Trinidad sinks to 105th in the world

first_img(Sportsmax) – FIFA’s latest football rankings, published this week, listed the Caribbean powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago at 105th in the world, their second-lowest in history.A Normalization Committee appointed by FIFA is charged with sorting out dire financial and administrative affairs of the TT Football Association (TTFA) but will the virus that has seen the regional giants plummet to their lowest levels all-time be tackled as well in this process?The eight-time Caribbean Football Union (CFU) champions have now spent a 10th consecutive month outside the world’s top-100.The last time T&T’s Soca Warriors were the top-rated Caribbean team on the FIFA Coca-Cola Rankings was October 2016. From 65th in the world three and a half years ago, they have steadily plunged to embarrassing levels, not good enough for a football programme that had long been regarded as the best in the Caribbean.Absorbed in a political football power war in the past year that included acrimonious election campaigning and subsequent unseating of David John-Williams (DJW) as President, T&T’s football results have been ghastly.The Coronavirus has dismantled all sporting schedules globally and maybe it’s a good thing for T&T’s football since the inactivity may have eased their fans from some more painful match results.Former England international and 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick is the new head coach, replacing Dennis Lawrence and the straight-talking ex-defender’s job is likely to be negatively impacted by the current administrative turmoil.Indeed, there are already media reports of heated exchanges Fenwick has had with the Technical team over dissatisfaction with efforts to sort out passports for foreign-born players being targeted for T&T representation.T&T’s football fraternity is divided over FIFA’s intervention that sidelined last November’s elected executive, whose attorneys Matthew Gayle and Dr Emir Crowne have now gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in an effort to annul FIFA’s intervention.FIFA’s track record globally clearly indicates they are powerful enough and have the right to intervene in any of its 211 affiliates’ administrative affairs if they are deemed not to be following the FIFA Statutes — rules and regulations – that they themselves have signed to.Opponents of the FIFA intervention in T&T reason that it was indecently done, given the fact the new executive had only been in place for three months, trying to tackle massive financial problems that were largely inherited.The fact that serious financial problems existed when John-Williams was boss and FIFA did not intervene, begs the question why didn’t they at the time? The answer is fairly obvious. John-Williams has a good relationship with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and profited from FIFA’s support and understanding.Days ahead of the November 24, 2019 TTFA elections, Infantino attended the glitzy opening of John-Williams’s biggest project, the “Home of Football” in Couva and he praised DJW as a leader displaying “wisdom and vision” with the project the FIFA President said represented “an investment in the future”.Unruffled that T&T were just coming off setting all-time records for longest losing streak, winless streak and run of games without scoring, Infantino downplayed results in a SportsMax interview with George Davis, declaring firmly that when there is a heavy investment in stability with an eye for future development it was wrong to make a “sporting result (loss)” become a “tragedy” or a “catastrophe”.Asserting obvious support for DJW’s team ahead of the TTFA Elections, Infantino defended the Home of Football investment as a building tool for the country’s football. “You need to build, you need to be stable … and that’s exactly what has been done and then the results will come because of the seriousness of the investment. We have now a solid foundation in this so that football can grow and be built and I am sure this will happen in the future with John-Williams,” Infantino said.Infantino’s “future with John-Williams” narrative was ruined by DJW’s 26-20 loss to William Wallace’s men at the TTFA polls and I suspect that as far as FIFA is concerned, the wrong men are in charge.A FIFA/CONCACAF audited study of the TTFA’s Finances in February apparently triggered the move to step in and remove the elected officials even though General Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan had reported to local media then that the mission was favourable and that FIFA were on their side.Leadership of major sporting organisations has long been about politics and power and football presidency at the global and confederation levels perfectly illustrate this.I attended a few Caribbean Football Union (CFU) congress sessions that were open to the media during Jack Warner’s reign and saw the God-like sway he held over his subjects as a FIFA Vice-President and the CONCACAF Chief.With that power, also came freedom to make unobstructed decisions, especially in a FIFA culture fashioned by Joao Havelange that while financially flourishing always had integrity question marks.Brazilian Havelange, widely considered Warner’s mentor, enjoyed a 24-year reign — before Sepp Blatter took over in 1998 – that boasted exponential football growth while never entertaining opposition. History shows you don’t fight FIFA and win so the odds are heavily against the relegated TTFA executive challenging this move by FIFA.In the meantime, T&T’s football fans deserve more from their national team. Their October 2010 ranking of 106th in a brief sojourn outside FIFA’s top-100 almost 10 years ago, is the only ever weaker ranking position than they have now. Heading for a whole year outside FIFA’s top-100 as they are now, is unheard of in T&T’s glamorous football history.How and when will the turnaround happen? Fenwick did not make it as a manager in his native England, but has had success in T&T, copping Pro League titles with Central FC (twice) and San Juan Jabloteh. He knows the T&T landscape well enough but appears short on the kind of talent that has propelled T&T’s International programme in the past.Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad, Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano along with the yet-to-be-named others on a five-member panel will have a tough job resuscitating T&T’s football, especially in this contentious climate fraught with bitterness and legal dispute.last_img read more

