The Leganés has exercised this morning behind closed doors (15 minutes open for the press) with the novelty of the presence of three of its four winter signings, all officialized yesterday, the last market day: Bryan Gil (already exercised on Friday), Roger Assalé and Miguel Ángel Guerrero. Ibrahim Amadou, the last reinforcement of the market, is the only one who was not present on the lawn during the session.The first three, those who did train, should be in physical condition to be, if Javier Aguirre wishes, for tomorrow’s meeting, against Real Sociedad (12:00) in Butarque. Taking into account the difficulties that Aguirre has had to make some calls in recent games (there have been seven casualties during the winter market), the logic says that there should be premieres. Guerrero, because of his past as a cucumber, is the one with the most ballots. The cucumber squad is now 25 players. The rest of the campus beyond signings and exits will be available with two exceptions. One of them is Cuellar, who was sanctioned with two games after seeing the double yellow in the Metropolitan and his pique at the exit of the lawn. Soriano will supply him. Lombo, third goalkeeper, will debut in a league list after doing so in the Cup.Nor can Szymanowski, still recovering from his knee injury, the one that occurred in July. Carrillo, who fell off the list against Barcelona, has trained normally and could also be part of the call against the Txuri-Urdin.
Marc Cucurella is on loan from Barcelona, but nothing will stop him from playing at the Camp Nou on Saturday and being one of those who most wants to do something big. ANDl Getafe wants me to continue with them, because their adaptation has been extraordinary, it is a fixture for Bordalás and is playing at a great level. Your purchase option is six million euros and the Blues want to exercise it.Owner of the left wing, he speaks without complexes before measuring himself to the Blaugranas: “We are a strong team. We have several games getting good results and we are fine. We want to get something positive out of the Camp Nou, although we know of the difficulties that means for anyone. ” Cucurella talked about how Barça’s philosophy on the quarry has changed: “I think that in Barcelona, which is a great club, in the end the important thing is to win. You don’t have the patience you had.. As a canterano I am, they don’t give the opportunities they deserve. I feel bad because I expected more confidence in the quarry. In football the important thing is to win. It weighs more to gain than to have patience “,Alella’s full confidence in the possibilities of his team and does not want limits: “Our philosophy is always to go out to win, let’s play where we play. Of course, Barça is one of the best teams in the world and in their stadium they lose very few times, but we will go out and try to get all three points. ” Cucurella knows that beyond the team or the stadium, there is an added difficulty: “Messi is the best player in the world, he is very clear. He can only solve any match. Make that difference. ”There is something that has sneaked into the Getafe’s locker room and that is impossible to avoid. The “match by match” as a mantra from which neither coach nor any player escapes. Barcelona-Ajax-Sevilla, that is the week that awaits Geta to try to make history. What does Cucurella think? There is no surprise: “The calendar has given us these matches. We have difficult games now, but the team is ready to face them because we are in a great moment. We are focused on the Camp Nou and then the rest will come. ”
He tennis hangs by a thread in 2020. After assembly on Wednesday afternoon the official announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon Because of the coronavirus well being disaster, the state of affairs that continues to be for the remainder of the season is by no means encouraging. The game of the racket, as a consequence of its peculiarities, is undoubtedly one of many sports activities most affected by the pandemic and he’ll most likely be one of many final to get well.And it’s that tennis brings collectively 1000’s of individuals world wide together with followers, technical gamers, members of the family, or group, amongst others, on the event of the tournaments which might be held each week, so the chance of contagion and unfold of the virus is whole. So essential is the state of affairs in the present course, that licensed voices of this sport equivalent to extenista Amelie Mauresmo, They imagine that there must be no extra tennis in 2020 and not using a COVID-19 vaccine. “I believe we should draw a line in the 2020 tennis season. Worldwide circuit = gamers of all nationalities, extra managers, spectators and other people from the 4 corners of the world who convey these occasions to life. No vaccine = no tennis “, the French expressed forcefully on her Twitter profile. Je crois qu’on going to devir tirer a trait sur la saison 2020 de tennis. Circuit worldwide = des joueurs et joueuses de toutes nationalites plus les encadrements, spectateurs et les personnes venant des four cash du monde qui font vivre ces événements.Nation of vaccin = nation of tennis– AmelieMauresmo (@AmeMauresmo) March 31, 2020 From outdoors the slopes comes the testimony of Judy Murray, tennis coach and mom of Scotsman Andy Murray, that in this system BBC Breakfast he thought-about the problem of tournaments already postponed having a spot in 2020. “The schedule in the direction of the