You also need to make “a Valverde” if you want to win LaLiga

first_imgThe first covers from September 24 to October 29, 2019. A month in which the Blaugrana team chained seven consecutive victories. In the League, Barça defeated Villarreal, Sevilla and Valladolid at home and away beat Getafe and Eibar, while in the Champions League he won the Inter at Camp Nou and Slavia in Prague.That streak was truncated in the field of Levante with a tremendous defeat from which the team recovered immediately chaining eleven games without losing with a balance of seven wins and four draws. That losing streak ended in Saudi Arabia with the defeat in the Supercup that led to the dismissal of Valverde and the arrival of Setién, which now has eleven games leading Barça.In those eleven games, the Blaugrana team has been unable to chain more than three consecutive victories. His best series was winning in the field of Betis, chaining two wins against Getafe and Eibar at home, drawing in Naples and then losing at the Bernabéu.With twelve days ahead, Setién urgently needs to “make a Valverde” if he wants to arrive with options to win LaLiga to the last days. One point away from the Real Madrid leader and twelve days ahead. Obviously, LaLiga is not lost for Barcelona, ​​but to have options in the race, the team must get used to a regularity in the results that it does not exhibit since the time when Ernesto Valverde was in front of the ship. The Basque coach was fired after falling in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup played in Saudi Arabia against Atlético de Madrid because the team did not give the expected show or offer reliable feelings.Setién took his place, but the spectacle and the daring, as well as the commitment to young people are not and are not expected after eleven games and reliable feelings do not appear anywhere. It is up to the Cantabrian technician to hold on to regularity. That is, the seal that Valverde gave the team If you want to keep the title that the previous Barcelona coach won twice in a row.While he was at the helm of Barça, Valverde managed to complete two streaks of almost consecutive results that right now would be pearls for Setién facing the final sprint of the championship.last_img read more

Imanol and the connection with the Real Sociedad Copa champion

first_imgIt is one of the moments of the semifinal of Copa in Snduva. The emotional hug between the current coach of the Real Sociedad, the man who has led the return to a Cup final of the realistic team; with Alberto ‘Bixio’ Gorriz, the player with the most matches in the history of the San Sebastian club. The moment was caused by the SER Chain, because Bixio was in the cabin of Carousel because he had commented on the match between Real and Mirandés. It is not because I am here, it is that when I enter the first team I feel at his side in the locker room and he was a reference in the team, for his way of being and for how he has been. A reference for all young people, and these things are lived or difficult to explain. I have changed to the side of Bixio and that is not forgotten, it is exciting to say that I switched to the side of important people in the Real and that they showed us the way to reach the final now. This final is from the people, from everyone who feels the Royal Society as theirs, “says Imanol Alguacil.Bixio Gorriz, flushed at so much praise, returned the compliments. “He’s a great coach. He’s getting too good for me. But he knows what a locker room is, he lived it with us, and that’s why he manages it so well now. La Real has great players, but Imanol oos does better still, because he is modest, a boy from Orio, with great humility, and then he is also a great coach, who knows how to read the situations of the game and achieve things like returning us to a final 32 years later. ” Imanol, who lived in his beginnings with the last Cup champions, now seeks to emulate them as coach of the txuri-urdin team.last_img read more

Russian and Ukrainian leagues to be suspended after consulting UEFA, according to press

first_imgThe Russian and Ukrainian soccer leagues will almost certainly be suspended this Tuesday after planned consultations with UEFA by videoconference, as reported this Monday by the Sport-Express newspaper.Both championships were together with the Turkish and the Hungarian the only ones from the European continent that played their matches at the weekend, although in the case of the Ukrainian all the matches were played behind closed doors.Some matches in Russia were held in front of tens of thousands of spectators, with the exception of Moscow, where a limitation of a maximum of 5,000 people for any public event has been in force since last week.In Saint Petersburg, whose stadium has a capacity of almost 70,000 spectators, a similar restriction of a maximum of 1,000 people went into effect today, Monday.The press rules out that both championships are contrary to UEFA, even more so when the minimum attendance of spectators in Moscow, Kiev or Saint Petersburg does not make the opening of the stadiums profitable. Although in Russia there have not been many cases compared to countries such as Spain or Italy, the Kremlin has adopted draconian measures such as the closure of borders with China and Belarus, the cancellation of summits and forums, the suspension of flights, mandatory quarantines or the voluntary attendance at schools.Sport-Express assumes that the Eurocup will be postponed until 2021, so in May and June there will be plenty of dates to finish the league championship in both countries.In the case of Ukraine, although it has only recorded one death so far, all matches have already been held behind closed doors.In addition, the federation is considering giving champion to Shakhtar Donetsk, who has a 13 point advantage over the second and third classified, Zariá and Dinamo Kiev, respectively.No one has mentioned that possibility in Russia, although Zenit’s advantage over the second, Krasnodar, is also notable, nine points, with eight days to go.Saint Petersburg would be one of the cities affected by the cancellation of the European Championship, as it had to host the first phase matches and one of the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Djokovic: “I pray for the health and healing of the whole world”

