“In Norway only Haaland and Odegaard are discussed …”

first_imgÁlex Craninx, Molde footballer and former Madrid player “You don’t have to leave Madrid, they have to kick you out. The club told me to wait, but I was psychologically blocked” -He regret?-It is always said that you don’t have to leave Madrid, they have to kick you out. The club told me not to rush, to do the tour, but I was blocked, psychologically stressed. I put a lot to go pierced. And Sparta and Madrid are two very different worlds. From having it all to a modest Dutchman. It was very drastic for me. And then see that in Madrid that year all the goalkeepers were injured. I was in Holland but my head was in Madrid. I was thinking, “What if I had stayed?” I rushed in and didn’t make the decision well. They are experiences from which you learn. -In the Mold coincided with Haaland. That 17-year-old is now the nine most sought after in Europe …– I do not believe it looking a year and a half ago, when he was with me. You saw energy and passion, but this evolution is inexplicable, amazing … The move to Salzburg, Borussia … freak out. Now all the greats want it. It is an amazing progression.-They say in Molde that he spent some time getting sick, he hit the lug (it grew ten centimeters) and when he returned it was another.-When I arrived he was already a starter, although they did tell me about that change. He grew very fast and that caused back injuries, he was unbalanced. The teammates told me that when they brought him up to the first team … he didn’t put in one (laughs). But Solksjaer asked for patience with him and after two months he started to score goals, goals, goals and even today.-He also shared costumes in Factory with the other fashionable Norwegian, Odegaard.-In Castilla it was difficult but he arrived at 16 years old to play in Segunda B, there are very cunning players. You were going to the Amorebieta field and since he was a 16-year-old boy they were going for him. The boy thought “damn, I didn’t come here for this.” It is normal that it cost him. Now he is trained mentally and physically and this year he has given recitals.-In Norway can you imagine them together in Madrid?-They are the topic of conversation in the country, it is something daily (laughs). Not so much from Madrid as there is a lot of faith in seeing them together in the National Team, they are the benchmarks. Making the decision to leave Real Madrud is never easy and it was not easy for the Belgian goalkeeper either. Alex Craninx (Malaga, 10-21-1995). He went from doing the preseason with Zidane to having a bad time in the Netherlands. Now he has found his way in the Norwegian mold, where he has won his first league and will play the Champions League preview. With his Malaga accent, he talks from Norway with AS …– the uncertainty by Coronavirus is total, but that League that has won with the Mold is not in danger, right?-No, it’s ours (laughs). We finished before the crisis. It is my first title, last year we played the Europa League and now it is time for the Champions League preview. It was a good year and I broke my face and then a finger … I am learning English because it happened to me in Holland that it made it difficult for me to adapt. I came with another chip to Norway. Now we are waiting for events but the season has not split us in two because we were in preseason, in theory we started on June 15.-He left Valdebebas for Holland … why?-I had been in Castilla for two years without regularity and I needed to find myself. In Madrid I was valued and trained with the first team … I had to go back to the American tour and I had a contract, but I was overwhelmed. I made the decision and one day before leaving for America I went to Sparta in Rotterdam. -He had to take a step back before going forward …-I remember being that summer, after the year at Sparta, at my house in Malaga. I had to make a decision and in Spain I had little, a couple of subsidiaries and a Second B club. I looked a year ago and I saw myself almost in the Madrid first team and now this. It was a very strong change. I knew I was at the point where I was either going forward or my career was ending. The opportunity came out of Molde, a team that was fighting for the championship and I saw it right. Clear the mind and grow again. So it was and I’m at a good level, I renewed for three more years. El Molde is a very salesman and is committed to young people. I fight to keep taking steps forward. Luca Zidane, Yáñez, Kiko Casilla and Craninx, in the preseason of Real Madrid in Montreal.PEPE ANDRES -From Norway to Belgium. Do you notice your compatriot Courtois already settled in Madrid?-The Madrid goal had been debated for many years. Casillas, Diego López, Keylor … Courtois held and has given a great level.“Do you sit at the same table as Oblak and Ter Stegen?”– You have resolved very well to be under the spotlight. For me it is on the same level as Oblak, Ter Stegen, De Gea and Neuer. They are the best goalkeepers for their teams. For example, you can’t put Oblak at Barça and do the same job as Ter Stegen, because he doesn’t contribute to the game the same. But in Atlético, for example, he helps with his great aerial game and his enormous reaction under sticks. That has given Atleti a lot. Madrid have much more counterattacks, two against one, and Courtois is very good there. You can sit perfectly at the same table as them.– I suppose that now what Álex Craninx asks for is a little tranquility to be able to see his family, right?-Yes, I have a family in Belgium, I have a relative with coronavirus, my brother is in Madrid and I have business there, part of my family is in Fuengirola … I am more aware of what is happening outside of Norway than what is happening here . Next week I have it free because we have been working for a long time in groups of five and ten, but I will not be able to go see them. Now it’s your turn, you have to suffer and wait for normality to return. Craninx, with the lower categories of Belgium.DAILY ASlast_img read more

“Haaland does 300 push-ups and 1,000 crunches daily”

first_imgHaaland’s emergence in European football, with his extraordinary coordination of movements despite his height, his dizzying careers towards the goal and his feints, has had the greatest impact in recent years. Macek compares it to another of the Norwegian jewel idols: “He is a modern Ibrahimovic. I’d even say much better on the move, faster. And he has a great mentality when facing the game and the profession. He doesn’t want to speed up any deadline. ” When Macek shared training with Haaland, the striker’s name was already making headlines relating to Manchester United, coached by his idolized Solksjaer, Juve or even Real Madrid. The coldness that characterizes him against the rival goal is also applied by the Nordic striker in his career. “He told us that he still didn’t feel like taking such a step and that he wanted to take another. At that time the Bundesliga was already being talked about and he arrived at Borussia. He fell down there, huh? ”, smiles the Slovak. More than that, Haaland has been a cyclone in Dortmund: 12 goals in 11 gamesThey are 40 in 33 games if we add the ones he did with Salzburg at the start of the season.Macek supports the bet that the new football phenomenon made by leaving Borussia: “I think he took a big step. It is one of the best in Germany. Play the attack, trust young people like Achraf, Sancho or Brandt, played the Champions … But if he continues to progress in this way, we will surely see him in an even bigger team in a short time, perhaps Madrid. ” The player has a contract with the Signal Iduna Park club until 2024, but in Chamartín they keep an eye on him. The Slovak U-18 coach has no doubts about whether he would fit in at the Bernabéu: “The best in the world have always played there and Haaland is one of them. He is a footballer for Madrid, without a doubt… ”. Stanislav Macek tells the following anecdote when asked about Haaland. “He knows what he wants. I will tell you an anecdote. While in Salzburg, he had a girlfriend in Norway who came to visit him. All right. A few days later he came back because he said he had to focus only on soccer. “ Stanislav Macek (42) is the Slovak Under-18 coach and met the young forward in August, when he spent a week soaking up the methods of Austrian team coach Jesse Marsch. By then, the young Haaland was already showing Europe his authority before goal, with several shakes in the Austrian league. In the first five games, he scored seven goals. “Just seeing him impressed me a lot. He was a boy working as a mature professional. He is clear about his goal in soccer. Also that it is difficult, but he said to me: “To get there I don’t have to work fast but very hard.” And it does it without rest. Look, when he got to Salzburg he hardly played, and now it’s a show, “Macek tells AS.Seeing Haaland is seeing a physical wonder. Imposing (1.94 meters tall), he looks into the mirror of Cristiano Ronaldo, a self-made player, chiseled with a Stakhanovist philosophy from which the Norwegian drinks. “He has enormous respect for work. When I was in Salzburg, everyone told me. He works a lot individually to improve. He went on to tell me that at home he did 1,000 sit-ups and 300 push-ups practically daily ”, confesses the Slovak technician, who already had Haaland on his radar. “In March I saw him play with the Norwegian Under-20 against the Slovak Under-21. And I can say that I had not seen an individual performance by a young man like that. They won 0-2 and scored only one goal, but their match was extraordinary. It caught my attention tremendously. ”Stanislav Macek (right) poses with Marsch, Salzburg coach (center).last_img read more

