Leon Bailey for England? ‘Three Lions’ reportedly eyeing shock call up

Jamaican-born football sensation Leon Bailey may be in line for a shocking call up from England ahead of the World Cup, according to British media.

The 20-year-old, who’s making waves in Europe with his performances for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, reportedly qualifies to represent England by virtue of two grandparents having English passports.

This coupled with Bailey’s refusal to pledge his international future to Jamaica over an ongoing standoff between his adopted father/agent Craig Butler and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has created an opening for the English FA to lure the highly rated player to the ‘Three Lions’.

“Football Association bosses are understood to be working hard to convince him to represent England at international level,” reported The Sun newspaper based in the United Kingdom.

“(England coach) Gareth Southgate is believed to have sent scouts to watch him in action for Leverkusen this season… And the Kingston-born player is under consideration to be included in the squad for the final two friendly matches before the World Cup squad is named,” according to the report.

It is also being reported that the FA is hoping that Bailey’s strong friendship with England international Raheem Sterling, who is also Jamaican-born, will help their cause.

Bailey has represented Jamaica at the Under-23 level but has refused to make himself available for the senior team amid the continued disagreement between the JFF and Butler.

Butler has repeatedly indicated that he would not allow any players from his Phoenix Academy club to represent Jamaica if he did not have a role in the process.

Last October, Bailey was prevented from representing Jamaica against Saudia Arabia because Butler had pointed out during a meeting with members of the JFF and head coach Theodore Whitmore, that he wanted other players from his club – Phoenix Academy – to be invited to the team.

The meeting ended without any progress as Whitmore pointed out that he was only interested in inviting Bailey to the team.

Tyreke Wilson Wins 100m Bronze at World U18 Championships

Tyreke Wilson has won the men’s 100m bronze medal on Wednesday, the opening day of the IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017 at the Kasarani Stadium.
It was 1-2 for South Africa, with Tshenolo Lemao taking gold in 10.57 and teammate Retshidisitswe Mlenga, second in 10.61. Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson was third in 10.65. The wind was -0.3 (m/s). Tyreke Wilson, the fastest in the field with a personal best of 10.34, was the favorite to win.

South Africa had never won a medal in the 100m at the IAAF World Youth Championships before — now they have two. Here are the official results.Jamaica selected 24 athletes to compete at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on 12-16 July.

Earlier: Women’s 100m Heats

Kevona Davis of Jamaica cruised to victory in the fourth and final heat of the girls’ 100m in 11.88 (-0.4m/s). The 15-year-old phenom Second place in the heat was China’s Luying Gong in 12.03 with Sade Amore de Sousa of Namibia third in 12.12.

Jamaica will always remain grateful to Burrell – Phillips

Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips says he is saddened by news of the loss of Captain Horace Burrell.

“Jamaica will always remain grateful to Captain Burrell who, as the head of the Jamaica Football Federation, believed in the potential of our national players and took Jamaica’s game to the global playing field,” Phillips said in a release a short while ago.He noted that Burrell made a significant contribution to national development through football and the exposure of Jamaican players and he will be missed.Burrell, who was 67 years old, died today. He was known to be battling cancer since last year.

Horace Burrell

that head of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell died a short while ago. He was 67 years old.

Burrell was known to be battling cancer since last year.More information later.

Tough day for West Indies an Pakistan off to steady start

West Indies had a very tough day in the field as Pakistan mounted a solid start to reach 169 for two at stumps on a rain-hit first day of the series-deciding third Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Wednesday.

Azhar Ali and Babar Azam scored half-centuries in Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan’s final Test.

Opener Azhar notched an unbeaten 85 despite two separate rain delays before the second session, with Azam’s 55 contributing to a 120-run stand for the second wicket that sets the tourists up nicely.

Iconic batsman Younis was  given a guard of honour before opening what should be his penultimate Test innings, but he was happy to play a backing role and let Azhar lead the way.

He made 10 off 44 balls as Pakistan reached a respectable totay when bad light led to stumps being called, though they may hope to pick up the pace on Thursday with Azhar closing in on a century.

It could have been very different for the opener, though.

With plenty of bounce in the wicket early, Jason Holder challenged an on-field not-out decision believing he trapped Azhar leg before, but his review was unsuccessful.

Pakistan found the going tough in the early exchanges and their concerns were heightened when a length switch from Roston Chase (1-27) drew Shan Masood (9) into an outside edge that Holder took at second slip.

Azhar launched Chase over mid-on for the first six of the match and he did so again in the off-spinner’s next over, signalling a slight change in intent as Pakistan went into lunch at 70-1.

After a delay to the resumption of the action, only two overs were played before the drizzle returned. The Windies’ fortunes did not change after an early tea with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich putting down Azam on 28 and Azhar bringing up his 26th Test half-century.

