first_imgHow do you carry the confinement ?: “With enough uncertainty of knowing how long all this is going to be. Eager for it to pass quickly and to return to normality. As they say: ‘one more day, less is missing’. I try to do things with the children and train with what the club sends to do “.Favorite goal: “The most special one is that of Elche because it is the first one I do with the club, but because the match and the stadium were as it was, the one with the most beautiful memories I have is that of Juventus. It was an important match.”How do you feel when you wear the Atlético shirt ?: “A lot of responsibility. It is a club with a lot of history. I know that when I put it on I have to leave everything on the court, since it is the club’s tooth: the claw and the heart. It is something that one is used to since I come from a soccer that is similar, that of South America. An immense joy since we are fighting important things and it is one of the biggest clubs in the world. “ José María Giménez is one of the captains of the Atlético de Madrid He wanted to answer some questions asked by fans. In the campaign #LaPreguntaMahou This month, the Uruguayan has responded to the questions received through social networks. Transfer to Atlético: “I travel to Spain without knowing anything. When I arrive in Madrid they tell me that Atleti wanted to sign me. So, I have mixed feelings. More joy than sadness but sadness because I was away from my family and joy because I knew it was one of the great clubs of the world. I will never forget it, like the titles or the first game I played. “Reaction after the first title: “I was lucky that when I arrived just playing a game we won the League. It was difficult to participate in that joy because I was hardly called but I knew it was special. I knew it was a title valued by people. It made me generate enormous joy. Then I had to win the other titles and they were different. I already had more time and more minutes at the club “Captain work: “Assuming responsibility and with joy, enthusiasm and pride.”Most important moment of the race: “When I realized that I wanted to dedicate myself to soccer. I had a hard time on Danube when I was 17 or 18 years old when I did not have an easy life experience in the family and I was about to leave soccer. But my representatives and friends made me understand that I could dedicate myself to soccer. It was the most important day and that I wanted to fulfill my dream and I understood that dreams come true. By dedicating effort, sacrifice, good and not so good things will come. “Hobbies: “I do not have hobbies, I warm up well, I activate well and I do what any athlete does. I do kiss a photo with my wife and children and I think about the family before going to play.”Message to the fans: “A lot of patience and it is a difficult moment worldwide.”last_img read more

first_imgMONACO (AP):The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 yesterday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard’s first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equalling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savour his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week. The victory confirms that I am better,” Nadal said. “Monte Carlo is one of the most important places for me, without a doubt.”first title of the yearIt was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 when he was riddled with self-doubt and became a prey on clay, rather than a predator.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarter-finals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarter-finals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-finals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”I’m enjoying it after some tough moments,” said the fifth-ranked Nadal. “Last year was a tough year. The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”resilience coming backAlthough Nadal says he is “still not 100 per cent”, his famed resilience is coming back.”This week, I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” he said. “We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow, I will start to think about Barcelona, another important event.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”You just have to accept he’s a bit better.” Monfils said. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing.”Nadal dropped his serve five times against the 13th-seeded Monfils in a topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them.Playing in his 100th final, Nadal clinched his 68th title and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January routed by Djokovic in Doha.last_img read more

