.Also coming back to the team is Kabras Sugar’s Dan Sikuta and Homeboyz’s Jeff Oluoch as the team looks to stem the tide of facing the relegation axe following a tough start to the season. The team will miss the services of regular skipper Jacob Ojee who has been ruled out with school commitments.“I am happy that we have the experienced players back in the team and they will help the team earn points in the remaining legs,” head coach Paul Murunga said.Kenya Rugby Union vice Chair Thomas Opiyo also says the rest of the experienced players are still welcome to the team and is optimistic they will be back before the end of the season.“We are talking to everyone and we have been since January,” Opiyo said.Full Squad: Daniel Taabu, Vincent Onyala, Oscar Dennis, Augustine Lugonzo, Shaddock Munoko, Bush Mwale, Mark Wandetto, Andrew Amonde, Johnstone Olindi, Dan Sikuta, Nelson Oyoo, Jeff Oluoch, Eden Agero0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ribery missed due to ‘injections fear’

first_imgBut Le Gall now claims that Ribery could have played if the France team had listened to him rather than another doctor, while he also said Ribery’s own fears hampered his willingness to take such a route.“Franck belongs to a club where the treatment for all problems, whatever they are, starts from a base of injections,” said Le Gall.“He can have 10, 20, 25, 40 per problem, per year. We could have chosen this option, which we didn’t do.“The time came when he couldn’t cope with any more injections, so we didn’t do it because he’s afraid of injections.“There was no reason for him not to play at the World Cup but seeing as I’m less well known than certain others, they went to Professor Saillant,” said Le Gall, in reference to the sports medicine specialist who has treated the likes of rugby star Dan Carter and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.“The exam at the clinic was very reassuring with Professor Saillant but he didn’t manage to get past the pain and we didn’t find any solutions for him to play with pain.“He has a lumbago (lower back pain) which has been going on for a few weeks. He had a three-week rest and then played one match he shouldn’t have (the German Cup final) where he came on (as a substitute) before having to go off again.”Le Gall said that if Ribery rests over the summer he will need six to eight weeks to recover, which should allow him to be fit for the start of the new Bundesliga season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIBEIRÃO PRETO, June 13 – Franck Ribery could have played at the World Cup if he wasn’t afraid of injections, the France team’s doctor Franck Le Gall claimed Thursday.A week ago Bayern Munich star Ribery pulled out of the World Cup due to a back injury that virtually stopped him running.last_img read more

Two South Peace organizations get gaming grant funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A parent advisory committee in Chetwynd and the South Peace Child Development Society in Dawson Creek are two of 60 non-profit organizations in B.C. getting funding through the Community Gaming Grants program.The Little Prairie Elementary School Parent Advisory Council in Chetwynd will be getting $36,000 towards the construction of a new playground. The South Peace Child Development Society will be receiving $16,200 to upgrade its heating and ventilation system. The government is also giving $175,000 to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George to install a snowmaking system.“I have personally experienced the positive impact that not-for-profit organizations have in strengthening communities, and I consider it vitally important that our government supports their work,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “The first round of community gaming grants for capital projects generated tremendous enthusiasm and I am impressed by the quality and diversity of applications. Congratulations to all!”- Advertisement -In total, the Province is investing $5 million in non-profit organizations undertaking capital projects.last_img read more

