Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from football following Chicago Fire's failure to reach the MLS playoffs.

The 35-year-old stated via Twitter that "the time has now come" to conclude his playing career at the end of the 2019 season.

In a message to fans, he said: "I would like to thank both you and my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!

"And of course, I would also like to thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support.

"Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon.

"I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart!"

Schweinsteiger joined Fire in 2017 after leaving United and signed a one-year contract extension last January, but he could not help them finish higher than eighth in the Eastern Conference.

The midfielder progressed through Bayern Munich's youth system and went on to win 18 trophies in a 14-year career with the senior side, his crowning moment coming in the treble-winning season of 2012-13.

He moved to United in 2015 but struggled to impress in Louis van Gaal's final season in charge and was initially ostracised from the first team by Jose Mourinho when he took over.

However, he forced his way back into Mourinho's plans and scored his last goal in a 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic in January 2017, shortly before leaving for MLS.

Schweinsteiger won 121 caps for Germany to become their fourth-highest appearance-maker, winning the World Cup in 2014 and becoming captain for two years after Philipp Lahm's retirement.

Jamaica’s senior women’s football team continued its impressive showing in Group B of the Caribbean Olympic Qualifying Stage by thrashing St Lucia 11-0 on Sunday night at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Captain Khadija Shaw and Deneisha Blackwood led the Reggae Girlz with three goals apiece.

Shaw handed the Reggae Girlz the lead in the second minute before completing her hattrick in the 16th and 34th minutes.

Blackwood found the back of the net in the 24th, 68th and 78th minutes.

Cheyna Matthews, Dominique Bond Flasza, Tiffany Cameron, Trudi Carter, and Tarania Clarke secured the other goals.

The victory represents the third straight for the Reggae Girlz in the five-team qualifying tournament being staged in Jamaica.

The three games have produced 30 goals for the Reggae Girlz ahead of their final game on Tuesday against the US Virgin Islands.

The Reggae Girlz opened their campaign with a 12-1 victory against Cuba on September 30 followed by a 7-0 triumph against Barbados on October 4.

Recently promoted Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division team, Malick Secondary started very brightly but have fallen on hard times, going from challenging for a top spot to trying to see how best to stave off relegation.

On Saturday, Malick’s freefall continued after a 4-1 loss to Pleasantville Secondary dropped them from 11th to 12th in the tables. That 11th-place stop was following Wednesday’s 5-1 schellacking from St Augustine.

At the other end of the table, Naparima College kept winning as they have to, beating Trinity College East 3-0. Naparima College have to keep winning because after eight games they have 20 points while St Anthony’s College, in second, have 17 points from just seven games.

St Anthony’s maintained the pressure despite a 2-2 draw

Naparima do have some more breathing room though, as St Anthony’s were closer in the last round where they beat St Benedict’s 2-1. On Saturday though, a 2-2 draw against East Mucurapo Secondary puts them three points adrift of Naparima.

Presentation College also showed they weren’t going anywhere this season and could be in the title race come season’s end by pulling off a 2-1 win over San Juan North Secondary. That win puts them on 16 points from seven games, four points off the top spot.

Carapichaima East Secondary have settled into the middle of the table their fifth place spot courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Queen’s Royal College (QRC).

QRC are in seventh place on 10 points from seven games, just behind Pleasantville on the same number.

San Juan North are on seven points and in 10th position.

In other games on Saturday, St Benedict’s College earned just their second win of the competition after seven games, handing Speyside Secondary a 1-0 defeat, while the topsy turvy season of a certain St Mary’s College continued to have more downs than ups after a 5-0 hammering from Trinity College East.Trinity College East find themselves eighth in the table while their namesakes, Trinity College East are struggling even more and find themselves struggling at the foot of the table on four points.

 The super horse She’s A Maneater emphatically toppled the ICool Juice Drink Superstakes field on Sunday under jockey Omar Walker to record her third consecutive win in the JA$6 Million (US$45,000) event at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park.

As the hot 1-5 favourite, Wayne DaCosta’s five year-old mare took control coming off the final bend and won by 3-3/4 lengths to become only the third horse – and first filly -- in the 41-year history of the event to win three years in a row. The 51-1 outsider Toona Ciliata stayed on for second and another three year-old Sentient (34-1) was a further length and a quarter behind in third.

She’s A Maneater clocked a fast two minutes, 05.40 seconds to own two of the fastest three times recorded for the 10-furlong trip in the last 14 years.

