Jamaica to open against Windwards in Super50
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Defending champions Windward Islands and Jamaica will play the opening match of the Regional Super50 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago next month. Matches will be staged at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, while two matches will be played at Shaw Park in Tobago.
The Regional Super50 tournament, sponsored by Trinidad's Ministry of Tourism, will be played over a two-week period. Eight teams, including Ireland, have been split into two groups, with T&T playing in Group B alongside Barbados, the Leewards and Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC).
Group A comprises Jamaica, Ireland, Guyana and the Windward Islands. The two games scheduled for Shaw Park in Tobago on February 5 and 6 are CCC against the Leeward Islands and T&T versus Barbados.
Lawrence invited to Caribbean Combine
Major League Soccer announced yesterday the 24 elite-level players who have been invited to participate in the 2014 Caribbean Combine from January 2-4, 2014 at the Antigua Recreation Grounds in St John's, Antigua. The 24 includes only one Jamaican, Harbour View Football Club's defender, Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence.
The three-day event - in partnership with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) - will feature players, ranging in age from 18-21, from 16 different Caribbean nations represented.
Players will compete in games and participate in a training session in front of MLS scouts for an opportunity to earn an invitation to the annual adidas MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from January 10-14.
Player arrested in fixing probe sacked by club
OLDHAM, England (AP):
One of the six players arrested as part of an investigation into spot-fixing in English football has been fired by his club. Third-tier Oldham said yesterday that Cristian Montano has been dismissed because of conduct that has brought the club and football authorities into disrepute and "amounts to very serious breaches of club discipline".
Montano, who is Colombian, had already been suspended by Oldham without pay following allegations by the Sun on Sunday newspaper that he tried to get a yellow card in exchange for a payment in a League One match in October. The six players, also including Blackburn striker D.J. Campbell, were released on bail pending a hearing in April.
A separate investigation is ongoing into allegations of match-fixing in English non-league football.
Aguero out for 'at least one month'
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says in-form striker Sergio Aguero is likely to be out for "at least one month" with a right calf injury. The Argentina international, who has scored 19 goals in 20 games for City this season, was hurt at the start of the second half in the 6-3 win over Arsenal in the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday.
City play seven games over the next month, starting with today's League Cup quarter-final match against Leicester and including four EPL fixtures in a 12-day span over Christmas and New Year. Fourth-place City are three points behind Arsenal.
Russian coach dies after Sochi torch relay
Officials in a Siberian province say a veteran wrestling coach has died of a heart attack after taking part in the Sochi Olympics torch relay. Authorities in the Kurgan region said 73-year-old Vadim Gorbenko died Sunday after carrying the Olympic flame.
Russian news reports said Gorbenko, a Greco-Roman wrestling coach who headed a local sports school, felt unwell after carrying the torch over some 200 metres (about 220 yards) and died in a local hospital of a heart attack a few hours later.
Gorbenko looked well and smiled during a brief interview with local television after taking part in the torch relay, which will cover 65,000 kilometres (39,000 miles) and is the longest in the history of the Olympics.