FOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.
Two football kicks off tomorrowThe Portmore Football League (PFL) will kick off its 2015-16 football season with a uniform parade and opening matches in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two at Cedar Grove playing field, tomorrow, beginning at 12 noon.There will be a uniform parade of all eight teams and a meet-and-greet session with officials of the PFL and sponsors.At 1:00 p.m., Braeton FC tackle Cumberland. In the feature, at 3:00 p.m., Cedar Grove and Edgewater will lock horns in what is expected to be a keen battle.Last year’s champions, Hellshire United, have been promoted to the St Catherine Division One competition.GC Foster, Federal BH basketball titlesThe curtain came down on the Business House Basketball Association three-on-three competition with National Housing Trust (NHT) and Courts capturing the division one and two titles, respectively.On Wednesday, at the Stadium Courts, NHT dethroned defending champions Grace Canning, 3-2, in the best-of-five finals, winning the deciding game, 42-34, in what was a closely contested series.On Monday, Courts defeated Sagicor, 37-25, in game four to capture the division two title, 3-1.Lamey leads Scotia to Ninth Interbank titleTwo goals from former national player, Kevin Lamey, led defending champions ScotiaBank to a 3-2 win over National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Interbank football league final at Winchester Park last Sunday. Scotiabank were winning the title for the ninth consecutive year.Lamey opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but Sheldon Maragh found the equaliser for NCB in the 21st minute. Lamey then made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.Donovan Hibbert scored from 30 metres out to make it 3-1 midway the second half. Andre Messam pulled back a goal for NCB in the 79th minute.Scotia played tough defence to hold NCB at bay in the closing stages. Independence City United clashGC Foster and Federal United will look to secure their second win in as many matches as the teams go head-to-head at GC Foster College, in the St Catherine Major League football competition, this afternoon, at 3:00 p.m.In another game today, Portsmouth oppose Tru-Juice at Portsmouth Primary School.In matches played recently, Federal United blanked Frasziers Whip 3-0, GC Foster beat Newland 3-1, Dela Vega City tagged Portsmouth 2-0, Old Harbour Bay clipped Royal Lakes 2-1, Tru-Juice edged Dunbeholden 1-0, Christian Pen and New Raiders drew 0-0.NHT, Courts capture shock champs in INSPORTS/Chubby footballIndependence City Primary carved out a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Portsmouth in the feature match of a double-header on the opening day of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League at Portsmouth Primary on Tuesday. Shevaughn Haynes scored the all-important goal for Independence City in the 52nd minute.In the opening game at the venue, Bridgeport came from behind to draw 2-2 against Waterford. Jevin Parkinson (ninth) and Rocede Rose (11th) gave Waterford an early 2-0 lead, but strikes by Omarie Thompson (48th) and Jaheim McLeod (52nd) gave Bridgeport a share of the points.More than $300,000 of combined investment from sponsor Jamaica Beverages and chief organiser the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)has been pumped into this year’s competition.The competition is slated to culminate on December 4. Twelve teams, 240, players have been registered.Jermaine Bibbons, brand manager, Jamaica Beverage, said the programme is ideal for its brand but also encouraged the participants to make full use of opportunities the competition provides.”For Chubby, we are about fun, magic, and potential, and that’s what we want you to enjoy during this competition,” said Bibbons. “It is also very important to listen to your coaches, your teachers, and parents. You must fight hard to win but play fair. It’s not all about winning because if you lose, it’s not the end of the road.”Commending Jamaica Beverages for their support, Institute of Sports’ media-relations officer Andrew Hancel said it is also important that players take a balanced approach towards the sport and academics.”It is important to grab this opportunity because football can make you into millionaires, but academics is key,” said Hancel. “Too often I’ve seen players like you with immense potential get left behind because they didn’t see the importance of a good education.”With education, a player is able to connect the other important factors required to play at a higher level, and remember, there is always life after football,” he emphasised.The competition continues on Tuesday. Kensington Primary won the dress parade. Jamaica Beverages, through its Chubby drink, is the main sponsors of the league.Portsmouth make winning start in INSPORTS netballPortsmouth made an impressive start in defence of their title as they rushed past Waterford 14-3 in a lopsided game in the second match of a double-header, as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Netball League commenced with opening games and a dress parade at the Kensington Primary School on Thursday. Portsmouth Primary won the dress parade.Portsmouth jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after the first quarter and consolidated at 8-2 by half-time, then cruised through the rest of the game. Trishana Gray (10 goals) and Shakera Baker (four goals) led the victors’ scoring. Jamalia Haynes scored all three goals for Waterford.In the opening match, home team Kensington Primary defeated Belmont Park 6-1. Hanna-K Hobbs (four goals) and Nachrista Spencer (two goals) scored for Kensington. The competition continues on Wednesday.Passagefort face Waterford in SE St Catherine dominoDefending champions and top-ranked Passagefort United will put their title on the line tomorrow in a do-or-die semi-final contest against arch-rivals Waterford in the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, sponsored by Member of Parliament, Colin Fagan, at