Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Florent Malouda, chez lui en Guyane !

Certainement le plus motivé des joueurs de la sélection de France de football, participant à la Coupe du Monde FIFA 2010 en Afrique du Sud. En tout cas, l'un des rares dont la prestation a été saluée par les journalistes et les supporters de l'équipe de France. Auteur du seul but français de la compétition, le Guyanais a troqué sa tenue de footballeur pour celui de bénévole au service du peuple Haïtien. Il était récemment aux côtés de Wyclef JEAN pour soutenir la fondation "Yélé". Florent MALOUDA, qui a quitté avant tout le monde l'Afrique du Sud au lendemain de l'élimination de la France était de passage chez lui en Guyane. Il était venu se ressourcé et nous a livré quelques impressions.

Gallant effort but Bahamas Davis Cup team fall short to Haiti

Carey and Lunn, the two rookies who won their Davis Cup debut in the first match in doubles against Aruba on Thursday, lost in their second doubles encounter 6-4, 6-2 to the team of Eduardo Pavia-Suarez and Jose Perdomo.

Against Haiti on Saturday, Mullings lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Joel Allen, while Rolle suffered a 6-3, 7-6 (9) defeat at the hands of Oliver Sajous.

Mullings and Rolle then played the doubles match, losing 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to Allen and Sajous.

"We played well," Rolle stated. "The first set of matches were not as tough, but when we played Haiti and Puerto Rico, we had a really tough time.

"Against Haiti, me and Devin lost in tie breakers, but we didn't pull it through. Against Puerto Rico, Devin had a tough match, but he lost in the tie breaker.

"In my singles match, I didn't play that well. It was just one of those days when nothing went your way. We just have to get ready for next year."

The team, captained by John Farrington, had to replace Grand Bahamian Timothy Neilly with Carey Jr. just before they departed for Puerto Rico. Neely, a resident of Miami, was advised by his doctor not to play in the tie because of a heart problem he experienced. Rolle said despite not having Neilly on the squad, Carey Jr fitted in quite well.

Sugar Shane Mosley: “I knock people out. I got pretty good punching power, even Floyd was almost a victim”

- This week’s 81st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley. Earlier this week news emerges that Mosley will be squaring off against Sergio Mora on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Mosley is coming off of a unanimous decision loss against Floyd Mayweather Junior back on May 1. Mosley spoke about that fight, his upcoming fight with Mora, his future plans, and various other aspects of the current landscape in boxing. The following is a complete transcript from that interview.

Jenna J: Anyways guys, it's time for our forth guest of this week’s show, he is the former WBA welterweight champion, he is none other than Sugar Shane Mosley. Hey there, Shane.

Sugar Shane Mosley:
Hey, how are you doing?

Jenna: I’m doing fine. We’re happy to have you back on the show.

Thank you. It’s good to be back on the show, thank you..

Will Andre Berto Ever Fight Shane Mosley?

The massive Haitian earthquake in January had a devastating impact on millions of people both in the country and around the world with family members living in the area. Andre Berto was one of those people who were affected by the earthquake, as the Haitian-American WBC welterweight champion lost an uncle and several other members of his family in the earthquake.

The tragedy impacted Berto on a professional level as well as a personal level. He immediately cancelled plans for a fight scheduled just two weeks after the earthquake with then-WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley. While Mosley was gracious and understanding about the cancellation, there’s little doubt that pulling out of the fight caused Berto’s career to take a step back. Berto lost an opportunity to unify the welterweight crown and make a name for himself against one of the top draws in the sport. Meanwhile, Mosley went on to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the biggest fights of the year to date.

For a time, it appeared that Mosley’s one-sided loss to Mayweather Jr. on May 1 would end any chance for Berto to get a second chance at Mosley. Many people speculated that the 38-year-old Mosley was exposed as being “over the hill” in his lopsided defeat against Mayweather Jr. and that he would likely retire. However, Mosley is convinced that he still has what it takes to be a title contender and is apparently looking at options for fights later this fall.

Europa League: FC Olimpia Balti vs Dinamo Bucuresti

Olimpia was founded in 1993, their home stadium in Balti (capacity: 5000) is not accredited to host international games so they’ll need to travel to Chisinau in order to play this game.

