Jamaica hopes to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships by fielding four gold medal prospects for this year’s tournament in Athens, Greece, which starts Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. Jamaica combined martial arts team members Subrina Richards, Akino Lindsay and Sheckema Cunningham, all ISKA Amateur Members world champions, are joined by Ackeem Lawrence, an International Taekwondo Federation Pan Am gold medallist as Jamaica’s brightest propects for gold in Athens. Lawrence has had considerable experience fighting at the ISKA United States Open but gets his first taste of Amateur Members Association World Championships, which is primarily hosted in Europe, and will make its first trek to this hemisphere when Jamaica hosts next year. Jason McKay, who heads ISKA Jamaica, said he is confident the quartet will return with four gold, pointing out that the strongest squad has been chosen and need to do well. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles. Lindsay won gold when he debuted at Portugal 2015, but was dropped for 2016 due to not having sufficient local activity. He, however returns as one of the brightest prospects to take gold,” McKay pointed out. “Cunningham was dropped from last year’s squad for not meeting the minimum training requirements, plus she was injured when she had gone to Cyprus in 2014. She, however, is in her best form in years, showing her diversity with a great knockout in World Taekwondo Federation action this month in Jersey, wining two gold medals.” Of the four, Richards is possibly Jamaica’s greatest prospect for gold, having won three ISKA world titles in her career and not losing a fight for the entire season last year. -A.W.
Roma have partnered with two missing child charities – the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Italy-based Telefono Azzurro.The campaign is inspired by rock band Soul Asylum’s music video for their 1992 song Runaway Train.It highlights the faces and names of missing children and is similar to those printed on millions of milk cartons in the USA during the 1980s and 90s.At the time of the launch, Paul Rogers, head of strategy at Roma, said: “We want to use the viral nature of social media transfer announcements to help raise awareness for missing children.” deals Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Mkhitaryan joined Roma on a season-long loan after an uninspiring 18 months at the north London club.Armenian Mkhitaryan has made a decent start to his Roma career though, scoring on his Serie A debut which saw his side beat Sassuolo 4-2.His goal also came on the same day the Kenyan boy was found. Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked What a great news @OfficialASRoma @ASRomaEN 👏🏼 https://t.co/59afKxzIvO— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) September 16, 2019Replying to Roma, he said “What great news.”In the summer, the club revealed they would be using transfers to help raise awareness about missing children.“A 13-year-old boy featured in the #ASRoma announcement video for @HenrikhMkh has been found safe and reunited with his family,” Roma tweeted.“The club partnered with the amazing @missingchild_ke in July to raise awareness about cases of children missing in Kenya.”This comes after a girl from London was found after appearing next to the Italian side’s signing of defender Mert Cetin. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Getty Images – Getty Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Mkhitaryan is pursuing a fresh start in his career after a bad spell at Arsenal rookie error targets Henrikh Mkhitaryan expressed his delight the missing 13-year-old who featured in his unveiling at Roma has been found.An image of the Kenyan teenager was used by the Serie A club on Twitter, accompanying a post announcing Mkhitaryan had joined from Arsenal. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas on target statement LIVE on talkSPORT 1 latest Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2