GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC): Disgraced former CONCACAF president, Jeff Webb, is set to be sentenced in June next year, after recently pleading guilty to corruption charges in the United States. World Football Insider has reported that Caymanian Webb, who headed the continental governing body for football in North, Central American and the Caribbean, will be sentenced on June 3. Webb recently pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy, charges levelled by United States prosecutors. According to the US Depart-ment of Justice, Webb agreed to forfeit US$6.7 million as part of his plea. A former FIFA vice-president and Executive Committee member, Webb was one of several football officials who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Swiss police and subsequently indicted as part of an elaborate racketeering and corruption schemed alleged by the US Department of Justice. He was extradited to the US to face the charges where he pleaded not guilty and was placed on US$10 million bond. The former Cayman Islands Football Association president is currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta.
BOURNEMOUTH VS CRYSTAL PALACEAFC Bournemouth are on a roll after winning three games in a row, while they are unbeaten in five games. The rapid rise of Bournemouth, in the top flight for the first time, can be measured by the fact that just two years ago, their Boxing Day opponents were Yeovil Town. By contrast, Crystal Palace have lost three of their last four games on Boxing Day.ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAMAston Villa are rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Traditionally, the team bottom at Christmas suffers relegation five months later, though Leicester, last season, and Sunderland in 2013-14, were bottom at Christmas and both survived. Traditionally, Villa struggle on Boxing Day; they have not won on this festive day since 2005, when they beat Everton 4-0 at Villa Park.CHELSEA VS WEST BROMSwansea were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United on Sunday, ending a run of three straight defeats. However, the Welshmen have now gone seven games without a win, their longest spell since they failed to win in eight in the 2013-14 season.Swansea have won none of their last seven Premier League home games at Liberty Stadium, drawing four and losing three, while failing to score in five of those matches. VS WATFORDChelsea begin life (again) under caretaker Guus Hiddink. The former Dutch international manager had a previous spell as interim boss in 2009, when he lost only one of 22 league games and led Chelsea to success in the FA Cup. Chelsea are just three points clear of the relegation zone with only 18 points; last season they had 42.NEWCASTLE VS EVERTONNewcastle United are at home for only the second time in five Boxing Day fixtures while, in the previous 10 years, they have won just twice on this day. Everton are away for the first time on Boxing Day since 2011 and lost the last two, both 1-0 at Goodison Park. In 21 previous Premier League clashes between Newcastle and Everton at St James’ Park, Newcastle have won 12, drawn four and lost five.STOKE CITY VS MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal is under pressure. The fans are turning against the Dutchman and some believe he has two games left to safe his job – this trip and the home game against Chelsea two days later. But United should be confident; in seven Premier League visits they have won four, drawn two and lost just once.SWANSEA
CENTURION, South Africa (AP): England crumbled to 101 all out and their second-lowest score ever in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs yesterday, ending a hugely successful tour on a sobering low point. Continuing on 52-3, England lasted barely an hour on the final day at SuperSport Park, as their last seven batsmen were fired out in just over 13 overs, mainly down to another supreme display by young South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “This week has shown us that if you’re not absolutely 100% on it … you just can’t compete,” England captain Alastair Cook said. Still, England had already won the series with a 2-0 lead ahead of the final Test and will celebrate a first victory over South Africa in 11 years. The context of the loss was that the game in Centurion was a dead rubber, and England were reaching the end of a long and rugged tour. Over the last month, England beat South Africa convincingly in two games on their home soil, and dominated long periods of the drawn second Test in Cape Town. South Africa chased down their consolation win desperately, having sustained a rare home series loss, been knocked off the top of the Test rankings, and been the target of sometimes fierce criticism by their fans and media commentators. Rabada’s 6-32 in England’s brief second innings, and his 13 wickets in the Test, confirmed the relief of a first victory for the former No. 1 team in their last 10 Tests, since they beat West Indies in early January 2015. “Tough times are part of the game. And it’s a part of individual careers,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “I never felt it was panic stations.” The 20-year-old Rabada became only the third South African to take 13 wickets in a Test, and his match figures of 13-144 were the second-best ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.
American Ameer Webb posted his second sub-20 time of the season in the half-lap event, winning in a meet record 19.85. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.06. Jamaica’s only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet, fell well short of her personal and season’s best 14.47m in the triple jump. The 24-year-old, who cited her coach’s absence as the possible reason for her below-par showing, placed sixth after managing 14.10m. The event was won by Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world-leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions. Yulimar Rojas, with her leap of 14.92m, broke the Venezuelan national record for second, with Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (14.61m) placing third. [email protected] NEW SEASON BEST One of two other Jamaican top three finishers on the night was Veronica Campbell-Brown, who improved her season best to 10.91 seconds in the women’s 100m. Campbell-Brown was not perturbed at not winning as she intends to produce her best when it counts most. “I am working to keep getting better so that when it matters most, I am at my best,” Campbell-Brown said. There was a mild upset in the race. American champion and World bronze medallist Tori Bowie won ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in a new meet record and world-leading 10.80. Schippers clocked 10.83. The second Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05. The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series as she appeared race rusty and was third in a season’s best 55.02. “I wasn’t hurdling properly … I was jumping for the most part of it,” Spencer, the four-time Diamond Trophy winner in the event, said. The race was won by Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle in a world-leading 54.53, with world indoor 400m champion Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya placing second in 54.87. Nickel Ashmeade placed a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200m in 20.31, which he said was due to the flu, which made it difficult even for him to speak. MEET RECORD DOHA, Qatar: “I want everything!” Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a quality field at the Qatar Sports Club at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. McLeod won in a world-leading and season’s best 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old’s first Diamond League outing, and having created history since the start of the year by becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant right up to the Olympics as he wants all that’s on offer. “You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game, especially with these world-class athletes. Let them know you are around and let them know you are here to stay,” McLeod said. McLeod survived a stumble at the end of yesterday’s race as he finished ahead of compatriot Hansle Parchment. Parchment, who also clocked a season’s best 13.10, viewed his run as another rung on the journey to the two big races. “I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event – first the trials and then the Olympics, ” Parchment said. Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was sixth in 13.37.