Former national champion, Oshane Bailey, is looking forward to an injury-free season and a bid for a place in the Jamaican Olympic team.Speaking just after a controlled 100-metre win at the Western Relays in Montego Bay on Saturday, Bailey was cautiously optimistic about his prospects for 2016.Asked to assess his early season races, he said: “Yes, fairly good start to the season right now.”At the Grace Jackson/Queens meet two weeks earlier, he looked zippy over 60 metres, as he stopped the National Stadium clock at 6.60 seconds. On Saturday in Montego Bay, he smoothly sprinted to a winning time of 10.32 seconds. His run was aided by a wind barely over the allowable limit at 2.2 metres per second.He said his move from Akan Track Club to the GC Foster College of Physical Education and the Sprintec Club has been “alright so far”. He had been coached by Michael Clarke ever since his transfer from Vauxhall High School to Calabar High, and stayed with Clarke at Akan when his schoolboy days ended in 2009. Now he is coached by Maurice Wilson.His new training partners include 2008 Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Sherone Simpson and 2014 Commonwealth 200-metre winner, Rasheed Dwyer.”I’m getting myself used to the camp right now,” he said of his new training environment at Angels, Spanish Town, where the college is located.His senior career started well as he beat Olympic finalist Michael Frater to win the 2010 national 100-metre title and reached the Commonwealth Games final. Now 26, he set his personal best of 10.11 at the 2010 NACAC Under 23 championships.Consistent since then in the 10.1 range, he got a taste of high-level international action as anchorman of the Jamaican 4×100 team in the heats at the 2013 World Championships.With injury trouble and the change of camps behind him, Bailey is taking the Olympic year step by step. The three-time individual Boys’ Championships medal winner has straightforward goals for this season.”Going to the Trials injury- free, going to make the final,” he said. “The rest will come.”
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago coach, Stephen Hart, has warned his Soca Warriors about the danger St Vincent and the Grenadines will pose, when the two teams meet in the fourth round of CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers later this month. The Warriors will travel to Kingstown for the first leg on March 25 at the Arnos Vale Stadium before hosting the Vincentians four days later at the Hasely Crawford Stadium here. Hart said SVG were a dangerous side and T&T would have to be at the top of their game in order to earn a positive result. “I was quite impressed actually. They have some adventure going forward,” Hart said of the SVG side. “They are organised and if you are not concentrating fully they can surprise you like they did to the US. They started the game brightly, they opened the scoring and when a team scores on you particularly if they are at home, you sort of create doubt in your mind.” Unbeaten T&T lie second in Group C on four points, behind the United States who are also on four points but ahead on goal difference.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Arsenal’s bid to capture a third straight FA Cup title ended with a 2-1 loss to Watford in the quarter-finals yesterday, while Anthony Martial’s late goal earned Manchester United a replay against West Ham. In the Premier League, Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0 to trim the gap to Leicester to two points ahead of the surprise leader’s match against Newcastle today. Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura with a fiercely struck shot from the edge of the area scored second-half goals for Watford, which joined Crystal Palace and Everton in an unlikely line-up for the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium. It ended Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season and was the worst possible start to a make-or-break week for Arsene Wenger’s team, which is likely to be eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday before a crucial match against Everton next weekend in their fading Premier League title challenge. “Our fantastic run has come to an end on a day where we felt that our performance deserved a win,” Wenger said. United were held 1-1 by West Ham, which went ahead through Dimitri Payet’s sublime 30-metre free kick before Martial equalised in the 83rd at Old Trafford. Payet possibly shouldn’t have been on the field to score, having escaped a second yellow card for diving minutes earlier, while United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could have been penalised for obstructing West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph for Martial’s goal. It means the Boleyn Ground will host one more FA Cup match before West Ham leaves for the Olympic Stadium next season. Kane moved level with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as the league’s top scorer with 19 goals after scoring in the 45th and 48th minutes against Villa, which slipped even closer to relegation. Dele Alli, Kane’s England teammate, set up both goals at Villa Park. Given the struggles of Arsenal and Manchester City in third and fourth, it is looking increasingly like a two-team race for the title between Leicester and Spurs a highly unlikely scenario at the start of the season. Arsenal played a full-strength line-up an indication of Wenger’s priorities ahead of the second leg against Barcelona, who are 2-0 ahead. But an attack featuring Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud struggled to cause Watford’s defence many problems before a late flurry of chances, including Danny Welbeck’s 88th-minute goal and Alex Iwobi’s shot against the post. Arsenal have now won just one game in their last seven in a familiar early-spring collapse, with the pressure starting to grow on Wenger. Arsenal had been looking to become the first team in 130 years to win the FA Cup for three straight years. Ighalo opened the scoring in the 50th when he received a flick-on from strike partner Troy Deeney, evaded marker Gabriel and tucked a finish from eight metres into to the bottom corner. Guedioura made it 2-0 by smashing an angled drive into the roof of net, inside David Ospina’s near post, from Ighalo’s lay-off. Watford reached the semi-finals of the world’s oldest knockout competition for the sixth time in their history, in their first season under coach Quique Sanchez Flores. “I have memories on television of the old Wembley and watching in Spain and seeing the finals of this competition,” Flores said. “Now it is a new Wembley, I’ve just arrived in England and to get there is exciting.”
Scottish Championship Hibernian FC holding midfielder, Marvin Bartley, says he can bring stability and balance to the Jamaica national senior men’s team in their pursuit of a spot at the FIFA 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.”As a holding midfielder, I can bring stability and balance into the centre of the park, allowing more attack-minded midfielders to do their business – although I’m not too shy in getting involved in an attack,” Bartley, who transferred from Leyton Orient FC in England to Hibernian in Scotland last summer, told The Gleaner.”I am also fit and athletic enough to cover a lot of ground in a game, allowing me to provide cover for fullbacks that like to push forward. But, I do believe that talk is cheap, and I’m more than happy for those watching to decide what I bring to the team should I receive a call-up,” he added.”With my current form being good and my fitness level high, I am more than ready to pull on the gold jersey and play for my family’s country,” Bartley assured.Born in Reading, EnglandThe 6″ 3′ (1.9m) player was born in Reading, England, but has Jamaican roots with his mother born in St Ann and father from Manchester.”I have had my Jamaican passport since 2012 and have been available to represent Jamaica ever since. It has long been an ambition of mine to play for the country, ever since I started my career as a footballer. I’ve had conversations on a few occasions since then, but due to me not feeling I was in the best form possible or being injured I’ve yet to represent Jamaica. But this is something I hope will change in the not too distant future as I feel in prime condition and believe I am playing well,” Bartley said confidently.”I’ve followed the national team’s results ever since being a young boy due to my family all being from the country. This interest was obviously taken up a notch or 10 due to the ’98 World Cup team. Even last year I found myself watching how the side got on in the Gold Cup as they reached the final, which was particularly impressive considering they had also competed in the Copa America earlier that summer too,” the 29-year-old reflected.Bartley says he visits Jamaica regularly and was here less than a year ago.”This has only helped to strengthen my desire to compete at international level for the Jamaican national team,” he emphasised.Bartley is yet to score for Hibs in 19 appearances in all competitions this season. He also represented Bumham, Hayes, Didcol Town, Hampton and Richmond Borough, Bournemouth and Burnley.