WESTERN BUREAU: The dazzlingly new Flow Super Cup was unveiled yesterday in Montego Bay at the launch of the 2015 edition of the cash-rich schoolboy competition, which, according to Carlo Redwood, vice-president, marketing and products, FLOW, promises more money and lots more fun. The more than $2 million on offer makes this year’s staging a super football event, with all the top eight qualified schools rewarded. This also includes prize money for the Golden Boot winner. “We remain committed to the players that will participate, the schools that will benefit, an,d of course, the wider community,” stated Redwood. “This is why we modified the event to improve on what we delivered last year and chart the course for this competition, which, we believe, has tremendous potential for growth,” he added. Sixteen teams, the eight daCosta Cup interzone winners and eight Manning Cup quarter-finalists, will lock horns in the monthlong Super Cup competition, with the winner guaranteed the big prize of $1 million and the wonderfully crafted Italian-made trophy. All the qualifiers are set to make $25,000 upfront, with the added incentive from Western Sports that will provide every player with Nike football boots. The overall money will increase with each round for which the schools qualify. In total, $25,000 goes to each qualifier; $50,000 to the schools that reach the quarter-finals, while the four semi-finalists will pocket $100,000 each and the winner an additional $625,000, making the overall value in cash to the winning school $1 million. Three venues have been selected to host matches in the Flow Super Cup. These are the National Stadium, Sabina Park and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The draw for the first round – which will involve a triple-header and double-header – takes place on October 22, with Match Day One set for October 24 and each Saturday thereafter. The final will be played at a venue yet to be determined, on November 14. happy for improvements ISSA President Dr Walton Small was delighted with improvements on the Flow Super Cup and congratulated the sponsors for “the most highly anticipated schoolboy sporting event”. “They were the ones with the vision and it’s something we are happy about, with their bold innovations, and it is something that has captured our hearts,” he said. Unlike last year when patrons accessed tickets from buying newspapers, this year, they will be asked to pay $500 or $200 to see the matches, or purchase $500 and $200 FLOW phone credit vouchers to get tickets. A $500 ticket gets a seat at the National Stadium and Montego Bay Sports Complex grandstand areas and a $200 voucher provides access to the bleachers. For Sabina Park, it’s a $500 voucher for the George Headley Stand and $200 for other areas. In addition, there will be a Super Cup Tour on October 7, which comprises visits to the campus of five title contenders.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil last year, only had to avoid defeat in Nicosia to follow Belgium in qualifying from Group I.Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev fired in a ninth-minute opener for the visitors, before Magomed Ozdoev, who scored a fabulous long-range strike on Thursday against Scotland, made it two midway through the first half.Any thoughts of a Cyprus comeback were ended in just the 28th minute when Kostas Laifis was dismissed for a nasty lunge on Russian full-back Sergei Petrov.Striker Artem Dzyuba scored his third goal in two games in the 79th minute, before Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev’s second completed the rout late on.Russia will attempt to overtake Belgium, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 earlier on Sunday, at the summit when they host the world’s number one side on November 16.The European Championship finals, which start on June 12 next year, are being held at 12 different venues across the continent, including Saint Petersburg in Russia.Poland went into their game against North Macedonia knowing victory would punch their ticket for the Euros.They were forced to be patient by the visitors, who could qualify through the playoffs after winning their Nations League group if they fail to do so automatically.Chicago Fire player Przemyslaw Frankowski (L) made the crucial breakthrough for Poland © AFP / Lukasz SZELAGBut Przemyslaw Frankowski prodded home less than 60 seconds after coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute, before Akardiusz Milik made the points safe.Poland remain three points clear of Austria, who won 1-0 in Slovenia, at the top of Group G, with North Macedonia and Slovenia five points further adrift.– Dutch see off Belarus –Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands remained at the top of Group C ahead of Germany on head-to-head record with a nervy 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk.The Dutch lead third-placed Northern Ireland by three points after beating Michael O’Neill’s side 3-1 on Thursday.Georginio Wijnaldum headed the away team in front in the 32nd minute, shortly after Denis Laptev had spurned a golden chance to give Belarus a shock lead.The Liverpool midfielder doubled the advantage before the break with a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top corner, and although Stanislav Dragun gave Belarus hope early in the second half, the Netherlands held on with relative comfort.Georginio Wijnaldum heads in the opening goal © AFP / Sergei GAPON“We have to do better than we did in the second half, although in the end we had things under control,” Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk told television channel NOS.“We are now very close to qualifying for the finals, and ultimately that’s what counts.”Victory in Belfast over the Northern Irish next month would secure the Oranje a first appearance at a major tournament since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup.Germany eased to a 3-0 victory in Estonia despite seeing Emre Can sent off in the 14th minute.Ilkay Gundogan, who along with Can before kickoff ‘unliked’ a controversial Instagram post by Turkey forward Cenk Tosun, scored twice, with Timo Werner also finding the net.Joachim Loew’s side host Northern Ireland in their final game, which could decide second place.