Mbappé and Nuevo Bernabéu, axes of the Florentino project

first_imgThat Madrid of three Champions in a row and appears history. In football things happen at breakneck speed. Last season Madrid ran out of options to win any title in March and this season they already have one foot out of the Champions League (1-2 against City in the second round). Hazard ushers in a new galactic era, but main course obviously must be Mbappé … And that is the great moment thate Florentino waits for his Madrid. The great star of modern football, Mbappé, playing in the renovated stadium. The new Bernabéu.Contrary to what it seemed at first, the works have been expedited by the coronavirus crisis. They are in time to be completed in 2022. What remains to be seen is whether there are no economic difficulties (due to the crisis) that are a serious impediment. To make the reform, Madrid was forced to ask for a large loan. It had to be approved by the board of directors and before the Assembly. This loan has a total amount of 575 million euros, a term of 30 years and a fixed interest of 2.5%. Real Madrid reported that this financing “has been structured through a loan with three tranches, July 2019, July 2020 and July 2021, that coincide with the anticipated needs for the payment of the works. The loan also includes 3 years grace period amortization of the principal, which will make Real Madrid pay a fixed annual fee of 29.5 million euros, from July 30, 2023 and until its expiration on July 30, 2049 “. In other words, the new Bernabéu will cost the club a total ofe 796.5 million euros, figure resulting from multiplying the annual installment by the 27 installments of the loan.DAILY AS & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>DAILY AS (DAILY AS) Mbappé.It is the other major axis of the latest project for the future. Real Madrid’s roadmap indicated that they had to try to sign him in the summer of 2021, when he only had one year left on his contract. It was the only way to sign him at a reasonable price. The player seemed determined, before the crisis, to reject one after another the renewal offers that PSG is putting on the table. But the crisis seems to have changed the situation somewhat and the footballer now plans to renew. In any case, he would never do so without including a termination clause in his new contract that would allow him to go to Madrid in the future for an agreed amount of money. That would hinder Florentino’s plan, which will always go head-to-head with PSG, but would continue to make it possible. A dream, the French playing in the New Bernabéu.FRANCK FIFE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FRANCK FIFE (AFP)center_img Kylian Mbappé and Nuevo Bernabéu… it’s two o’clock master lines they are in the Florentino Pérez’s roadmap to relaunch Madrid after I already did it twice. The first, when he first became president in 2000. His cover letter was Figo. Then came Zidane, Ronaldo, and Beckham. And with them came the era of the Galacticos, a new way of understanding the soccer industry. “They are those types of players who pay their own wages,” Florentino used to say. to justify such expensive contracts. The president devised a system that was demonstrated as the modern football base. So much star ended up attracting sponsors. And the relationship was one of reciprocity: he shared the image rights with his footballers at 50%. Madrid made an important qualitative leap in economics. In sports, it was only won (with that model) the Champions of 2000.The second that Madrid relaunched with Florentino in the presidency it was by the hand of Zidane. The first time that white team was an author set, when always it had been for soccer players (Di Stéfano’s Madrid, Ye-yé, Quinta del Buitre’s, Galactic’s…). With Zidane they won three Champions in a row, with Ancelotti’s, four in five years. Along with the French, Cristiano Ronaldo was the great architect … But the Portuguese was a signing that Ramón Calderón left.last_img read more