first_imgThe incomparable Usain Bolt always challenges himself. Even though he is by far the best sprinter who has walked the earth, he has picked out a new target, smashing the 19-second barrier in the 200 metres.As monumental as that seems, the tall man from Trelawny is just the one to do it.He might have done it in 2010. After all, he had run world records of 19.30 and 19.19 seconds in the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 World Championships, respectively, and looked unstoppable. A 19.56-run solo at the Jamaica Invitational that year confirmed for me that the barrier was within reach.The numbers all seemed to add up. He stormed through a 44.2-second 4x400m relay anchor leg at the Gibson Relays and, on a rainy night in the Czech city of Ostrava, he stepped the second fastest time ever for 300 metres – 30.97 seconds.Injury and the desire to take it easy after three tough championship seasons intervened. He and guru Glen Mills wanted him healthy and fresh to defend his World and Olympic titles in 2011 and 2012. You know the rest. His victories in those seasons and this year at the World Championships have increased his lead over the rest of history’s best.For anyone to take his place, a new sprint king will need five world records, four of which need to be set in major finals, four individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual World Championship gold medals. That’s a tall order.Still at itHe could have chosen to rest on his laurels. You’ve seen football teams head for the corner flag to preserve a result. Not Bolt. He’s still on the attack.His choice to chase the 200 world mark is interesting. It seems almost to be an admission that the 100-metre record – his stupendous 9.58 from the 2009 World Championships – is safe. On top of that, the 200 is his favourite event.Perhaps he will run more early-season 400-metre races to build the endurance required to fight the fatigue in the last part of the 200. In the process, his longstanding 400m personal best of 45.28 seconds may fall. In fact, any serious effort would certainly put him under 45.I’ve always thought he is the only the athlete who could break Michael Johnson’s world record of 43.18 seconds. The wonderful American set that mark at age 31 in the 1999 World Championship final. Interestingly, though Bolt has always disavowed any interest in the 400m, he will be 31 in 2017, the year he has pinpointed as his last as an active athlete. That’s a flight of fancy.In the meantime, his 200 performances are so good that you almost see him breaking the record already. He has the only sub-20 by a junior – his 2004 Carifta time of 19.93 seconds and every major title on offer since 2008.Brilliant on the curve, his long strides carry him clear of every sprinter who has ever graced the track.Are you going to tell him that sub-19 is a barrier too far? I won’t.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_img Haile Selassie will look for their second win against Jonathan Grant. In the first contest, Haile Selassie scored a close 3-2 win at Barbican. Now, playing away, Haile Selassie will hunt maximum points to maintain the lead in Group D. Haile Selassie are on top with 18 points from seven games, closely followed by St Catherine (17) and Jonathan Grant (16) as the main contenders for places in the next stage. In Group E, Holy Trinity face Charlie Smith in another crucial game with both teams locked at the top on 15 points apiece. Waterford, who are in third position in the group on nine points, must win against Clan Carthy in order to stay in contention for a second-stage spot. High-flying Wolmer’s will top the group with another win against Camperdown, who they blanked 3-0 in the reverse. Wolmer’s lead Group F on maximum 21 points from seven games ahead of Camperdown on 13 points. The Vassell Reynolds-coached Wolmer’s have scored 26 goals and are yet to concede. St Jago High will look to move closer to a spot in the second round with a victory against Hydel at Spanish Town Prison Oval playing field. The Monk Street-based school lead in Group G on 16 points, ahead of Bridgeport (14) and Hydel (12) as the main contenders. – Greater Portmore vs Tarrant – St George’s College vs Tivoli Gardens – STATHS vs Vauxhall – Jamaica College vs Eltham – Norman Manley vs St Mary’s College – Denham Town vs Ascot – Kingston College vs Papine – Ardenne vs St Catherine – Jonathan Grant vs Haile Selassie – Meadowbrook vs Pembroke Hall – Clan Carthy vs Waterford – Charlie Smith vs Holy Trinity – Kingston Technical vs Edith Dalton James – Dunoon vs Jose Marti – Wolmer’s vs Camperdown – St Jago vs Hydel – Campion College vs Calabar – Cumberland vs Bridgeport Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m. The ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition is set to resume today, following a break because of threat from Hurricane Matthew. Confirmation arrived from ISSA’s Competitions Assistant Stephanie Baker. “The games that were originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday will be played tomorrow (Wednesday),” Baker told The Gleaner yesterday. With the battles for spots in the next stage in high gear, there are some interesting match-ups on the card. A total of 16 teams will advance to the second stage, including the seven group winners and runners-up, as well as the two best third-place teams. St George’s College will look to continue their impressive run when they face lowly Tivoli Gardens at Winchester Park. The Neville Bell-coached ‘Georgians’ are highly fancied to score a big win against Tivoli. In the reverse fixture, St George’s won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on September 15. A win for reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College against Eltham will cement, for the Old Hope Road school, an automatic spot from Group B. Kingston College (KC) will seek to maintain the lead when they tackle Papine High in Group C at the National Stadium. KC are on 19 points, just three ahead of Denham Town. KC who have scored 35 goals while conceding just once in seven games, are highly fancied for another win. Their attacking players include the competition’s top scorer Rashawn Mackison on 14 goals and Trayvon Reid, who has scored six times. Today’s games: Maximum pointslast_img read more