“She is something special,” winning trainer Wayne DaCosta said after the mare’s 23rd career win gave him his third Superstakes triumph. She’s A Maneater was just 0.40s slower than her winning run last year and 0.20s off Mark My Word’s winning time in 2010.

The 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul, the 5-2 second favourite, faded in the homestretch to finish sixth, 15 lengths behind the winner.

For the first half of the race, Ian Kong’s She’s A Maneater stalked the front-running Toona Ciliata while both Sentient and Supreme Soul raced within striking distance in third and fourth spots.

She’s A Maneater, the 2017 Triple Crown champion and horse of the year, edged closer to the lead leaving the half-mile while Sentient and Supreme Soul lost ground on the leaders.

Coming off the final bend, She’s A Maneater shot past Toona Ciliata and entered the homestretch with a clear advantage. Walker sparingly used his whip right-handed in the run to the finish as no challengers surfaced deep stretch.

“I was pretty confident, I got a nice break and saved the best for last,” said Walker after landing his third Superstakes, adding to Mark My Word (2011) and She’s A Maneater last year.

In the secondary JA$2 Million (US$18,800) Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile, DaCosta’s unbeaten US-bred colt Stranger Danger crushed his rivals in a seven-length win in a stakes record 1:36.60 as Walker piloted the two big winners on the last day of the Lasco Superstakes weekend.

Stranger Danger won by seven lengths and stretched his winning streak to nine races. “He did it easily, and doing it with (a heavy) 57 kilos augurs well for the feature,” DaCosta said.

 

Guyana Amazon Warriors continued their unbeaten 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by crushing the Barbados Tridents to progress to the CPL final.

Brandon King helped himself to 11 sixes on his way to the highest ever Hero CPL score of 132, sending him top of this season’s run-scoring charts with 453 runs.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors got off to a flier through King and Chanderpaul Hemraj. King's 29 off 22 balls and Hemraj's 19 off 14 saw them to 48-0 off the PowerPlay.

It took a sensational catch from Hayden Walsh Jr to dismiss Hemraj off his own bowling, turning and sprinting, then diving full-stretch to cling on to the ball.

King reached his 50 off 36 balls right on halfway of the Warriors' innings with a cut for 4. Skipper Jason Holder then brought himself back into the attack, after earlier being taken for 20 off his two Powerplay overs.

Holder fared better with the softer ball, having Shimron Hetmyer well held by Raymon Reifer at deep mid-wicket for 3.

Warriors captain Shoaib Malik helped guide King to his maiden T20 hundred. Malik brought up his career 9000 runs in T20 cricket with a six, only the fourth batsmen to get there in the history of the format.

At the other end, King continued to play the knock of the tournament, reaching his hundred with a booming six off Raymon Reifer.

This scintillating partnership was ended on 97 by Tridents' best bowler on the day, Hayden Walsh Junior, when he dismissed Malik for 32 off 19. Walsh bowled very well, but his figures were damaged when Nicolas Pooran came in and hit his first two deliveries over the rope.

The previous record score on this ground, 193-8 by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2018, was surpassed on the first ball of the last over as four leg byes rubbed salt in the Tridents' already large wounds.

The highest ever CPL score of 121* by Andre Russell was then surpassed by King who finished on a jaw-dropping 132 off 72 balls, Pooran's handy cameo earned him 12 off 3.

The Tridents got off to what would be a great start in any normal game in this year's CPL but were always behind the eight-ball chasing 219.

Johnson Charles smashed a couple of early boundaries but then got bogged down, looping up a catch to point off Imran Tahir's second ball, out for 15 off 14.

Hales was then bowled by Tahir attempting an ambitious slog sweep after an explosive 36 off 19 balls. When a shot from Shakib resulted in a great diving catch by Hetmyer, the Tridents were 59-3 after 7.5 and needed a massive partnership between the new batsmen, JP Duminy and Shai Hope.

This did not happen, Duminy chopping on for 14 off Odean Smith's second ball and then Hope went on to become the first of Romario Shepherd's two victims. Jonathan Carter made a swift 49 to top-score for the Tridents but holed out one short of his half-century.

Odean Smith induced a chop on from Reifer's first ball, before Ashley Nurse and Jason Holder hit some massive blows, but it was too little too late for the chasing side.

Barbados Tridents now face TKR on Thursday with one last shot to meet the Amazon Warriors again in the final on Sunday.

