1×1 of Atletico: Morata takes off a ballast and João Félix likes

first_imgSimeone set the 4-4-2 usual with the novelty of João Felix in the attack and, above all, that of Beautiful on the left side in the place of I gave it, reserved for Liverpool. The team had a good start and clearly dominated in the second half, with good and frequent occasions. This is how the rojiblancos players performed, who made 21 shots. Llorente: Another of the novelties of the eleven. A lot of work in the middle, although less involved in creation. Huge deployment, especially in the second half, hindering the combinations of Seville and constantly recovering balls.Saul: Located in the double pivot of beginning, it was more participatory with the ball, opening fast to the bands without complicating. He dared with a direct free that, after hitting the barrier, went near the crossbar. After leaving Beautiful, he was delayed to the left side. Even so, some arrivals to the area were allowed. In 87 ‘he tried it head first.Koke: Very active and directing all the plays of Atletico in attack. Although it started from the left wing, it ended up moving all over the field. Less accurate than Trippier in the corners. In 2-1, the captain was the one who stole, drove and assisted João.João Felix: Very plugged in, asking for the ball and moving around the area of ​​the midfielders, very difficult to control because of the rival defense. In the 6th minute he served a filtered pass that left Morata thrown towards the goalkeeper. On his first shot, with some luck because he hit a defender, he scored 2-1. In the second, he also did not hide and tried several distant throws that did not find goal. He will not play in San Mamés because he saw the fifth yellow. Changed in the 80 ‘, under a row of the Metropolitan to change.Morata: At 6 minutes he had the first one, but Diego Carlos covered his shot. Then it cost him to have more options, although he pivoted well, unloading the rare passes and causing faults. He also scored the 1-1 penalty to break his 2020 drought. Replaced in 67 ‘)Substitutions:Carrasco: He entered 54 ’by Hermoso and put himself on the left. In 64 ‘he touched the 3-2 with a shot that was poisoned and forced a stop of Vaclik. Shortly after he had one of the clearest, a boat volley soon from within the area that found no goal. Even so, he asked for the ball, tried dribbling and intimidated Sevilla.Diego Costa: He entered 67 ‘by Morata. In the first one he had, he finished cross-touching the post. Fighting and pulling unchecks, looking for his best version.Vitolo: He entered 80 ‘by João Félix. Leaning to the right and with the team turned to Vaclik, he was quite participatory. Oblak: He had more work than was possibly expected. In the 16 ’he made a good stretch to a shot that was complicated by Suso and the next could not do anything to De Jong. In 38 ’he made a miraculous stop on the line to Reguilón and in the following Ocampos he scored a penalty.Trippier: More shy than on other occasions, he didn’t dare to reach the bottom line. Of course, he threw a couple of very good corner kicks for Felipe’s two shots. In addition, he committed a penalty on Ocampos in 38 ’. In the second half he was much more daring. He admonished in 76 ‘. In the addition he gave a scare when in a race he began to limp.Savic: After a couple of good anticipations in defense, he made a mistake in the 0-1 play, throwing himself to cut a ball and leaving only De Jong. After that action he was more comfortable and won in practically all his duels.Philip: After two minutes he finished for the first time head first; in 48 ’he did it again, this time brushing the stick. In the 0-1 he was part of the chain failure of the athletic defense. Then he was very sure as always, clearing balls in the most spectacular ways. In the 78 ‘he avoided a good visiting chance on the ball.Beautiful: The surprise of eleven, playing as left back. He started lively with good climbs, but then focused more on defending. He fulfilled, although without giving depth for his band. It was the first substituted, in 54 ’.belt: Placed on the right wing, but with some freedom when Atlético had the ball. He intervened less than on other occasions. His first two pitches crashed in defense. It is at a time when it generates a sense of danger even if things do not go well.last_img read more

