“Nothing official has been said. Nothing is going on right now,” Whitmore told The Gleaner when pressed. “Recently, I had a meeting to discuss the Gold Cup, in terms of practice games and such because I am trying to put a programme in place in the event I am appointed. “I also had to put some things in place in terms of training sessions because we want to call in local players for at least two weeks out of every month, keep them sharp and give them international practice games to keep them going, so when we have these games, we know where we are and who we have,” Whitmore added. “But you have to ask them (JFF) what is happening because I still have not heard anything, and every minute we waste is a problem because with our footballers, you have to keep them going (active),” Whitmore said. “But I am a positive person, so I am thinking positively.” JFF general-secretary Raymond Grant, who was reluctant to confirm the FIFA-listed fixture, reiterated that JFF president Captain Horace Burrell would speak to upcoming games. “The president will call a press conference and speak to all those issues. I can’t give a definitive date now, but the president is tending to other matters and as soon as he is available, he will advise on issues pertaining to the (Honduras) game and other matters,” Grant continued. NO WORD AS YET More than a month after their last international outing, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are set to face Honduras in a friendly match in Houston, Texas, at the BBVA Stadium in February. However, the team is still without a head coach as the last man in charge, Theodore Whitmore, who replaced German Winfried Sch‰fer for their two Caribbean Cup play-off games in October and November, says he has not received any significant information from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) regarding him continuing in the job. Honduran football officials yesterday announced that they would take on the Caribbean champions on February 16 and, although the JFF were coy in admitting the fixture, a Gleaner source inside the secretariat confirmed the game, but pointed out that the federation was waiting to settle on the kick-off time before making a release to the public. “The Jamaica Football Federation wishes to advise that the Federation is currently in negotiations with a number of countries regarding international friendly matches for our senior men’s team for before and after the Caribbean Cup semi-finals and the CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held in June and July 2017, respectively,” read a JFF press release yesterday. “This is part of the federation’s commitment to keeping our senior team prepared and active to defend its Caribbean Cup title, perform well at the Gold Cup, and further strengthen the Reggae Boyz brand. “President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell, will make the appropriate announcements once the JFF has finalised these arrangements and other matters having to do with the national programme.” Meanwhile, the Boyz have been without a coach since their last match against Suriname on November 13. Following the team’s qualification to the Caribbean Cup semi-final, Whitmore said he was hopeful of remaining in the job, but up to yesterday, had not been given any clear indication of whether or not he would remain as the national senior coach.
After also being taken to three sets by Marin Cilic in Friday’s quarterfinals, Djokovic’s semifinal finished at around 8 p.m. local time and he felt he was unable to recover sufficiently from that draining encounter.“I didn’t unfortunately. But I don’t want to talk about that,” Djokovic said. “I want to talk about how well (Khachanov) played all week and absolutely deserved to win today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAsked again whether it was a case of emotional fatigue, after such an intense tussle with Federer, Djokovic repeated his praise for Khachanov.“Karen played really well and he deserved to win,” Djokovic said. “All the credit to him.” “He was playing big from the back of the court, flat backhands and forehand. He can really hurt you,” Djokovic said. “His serve is really, really strong and precise.”After both players held to love, Khachanov showed no nerves — even though he was in his first Masters final — and served out the match.He secured victory on his first match point when Djokovic chopped a backhand return wide. The imposing Khachanov thrust both his arms in the air and, moments later, knelt down to kiss the court.“It’s a breakthrough season. And this title, it’s a good year-end I would say,” Khachanov said. “Maybe I’m not crying, but still I’m really happy.”Djokovic will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday, but the Serb will be disappointed at missing out on a 73rd career title, having withstood the best of Federer on Saturday.Still, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion has plenty to feel good about after a 22-match winning streak, and he remains favorite for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning Nov. 11.“I’m satisfied of course and I’m going to be No. 1 tomorrow. What more can I ask for? I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months,” he said. “I’m getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game.”The 22-year-old Khachanov, ranked 18th, is the first Russian to win here since Nikolay Davydenko in 2006. Marat Safin won it three times before that.Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin won the last of his Paris Masters titles in 2004, when Khachanov was a young boy.“I watched (Safin’s) matches but later, not at the age of eight,” he said. “I’m just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners.” Although Djokovic broke in the fourth game to move 3-1 up and then led 30-0 on serve, the unseeded Khachanov broke him straight back and the momentum abruptly shifted away from Djokovic.“I stepped in more inside the court,” Khachanov said. “I started to move him and maybe he didn’t expect that I could do it after being down 3-1 with a break.”Djokovic seemed agitated at times and twice turned to his box to remonstrate about an unspecified issue during the first set.Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into the net. The Russian won the first set with a big first serve that Djokovic could not return, stretching out his racket in vain as the fizzing ball clipped the frame.Djokovic struggled to handle Khachanov’s brutal two-handed, cross-court backhands from the baseline, which often landed near his ankles, and dropped his serve again to trail 2-1 in the second set. He had to save three more break points in the seventh game to hold for 4-3 down.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Khachanov added this title to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third title of the year and fourth overall.He had won his previous three finals, and said his 100 percent record helped him when he stepped on court against the 14-time Grand Slam champion.“I was thinking, ‘OK, (Djokovic) has, I don’t know, 70 titles and I have three,’” Khachanov said. “But 3-0, you know? 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LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Karen Khachanov of Russia raises the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 Masters titles.Djokovic, a record four-time champion at the indoor event, looked out of energy after an epic three-hour semifinal win against Roger Federer on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments