As the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.
Before that, Reno were left counting their lucky stars when referee Karl Tyrell turned down a penalty shout from Humble Lion, when a defender obstructed the forward run of Kirk Duckworth into the area. The draw kept Humble Lion fourth in the 12-team points table on 40 points, while Reno are doing their best to avoid the relegation battle. They have 31 points, two places above the red zone. “I am not altogether disappointed. Today (yesterday), I thought we played a good game. We were a little unlucky, but that’s part of the game,” said Michael Graham, the FC Reno coach. “We still aren’t putting away our chances and that is hurting us, but we are confident that we will survive the scrap heap this time around,” added Graham. WESTERN BUREAU: Injury-prone Levaughn Williams scored as Humble Lion FC earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex in yesterday’s round of matches of the Red Stripe Premier League. Williams told The Gleaner after the drawn encounter that his team was in the right frame of mind to hold on to a semi-final spot. “It was a difficult game. Reno played us hard as they are battling relegation and we are seeking to hold on to fourth or climb as high as we can in the table with the semi-finals around the corner,” the attacking midfielder said. The former national representative scored in the 53rd minute to cancel out Roshane Sharpe’s 16th minute strike for the hosts. FC Reno’s goalie Joel Johnson raced off his line to collect a through pass into the area, but Williams poked the ball around Johnson before slamming the ball home for the equaliser. Williams said he was delighted to have scored, but felt Humble Lion deserved the three points. “This is just us building towards our end of season goal, which is to become Red Stripe Premier League champions for the first time. But that will not happen until we hold our position in the top four and then move from there and, of course, win the final should we get there,” Williams said. The game was there for the taking for either team, and in stoppage time, FC Reno came close when right-back Shamar Bernard struck a fierce shot but found the firm hands of Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis. NO PENALTY AWARDED
PARIS (AP):With his federation embattled by widespread doping allegations that could lead to a reshuffle of Olympic and World Championship podiums for more than a decade, International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack defended his organisation’s anti-doping record and dismissed the accusations as a “joke” yesterday.Diack, who will be stepping down later this month after 15 years at the helm of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), also questioned the timing of the reports, which came out three weeks before the track and field World Championships in Beijing, which run from August 22-30.”They are playing with the idea of a redistribution of medals,” Diack said at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Kuala Lumpur. “It’s possible, if we prove with the new techniques at our disposal that someone doped. Otherwise, it’s a joke. Just three weeks before the World Championships, there is something behind.”Thousands of filesDiack spoke after German broadcasting outlet ARD and the Sunday Times newspaper in Britain said they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes. The leaked files came from the database of the IAAF.The report found that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.The Sunday Times said that 10 medals at the 2012 London Olympics were won by athletes with suspicious results, and that in some finals, every athlete in the medal positions had recorded a dubious blood test.”There is a film and a newspaper who are asking questions,” said Diack. “We are going to answer them all, but it’s not (just) because someone has a suspicious profile once that he was doped. When people say that there are medals to be redistributed from 2001 to 2012, it’s just a farce.”The IOC has previously stripped medals from athletes who have been retroactively found guilty of doping offenses dating back to the time of the Games. The IOC also stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years for possible retesting.IOC president Thomas Bach said it is up to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate the allegations, including that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships from 2001 to 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious blood tests.”If there should be cases involving results at Olympic Games, the IOC will react with zero tolerance with our usual policy,” Bach said. “But at this time, we have nothing more than allegations. We have to respect the presumption of innocence of the athletes.”Diack, who also suggested that the allegations were timed to overshadow the IAAF presidential election on August 19 that will pit Sebastian Coe against Sergei Bubka, did not specify which countries could be interested in a redistribution of medals.His comments appeared to leave former WADA President Dick Pound perplexed.”I’m not sure what he meant. Whether he’s worried about it’s too long, too late to do some of those, or who knows,” said Pound, who is heading a WADA commission investigating earlier allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russia, particularly in track and field.Anti-doping scientist Robin Parisotto, who reviewed the data obtained by the media outlets from the period covering 2001 to 2012 with blood doping expert Michael Ashenden, has been critical of the IAAF, saying many athletes appeared to have doped with impunity.Diack denied any wrongdoing by his federation, claiming that the IAAF “has done everything for doping control” over that specific period.”No one has been destabilised; we are stronger than that,” he said. “Everything that has been done in the fight against doping has been made by IAAF.”The reports also alleged that more than 80 of Russia’s medals were won by athletes with suspicious tests, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes. ARD said it has evidence of human growth hormones being used by Russian runners.The Russian athletics federation said it was “disturbed by the seriousness of the allegations”.
