Football

Barbican hold TG goalless

Andre McFarlene of Tivoli Gardens
(right) tries to slip away from Nicholas
Smith of Barbican during their Red
Stripe Premier League match at the Edward
Seaga Stadium yesterday. The game ended
0-0. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Tivoli Gardens' play-off hopes suffered a slight setback when they were held to a 0-0 draw with bottom-placed Barbican in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Stadium yesterday. Tivoli Gardens, who started the day in seventh spot, inched to 29 points but failed to significantly ... Read More

Inclusiveness new hallmark of CONCACAF, says Webb
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- CONCACAF president Jeff Webb has praised the confederation's new appro ... Read More

Juventus’ French midfielder Labile Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against
Chievo Verona at the Juventus Stadium in Turin yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP) Juve stretch lead in Serie A
MILAN, Italy (AFP) -- Paul Pogba hit his fourth goal in as many games to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 w ... Read More

Mexican goalkeeper Jose Gonzalez saves a penalty from
Panama’s Edson Samms (out of picture). Mexico outgun Panama for CONCACAF title
CATHERINE HALL, St James -- It was a lucky 13 for Mexico, who outlasted Panama 4-2 on penalty kicks ... Read More

Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

 Alaa Abdulzehra. AFP PHOTO

Iran's protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final was shot down following lengthy deliberation by tournament organisers on Sunday. Iran lodged a formal complaint, claiming that midfielder Alaa Abdulzehra failed a drugs test while playing for an Iranian club last year, but it was rejected by the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) disciplinary committee. "It's rejected, they said this player can carry on and play," Iranian delegation head Houshang Mo ... Read More

Seven-timers Lyon pull clear

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Lyon reeled off their seventh consecutive league win on Sunday, the 2-0 defeat of 10-man Metz pushing them four points clear of out-of-sorts Marseille at the top of Ligue 1. Marseille's loss at Nice on Friday left the way open for the red-hot former champions to tighten their grip at the top of the table. And they did not let the chance go begging, with a 31st minute penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a late second from Corentin Tolisso undoing relegation-threatened Metz. The only downside ... Read More

Sakho heads Hammers into FA Cup last 16

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Diafra Sakho's header saw West Ham beat Bristol City 1-0 on Sunday as they avoided becoming the latest Premier League side to be knocked out by lower league opposition on a sensational weekend of FA Cup action. However, the Hammers left it late at City's Ashton Gate ground, with Sakho only scoring nine minutes from time after Andy Carroll's cross hit the underside of the bar. Bristol City were looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow third-tier side Bradford, who produced one of the all-ti ... Read More

Pogba-inspired Juve go eight points clear

by Justin DAVIS | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) vies for the ball with Hellas Verona's Brazilian defender Rafael Marques Pinto. AFP PHOTO

Paul Pogba hit his fourth goal in as many games to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 win over Chievo as the Serie A champions moved eight points clear of Roma on Sunday. Roma face a resurgent Fiorentina in Florence later on Sunday looking to reduce the gap to five points. Juventus's hopes of a fourth consecutive scudetto were given a huge boost last week when Roma suffered a second successive draw. But Massimiliano Allegri's men had Pogba to thank for ending their frustrating search for goals in an e ... Read More

Mihajlovic calls for technology as Eto'o looks on

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Soccer Ball

Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic called for the introduction of goal-line technology after seeing his side hang on to a 1-1 Serie A draw with Palermo on Sunday. Watched from the sidelines by imminent signing Samuel Eto'o, Sampdoria were given a sixth-minute lead by Eder only for Franco Vazquez to pull the Sicilians back into the match four minutes after the restart. But the Genoa-based side should have been trailing by a goal when Michel Morganella beat 'keeper Emiliano Viviano with a rocket ... Read More

Premier League trio avoid fresh FA Cup shocks

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

 Premier League logo

Holders Arsenal won through to the FA Cup last 16 with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Brighton on Sunday as West Ham and Aston Villa also avoided the embarrassment of becoming the latest Premier League clubs to be knocked out by lower league opposition. English football was still reeling from a sensational Saturday that saw Premier League leaders Chelsea beaten 4-2 by third-tier Bradford City at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City lost 2-0 at home to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough. Ho ... Read More

Boys' Club, Salt Marsh hunt third place in Super League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Third place will be on offer today when Montego Bay Boys' Club and Salt Marsh United meet at the UDC field in a Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at 3:00 pm. Boys' Club, who are on a three-game win streak and promoted Salt Marsh United are tied on 12 points from eight games played, and a win for either team today would take them past Wadadah FC into third place on goal difference. Granville United will travel to Falmou ... Read More

Barca rout Elche, as Madrid edge Cordoba

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Barcelona’s Brazilian forward
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
(left) scores during the Spanish
league football match against
Elche FC at the Martinez Valero
stadium in Elche yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP)

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Gareth Bale scored a late winner from the penalty spot, after Cristiano Ronaldo had been sent off for the ninth time in his career, as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Cordoba 2-1 yesterday. Barcelona remain just a point behind the European champions having played a game more as Neymar and Lionel Messi both scored twice in a 6-0 win at 10-man Elche. Madrid got off to the worst possible start when Sergio Ramos handled inside his own area and Nabil Ghilas slotted home ... Read More

Honduras, US secure remaining World Cup berths

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Honduras’ Alberth Elis (centre) tries to force his way past two Guatemalans, Cristian Jimenez (left) and Pablo Aguilar, in their
CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship fourth-place play-off game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, yesterday. Honduras
won the game 2-1. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

CATHERINE HALL, St James -- The USA and Honduras took the two remaining qualifying places from the CONCACAF region for the FIFA Men's Under-20 World Cup after play-off wins over Guatemala and El Salvador at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday. The USA beat 10-man El Salvador 2-0 for third place in the two-week tournament, while Honduras got by Guatemala 2-1 for fourth place in the first game of the afternoon's triple-header. They joined automatic qualifiers Mexico and Panama, the group wi ... Read More

Chelsea, Man City, Southampton dumped from FA Cup

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Bradford City players celebrate after Scottish midfielder Andrew Halliday scored his team’s third goal during the FA Cup
fourth-round football match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

LONDON, England (AFP) -- Premier League title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City both crashed out of the FA Cup after being sensationally beaten by lower-league opponents in the fourth round yesterday. A weakened Chelsea team threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 at home to third-tier Bradford City in one of the biggest upsets in the competition's recent history, while City lost 2-0 to Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium. With Southampton beaten 3-2 by Crystal Palace, ... Read More



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