 

Newly promoted Molynes United remained the only unbeaten team in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following a 1-0 win over Mount Pleasant on Sunday.

Striker Ryan Brown notched his second goal of the season for the RSPL new boys when he found the back of the net in the 38th minute.  The win was the team’s sixth in as many games, remaining at the top of the table with 18 points.

Second place Waterhouse, however, kept in touch with the table-toppers following a win their own, a 2-0 win over UWI at UWI Bowl.  Waterhouse took the initiative through Stephen Williams who gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute.  UWI pressed hard to get back on level terms but Waterhouse claimed all three-point from the spot after Keithy Simpson slammed in a 73rd-minute penalty.

Defending champions Portmore United saw their winning streak halted at two-game after sharing point with struggling Tivoli at the Edward Seaga Stadium.  It was the home team who took the lead through Rushane Spence who found the back of the net in the 27th minute.  Shai Smith, however, ensured Portmore got a share of the points after finding a goal in the 49th minute.

Elsewhere, Humble Lion defeated promoted Vere United 1-0.  Midfielder Leonardo Jibbison got the all-important goal for the home team in the 69th minute.

 

Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela broke the MLS record for regular-season goals in his hat-trick performance, while Atlanta United's Josef Martinez scored on his return.

Vela shattered the record set by Martinez (31) in 2018 as LAFC ended their regular-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

LAFC's Vela surpassed Martinez with 34 goals thanks to his treble against the Rapids at Banc of California Stadium, while he also won the Golden Boot.

Vela broke the deadlock with a sublime opener in the 28th minute before the Mexico international's overhead kick doubled the lead three minutes later in Los Angeles.

Kei Kamara pulled a goal back for the Rapids in the 40th minute, but Vela restored LAFC's two-goal advantage six minutes into the second half.

Supporters' Shield winners LAFC – who broke the record for most points (72) and equalled the mark for most goals scored (85) in the regular season – will face either LA Galaxy or Minnesota United in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring but the Galaxy suffered a 4-2 defeat away to Houston Dynamo on Decision Day.

The Galaxy twice led, however, the visitors conceded three unanswered goals to finish fifth and set up a showdown with Minnesota – who lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders as the latter locked up the second seed.

Martinez returned from a knee injury to lead reigning MLS champions Atlanta to a 3-1 victory against New England Revolution.

The Venezuela international scored Atlanta's second goal of the match to take his season tally to 27 goals as Frank de Boer's men look ahead to another meeting with the seventh-placed Revolution in the first round of the Eastern Conference play-offs.

Eastern Conference leaders New York City concluded their regular-season campaign with a 2-1 win at Philadelphia Union, Dallas humiliated Sporting Kansas City 6-0 and Wayne Rooney's DC United were held to a 0-0 draw by nine-man FC Cincinnati.

New York Red Bulls lost 3-0 to Montreal Impact, Toronto beat Columbus Crew 1-0, Portland Timbers accounted for San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, while Real Salt Lake edged Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 and Chicago Fire beat Orlando City 5-2.

Denesh Ramdin played a remarkably patient, but ultimately match-winning knock alongside Lendl Simmons then Kieron Pollard to take Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to a well-timed victory over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), booking their place in the semi-final on Thursday 10 October at Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Having won the toss and bowled it was an ideal start for Kieron Pollard's TKR side. Mohammad Hafeez was well caught by a back-pedalling Akeal Hosein at extra-cover for just 11. Chris Jordan got one straight through Brooks' expansive straight drive in the final over of the fielding restrictions, bringing Laurie Evans to the crease.

Having gone for just 1 off his first over back from injury, Sunil Narine then had Evin Lewis caught and bowled off a leading edge for 9. The Patriots were 30 for 3 with no runs off the bat and just two wides off Narine's first two overs.

Evans and Devon Thomas attempted to rebuild amidst showers in Guyana but it was anything but easy against the supreme spin of Narine. After a couple overs of simply ticking it over, Pierre was the man targeted, going for 37 off his four, with Evans and Thomas using their feet magnificently.

The 50-partnership was brought up in the 14th off 46 balls, but on the last ball of Narine's miserly spell Thomas was given lbw for 10. Clearly suffering from pain in his finger, Narine astonishingly finished with 2 for 10 and 19 dot balls from his four overs.

Laurie Evans reached 50 off 44 balls with a boundary off Sussex teammate Chris Jordan in the 18th over. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite struggled to get going, holing out to Colin Munro at long on later in the Jordan over for 3.