LONDON (AP): If things get any worse, Jose Mourinho might not last much longer in the Chelsea dugout. Chelsea, who host Liverpool tomorrow expressed their “full support” in their most successful manager at the start of October. The public vote of confidence didn’t initiate a change in fortune, however. The team has only one win in four games since and Mourinho’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic. He’s facing a stadium ban over his latest misconduct charge for confronting match officials. Until now, Mourinho seemed to be the byword for success. But this season the Portuguese coach has the London club in a scrap at the bottom of the standings rather than in a more familiar elevated position. Since cruising to the Premier League title in May, Chelsea have lost half of their 10 games. Mourinho can’t even count on the cups. Stoke eliminated the Blues from the League Cup on Tuesday and they have only four points from a possible nine so far in the group stage of the Champions League. After taking on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. And the Blues might have to cope in both games without Diego Costa unless the striker can return from a rib injury. Although Chelsea are 15th in the standings, they would draw level on points with Liverpool, who are currently ninth, with a win tomorrow. Liverpool are hoping to have Christian Benteke fit for the trip to Stamford Bridge after the forward missed Wednesday’s League Cup win over Bournemouth with a hamstring problem. Although that game ended Juergen Klopp’s search for a first win as Liverpool manager, the German has still only two draws in the league. ARSENAL INJURIES Less than three months into the season, Arsene Wenger is already grappling with an injury-depleted Arsenal squad – after signing no outfield players in the transfer window. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this week joined an injury list which includes Danny Welbeck (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring). In Tuesday’s League Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday, Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off after five minutes with a hamstring problem and his replacement, Walcott, soon went off with a calf complaint. “We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break,” Wenger said. That means they will be out for at least three weeks, missing tomorrow’s trip to Swansea, the Champions League game at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the north London derby against Tottenham. Arsenal, though, are only being kept off the top of the standings on goal difference by Manchester City, who host Norwich tomorrow. SHOT-SHY UNITED After two games without scoring – including extra time of the League Cup loss to second-tier club Middlesbrough – Manchester United are in need of goals against Crystal Palace tomorrow. In the 10 league games so far, United has managed only 105 efforts on goal, which equates to 10.5 shots per match. By contrast, Arsenal are averaging 19.6 shots per game, according to the Press Association. “There’s a lack of creativity and risk,” former United midfielder Paul Scholes told the BBC. “It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems (United manager Louis van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.” United are fourth in the standings behind West Ham on goal difference.