first_imgNovak Djokovic supplies encouragement and assist to the total world inhabitants. The Serbian, as Rafa Nadal did yesterday, wished to contribute his grain of sand to publicly encourage all affected individuals for the coronavirus pandemic, along with congratulating all those that stay of their houses fulfilling the quarantine. That is the communiqué revealed by the Belgrade on their social networks: I pray for your health and healing. Could God heal any sickness that you’ve bodily, psychological or non secular. Could it provide you with health, vitality and pleasure at present. Very difficult occasions for everybody. I ship assist and prayers. Please keep house throughout quarantine and assist docs to assist all contaminated and needy individuals. (…) We dwell in a contemporary life. Not often can we cease to ponder our lives. We develop into hooked on this concept that we all the time must be doing one thing productive. (…) We can’t be wholesome if our world just isn’t.It’s time for all of us to remain collectively. Let’s attempt spending time with our household at house, having fun with the little issues in life. Let’s attempt to giggle, love and spend time at work. Pray, meditate, eat wholesome, play music, sing, dance, learn, write, train, sleep properly, prepare your thoughts with constructive ideas. It is a nice time to do that.last_img read more

WADA appoints outside experts to oversee Russia reforms

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants three outside experts to oversee the clean-up of Russia’s anti-doping system.A WADA report in November accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping programme in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes.As RUSADA tries to earn back its right to run Russia’s anti-doping operation, WADA announced yesterday that it would appoint two “international experts” to oversee the process and wants a third to sit on RUSADA’s board.”There is much work to be done if RUSADA is to become compliant again,” WADA director general David Howman said in a statement.”By appointing independent international experts, WADA will be able to monitor the situation and determine when requirements will have been met that will protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide and help re-establish public confidence in the Russian anti-doping programme.”UK BODY TO TAKE CHARGEMeanwhile, the UK Anti-Doping agency said yesterday that it had been asked by WADA to run Russia’s doping test system across all sports, while RUSADA is suspended and is close to signing a contract. WADA said this would mean “targeted and intelligence-led testing” for Russian athletes.”If you are talking about state-sponsored doping, you question whether it is just limited to just athletics. You have to be careful you are not singling one sport out in an effort to avoid a bigger issue,” Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UKAD, said at a briefing in London. “If anyone thinks this is purely about Russia and purely about athletics, they are supremely naive.”It is not single figures, the countries where they need to do more. I’m not saying it’s state-sponsored or corrupt. It’s whether they are fit for purpose. I would say there is a big question mark over a number of countries’ anti-doping organisations.”Even if Russia’s ban from track and field is lifted in time for the Olympics, no Russian athlete will be allowed to compete internationally without having been tested at least three times.Natalia Zhelanova, an adviser on anti-doping to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, told Russia’s Tass agency that she expected UKAD to work with RUSADA and that the pair would start joint operations “by February”.last_img read more