To make an opinion about this club I will share some figures just to see the level of Moldavian football. Their annual budget is below 1 million USD, Alexandru Cheltuiala has the most expensive contract which sums up to 7200 dollars per season. In case they eliminate Dinamo, the players will receive a total bonus of 20 000 USD. Their bonus for reaching this round was 15 000 USD.

In the first qualifying round (1st and 8th July) Olimpia managed to eliminate Khazar Lankaran which was quite a surprise considering the financial differences between the clubs. There were two draws, 0-0 in Chisinau and 1-1 in Azerbaijan which means Olimpia Balti qualified on away goals.

Their best player is Haitian striker Robens, who has 3 caps in the national team of Haiti. He was the player that scored the decisive goal against Lankaran. They also have 3 players from Nigeria and another 3 from Guinea. Their squad has 26 players, only 6 of them being older than 25 which means they lack experience at all not to mention international experience.

BASKET-BALL: La construction du LMBC se poursuit avec les arrivées de Gillet et Chery

Le Haïtien d'origine, Rochel Chery, débarque à Lille après deux années passées sur la côte, au Portel.

On avait laissé le LMBC fort de cinq membres avec son trio sous contrat (Romain Malet, Nicolas Taccoen et Akim Defoe), la prolongation du plus grand joueur de Pro B, Olivier Gouez (2,19 m) et la signature de l'Américain de Saint-Etienne, Andre Harris. Depuis hier, les Lillois sont désormais sept.

Arsenal FC raises almost £20,000 for Haiti

Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of its supporters and staff, nearly £20,000 has been raised for the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal and their relief work.

In the wake of the disaster in January, £1 from every Arsenal matchday programme sold at the match against Bolton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium was donated to the fund, whilst many Arsenal staff opted to make personal donations through the payroll.

Arsenal Football Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to this generous effort.

Space Coast United girls will face Haiti Under-17 National Team

Local club is helping the relief effort

For a group of teenage soccer players from a local club, a match against any national team is an important affair. But when that group of soccer players is a combination of Space Coast United's Under-16 and Under-19 girls, and their opponent is the Haiti under-17 women's national team, things go a little bit deeper.

The teams will play at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in conjunction with the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

The Haitian team -- which was eliminated from the Under-17 World Cup earlier this year after a 9-0 loss to the United States Under-17 women's national team -- is at the tournament through the support of Walt Disney World and the U.S. team that defeated them, spurred by goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin of Clearwater.

The young Brevard players, who are trained by Florida Tech women's coach Fitzgerald Haig, a native of Haiti whose father was killed in last January's earthquake, already have established a bond of sorts with the visitors.

Young Soccer Players The World Over Visit Minnesota

Players are experiencing a lot of what Minnesota has to offer, from the lakes to the Mall of America.

"I was surprised that all people are nice and how welcoming they are here," added Mourad Lahrazh.

The team from Haiti may have had the hardest road getting to Minnesota. Soccer has been a way for young people to cope after the earthquake.

"Soccer helped him a lot because it kept him focusing on something, forgetting about the earthquake and also it helped him come here, so that is such an amazing experience to him," said an interpreter on behalf of Jean Eliezer.

The Haitian team was able to make the trip with the help of the Sanneh Foundation. Former professional soccer player and St. Paul native Tony Sanneh is doing ongoing outreach in Haiti. He organized soccer camps to give children a place to go while schools were being rebuilt.

"One of the first things I noticed was nobody was smiling. There was such terror, fear, and grieving going on. We let them be kids again at least for a day," said Sanneh.

Sanneh plans to go to Haiti several times a year to teach soccer and bring more teams for tournaments here in the U.S.

Schwan's USA Cup Brings 15 Haitian Team Mates

Blaine will host the 26th annual Schwan's USA Cup this weekend and a group of Haitian boys have made the trip here.

More than 900 soccer teams from around the world will take part in the tournament. Organizers expect the event to bring $18.5 million to the state.

A group of fifteen boys who survived a massive earthquake in Haiti are now in the Twin Cities to attend this tournament.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ligue de Quebec Football Association (Soccer): Un demi-siècle de ballon rond

(Québec) À sa fondation, la Ligue de football association (soccer) de la ville et du district de Québec réunissait quatre clubs pour environ 60 joueurs. Aujourd'hui, l'Association régionale de soccer de Québec compte 26 544 joueurs rassemblés au sein de 1500 équipes. Entre les deux, de Tobias Mack à Gabriel Goulet, 50 ans de coups de pied, de victoires, de défaites, de passion pour le ballon rond dans la capitale.

