Dest leaves Ajax concentration in Qatar due to tension in the Middle East

first_imgUS Ajax defender Sergiño Dest left this Thursday the concentration that your team is doing in Qatar during the break wintry, since he was not “comfortable” because of the tense climate in the Middle East area following the recent attacks between the United States and Iran.“Sergiño Dest asked the club if he could leave the training camp of Ajax in Qatar. He did not feel comfortable. Ajax understands your request and he consents to it, “the Eredivisie champion said on his website. In this way, the 19-year-old side, born in the Netherlands but who chose to play with the United States internationally, To return to to Amsterdam to train with the teams of the lower categories.This Wednesday, Iran launched missile attacks against two US military bases in Iraq, in response to the assassination of the General of the Iranian Armed Forces, Qassem Soleimani, by the US Army last week.last_img read more

Sterling, to AS: “The Zidane thing is not flower, but formula”

first_img“I do not want to be favorites in the European Championship. Spain a team that is always a challenge” 10 England has a great team for the European Championship this summer. Does the tournament arrive at your best personal moment?It is a good opportunity for us. In general, watching our players, but especially in the lead: Sancho, Rashford, Kane … They are players who are playing very well, but not only that, they are also leading their teams as examples. That’s why it’s a good time for England, but we also need to prove it in a great tournament. The World Cup went well, but I think we have improved since that much, especially in the attack, which is now more talented. Now we need to make a name for ourselves and the European Championship is a giant dream for me and my country, so it is something I am fully prepared for, as for any other tournament.In which position of favorites would you put England?I do not want as favorites. I hope nobody puts us as favorites, but when the day comes we are there.And to Spain?In summer you can not leave the ball too much because it seems that they will never lose it and you do not want to go home soon and start the preseason. They always have a good team and good players continue to appear over the years. It is a team that is always a challenge. According to Transfermarkt, he is the second most expensive player in the world (€ 160M), tied with Neymar and only surpassed by Mbappé (€ 200M). What is missing to be at least on the podium of the Golden Ball or win the Player of The Year in England?Especially last year, he speaks for himself that we won poker in England and then no player of ours will take the Player of the Year. It was given to a Liverpool player that I think he had a fantastic season, but … It happened in previous seasons, when Touré participated in 20 goals as a midfielder. Or with Agüero, who has been here since 2011, scores incredible goals and has never won. I think these players are not treated the same as those of the other teams in England and the world. De Bruyne was amazing the first year we won the Premier. Whenever we win something they give it to the rival team. It is the kind of thing that does not depend on us, but still we continue.JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Sterling poses with Real Madrid and Manchester City shirts for AS in Manchester.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS) Is it something you think about?Everyone can see it. It is impossible that we win the Premier four or five times without the Player of the Year. This year Liverpool will win and surely the MVP will be some player of his. We are not treated with the same respect.Madrid loved him and there are still rumors about it. How do you receive them?It’s something you can see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying the moment, even if things have not gone as planned in the Premier. We have a great opportunity in the Champions League, although I still say that Madrid is a fantastic club, in a country with incredible weather. But I repeat: I am very happy in the City. Would he be in his eleven?Insurance. 100%And you, by level, in Real Madrid?(Laughs). It’s one of those things … Now I’m in the City and I’m very happy, but I also say that Madrid is a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club represents, it’s huge. Although I have to say that I have a great contract with the City (until 2023) and I have to respect it. But it is a fantastic club. Accompanied by two members of your agency, Colossal Sports Management, Raheem Sterling (Jamaica, 25 years old) receives AS at the luxurious Lowry Hotel, the same one in which Mourinho lived in his stage in Manchester. Until his injury, Raheem was the top goal generator (20 goals and 6 assists) of his club, which prohibits this newspaper from questions about the UEFA sanction. Risueño and confident of arriving at the Bernabéu, analyzes the tie, among other topics, during a talk of about an hour. This is the first part… Where was he during the draw?We had gathered at the training center to watch the raffle, something we always do and it’s a lot of fun. We reacted well when we knew it was Madrid. You know it’s a great club, but also a challenge and, so I’m sorry in the Champions League, if you want to do it right, it’s best to play against the best teams. And there is no better challenge than Madrid.That Madrid was worse than today. Have you followed its evolution?Yes, but I say from the heart that both then and now, always, will be a difficult game, regardless of whether they are in good or bad time. Just for the atmosphere, the historic Bernabéu … And especially now that they are doing very well. But I also have total confidence in our team. And, if we have the day, I think we can win.Zidane has been key in the improvement, but I don’t know if he knows there are those who say he is basically lucky. They call it ‘The flower of Zidane’. How do you see it?I think winning the Champions League many times, especially in a row, is very difficult. Flower? I don’t think it’s luck, but definitely formula. Some people have that winning mentality and he wins anyway. I would say that it is something that he has probably developed in his great career as a player and now as a coach, so he keeps this winning touch. I do not think that when you win it is luck, but a winning mentality. The goals are good at the end. Are you aware that Madrid too?Yes, we know how difficult it will be. It is probably one of the most important tests of our careers. I think it is a great year for us in the Champions League because the Premier has not gone as planned. This is our chance to go out and show what we are made of. Today there are not many teams that can stop us.Which Madrid player would sign if he had a team?To Modric. I’ve played against him a couple of times, especially with Croatia, and I don’t know, just the way he floats … It’s very nice to look at. 7 He said in the past that “anyone’s dream of growing up is to look at the shirt of an outside team in a sunny country.” Would you like to play in Madrid one day?(Laughs). How do I answer this question? Is the camera recording live or just taking pictures? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is currently in the City.He had a problem in Spain-England of 2018 with Ramos, who said he had not stepped on it. Did they talk or apologize after the game?It was a match and we both tried to win for our countries. He knows he stepped on me, but he is one of those who … He didn’t think it was missing and I do, things that happen sometimes. Love was not lost. He is a player whom I admire for everything he does. He is a true role model and an icon, someone you listen to when he speaks. At the end of the game everything was fine, with love. “Playing in Madrid? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is now in the City” In addition to Brahim, is it related to any Real Madrid player?No, but I have seen Isco or Marcelo a couple of times on vacation. If I see Brahim putting something good on Instagram I say “keep it up” or “good luck”, but not continuously.last_img read more

