first_imgThe president of Brescia affirms that he has had “fever for three days” and that he has been “quarantined for eleven”, locked up in his house in the municipality of Padenghe sul Garda, in the province of Brescia, while his wife has stayed in Cagliari (Sardinia), one son is in Milan and the rest “outside”.“I don’t care about the championship … I’m scared to leave home, I have depression,” he admits.“Life comes first. There are ultras who bring oxygen to hospitals, others who mourn their dead, others are intubated. You can not continue playing this year, you have to think about next. There are those who still do not realize what is happening and those are worse than the virus “, Add.Brescia is currently in last place in the Serie A classification of the Italian league, with 16 points, while the leader is Juventus, with 63, and second is Lazio, with 62. The president of the Italian football club Brescia, last in the classification of Series A (First Division), Massimo Cellino, asked today to cancel the Italian league championship for the coronavirus, which he equated with “the plague”.“If we talk about soccer, We must cancel everything until next season. Realism, gentlemen. This is the plague “, Cellino affirms in an interview published this Sunday by the sports newspaper “Corriere dello Sport”.Cellino rules out that there may be a recovery or a season to end, as other presidents like Claudio Lotito of Lazio have defended, and says that if he wants the “scudetto”, that the Italian league give it to him.“The cup, the scudetto … if Lotito wants it, they will give it to him. He is convinced that he has an excellent team, let’s leave him with this idea,” he argues.last_img read more

first_img“The remaining workers will proceed to work to maintain important companies and platforms important with a 10% pay minimize. The management staff will minimize wages by 20%, whereas the ITF president has voluntarily proposed a 30% lower for one yr, “the assertion stated.“We now have postponed over 900 tournaments on all ITF circuits, together with the 2020 Federation Cup Finals, and it stays unsure when the sport may be resumed. Whereas suspending occasions and prioritizing safety is the suitable response in these distinctive circumstances, it has resulted in plenty of advanced challenges, together with a big lack of income, “the company notes.“To be able to safeguard jobs and defend the long-term well being of our group and our sport, the ITF is implementing a sequence of measures, efficient as of at this time, which embody undertaking financial savings, a labor safety scheme for workers and the usage of ITF Reserve funds, “he stresses. The Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) has issued a press release this Thursday saying cuts in several initiatives, within the salaries of managers, in addition to the momentary suspension of employment for half of its staff. with the purpose of resisting the financial losses generated by the coronavirus and the greater than 900 tournaments which have been canceled within the final month.“The scenario we face represents a elementary problem for our group and our sport. Our goal is to ensure the long-term progress and sustainability of our sport in collaboration with our 210 member nations, so we’re making powerful choices within the brief time period in order that we will proceed to ship tennis for future generations world wide. “, indicated David Haggerty, the president of the ITF.Haggerty recalled that “as a non-profit group,” the “90% of ITF income is reinvested in applications that drive the expansion of tennis”. And now he believes needed a “labor safety system” that “features a allow for roughly half of the ITF workers”, the equal of an ERTE in Spain.last_img read more

first_imgDespite having benefited from the premature end of the championship, Pol Llonch confesses being “surprised” by the government’s decision to ban any massive event until September 1: “We are better than many other countries where they are training or dating the return of the competition. I was shocked, but thinking it coldly The Netherlands is managing the crisis very well and if they made that decision it is because they believe that it is the best for everyone’s health“It is fucked up for soccer players and all the people who love soccer, but right now the sport is in the background. The priority must be to save as many lives as possible“, completes the Catalan.After achieving his greatest achievement as a footballer, Pol Llonch now faces a long four-month hiatus: “We are waiting for the indications that they will give us from the club. The best thing is to rest now, because the preseason is going to be very long.” The best footballer of the Eredivisie in the months of January and February, who was close to signing for Girona during the last winter market, is aware that several teams will ask about his situation during the next transfer window, although his priority now is continue in Tilburg: “Playing the Champions League would be the host, but today I am a Willem II player and I am very excited to compete with them in the Europa League“ The controversial end to the season in the Netherlands raised blisters among some of the Eredivisie clubs. FC Utrecht by Adrián Dalmau, sixth with one game less, is considered the big loser by the verdict of the KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association). The positive note is put by Willem II, whose fifth position will allow him to return to Europe 15 years after his last participation in the now defunct UEFA Cup. “In the situation we are in, achieving qualification for the Europa League qualifying round is a joy. It is a shame that it had to be this way. We would have liked to achieve it by playing every game and being able