Jr Girls face NZ in semis
A confident Jamaica Under-21 netball team will be hoping to secure a place in the final of the World Youth Netball Championships (WYNC) today, when they oppose New Zealand in the semi-finals in Glasgow, Scotland, starting at 2 p.m. (Jamaica time).
The Oberon Pitterson-Nattie-coached team, who are unbeaten in the tournament, so far, secured their place in today's semi-finals with an easy 64-32 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the quarter-finals yesterday.
Marvette Anderson, Jamaica's assistant coach, said the Girls did reasonably well against the Trinidadians and that they are now looking forward to today's top-four clash against New Zealand.
"They had a few little rough patches here and there, but nothing that we can't fix for the semi-finals," said Anderson. "We know it's going to be tough, but we are ready enough for the challenge."
The junior Sunshine Girls are hoping to at least retain their bronze medal in the championships, which they won four years ago in the Cook Islands.
Meanwhile, defending champions and favourites Australia and England will clash in the other semi-final.
Pregnancy forces Perozzi to call off fight
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC):Bermudian southpaw Teresa Perozzi is reportedly pregnant and has been forced to withdraw from her upcoming WBA women's middleweight title defence here, the Royal Gazette newspaper said yesterday.
New Hampshire-born Perozzi, 39, was due to fight 26-year-old Yajaira Hernandez of the Dominican Republic at the Fairmont Southampton resort on November 29.
However, organisers confirmed the fight has been postponed because of Perozzi's pregnancy.
"Teresa Perozzi's intention was to defend her WBA middleweight title in our upcoming event on November 29 at the Fairmont Southampton, but due to the recent developments in her personal life, she will be unable to do so," an event spokesman said.
Perozzi now risks being stripped of her title for failing to defend it within the mandatory six-month period.
Landon Donovan extends LA Galaxy contract
CARSON, Calif. (AP):Just a few months after Landon Donovan thought he might be finished as a professional footballer, he extended his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy yesterday with his passion rekindled.
Donovan agreed to a multi-year contract extension that could make him the highest-paid player in MLS if he reaches incentives within the deal. His decision to stick with the Galaxy is another turn in an eventful year for the fleet-footed midfielder widely considered the best U.S. player in history.
"I'm very proud of what I've accomplished," Donovan said. "I'm very happy in the present, but I have a lot more to achieve. This is not a reward for what I've done. This is something I'm going to earn."
After winning his fifth MLS Cup title last December, the 31-year-old Donovan spent the winter on a self-imposed sabbatical, battling burnout and exhaustion from 14 years as a pro. He returned in late March to fulfill the last year of his current Galaxy contract, but missed the first month of the MLS season and fell out of favour with U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.