Today’s games Tivoli Gardens will look to maintain pole position when they face the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in a top clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex today at 3 p.m. The match is crucial for both teams. Tivoli are on top on 42 points, the same as Montego Bay United. However, Tivoli enjoys a better goal difference, while UWI are in third position on 39. UWI’s coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle says although playing away, his team will be going to Tivoli’s home ground for a positive result. “It will be the last game in the second round of the preliminary stage, and a win could move us on the same points as Tivoli. We are going there for a positive result,” Gayle said on Friday. UWI will be missing midfielder Ramoun Reid, who is serving a one-match suspension after a red card picked up in his team’s last game against Humble Lion two weeks ago. “He will be missed, but it is also an opportunity for another player in the squad,” the coach said. UWI will welcome back striker Girvon Brown, who ended a one-year deal at CD Dragon in El Salvador. “Girvon Brown will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game. He is back and the international clearance was done, so he could be involved in the game,” Gayle informed. UWI will rely on players such as captain Rochane Smith, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings, Patrick Brown and Jamie Robinson. Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says his team is intent on keeping UWI behind them. “We understand that UWI are improving. They beat us in the first round, so we are going out to turn that around. UWI are three points behind us, so we just have to prepare for that contest,” Edwards said. Tivoli will come for another home win courtesy of veteran Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Elton Thompson, captain Romaine Breakenridge and Tevin Shaw. – 3 p.m: Reno vs Montego Bay United at STETHS Complex – 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco at Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI at Edward Seaga Sports Complex – 5 p.m: Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Drewsland Stadium – 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United at Harbour View Stadium
Alltel, the wireless phone company, agreed Sunday night to be sold to a consortium of private equity firms for $27.5 billion, marking the largest buyout ever in the telecommunications industry. The consortium includes the Texas Pacific Group and the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs. The deal would make Alltel, based in Little Rock, Ark., the latest large public company to seek to go private amid a frenzy of deal-making among private equity firms. The transaction ends months of speculation about the future of Alltel, which was built through a series of acquisitions of regional carriers and now has more than 12 million customers. Alltel had announced earlier this year that it was considering various options for its future, sending its shares up in anticipation that it might be sold. Under the terms of the deal, Texas Pacific and Goldman will pay $71.50 a share for Alltel. That represents a premium of about 10 percent over Alltel’s closing price Friday and about 25 percent over its price late last year, when speculation about its future began to build. Two weeks ago, William Power, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., said Alltel could fetch $70 a share, sending its shares up 3 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is unclear how Alltel shareholders will react. In recent buyout attempts, shareholders have sought to reject deals in hopes of pushing the buyers to pay more. Just last week, a consortium of investors seeking to buy Clear Channel Communications, the giant radio broadcaster, raised its bid after Clear Channel shareholders threatened to vote against the deal. Alltel has been considered a ripe takeover target ever since it spun off its wire-line business in 2005. Some analysts had speculated that Verizon, whose wireless customers switch to Alltel’s network when they exit Verizon’s coverage area, would eventually buy Alltel.