End of the voluntary quarantine of the Inter players

first_imgYesterday was Last day of strict quarantine for Inter Milan players. It has been fifteen days since his match against Juventus, where there are three players with Coronavirus, and, although the situation is not going to be much different than it has been in recent weeks, hay little details that will change your day to day. Starting today they can go down to throw the garbage or take the dog for a walk without leaving more than 200 meters from home. Routines that although they did not have the greatest importance before, now become the only time of day to take a little air. What still it is early to know, it is the date they will return to training normal in the sports city. The end of this voluntary quarantine for Inter footballers, coincides with the signing of a new decree in Italy. A decree ordering the closure of all non-essential productive activities, which causes the country to become even more paralyzed, as advised by Chinese experts who arrived in Milan three days ago to help combat this new virus. In addition, in Lombardy, any type of outdoor activity has been prohibited. You can no longer go running even on your own, the parks have been closed and police controls have been intensified. Today, from our balcony overlooking San Siro, you cannot hear the usual traffic on a weekday. The sound of cars and motorcycles has been replaced by the sound of ambulance sirens.last_img read more

Russell stars for Sydney Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an emphatic start to his Big Bash campaign, snatching three wickets to help fire Sydney Thunder to a convincing 36-run victory over Sydney Sixers in the opening game yesterday. With Sixers chasing 159 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, pacer Russell claimed three for 13 in a brilliant four-over spell to limit their scoring and reduce them to 122 all out off 19.5 overs. Opener Michael Lumb struck 34 from 27 deliveries, with four fours, but he was only one of four players in double figures and the only one to pass 14. Medium pacer Shane Watson claimed three for 13 from two overs. Sixers looked to be getting off to a good start when Lumb posted 28 off 21 balls with Brad Haddin, who made 13. However, Haddin, looking to play an attacking stroke, was bowled middle stump by a full-length delivery from Russell, with the third ball of his first over. In his next over – the sixth of the innings – Russell bowled captain Nic Maddinson for seven with the score on 37 for two; and the innings never really recovered. Earlier, captain Mike Hussey struck an unbeaten 80 off 59 deliveries, with five fours and four sixes as Thunder made 158 for four after opting to bat first. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, whose 30 came from 20 balls. Russell finished unbeaten on four off five deliveries.last_img read more

Oral Tracey Column

first_imgThe dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: JLP victory!

first_imgThe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be declared winner of the 2016 General Elections after unseating the People’s National Party (PNP) at today’s polls. JLP party leader Andrew Holness arrived at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters a short while ago, where he was greeted by a large and jubilant crowd of party supporters. Holness, who defeated the PNP’s Patrick Roberts to retain his St Andrew West Central seat, will be joined in Parliament by his wife Juliet, who defeated Imani Duncan – Price to secure the St Andrew East Rural constituency. PNP’s deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said: “We have clearly lost a number of seats but the overall picture is very close so we will wait on the final figures.” Asked if the PNP has been taken by surprise, Robinson said, “We knew a number of seats were close but we obviously never expected to lose that many.” “We knew there were some marginals but we expected to win some of the marginals,” he added. The PNP leadership is expected to concede shortly in front of a small, somber crowd at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters.last_img read more

