Big job for Young

first_img – 8:40 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Reno – Montego Bay Sports Complex Paul Young Sr is not the product of a virgin birth, but he is being viewed by many as the equivalent of the football messiah, especially for Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) club Waterhouse, which he is expected to save. Having recorded the fewest wins, the most losses joint with 11th-placed Rivoli, scored the second fewest goals, only bettering the goal-shy Cavalier, and conced the third highest number of goals, a position they share with today’s opponents Tivoli Gardens, Waterhouse are really in need of a saviour. Young is an accomplished man, having distinguished himself at the high school, university and national levels as a player, and having followed suit at the club level, especially locally. This job, though, may just be his biggest yet as he has not before worked miracles. The much-travelled Calvert Fitzgerald failed to raise Waterhouse’s game from the dead. The loyal Anthony Patrick has since stepped in, but things have not improved at all. In fact, they are a little worse as the club is now firmly rooted at the bottom of the table after 16 games in the season. Young appears unwilling to speak about the current situation and what the future holds, but is perhaps taking inspiration from Humble Lions, who, last year this time, had less than 10 points, but ended up challenging for the title. Games between both teams have always been competitive and, according to Tivoli Gardens assistant coach Damion Gordon, this one could go either way. “History will play a big part in this game. Over the years, games between these two teams have been intense, and it did not matter where on the table one or both of the teams were,” Gordon said. – 3 p.m: Portmore United vs Boys Town – Juici Park, Clarendon – 3 p.m: UWI FC vs Cavalier – UWI Bowl, Mona – 3 p.m: Rivoli vs Humble Lion – Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens – Drewsland Stadium – 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Harbour View – Anthony Spaulding Complex Today’s games: Tomorrow’s game:last_img read more

England have a new prince – and his name is Harry

first_imgCritics were sharpening their pencils. He had never won a trophy with Tottenham. He had never scored in a major tournament. He had failed to find the net in four appearances at Euro 2016 and in the big Champions League matches against the likes of Real Madrid.Kane, scorer of a remarkable 59 Premier League goals in the past two seasons, was even goaded by a Russian reporter in the pre-match press conference about his lack of silverware.“Maybe I’ll be sitting here in four weeks with the big gold one,” he quipped back.He had a score to settle and all he needed was two opportunities on Monday at the Volgograd Arena, just two strikes on target.He scored both, the second in breathless fashion with a clever, composed, far-post header as the clock ticked past 90 minutes to give England a precious 2-1 win.On the biggest stage of all, it had taken him just 11 minutes to open his account as England swept forward in waves.John Stones’s header was clawed out by goalkeeper Mouez Hassen and the ultimate poacher Kane was there to volley home the rebound sweetly.“It was him who was always there at the right time,” admitted Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul, whose defenders had spent most of the match wrestling Kane to the ground to keep him quiet.Tunisia lost track of Kane only twice from set pieces in 91 minutes. It cost them two goals, and the match. “He is the optimal striker,” said Maaloul.Kane was less enthused about his treatment, but knows he is a marked man and can expect more of the same as the tournament progresses.– Compelling stats –Harry Kane scored in the 91st minute for England “I was a bit disappointed by the referee not saying anything on corners, I couldn’t get them off me,” Kane said. “But all we can do is get on with the game.”Kane largely disappeared for the 80 minutes that separated his goals, but he has that indefinable quality that elevates great strikers above the rest — he will always, somehow, find a way to earn one last chance, and one is generally all he needs.“In the back of our minds, we thought that it could be one of those days where it doesn’t go our way,” Kane admitted after the match.“But that’s why you work so hard, so you can go to 90-plus minutes to win a game. We got lucky and we got the goal in the end.”He is now on the path to joining the company of England World Cup legends.The last man to score twice for England in a World Cup match was 1986 Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker, against Cameroon in Italia 90.And in one match Kane now has doubled the World Cup goals tally of England’s record scorer Wayne Rooney, who played in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.Kane’s stats are compelling: he has eight goals in the six games he has worn the England armband, 11 in his past eight games for the Three Lions.“If he hadn’t scored, I’d be answering questions about his ability to score in tournament football,” said Southgate, almost tired of people doubting Kane’s ability.“The only thing he hasn’t done now is score in August. He’s moved every other barrier, and I’m personally delighted for him.”There will be harder battles ahead, Belgium lie in wait after Panama on Sunday.But Monday was a dream start for Harry, England’s new prince.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane celebrates after England won their World Cup opener against Tunisia© AFP Nicolas ASFOURIVOLGOGRAD, Russia, June 19- Harry Kane rose emphatically to the World Cup challenge in England’s opening match against Tunisia, scoring a last-gasp winner to give Gareth Southgate’s side lift-off in Russia.It was a remarkable World Cup debut for Kane, who bore the added pressure of the captain’s armband and the weight of a nation on his 24-year-old shoulders.last_img read more