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You live: “There is not and will not be evidence of willful conduct”

first_imgJosep Vives, spokesman for the board of directors of the Barca, responded in ‘El Larguero’ on Cadena SER about Emili Rousaud’s accusations that in the club “someone has reached into the box.”Rousaud’s claims: “It is flatly false. Not only do you have to have clues for an accusation like this, but evidence. And they do not exist, because the management has been correct. Mistakes can be made, but it is another thing that is criminally punishable. No one has made the hand in the box. “Club mistakes: “There are always failures, at Barça, at SER … What there is is not malicious conduct. There is no proof, nor can there be, because the club’s management is impeccable. If you have a position of responsibility, there had to be. brought to the attention of the judicial authority or leaving office. But he leaves when asked by the president to remodel the board. One does not wait to denounce when they invite him to leave. “Future: “The president needs a team focused on achieving the objectives of the mandate that ends in 2021. There are still things to finish. And then we have to overcome this crisis, in which we have to take action. That is the objective of the remodeling.”Discrepancy is not supported: “If anything distinguishes Barça it is that it is a democratic club. Here the discrepancy enriches. But then everyone paddles in the same direction.”Threat of complaint that may not be filed: “It is not a threat, but the club reserves the right to take criminal action, because that has to be substantiated in a board meeting. Today it has not been held, but we had to respond. What we cannot do is shrink of shoulders before a so serious fact “.End of cleaning: “It is not a clean one, but a remodel. We are talking about people who have dedicated their time and talent to the club. Some people have come out at the invitation of the president and others on their own, but they deserve consideration. When we have a final photo of the meeting we will make it known. “ Rousaud, from dolphin to enemy of the junta: “There were discrepancies and the president made the decision because he needed, apart from the discrepancy, a cohesive team.”María Teixidor, goodbye surprise: “I do not know if it has surprised the president. Who can answer is her and she has made her decision after the president has promoted the renewal of the board. It is an action led by the president.”Bartomeu wanted resignations: “He remodels the board and knows that he wants a team that is cohesive and focused on 2021, but not in an electoral sense, but to face a worrying period.”I3 Ventures audit with cut invoices to avoid internal controls: “There is an audit underway that Price Waterhouse is carrying out. Today he sent us a letter saying that he is taking the audit to full satisfaction with the data provided by the club and that he has not had time to complete it due to the crisis we are experiencing. When finish, it will present conclusions. Talking about the audit contaminates, not Barça, but also the company. We can only talk about this when there are definitive, not preliminary, conclusions. We asked for that letter because Mr. Rousaud said that he already had conclusions. “The I3 Ventures case was triggered by a journalistic investigation: “The interest of the club is to achieve transparency. That is why we do it with an independent company. And then there will be a photograph that everyone can see and we will explain.”Dissent in the board regarding the ERTE: “Rousaud said that the negotiation had not ended well for the club, because he believed that the reduction in the workforce was very low. It is legitimate, but the majority believed otherwise. Here there are discrepancies, but also majorities and responsibilities. The decision , in the end, it belongs to everyone, from Barça “.Rousaud, disloyal: “The discrepancy does not explain disloyalty. Another thing is that the final decision has to be made by everyone.”last_img read more

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Crown Prince of Arabia buys Newcastle

first_imgMike Ashley’s Newcastle Sale Agreement (owner of the club for thirteen years and owner of the chain of stores SportsDirect.com) It seems that it has finally materialized. After several months in negotiations, and although no public confirmation has yet been made, Telegraph ensures, based on many sources, that the contract is signed pending the approval of the Premier League. The buyer, through financier Amanda Staveley, would be Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohamed bin Salman, and would pay £ 300m (€ 344m) instead of £ 340m (€ 390m) that had been originally agreed due to the losses that the economic crisis of the coronavirus.The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia would take over 80% of the club, dividing the remaining 20% ​​into two parts, one half for PCP Capital Partners (Staveley company) and the other for the Reuben brothers, Members are a powerful British family with a net worth of £ 18 billion.It can take a month while the Premier League reviews the documents and makes sure that new managers pass the relevant tests. The 31-page document of the sale appears to have been signed last week at the companies’ headquarters, although Newcastle, which declines to comment, has not yet released it. The British media also explains that bail of £ 13 million would have already been paid and that the agreement would include details of the claim for a payment of £ 150 million corresponding to a legal dispute between the company PCP and the Braclays Bank.Staveley, Jamie and Simon Reuben (sons of David Reuben) and Yasir Al-Rumayyan (general director of the Public Investment Fund) would be the people in charge of Newcastle, of which the last one is the one who is called to serve as president of the club as proxy for Bin Salman. Jamie Reuben, in addition, should leave his position on the board of the Queens Park Rangers, as established by the rules of the English league.The deal would be closed after three years of tough negotiations since Mike Ashley put the club up for sale in 2017. Despite criticism, Ashley had rejected many Steveley bids to take over Newcastle, although talks had intensified earlier in the year. year.The sale of the team will mean a great leap, since in times of crisis, this economic injection could place Newcastle at the height of the largest in the Premier League, as happened in his day with the Manchester City and Sheikh Mansour. After buying the team for around 155 million euros in 2007, Ashley would sell it for more than double, despite the fact that during that time the club has twice dropped to the Championship.last_img read more

