Jamaica win again at World TT champsJamaica’s men’s table tennis team made it two wins from two games at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships at Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after scoring another 3-0 win yesterday, this time over Laos.In the opening game, Michael Hyatt scored a narrow and nail-biting 3-2 win — 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11 over Phathaphone Thavisack. Kane Watson then brushed aside Mosangsinh Sonpasith 3-0, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and Mark Phillips beat Oliyavong Phonepaseud 3-2 in five sets — 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7.In their first game on Sunday, Jamaica defeated Morrocco, also 3-0.Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Watson won 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 and Phillips won 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.The Jamaicans are second in the group with maximum four points. They trail leaders Morroco (five points), who they defeated in their opening game and who has played a game more.The Jamaicans will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today.The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the DRC, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Daley still St James FA bossWESTERN BUREAU:Incumbent Gregory Daley was returned for another term as President of the St James Football Association, following Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.Other members of the executive are: David Watt, first vice president; Hopeton Gilchrist, second vice president; Dennis Waite, general secretary; Tracey Reid, assistant general secretary and treasurer Gavin McNeil.It is the second time in near four months that the Montego Bay United (MBU FC) owner was losing a football-related election, after failing in his bid to challenge Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change, we understand the culture they work under and help each club administratively to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” Daley said.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.
Then there are moments like Thursday, when Razov is able to turn down the fire in his lungs and legs and turn back the clock. The veteran, using all his guile and a right foot that’s usually for decoration, scored midway through the first half, then watched Francisco Mendoza and Laurent Merlin add goals in the final minutes for a 3-0 victory over the Galaxy before 23,328 at Home Depot Center. The victory lifted Chivas (13-6-4, 43 points) into first place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of Houston. It’s the first time they’ve been in first place beyond April. It also lifted the spirits of their fan club, La Legion, which packed the north end stands, chanting, unfurling an enormous flag that covered the entire section, and late in the game hurling several smoke bombs on to the field and a water bottle that hit Galaxy defender Troy Roberts. The smoke, which engulfed the entire goal, caused the game to momentarily be stopped and the public address announcer to say: “Ladies and gentlemen, we ask that you please refrain from throwing smokebombs on the field.” SOCCER: Goats shut out their rivals again and climb into first place in the Western Conference. By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER There are times when Chivas USA forward Ante Razov feels every one of his 33 years, when he thinks about how nice it would be to sit back at left back and launch long balls down the field instead of spending 90 minutes chasing kids a decade younger. There were few such niceties on the field in this simmering rivalry, with Jesse Marsh ? whose kick to the midsection of David Beckham three weeks ago set off a near-melee ? needing only two minutes to stir it up again. Marsch, after being fouled by Peter Vagenas, threw the ball at Vagenas, who then pushed him back. Marsch earned a yellow card. Four more yellows were handed out, all for rough tackles. Standing out on an evening of gritty play was the graceful finish by Razov. He chested down a pass from Lawson Vaughn on the right side of the box. With Abel Xavier on his left hip and goalkeeper Joe Cannon coming out to challenge him, Razov fired with his notoriously underused right foot. The ball kicked off Cannon’s forearm, and kicked off the far post and into the net. “It’s a game of inches,” Cannon said. “And that pretty much typifies they kind of year it’s been for both teams.” The goal was the ninth of the season and the 107th of Razov’s career, moving him within one of Jason Kreis for second place on MLS’ all-time scoring list. Razov, who once played for UCLA and the Galaxy, said he cherishes nights like Thursday. “It all means more ? even going to training,” he said. “As a young kid, you probably take it for granted. I’m tired. But you’re not going to play forever. Certainly these kinds of games are fun, especially in your hometown. It’s a lot of fun.” Said Marsch, himself 33: “There’s days where you think why am I still doing this? But the thing about ‘te, he still shows, he’s mobile, he knows how to combine and to play soccer, and the one thing you have to say is he knows how to score goals. There’s always a need for that.” Nobody knows that more than the last-place Galaxy (4-12-5). Fighting off fatigue and frustration midway through the second half, they summoned up the strength ? mainly on the legs of Landon Donovan ? to create a handful of dangerous chances. But neither Alan Gordon, Carlos Pavon, substitute Gavin Glinton or anyone else in a white jersey could finish them. “Tonight we lacked that little something in front of the goal,” Donovan said. In the 88th minute, Mendoza gave Chivas a cushion, driving a shot past Cannon on a counter attack. Driving in the final stake three minutes later was the substitute Merlin, who made his entry into MLS by winning a tryout amongst by the Galaxy to play with David Beckham. When he was released, Chivas picked him up. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!