to celebrate it with our fans, but it could not be“values ​​AS Pol Llonch, Spanish midfielder for the Tilburg team.Although it was not the goal at the start of the season, the achievement of great results including a victory against Ajax on matchday 16 of the Eredivisie allowed Willem to dream of Europe. And dreams are sometimes fulfilled. “It gives me goose bumps when thinking that three years ago I played in Segunda B. Three years! It just doesn’t do anything. And I just qualified for the Europa League. It is crazy. Nothing was playing in the field of Granada B, which had no stand, “recalls Llonch, who signed for him Wisla Krakow in January 2017 his life changed.The Catalan midfielder, who passed through Girona or Granada before embarking on his adventure abroad, reveals that both he and all those who are part of Willem II are “very happy”. “We had to celebrate it for the WhatsApp group. What remedy”. Pol Llonch empathizes “with the players who consider themselves disadvantaged by the KNVB decision, but there were eight games left to play and a thousand things could have happened. We, mathematically, could have entered the Champions League. Utrecht was missing a game against Ajax They could have won, tied or lost, but the reality is that they could not have played it and the league has ended like this. ” The Spanish considers that the fair thing “would be that we all had the same parties” And he values ​​the great season of his team: “We came from being third or fourth. We have been ahead of Utrecht all season and our performance today places us fifth. That gives us the pass to Europe.” “We would have liked to achieve this by playing every game and being able to celebrate with our fans, but it could not have been”center_img Pol Llonch, Willem II playerlast_img read more

first_img – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Harbour View – Juice Park – 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Boys’ Town – UWI Bowl, Mona – 8:40 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United – Anthony Spaulding Complex With most people sold on the top three and writing Rivoli United and Waterhouse off as the teams to be relegated from this season’s Red Stripe Premier League, the focus will be on the fourth place, where there are about four teams in the running. Sitting in fourth place at the moment are Humble Lion who are 10 points behind third-placed Portmore United – who have 46 points. Waiting on a slip-up from the Clarendon-based team are first timers UWI FC, just two points behind on 34; Harbour View on 33; and Cavalier, the best placed on the three teams, on 30 points. Boys’ Town and Reno would possibly consider themselves in the running, too, but with their huge negative goal difference, it is highly unlikely. With the situation being what it is, none of the contenders can afford to lose. One loss for Humble Lion and a win for UWI FC could see both teams swapping places. Humble Lion’s opponents have designs of their own as they will want to keep on accumulating points to ensure that they are not caught by one of the two of Waterhouse and Rivoli. Portmore United recently broke their three-match losing streak with a win over the struggling Rivoli United. Despite the win being a narrow late one, Portmore United should still start favourites over Harbour View as they will have home advantage. If Boys’ Town report in form similar to what they did last week when they were spanked 4-0 by Montego Bay United, then UWI FC will get the better of them. That heavy loss could also have the effect of waking them up and inspiring in them the fighting spirit for which they were known in years past. The Marcel Gayle-coached UWI FC are playing with even more confidence now and must be convinced that they have what it takes to get the better of Boys’ Town, especially with the goal-scoring form of Girvon Brown and the creativity brought by Keammar Daley, who joined the club in the January transfer window. Tomorrow’s game Today’s gameslast_img read more

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:World Championships and Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles medallist Hansle Parchment strongly believes that Jamaica, with Omar McLeod and himself leading the way, can wrestle supremacy in the sprint hurdles away from the Americans and Russians.The 25-year-old Parchment won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics, with American Aries Merritt, the world record holder, taking gold. Parchment came even closer at last year’s World Championships when he copped silver behind Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, with McLeod, in his first senior competition final, placing sixth.Parchment now believes that Jamaica has the ammunition to conquer the field at the Rio Olympics later this year.”I feel we have the potential. We are two strong athletes and we are working towards our goals,” Parchment said. “It would be great for us to start to dominate hurdling, which we have never done before.”McLeod, 22, is also keen on a Jamaican dominance of the event. He also envisions himself and Parchment making history.”He (Parchment) is my big bro (brother). We always give each other pep talks before races, we warm up together and we run together,” McLeod shared. “So it is always exciting running with him, and I just want both of us to continue to make Jamaica proud and create a lot of history.”The two gave a glimpse into the future when they finished first and second in the opening Diamond League meet of the season.McLeod won in a world leading and season’s best time of 13.05 seconds, while Parchment, who, like his compatriot, was competing in his first Diamond League, clocked a season-best 13.10.Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion, American David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Merritt was sixth in 13.37.unpredictableParchment has, however, warned against complacency. He stressed that the event is very unpredictable and it is just a matter of who executes better on the day.”The hurdles are very unpredictable, so sometimes we can’t tell who will win,” Parchment said. “It is early and I believe everyone is still in the transition phase. This is my second race, so we are really just getting started. It is a very good start so far; probably the best ever for me, so I am giving thanks for that.”McLeod, on the other hand, already has his sights set on winning the Diamond trophy for the event and achieving Olympics glory.”That is my aim (to win everything); that is my goal; especially with the Olympics,” McLeod said. “So I am really just taking it one step at a time and not jumping the gun too much. One race at a time and I know if I do that and go out there and have fun, the sky is the limit.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgNatoya Goule hopes to make the final of the 800 metres at the IAAF World Athletics Championships that begins at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, China, this weekend. From there, she hopes to produce her best performance for Jamaica.Goule, 24, will be one of two athletes, the other being Simoya Campbell, representing Jamaica in the event that Jamaica traditionally does not do well in. However, both women have broken two minutes this season.Goule won the National Championships in June in a personal best 1:59.63, while Campbell clocked 1:59.29 at the World University Games in South Korea in July, making her the fastest Jamaican this year.Goule’s last race was a disappointing 2:02.16 effort for third at an American track league meet in Atlanta in early August. Her coach, Mark Elliott, who directed her to National Collegiate Athletic Association titles both at Louisiana State University and at Clemson, believes that despite the poor showing last time out the diminutive runner should be faster in China.”That last race does not indicate much. She ran a bad, excited race,” he said. “We thought she would have gone out faster, but she did not. She has not run enough races where she did not have to worry about the pace and that did not lend itself for a better result. As for Worlds, she is ready training-wise. Her workout indicates that she is ready for good performances as long as she runs her race.”The hope is to make the final,” Elliott continued. “Then we will see what happens in the final.”Having Campbell alongside her representing Jamaica makes Goule a happy camper as it means that her event will start to attract more interest among Jamaicans, Elliott revealed.”Simoya is running well also and knowing Natoya she is happy another Jamaican is running well. But her motivation is to race well against the 1:57 and 1:58 athletes. She speaks of having more Jamaicans in her events. That makes it more likely to drum up more interest in the middle distance and long distance events.”last_img read more

first_imgJamaica is looking to load up on its goalscoring firepower for upcoming World Cup qualifiers by wooing one of the most prolific club strikers in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).Former England youth international, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who led Major League Soccer in scoring last season with a MLS record-tying 27 goals playing for New York Red Bulls, is being recruited by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is trying to convince the 30-year-old London-born player to join the Reggae Boyz’ campaign.”Yes, we have reached out to Bradley Wright-Phillips,” national team manager Roy Simpson confirmed on September 10.According to Simpson, Wright-Phillips, son and brother of ex-England internationals Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips, respectively, traces his Jamaican roots through his grandmother.He has 41 goals in 64 appearances since joining the Red Bulls in 2013, scoring 13 in 25 games so far this season.Starting with his professional debut in 2004, he scored 77 times in 272 appearances representing Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford in the United Kingdom.But the lure of international football has not been overtly strong for the 5′ 8″, 155-pound Wright-Phillips so far. According to sources, he has followed Jamaica’s progress in recent competitions, including Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and discussed the national set-up with clubmate and Reggae Boy Kemar Lawrence. But, he’s been uncertain about his commitment.deadlineSimpson said Wright-Phillips expressed appreciation at the JFF’s interest in him. However, he added, the player requested time to discuss the matter with his family after being contacted by the JFF in early August.Simpson said Wright-Phillips, a MLS All-Star, didn’t set a deadline for making a decision on whether or not to join Jamaica, which resumes World Cup qualifying on November 13 against Panama to kick off the CONCACAF semi-final.The Boyz advanced to that round after defeating Nicaragua 4-3 on goal aggregate, following a 3-2 loss in the first leg on September 4 and winning 2-0 in the return match on September 8.Those fixtures again highlighted inconsistent scoring form as Jamaica failed to capitalise on numerous chances. The team, which has received praise for overall organisation and competitive spirit, also failed to score in three straight 1-0 defeats during Copa America.In the Gold Cup, Jamaica managed eight goals and conceded six in half dozen games while advancing to the final.Jamaica wants Wright-Phillips to join a strike force that includes Darren Mattocks, Giles Barnes and Deshorn Brown. Even in the absence of his immediate commitment, the JFF is pushing forward with the process of making him eligible to play for Jamaica.”Both parties agreed that it is OK to pursue the paperwork,” said Simpson, “just in case he decides to take up the offer.”Efforts to contact Wright-Phillips through his club this week were unsuccessful.last_img read more