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Inter’s radar locates Lautaro’s substitutes

first_imgThe striker of the Real Madrid He has already been in the orbit of Inter, and now that things have not worked out for him in the Spanish capital, they have confidence in getting him out of there. However, Real Madrid is clear that they do not want a future bet to go, since they signed him until 2025 and they have him: “We know his potential and nobody doubts his possibilities here.” That would automatically rule you out. Although it is a complication for Barcelona to face the signing of Lautaro Martínez due to the coronavirus crisis, Since it will be difficult to take him away by paying the termination clause, the Barça club is confident of being able to take over the Argentine. The option of a barter that includes two footballers from Barcelona is even being considered. And although the operation seems complicated, the truth is that the Italian club is already preparing to find a substitute for its star. eleven It is expected that Mauro Icardi stay in the PSG and although Romelu Lukaku He has had a great season, they would need one more attacker. According La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italians have already drawn up a list with a multitude of names among which Luka Jovic would be found. 10 A series* Data updated as of April 17, 2020 But Serbian is not Inter’s only option. On the one hand there is Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), who presents himself as the juiciest alternative given that his termination clause drops to 60 million euros, but that he will have many clubs bidding for him. Another young talent and perhaps the least known of the pretenders is Víctor Oshimen, Nigerian from Lille, which is shining on the Ligue 1. Finally, Marotta and Ausilio aim at Anthony Martial, who is increasingly losing prominence at Manchester United. 18 The team that runs Antonio Conte They have already gone to work to comb the market in view of the fact that Lautaro could escape them, and being an important figure, it is hoped that they will not skimp on expenses (always taking into account the economic crisis), to find him a replacement that will make the fans fall in love as the Argentinean has done.last_img read more

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Keita Baldé: “If Piqué is the president, he would return to Barça”

