Former Reggae Boyz forward Devon Hodges, is set to join struggling Waterhouse FC as the Red Stripe Premier League’s (RSPL) cellar dwellers look to turn around their season. Humble Lion have received a transfer request for the player, who has been training at Waterhouse for the past week. With Waterhouse at the bottom of the 12-team league with 15 points from 19 games, the club is hopeful of acquiring the service of the prolific striker in order to stave off relegation. “Well, I have seen in the media that Hodges is linked with a move to Waterhouse,” Vassell Reynolds, technical director of Humble Lion, told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, yesterday. “I had not seen him (Hodges) for a couple of days … after that I heard rumours that he is at Waterhouse. Then I learnt that a transfer request was made for the player yesterday (Wednesday),” Reynolds disclosed. Newly appointed Waterhouse assistant coach Shavar Thomas confirmed that Hodges has been training at Waterhouse. “He (Hodges) is in training with us. However, he is not in the plans to play in the next game,” Thomas added. However, when contacted yesterday Waterhouse president Fitzroy Vidal told The Gleaner that he could not confirm whether Hodges will be heading to the Drewsland-based club. “We are in discussions and negotiations with clubs. We are talking to clubs associated with several players but (we) are not yet ready to make anything public,” Vidal said. The 31-year-old striker has won the Leading Goalscorer award and Player of the Season at Rivoli United. He also represented Wadadah FC and Tivoli Gardens in the local national league. He also played overseas for Song Lam Nghe An and TDCS Dong Thap in Vietnam. Hodges represented Jamaica six times and scored in two international friendly games. TRAINING CONFIRMATION
finishers Corporate Team (Females): 1. Berts Auto Parts – 1:54.04 2. Bank of Jamaica – 1:54.53 3. J Wray & Nephew Ltd – 1:57.15 Males: 1. Bank of Jamaica 2. UWI 3. National Commercial Bank TOP WOMEN Other top three KIRK Brown and Karlene Blagrove continued their good form this season as they captured the male and female 5K titles at yesterday’s Sagicor Sigma 5K Run in New Kingston. Brown, who copped the men’s title, won in 17 minutes 15 seconds, finishing ahead of former champion Shawn Pitter, who clocked 17.41 minutes, while Kemar Leslie took third in 18 minutes 26 seconds. Despite winning, Brown was not pleased with his time. “I feel great about the race, but I wanted to run much faster. This could have been so, but the officials needed to be more alert as I made a turn-off going the right way and they called me back to say it was wrong, then realised that I was correct and that allowed me not to have a faster time. But it was a great race overall,” said Brown. Williams-Mills, who is a cancer survivor herself, was delighted to be a part of the activities. “I am happy to be a part of this as I didn’t know that Jamaica had something like this going on over the years; but since being diagnosed with cancer, I realised that there has been so much more going on that I didn’t pay attention to when it relates to cancer. But for them to have an event like this, and so many persons turning out and to raise money for the cause, is fantastic and it is indeed an awesome feeling. “When I got the invitation to come, I said to myself that I could not have missed it. I have no regrets coming as life is just not about running track, and to break my schedule to come and give my support is great,” said Williams-Mills. The veteran Blagrove covered the course in 23 minutes, .05 seconds, to be the first female to finish. Jozanne Harris was second in 23 minutes, 23 seconds, with third going to Janette Robinson in 24 minutes 22 seconds. Yesterday’s staging saw over 23,000 participants, which included walkers and wheelchair entrants as they turned out to give their support to the Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island. Over $43 million was raised and Donovan Perkins, CEO of Sagicor Bank, was very pleased. “Today was an awesome day and I am very pleased with the support given for this venture. Although we targeted $50 million, we were very close as we got a little over $43 million and this is much better than last year, where we raised about $33m. But each year it gets bigger and better because it is for a worthy cause,” said Perkins, who also recognised artistes Ding Dong and Chi Ching Ching for keeping the large crowd entertained. Also on hand at yesterday’s event was Jamaica’s World Championships 4×400 metres gold medallist Novlene Williams-Mills, who had the honour of releasing hundreds of balloons before the start of the event. Wheelchair females: 1. Sylvia Grant – 30:33 2. Colleen Morrison – 31:40 3. Maureen Saunders – 39:52 Wheelchair males: 1. Alphanso Cunningham – 28:13 2. Joel Brown – 34:00 3. Andre Morgan – 38:20 Corporate Run Females (Overall): 1. Gianna Anderson (UWI) – 22:47 2. Chantel Banbury (UWI) – 22:48 3. Gillian Campbell (NCB) – 23:20 Males: 1. Wilfred Wilson (UDC) – 20:08 2. Gerold Palmer (Dunns Electrical) – 20:25 3. Dwayne Smit h (BOJ) – 20:34 Executive Management 1. Ricardo Nuncio (D&G) – 25:55 2. Richard Oliver (RE/MAX Elite) 3. Dalton Myers (UWI) Open Walk Females: 1. Olivia McKoy – 33:33 2. Tamara Banton – 33:58 3. Keisha Whittingham – 33:59 Males: 1. Jason Whynn – 32:00 2. Kenardo Phillips – 32:03 3. Lenworth Hunter – 32:06 CANCER SURVIVOR
Dr Peter Phillips sported a Wittnauer wrist watch with the emblem of the People’s National Party (PNP) stamped on the face. “A constituent of mine gave me this and I take it to mean PNP time,” Phillips said. Phillips is the PNP campaign director for this the country’s 17th general election and he said of all the campaigns in which he has participated, “this one feels like one of the best.” The PNP has won nine of the previous 16 general elections, and is seeking a second term in office having won 42-21 of the 63-seat House of Representatives in 2011. “The team tells me that they are where they ought to be and ahead of that,” Phillips said.
LONDON (CMC): Jamaica international Wes Morgan was one of four Leicester City players named in the Professional Football Association’s team of the year in London, England, yesterday. The 32-year-old England-born Morgan has been one of the linchpins of Leicester’s defence this season, as the minnows have stunned the Premier League with their astonishing title bid. Leicester are closing in on their first-ever title, leading the standings with 73 points – five clear of North London side Tottenham Hotspurs – with four games left in the season. Morgan, who skippers the Foxes, has featured in all 34 Premiership games for them this season, scoring a single goal. That strike proved massive, as it lifted the leaders to a crucial 1-0 win over Southampton earlier this month. He spent most of his career at Nottingham Forest where he became their longest-serving player, before moving to Leicester in January, 2012. Morgan helped Leicester win the Championship in 2014 and then scored two goals as they managed to finish 14th in the Premiership. He has been a regular for Jamaica and was a key part of the side that reached the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, and is currently involved in the country’s sputtering World Cup qualifying campaign. As expected, Morgan’s teammates Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, have all been included in the PFA team. Vardy’s 22 goals have been the catalyst for Leicester’s extraordinary campaign while midfielders Kante and Mahrez have been revelations.