Algeria Moves Dead Rubber Clash with Eagles to Blida

first_imgGroup B bottom team Algeria’s only point from the qualifiers was therefore achieved in Blida.Meanwhile, Rabah Madjer has been tipped to return to make drastic changes as Algeria coach for a fourth time with his first match being the dead-rubber 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.Madjer, who will be assisted by Djamel Menad, will be expected to effect a revolution in the national team as he has been against players who have played at age-grade levels for France.Interestingly, Algeria fought back to international reckoning after they capped at full international level many players who were born in France and even played for that country’s age-group teams.Madjer’s appointment is coming a fortnight after the Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz was fired following three losses in the World Cup qualifiers.Madjer, 58, has been considered ahead of another former international 41-year-old Djamel Belmadi.The former FC Porto Madjer last worked as a coach in 2006. He has been Algeria coach in 1994-95, 1999 and 2001-2002.However, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, told SCORENigeria he hopes to line up his strongest team against Algeria even though Nigeria has already qualified for Russia 2018.Rohr said he wants to finish the qualifying campaign unbeaten and will rather parade an experimental team in a friendly after the match against Algeria. Morocco is likely to be one of Nigeria’s opponents for friendly games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERAlgeria has moved next month’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Nigeria back to Blida as they aim to salvage some national pride in this dead rubber game. The match is scheduled for November 10.The North Africans lost 1-0 to Zambia in Constantine in September after they were forced to a 1-1 draw in their opening World Cup qualifier in October 2016.last_img read more