Match-fixing allegations overshadow day one

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea yesterday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.The governing bodies for the sport and the Tennis Integrity Unit issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode, at a hastily convened news conference at Melbourne Park.Kermode said tennis authorities “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason, or isn’t being investigated”.Djokovic later responded to a question about an approach ahead of a tournament in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2007.”I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said. “Of course, we threw it (the approach) away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.PREVIOUSRUMOURS”Unfortunately, there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talks, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.”Djokovic was an up-and-coming player at the time, not winning the first of his 10 major titles until the 2008 Australian Open.”It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport, honestly. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”Djokovic said he thought the allegations related to matches from almost 10 years ago, and didn’t involve active players.Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner and former leader of the player council, agreed the allegations likely weren’t new but remained “super serious”.”I would love to hear names,” Federer said. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff, and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?”It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it.”Serena Williams was on court preparing for her opening 6-4, 7-5 win over No 34-ranked Camila Giorgi when Kermode was holding a news conference to respond to the fixing allegations.The 21-time major winner said there was no hint of match fixing on the women’s tour.”I play very hard, and every player I play seems to play hard,” she said. “As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but, you know, historic.”last_img read more

Past the finishing post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for Jan 30, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)ALEX’S IMPORTS LIMITED PLAQUE* 1. SOUTHERN CRUISE SEllis 54.52. DREAMCOMETRUE RHalledeen 53.5 13/4L3. BALLON D’OR OMullings 51.0 1/2L4. STAN ROY LSteadman3 53.5 3 1/2LWIN: $55.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.4, 1:12.2,Winner : 4yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE -f HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $90.00 Ex: $105.00Trifecta: $42.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTO & S TACK ROOM & SUPPLIES PLAQUE*1. SIR LEYLAND HALL RNelson 55.02. ACROSSMYHEART AndrePowell4 51.0 8L3. PLAY BACK AntThomas4 50.0 9/1 1 1/4L4. CONNOR DDawkins4 51.0 15/1 1 3/4LWIN: $79.00PLACE: $63.00, $116.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.2Winner : 4yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – CHIKINEYTrainer : PAUL HYLTON Owner : BALLYDOYLEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $958.00 Ex: $1,333.00D/E: $92.00Superfecta: $16,320.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)&IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.IIB3 DEVELOPMENT GROUP PLAQUE*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 53.02. ORPHEUS SEllis 53.5 1 1/4L3. STUNNER OWhite 50.0 4 1/4L4. GLYDER NBerger4 46.0 6LWIN: $58.00PLACE: $50.00, $51.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:33.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.0, 1:11.3,Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE – COMMANDRA AFFAIRTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQu: $104.00 Ex: $128.00D/E: $119.00Trifecta: $183.00Rolling Triple: $129.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM(180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)MCKAY SECURITY PLAQUE1. EL CLIENTE OEdwards3 54.0 *2/1 151.00 85.002. FABULOUSCONNECTION PParchment 55.0 83/1 1 1/2 576.003. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 5/2 1 1/4 120.004. SINK THE BISMARCK LSteadman3 54.0 6/1 Sh.HeadWIN: $151.00PLACE: $85.00, $576.