De Bruyne relaxed over City talks

first_imgKevin De Bruyne Don’t stress it – De Bruyne relaxed over initial Man City contract talks Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 17:33 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Manchester City v Napoli UEFA Champions League Club director Txiki Begiristain has spoken to the Belgium midfielder’s agent regarding a new deal at the Etihad Stadium Kevin De Bruyne is happy to focus on extending his fabulous form on the field, with preliminary talks over a new contract at Manchester City having already taken place.KDB 11/10 to score v BurnleyThe Belgium international impressed once more as Pep Guardiola’s side made it three wins out of three in Champions League Group F on Tuesday, holding out for a pulsating 2-1 triumph over Napoli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ahead of the match, De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster stated he would seek to use the astronomical wages paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as benchmarks when discussing fresh terms with the Premier League leaders.Neymar is reported to earn €600,000 per week at the Parc des Princes, while City are understood to have De Bruyne on a current weekly wage in the region of £115,000.The 26-year-old is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2021 and, speaking after he set up Gabriel Jesus’ decisive goal against Napoli, he confirmed De Koster has met with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain to set the wheels in motion on an extension.”My agent went already one time to Txiki,” he said. “Talks are coming.”I’m patient anyway, I don’t stress it. I think I read something in the press [about his contract] but I have time.”Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityDe Bruyne is similarly at ease when it comes to assessing the hype around a succession of acclaimed showings for City, which culminated in Guardiola fielding questions comparing his midfielder’s talents to Lionel Messi before the Napoli match.”I don’t care,” he said. “I have to do the things that I do.”In football you are going to have highs and lows. In football you have to live in the middle.”I come home and just do what I always do, no matter if it’s a good game or a bad game. I just like to enjoy my football, that’s a big part of me.”I put a lot of passion in what I do and I like to win.”The precision low cross for Jesus in the 13th minute marked De Bruyne’s seventh assist in all competitions this season.His impeccable deliveries during last weekend’s demolition of Stoke City were the talking point of a 7-2 win where the ex-Wolfsburg man did not actually get on the scoresheet himself.Being cast as his team’s chief provider is a role De Bruyne has long relished.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Champions League“Obviously, the team knows better and better the way I play [but] I think if you check my assists, what I did before in Germany and Belgium, a lot of times it’s the same,” he said.”The way I think is it’s great to get a player in a scoring position. If I can give that ball I will give it because I think at that time in the game it’s the right pass for me.”De Bruyne clattered the crossbar with a fine strike against the Serie A pacesetters, part of an eventful outing that also featured him exchanging cross words with colleagues David Silva and Fernandinho.A late first-half booking was the source of the playmaker’s ire, with his senior team-mates bearing the brunt as he sought to remonstrate with the fourth official at half-time.But De Bruyne was happy to report the trio’s midfield marriage was quickly back on track.”We had a little discussion at the time, it happens,” he added. “There’s nothing wrong. After one minute, it’s over.”At home I get some arguments with my wife. I think it’s normal.”last_img read more