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Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Jamaica-Japan friendly

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):

Jamaica will wrap up their preparations for this year's Caribbean Cup with a friendly international against Japan in October.

The match, confirmed by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) on Wednesday, will be played at the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata City, Japan.

JFF president Horace Burrell says the game will help fine-tune players heading into the Caribbean Cup, which runs from November 10 to 18.

"We have been negotiating for this game for the past year. And while in Brazil (for the just-concluded World Cup Finals) I followed up discussions with my Japanese counterparts," said Burrell.

Jamaica and Japan have played three times, with a victory each and the other game ending in a draw.

TTCB points to gov't

Trinidad (CMC):

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has blamed the government after the country missed the deadline to submit a bid to host one of three Tests matches between West Indies and England in the Caribbean next year.

The TTCB has issued a release saying bids were sent to the prime minister's office of the respective countries and not to the territorial boards.

TTCB is complaining that no bids were sent to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) from the Trinidad government even after it got the WICB to extend the deadline.

"In T&T's case, the TTCB was informed upon enquiry that the PM had directed the documents to the Ministry of Sport for it to follow up with the bidding," said the statement from TTCB.

On Monday, the WICB announced that Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Grenada's National Stadium and Kensington Oval in Barbados, will host the three West Indies Tests against England next April.

Top ratings for T&T midfielder

Miami (CMC):

Former Manchester City player Adrian Heath has declared Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino as the real deal following his weekend exploits in the United Soccer League.

Molino, who has been making waves for Orlando City in the USL League in the United States, helped them clinch a play-off spot for the fourth consecutive year, with a double strike to crush the Charlotte Eagles 4-1 on Saturday.

The performance earned him a place on the United Soccer league's PRO team-of-the-Week for Week 20 of the 2014 season.

"There was this little skinny kid on the right wing who kept catching my eye every time the ball went to him," said Heath, Orlando City's head coach.

The 24-year-old Molino now has 13 goals this season and sits in second place for the most goals in the USL PRO.

Luiz ready for fresh start

PARIS (AP):

Brazil defender David Luiz believes the best way to get over his World Cup disappointment is to be back on the pitch as quickly as possible.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) signed Luiz on a five-year deal that was announced before his lacklustre performances in Brazil's last two games at the World Cup last month.

"The first days after the World Cup were very difficult," Luiz said in his official introduction at PSG yesterday. "That's why football is so nice. It gives us the opportunity to react quickly and learn a lot from a situation, what were our mistakes, and where things went wrong."

The host nation was thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals and lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the match for third place.

PSG will open their French League campaign at Reims today before hosting Bastia the following week.

Donovan to retire

CARSON, California (AP):

Landon Donovan, widely considered as America's best ever footballer, says he will retire at the end of the MLS season.

The 32-year-old LA Galaxy forward is the top goalscorer in MLS history and a five-time league champion.

Donovan was named the most valuable player of his 14th MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night in Portland, scoring a goal in the All-Stars' 2-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Donovan agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Galaxy just a year ago, pronouncing himself revitalised after an extended sabbatical. He took several months off after winning the Galaxy's second straight MLS Cup title alongside now-retired David Beckham in December 2012.

Donovan played in the three World Cups from 2002-2010, but didn't make the squad for Brazil.

Man U in for Vermaelen

LONDON (AP):

Manchester United is one of several teams to have made an offer for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen as the Belgium international prepares to leave Emirates Stadium after five years.

Vermaelen has lost his place in Arsenal's team to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and manager Arsene Wenger won't stand in the centre back's way if he decides to move on.

United are on the lookout for defenders after seeing Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra leave in the off season.

"Are Man United one of the teams to have made an offer?" Wenger said of the interest in Vermaelen. "I think they could be in the group."

Wenger said he would prefer to sell Vermaelen, who was once Arsenal's captain, to a foreign club.