In pictures: Bolivia’s ex-leader Morales returns from exile

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Huge challenge for regional administrators to restore CFU’s image-Harris

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) — Regional football administrators have a huge challenge to restore respect and confidence from fans and stakeholders of the game inside and outside of the Caribbean.This is the view of Randy Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association(BFA) and first vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), following the suspension for six years of CFU president Gordon Derrick by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, on charges of misconduct.Antiguan Derrick is the third regional administrator behind Trinidad & Tobago’s Austin “Jack” Warner and Caymanian Jeff Webb to fall from grace following charges ranging from accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty.“Based on the events that occurred over the past eight years, we definitely have to look at our credibility as an organisation,” Harris told the Barbados Today newspaper about the CFU.“What we need to do now is come up with strategic plans and to put things in place, so that some of the things that occurred in the past will stay there. I don’t think it is so difficult. We have a number of bright people on the board of CFU and I believe we would move in a more positive direction going forward.”Harris is expected to take the reins of leadership in the interim until a new president is elected next year and indicated he had enough support around the board table to make things happen.“I think I have the support of the majority of the members at CFU and I think that is why they put me in the position of first VP at this time,” he said. “I know that I would get all the support and assistance in charting the way forward.“I just have to perform in a way that the members could have more confidence in terms of putting me at the helm and I look forward to that opportunity.”For now, Harris said the CFU will be working closely with CONCACAF, its hemispheric governing body, to advance the development of the sport in the Caribbean.“The members of the CFU voted for one CONCACAF programme which is the coaching programme and in that programme, it really seeks to work closely with the CFU in the development of the game,” he said.“We really look forward to working together [with CONCACAF] not only in terms of that kind of development, but in terms of competition because next year in March you will see a new kind of competition, our CONCACAF Champions League where the countries of the Caribbean will play a lot more international games.”last_img read more

Alexis Peterson named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse point guard Alexis Peterson was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, announced on ESPN Wednesday night. The Wooden Award is presented to college basketball’s most outstanding player.Peterson is averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game for the Orange (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) this season. She leads the ACC in both scoring and assists and ranks in the top-10 in both categories nationally.Peterson was also named to the All-Florida Sunshine Classic team in late December, after a 34-point outburst against Texas A&M in the tournament. She is also the first SU player since 2003-04 to post back-to-back 30-point games, following her 34 points against A&M with 31 on Dec. 29, 2016, at Louisville.Early in the season Peterson was nominated for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate point guard; the Naismith Trophy, college basketball’s player of the year; and the Wade Trophy, the oldest women’s player of the year award. Peterson has been named the ACC Player of the Week three times so far this season, most recently last week, and was a first-team preseason All-ACC honoree this season. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Lakers’ third consecutive win over Phoenix soiled with nearly blown lead

first_imgNance Jr., Hibbert and Clarkson all threw down dunks.“All I remember that is Kobe telling me I’m going to the hole like a light-skinned dude,” Clarkson said. “I have to go to the hole like a dark-skinned dude. As soon as the lane opened up, that’s all I could remember.” Williams could not miss with an 11-of-17 clip and a 6-of-7 mark from 3-point range, including a trey at the halftime buzzer. Nance also became effective despite Scott’s revelation that he has not run a play for him.“It’s constant energy,” Nance Jr. said, before naming Clarkson, Williams and Hibbert as scorers. “My job is to be off the ball, get rebounds, slip and do all the little things. Unfortunately, they’re taking notice of that and rewarding me.“ It should be noted the Lakers secured victories against the NBA’s worst team (Philadelphia) and fifth-worst team (Phoenix), the latter on a nine-game losing streak amid Eric Bledsoe’s season-ending left knee injury.But the Lakers will take the victory. Yet, that sets up Randle and Russell in a precarious position. The more the Lakers win, the less they likely will retrieve their starting roles back.“Don’t mess up the little rhythm we have right now,” Scott said. “Let’s keep it the same and see how this plays out. If it goes back to the point where we lose a couple in a row, then we’ll make a change. But not right now.”Scott will surely insert Bryant into the lineup over rookie forward Anthony Brown, assuming Bryant heals soon. But Scott has also considered starting Randle at power forward and Russell at point guard, while sliding Nance Jr. to small forward and Bryant to shooting guard.“I thought about a bunch of nice scenarios,” Scott said. “It’s just a matter if I want to throw them out there or not.”But not with the Lakers sustaining a winning streak, no matter how short-lived it might last. Well maybe not everyone. Scott said beforehand about Russell and Randle, “The one thing I haven’t seen from one of those guys is them pouting.” Both appeared disengaged on the bench at the end of the game. “It might have bruised their egos when I first did it,” Scott said of Russell and Randle coming off the bench. “They were both shocked and disappointed. But now they have the chip on their shoulder where they want to get it back and earn it back. In doing that, they know they have to come out and play well.”But with the Lakers also playing well, things will stay the same. The Lakers moved the ball crisply and shot the ball with deadly accuracy. They defended by rotating swiftly and unyielding hustle. Soon enough, the streamers fell down from the Staples Center rafters as the fans cheered endlessly.It seemed like such a foreign concept to see. But it happened. The Lakers secured a 97-77 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, providing a new identity in the new year that is suddenly spawning positive vibes in a dour season.The Lakers (8-27) secured their first three-game winning streak since Feb. 22-27, 2014 as Lou Williams (30 points), Larry Nance Jr. (15), Roy Hibbert (13) and Jordan Clarkson (12) all cracked double figures. They also held Phoenix to 36-percent shooting, 16 assists, and outrebounded the Suns, 54-45. Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott told his team afterward he “was not happy” for putting his starters back in after the Suns cut the Lakers’ 38-point lead to 86-70 with 5:53 left. After praising D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle for handling their month-long bench roles, Scott called out Randle in front of the team to “guard your man” after posting only two points on 0-of-4 shooting to overshadow his 12 rebounds. “Julius is a 21-year-old kid,” Scott said. “I don’t mind him getting mad when he’s getting taken out.”Randle did not talk to reporters afterward. But he looked in better spirits after Lakers forward Metta World Peace consoled him on the bench.“He’s fine. He’s just too passionate,” World Peace told Los Angeles News Group. “He calmed himself down. We work with each other.”Randle also looked in higher spirits when Lakers fan David Moya, of Oakdale, Calif., hit a half-court shot in a promotion before the fourth quarter. Randle rushed onto the court and high-fived Moya, who received a $95,000 check that the Lakers say can be partly used to buy tickets for Kobe Bryant’s last game on April 13 against Utah.But with Bryant missing his second consecutive game while nursing soreness in his right shoulder, the Lakers relied on others. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more