first_imgAnd would you go?Depends on the circumstances. I wouldn’t say no right now. I’d be lying to you. I would think about it and maybe later I will say no, but at first I would not say no. Can be…How has Robert Moreno fallen in Monaco’s dressing room?He came up with clear ideas. He raised a 4-3-3 and used each in his position. Also, he is ‘Barça class’ and we are very comfortable with him.Do you have any goals between now and the end of the season? “I decided to play Senegal for my parents. I never doubted and it is what I am most proud of” “We have lowered the salary by 30% and the president thanked us” And he shares a selection, no more and no less, than with Mané.He is a great boy. He deserves the best. He is humble and nobody has given him anything. He deserves to be where he is today.Do you think you can leave Liverpool?We have not talked about football, the truth. I know it’s very good there. The coach loves him very much. Something very attractive has to come for him to leave Liverpool. He has given much to Liverpool and Liverpool to him. A big one will have to come and I promise him a lot to think about it. There are few teams like Liverpool.And Madrid is a team that can tempt you?It depends on many things. I don’t know what his decision is. In a year or two, maybe he will want to change and I don’t think he wants to be there all his life. He is a smart boy and he knows what is good for him and what he has to do. But in Madrid they are giving many names …What memories do you have of your time at Barcelona’s youth academy?Very good. It was seven years from Benjamin to a cadet and it went very well for me. I had a great training.Who did you agree with?Bellerín (Arsenal), Marc Navarro (Leganés), Grimaldo (Benfica), Samper (Vissel Kobe), Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) … Good harvest, they come out like fish.Would you like to return to Spain?It is one of my wishes. I was able to play in the Barça youth academy and it is one of the leagues that I need to enjoy.Would you return to Barcelona?Good question, huh. If Piqué is the president, he would return.Well signals you are sending.That’s why I said it …Adama Traoré said that if Madrid called him he would have no problem.Sure, there is no problem. If he loves you, he would surely go to Madrid with those legs It is the beauty of football. Leave good memories and be respected. The Inter thing was short, but intense and with many emotions. I scored the goal that qualified the team for the Champions League. It was unique.Derby from Rome or Milan?The one in Rome is more gladiator and with a lot of heart. It’s unique. The one in Milan is more glamorous because they are the two greats in Italy, also counting Juventus. It is the class derby. Each one has its own special things.Play with Senegal and they have one of the best teams in Africa …We have a great generation. With young people who come hard. We are a great team in Africa and we do not envy anyone. Little by little we have to work for the national team to go as far as possible in World Cups and that no one is surprised.You were able to play with Spain. Why do you choose Senegal? Have you taken salary measures in Monaco?At the moment we have lowered our wages by thirty percent. All the players met and we decided to lower that amount. The President understood this and thanked us.Will the break work better for some teams than others?This break has hurt all of us. Even if you were right or wrong. We were in good spirits with the new coach. Now this break has killed us like all of us.They don’t have many vacations this year…I do not even know what to think. This is special. They want to end this season and it will have to end. But I don’t know what will be done.What does it mean to be the protagonist of a Rome derby with two goals in Lazio’s victory against Roma?It is a unique feeling. My last derby in Rome and on top of that was Totti’s last derby. A great taste in my mouth and a special moment in my career.How is Lazio’s fans?With me he has been very good and they have taken good care of me. I came out of the quarry and exploded young and it was like the teddy bear. I respect them very much and they respect me.Many people ask me to return to Inter. In this situation I dare not get wet. I think that if the league is played again we should not set goals and then at the end we will do the math.There he coincides with Cesc Fábregas, who also hatched at La Masia.I really appreciate Cesc, we have connected a lot and I think Barça do not know if he has behaved well with him. Because he went to England at 16 and grew older at Arsenal, winning many things. And when Barcelona returned, it had the three best media in the world (Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta) and lasted three or four years. Then he went to Chelsea and now here in Monaco. Here is an example for everyone.In the direct of Instagram many users ask to go to the Atleti …I have an incredible appreciation for Atleti. When I was little I paid a lot of attention to this team. When they were Forlán, Agüero … He has a hobby that is going strong. They are warriors and the love of death with the teamDo you see Lautaro with options to leave Inter and after winning at Barça?I like very much. He played with me last year and I already paid a lot of attention to him. He is fast and I see him well. I see it difficult for Inter to let him out, but if it were Barça he would try to sign Lautaro, but it will be difficult because they are assembling the team to go up and take the title from Juventus.Why do the great African players do less when they go with the national team?There are things that limit you like the field of play, the organization of the team. Is not easy. If you are used to Europe there are many things that affect: the ball, the heat, the system … I decided to play Senegal because of my parents’ roots. For being able to see the smile on my parents and for them to feel more proud of me. See me play for your country despite being born in Spain. That dream of my family is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have never doubted and every day I am more happy. Making so many people happy is a pride. “The Rome derby is more gladiator and the Milan derby is more glamorous” “Go to Madrid? I wouldn’t say no right now. It could be …” Keita Baldé (25 years old) attends Ace from his flat in Monaco as the coronavirus hits all of Europe hard. The winger formed in the lower categories of Barça lends itself to an interview for the Inmates section on Instagram while other users also ask their questions. Spanish-Senegalese addresses Monaco news and of the selection from senegalbut also remember his past at Inter Milan and Lazio. Don’t dodge questions about Barcelona nor when they propose a possible landing at Real Madrid.How are you doing in these weeks of confinement?I just finished training. I try to take it in the best possible way. This is surreal because nobody is used to this. Here people are very respecting the rules imposed and are behaving. So we have to stay home, exercise and go to the fridge a little.Do you leave home a lot?I only go out to go to the supermarket or the pharmacy. I train here at home and downstairs in the garage, I do the speed exercises.What is a training day like from home?We do the training when we want. They send us the exercises for the next day very well explained every night. I always do it in the morning. We have a GPS connected to the mobile and they monitor the intensity.You will be getting to know your neighbors better …I have a neighbor who complains a little when I play the music loud at night.Has confinement caught you alone?No, as a couple. With my five month old son and my girlfriend.His parents?They are in Barcelona without leaving home and worried. But everyone is fine.last_img read more

