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hamper women's hockey
Hampered by the extreme
cold conditions in West Van-
couver Canada, the T&T
Women's hockey team was
scheduled to go after an over-
all fifth-place finish in Pool
B of the FIH Women's World
League Round Two Qualifi-
ers, team manager Garth
Baptiste said yesterday.
The team went down in their
earlier two matches of the qual-
ifiers 9-0 to Chile and 6-0 to
Mexico on Sunday and were up
against an equally tough Cana-
dian outfit last night which ac-
cording to Baptiste was due to
better preparations under the
cold conditions. "The weather
here has really played an im-
portant role against the team
because the highest tempera-
ture we are playing in is around
7'degrees celcius which is very
very cold. When we analyze the
game we realise that the first 15
minutes it takes us to get into the
game because of the temperature
and then to get warmed-up, so
it is something they have to get
used to" Baptiste said.
He noted "Some of the teams
have been out here two weeks
now, and they have played test
matches against other teams.
Teams such as Canada has been
out here, Australia for three-
four weeks preparations, so I
think it's a case of preparation
for a lot of the teams coming
into these very windy conditions
which haven't done quite well
In spite of this however Bap-
tiste said the mood in his camp
was an upbeat one and they will
be going after a fifth place finish
as they have entered the tourna-
ment as the lowest ranked team.
According to Baptiste it was not
realistic for them to qualify for
the quarter finals but will be
in the fifth, sixth and seventh
Coach, players detained in
Spain match-fixing probe
MADRID--- Spanish police inves-
tigating match-fixing said yester-
day they have detained the coach
and two players of a third-division
club that lost 12-0 to Barcelona's "B''
team over the weekend.
Eldense coach Filippo Vito di Pierro,
who is Italian, was detained in the small
eastern city of Elda. The man who served
as the club's general director and repre-
sented the group of Italian investors that
recently partnered with Eldense, Nobile
Capuani, also was detained. Authori-
ties did not immediately name the two
players taken into custody.
Police detained them after interro-
gating some Eldense players following a
complaint made by the club's president.
They have denied any wrongdoing.
"This is a very delicate subject and
it needs to be treated very seriously,"
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. "In
other countries we have seen similar sit-
uations and they are very unfortunate.
Too many people are trying to benefit
Eldense temporarily ceased its sport-
ing activities on Sunday, a day after the
loss sealed its relegation. The team also
ended its contract with the group of Ital-
The 12-0 loss equalled a record for
Spain's third division. Extremadura
routed Portuense by the same score in
Eldense striker Cheikh Saad told
local media that four teammates were
involved in the scheme, including some
who were seen in tears and were being
consoled by Barcelona players after the
Saad said he found out that the ar-
rangement was for the score to be 8-0
at halftime and 12-0 at the end.
He did not name the teammates.
"In the end, everything will be re-
vealed," said Saad, adding that he refused
to play and stayed on the bench.
Eldense club president David Agu-
ilar said that a player's agent told him
that the match had been fixed in con-
nection with online betting. He said he
had noticed unusual decisions made by
the Italian coach recently, including the
use of players who had not been playing
Eldense has six matches left this sea-
son. Barcelona "B'' leads its regional
group of the third division.
Eldense has played three straight
seasons in the third division. The club,
founded in 1921, was in the second divi-
sion for five consecutive seasons in the
late 1950s and early 60s.
DiPierro was acting as one of Eldense's
coaches alongside Fran Ruiz Casares.
Spanish media said the Italian was in
the process of having his head-coach-
ing license certified. (AP)
Late equalizer provider little
solace for Man United in EPL
MANCHESTER, England ---
Winning the Europa League is
looking increasingly like Manches-
ter United's best chance of getting
back in the Champions League for
It's 20 Premier League games without
defeat for United after Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic, back from suspension, convert-
ed a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a
1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford
Ten of those games have been draws,
though, and United is still struggling to
bridge that gap to the top four where
Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and
Manchester City reside.
"One point or zero points, it's not a
huge difference," said a glum-looking
Jose Mourinho, United's manager.
United is four points behind fourth-
place City with nine games left. Making
the job even harder is United's involve-
ment in the Europa League, where the
team is through to the quarterfinals
and plays Anderlecht in the first leg
It means that in April, United has
eight games --- one every three or four
days --- and Mourinho has already
suggested he might start prioritizing
his key players for the Europa League
if his side's league performances don't
With five draws from its last six home
games in the league, United is clearly
Many of United's recent setbacks have
stemmed from its failure to turn posses-
sion and clear-cut chances into goals,
but this wasn't one of those occasions.