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.3Winner : 6yo b horse – SEEKING THE GLORY – RHYTHMICAL RAINTrainer : ANTHONY SMITH Owner : MERCURIALBred by CARL CHANG & PETER CHUCKQu: $6,763.00 Ex: $14,494.00D/E: $229.00Superfecta: $73,921.00Rolling Triple: $495.00Race 5 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)LP AZAR PLAQUE*1. TURBO MACHINE CAT RLunan 56.02. SIR BIGGS CBudhai 56.0 1/2L 92.003. SCAR RMitchell 56.0 1 1/2L 93.004. MAN IN BLUE CChow 56.0 2 3/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $63.00, $92.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:29.0 Splits : 24.3, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 4yo ch colt – DODGEM – SECRET CATTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $221.00 Ex: $481.00D/E: $279.00Superfecta: $1,573.00Rolling Triple: $387.00MERCURY SPRINTRace 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT-(COLTS & GELDINGS)-DIV.I1. LITTLE BIG HORN OWalker 54.0*2. MEGATRON SEllis 56.0 2 3/4L3. PROUD PRESIDENT DaneNelson 54.0 2 1/4L4. SEEKING THE DAWN RMairs 54.0 1 3/4L5. BULLET RAJ RMitchell 53.0 1/2L6. BOLD SYMPHONY OFoster 56.0 1 3/4LWIN: $170.00PLACE: $71.00, $71.00, $116.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits : 22.3, 44.3Winner : 3yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL – LITTLE WASPTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTA, WINSTON KONG & RAYMOND ROUSSEAUBred by E. DACOSTA, G. DULAL-WHITEWAY, W. KONG & RAYMOND ROUSSEQu: $143.00 Ex: $551.00D/E: $497.00Trifecta: $315.00Hit-6: $2,947.50Rolling Triple: $911.00Pick-4: $1,468.00Super-6: $1,172.40Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)SUPREME VENTURES LTD PLAQUE1. UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 54.02. FRANKENSTORM PFrancis 53.0 2L*3. RUNJOHNNY RUN JPatterson4 50.0 Sh.Head4. BRAVE PROSPECT KRobinson 54.0 2 3/4LLate scratch : #5 CONCUR, #10 SUNLIGHT EXPRESSWIN: $142.00PLACE: $74.00, $65.00, $65.00Final Time : 0:58.4 Splits : 22.4, 45.2Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – ONEMOREFASHIONTrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $559.00 Ex: $993.00D/E: $647.00Superfecta: $3,136.00Rolling Triple: $1,603.00MERCURY SPRINTRace 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT-(COLTS & GELDINGS)-DIV.II1. DR. BANNER OMullings 56.0*2. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 54.0 1 1/4L3. BUCK CALL JErwin 54.0 4 1/2L4. BIG AL WHenry 54.0 1 1/2L5. COPPERFIELD SMuir 56.0 NeckWIN: $189.00PLACE: $85.00, $64.00, $162.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEJA VUTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $177.00 Ex: $458.00D/E: $1,238.00Trifecta: $3,536.00Hi-5: $12,383.50Rolling Triple: $6,294.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)BG&LC PLAQUE1. DOC HOLIDAY DaneNelson 55.02. ROCKETEER RLahoe 53.0 3L*3. STORMING PFrancis 52.0 Head4. PERSIAN BELLE AChatrie 54.0 1 1/4LWIN: $197.00PLACE: $65.00, $75.00, $65.00Final Time : 1:21.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, 1:13.0,Winner : 6yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD – SI MI TRIALTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by EDISON CHAIQu: $554.00 Ex: $1,421.00D/E: $1,003.00Superfecta: $4,254.00Rolling Triple: $4,441.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE SEPT. 30B&D TRAWLING COMPANY LIMITED PLAQUE1. ALDEBARAN AGray4 53.0 *2/1 154.00 66.002. NO COINCIDENCE RHalledeen 55.0 2/1 3 1/4 73.003. GO TO HELL CChow 54.0 5/1 2 81.004. SMART BIDDER OMullings 57.0 66/1 1 1/25. SONGS OF FREEDOM RMitchell 54.0 60/1 NoseLate scratch : #16 I’VE BEEN CHOZENWIN: $154.00PLACE: $66.00, $73.00, $81.00Final Time : 1:30.0 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:15.1,Winner : 7yo b horse – CRUCIAL TRIAL – SAM’S FOUNTAINTrainer : DENRICK CHAMBERSOwner : MICHAEL L FRANCISMRBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $419.00 Ex: $733.00D/E: $918.00 (6-16) $165.00Trifecta: $903.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $53,631.50Rolling Triple: $2,907.00Pick-4 : (9-10-6-11) $12,260.00Super-6 : $27,226.60Pick-9: $199,088.00 (9 OF 9)PlacePot 8: $1,467.00 (8 OF 8)last_img read more