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Real Madrid win over Van der Vaart

first_imgThe season so far Van der Vaart She was being quite discreet, although it is true that she did not have too many minutes either. This day was a start and led Real Madrid’s win against Real Zaragoza 6-0, displaying a great game, giving an assist and scoring two goals that allow him to be the MVP of the day. However, it is fair to highlight the role of his colleagues Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo, with two and one goal respectively.The one who also won by a broad result, 0-3, was Barcelona at Real Valladolid’s home. The locals did not make it easy, they had options to score, but they found a huge Victor Valdes. Although for decisive the performance of a Dani Alves who scored a goal and distributed another, and Xavi who led the game for his team and scored the first goal of the game.Valencia took the three points from Reyno de Navarra beating Osasuna 1-3 in a clash in which two unusual players scored: David Albelda and Carlos Marchena. Exciting and even encounter that lived in Pizjuán between Seville and Villarreal that ended 3-2 for the Andalusians. The game recital of Robert Pirés it was not enough before a Luis Fabiano who scored a double and is still touched with the magic wand face to door.The one that managed to win away from home was Deportivo to Tenerife. Colotto He scored the only goal of the match and is our last member of the Ideal XI of the 10th day.MVPs Higuaín: The Real Madrid striker also scored two goals and made a great game, but being a forward gives him a certain “edge” on goal compared to a midfielder like Van der Vaart. It is his best performance so far and it has earned him to do 16 points. Jesus Navas: His team won, but he did not have a decisive role. He has been lowering his level and that causes him to only accumulate four points in the last three days. From a player who exceeds € 9,500,000 It is expected that it does not have this type of potholes. Luis Fabiano: O Fabulous continues his streak. Third double of the season for him that allows him to help his team get all three points in a very tough game. The campaign did not start well, but his current form is incredible. Has achieved 16 points this day.They can do moreIbrahimovic: His worst game of the season. Barça won by a bulky 0-3, however, the Swede was off throughout the match. This is the first time he has made -2, but from a player that costs more than € 13,000,000 it is not to your liking to do negative.center_img Thierry Henry: We close with another attacker from FC Barcelona. If before we commented that Ibra did not give his best performance, it cannot be said that Henry’s game was much better. The case of the Frenchman is more worrisome since he has spent four consecutive days quite weak. This time his score was -2. Very poor numbers for someone who exceeds € 6,000,000. Van der Vaart: Without a doubt the great surprise of the day. He only had four points so far and came from getting a -2, but this time he has performed at an incredible level. His two goals and assistance, together with Madrid’s wide victory, allow him to achieve 18 points.last_img read more