Le tout premier match dans le cadre d'un circuit organisé a eu lieu le samedi 10 septembre 1960, en après-midi, sur les plaines d'Abraham. Les travailleurs de la Davie Shipbuilding ont eu le dessus 3-1 sur l'Union sportive européenne, un regroupement d'immigrants établis chez nous. Pour sûr, il se tapait du ballon à Québec dans les année 50, mais de l'aveu même de Mack, avant la naissance de la ligue, «c'était toute une histoire de juste se trouver un ballon!»

Bermuda To Host 2012 CARIFTA Games

Word comes this evening [July 11] that Bermuda has been awarded the right to host the 2012 CARIFTA Games after the Bahamas, who was bidding against us, pulled out. Attending the NACAC Congress reading the letter and presenting from the Ministry was the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ellen-Kate Horton.

Bermuda last hosted the event in 2004, which saw the start of the rise of now record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica who became the first junior athlete to break 20 seconds in the 200 metres, with his winning time of 19.93 set in Bermuda. Bermuda previously hosted the event on two separate occasions; 1980 and 1975.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Haitian U-17 Youth Women Soccer Team Competes At Disney World Tournament

Girl Raises Money To Bring Team From Haiti To U.S.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- An American girl raised money so a group of young women soccer players from Haiti could compete in a tournament at Disney World.

Each one of the girls who traveled to Orlando to compete in an international tournament were practicing when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck their island nation on June 12.

Each girl was affected by the earthquake and has a story of survival.

"I am tremendously blessed. here alive. I was not injured; I'm not dead," Coby Alexandra said in Creole.

Shakira Drums Up Support for 1Goal Education in YouTube Interview

1GOAL Education Summit Convenes Before Soccer World Cup Final

Before kick-off for the final World Cup match in South Africa on July 11, 2010, 1GOAL ambassadors will ask political leaders for more funding for education.

"Twelve million people have signed up to support 1GOAL - that makes this the biggest campaign for education in history. Football is helping make something very special happen," says Ghanaian soccer legend Anthony Baffoe. The 2010 World Cup has shown again that soccer is global and universal. Many cultures come together to celebrate a game shared by all social classes around the globe.

Friday, July 9, 2010

L'Athlétic Club Arles-Avignon est suivie le défenseur Haïtien Jean-Jacques Pierre

Le feuilleton Estevan ayant connu son dénouement en milieu de semaine, Arles-Avignon va désormais se pencher sur le chantier (colossal) des recrues. Ce vendredi dans les colonnes de France Football, Michel Estevan évoque ses besoins. Et ils sont nombreux. Entre dix et douze recrues sont attendues. Les cibles arlésiennes se nomment, entre autres, Cyril Rool, libre depuis son départ de l'OM.

Hamdi Kasraouri, portier du Racing Club de Lens, Jean-Jacques Pierre, le défenseur haïtien du FC Nantes, sont également suivis. S'il cherche à tous les postes, Michel Estevan estime que sa «priorité concerne le poste d'attaquant». L'Equipe évoquait aussi dès jeudi un intérêt pour le gardien stéphanois Vincent Planté. A 29 ans, il est encore sous contrat avec l'ASSE pour deux ans.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Niort : Deux attaquants seront à l'essai.......l'international haitien formé à Monaco Abel Thermeus (27 ans)

Niort va mettre à l'essai deux joueurs à partir de lundi afin de renforcer son effectif en vue de la saison prochaine, qui se déroulera en National.

Ces deux attaquants sont l'international haitien formé à Monaco Abel Thermeus (27 ans) et le joueur formé à Troyes Tcham N'Toya (26 ans) qui a évolué en Angleterre et Israël.

Haitian tennis Olivier Sajous keeps Grand Slam dreams going

Olivier Sajous, one of Haiti's top players who is based in Plantation, is struggling to keep his tennis career going while dealing with the aftermath of his native country's devastating earthquake.

Haitian tennis player Olivier Sajous dreams of winning a grand slam, but like his country, the 23-year-old standout is faced with financial struggles.