first_imgBuoyed by what he described as Harbour View’s rich history, newly appointed manager Oneal Johnson intends to hit the track running, and help move the former champions from their recent mid-table status and back on top of the league. The East Kingston-based club is one of the winningest teams in local top-flight football, with four Premier League titles – 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2000. They also have two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) titles (2007 and 2005), along with a host of other local knockout titles. However, Harbour View have not won a national title since 2013, and given that fact, Johnson comes in with one goal in mind. “[We are] concentrating on winning this Premier League,” he noted. “We are only focusing on winning the league, nothing else. Short term, it’s to see the team win. Harbour View has a rich history, and we are trying to bring back the club to where it used to be, on top of the league,” he outlined at last week’s Red Stripe Premier League press conference. He will work alongside General Manager Clyde Jureidini, head coach Ludlow Bernard, and assistants Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Donald Stewart and Fabian Taylor. “Well; my role was created because the club thinks it needs to focus more on the Premier League, and Mr Jureidini is a very busy guy, so certain attention to detail and taking the pressure off him is my role,” Johnson explained. In an attempt to change/ improve the mid-table status of Harbour View, Johnson said the team signed two overseas players that will be available to the coaches soon, while putting together a strong young squad. “It’s a talented bunch. I’ve watched them in training, and they are working very hard. I’ve seen them putting in double shifts, and we motivate them and tell them they have the ability and talent, so they just need to go out there and execute,” he noted. When asked by The Gleaner, if Harbour View, known as one of the Premier League outfits to rotate coaches within the club’s walls, will stick with that model, Johnson said that’s a management decision. “I don’t think I can comment on that,” he stressed, while backing player-turned-assistant coach Gardner to come big in the future. “Well, he is developing as a coach day by day, and building a good rapport with the squad, and Coach Ludlow is there to help him.”last_img read more

first_imgTiger Woods returning to Riviera LOS ANGELES (AP): Tiger Woods is returning to Riviera Country Club for the first time since 2006 to play the Genesis Open in February. He announced yesterday that he will play in the event from Feb. 13-19 that benefits his foundation. Riviera was the site of Woods’ PGA Tour debut in 1992 at age 16. The Tiger Woods Foundation, the PGA Tour and Genesis announced a partnership under which Woods’ TGR Live will manage the tournament at Riviera. Woods returned to competitive golf earlier this month for the first time since August 2015 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Man City, Chelsea fined for melee LONDON (AP): Manchester City and Chelsea have been fined a combined US $170,000 by the English Football Association after their players were involved in a melee in the closing stages of a Premier League match. The FA said yesterday that both clubs accepted they failed to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.” City were fined US $44,000 and Chelsea US $126,000. The melee happened deep in injury time of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Etihad Stadium on December 3. It was sparked by a studs-first lunge by City striker Sergio Aguero on David Luiz, which earned Aguero a red card. Both sets of players clashed and City midfielder Fernandinho was also sent off for grabbing Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas by the neck and pushing him over an advertising hoarding. It was the fifth time in 19 months that Chelsea were charged by the FA for failing to control their players.last_img read more