Garveymeade Sports Club.In another semi-final clash, number two ranked Westmeade Rising Stars will square off against nemeses Ken’s Wildflower at Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort. Ken’s Wildflower were soundly beaten by Westmeade, 250-214, in the final preliminary round match, so the rematch is expected to be a real tussle. Both games will begin at 1 p.m.Spit Fyah, Giants in End-of-round domino finalSurprise team Giants will battle favourites Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League at the association’s home, Melbourne Cricket Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, tomorrow, starting at noon.Both Spit Fyah, which won the mid-season final against veteran club Caribbean Classic, and Giants, ended the round on 32 points apiece.Meanwhile, Spit Fyah (57 points) once again defeated second-place Caribbean Classic (53 points), 300-295. Third-place Giants (50 points) cut down Small Axe, 300-228. The quarter-finals of the league will be played on Sunday, November 15.Portmore Division
The BJP’s ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, on Tuesday declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.A meeting of the core committee of the party held here presided by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also passed a resolution saying regional languages serve as an inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity.Spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains said the party had decided to hold a workers’ meeting in Kurukshetra on September 22 to screen candidates interested in contesting the elections. “Interested candidates had already been asked to submit their applications by September 22.” Mr. Bains said a committee headed by senior leader Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder would hold negotiations with the BJP on seat-sharing in the polls which are due next month.The core committee also passed two special resolutions. “In one, the SAD urged the government of India to order an immediate release of all Sikh prisoners languishing in different jails throughout the country despite having served their stipulated sentence. In the other, it reiterated its strong and principled commitment to the perseverance and promotion of the Punjabi language. The party firmly believes that throughout the country the regional languages serve as inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity,” said Mr. Bains.
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) moves into social justice programming by launching ADD’s first ever Town Hall.The event will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This is the first of a recurring series of conversations and town halls on social justice issues affecting urban communities, marginalized segments of society, and youth in disproportionate ways. This Town Hall will focus principally on criminal justice reform and policing.The live event will be moderated by professor, author and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry, whose popular weekly commentary show ran on MSNBC for 4 years. Harris-Perry will lead a discussion with a distinguished group of nationally recognized speakers and panelists including Ben Crump, President of the National Bar Association and lawyer for Trayvon Martin; Jon Rapping, Professor, MacArthur “Genius,” former public defender, and founder and president of Gideon’s Promise; Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; Gregory Thomas, President of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; Dr. Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter, Ty Dolla $ign and others. Nick Cannon will also serve as audience moderator for the evening.“There are few topics more pressing in American society, in particular for minorities and youth, than policing and criminal justice reform,” said Russell Simmons, co-founder of All Def Digital and longstanding social activist. “We want to meaningfully explore this complex issue — from a variety of view points — with some of the most recognized experts in the field today leading the discussion. Our hope is to bring a topic to the forefront that seemingly only gets raised against the backdrop of violence, in a forum where we can inform, educate and understand different perspectives – but hopefully lead to some unified coalition around actionable change. We believe we have assembled an extraordinary panel and know Melissa Harris-Perry and Nick Cannon will do a brilliant job as we launch our Town Hall series.”ADD’s Town Hall will be an invite-only event, including prominent members of the community, elected officials, celebrities, professionals, activists, and students. To express interest in attending, please submit your name and organization to alldeftownhall.com. The event will be available for viewing on Facebook Live. Additionally, components will be released online via ADD’s distribution network across social video platforms like Facebook and YouTube.“We’re proud to be expanding our live and digital programming efforts with a small but important step into social justice,” said Sanjay Sharma, CEO of All Def Digital. “As our audience has continued to grow, spanning Millennial and Gen Z across race and ethnicity, so too has our role in urban youth culture. We will leverage our digital platform to help nationally recognized experts get in front of younger audiences to discuss issues that they care about, and are often disproportionately affected by.”All Def Digital (ADD) is the leading media company for urban-centric youth culture. ADD produces and distributes original content through its own media properties, social channels, traditional and premium television, theatrical motion pictures, live events, and brand partnerships through its newly established in-house creative agency and studio, ADHD. ADD is the fastest growing media brand in urban youth programming, touching over 100 million fans monthly across YouTube, Facebook and its other distribution channels.Jeru Tillman serves as executive producer of the All Def Town Hall.