HOBART, Australia (CMC):Fast-bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is seeking to fire up underdogs West Indies who face top-ranked Australia in the first of three Test matches from this evening (Caribbean time).Ambrose, the bowling consultant, is insisting that the West Indies have the manpower to challenge the home side in the three-match rubber following their humiliating 10-wicket loss to an inexperienced Cricket Australia X1.Australia defeated West Indies 2-0 in their last series played in the Caribbean earlier this year.”Even though we lost 2-0, there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never really finished them off,” recalled Ambrose.”So we believe we can compete, and not only compete, but we believe we can beat them, and that’s our focus: to beat Australia. Not just to compete but to win and, being the underdogs, sometimes it’s good to be that way.”The Caribbean side was able to avoid an innings defeat against the young Cricket Australia’s X1 on the strength of a stubborn partnership between Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.But their defeat has forced former players and commentators to question their confidence going into the opening Test at Hobart.However, the former fast bowler is insisting that given the expectation of the Australian public, the home side is the one under pressure to perform.”We have nothing to lose. As far as we are concerned, Australia is the one under pressure. They have to beat us because Australians expect them to steamroll us. So they are the ones under pressure, not us,” he said.”We’re here to do a job and we’re going to make a good job of it. We’re not going to worry about what has been said about us not being a good team or not going to compete and games being over in three days and all that kind of stuff.”Jason Holder’s men arrived in Australia not having won an overseas tour of note in 20 years and are ranked above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.Ambrose has described in-form batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner as the main threat in the Australian batting line-up, but contends that their middle order is vulnerable.”They are in some good form at the moment, and there are two good batsmen and, yes, they will be key. If we can get them out early for not too many runs, I still believe that the middle order of Australia is not that solid at the moment,” Ambrose pointed out.”I think Warner and Smith will be key, and once we get them out early, that could give us some leeway to really test them.”Ambrose has identified the bowling attack as the Windies’ strength and expressed confidence in Jerome Taylor’s ability to lead an attack capable of taking 20 Australian wickets.”Since I joined the team, it took me a little while to get them to buy into my concept because they are accustomed to certain things and, of course, it would not change overnight,” said Ambrose, who took up his consultancy role in February 2014.The first Test will be played at the Blundstone Arena, from Thursday to Monday. First ball is 10:30 a.m. (Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jamaica time).
LONDON (AP):John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup match against Manchester City tomorrow.Terry, who also missed the midweek Champions league, loss against Paris Saint-Germain, is absent due to a hamstring injury.Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, described his captain’s absence for the fifth-round meeting with City as disappointing, calling Terry “the leader of this club”.Hiddink suggested the central defender should be fit for next week’s Premier League game at Southampton.”We have a week I hope. Next weekend he should be available. I cannot predict it and I think we have to be a bit cautious with him as well because he likes to be there every day,” Hiddink said. “We must be careful. I think maybe next weekend but you know him, he loves to be there. He tried yesterday but no.”The 35-year-old Terry is entering the final months of his Chelsea career after disclosing that the club has not offered him a new contract for next season.On his Instagram page, captioning a photo of the Chelsea captain during his injury rehab, Terry wrote “Absolutely gutted to be missing the FA Cup game this weekend. I HATE being injured but working hard and giving everything to be back as soon as possible.”
Fonte hands in transfer request SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP): Southampton captain Jose Fonte wants to leave after handing in a transfer request, the English Premier League club said yesterday. The 33-year-old Portugal defender has rejected opportunities to extend his contract which runs for another 18 months, director of football Les Reed said. “He’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation. He’s reserved his right not to do that,” Reed told the BBC. “He’s made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer.” Fonte, who won the European Championship with Portugal in July, has been at Southampton since 2010. German football chief speaks out against enlarging World Cup FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Germany’s football president is against enlarging the World Cup. Reinhard Grindel says in an interview published on the federation’s website that FIFA proposals to enlarge the tournament from 32 teams to 40 or 48 “have considerable weaknesses that are also clearly shown in FIFA factsheets.” Grindel says, “At the DFB, we’re fundamentally convinced that the tried and tested model of 32 participating nations should be held. The world championships were always tournaments that inspired. Why should that change?” The DFB president warns that the quality of the tournament could suffer in football’s core markets if more participants are added, and that conflicts could emerge between national teams and clubs “if we overburden the players.” Chapecoense to play first game since crash RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Brazilian football club Chapecoense, which lost most of its team in an air crash in November, will make a return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champions Palmeiras. The match will be held on January 21 in Chapecoense’s 20,000-seat Arena Conda in Chapeco, a city of 200,000 about 800 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. Chapecoense coach Vagner Mancini is still signing players to replace the 19 that died on a Colombian hillside on November 28. Chape, as the team is known, will play their first official match on January 26 against local rivals Joinville. Welbeck could return for Arsenal LONDON (AP): Arsenal face being without holding midfielder Francis Coquelin for up to a month because of a hamstring injury, and striker Danny Welbeck is close to a comeback. Coquelin was replaced 28 minutes into Arsenal’s 3-3 draw against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Tuesday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Coquelin “is out for three or four weeks.” Wenger says Welbeck, who has not played this season because of a left knee injury, could return in the FA Cup match at Preston tomorrow. Wenger added: “Physically his fitness is at quite a good level, but of course the ideal way is to give him two or three games with the under-23s. But the situation is not always ideal. Sometimes you have to hurry up.”