Lopez Obrador backers seize toll booths

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Supporters of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador briefly took over highway toll booths Tuesday, giving thousands of motorists free passage to the capital as they escalated their demands for a full recount in July’s close election. A day before electoral officials were to begin a partial recount, Lopez Obrador’s die-hard backers were becoming more radicalized and said they were ready for a protracted fight. But the fiery former Mexico City mayor who ran his campaign on improving the lot of millions of poor has lost supporters who were turned off by his blockade of the city center. Some fear that while Lopez Obrador has urged his followers to remain peaceful, he might not be able to prevent demonstrations from erupting in violence. The protesters say they will not give up until they get a ballot-by-ballot review, setting the stage for a battle that could last weeks or even months. “We are here for democracy and we are not leaving,” said Armando Bolanos, 49, of a group representing migrants, farmers, small labor unions, academics and business owners. “If they kick us out, we’ll come back.” The Federal Electoral Tribunal has until Sept. 6 to declare a president-elect or annul the election. Fox is scheduled to leave office Dec. 1 after serving his one, six-year, term. Jose del Valle, a 60-year-old union leader manning a protest tent on Mexico City’s stylish Reforma Avenue, a main thoroughfare that passes through the city’s center, said the movement “is going to go as far as the people want it to go.” But he said demonstrators wanted to avoid violence. “We don’t want a revolution,” he said. “We want peace. … but if the authorities insist on maintaining the fraud, violence could break out in some parts (and) they’re going to be responsible for whatever happens.” Some question how long Lopez Obrador can maintain support for a movement that has brought traffic to a standstill on main thoroughfares and caused losses in the millions of dollars.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe seizure of the toll booths prompted President Vicente Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, to threaten for the first time the use of force. But demonstrators backed off before that could happen, abandoning the booths shortly after the end of morning rush hour. An official in Lopez Obrador’s party said the seizure of toll booths was the start of a week of new protests across the nation. Lopez Obrador activists who gathered in front of the nation’s top electoral court Monday night raised their fists in defiance and chanted “revolution.” They are likely to become even more angry after a partial recount, which is expected to confirm ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon’s slight lead. The recount will start today and will wrap up by Sunday. It will review the ballots at 9 percent of the country’s 130,000 polling places. The court has denied demonstrators’ demands for a full recount, saying it would go against Mexican law. last_img read more

Maguire compared to ‘amateur’ Sunday league players after showing vs Liverpool

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 20.74%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Rashford is congratulated by Maguire after scoring against Liverpool Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart blasted Harry Maguire after Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool – saying he could find amateur players capable of doing as well as the England defender.Maguire once again marshalled the defence as Marcus Rashford’s controversial first half strike gave United the lead, before Adam Lallana’s first Liverpool goal in 18 months made it 1-1 to earn the Premier League leaders a point at Old Trafford. 1 Preston vs Leeds (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Ajax vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs Hull (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Genk vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPartizan Belgrade vs Manchester United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Simon Jordan calls Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘a small-time manager’However, Van der Vaart was left unimpressed with what he saw from Maguire and went on to strongly criticise the England international after the match.“He can do something, but if he is worth so much money, Virgil van Dijk is worth £300million,” he told Dutch TV channel Ziggo.“If I am going to play with the amateurs on Sunday afternoon, I can easily find three who can do this. I mean that seriously.“A bit silly to say, but I really think so.”This is not the first time Van der Vaart has singled out Maguire, having labelled him the worst player on the pitch during England’s Nations League derby by the Netherlands in June.“It’s funny because during the Nations League, I was doing work for Dutch television,” he continued.“And I remember we were saying Harry Maguire was by far the worst player on the pitch.center_img “And then two months later, £80-£90m? Unbelievable.”Maguire moved to Old Trafford in the summer for £80m, a world-record fee for a defender, to become the third signing of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era after Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Back in September, ex-United captain Roy Keane spoke about the concerns he still had over Maguire“I think he’s done OK,” said Keane on ITV. “We were talking about how good he is on the ball, but defensively I still think he’s… I still have one or two question marks over him.“I always worry about his pace on the turn.“I remember the first goal against Crystal Palace where he’s not doing the basics, covering round his other centre-half.“Listen, he’s 26 years of age now, you’re worried if you’re pointing these things out to him.” Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LIVE on talkSPORTlast_img read more

Mourinho accidentally taken out by Spurs man Winks on Man United return

first_img Mourinho was fine to continue the game! Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ update 3 Winks was yellow-carded for this challenge on James AFP or licensors latest LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS rookie error PEP TALK He is now in charge of Tottenham, who Man United are facing in the Premier League on Wednesday night.The game got off to a frenetic start with the home side taking the lead after just six minutes through Marcus Rashford’s strike.Jesse Lingard dispossessed Davinson Sanchez in a dangerous area, the ball falling to Rashford who beat Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post.And moments later, Mourinho inadvertently found himself in the thick of the action when a flying challenge from Harry Winks led to Mourinho taking a knock. Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Winks clattered into Man United winger Daniel James, who could not help but crash straight into Mourinho.Mourinho was briefly nursing his right leg but James was in a worse state, needing attention from the club’s physio for some moments before being allowed to continue.Spurs hit back shortly before half-time through man of the moment Dele Alli’s well-taken strike, however.center_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 3 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future deals appointed Can Mourinho get one over on his former club? Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford was never going to be low key was it?The Portuguese is at Manchester United for the first time since he was sacked as manager in December 2018. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Welcome back to Old Trafford, Jose 😅#PLonPrime #MUNTOT— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 4, 2019last_img read more

