MIAMI, United States (CMC): New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will host next year’s final of the historic Copa America Centenario, organisers have announced. Sixteen teams, comprising six from the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) and ten from South America, will do battle in the tournament. Caribbean champions Jamaica have already qualified for the tournament, while Trinidad and Tobago will contest a play-off next month against Haiti to determine their place. The tournament marks the 100-year anniversary of the prestigious Copa America, which will be staged outside South America for the first time in its history. The stadium, which boasts a capacity of 82,000, will take centre stage for the June 3-26 tournament scheduled to be played across ten venues across the United States. Games will also be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; California, Levi Stadium in San Francisco; NRG Stadium in Houston, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; CenturyLink Field in Seattle; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; the Orlando Citrus Bowl; and Soldier Field in Chicago.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 STOKE CITY 3GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: RITCHIE 57th. STOKE: IMBULA 9th; AFELLAY 52nd; JOSELU 55th.Newcomer Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as the Potters ended their three-match losing run. Record-signing Imbula gave Stoke an early lead before Ibrahim Afellay and sub Joselu extended their advantage soon after half-time. Matt Ritchie’s left-footed reply came too late for the Cherries, who dropped to 15th in the Barclays Premier League.CHELSEA 5NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 5th; PEDRO 9th, 59th; WILLIAN 17th;TRAORE 83rd. NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 90th.Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss continued as Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone on the back of a Stamford Bridge thrashing. Diego Costa claimed his eighth goal in nine games for the Blues, Pedro scored twice, and Willian made it 4-0 before Bertrand Traore made it five. Andros Townsend replied for the Magpies.CRYSTAL PALACE 1WATFORD 2GOALS:- PALACE: ADEBAYOR 45th. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 16th, 82nd.Watford are eighth in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a brace from striker Troy Deeney. The Hornets skipper gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, though newcomer Emmanuel Adebayor claimed his first goal to pull the Eagles level. Ben Watson set up Deeney for the winner, while Palace finished with 10 men after Pape Souare was red-carded.EVERTON 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOAL:- WBA: RONDON 14th.West Bromwich Albion secured their first Barclays Premier League win in six outings as Everton suffered a sixth home defeat of the season. But Everton were forced to suffer on an afternoon in which they failed to score despite creating 34 shots. Albion, though, took their chance when Salomon Rondon scored against the run of play early on.NORWICH CITY 2WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:- NORWICH: BRADY 54th; HOOLAHAN 65th. WEST HAM: PAYET 74th; NOBLE 76th.Norwich suffered a setback in their bid for Barclays Premier League safety when they allowed West Ham to come back from a two-goal deficit at Carrow Road. Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries the lead, but Dimitri Payet gave West Ham hope and then set up Mark Noble for the equaliser.SWANSEA CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 69th.Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster maintained his unbeaten record since returning from injury to help his side into sixth place. Forster and Saints have now gone nine hours and 14 minutes without conceding, and, with Shane Long scoring the game’s only goal, extended their unbeaten run to six games, of which they have won five.SUNDERLAND 2MANCHESTERUNITED 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: KHAZRI 3rd; DE GEA OG 82nd. UNITED: MARTIAL 39th.Sunderland improved their chances of survival, thanks to a poor Manchester United display. Wahbi Khazri gave Sunderland the lead with a free-kick, though Anthony Martial levelled with a delightful chip over Vito Mannone, but in the final minutes, Khazri’s corner went in via a deflection off United keeper David de Gea.
Coaches in the central region are expressing disappointment with an event schedule change – prompted by sponsors Digicel – which now has all but two track finals being contested on the second day of competition at the Central Championships.The two-day meet, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, gets under way today at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.Previously, several of the finals, including the 100m and 1500m events, were contested on the opening day of competition. However, chief organiser Chester McCarthy explained that every consideration was given to athlete safety and that there is ample time and facilities to aid in their recovery between events.”Some coaches may decide to either switch around athletes or pull athletes because of the changes,” McCarthy admitted.”What we used to do in the past is to have a number of finals done on Day One, but now, you will find that the 100m and 200m, for instance will take place on the same day. The major reason is that they are both (Digicel) Grand Prix events and the sponsors wanted it to be that way, so they wanted all the Grand Prix events to be focused in terms of finals for the last day for media purposes, and so on,” McCarthy explained before pointing to the systems put in place.”Even though Boys and Girls’ Champs is over five days, you will find that a lot of athletes will compete in three finals on the final day at Champs. Some of these events will be a one run – a straight final. Some coaches are overly concerned, but I don’t think it is as bad as some people make it out to be,” he added.”Also, remember that the sponsors have put in place things like ice therapy, which will help in the recovery there is an ice bath set up for all athletes. This was never there in the past, so a lot of consideration has been given.”SHOULD NOT HAVEBEEN ALLOWEDStill, for experienced Manchester High coach Jerry Holness, these changes should never have been allowed.”What about the athletes who double and possibly compete in relays, are we going to have them do all of those events on one day?”People cannot allow sponsors to dictate to them,” said Holness. “As organisers, you have to stand up to the sponsors and meet them somewhere along the way. You can’t just because they are going to give you a little money to run the meet you are going to accept anything without thinking about the athletes. I think it’s crazy!”We will probably end up using someone who won’t go to Champs to run some of the events, too,” said Holness.Michael Dyke, coach of defending Central and Girls’ champions Edwin Allen High, was also critical.”At this point, there is nothing that we can do. The coaches will just have to make the adjustment depending on the value they put on the meet,” said Dyke. “It may help to deplete the quality to the extent that you might not see some of the persons you would want to see competing, or they may just end up doing just one event.”I mean, running a sprint double on the same day, for instance, is not a good idea, and there are three sprints – 100m, 200m, and 400m – plus the relays. Management is going to be very important, so it’s up to the individual coaches and teams to manage their athletes to the best of their ability,” added Dyke.