first_img Kisner comes good ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga (AP): Kevin Kisner ended a year marked by runner-up finishes with his first PGA Tour victory yesterday at Sea Island. With the RSM Classic in his hands, Kisner ran with it. His three-shot lead turned into a six-shot lead at the turn, and he breezed home with a 6-under 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell. Kisner became the sixth first-time winner in the fall start of the new season, though this was hardly a surprise. He became the first player in nearly 70 years to lose three times in a play-off. He was runner-up in a World Golf Championship two weeks ago in Shanghai. Husbands lands brace TORONTO, Canada (CMC): Patrick Husbands won twice but came up short in the feature Glorious Song Stakes, on the ten-race card at Woodbine on Saturday. The 42-year-old Barbadian took victory in race six with favourite West L.A Girl before following up with another win in race seven aboard 7-1 chance Magni. However, paired with 5-1 bet Conquest Babayaga in the Glorious Song over seven furlongs, Husbands was forced to settle for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind eventual winner, favourite Ami’s Mesa, ridden by Luis Contreras. Atletico pass Real BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Atletico Madrid took advantage of Real Madrid’s humbling loss in the ‘clasico’ by moving past their cross-town rivals into second place in the Spanish league after winning 1-0 at Real Betis yesterday. Jorge ‘Koke’ Resurreccion blasted in what proved to be the winner in the seventh minute, and the outmatched hosts never mustered a serious challenge.center_img New Canadian Olympic Committee chief MONTREAL (AP): Olympic medallist rower and lawyer Tricia Smith has been voted president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. She is a four-time Olympian who won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games in coxless pairs with team-mate Elizabeth Craig. She is also the vice-president of the International Rowing Federation. Smith had been vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Committee since 2009. She recently became interim president of the organisation following Marcel Aubut’s resignation in October.last_img read more

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies Women, who have just won the T20 World Cup for the first time, says a recruitment programme is needed as part of an elaborate plan to keep the sport alive in the region.Taylor, who was voted player of the tournament, is worried that women’s cricket in the region could suffer a significant decline if a proper system is not put in place for when the current crop of players retire.”We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out,” said Taylor.”I think we do have girls that are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it, and I think that’s where we need to start, by going into the schools and getting these girls out.”In their impressive eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, the Caribbean side surpassed a challenging target of 149 with three deliveries remaining, following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between Taylor and teenager Hayley Matthews.PLAYER OF THE MATCH”I think we definitely need some infrastructure, whereas Australia and England they do have it. We need young girls coming up,” said Taylor, who scored 59 off 57 balls in the final, while Matthews earned the award for Player-of-the-Match by smashing 66 off 45 balls.”When you, look at our team, most of us are fairly young, and when these core players are gone, it’s going to deteriorate, and we need to start building young players coming up.”Taylor has also been effective as a bowler taking a total of eight wickets in the tournament, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand.Taylor says her dream is to play Test cricket which she feels will also help her colleagues improve.”That’s one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. The type of player I am I think it will definitely suit and build my game as time goes on, but I would definitely love to play Test cricket,” said Taylor.”I think it will definitely help some of the girls. Longer format of the game where they could build their game and I think it will definitely help us in playing in one day games.”last_img read more

first_img Good faith However, I commend him for three things. For looking towards hiring West Indians such as coach Phil Simmons to assist in the development of West Indies cricket, for professionalising regional cricket, and for getting West Indies first-class cricket to be played on a return basis. A week or so ago, however, when I read his interview in Mumbai and read what he had to say about the reasons for his attitude towards the players, I was touched. I was moved. Cameron, whatever we thought of him, was, indeed, a West Indian. He wanted the West Indies to win, he wanted the players to play well and, like every West Indian, he wanted the players to play for the West Indies and to win for the West Indies. He wanted them, however, to be reasonable, to realise that the West Indies is a poor place and cannot afford to pay them what they probably deserve, or what some other countries pay their players. He wants them to understand that they are West Indians and he wants them to understand that while it is hard for them to do, they should be West Indians and give a little to other