Warriors boss Rennie wants consistency over dangerous play

first_img“I just want to make sure there’s consistency around this. If people get hurt in the head, regardless if it’s intentional or not, it’s the same punishment. Stuart Hogg: Returning to Warriors action. SNS Group“We’ve got to get this out of our game – obviously we’ve got to look at tackle techniques and the way guys are carrying the ball. “But as long as there’s consistency we’re happy with the decision and the hearing that we got.”In October, Saracens centre Alex Lozowski was banned for two weeks for entering a ruck dangerously against the Glasgow side, but the England international was cleared over the charge of a dangerous tackle on Ruaridh Jackson.Rennie said: ”It’s not an easy job for the referee, but you have a citing commissioner to deal with these sort of things.“If there’s contact with the head then it should be dealt with the same in every case.”The Warriors welcome back a host of Scotland internationals for Saturday’s cup match in France.Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Adam Hastings are amongst those who return to the starting 15, with Rennie making 12 changes to the team which defeated Scarlets.”We’ve picked this side based on recent form for us and for country,” Rennie said.“Obviously we are excited, we freshened them up last week, a few of them got a bit of sun in Dubai but they were all back in time to watch us play on Saturday.“We’ve prepared well and looking forward to it.“A win is essential. If we lose, it’s a battle. The next two weeks are massive for us. “If we can get the job done it’d be great to come home and have another crack at Lyon, so it’s important.”Glasgow sit second in Pool Three on five points, while Lyon bottom on zero. Allan will miss the back-to-back Champions Cup games against Lyon and the first of two 1872 Cup derbies against Edinburgh in the league.Dave Rennie: Calling for consistency. SNSWhen asked if his player was fortunate not to be suspended for longer, Rennie told STV: ”To be honest, it was clumsy. “They say any contact with the head starts at six weeks. “Obviously he has an exemplary record around discipline so it got halved. Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has called for consistency in punishments for dangerous play after Alex Allan was banned for three games following his red card against Scarlets.The loose head prop was sent off less than a third of the way into the Warriors’ PRO 14 match following a challenge on Jake Ball.He was this week found guilty of “an act of foul play with contact to the head”. He could have been banned for six games, but the 28-year-old’s punishment was halved after accepting the red card and due to his good record. last_img read more

Matt McMahon Summer Youth Camps Set

first_imgOnline registration is at, or parents can fill out the sign-up form and mail to: Murray State University. Matt McMahon Basketball Camp, LLC. 1401 State Route 121 North. Murray, Ky. 42071. Youth Camp 1 (June 19-22) runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is for ages 7-17.  Thursday’s final day of camp will end at Noon.  The cost of Youth Camp 1 is $190. “The goal of our camps is to instruct young players in the fundamentals of the game while providing a fun environment for our campers.  We will have an experienced staff of instructors, including many former and current Murray State players. Through daily drills, competitions, and games, campers can count on an exciting and rewarding week with the Racers.” The first of three camps (June 5-8) is a mini-camp for children ages 5-7 with activities running from 9 a.m. to Noon. The cost is $95 per child. Lunch is provided Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday as part of the camp fee for Youth Camps 1 and 2. Youth Camp 2 (July 31-Aug 2) is a three-day camp for kids age 7-to those entering the 7th grade and the cost is $165. Youth Camp 2 will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt, basketball, and certificate of participation. “We’re looking forward to another great summer of basketball camps at the CFSB Center,” the Murray State men’s basketball coach stated. The schedule for the 2017 Matt McMahon Basketball Camps has been set. Both boys and girls are welcome to attend all of the camps. For more information, contact the MSU Basketball Office at (270) 809-6804 or email: msu.basketballcamp@murraystate.edulast_img read more