first_imgThe plea for a ‘children’s summit’, made by Betty Ann Blaine of Hear the Children’s Cry, resonates with me not only because of the consistent and persistent abuse of our children mentally, sexually, physically (‘no ally’), but because I do believe that we are in danger of institutionalising this abuse by believing that children are small adults. In sports, talented (gifted) children are required to perform for medals, points, school, club, or country, regardless of the inherent dangers, ‘to maximise revenue’. The branding of children who are gifted in a particular sport is ‘okay’, because the stipend paid (a) to the child, (b) to the parents, (c) to the school or club, supposedly will benefit other poor and struggling children, and help the selected child to ‘make choices’ that would not be possible without cash. Thus, the child is professionalised, with little or no concern to the long-term holistic needs of a child in transition to adulthood. In school sports, this column has long complained of the unhealthy practice of forcing children (boys) to play three, sometimes more, football games in seven days, not because of scheduling, but because of postponements, etc, to justify the fact that the competition must be completed before the end of the school term. RANKING SCHOOLS Any attempt to tinker with the present format of the Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions by ranking schools based on historical results in the competition, so that schools with a poor record of performance would play against each other in Zone B, for example, would have the ‘better schools’ competing against each other. The top schools from Zone B would be promoted to Zone A, while the worst-performing schools in Zone A would be demoted to Zone B the following year. This would minimise the possibility of multiple games in a week. This idea, however, is pooh poohed by school principals and past student networks as minimising income potential for a school that can barely afford the cost of competition! So play on my child, play on, regardless of the mental and physical strain on your developing mind and body. Is that not a form of abuse? In the past few weeks, stung by the premature deaths of children in their care, the governing body of high-school sports in this country, ISSA, have initiated bold steps to try and minimise “the physical and mental abuse of children in schools” by proposing changes to how school sports are managed. ISSA has demanded that schools under their control mandate a pre-participation evaluation for every child who participates in one of their competitions BEFORE being selected to play. This bold move will not eliminate the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest (death) in children, but would identify those children at risk of this and initiate treatment or rehabilitation. Further, ISSA has recommended changes to the rules of the Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) regarding the number and types of events that our children can participate in during an intensive, and exciting, five days of competition. This bold attempt at minimising the potential physical and mental abuse of children in their care has not met with universal acclamation. Already, we are hearing protests from very influential groups who see the potential for reduction in points, medals and income. Let us all, with one accord, support ISSA and mark this effort as the start of a long and necessary journey in protecting our children from abuse.last_img read more

first_imgAs one of the 17 young golfers to enter this year’s Jamaica Golf Association Juniors Series winners’ enclosure, Tajay Lobban is looking to transition to the national junior team, while continuing his development in the sport.In this, his third year of playing competitive golf, Lobban was recently crowned White Tees category winner with 345 points, while Luke Chin copped second with a score of 275, and Elric Li scored 150 for third.”I haven’t represented Jamaica in any age group as yet, but I am hoping to play for Jamaica this year,” he told The Gleaner in a recent interview.”Long term, I want to be a professional player. I am happy for the Sandals Foundation in Ocho Rios and coach Bill Williams for helping my development as a player so far,” he said.Playing in the boys’ under-14-15 category, Lobban played all five of the recent Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) series with three first-place finishes, one second, and a third.The 14-year-old also finished third in the fifth and final game of White Tees behind Luke Chin (77) and Kei Harris (81), scoring 87.Buoyed by those performances, the Ocho-Rios-based teen wants to make his mark when the national team is selected in March.”I am happy to put in the hard work and try to improve. I train once a week, and attend the Ocho Rios High School, but I need to work harder and get more improvement and better performances in,” he added.The teen, who has been playing the sport for three years, and who might be one of few golfers at his school, works alongside national men’s representative Wesley Brown and talented junior Romaine Evans with coach Bill Williams at the Sandals Foundation.Lobban said that he started the sport when his father asked him if he wanted to try it on a Saturday and said that he is really liking it now.last_img read more

first_imgReed seals 70.3 3-peat 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jeanetta Panaga and Myla Pablo delivered in the clutch, combining for the last six points of the Lady Warriors who stayed on track for a fourth straight championship.Panaga finished off the Lady Jet Spikers with a check ball off a quick attack that leveled their best-of-three Final Four series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The former St. Benilde ace earlier scored on back-to-back hits to shatter the 9-all count then added another off a poor Air Force receive while Pablo scored on a drop shot and on a kill block off Iari Yongco that made it 14-10.But Air Force, which surprised the three-time champion, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, in the opener Saturday, refused to give up and pulled to within 12-14. “We were really determined to play another game,” said Pocari coach Rico de Guzman.Pablo, a strong candidate to win this conference’s Most Valuable Player award, said team effort saw them through.“We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo.BaliPure also forced a do-or-die after a 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13 victory over Creamline in the other semifinal duel.It was Creamline’s first loss this conference after sweeping the elimination round and winning Game 1, 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat poured it all in the fifth set to even things up with Hair Fairy Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a sudden-death for a finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.The Lady Warriors nearly squandered a 9-5 lead in the decider but leaned on their championship experience to outlast the Lady Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ They slug it out anew at 4 p.m. on Wednesday with Pocari Sweat and Air Force disputing the other finals slot at 6:30 p.m.Pablo finished with 22 hits, including 20 attack points, while Panaga wound up with 18.Earlier, Cignal TV and Mega Builders arranged a duel for the men’s title. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIESlast_img read more