On JAAA, Francis and media race

first_img So, I decided after my last 800m media race heroics at the World Championships in Moscow that I would hang up my spikes and go out in glory. I retired from the IAAF media race as the two-time Caribbean champion and with a personal best despite a back injury. Please note, I said 800m. As a Jamaican, I’m not wired for anything over 400m, so this is new frontier, people. Anyway, I decided to retire also to make a statement, having failed in my bid to get the IAAF to stop its prejudice against Jamaican journalists like myself and add a shorter race to the schedule … say a 100m … or 50m, so we can accommodate the … ‘not so fit’ among us. But I’ve received so many questions about whether or not I’m going to be competing – from colleagues, IAAF friends, fans – (laughs). I haven’t decided if I will change my mind about not competing yet, but I did take up an entry form and filled it out, just in case. After all, I can’t allow Jamaicans to go through another non-registration crisis after that Nesta Carter mess up! This is how it’s done JAAA. Wow! What a start to the 2015 World Championships. An amazing opening ceremony – especially by World Championships standards – huge crowd inside the Bird’s Nest, great action already in the men’s 100m as the top dogs sounded their barks ahead of what should be one of the best races in a while. The first day covering these championships is always such an adrenaline rush. After days of build-ups and previews, long drives to interviews and all that kind of stuff, it’s always, such a release to get the real thing started -the emotions, the thrill of competition, the sights, the sounds, and the wanton joy of capturing it all. There has certainly been enough happening to keep me busy for almost all 24 hours of each day since I’ve been here. From the Stephen Francis vs JAAA situation, the Nesta Carter debacle, Bolt vs Gatlin, Asafa and his chances, Shelly-Ann, Elaine, and the list goes on and on. TOUCH OF DRAMA NEW FRONTIER The truth is Jamaica’s track and field has always had a touch of drama about it. It’s a maze of politics, alliances, and relationships – all the ingredients for a good daytime series. I don’t always see eye to eye with Stephen Francis, or the JAAA, but in this case – in both cases – I think he has some solid points. Was the camp in Tottori fashioned to ensure that every athlete received optimal levels of preparation? How could a 5000m athlete possibly benefit from being at that camp, for instance? Has the JAAA management team done a good enough job? Is there enough accountability? No! Anyway, that’s for another discussion.last_img read more

Silver Ferns sweep Sunshine Girls

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls made a positive start to the third and final match in their netball tour of New Zealand yesterday. However, their hosts accelerated to complete a 3-0 series sweep when the teams met in the Energy Events Arena in Rotorua. In the end, the Silver Ferns beat the Jamaicans 66-38. With Shantal Slater and Shanice Beckford shooting at 100 per cent accuracy in the first quarter, Jamaica overcame a 4-7 deficit to lead at 9-8 and held the ascendancy to 13-11. The home team pulled even at 13-13 just before the quarter ended. The bright beginning was based on what coach Minneth Reynolds called “strong decisive movements” in defence and attack. However, shooting opportunities became scarce for Jamaica in the second quarter in the last match of this tour. With the visitors only attempting 10 shots, New Zealand took over and led 35-20. They had outscored the Jamaicans 22-7 in this period. That was the turning point in the match and the black-clad New Zealand team outlasted Jamaica 15-8 and 16-10 in the last two quarters to move the overall score to 50-28 and 66-38 at the end. By comparison, the scores of the previous encounters were 72-34 and 61-38. Slater ended with 22 goals from 26 attempts, with Beckford getting 15 from 19 tries. Notably, turnovers by Jamaica were progressively reduced with each match on the tour. After yielding 45 on September 11, the statistic fell to 37 on September 14 and 33 on September 17. Outscoredlast_img read more