CERTIFICATION PROCESS Surfing is alive and well, says Jamaica Surfing Association president Billy Wilmot, when recently quizzed on the present status of the sport locally. Wilmot told The Gleaner that over the last year the increase in the number of youngsters gravitating to the sports has more than tripled, and the association intends to make the most of the moment. He is also pushing for the country’s own coaching certification course, as the present requirement is to go through the Australian Surfing Association (ASA) to obtain a surf coach certification. “The Jamaica Surfing Association has been revitalised, as a lot of young surfers have entered the sport over the last three years; also a huge number of ‘learn to surf’ people, both male and female, are taking to surf lessons,” Wilmot said. “Usually, we used to cater for five or six surfers a week coming for lessons. Now we have about 15 to 25 surfers a week, so when we host competitions there is an increase in amateur surfers, and as a result our professional competitions also run amateur divisions for the past two years. “These young surfers are not at the professional level to be in competition with the experienced ones, so we had to include an amateur division, and it is not based on age but skill level,” he commented. In order to take advantage of the present local interest in surfing, Wilmot is working to establish the nation’s first certified coaching course. “The certification process for coaches is establish by the ASA. In order for us to access that, it requires they pay U$100 a year to maintain and upgrade their status,” he explained “So we realised it is in the interest of the Jamaica Surfing Association to establish a coaching course, one that we administrate and accredit here for first-year courses. “Eventually, we want our coaches to have the capacity to seek and attain international standards and have careers as international surf coaches. The same thing applies for our judges. We are looking at establishing through the Jamaica Surfing Association some Jamaica standardisation so we can take advantage of this influx of beginner surfers,” added Wilmot. “We are looking at a feasibility study for importing an international standard coach. All this will be included in a four-year development plan we are putting together to submit to the Olympic Solidarity Fund. But the time is ripe and it’s the brightest we have seen it (surfing) for many years,” said Wilmot. email@example.com
LeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Alapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments
The Green Archers just took their biggest victory in Season 80 of the UAAP with a 115-86 degrading of University of Santo Tomas to improve to 4-1.READ: UP stuns La Salle behind Desiderio’s outburstFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMbala said they just wanted to get back to their winning ways after losing to University of the Philippines 98-87 a week ago.“We were very eager coming from a disappointing loss against UP, we had to find a way to get back and play our game,” said Mbala Saturday. “The last game, we were not able to play one-on-one defense and we didn’t execute our stops. Things went well today and we got some stops.” How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene La Salle allowed UP to light the scoreboards to the tune of 16 three-pointers, and that seemed to have left a bad collective memory on the Green Archers as they limited the Growling Tigers to just a couple of triples in their bounce back win.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTMbala, who finished with 29 points, said their defense was the biggest factor against the hapless UST side.“I feel like we played better defense, we were able to execute our Mayhem defense and we were able to force them into turnovers and that led to easy fastbreak baskets,” said Mbala.La Salle forced UST to turn the ball over 35 times and this led to 37 points for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Green Archers also found open scorers that resulted to 16 uncontested field goals.“We were also able to pass the ball better,” said Mbala as his team tacked 26 assists. “Overall, we just played better.” Castro ends debate: It was an air ball, not a pass Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala didn’t have the usual smile he usually flashes when talking to practically anyone.As the La Salle center took his seat in the small stage inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mbala exuded a stern and kingly aura.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up