Multimillion-dollar contract Sources have informed The Gleaner that Walcott has been offered a multimillion-dollar contract, which represents a 10 times improvement on his current deal with STETHS. Wellington, who praised Walcott for his work over the years in transforming STETHS into one of the strongest programmes in the country, however, maintains that there is no indication that his prized asset will be changing locations ahead of the coming season. The ISSA vice-president added that he has spoken to the coach, who he says informed him of an interest from Wolmer’s, but gave no indication that he will, in fact, be leaving. “I would have spoken to him; he volunteered to speak with me and I still have no information that he is heading to Wolmer’s, whether from the reports or the conversation I have had with him,” Wellington said. “Nothing I have read or heard says he is going to Wolmer’s. I have read where he is the person being targeted by Wolmer’s, and based on the conversation I have had with him, that is as much as I know as well. “… He (Walcott) is the target of their (Wolmer’s) interest, but I don’t know that he is going there,” Wellington noted. Of note, Walcott is currently a member of the MVP Track Club support staff, providing technical support at training sessions and is a feature at the club’s local exercises, overseas camps and international competition. Walcott, who first arrived at STETHS as a 12-year-old in seventh grade, returned to coach the team after four years of study at the University of Technology. He is in his fourth year at the helm of the programme. He is today considered to be one of the best young minds in track and field coaching and was rewarded for his work with head coach duties for Jamaica’s team to the recent Carifta Games in Grenada, where the team won 86 medals. This year, STETHS finished fifth in the boys’ section at Champs with 100 points and seventh in the female section with 71 points. Last year’s effort saw the Santa Cruz-based team also taking fifth place in the boys’ section (132 points) and ninth in the female section (51 points). In the 2014 instalment, STETHS again finished fifth in the boys’ section with 123 points and eighth in the female side on 65 points. Principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Keith Wellington, said he has not been informed that his track and field head coach, Reynaldo Walcott, is heading to Wolmer’s Boys’ School and is confident it will take a massive effort to poach his prized coach. As earlier reported on www.jamaica-gleaner.com, Walcott is strongly tipped to take over the reins at the Heroes Circle-based institution after its entire coaching staff headed by Christopher Harley was shown the door following another disappointing season, which culminated in a ninth place finish and 50-point tally at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. This follows the school’s back-to-back sixth-place finishes in the boys’ section at the 2015 and 2014 championships. Harley was said to have lost the confidence of several influential members of the Wolmer’s community, such as MVP Track Club coach Stephen Francis, who has been a long-time supporter of the programme. “I am confident that it will take a mountain to move him (Walcott) from St Elizabeth Technical,” Wellington told The Gleaner yesterday. “If he is going to move, those interested will have to plan to move a mountain.”
1 Lamine Kone Sunderland have completed the signing of Lorient central defender Lamine Kone for an undisclosed fee.The France-born Ivory Coast international has signed a deal which commits him to the Wearside club until the end of the 2019-20 season.Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce told his club’s official website: “Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve seen him play.”Allardyce continued: “He is big and strong, attributes you need to play in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position.”The news ends a protracted pursuit of Kone for the Barclays Premier League’s 19th-placed team.Allardyce had twice ended his interest in the 26-year-old this month, with the Black Cats initially cooling on a £5million swoop before a proposed loan move broke down.Allardyce has signalled his intention to bring in another defender and an attacking player before the end of the transfer window having already signed Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N’Doye and Steve Harper.Sunderland are also monitoring full-back Mathieu Debuchy’s situation at Arsenal as he looks for regular club football ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals, although they face a battle with fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa if they are to strike a loan deal.A successful swoop for Kone could see Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates leave Wearside with the former Liverpool player understood to be the subject of talks with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.Meanwhile, Greek midfielder Charis Mavrias has joined Bundesliga 2 Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the remainder of the season.The 21-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Panathinaikos during the summer of 2013, has made just seven senior appearances and scored a single goal.
MONTEBELLO – A man who was struck and killed on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello on Tuesday may have been a transient, authorities said. Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office said the man was on a freeway lane when he was hit by several vehicles, but the death was preliminarily listed as accidental and not the result of suicide. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 4:30 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard, said CHP Officer John Seumanutafa. Auction to benefit For more information, call (562) 945-3787, Ext. 102. Free movie at activity center LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 15775 Imperial Hwy., welcomes families to its “At the Movies” at 1 p.m. Saturday. This weekend’s screening is “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Boys & Girls Club WHITTIER – The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier will hold its 33rd annual Gala Auction on Saturday at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim. The event, which raises money for the more than 1,700 children ages 7 to 18 served by the club, is responsible for more than 20 percent of its annual operating budget. More than 500 children are served each day at the Greenleaf Avenue facility. A silent auction starts at 5:30p.m., with dinner at 7:30p.m. A live auction starts at 9 p.m., followed by dancing. To view a list of live-auction items, visit www.bgcw.org Tickets for $175 per person are still available.