Johnson ready for new season

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoMark Johnson can’t believe it, but it’s not even October yet and the puck is already set to drop for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team.”It’s Sept. 25, and we’re talking about hockey,” Johnson said immediately after taking the podium Monday at his first press conference of the year. “That’s a pretty good thing if you’re in the hockey business.”Johnson currently sits at the top of the hockey business, coming off a national championship locked up by his team Mar. 27, 2006 with a 3-0 victory over Border Battle rival Minnesota in the NCAA title game. The Badgers have been ranked No. 1 in the 2006-07 preseason poll for the second consecutive season.But all of that, Johnson says, is either in the past or inconsequential, and his players have already come to realize the hard work and preparation ahead for the 2006-07 season.”From what I’ve seen in the first eight or 10 days with this group, it’s a group that is very committed,” said Johnson, the 2006 AHCA Division-I Coach of the Year. “They understand what they’ve done in the past, but by the same token, they understand how they got there — what put them in position to be successful. I haven’t seen any of those things change.”Johnson said due to the fact training camp for college hockey isn’t very long, the Badgers are making the most of about 9 or 10 practices the team will conduct before the season begins Friday.”The first week of practice has been very encouraging, very upbeat and very exciting as far as looking forward to this upcoming season.”They’re in good shapeBoth the men’s and women’s hockey teams at Wisconsin won their respective national championships in the spring, and both Johnson and men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves had concerns over how their players would condition themselves over the summer.”I think Mike [Eaves] will probably attest — as he addresses you in a short period of time as he gets started — the one question I think in the back of our minds is how would the players react over the summer in regards to having a very successful season,” Johnson explained.According to Johnson, those worries were quickly put to rest upon the return of the Lady Badgers. Whether the Badger men succeeded in staying fit remains to be seen, but Johnson had good news to report on his women’s players, saying they exceeded expectations during their preseason physicals.”When our kids got back on campus, the first thing we did was test them in their conditioning and strength, and some of the questions that I had in the back of my mind got answered very quickly because this group came back in very good shape.”Bauer back againThe Badgers’ success was due largely to senior sniper Sara Bauer, who won the Patty Kazmeier Award last year as college hockey’s top women’s player in the 2005-06 campaign.Bauer led Wisconsin with 58 points on the season, earning 22 goals and a team-best 36 assists in 39 games played. The forward from St. Catherines, Ontario returns to UW, according to Johnson, as the centerpiece of a team trying to win back-to-back championships.”Any time you get a player of her magnitude back, you know it’s certainly going to help,” Johnson said of Bauer, who has been named assistant captain for the second season in a row.The 5-foot-3-inch Bauer became the first Badger in history to bring the Kazmeier trophy to Madison, something that Johnson said she takes great pride in.”She certainly understands it was a unique opportunity for her to put herself in that position,” Johnson said. “But at the same time, she’s a very intelligent young lady and understands what it took to get to that point.”She came back in great shape, very excited for her senior year.”Split decisionsIn the 2005-06 season, no Wisconsin goaltender started less than 10 games or started more than 20 games. Three Badgers split up time between the pipes, which made things difficult for opposing teams in preparing for one particular netminder.With Meghan Horras gone to graduation, senior Christine Dufour and sophomore Jessie Vetter look to carry more minutes in the upcoming year, but Johnson said there still will not be one definitive starter throughout the fall and winter.”We’ve got confidence in both of them,” Johnson said. “So we’ll use both goaltenders early on, and hopefully both can play as well as they have in the past.”Dufour has longevity and experience on her side, participating in at least 10 games over the past three seasons — totaling 36 games in all. Dufour has also crafted an impressive record of 29-5-1 in her career.But Vetter, a hometown favorite from Cottage Grove, won 11 of 12 decisions in her first year, capping the magical freshman season by earning the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honor in leading the Badgers to the title throughout the playoffs.Johnson says he will be giving plenty of opportunities to both his goaltenders, who have both shown a great amount of capability to lead the defending champions.”Christine has had three very good seasons with us,” Johnson said. “And obviously, what Jessie did the second half of last year, boosts a lot of opportunities for her to continue with her success.”It should be noted that freshman Alannah McCready rounds out the threesome of UW goaltenders, and judging from Johnson’s system, could end up playing a factor as well.last_img read more

UFC: Conor McGregor shows off his lean physique on Instagram

first_img 10 months ago Conor McGregor: Fighter’s salary, net worth and next UFC opponent COMMENT First Published: 5th November, 2019 23:46 IST 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed Also Read- UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary RevealedUFC: Conor McGregor’s rivals?In his recent Moscow press conference, Conor McGregor said that he wants to fight the winner of the BMF title first and then head towards Moscow to fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson. Jorge Masvidal has claimed the title of BMF after defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 244 and McGregor has already challenged him through Twitter but UFC President Dana White has said that they have not signed any deal yet with him. Nothing is official yet but the social media beef is on-point between UFC fighters. Also Read- Conor McGregor: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth And Next UFC OpponentAlso Read- UFC: Conor McGregor Gets Attacked In Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Russia WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US It seems that the former two-division world champion Conor McGregor is going on an overdrive to get fight-fit for his much-awaited UFC return on January 18, 2020, at Las Vegas. After staying away for a year from the sport, McGregor had recently announced that he is interested in fighting on the January 18 card but his opponent’s name is yet to be confirmed. There are a lot of speculations about his opponents but according to Mr Notorious, he doesn’t bother about his opponent and is ready to face whoever the UFC offers him.Also Read- Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson Hauls Up New UFC Title BeltUFC: Conor McGregor’s lean physiqueConor McGregor posted a photo of himself on Sunday on his Instagram handle in which he is seen sporting a lean physique and seems ready for his next fight. McGregor posted the photo along with a caption ‘Skills pay the bills. So does being a big block of granite. Let’s Go.’ While the Irishman’s return is so evident and seems practical, it is pretty obvious that UFC fans are getting impatient to know his opponent. However, there is still nothing but rumours and beef from various fighters all around the roster. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Raj Sarkar 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor could face legal charges for pub brawl in April 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor gets attacked in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Russia SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC 244: Conor McGregor requests the infamous Masvidal meal at BK Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 23:46 IST UFC: Conor McGregor Shows Off His Lean Physique On Instagram Conor McGregor wants to make his UFC return on the January 18 card in Las Vegas. He shows off a lean physique ahead of his UFC return. Know more about it.last_img read more

Tory Brexit standoff sees bookmakers revise all UK political markets

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share With the Conservative government split on how to negotiate the UK’s European Union withdrawal, bookmakers have been forced to revise all political betting markets.Hard Brexit Tory party figureheads are pressuring PM Theresa May to abandon her much-maligned ‘Chequers Common Rulebook Proposal’, as the party prepares for its Annual Conservative Conference on 30 September (ICC Birmingham).Furthermore, this week former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson published his latest Sunday Telegraph opinion piece stating that the ‘fix was in’ and that PM May’s advisory team had gone into EU negotiations ‘waving the white, whilst throwing away all Brexit advantages’.Entering the final six months of EU negotiations, Johnson has positioned himself as lead ‘Brexit rebel’, bound for a leadership collision with PM May.This week’s events have seen, Ladbrokes Politics shorten Johnson odds of being next Prime Minister from 5/1 to 9/2, with former Conservative market front-runner Jacob Rees-Mogg being pushed out to 10/1 (previous 8/1).Nevertheless, whilst Ladbrokes shorts Johnson’s PM price, Paddy Power Politics believes that the Tories fractured state, may likely lead to the calling of a ‘Second Referendum’.Paddy PowerPaddy Power Politics have cut the price on the holding a second referendum from 3/1 to 5/2 on the re-vote taking place before April 1st, but further notes that the odds of Britain getting a ‘no deal’, have also tumbled, to 11/10.Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Much like her moves in Africa, Theresa May’s Brexit plans are all over the place – and her own party is hardly in the mood for patience.“Though BoJo’s scheming does appear to be making a leadership challenge more imminent, it’s not stemming the tide of a Brexit re-vote. Who knew that leaving a multi-billion-pound economic safety net might be a major cause of concern for the financial well-being for what is, ultimately, a rather small and remote island?” Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Nicholas Skaluba sentenced 16 years to life in prison

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Nicholas Skaluba was sentenced on Wednesday. The jury found him guilty on two counts of criminal sexual conduct a month ago. He will serve 16 years to life with no chance of parole until he completes at least 16 years in prison.The court imposed lifetime monitoring of Skaluba’s location via a GPS device.Judge George Mertz said Skaluba and the victims will be impacted for the rest of their lives. Mertz said neither he nor the jury could find Skaluba’s testimony credible.“Number one, you completely contradicted everything all those other witnesses said,” Judge Mertz said to Skaluba. “Number two, and more importantly, you contradicted your own statements through text messages. In my view, you got on the stand and literally lied. You took an oath to tell the truth and lied about when you said you did not have any sexual contact with those girls.”Mertz said the victims never had a chance to fight or resist Skaluba’s advances when they were drugged. The victims teared up as they gave their final statements. One of them said her assault invaded every aspect of her life, but said she’s hopeful for the future.Skaluba stood and gave a final statement to the court. He said he acknowledged his mistakes. Watch Nicholas Skaluba’s final statement below.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious As businesses pop-up, firefighters update pre-fire plansNext Alpena High School students create exhibit to commemorate the Holocaustlast_img read more

Lionel Messi hails 400 goals for Barcelona and Argentina

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined” scoring over 400 goals in his remarkable career.The four-time world player of the year, 27, passed the landmark with a brace in the Spanish side’s 6-0 home win over Granada on Saturday.The Argentina captain headed in his 400th goal for club and country and then stroked in his 401st late on.”It’s like Messi was touched by a magic wand,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.”I don’t think if we added together the goals we have scored on the playground it would reach 400,” Enrique told journalists in his post-match news conference.Messi has scored 359 goals for Barcelona since making his debut in 2004, plus 42 strikes for Argentina, in 506 career appearances. He is already widely considered as one of the all-time greatest players after being instrumental in helping Barcelona win 21 trophies, including six La Ligas and three Champions Leagues, in the past decade.He has also won a host of individual honours including four consecutive Ballon d’Ors, the trophy given to the world’s best player, between 2009 and 2012.”I never imagined I could achieve anything like this in my career,” said Messi on his official Facebook page. “I’ll continue working hard to reach more targets.”Messi also helped set up three goals against Granada as unbeaten Barca, who finished as runners-up last season, moved top of La Liga after six matches.last_img read more

