Anelka back from compassionate leave
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP):Former France striker Nicolas Anelka is expected to resume training with West Bromwich Albion today, after returning from compassionate leave.
Anelka left the Premier League club last week, following the death of one of his representatives, hinting at the time that he could quit football.
He has missed two matches, but West Brom said he will be back in training following a meeting with coach Steve Clarke and could play against Swansea on Sunday.
Anelka, who also played for Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea, joined West Brom this summer on a one-year deal with an option for a further season.
Fly with the Boyz to Panama
President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, yesterday announced that the federation has organised a charter for the players, delegation and fans for
The charter, including the Jamaican delegation,
Interested persons can call the JFF at 926-1182.
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.