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Casemiro, open case

first_imgA fan carries a Casemiro banner on the Bernabéu.JESUS ​​RUBIO For his half, Zizou doesn’t must be requested if he considers the midfielder untouchable. His actions give him away. Casemiro it has been so indispensable for the Marseillaise who even the stoppage as a result of coronovirus was probably the most used (3,120 ‘), forward of Ramos (3,033 ‘). It’s nothing new. Within the 2017-18, the final full season of Zizou, the worldwide with the verdeamarelha It was probably the most minute participant on the sphere (3,945 ‘) of your entire white template. Case, as Zizou calls him, is 28 years outdated so he has many miles left on his legs and it is usually a favourite of the French coach. His celebration with the Brazilian within the Spanish Tremendous Cup in Jeddah was eloquent. Hugged fourteen white to the shout of “Come right here bastard, you’re a monster!”.Ramos, Lucas Vázquez, Modric …Whereas the membership tracks a Casemiro clone available in the market to present it breaks, the worldwide with the canarinha He is without doubt one of the three gamers with whom Madrid has to make a direct choice, though they’re utterly totally different circumstances from one another. The others are Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vázquez, each need to proceed however Madrid are letting time run. With the captain there’s a tense calm scenario as a result of the white entity has not but known as him, whereas the Galician hopes, at the least, to not depart the workforce on the finish of this season. With Modric, who additionally ends contractually in Chamartín in 2021, he has already solved it: he’ll fulfill his remaining yr and from there each side will sit all the way down to see if their union continues or not. On the time, it was assumed that Casemiro and Actual Madrid would lengthen this present contract till 2023, but it surely was not signed. In the course of the negotiation, a important enhance in wage in accordance with its present standing as indispensable for Zidane. It might occur to be in a wage step subsequent to Ramos and Hazard, the second step within the white locker room after the best paid, which is Bale (14.5 million annual web). Its termination clause would even be retouched. Regardless of the disaster brought on by Covid-19, the 200 million of the present clause are outdated. To present an instance, Madrid put a € 750m on Brahim when he signed fourteen months in the past. Different younger individuals like Asensio even have untouchable clauses (€ 700M) for the remainder of the planet.center_img The Actual Madrid plans its future but it surely has a vital entrance to shut. Casemiro ends his contract in 2021 and has not signed a renewal. As issues are proper now, the footballer who balances the white workforce and the piece most utilized by Zidane since coaching for Madrid, may negotiate with whoever he wished from subsequent January. As AS knew, throughout the winter there have been touchdowns however then the coronavirus got here and every part stopped.last_img read more

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Tennis returns to Wuhan

first_imgTennis is BACK in Wuhan! Our courts have been open since 1 Could. Loads of tennis, soccer and basketball being performed. 😊 pic.twitter.com/c7o3zaNgG7 The circle was closed. The Chinese language city of Wuhan it grew to become the world’s first identified outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, undoubtedly the supply of some dangerous information that has claimed numerous lives throughout the globe and has shaken the worldwide economic system.Clearly, the game couldn’t get away from becoming in as exhausting a blow and particularly tennis, one of many disciplines most affected by COVID-19. However since final Could 1 Many issues have modified in Wuhan. Your event services are once more open for tennis for professionals and most people. – Wuhan Open (@wuhanopentennis) Could 5, 2020“Tennis is BACK in Wuhan! Our tracks have been open since Could 1st. You play lots of tennis, soccer and basketball, “the group of the event printed on his Twitter profile, accompanying these phrases with a video the place totally different followers spend their time working towards tennis. Certainly, nice information that may be a true reflection of the restoration , slowly and progressively, the planet resides to get out of the pandemic. Now it’s time to proceed preventing in order that sooner or later let’s see the WTA ladies struggle for the title in Wuhan.last_img read more

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National Champs and those late decisions