West Indians to help in their development. He probably remembered how they benefited as youngsters coming up in the region from those who went before and probably argued that they should give back a little. He also wants them to make as much as they can make by allowing them to go and play in the many T20 leagues around the world, by giving them the required “no objection certificates” and whatever they want in order to play. In other words, he would like the players to cooperate with the board, particularly in the interest of West Indies cricket. In other words, although money is important, he would like the West Indies players to respect West Indies cricket, to play whatever cricket they want to play, but only when the West Indies are not in action. All he wanted was that the players be a little bit less selfish. Regional cricket “As a matter fact, for the first time my board said to me, ‘President, you are not authorised to do anything to this agreement because you paid the guys money for the last year and a half when you had the opportunity to change the agreement. You have demonstrated good faith. You have worked with WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association) to get the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) done. For the last how many years, every time we are trying to move the process forward so that we can create a professional set-up, we get held to ransom. We are just tired as an organisation’. “Wes Hall had strikes against him. Sir Julian Hunte had a couple of issues. It started under Pat Rousseau. It happened to Teddy Griffith. “Everybody went and gave them what they wanted. Did our system get any better? It got worse. We moved from number one in the world in 1995 to eight and nine in Tests and ODIs.” I am not a fan of Cameron for many reasons, including his treatment of the players, his treatment of Caribbean journalists especially one like Tony Cozier, his attitude overall, his use of the little money in West Indies cricket and, last but not least, the part he played in the takeover of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by India, England and Australia. One day before the semi-final of the World Twenty20 in India recently, before the West Indies dazzled the world by clipping India and England with three deliveries and two deliveries to spare, respectively, to win the championship in style, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron opened up and explained his philosophy, the reason why he is, or was, probably public enemy number one in the West Indies. Sitting in a Mumbai hotel, he said, apparently quite meekly: “I just want us to get better. I am tired of losing.” And then, as arrogantly as ever, he said: “My role is to run the business and your role is to play cricket.” The “your” he was referring to was the players – and he was correct. Cameron, not knowing that his team would have won the match the following day, or the final showdown a few days later, but hoping against hope that they would, was engaged in a long interview at the time and he tried to explain his unpopularity around the West Indies and the reason why he behaves the way he does, especially when it comes to his treatment of the West Indies players. “We have had strikes or potential strikes for the last 14 years. And we have gone and met the players and given in. And we are ranked eight or nine. I am not sure going and meeting them would have solved it. Problem continued The players, however, right or wrong, and from way back when, quarrelled with the board over money, from George Headley and Alfred Valentine and even in those times when the board had no money, or very little money. The problem continued with the coming of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, it continued when West Indies became champions of the world, and it got worse under presidents Peter Short and Rousseau. Short went to London to sort out Brian Lara’s problem when Lara moved out of the team’s hotel; and Rousseau went to London when the team flew from a series against Pakistan to Johannesburg and then to London to sort out the dispute over money. The West Indies were big, the players were big and it appeared that every problem the board had with the players ended with the players rolling up their sleeves and ready for a fight. On many of those occasions, the board had dialogue with representatives of the players before they left the West Indies, but it was as if the players were saying to the board, “You can’t do without us; pay us, or else.” And the board always paid up, more or less. Cameron is right. Every time there was a tour in recent years, the players threatened or went on strike for one thing or the other. No one, except the senior players, ever knew if a tour was really on. That had to stop, or rather, have to stop. West Indies cricket is big. It means a lot to the people. The board, the players’ association and the players must get together in the interest of West Indies cricket and the people. Cameron’s attitude to solve the problem is not the recommended style, but there are some who believe that there comes a time when you should, or must fight fire with fire if you hope to survive. On top of it all, the players’ way doing of business can only be successful if they win all the time. When they win, as they did in India, they can flex their muscles, or cock a hoop at the board, as they did in India. Well said, Cameron. Your role, as president of the board, and as you said, is definitely to run West Indies cricket and the players’ role, as players, is definitely to play cricket to the best of their ability. If you both do that, definitely to the best of your abilities, West Indies will shortly be on top, or they will be very close to the top.last_img read more