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Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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Cuthbert-Flynn launches football academy

KINGSTON:

The inaugural Stony Hill Football Academy will be held on Saturday at the Stony Hill Community Centre. The academy, brainchild of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for the division Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn will target boys 6-13 years with the focus on improving their motor skills. Cuthbert-Flynn and coaches from the community will conduct the academy, which will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

"If we are really going to raise the level of our football in Jamaica we have to put more focus on our youngsters," said Cuthbert-Flynn. "It is with that vision we decided to introduce the football academy to youngsters of West Rural St Andrew. By developing their motor skills using speed and agility drills, it will enable these youngsters to apply those skills when playing at a higher level."

Cuthbert-Flynn, an Olympian and gym owner, added that Stony Hill is just the beginning. Other communities to benefit from the football academy will be Lawrence Tavern, Red Hills and Brandon Hill. A mentorship programme is also being incorporated in the academy to assist children with homework and offer motivational talks.

Narine banned from bowling offbreaks

MUMBAI, India (CMC):

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from bowling off breaks in any match organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), officials announced yesterday. Narine's ban, imposed after the BCCI suspect bowling action committee reviewed the evidence, also extends to matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Narine may continue to bowl his other deliveries - the knuckle ball and the quicker straight ball. However, if he uses the offbreak again in the ongoing IPL, he will be suspended from bowling in BCCI-organised matches, officials have said. Narine is now expected to undergo corrective work on his action again, after which he can request for another assessment by the BCCI committee.