Thomas delivers for Scorpions

first_imgJamaica Scorpions opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was the second-highest runs-scorer in regional first-class cricket two years ago.He was, however, lukewarm last season and was in and out of the team at different stages.Fast-forward to this season, where after finishing as one of the top batsmen in the national trials, he did not get a chance to parade his skills until yesterday.So what did he do? On seasonal debut, the 27-year-old hit a second-highest score of 64 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, to put Jamaica on 197 for six at the end on the first day of their WICB First-Class Tournament clash at Sabina Park.”Not bad for me just starting the season,” he said following his 249-ball knock.”The pitch was hard to bat on at the start, but credit to Trinidad. I thought they bowled in some good areas. Instead of coming at us, they played the patient game with us, causing me to play an uncharacteristic innings,” Thomas said.Bereft of his normal attacking flair, Thomas batted throughout all three sessions before falling 17 minutes before the close.The former West Indies Under-19 representative, who following his breakout season in 2014 was called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team, also hit four.”Normally, I am an aggressive player, so facing close to 250 balls and making 64 was really uncharacteristic for me,” he stated.EXTRA WORK”I have been doing some extra work with coach Robert Samuels and Junior Bennett, so I know I could bat as much balls. It was just to do it in a game.”Starting out with Campbell, who fell for eight within the first 20 minutes of play, Thomas shared in two crucial partnerships for the Scorpions, who have been having batting problems all season long.The first was with number-three batsman, Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, who scored 66 to anchor an even 100 runs second wicket stand, and the second with Antiguan-born, Devon Thomas, who made 38, and with whom he put on 66 for the fourth wicket.Thomas’ knock, which was cheered by the sparse crowd that was on hand to witness the match, was also produced amid a penetrative spell of bowling from off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar.The 29-year-old, who played a key role in Trinidad lifting the regional one-day tournament last month, and was drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 later this year, ended with figures of three for 53.But what about his thoughts of being left out of the team from the start of the season?”It is the game of cricket. Today, you up; tomorrow, you down,” Thomas said.”If you check the team, I play as an opener, and the (then) captain (Paul Palmer Jr) and vice-captain (John Campbell) are openers,” he shared.”It would (therefore) have always been difficult to get into the team.””But I think that nothing happens before its time, so I just had to put in the work and wait until I get my chance.”Now that I have gotten my chance, I just want to grab it with both hands.”Play is scheduled to resume today at 10:00 a.m.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st InningsS Thomas lbw b Imran Khan 64*J Campbell c Lewis b Richards 8K Edwards lbw Jagessar 66A McCarthy lbw b Jagessar 14J Blackwood lbw b Jagessar 1D Thomas c Emrit b Imran Khan 38+C Walton not out 1N Miller not out 1Extras (lb2, w2) 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 91 overs) 197To bat: D Jacobs, M Mindley, S Cottrell.Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196.Bowling: Emrit 16-3-33-0, Richards 16-5-24-1, Khan 31-10-59-2, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 5-1-17-0, Mohammed 2-0-9-0.RED FORCE – *J Mohammed, E Lewis, J Solozano, Y Cariah, K Hope, Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Emrit, M Richards, Imran Khan, J Jagessar.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Omar Davies concerned about low voter turnout

first_img Davies is among dozens of PNP supporters so far, who have filed into the party’s Old Hope Road offices, anxiously awaiting the results of the elections. “It would seem to me that there is a strange disjuncture between the level of expenditure (on campaigning), and the ability to invite participation,” Davies said. The voter turnout in today’s election is expected  to be lower than the previous lowest of 53 per cent recorded in the last election. Davies said the media should share the blame for the low voter turnout, arguing that too much focus is given to persons, who do not participate in the electoral process. The PNP won the last general election, 42 seats to the JLP’s 21 in the 63-seat House of Representatives. “I am quite confident that we will retain office,” Davies said. Dr Omar Davies, the People’s National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for South St Andrew, has expressed concerns about the low turnout for the general election. “That is something that we have to deal with. It is not the PNP’s problem, it is a national problem,” Davies said.last_img read more