Azhar sent Holder to the boundary twice in one over but his partnership with Azam was ended when a moment of indecision gave Alzarri Joseph (1-39) his wicket.

Younis entered his final Test to a moment of the utmost class from the opposition and he played a capable back up to Azhar, who had a lucky escape when he dropped his bat while trying to defend Shannon Gabriel.

The pair were untroubled through to stumps, leaving the tourists in a decent position heading into day two.

Ricardo Fuller Hailed As The ‘Best Signing’ By Former Stoke City Manager

Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis revealed that Jamaican Ricardo Fuller was his best signing.

Tony Pulis who is the currently West Brom boss manager swapped the dugout for the lecture hall on Sunday night as he addresses the Oxford Union.

According to the Daily Mail, Pulis who signed the likes Michael Owen, Peter Crouch and Eidur Gudjohnsen during his time in charge of Stoke surprisingly – named Ricardo Fuller as his best capture.

SUB-10 KING ASAFA POWELL ENTERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BOOK

Former World Record Holder and one of the five fastest men in the world Asafa Powell has just officially been named a Guinness World Record Holder. 

The Jamaican sprinter and Olympian has been named the current record holder for Most Competitive 100m Sprint Races Completed in Sub 10 Seconds.

With 97 sub-10 runs under his spikes and last year’s Diamond Trophy in hand Powell is heading to The IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar alongside 16 reigning Olympic and World Champions plus 44 global medallists all of whom are competing in the Qatar Sports Club on May 5.

Powell heads to Doha looking for his 98th run and to add another diamond to that sub-10 crown.

People Who Post Workout Selfies on Facebook Have Psychological Problems

A new study by Brunel University shows that people who share what they eat and how intensely they exercise are most likely to be narcissistic. 

At times we would be going through our Facebook Newsfeed and all we’d get to see are abs, muscles or some guy trying really hard to flex under dim lights to just prove they have got meat. Oh the other hand, we also sometimes see how a lot of people would be missing anything they would see around – put it in a blender and drink it – because its healthy.

So, why do they do that?

It is found that most likely such behavior is linked to narcissism and the people found doing this often have a low self-esteem and are looking for validation.

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In a study from October, 2015, psychologists studied 500 Facebook users and questioned them to understand the amount of time they spend on Social Networks, their primary reason to post and what sort of a feedback do they get?

Out of the total, 285 people stated Facebook to be their go to network to spend an average of 1.7 hours (107.95 minutes) on the site.

During the study, researchers used the “Big Five” model of personality.

Big Five Model of Personality: What is it? 

This model of personality states how individuals vary in terms of 5 notable traits:

  • Openness to new experiences 
  • Conscientiousness 
  • Extraversion 
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism 

Beyond this method, researchers determined which of these traits did the subjects possess and were then asked to tell the researchers what they most likely posted about.

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Results

Extraverts were found to publish more about their social activities compared to any other personality. This type was also most likely to post about intellectual topics.

On the flip side, the study found that narcissists were the most likely to publish something related to their fitness and physical appearance. This was not only done to seek validation but also to reveal how important their physical fitness is to them. They were found to be bragging about their accomplishments and it would be continued to be done because of the response they got.

A researcher pointed out, “people may like and comment on a friend’s achievement-related updates to show support, but may secretly dislike such displays of hubris.”

The more interesting part was to find how people with low self-esteem were found to post about their significant others.

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“Considering that people with low self-esteem tend to be more chronically fearful of losing their romantic partner, and that people are more likely to post relationship-relevant information on Facebook on days when they feel insecure,” the study’s authors note, “it is reasonable to surmise that people with low self-esteem update about their partner as a way of laying claim to their relationship when it feels threatened.”

The researcher concluded by saying, “grow up a little in terms of the kinds of interactions we have on social media. If we want to be good communicators and want to have meaningful relationships, we need to be aware of the other, and we need to be aware of our relationships with them.”

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WHY NARCISSISTS DO WHAT THEY DO ONLINE?

Narcissism is often based on the fear of failing or showing weakness – they just can’t. Hence, you would find narcissists focusing on themselves on social media to prove themselves as the best to overcome their insecurities.

According to studies, a narcissist is most likely to do the following on social networks:

  • They would regularly post online, you would often find them online but they would never comment on anyone else’s post.
  • They would only like comments made on their posts that too, only if the comments are appreciative of them
  • Post a lot of selfies – posed mainly – filtered too – ah, Snapchat!
  • They only post self-promoting content
  • They would do anything to gain attention and often times, very bluntly

So, now that you know, how would you classify yourself?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Son Scores Impressive Free Kick In A Youth Game

Cristiano Ronaldo may have left many people in further awe of him on Tuesday when he scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Days after his heroics in the Santiago Bernabeu, the 32-year-old showed that the talent runs in the family when he posted a video on Instagram of his son scoring a free kick.