WESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Ryan Keating, through his Progressive Group, has vowed to stay on as title sponsor of the Trelawny FA Under-17 youth football league.This follows Sunday’s thrilling final between Clarks Town and Village United at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.”The plan we have moving forward is to continue our sponsorship with the association, to help develop and unearth good, talented youngsters from this parish,” Keating said.”We really cannot complain about what we witnessed in this our first season as sponsors. There were some obvious glitches, but that was expected. It’s work in progress, and we are happy with the standard of most teams and the discipline of the players,” he added.Village United were crowned champions after tagging Clarks Town 2-1, thanks to a brace from their class striker, Shaquille James.First goalThe youngster fired home his first in the 55th minute, and added his second at the 68th minute after rounding the advancing Clarks Town goalkeeper, who was left to play almost as a sweeper – with his central defenders badly out of position – then walked the ball to the goal line before booting into the empty goal.Clarks Town did celebrate a goal, when Kirk Brown brought them temporarily back into the match with a 66th-minute equaliser at the back-end of a beautiful build-up. But his strike and celebration was short-lived.Village had more to shout about, as their midfielder, Charles Grant, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Tavayne Kerr of beaten semi-finalists Harmony FC, scorer of nine goals, won the Golden Boot award.Dean Ellis, Village United’s head coach, was full of praise for his youngsters.”This is a great way to close out the season. I hope the players learn plenty from their time out in the field. Some of us will not be here next season, but others will remain, and some will come in,” said Ellis.”I hope that we will be strong enough to retain the title when that time comes around, but right now, I am delighted with the achievement,” he added.
The Italian felt Swansea were time-wasting when the game was still goalless, but after Chelsea sealed the three points, he expressed his remorse.“After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game,” said Conte.“During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official.“At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.“I repeat, I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.“They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat, the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”Antonio Rudiger’s first goal were sufficient against a struggling Swansea side, with the reigning Premier League champions extending their undefeated streak to six games.Conte added: “We started this season with many problems. Now we are trying to solve these problems. I think now we are improving.“We are trying another system of play. And I had the possibility to alternate these two systems. These are good options for me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte remonstrates with referee Neil Swarbrick before being sent to the standsLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – Antonio Conte has apologised to referee Neil Swarbrick after being sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Swansea.Conte was dismissed on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge after protesting furiously in a discussion with Swarbrick over a number of contentious decisions.
“It’s tough when you are playing with ribs that are more than just bruised. But as football players, it’s hard to take us off the field,” he said. “You have to be really pretty much dying out there to come off the field. That’s just the way we are.” Tomlinson said there were some games “that it really affected me, but finally today was the first day that I didn’t have a problem with it.” LaDainian Tomlinson’s 6-yard scoring run in the second quarter of Saturday’s San Diego Chargers game against the Denver Broncos was his 20th touchdown of the season, breaking out of a team-record tie with Chuck Muncie, who scored 19 TDs in 1981. He also eclipsed Hall of Famer Lance Alworth’s team career mark of 9,721 yards from scrimmage, pushing his total to 9,755. Tomlinson hadn’t scored in the previous four games, matching the longest drought of his five-year career. He gained 92 yards on 19 carries, his fifth consecutive game under 100 yards. He sustained what the team thought were bruised ribs in a win over Oakland on Dec. 4. X-rays the next day didn’t show a break, but Tomlinson said an MRI last week revealed a cracked rib. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCowboys’ Glenn cited Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn was cited for public intoxication late Friday, police said. An off-duty officer caught Glenn urinating behind a Dallas fast-food restaurant, Cpl. Jamie Kimbrough said. Glenn was handcuffed but not taken to jail because he was with a sober adult, which is standard procedure, Kimbrough said. Glenn leads Cowboys receivers with 1,092 yards and seven touchdowns. The Cowboys play their regular-season finale today at home against St. Louis. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team had no comment. Glenn’s agent, James Gould, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. The Cowboys activated defensive end Vontrell Jamison from the practice squad. Jamison fills the spot vacated by rookie linebacker Kevin Burnett, who was placed on injured reserve Friday with a torn knee ligament. Jamison, a 6-foot-6, 277-pound Clemson product, joined the Cowboys practice squad Nov. 2. An early vacation For the first time in three years, the Minnesota Vikings go into their regular-season finale knowing there will be no game the following week, but today’s NFC North matchup against Chicago is different for more reasons than that. With coach Mike Tice and his assistants in the last season of their contracts and 17 players set to become free agents, this finale has an unmistakable air of finality, even if everyone involved is trying to approach it as just another game. “Every game’s an emotional game for me,” Tice said. “You know, I pour my heart and soul into every game, as do the coaches and the players. Every game is draining. I’m sure this one will be as draining, if not more.” Once the whistle blows, Tice said he will be too busy focusing on the game for any emotions to creep in. Or so he would have everyone believe. “I might be lying, but I don’t see how it could be any different,” he said. “Maybe when the game ends, it might be a little different.” Winning a rarity Win or lose, not much will change for the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) in their last regular-season outing, exactly what players and fans grew accustomed to during a blunder-filled 15-year postseason drought. “I’ve never been in that situation,” said wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. “I’ve always been on the flip side of that, getting ready to go home Tuesday after the game today. So we don’t know. We’re going to play the game to try to win, I’m quite sure of that.” Thanks to Denver’s 23-7 victory over San Diego on Saturday, the Chiefs (9-6) will go into the game with their own playoff hopes very much alive. If the Chiefs beat the Bengals and Detroit (5-10) can upset Pittsburgh (10-5), then Kansas City will sneak past the Steelers for the No. 6 seed. Former Bear HB dies Harry “Flash” Clarke, a halfback on the Chicago Bears’ 1940, ’41 and ’43 championship teams, has died. He was 89 and had Alzheimer’s disease. He died Saturday at a nursing home in Morgantown, W.Va., his son, Scott Clarke, said. As a rookie, Clarke scored two touchdowns in the 1940 championship game in the Bears’ 73-0 romp over the Washington Redskins. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!