Lionel Messi strikes twice to leave Arsenal hopes hanging by a thread

first_imgLionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona to leave Arsenal’s Champions League hopes hanging by a thread in the Champions League last 16.Lionel Messi struck a brace as Barcelona’s late show saw them secure a 2-0 victory at Arsenal and take a commanding grip of this Champions League last-16 tie.The visitors rolled into town boasting the much-heralded MSN in attack but they were largely nullified in the first half as Arsene Wenger’s game-plan to restrict and counter appeared to be working.The hosts were resolute and organised in defence and it showed as the Catalans failed to muster an effort on target in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time since November 2013. Arsenal could have capped their positive display with a goal but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fluffed an early opening.It proved to be costly as Barcelona grew as the game wore on and typically it was the combination of Barca’s triumvirate that broke the home side’s hearts with 19 minutes to go. It took just 16 seconds for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Messi to ruthlessly break on the hosts, with the Argentine providing a composed finish to net his first ever goal against Petr Cech.Arsenal’s hopes were all-but completely dashed seven minutes from the end when substitute Mathieu Flamini’s first act was to bring down Messi, giving the Argentine the chance to fire a cool spot kick into the left-hand corner. The result leaves the Gunners on the verge of an exit after losing a last-16 home match by a two-goal margin for the fourth time in a row. Realistically Arsenal needed to take an advantage to the Nou Camp for the second leg on March 16 and will now surely just go through the motions as the holders look to put the seal on their march into the last eight.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Former Mason City Police Department employee pleads guilty to taking prescription drugs from drop-off site

first_imgMASON CITY — A former administrative assistant with the Mason City Police Department charged with illegally possessing prescription drugs has received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty.43-year-old Melinda Severs of Dumont was accused of taking prescription medication that was dropped off at the Police Department, which is a disposal location for unused and unwanted medications, and putting it in her backpack. A search warrant was executed on Severs’ office where tablets of hydrocodone from the controlled delivery were allegedly located inside a pill bottle with the defendant’s name on it inside the backpack.Severs was charged with two serious misdemeanors for prescription drug possession. Online court records indicate she pleaded guilty to one of the two charges on Monday in Cerro Gordo County District Court.Judge Adam Sauer issued a deferred judgment, meaning that the conviction will be cleared from Severs’ record if she successfully completes her sentence. Sauer sentenced her to 365 days of probation and issued a $315 civil penalty.last_img read more

Find out which Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha referred to as “Bowler’s Captain”

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/RediffAdvertisement d333zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv3r3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ugj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3qri7Would you ever consider trying this?😱x35Can your students do this? 🌚m5oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Last week, Team India bowler Pragyan Ojha announced his retirement from all formats of the game. The Hyderabad cricket team star didn’t become a regular member of the international squad, but the four years he spent donning the Men in Blue jersey, Ojha was mostly under the leadership of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Revered among fans as one of the best captains of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni didn’t miss any appraisal from Ojha either, as the spinner referred him as “Bowler’s Captain”.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/RediffPragyan Ojha made his internatioanl debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2008, just a year after MS Dhoni took the role of captain for Team India. The 18 ODI and 24 Test cap holder, Ojha had the experience of going shoulder to shoulder with Dhoni across all formats, and revealed that the former captain was a mentor for the Indian bowling squad on field.In a recent interview, Ojha recalled his five years of international career, when he was in his best form, and was under Dhoni’s captainship. When asked about MS Dhoni, Ojha complimented the iconic wicket keeping batsman for his understanding with the bowlers.Advertisement “He (Dhoni) was a bowler’s captain. I strongly believe that a bowler should have a captain who understands him.” Ojha told reporters.Dhoni is renowned for his reserved and calm headed approach, which in turn was a boon for the bowlers, as Ojha stated the same.Advertisement “A lot of bowlers praise Dhoni because of the dimensions he gives you, things that he helps you with like placing the field, keeping your mind clear which are important when you play high-intensity games,” the 33 year old added.Ojha’s last international appearance was in 2013, where he played in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match against West Indies, striking a marvellous 10 wicket haul. He was also prolific in the Indian Premier League sides Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians, and won the purple cap in the 2010 season, a year after he won the title with DC.Dhoni, who is on a hiatus from international cricket since the 2019 world cup, will be back in action in the 2020 Indian Premier League.Also read-See the thoughtful retirement letter Pragyan Ojha penned after signing out from professional cricketDate revealed for MSD’s IPL 2020 training camp to begin! Advertisementlast_img read more