THE scramble for points to qualify for Jamaica’s combined martial arts team’s 2016 squad continues this weekend with former captain Jason McKay heading to the New York circuit in 14th spot, desperately needing to climb four places up the rankings.The veteran fighter will participate in two of New York’s toughest tournaments in a bid to make up lost ground on fighters who have gained points on the local circuit, in addition to the United States Open in July, as well asvarious championships in Portugal, South Africa, Italy and, most recently, Russia.twin towers startMcKay, whose points tally has been affected by him travelling as a coach five times this season, competing only twice, will start his bid at the 24th Twin Towers Classic International Martial Arts Competition, which features karate, tae kwon do and kung fu open at the Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, on Saturday.On Sunday, he will be in action at the 20th New York Taekwon-Do Tournament, hosted by Queens Taekwon-Do Center at Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium.Queens Taekwon-Do Center is operated by eighth-degree Master Ruben Suarez and is the home of the Carlos brothers, Emmanuel and Julio, a two-time International Taekwon-Do Federation world lightweight sparring champion.”I have only competed twice this year. I won at the New York Legacy Cup and took home bronze from the United States Taekwon-Do Federation Nationals in Boston,” McKay told The Gleaner.”Being the founder and former captain of the team does not exclude me from qualifying like everybody else. I have been sharing duties as coach, but those were my decisions, so I have to get down in the tunnels now,” he added.McKay is aiming to make the squad for a 15th consecutive season.- A.W.
5 5 5 Jurgen Klopp has sealed deals for Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane, but he isn’t likely to stop his business there.Liverpool will be looking to challenge for a place in the Premier League’s top four next term, and the club’s manager could therefore consider a few more signings necessary.In addition to arrivals, there’s also the futures of some to determine ahead of the new campaign.But who could be on their way out of Merseyside? And who is reportedly on the Reds’ radar?Have a read of the latest transfer rumours on Liverpool by viewing the slideshow above.IS THIS LIVERPOOL’S IDEAL XI FOR NEXT SEASON? 1. Christian Benteke agrees personal terms with Crystal Palace? Read all about this transfer rumour below, then click the arrow above, right, to get up to date on more Liverpool gossip – Benteke has, the Mirror report, agreed personal terms over a move to Selhurst Park this summer. The deal, however, is being held up by the Reds wanting to recoup the £32m spent on his signature only 12 months ago. The Belgium international, if the transfer is completed, will become the highest paid player in the Eagles history. 5. Liverpool teen to cost Norwich City £4.5m? – Sergi Canos is in talks with the Canaries over a transfer this summer, in a move that could hand the Reds £4.5m. The Spaniard would cost £2.5m upfront, with a possible further £2m through add-ons, the Liverpool Echo report. The 19-year-old is also likely to have a buy-back and sell-on clause written into his contract. 3. Liverpool trailing Chelsea and Napoli in race for Axel Witsel? – The Reds are interested in signing the Belgium international but have, according to Bleacher Report, fallen behind Chelsea, Everton and Napoli in the chase for his signature. The 27-year-old moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2012 and has often been linked with a transfer to the Premier League having impressed in Russia. 5 4. Benfica star tells friends he wants Anfield move? – Anderson Talisca, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, has informed his pals of his desire to join Liverpool this summer. The attacking midfielder is understood to be keen on swapping Portugal for England. The 22-year-old could cost around 25m and talks with the Reds have taken place. 2. Jurgen Klopp no longer interested in Mario Gotze? – The Reds, the Liverpool Echo claim, will not make a move for Gotze this summer. The Merseyside outfit had been linked with a move throughout the 2015/16 campaign, but it seems the Germany international isnt considered a priority signing. The arrival of Sadio Mane has reportedly left Klopp content with his attacking options. 5