Jamaica’s national soccer team, the Reggae Boyz, will be play Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium, also called Pearl of Stadiums, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 7.Qualified for 2018 World CupSaudi Arabia have already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, The Saudi’s join Iran, Japan and Republic of Korea as the teams from Asia in the world’s top soccer tournament in Russia.Saudi Arabia finished second in their Group behind Japan. The team also qualified in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.Seeking high quality games The new President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, in agreeing to the game, said, “This is an indication of our intent to continue seeking high-quality international friendly games for the senior team. This level of opposition provides an opportunity for the players and technical team to continue the rebuilding of a successful Reggae Boyz team.”To the disappointment of Jamaican soccer fans home and in the Diaspora the Reggae Boyz were eliminated from competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the qualifying round.Anticipate highly competitive gameThe Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore, also welcomed the opportunity for his team to play in Saudi Arabia, stating: “I anticipate a highly competitive fixture which is excellent for our plans moving forward.”The Reggae Boyz have played Saudi Arabia three times, winning one, losing one and drawing the other. The teams played to a 0-0 draw on May 4, 1998; Jamaican won the next encounter 2-1 on July 13, 1999 in the US, but lost the third game 0-4 two days later.The Jamaican squad to travel to Saudi Arabia will be announced later this week.About the Reggae BoyzJamaica’s Reggae Boyz gained worldwide popularity after they qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. They have won the Caribbean Cup five times (1991, 1998, 2005, 2008, and 2010), finished second twice, and came third twice.Read more about the Reggae Boyz:Jamaica Reggae Boyz captain, Andre Blake, denied UK work permit
Hamlin complained of a tender throat, had trouble breathing and dizzy spells. Then he got in the car for a 200-lap race. Hamlin said the illness shouldn’t affect him for today’s Cup race at Dover. “I get hot. I get cold,” he said. “I feel inadequate really.” The results looked like they could have come straight out of the Cup race. Martin Truex Jr., who won the Cup race on the Monster Mile in June, was second. Matt Kenseth finished third. Hamlin, Truex and Kenseth are part of the 12-driver field for the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship. “We just didn’t have the car all day long,” Truex said. “We almost pulled one off on the 20. He was really strong all day.” Hamlin was fastest in the final Cup practice earlier in the day for today’s second Nextel Cup Chase race. Mike Bliss and Reed Sorenson round out the top five. Series points leader Carl Edwards, another Chase driver, was sixth. ETC.: Kurt Busch was penalized and demoralized the last time he left Dover. His tantrum in the pits cost him 100 points and a coveted spot in the top 12 of the Chase standings. Thanks to a late surge over the final two months, the Busch recovered and qualified for NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship. Now the former Nextel Cup champ is back at the Monster Mile, mired in a similar points hole, with even less time to recover. He’s 102 points behind with nine races left. Another faulty part or a wreck could cost Busch and the No. 2 Dodge a chance to finish near the front of the field and all but end his shot at a second Cup championship. For a driver once known for his hot temper, Busch instead is keeping his cool. “To have a small setback in the beginning still gives you nine races to go to make up that small deficit,” said Busch, the 2004 champ. “No panic mode. We just hope this weekend at the Monster Mile is better for us.” Smith’s Las Vegas 350 Polesitter Travis Kvapil broke away from a tight pack with four laps to go and held to win the Craftsman Truck series race, while former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve finished 21st in his series debut. Kvapil pulled away Johnny Benson and Jon Wood at the end to match Mike Skinner and Ron Hornaday for the series lead with his fourth victory of the year. Skinner finished 13th to take over the season points lead from Hornaday, who placed 22nd. Skinner, with 3,070 points, has a three-point lead over Hornaday, who fell out of fourth place following a solo accident with 10 laps left. Benson was second, followed by Wood, Terry Cook and Erik Darnell. NHRA Fall Nationals Funny Car points leader Robert Hight failed to qualify for the O’Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas, while Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert also dropped out to all but end his season title hopes. Three of Friday’s four qualifying leaders remained intact with J.R. Todd leading Top Fuel with a 4.541-second run, Tim Wilkerson topping Funny Car with a 4.787 and Greg Anderson fronting Pro Stock with a 6.668. The only change among the front-runners was Chip Ellis sneaking around Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a double-track-record pass of 6.976 seconds at 191.32 mph Despite his DNQ, Hight remained in the points lead, but could certainly suffer if “Fast Jack” Beckman, Ron Capps or Gary Scelzi do well today. Second in the points, Beckman could do the most damage. He was in the No. 7 spot after a 4.851 in his Dodge Charger R/T. Scelzi was 10th with a 4.863, while Capps was 12th with a 4.884.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The checkered flag was the perfect tonic for the ailing Denny Hamlin Saturday in Dover, Del. Feeling weak and needing intravenous fluids before the race, Hamlin nearly threw in the towel. Good thing he held on, or else he would have missed out on bringing home a trophy. Hamlin shook off an illness and found the energy to dominate and win the caution-filled Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway for his third win of the season. “I need a nap,” Hamlin said after the race. Hamlin can on sleep on this: With the yellow flag seemingly dropping every few laps, a helmet fighting for space with the cars on the track, and full-time Cup drivers nipping at his bumper, Hamlin stayed out of the care center and parked himself in Victory Lane. Swig that soda? No thanks, he sprayed the drink on his crew. He needed water. Winning sure has a way of curing the nastiest symptoms. “It makes your mind away from it, for sure,” Hamlin said.
Tim and Kirsty out on their first date. But will there be another one?Donegal Independent candidate Tim Jackson appears may not have been elected to the Dail but he has become a winner in the love election.The 25 year old first-time candidate from Ballybofey went on a date with a young lady after she asked what would it take to get his phone number.She wrote on his Facebook page “Tim…I have nearly wracked the car on numerous occasions smiling up at your face on the roads … If this election was going on looks, you would get my No.1.” He replied he would be delighted – if his Facebook likes reached more than 4,000.He duly did and Tim and Kirsty Buchanan from Killybegs enjoyed a lovely night out on the night before polling day.So much so that he is hopeful of securing another date with Kirsty very soon – and this time there are not conditions attached!“It won’t be based on Facebook likes or anything like that but hopefully on mutual affection. “I certainly had a lovely time on our date and I would like to go on another date with her but that’s down to her,” said Tim.After receiving a very commendable 5,864 votes, Tim now plans a holiday in France.TIM NOW HOPING FOR A SECOND PREFERENCE – IN THE ROMANCE ELECTION! was last modified: February 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DatedonegalKillybegsKIrsty BuchananTim Jackson