first_img WATCHDOG Having said all that, the JAAA is always under this columnist’s searchlight, their efforts in promoting the sport and the welfare of its participants is always of high priority in this corner. This columnist has in the past been a ‘watchdog’, trying to keep the local governing body honest in its very important role. Although that oversight self-assignment has been disputed by previous administrations, as to its relevance, it is one that will not be arrested. Track and field, and its fortunes, are far too important to our people to allow a committed journalist that luxury. The fans yearn for it, utilise it to formulate their own thinking, and make their informed comments, either on popular social media or elsewhere. Without all this, it appears to be a widely held view that our athletes would not receive the attention and focus from administrators that their performances merit. This leads this columnist to the choice of team leader for the Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships, Edmonton, Canada, July 31 to August 2. The effort, energy and enthusiasm of long-time administrator Julette Parkes, the official chosen, has come under the scrutiny of Foster’s Fairplay since 1998. It was during her similar posting at the World Junior Championships in Annecy, France, that year, that the quoted assessment of the senior insurance executive was made. It came in the midst of a dire need for someone who could take our young athletes through the challenges of change of environment and different food choices, to compete against the best of the world. These were live issues to be addressed. “Happily, they found Julette Parkes, who has worked like a Trojan to keep these athletes properly nourished … she has worked assiduously with this team from the inception …. always with a smile, which belied the mammoth proportions of the duties which she undertook … the super efficient Parkes carried the burden of taking care of just about everything for her charges … the athletes were her babies, she mothered them, she fathered them, she saw to their every concern … the job was well done and one is left to ponder how could it have been achieved, if Julette Parkes was not called and so stoutly responded … take care of business.” Seventeen years later, from what is still being noticed on the local circuit, that assessment still holds. Go and do likewise, Miss. – For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Championships had its gloss removed on the last weekend in June, when arguably the two most anticipated events were shorn of a top-ranker expected to compete. The world’s fastest, Usain Bolt, duly registered, despite free entry to the Beijing World Championships, withdrew, a move to be repeated later by his scratching Diamond League dates in Paris and Lausanne. A pelvic area injury was cited, but only then. As fans were settling into a Boltless four days, spirits were further dampened by a heatedly debated announcement. It revealed that the new speedball, Elaine Thompson – with a 10.84 100m season’s best – would go to the blocks only in the 200m. As it turned out, it is difficult to accept that these last-minute decisions had no bearing on the less-than-anticipated patron support. 20/20 VISION Foster’s Fairplay will await the final of the women’s 200m event in Beijing, as any negative assessment as to the mindset of Thompson’s coach, the supremely gifted technocrat, Stephen Francis, could just explode. Call it 20/20 vision coming from this columnist, but the MVP Track Club boss has a rich history. He has already demonstrated that he can produce performances from athletes under his care that defy the thinking of ordinary mortals. The meet, which dualled as the Beijing World Championships Trials, had its spectator thrills, but was diluted somewhat by this columnist being denied access by the organisers. This episode will have its treatment on a separate forum. Various national teams, at both senior and junior levels, have been selected and have just completed or soon to embark on competition. The pursuit of the almost-mandated medals would have been on. Foster’s Fairplay wishes them all well.last_img read more

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Alvarez outpowers Cotto for middleweight title

first_img READY TO RUMBLE “With all due respect, if he wants to fight right now, I’ll put the gloves on and fight him,” Alvarez said. Alvarez won by scores of 117-11, 119-109, and 118-110. The Associated Press had him ahead 116-112. Alvarez, whose only loss came to Floyd Mayweather Jr., set the tone early, winging big left hooks in the first round that Cotto largely avoided. As the fight went on, though, he began landing more of his punches as he patiently stalked Cotto around the ring. Cotto boxed well at times and landed flurries of punches, but his didn’t seem to have nearly the same power as those thrown by Alvarez. In the final rounds, Alvarez caught Cotto with a series of punches that seemed to shake him, though he was never down and never appeared in real trouble. “It’s an emotion I can’t put into words,” Alvarez said. “I’m very happy and much respect to Miguel Cotto. I will always respect him, and he’s a great champion, but now it’s my era.” Cotto expressed disappointment in the judges’ decision but left the ring before speaking. “We thought it was much closer than the scorecards showed,” said Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach. “It was a competitive fight.” Alvarez went into Cotto’s locker room after the fight, saying “I admire you” to the fighter he just beat. Alvarez was a 3-1 favourite coming into the bout, largely because he is 10 years younger than Cotto and a bigger puncher. The ages didn’t seem to make a difference, but the ringside judges were surely influenced by the harder punches that the red-headed Alvarez landed. Cotto was credited with throwing 629 punches to 484 for Alvarez, but Alvarez landed 155 to 129 for Cotto. Cotto had vowed to pull the upset by using his boxing skills, and at times he was quite effective. But by the third round, Alvarez was landing some of the big punches he was winging at Cotto. Cotto, who earned $15 million, fell to 40-5, while Alvarez improved to 46-1-1. LAS VEGAS (AP): Canelo Alvarez made a case for himself as boxing’s next star Saturday night, landing the bigger punches to take a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto and win a piece of the middleweight title. Alvarez took the fight to Cotto from the opening bell, winning rounds with big right hands and uppercuts. Cotto tried to box and had his moments, but Alvarez was clearly ahead as the crowd stood on its feet as both fighters traded punches in the final rounds. Alvarez won the WBC version of the title that Cotto vacated days earlier for not paying sanctioning fees. His win set up a possible megafight with Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion who was watching at ringside.last_img read more

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