tip of the season can be very congested,” stated Judy, so not all the large postponed appointments will be capable of make a spot in the remainder of the 12 months: “I believe which can be a little bit battle with folks making an attempt to have an area to have fun their occasion, however it’s one thing that’s not going to be doable for everybody. “Amongst different examples that don’t invite optimism we discover that of Bruno Soares, Brazilian dubber who was quantity 2 in the rating in 2016 and winner of 32 titles in this self-discipline, which in ESPN He said that tennis could be one of many final sports activities to get well from the coronavirus: “As tennis gamers we have now a serious downside as a result of it’s a utterly international sport. The entire world has to have the virus below management for our sport to return. And that’s the place an ongoing downside will come up; tennis can be one of many final sports activities to return to regular exercise. The state of affairs for which we’re half is worrying. “Nevertheless, Soares needs to surrender the chance that there can be no extra tennis in 2020, though he acknowledges that it’s on the desk: “As a lot as I believe that not enjoying something this 12 months is usually a risk Due to the state of affairs we dwell in, there isn’t any purpose to make that call now. As a circuit, if the world is virus-free in October or September, there isn’t any level in not making the most of these months till the tip of the season. “What now? All of us ask ourselves after the farewell to Wimbledon, which joins the from Indian Wells, Miami and the clay courtroom tour (besides Roland Garros). A tough blow, however hopefully not definitive for tennis in 2020 …
Ozil has won at Arsenal, which It came in 2013, three editions of the FA Cup and three of the Community Shield. The title of the Champions League and that of the Premier League have been far away. He has not played in the top European competition since 2017. Mesut Ozil (31 years old) is an example of the saying “outside Madrid it is very cold”. The German player, of Turkish origin, has not done particularly well since leaving England. He has always been very affectionate with the white club. Today he has uploaded a photo of him at the Bernabéu to his social networks.In 2017, for example, some statements by Ozil had great repercussion in Sport Bild. “It is not a secret. My heart beats for Real Madrid. I played there and to this day I still have many friends in the team and in the club“he said in his day.His winks to the Madrid team, where he has friends like Captain Sergio Ramos, have been continuous. The last one has been to publish on their social profiles this Wednesday a photo taking a corner at the Santiago Bernabéu in a white shirt. The snapshot is very special because it is also in a Classic.
fielding let us down Guyana are once again regional Under-19 kingpins. The defending champions defeated Jamaica by four wickets in the final of the WICB Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School yesterday. Set a competitive 246 to win, Guyana achieved their target at 250 for six with four overs remaining. Leading the way for the Guyanese was West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmeyer with 55. The left-handed opening batsman, who earlier this season represented West Indies Under-19s in the WICB Super50 Tournament, was the main man in two important partnerships at the start of the Guyanese reply and laid the platform for their victory. He first put on a 59-run opening stand with Tevin Imlach (14) before following up with a 29-run partnership with Balchan Baldeo for the second wicket. Hetmeyer was eventually run out with the score on 88. His dismissal gave Jamaica a glimmer of hope as they claimed three fairly quick wickets to have the visitors at 149 for five. However, thanks to knocks of 45 from No. 6 batsman Sherfane Rutherford, and 43 not out from No. 7 Kassem Khan, the victors were able to recover and reach their target. “Several things went wrong, but most off all, the fielding let us down today,” explained Jamaica coach, Robert Samuels. “Catches win matches, and it is as simple as that. We could have been a little bit more aggressive, and scored about 30 more runs. But even so, if you don’t take your chances, it will cost you, and that is what affected us.” Part-time off-spinner Brad Barnes, one for 42 off 10 overs; pacer Miguel Smith, one for 43 off eight; and captain and off-spinner Michael Frew, one for 44 off eight, were Jamaica’s best bowlers. Earlier, Jamaica, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were led to their total by opener and wicketkeeper Jevoy Spence, who slammed 92. He stroked nine fours and two sixes during a 140-ball knock, before his was the sixth and final wicket to fall in the innings with the score on 219. He also shared in three solid partnerships. The best was a sixth-wicket stand of 66 with second topscorer and Manchester High student Brad Barnes, who ended unbeaten on 51. The others were a 61-run fifth-wicket alliance with captain Michael Frew, who made 30, and a 40-run second-wicket partnership of 40 with Leonardo Friginette, 14. Spinner Akenie Adams, two for 33 off nine overs, and fast-bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul, two for 39, also off nine, led the way for the champions. The victory represented Guyana’s sixth in the seven games with their only loss coming against Jamaica in the opening round of the tournament.