Gold medallist Brown disappointed about not breaking record

first_imgA week before last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Morant Bay High School’s Marcus Brown started training for the decathlon.The then 17-year-old would surprise himself after finishing third at Champs despite the short preparation period.A year later, Brown secured his first gold medal at the championships after tallying 6,781 points; bettering Buff Bay’s Amaudo O’Conner (6,649) and Rhodes Hall’s Asani Hylton (6,517).Brown disappointedPleased, but not satisfied, Brown expressed disappointment that he was unable to break the meet record of 6,988 points and the IAAF World Junior Championships qualification standard of 7,200 points.”Seeing that I didn’t get the record, which is what I had planned for to bring me to Worlds, I am a bit upset to be honest.”But winning this gold medal is still something to feel happy about,” he told The Gleaner after his event.”I could have performed better in the 110m hurdles. My PB is 13 high and I really should have cleared two metres in the high jump as well. Also, in the javelin, I could have thrown 47 metres, but only did 42-metre, so I certainly wasn’t at my best throughout,” Brown said.”My mom told me to come home with the gold medal and I’m glad that I was able to come out here and do that for her as well,” added Brown.His coach Damion Reid, the hurdles and field events coach at Morant Bay High – who himself competed at Champs and made the 400m hurdles final in 2005 – was extremely happy for his young charge.”I am elated for him. I only made a final when I competed at Champs, I never won a medal as an athlete, but to get a gold medal as a coach, it feels so good,” Reid said.last_img read more

Man United go top as Man City slip up

first_img MISERABLE START LONDON (AP): Manchester clubs traded places at the top of the Premier League yesterday after a buoyant United beat Sunderland 3-0, and early pacesetters City slipped to second after being thrashed 4-1 at Tottenham. Dutch signing Memphis Depay scored his first ever Premier League goal, and Wayne Rooney notched his first league goal of the season as United eased to a comfortable victory at Old Trafford. Juan Mata added a late third as United went top for the first time since August 2013. With 16 points from seven games, Louis van Gaal’s United are one point ahead of a City side whose flying start with five straight wins has now come to an abrupt stop. A second consecutive league defeat for the club made it three losses in four matches in all competitions. However, City are not the only big-spending club going through a rough patch. Chelsea’s title defence continued to misfire yesterday, with Jose Mourinho’s champions needing two late goals to scramble a 2-2 draw away to a Newcastle side that is already a candidate for relegation. West Ham remain third after drawing 2-2 with Norwich, while Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal rose to fourth after coming from behind to hammer Leicester 5-2. Elsewhere, the pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eased after England striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal since March in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. Southampton beat Swansea 3-1 and Stoke edged Bournemouth 2-1. A gleeful Stretford End was chanting “We are top of the league” after United took full advantage of City’s miserable start to the day. Depay, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven for £31 million (then US$48 million) in June, slotted home in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time after a deft cutback by Mata. Just after the restart, Rooney moved level with Denis Law as United’s joint-third leading league scorer with 171 goals, after a pass from Anthony Martial struck the captain’s knee and went in. Mata rounded off the scoring by driving home Ashley Young’s cross in the final minute. In the Tottenham-City encounter, the latter dominated the first half and took a deserved lead through Kevin De Bruyne in the 25th minute. But Eric Dier rifled in a long-distance equaliser on the stroke of half-time and Erik Lamela curled over a free kick for Toby Alderweireld to head home five minutes after the restart. Kane, who had scored 31 times for Spurs last season, ended his drought in the 61st and Lamela was rewarded for a fine performance with a goal on the break in the 79th. Arsenal had managed just five goals in their first six league games but matched that total during an entertaining afternoon at Leicester. Sanchez’s hat-trick was his first goals of the season for the Gunners, while Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also netted as Arsene Wenger’s side built on its midweek League Cup win over Tottenham.last_img read more

Jamaica female umpire for T20 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jamaican Jacqueline Williams has been named to stand in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, which bowl off on Saturday in Thailand.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday’s decision had been made to fast-track the 39-year-old in order to get her named to the umpires panel for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.Williams recently made her international debut, when she officiated in the first games of the one-day international and Twenty20 International series on Pakistan Women’s recent tour of the Caribbean.”This along with her historic appointment to stand in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day tournament and involvement in the international women’s matches against Pakistan are all a part of her preparation and training,” said Roland Holder, the WICB’s cricket operations manager.”The WICB has also assigned Peter Nero from its International Panel of umpires to assist Jacqueline with the preparation process and in her development as an umpire.”Williams is yet to stand in a regional first class game, but is poised to become the first woman to do so on her return from the qualifiers, which wrap up on December 5.Eight teams, divided into two groups, will contest the Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, with the two top teams qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India next year.Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Ireland, China and Bangladesh will join hosts Thailand in the tournament.- CMClast_img read more