Still, Sajous keeps playing.

``It's very tough financially,'' said Sajous, a Plantation resident. ``To travel is very expensive when you are on your own financially. There has just been no help from any organization, no funding, no sponsorships.

``I wish I could play more tournaments. I play tournaments close to my house to save money on travel, but I need to travel and play more. I don't know if I can keep going like this. I'm training hard and my game is improving, but the financial needs are important, too.''

Haitian-American Steve Geffrard of Boca Raton aspires to 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team

There's been a buzz around Geffrard for awhile - he won the 2006 National Silver Gloves competition - but his victory last month at the USA National Golden Gloves tournament in Little Rock, Ark., opened eyes.

Geffrard, a former light heavyweight, entered the 201-pound heavyweight category at the Golden Gloves despite weighing 193 pounds at the time. He defeated last year's champion, Jordan Shimmell, 4-1 to take the title.

"It was a great confidence booster, " Geffrard said. " He's bigger, stronger, more experienced, older."

He's won 35 of his past 40 matches and has nine knockouts in those wins. Geffrard's victories, however, are rooted in modest beginnings.

His parents were from Haiti but wanted their son to have the advantages that only the United States could offer. So his father collected all his money and sent Geffrard's mother to Boston to give birth.

Geffrard was cared for by a great-aunt in Boca Raton for a few months before he was sent to Haiti to live with his grandmother. The two stayed there about a year before moving back to South Florida.

Growing up in Boca Raton, he shared a room with his grandmother in his great-aunt's duplex. The space was limited, but he was thankful.

"I had somewhere to stay and someone to take care of me, so it was good," he said. "It was real tight, but it was better than nothing. It was all I knew."

His grandmother, Gislaine Jeanlor, who speaks Creole and Spanish but has difficulty with English, said simply, "I love Steve so much. I have (a) good grandson."

World Series Boxing signs up 87 international boxers included boxers from countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and New Zealand

LONDON: As many as 87 leading amateur boxers have been signed up with different franchises for the World Series Boxing, a new global boxing competition from the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), which begins from November this year.

The bidding, based on the style of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL), was held at a Central London hotel on Monday when various city franchises hired boxers for the competition.

The format comprises of 12-city-based franchise teams spread across three regional conferences including Asia, the Americas and Europe. Each team has one home and one away match with the finals and individual championships scheduled to take place in Macau, China, in March next year.

One of India’s finest boxers in recent times, Vijender Singh, was one of the major signings among others, which included boxers from countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and New Zealand.

Haitian-Japanese Zachary Herivaux hope to make Japanese National Team for next World Cup in 2014

The team’s success is thanks in part to the strikers, Lance Mayo and Zachary Herivaux, the coach’s son. Both Mayo, who is of Jamaican-American descent, and Herivaux, of Haitian-Japanese descent, have participated in the United States Olympic Development Program and have YouTube highlight videos online. Herivaux’s clips, which show him weaving around defenders and finishing goals with either foot, have more than 8,000 views to date.

Pedro Herivaux met his wife, Miki, in Japan while he played professionally there for Gamba Osaka. Zachary was born there and is fluent in Japanese.

In August, Zachary will travel back to Japan to try out for Gamba Osaka’s youth team, and has hopes of making the Japanese national team by the next World Cup in 2014.

“I’m a little nervous to see what it’s like,’’ says Zachary. “I’ve never played soccer over there, but I know they play a much different style. I think we’re a little more aggressive here.’’

In the one year the Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club has been in existence, coach Herivaux has implemented his aggressive Haitian style and led his international mélange of strangers to a chance at a national championship.

The easy part was getting them to get along.

Herivaux and Joseph often hosted potluck dinners at their homes where they encouraged players to bring their own food. That way, teammates got a taste of the cultures donning the same Lions uniform.

“They’re all so comfortable with each other,’’ says Herivaux. “They’re a family.’’

A United Nations of Soccer: Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club draws from diverse backgrounds for success

WEST ROXBURY — As the soccer world turned its attention toward South Africa and the 2010 World Cup for a celebration of diversity in sport, the pitch at Millennium Park was host to its own potpourri of ethnicities, featuring young players from several countries suiting up for the same squad.

The Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club U-14 team, sponsored by the captain of the New England Revolution, practiced for the final time last Friday night before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup. There, the Brookline-based squad will kick off its quest today in the first round of pool play against SC of Waukesha, Wis.

“You have to practice the way you want to play,’’ coach Pedro Herivaux told his players after overseeing an intrasquad scrimmage. “I don’t care if he’s normally on your team. You have to make your guy uncomfortable.’’

That is the Haitian style of soccer, according to Herivaux, a native of the Caribbean nation.

Bay Area couple produce durable soccer ball.....Some balls are being used in Haiti & Dafur

OAKLAND, Calif. — The image is still so clear for Tim Jahnigen: a documentary of Darfur refugees playing a makeshift soccer game with their ratty ball of trash and twine.

That scene could be from other poverty-stricken nations across the world, too. Jahnigen envisioned a durable ball that would survive anywhere.

"It's been four or five years ago when I saw the documentary and it just triggered a very emotional response," Jahnigen said. "I hate to see children suffer. All of a sudden when I saw these children kicking rag balls, cans and boxes in the videos, it hit me like a thunderbolt."

And there began the One World Futbol Project.

Jahnigen put his mind to inventing a ball that would never wear out, one he insists is the most durable of any "futbol" out there, made of closed cell foam and similar material to those popular rubber Crocs sandals. It won't go flat or ever need pumping, even remaining playable if punctured Jahnigen knows because he took a knife to one during testing and it survived and will withstand the rigors of the world's harshest environments.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Haïti vibre au rythme du Mondial

Toutes les télévisions et toutes les télés d’Haïti transmettent les matchs de la Coupe du monde de football. Pendant un mois, ce pays terriblement frappé par le séisme du 12 janvier respire un peu et met ses soucis de côté.

"Le football chasse un peu le stress, ça nous donne envie de vivre", raconte Paul-Arthur qui vit dans un camp de Pétionville, dans la banlieue de Port-au-Prince.

2010 North Miami America, Central America & Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) under 23 championships

MIRAMAR, FL — Nearly 500 athletes from 32 members nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, otherwise called NACAC, will compete in the Under 23 Track and Field Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla, on July 9-11, 2010.

Under the auspices of the I.A.A. F. (International Amateur Athletic Federation) and the USATF (USA Track & Field) these athletes are representing the following countries: Anguillas, Antigan and Barbuds, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermunda, British Virgin Island, Canada, Cayman Island, Costa Rice, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala,

Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup to start August 18

Caribbean qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup will open August 18 in Antigua and Puerto Rico and finish with the Digicel Caribbean Championship final in Martinique on November 28, the CFU announced Tuesday.

Sixteen teams will open the competition in four groups of four at Puerto Rico, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and the Dominican Republic with the group winners and two best runners-up advancing to a second round.

They will join second-round hosts Guyana, Grenada and Guadeloupe as well as seeded sides Netherlands Antilles, eight-time champion Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti in three groups of four, from which the winners and runners-up will qualify for a final group stage.

Second-round Offensive Lineman Vladimir Ducasse to fill pivotal role with NYJets

The New York Jets and second-round pick (No. 61 overall) OL Vladimir Ducasse have agreed to terms on a four-year, $3.25 million deal with a signing bonus believed to be just over $1 million, a source told FOXSports.com.

By comparison, the 61st player selected overall in the 2009 NFL draft, CB Sean Smith (Miami Dolphins), received a signing bonus worth $945,000. Ducasse is the first 2010 second-round selection to agree to a contract.

Ducasse (6-4, 330) was earmarked to replace starting LG Alan Faneca, who was released during the first day of April’s NFL draft.

The “PBW Championships” Returns to Tampa, Florida! .... Haitian-Canadian Dayana Cadeau

For the 3rd straight year, “Pro Bodybuilding Weekly” radio in conjunction with Florida-based promoter Tim Gardner will be presenting a BIG weekend on the IFBB Pro calendar. The “PBW Championships” (July 16-17) will feature a Mens Open Pro event along with an Under 202 division, plus a full menu of womens competition, including Womens Pro Bodybuilding as well as a Pro Bikini contest. The hosting duo of Dan & Bob will be back calling the action from their “on-stage” broadcast booth at the Tampa Center for the Performing Arts located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area on Florida’s West Coast.