Broomfield: NBL to return next year

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, Dr Mark Broomfield, expects the National Basketball League (NBL) could return next year, after a four-year absence.Speaking to The Gleaner at the recent Jamrockers Classic final, Broomfield said local basketball is on the rise once again and his two-year-old administration could top things off with the return of the nation’s premier basketball competition to the sports calendar in 2017.”We have to wait until January to look at the (National Basketball) league. Companies have their budgets already but we know that early next year we will start the league,” he said. “We will meet with the teams early next year and have discussions as to how we go forward,” he added.Broomfield hailed the recent Jamrockers Classic and said it is just a part of the rebuilding of local basketball.”To build back basketball we must understand that we have to lay some foundation stones, building blocks. One is to rebuild the fan base, another is re-engage the sponsors and increase the overall fan base.”So we are grateful for the sponsors that came on board for this (Jamrockers) tournament. We may not have got a lot in terms of cash but in terms of value it has no price,” he said.He now wants the event to be held annually.”It’s a great event and this should take us straight into the NBL. I am looking forward to the sponsors who will come on board and see what they can do for basketball,” he said.”We (JABA) have not achieved all the things we want, there are weaknesses and challenges, but together we can rise. If we can bring all the support together and put in the strength of every member, the sport can become great. We are moving together despite the challenges, we are in the trenches but we are rising together.”last_img read more

The reasons for Liverpool’s upswing in form revealed

first_img 6 6. Dropping Simon Mignolet – albeit for four games – Dropping the Belgian was necessary given his poor form and while his recall to the first team was through circumstance rather than design, Simon Mignolet looks a different man from the one who was described by Kop hero Bruce Grobbelaar as being ‘like a vampire’ (scared of crosses, geddit?). Protected by a more assured backline, Mignolet is certainly feeding off of the good vibes of his defence, but in terms of his shot-stopping and decision-making, this looks like a man who is taking full advantage of his second-chance. 2. Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – An important factor in Liverpool regaining their attacking edge has, unsurprisingly, been the return of Sturridge. While he hasn’t necessarily been bagging the amount of goals some would have expected, Sturridge’s all-round attacking play has been a cut above that offered by Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert. Since his return to action, the Redmen have scored 12 times in seven matches, an encouraging statistic and one that could prove important during the final furlong in the season. Cast your mind back to the middle of December and Liverpool were at perhaps the lowest point of their season.Comprehensively beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford by an admittedly low-par Manchester United side, the Reds’ domestic campaign looked to be hanging by a thread.Since then though, Brendan Rodgers’ men have undergone a transformation that has seen them embark on a hugely impressive run of just one defeat in 18 matches in all competitions – 1-0 against Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup – winning 12 and drawing five.Their latest victory – 2-0 away to fellow Champions League hopefuls Southampton – leaves the Redmen just two points off the top four and three off third-placed Arsenal.But what have been the reasons for their upswing in form? talkSPORT reveals all… 5. Philippe Coutinho’s form – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Coutinho’s rich vein of form has been crucial to Liverpool’s upswing in recent weeks. The Brazilian has been at the heart of nearly everything that has been great about the Redmen’s attack and his creativity has, at times, been nothing short of inspirational. His sumptuous strike against Southampton showed that he is finally adding goals to his game as well. While he may not be Liverpool’s answer to Luis Suarez, he brings a level of intricacy that had been missing earlier in the campaign. 4. Lucas Leiva’s steadying of the ship – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Although he may be out of action for the time being, the Brazilian’s return to form and the starting XI was hugely important in the steadying of the ship. Arguably more important that Steven Gerrard in the middle, Lucas did what the Kop captain couldn’t – provide an effective shield to help settle Liverpool’s shaky backline. His performances – and the Reds’ subsequent results – brought a confidence and winning mentality that was severely lacking. Prior to his injury, Lucas topped the charts in terms of tackling in the Premier League, notching up on average 4.07 tackles-per-game. 3. Re-introduction of wing-backs – Click the arrow for more reasons for Liverpool’s excellent form – Rodgers’ decision to deploy Can as part of a back three has allowed him to re-introduce a wing-back system that has been hugely beneficial to how Liverpool now play. Not only have the Redmen displayed good width, the use of wide men has resulted in the emergence of three exciting players who were looking lost in previous months. Lazar Markovic is finally looking like a £20m player, while Alberto Moreno has found his way in English football after a tricky start. The tactic has also allowed Jordon Ibe to earn his stripes in the first team and bring even more dynamism to Liverpool’s ranks. 6 6 6 6 Liverpool are on the up and here’s six key reasons why! No. 1: Emre Can in defence – Click the arrow above, right, to see five more reasons behind Liverpool’s excellent form – The German international endured a slow start to life at Anfield, with fans seeing just a brief glimpse of his potential in the narrow defeat to Chelsea at the start of November. Viewed as a bit of a square peg for a round hole, Rodgers’ struggled to find a place for Can, but the Kop boss looks to have finally found a home for him in defence. Physically impressive and technically gifted, Can has brought strength and consistency to Liverpool’s backline. Following his deployment at the back, the Reds have conceded just five times in the Premier League, stretching back eight league fixtures, while they have kept five consecutive clean sheets away from home for the first time in 30 years. 6last_img read more