Fabian Allen got going with a wristy four first ball but was deprived of further boundaries by sensational diving stops from Lendl Simmons and Khary Pierre.

Jordan had Allen caught in the final over to finish with 3-30, TKR restricting the Patriots to just 125-7 (with not one six struck) on a slow pitch in Guyana.

Narine started with 8 off 2 in Sheldon Cottrell's first over, but the bowler got his revenge next over, catching him at deep-midwicket off Alzarri Joseph.

Cottrell was soon saluting again, bowling Munro in the third over for a fifth ball duck leaving TKR 16 for 2.

 

A wicket maiden from Rayad Emrit to finish the PowerPlay saw Darren Bravo's tricky vigil end for 1 off 10, Cottrell again the catcher, 31 for 3.

This was after Evin Lewis misjudged a catch a few paces inside the rope at deep square, having to go one-handed in the end, Simmons the lucky man to get away with it for 1.

Ramdin played himself in to the tune of 4 off 13 balls at the halfway mark with Simmons 24 off 29 needing 83 off 60 balls, just behind where the Patriots were after 10 overs.

Ramdin was still struggling on 11 off 27 balls in the 15th, whilst Simmons couldn't even score at above a run-a-ball until he reached 50 with a six, before departing for 51 off 47 the very next ball.

 

Pollard was left with plenty to do, requiring 48 off 27 balls when he entered the fray with a sore quadricep.

Once Pollard struck a six off his third ball, Ramdin at last released the shackles too; on his 31st ball he hit his first boundary- a six. With a four next ball he was now 23 off 32 balls. This expensive Cottrell over made the equation 27 required off 18 balls.

Pollard took to Braithwaite, smacking his compatriot over the ropes and cover driving him for four to win the game.

Carlos Vela broke the MLS record for regular-season goals by scoring the opener for Los Angeles FC against Colorado Rapids at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday.

Mexico striker Vela bent home a beautiful effort from 25 yards in the 28th minute to surpass Josef Martinez's tally of 31 for Atlanta United in 2018.

The LAFC forward doubled his tally just after the half-hour mark, sending an overhead kick past Tim Howard for his 33rd goal of 2019.

Vela will have his sights set on the league's combined scoring record of 35, held by Martinez after he struck four times in Atlanta's triumphant MLS Cup Playoffs campaign last year.

Waldgeist made a blistering late charge to deny Enable an unprecedented Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe treble at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The stage was set for superstar mare Enable to become the first horse to win the prestigious race three times, but 16-1 shot Waldgeist spoiled the party.

Odds-on favourite Enable, in what could be her last race, hit the front on the home straight under Frankie Dettori, roared on by a huge crowd.

Waldgeist, though, conjured up a rapid finish to prevent the John Gosden-trained five-year-old from pulling off the hat-trick.

Waldgeist revelled in the soft ground and Pierre-Charles Boudot steered the colt, trained by Andre Fabre, out wide to bolt beyond Enable in the final furlong.

Enable was travelling strongly and looked set to make history until Waldgeist gave Fabre an eighth Arc success, while Sottsass finished third.

Fabre said: "I'm very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare. I'm delighted. He gave me a lot of confidence at Ascot and Pierre-Charles said he could have won.

"The Arc is always a big race because you have the combination of the best mares and colts and it's a great race."

Two and a half years after the only other race Enable has failed to win, trainer Gosden said the conditions were always going to make it tough.

"She ran an absolutely brilliant race. Waldgeist came late and strong after they went a good pace." Gosden said.

"Frankie committed and went for it and with the ground testing her, it's hard to show that turn of foot and Waldgeist has outstayed her on the ground. Full credit to Andre.

"I'm happy with the race but she doesn't have the same explosive turn of foot on soft, she quickened up well but was outstayed in very testing conditions."

Wayne Rooney has predicted Liverpool will win the Premier League title, preventing Manchester City from becoming champions for the third straight season.

Rooney, a former Manchester United captain and the club's all-time record goalscorer, faces seeing his old team's two rivals fight for the title for the second campaign in a row.

Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top after Saturday's dramatic defeat of Leicester City, James Milner's 95th-minute penalty securing a 17th successive league win, with City in action at home to Wolves on Sunday.

Ex-England striker Rooney, who will join Championship side Derby County as a player-coach in January, feels it will be Jurgen Klopp's Reds who come out on top this term.

