Claudious Blackburn’s switch from Cavalier to Harbour View and Rafique Bryan’s move to University of the West Indies (UWI) were the two major late Red Stripe Premier League transfers just before the deadline at midnight last Friday.A former Arnett Gardens youth player, Bryan represented his home town club, sparingly, in the league last season and has decided to join the University of the West Indies for their inaugural top-flight football season.The 19 year-old is the fifth signing by the UWI, which also added Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Daniel Gilzene along with Bryan, to their roster for this season.The transfer of Blackburn from Cavalier to Harbour View is the other major signing in the window. The ex-Cavalier man did not have the best season last year but will be a good addition to the east-Kingston club.Harbour View also made two late signings. Now at the east Kingston club are former Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Haughton and Akeen Smith, who has moved from Bull Bay.PROMISING PLAYERAlthough defending champions Arnett Gardens will be without Bryan, one of their most promising youth prospects, they have added an adequate replacement in Rivoli and national Under-20 player Davion Garrison. They have also acquired Javasca Taylor and Roger Bucknor from Wanderers, Travellers’ Lamard Neil, and Tajar Phillips from Royal Lakes.Tivoli also made a move in the window before it closed, picking up a valuable buy in former Waterhouse and national under-20 midfielder Theo Brown from Newlands, and former Portmore and national Under-17 player Adrian Christian, and Dwayne Smith from Dunbeholden.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The season finale aired Oct. 30, and Wright got his winnings in the mail Thursday. “I cashed in on Friday,” said Wright, a Los Altos High graduate. “Now it’s just sitting the the bank.” For the past four years, Wright has been competing in Madden NFL – Electronic Arts’ top selling video game – tournaments across the nation. He’s won more than 15 competitions and raked in about $140,000. But the most recent trip, which ended in New York, was his favorite – and most profitable – victory yet. “It was the (most fun) experience I’ve ever had,” said Wright at his house on Monday as an episode of Madden Nation played in the background. Anne Powell, senior producer for ESPN, said at least 7,000 people applied for the show. The two-week bus tour started in Dallas and stopped in six other cities before arriving in New York City, where they filmed the finale. At each stop, the competitors went to NFL stadiums and meet with the professional players. Wright represented Chicago Bears return specialist and wide receiver Devin Hester, and even played a game of Madden with him. Guess what? Wright won. “Our fans love to see that,” Powell said. “Because the professionals basically get their butts kicked.” Unlike some of the other Madden competitors, Wright is humble, said Wright’s longtime friend, Danny Ahedo. “He’s not a disrespectful person,” Ahedo said. “He doesn’t talk crap about other people.” The show has been consistently growing throughout the past three years. “From an ESPN point of view, our demographic loves playing video games,” Powell said. “This is not just a video game, but it’s football.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: How to win at Madden NFL ’08 WEST COVINA – When Eric Velarde Wright says he’s the best in the nation when it comes to the video game Madden, you can take it to the bank. He did. West Covina resident Wright, 19, aka “Problem,” starred in Madden Nation, an ESPN reality TV show, with 12 other Madden NFL 2008 professional players. When the tournament was over, Wright had won $100,000 – and bragging rights as the best Madden player in the country.