He considers both Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod, who finished second and sixth, respectively, in the World Championships, as potential Olympic champions. “If he (McLeod) performs to his real technical excellence, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be up there among the medals,” said Blake in reference to McLeod, who was far from his best in Beijing. Regarding Parchment, Blake said, “He keeps getting better every time he performs in the big events.” “He should also be there,” concluded the JAAA President, “as a medal contender for the gold.” He welcomed the Government-funded athlete support programme and reported that his association is currently looking for sponsors to contribute to a feeding programme. “Right now, we’re looking sponsorship to put in a feeding programme, so that the clubs can optimise the performance of their athletes,” said Blake. Jamaica’s best-ever medal tally at an Olympic Games came in 2012 in London when 12 medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) were secured, all in athletics. Athletics chief Warren Blake believes that Jamaica can top the track and field medal table at this summer’s Olympic Games. Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says the 110-metre hurdles and the men’s 4×400-metre relays are the events that could make the difference. The JAAA president is quietly confident about the prospects for the nation’s athletes for 2016. Reflecting on the seven gold-medal haul achieved by Jamaica at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, Blake stated: “If we had gotten another gold, and there are places where we could have gotten another gold but it just didn’t work out, we would have topped the medal table.” In Beijing, Jamaica won gold medals courtesy of Usain Bolt in the men’s 100 and 200 metres, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the ladies’ 100m, Danielle Williams in the 100m hurdles, both 4×100 metres relays and the ladies’ 4×400 metres. However, Kenya edged Jamaica to top the table by one gold medal. Blake is, however, foreseeing a change for the better. “Strategically, we think that come the Olympics this year, we are really in a good position to top the athletics medal table,” Blake said. “If you look at the areas in which we did well in 2015, we are set to still do well in those areas and we have a good crop of 400m runners coming up,” he added. “Our hurdlers,” Blake continued, “both on the male and female sides, are expected to do well again this year, and, with a bit of luck, we can do better in the male hurdles.” Potential champs
Long-serving track and field administrator Michael Fennell believes that sprint legend Usain Bolt will go down in history as the greatest sprinter, declaring “there will be only one Usain Bolt”, ahead of the sprint megastar’s imminent departure from the sport. Thirty-year-old Bolt became the first athlete to win triple gold at three consecutive Olympic Games, capping off his Olympics career unbeaten in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently. Fennell, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, is encouraging current and upcoming Jamaican athletes to also “focus on doing their thing, and making their mark”, in the sport. When pressed on whether Jamaica would ever be able to replace an athlete of Bolt’s global stature, Fennell said no. “It’s going to be difficult. There can only be one Usain Bolt. I don’t think we should talk about replacing him. I think we should talk about another individual who can do his own thing and have his own mark. There will only be one Usain Bolt,” Fennell told The Gleaner. He was speaking upon arrival from the Rio de Janeiro Games at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Wednesday. GLOBAL MARK MADE Meanwhile, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) boss Dr Warren Blake said Bolt, who has signalled that he is going to retire soon, has left a big mark on the sport globally. “True it’s going to be very hard to replace a Usain Bolt because Usain brings more to track and field than just his speed. He brings his personality and the way he can whip the crowd into a frenzy, and everybody really comes out to see a Usain run,” outlined Blake. The JAAA president believes Bolt has proven to be more popular than other sporting greats before him like PelÈ. “What was really very noticeable in Rio was that on the days that Bolt was competing, the stadium was packed to capacity, and in some instances where he competed before the final event, as soon as he finished competing, a significant number of Brazilians got up and left because they just came out to see Usain,” Blake said.
There are so many things wrong with cricket in the region, not the least of which is the inability to produce the type of crowd-pulling cricketer as once was the case. This is not to say that the inbred talent is no longer available, but in this age of a surfeit of distractions and alternatives for excitement and entertainment, our youngsters are gravitating to, and entrapped by, other areas of enjoyment. Foster’s Fairplay is nowhere as close to the action as previously. As such, there is a near-slavish dependence on those clinging to the sinking ship for the true tale on what obtains at the various cricketing venues across the land. The gleaned information is that the young players, after a day in the field, hustle away to other varied fun spots where anything but the game or discussion about it takes place. Spending time in the clubhouse to take advantage of mentorship and advice from older and wiser heads is a thing of the past. The Digicel regional four-day competition is on. The Jamaica Scorpions franchise is atop the points table after round five. Their record is three wins, one loss and a draw. At press time, although the weather could be a determinant factor, Guyana Jaguars seems poised to defeat the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. In this the longer version of the game, Jamaica’s batsmen, after a shaky start, are showing a level of bold and breathtaking stroke play that is heartening. It is this braggadocio – beating ball to all corners of the park – that will threaten to swell Sabina to long-gone, almost forgotten levels of crowd draw. EVENING PLAY A GREAT IDEA It is, therefore, a pity that the powers that be did not consider it prudent to accord Kingston more than a single day/night game, and this against the lowly Leeward Islands team. It has long been mooted that one way to revive the first-class and, by extension, the Test game is to have them marketed around late evening play. This offers the spectators the opportunity for after-work