"In my opinion, Liverpool look the strongest," DC United star Rooney told boxing outlet iFL TV after Gennady Golovkin beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden. 

"City are a fantastic team. I think Liverpool have improved on last year. City have stayed at that level of great consistency. I think Liverpool."

Another of Rooney's former sides have had a tough start to 2019-20 with Burnley inflicting a fourth successive Premier League loss on Liverpool's city rivals Everton.

Pressure is growing on Marco Silva with the Toffees 17th in the table, a point above the relegation zone, but Rooney expects his boyhood club to improve.

"I think the players are too good to be where they are in the league," he added.

"Once results start coming, they'll definitely get out of it."

Noted sports attorney Dr. Emir Crowne will not be apologizing to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) for comments he made about the commission in the days leading up to the anti-doping hearing involving Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams.

Guyana Amazon Warriors made it nine wins from nine in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), thrashing Jamaica Tallawahs by 77 runs despite slumping to 8/4 at the start of their innings.

 The table-topping Warriors lost four wickets in four balls across the first two overs of the night – at one point both Oshane Thomas and Derval Green were on hat-tricks at the same time – with both Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran falling first ball while Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj made just 1 and 2 respectively.

Only two further wickets would fall in the rest of the innings though, as captain Shoaib Malik, first alongside Sherfane Rutherford and then Keemo Paul, engineered a superb recovery with an unbeaten 73 from 45 balls. With 156/6 on the board, it was over to the Warriors’ battery of spinners to work their magic, and they didn’t disappoint.

Chris Gayle became the third high-profile first-ball casualty when Chris Green breached his defences to give the Tallawahs’ run-chase its own dramatic early setback, and Imran Tahir was soon in on the act as well when Chadwick Walton picked out Green at long-on for just 8.

Glenn Phillips attempted a Malik-style recovery and did emulate the Warriors captain in going past 1000 career Hero CPL runs but there the comparison ended. He made 21 from 28 before also picking out Green at long-on to hand Hemraj a wicket.

By now the required rate had already got beyond 10 an over and, although Trevon Griffith did manage the unlikely feat of taking two boundaries from Chris Green’s final over – he still finished with 1/20 from his four – the Tallawahs were never able to get it back under control.

Qais Ahmad became the third bowler of the night to take two wickets in two balls when he had Dwayne Smith caught and bowled for 2 before bowling Imran Khan first ball. Unlike Thomas and Derval Green, though, he had no hat-trick opportunity as those wickets came from the final two balls of an impressive spell.

By now everything was going the Warriors’ way. Keemo Paul came into the attack and immediately had Liton Das caught at midwicket for 21 from his first ball and then Derval Green caught behind later in the over.

Imran Tahir had his third when Steven Jacobs was bowled aiming a huge legside heave at a googly, and fittingly it was Malik who had the last word, wrapping up a comprehensive victory with the final wicket as Zahir Khan holed out.

Another win for the Warriors should surprise nobody given the season they’re having, but it all looked a very long way away after eight balls of their innings. King was bowled by Thomas, before Hetmyer nibbled at a wide one to be caught behind from the very next ball. Derval Green then immediately had the ball swinging prodigiously to bowl Hemraj and pin Pooran leg-before in successive deliveries.

The Warriors’ recovery from such a nightmare start was kicked off by Rutherford. Having survived a huge lbw shout from the hat-trick ball, which pitched just outside leg stump, he hit three fours in four balls from Derval Green’s second over. After a double wicket maiden to start, his second over gave up 16.

Rutherford and Malik then opted for careful accumulation in a stand of 82 before Rutherford was caught in the deep off Imran Khan. Chris Green followed soon after, bowled by Zahir, and that was Malik’s cue to burst into life.

He suddenly started to find the boundary, and scored 38 of the 56 runs the Warriors piled on in the closing five overs of the innings.

A whopping 26 of those runs came in the 19th as Thomas had his figures mangled, 2/14 from three overs ballooning to 2/40 as his spell ended. Both Malik and Paul cleared the ropes, while Malik added two fours in an over that also featured a wide and a no-ball.

Derval Green gave up just seven from the final over, but by then the Warriors had wriggled off the hook and given their fearsome spin attack more than enough to work with.

Dr. Emir Crowne, who represented Briana Williams during her anti-doping hearing last month, is facing legal action from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), who claim they have been defamed by the noted attorney.

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