Davidson and the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

first_imgAccording to her coach/father, 11-year-old Kelsey Davidson is excited about her participation in an upcoming International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) training camp in Peru.He describes the camp as the opportunity of a lifetime for the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Under-11 runner-up and believes it will help her to improve her game. As a result, efforts are under way to raise the funds needed to make the trip.Kelsey, the national champion in her age group, is looking forward to the one-week camp, which will be staged in Lima, Peru, starting on October 18.”She’s really excited,” her father and coach, Richard Davidson, revealed in an interview on September 27.”Actually, it’s the first 11-year-old to be invited from Jamaica to this training camp so it’s an honour and a privilege for us and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” he noted.Kelsey was selected on the basis of her solid performance at the recent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Championships held in Kingston last month. She was second in the Under-11 singles and teamed with Lena Campbell to win gold in the corresponding doubles event.BIG PLUSPriyanka Khellawan of Trinidad and Tobago, who beat little Davidson to win that singles event inside Kingston’s National Arena, will also be among the 12 young players at camp in Lima. They will be instructed by top coaches from the ITTF.”Once she goes and sees that type of training, and it’s more focused, more disciplined, more organised, more structured, she will adapt to it and I can tell you that it will be a big plus for her,” predicted her father.Kelsey trains at the Angels Table Tennis Academy under her father’s watchful eyes and both will be making the trip, provided funding can be found in time.”Now we need approximately US$3000 because the ITTF will only be providing boarding and meals for Kelsey,” he reported. Since she is a minor, she has to go with a parent or coach.”So we’re going to need funding for her to go and for myself to go as father/coach,” he related.He said persons or wishing companies could contact him at 373-9126. Richard expects to learn in Lima, too.”I think I’m going to be meeting with coaches from the ITTF, from other countries to share their experiences,” he said.last_img read more

Underdogs Scotland face ‘mighty’ England

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):The latest instalment of international football’s oldest rivalry is a jarring reminder for Scotland of just how far the team has fallen and keeps on plummeting.The balance of power has firmly been in England’s favour for decades.And yet thousands of Scotland fans will still travel south to London for today’s World Cup qualifier while fatalistic about their team’s chances.”I feel sorry for the younger fans because the future looks bleak,” said Hamish Husband, a 58-year-old member of a group of Scottish supporters. “The reasons are self-inflicted. Not unlike England, we have this belief that because we invented football, then somehow we had a right to success.”We have just been left behind. Modern football has changed, and Scottish football has not changed with it.”The rivalry that began in 1872 is being renewed at Wembley Stadium for the 113th time. It was forged on fading memories of fiercely competitive tussles on the field and fiery exchanges that often turned violent around the stadium. There were times when both England and Scotland contested major tournament finals and both teams could deploy gifted players.England constantly agonise over their limited international success, with the 1966 World Cup being their only title and no final appearance since then. But England are reaching tournaments with rare slip-ups unlike Scotland, who last qualified for the World Cup in 1998.QUALIFICATION PLACEWhen the newly expanded 24-team European Championship took place in France this year, all the British teams participated apart from Scotland.”We look at countries like Iceland, who are showing what can be achieved with limited population and limited resources,” SFA chief executive Stewart Regan told the Associated Press.Thousands of members of the Tartan Army heading to Wembley will do so knowing there is little point booking trips to Russia for the 2018 World Cup. The Scots are only in fourth place in their qualifying group.After three matches in Group F, England are already out in front in the only automatic qualification place.In the FIFA rankings, Scotland are 57th, sandwiched between Macedonia and Mali, while England are 12th.”We are horrific in Scotland at the moment,” Scotland coach Gordon Strachan said. “We are in the worst state we’ve ever been. I am not talking about the Scotland national team, but the standard of kids coming through.”Only six members of the 25-man squad for the England game play in the cash-rich English Premier League. Another nine from are lower-league clubs in England. Just four are from Scottish champions Celtic. The standout name is winger Oliver Burke, who joined Bundesliga club Leipzig in August to develop his game.last_img read more

First Guineas races for new promoters

first_imgKINGSTON:New promoters, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), will host their first two classics, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, at Caymanas Park tomorrow.Sponsored by Cash Pot Mega Ball, both races will carry a purse of $3.5 million. The new promoters took over on March 7.Fourteen horses will run in the 1000 Guineas (fillies), while a full field of 16 will battle in the 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings. The post-position draw for the 1600 metres races was done at Caymanas Park on Wednesday afternoon.Ante post favourite for the 1000 Guineas, the Wayne DaCosta-trained SHE’S A MANEATER, will jump from post position 10. FEARLESS SAMURAI, the early favourite for the 2000 Guineas, has been drawn in post position 11. The well-fancied SOTOMAYOR, last year’s champion two-year-old, will come from gate three.last_img read more