lyming, increasing the party spirit in the stands and the take at the gates. With the dimming of administrator vision, one is only left to imagine an atmosphere in which Jamaica’s John Campbell, the rising star, Brandon King, and the Test-playing shot man Jermaine Blackwood are caught displaying their batting skills under lights. Sitting next to the Scorpions in the standings is the Jaguars, to whom the only loss was registered. Their anticipated one-two situation should be maintained half-way through the competition. The Sabina Park return spectacle would thus be augmented by the presence of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, once again back to his productive self after getting over his exclusion from the international scene. Hindsight is 20/20 vision, but one would think that the authorities missed a chance to score there. There is a long break for the holidays and the upcoming international part of the season, which will see England visiting for a trio of one-day internationals. The start is March 3, and lasts for a week with domestic first-class cricket rolling out again on the 10th. Is it too late or too much to ask that the bosses of regional cricket do something positive in the interest of the survival of the game? How long must the blame game as to who is responsible for its continuing demise, be prolonged? Who cares whether it is President Dave Cameron or any other individual’s fault why the game in its longer state is going down the tubes? It is no salve to say that interest in Test cricket is on the decline in the region. This was not the case during the period when West Indies ruled the world. It is time to say goodbye to all this meandering that has placed a cloud over West Indies cricket. If this is what it takes, some bright person has got to put on the gloves and get involved in the fight to restore West Indies cricket with all the vigour and vitality required to achieve the desired outcome. That may be the only way to return to the pleasure and pride that the region once enjoyed and now craves. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A month and a half after final submissions were tendered in the whereabouts rule violation hearing of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, there is still no word as to when a decision will be made in his case. The final hearing in the case took place at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 17, and Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the three-man independent anti-doping disciplinary panel which presided over the hearing and also included Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, told the gathering at that point that a decision should be reached in two to three weeks’ time. However, nearly two months later, Russell, who is currently playing in the Australia Big Bash Twenty20 league, is still no closer to knowing his fate. When The Gleaner contacted Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Executive Director Carey Brown, he could shed no further light on the situation. “Please be advised that final submissions were made on November 17, 2016. The commission awaits the ruling of the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel,” read the response, which was sent through JADCO’s Director of Communications and Education Vanessa Reid-Ledford. The Gleaner also tried to contact the tribunal’s chairman, Faulkner, but calls to his phone went unanswered. Russell is accused of missing three doping tests between January and July 2015. If found guilty, the cricketer could be suspended for up to two years under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, as three missed tests a year amounts to a failed dope test. The case commenced on September 19, but overran its course due to unforeseen delays. However, both parties were able to sufficiently submit their cases over the five-day hearing.
“We are a team in which everyone holds a certain [amount of] responsibility, and we have other players that in case Marlon shows up and he is not in the best of form, they can step up. “We’re a team that depends on each other, but, at the same time, the top players will be ready to step up and we welcome Marlon, and he knows that.” Samuels is one of three non-Leewards players in the 14-man squad, with Trinidadians Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein selected. The trio are expected to strengthen a side that has struggled in the competition recently. They have not won the tournament since 2010 when they shared the title with Barbados, and have failed to make the final four since then. Benjamin said the Hurricanes would continue to welcome other Caribbean players in the franchise set-up but stressed that performance would be key to their selection. “Players reach out to Leeward Islands to offer their services on the field, or off the field and we as an entity saw it fit to then invite these players,” he explained. “This does not guarantee they are going to play with the team. Who performs get selected, and who does not perform gets left out, and that’s how the process work.” Hurricanes have been installed in Group A, which includes reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s, and English county side Kent Spitfires. And with the likes of Test pacer Alzarri Joseph, captain and out-of-favour Test opener Kieran Powell, and West Indies A all-rounder and vice-captain Rahkeem Cornwall in the line-up, Benjamin expects Hurricanes to do well. “I think that we have a solid team and we have people who believe that we can do it within the team, so it’s a different approach than just showing up,” he said. “We know that we have a lot to gain from advancing in this tournament ,and that’s the focus.” Hurricanes open their campaign against Kent at the Coolidge Cricket Ground the former Stanford Cricket Ground in Antigua, in a day/night affair next Wednesday. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes head coach Reginald Benjamin, has pushed back on suggestions that his side will be overly reliant on West Indies batting star Marlon Samuels during the upcoming Regional Super50. The franchise has managed to contract the services of the experienced Jamaican right-hander, representing a massive boost for its chances in the tournament set to be staged in Antigua and in Barbados from January 24 to February 18. However, Benjamin said that the Hurricanes’ challenge in the tournament would see what he described as a team-centred approach and not just a dependence on Samuels’s run-scoring. “We are not going to centre our batting on any one player,” Benjamin stressed to the Observer newspaper in Antigua. Responsibilities