Ander Herrera and substitute Paul
Pogba may have struck the crossbar ei-
ther side of halftime,but Everton caused
problems and defended well after Phil
Jagielka gave the visitors the lead in the
22nd minute from a corner.
At times, United's play was chaotic
and untidy, and they resorted to long
balls by the end as Marouane Fellaini
went up front alongside Ibrahimovic.
The pressure paid off deep in inju-
ry time when substitute Luke Shaw's
shot was blocked in Everton's area by
the hand of Ashley Williams, who was
given a straight red card. The clock had
ticked into the 94th minute when Ibra-
himovic slotted home the penalty.
It was hardly a celebratory mood in-
side Old Trafford after the final whistle.
"The performance was not very
good," Mourinho said. "The spirit in the
second half was phenomenal, but with
some players really in trouble --- some by
the physical point of view, some others
clearly with the confidence levels low."
A look at the other Premier League
LEICESTER 2, SUNDERLAND 0
A tough week got even worse for Sun-
derland manager David Moyes. Things
can't get any better for his Leicester
counterpart, Craig Shakespeare.
Leicester earned a sixth straight win
since Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ra-
nieri in charge of the champions, thanks
to second-half goals by strikers Islam
Slimani and Jamie Vardy.
It was another blow for Sunderland,
which is in last place and eight points
adrift of safety, and the under-fire
Footage was published by a British
newspaper website this week, showing
Moyes telling a female reporter that she
might "get a "slap, even though you're
a woman" following an interview with
the BBC after a game.
There has been widespread condem-
nation of his remarks, although Sun-
derland said on Tuesday that the club
"continues to fully support David in his
role as manager."
clubs eye Joevin
T&T's Joevin Jones has be-
come one of the most talked
about defenders in American
Major League Soccer.A report
on Seattle Sounders' official
website states, "Joevin Jones'
performance since the begin-
ningofthe 2016 MLSCup Play-
offs has been nothing short of
The 25-year-old left back has
five assists in his last 11 matches
dating back to last season, includ-
ing the game-winner in three of
the last five Sounders wins prior
to the two World Cup qualifiers for
T&T in March.
"He's the best left back in MLS,"
said Sounders midfielder Cristian
Roldan. He's that good. Joevin is
unpredictable. You see it in Jordan
[Morris'] goal where [Jones]'megs
the guy and passes it to [Nicolas
Jones, a former player with W
Connection, has a contract that
ends in December but already
there are a few clubs eyeing the
T&T player. It is understood that
clubs from the German Bundesli-
ga, Spanish La Liga, the Mexican
First Division and also another
unnamed club in France have been
keeping track of the 25-year-old
At the moment though, Jones'
future is still undecided as Seattle
are yet to hold any talks regarding
his possible future at the club.
There were some Seattle fans in
Port of Spain last week who came
out to support Jones and the T&T
team against Panama and Mexico
and they were asking questions
about his future, saying they would
love for him to remain with the club
past the current season.
T&T's ESPN analyst Shaka His-
lop spoke about Jones' versatility
on the field of play. "Joevin plays
different roles for T&T and the Se-
attle Sounders, which speaks of his
versatility. But his deeper position
for Seattle doesn't tell the story
of his importance for T&T. I have
said many times in the past, and
continue to believe, that Joevin is
easily our most important player,a
responsibility he readily accepts,"
The former Newcastle and West
Ham United custodian went on to
describe Jones as the modern day
left back. "Joevin is a modern day
left back- very good going forward
and very solid defensively. As Seat-
tle continues to develop and build
on the MLS Cup triumph it's im-
portant that they recognize that
championship teams maintain
that all-over-the-field balance,"
His countryman Kevin Moli-
no, currently wearing Minnesota
United colours, said he wouldn't
mind playing on the same club side
as Jones at some point in his ca-
reer. "Joevin Jones is a very special
player in my eyes with unbelievable
talent. To me any club in the world
will love to have a player like that
in their team," Molino said.
"Joevin is a very important part
of the Seattle and the Trinidad and
Tobago team. In a 1 v 1 situation
both in defence and attack he can
get a job done. As an attacking
player he is so special. I wish one
day we can play with the same
club," Molino continued.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores from the penalty spot, against
Everton during their English Premier League soccer match between
Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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