Prepared for tough game Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home. “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14
Alexander pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery, while Cashmore pleaded guilty to felony accessory to robbery. Both remained free pending sentencing. Roger said Cashmore could get probation or up to five years in prison at sentencing, which will come after an April 15 status check. The district attorney said he would seek a suspended sentence for Alexander, which could get him probation instead of one to six years in prison. Simpson attorney Gabriel Grasso said there have been no discussions with Roger on any plea deal for Simpson, 60. Yale Galanter, another Simpson lawyer, accused the district attorney of letting co-defendants off easy for their testimony against his client, and said he was looking forward to questioning Alexander and Cashmore. “The District Attorney’s Office is giving away the courthouse in order to make deals,” Galanter said. “Obviously, the district attorney is looking to make a case against O.J. Simpson and is offering people incredible deals in an effort to do that.” Cashmore, 40, can testify that Alexander and McClinton brought guns to the Sept. 13 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a room at the Palace Station casino hotel, said his lawyer, Edward Miley. Miley called Cashmore a bit player and Simpson as the “big fish” in a botched robbery. “I think he’s anxious to get his story out there,” Miley said outside the courthouse. Cashmore said he was relieved, but avoided other questions from reporters. Alexander, 46, a real estate salesman from Mesa, Ariz., told police Sept. 15 that Simpson wanted armed men with him when he confronted dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley to retrieve items that Simpson said belonged to him. “I’m at peace with what I’ve done today and what I’m going to do,” Alexander said as he clutched a Bible outside court. “I’m not here to help or hurt O.J. Simpson. I’m only here to tell the truth.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Two of the celebrity’s alleged accomplices make deal. By Ken Ritter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. LAS VEGAS – Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case, agreeing to testify against Simpson and three others in the alleged hotel room theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers. Clark County District Attorney David Roger agreed to drop charges that included kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy against Walter Alexander, Simpson’s golfing buddy, and Charles Cashmore, at times a day laborer, disc jockey and bartender. With testimony from the two men secured, prosecutors moved quickly to prepare revised charges against Simpson, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, Michael McClinton and Charles Ehrlich. The new charges include 11 felonies – including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and coercion – and one gross misdemeanor, conspiracy to commit a crime. A kidnapping conviction alone could result in a sentence of life in prison with parole. A preliminary hearing for the remaining defendants was set to start Nov. 8.
1 Ederson in action for Benfica Manchester City are on the verge of making Benfica goalkeeper Ederson their second summer signing.The Premier League have agreed a fee of around £35million with the Portuguese club for the 23-year-old.The deal will make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time, beating the £32.6m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.Ederson is due to arrive in Manchester on Monday to finalise a move to the Etihad.He played for Benfica in Sunday’s 2-1 cup final victory over Vitoria de Guimaraes and admitted to reporters after the match he had “probably” made his last appearance for the club.City are expected to make a host of big signings this summer after Pep Guardiola ended his first season in charge without any silverware.Portuguese playmaker Bernado Silva has already arrived from Monaco in a £45million deal.City are also understood to be chasing another Monaco star – Benjamin Mendy – and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.