“We had to regroup after the red card, the team did well after the break, we did not concede and scored three goals,” said Loew.– Wales hold up Croatia –Gareth Bale scored as Wales held Croatia to a 1-1 draw © AFP / GEOFF CADDICKCroatia were made to wait to qualify, as Gareth Bale’s strike in first-half injury time proved enough to grab a 1-1 draw for Wales in Cardiff.Nikola Vlasic fired a low ninth-minute shot in off the post to put Croatia on course for qualification, before Bale’s fine goal secured Wales a point in a bad-tempered affair.Last year’s World Cup runners-up Croatia will qualify if they avoid defeat against Slovakia in their final match on November 16, while Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales could join them with two closing wins, as long as Slovakia do not beat the Croatians.“We’ve got to win both games and rely on others. But we’re in it. I wanted to be in it after these games,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs told Sky Sports.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Magomed Ozdoev scored for the second time in four days as Russia qualified for Euro 2020 © AFPParis, France, Oct 13 – Poland and Russia secured their places at Euro 2020 on Sunday with victories over North Macedonia and Cyprus respectively, while Germany and the Netherlands boosted their hopes of reaching the finals.Russia eased to a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Cyprus, with Poland joining them, Belgium and Italy in qualifying this week by seeing off North Macedonia 2-0.
TOKYO – Sony is dropping its money-losing rear-projection TV business worldwide to focus on two flat-panel technologies – liquid crystal display and organic light-emitting diode, the company said Thursday. Sales of rear-projection TVs had been declining recently as LCD TVs gain in popularity and get bigger, Sony Corp. spokesman Shinji Obana said. In October, Sony lowered its global sales forecast for rear-projection TVs – which uses a projector to create images on large screens – to 400,000 from 700,000, which is down from 1.1 million the previous fiscal year. By contrast, Sony expects to sell 10 million LCD TVs this fiscal year through March, up from 6.3 million the previous year. Sony sells 85 percent of its rear-projection TVs in the U.S., and about 10 percent in Europe, Obana said. Production at the three plants that make the rear-projection TVs in Japan, Mexico and Malaysia, will be halted, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe decision to abandon rear-projection TVs underlines Sony’s strategy of focusing on LCDs and OLEDs at a time when competition is heating up in flat TVs. In the fiscal half-year through September, Sony lost 60 billion yen ($526.3 million) in its TV operations, partly because of losses tied to rear-projection TVs. Diving prices of LCD TVs also contributed to the red ink, Obana said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAtlantis was the last of the shuttles to be hauled by tractor through Lancaster – up 10th Street East, later renamed Challenger Way – to be loaded on a NASA 747 at Edwards Air Force Base for its first trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. By the time Endeavour was built in 1991, population growth had added enough light poles, traffic signals and trees to make impractical towing a 75-ton spacecraft as tall as a five-story building through the city, so it was flown straight out of Plant 42. Atlantis flew its first mission in October 1985, a secret one for the Defense Department. The orbiter has since flown 20 more missions, including launching the Magellan probe to Venus and the Galileo probe to Jupiter. “Having been born and raised in the Antelope Valley, I have seen our aerospace industry grow and flourish here over the years,” said Runner. “While it was some time ago, I can remember when Palmdale first delivered Atlantis for service to NASA back in 1985.” NASA plans to retire Atlantis after a mission tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2008. NASA plans to replace the space shuttle fleet with a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. The agency plans later this year to select a contractor to develop the new spacecraft. The only space shuttle in a museum is the first one, Enterprise, which never went into space but was used for flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1970s. Enterprise is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Runner’s bill will first be heard by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. No date has been set yet for that hearing. between 1980 and 1985 james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Space shuttle Atlantis, rolled out of Rockwell International’s Palmdale plant in 1985 as the fourth and final of the original shuttle fleet, could return to its birthplace if a local lawmaker gets her wish. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, has authored Assembly Joint Resolution 52, asking the California Legislature to send a request to the president and congressional leaders to send Atlantis to Palmdale after NASA retires the orbiter in 2008. “It just makes sense for Atlantis to return home to Palmdale,” Runner said. “This resolution is an important step in the process. It will demonstrate that California is united behind Palmdale as the proper location.” Palmdale’s Air Force Plant 42 was the site of the construction of the entire space shuttle fleet. Atlantis was built at what was then a Rockwell facility. While seven shuttles were originally contemplated, Atlantis was the last in the budget until the 1986 destruction of Challenger led to the creation of Endeavour from spare parts.