‘Everything is going well’ – Bolt says preparation on song for Rio Games

first_img UNIQUE ATHLETE Meanwhile, Bolt said he is not like any other athlete. “I am different, I bring a different vibe. I am a performer, not just an athlete, but I am a performer. I bring and I entertain, so that’s what makes me different,” said Bolt. He added that he is looking forward to running here in Jamaica at the Racers Grand Prix, scheduled for the National Stadium on June 11. “I haven’t run in Jamaica for a couple of years now, so for me, I am looking forward to that, so people should definitely come out and support.” He reiterated his intention to close out his illustrious career “definitely unbeaten”. “I won’t be one of those athletes, after you dominate over a couple of years and you decide at the last minute that you want to come back, you start to lose. It doesn’t look good, so I won’t be one of those athletes. When I hang up my spikes, that is it,” he told The Gleaner. Bolt stressed that he is the best of this era when asked how he compares with American great Carl Lewis. “In this era, for sure,” he said, then added with a laugh when pressed further, “Come on, man! Come on!” As iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to add to his six Olympic gold medals at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 29-year-old reveals that this might be the most important year of his career. Bolt said he is “under no pressure”, but wants to entertain his fans, remain fit and compete hard. The 100 and 200m world record holder says he is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans in his Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14 in the Cayman Islands. “I am in good nick, training hard. My time trials are going well, my coach is happy, so everything is going well, and I am just looking forward to my first meet in Cayman. “I think it’s one of the big years, now that it’s (career) finishing. It’s really a big deal, so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. And just to win is always the plan,” continued Bolt. He was speaking in an interview Sunday night following a reception and auction ceremony hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The reception showcased items of Racers stars’ Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes, some of which were silently auctioned.last_img read more

LIME and FLOW announce $28m two-year deal with JAAA

first_imgLIME and Flow are now major partners of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and will sponsor all its national championships and teams as they have inked a two-year deal worth $28 million.The announcement by the merged entities took place at Terra Nova All Suites Hotel yesterday.LIME manager for sponsorship and events Stephen Miller revealed that the agreement will encompass all junior and senior athletic programmes and events owned or associated with the national track and field athletics body.This will include national junior and senior trials, CARIFTA trials and championships, Junior Central American and Caribbean Games, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association development meets, and the Jamaica Invitational meet. Other support for the association will include providing telecommunications infrastructure and products over the stated period.”LIME and Flow will power the JAAA and all its events over the period … and we will make sure the fans feel our presence at these events,” Miller told the gathering.However, he warned entities to respect their rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor of the JAAA or suffer the consequence.”We respect the rights of all those who support athletics, and as such, we expect that our rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor for all JAAA events will be fully respected. Our exclusive advertising right as telecoms sponsor at all these events will be safeguarded and fully enforced,” he urged.Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president, said that the team to the World Championships in Beijing in under a month’s time could be the largest and most diverse Jamaican team to ever participate at the Games and said that every contribution towards the programme is appreciated.”The cost to Beijing is formidable. The cost for airfare alone runs into five or six million. The needs of the JAAA go a far way than that ($28 million), but this goes a significant way towards meeting our needs, and we are quite happy for this partnership,” he said.”The $28 million is quite a boost for us, and it will put the JAAA in a position to better look after and support our athletes,” Blake stated.partnershipsMinister without portfolio with responsibility for sports Natalie Neita-Headley said the merger exemplified what private-public sector partnerships can achieve.”I am very happy to be part of every and any occasion where the private sector and the public sector can come together for the benefit of the development of sports in Jamaica. Without the partnership of the private sector, it just does not work,” she said.LIME has been a major sponsor of the JAAA, sponsoring high school development meets, the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association (JISA) national Prep Champs, ISSA/Grace Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as well as several outstanding athletes.”This move is a bold one and I know we will benefit wholeheartedly,” said Neita-Headley.last_img read more

Big guns for Alex’s Imports Gold Cup

first_imgThe big guns of racing will hold centre stage in the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup feature over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Eleven entries were received for the popular grade-one race that dates back to 1967, when the legendary KILOWATT won the inaugural running. The star-studded field includes last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, the reigning champion sprinter; Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER; the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR; the bang- in-form imported horses UPPA TUNE and FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, UNCLE TAF as well as PETE’SWILDONE; and this year’s St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL. CTL’s racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr, said “with the very best on show, it’s a race worth going miles to see”. He was quick to add: “The Gold Cup, for a purse of $1.6 million, kick-starts what promises to be a fantastic last quarter of racing on the calendar, what with the $10.55m Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series commencing on Monday (Heroes Day), followed by the prestigious Superstakes on Saturday, November 14, and the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile, with a record purse of $13.5 million on Saturday, December 5. “No other period in the history of racing at Caymanas Park has seen so many major races in the offing and coming at the back end of the season. It will provide a feast for racing fans,” he added. Veteran trainer Harry Parsard, whose top horses POTCHEEN and UPPA TUNE have won a number of grade-one trophy races this season, says neither can be taken lightly despite the strength of the opposition. “Potcheen ran on strongly to win the race with a light impost last year ahead of stable companions UPPA TUNE and PETE’SWILDONE in a memorable sweep, and although set to carry topweight of 57.0kg on Saturday, this will not deter him,” said Parsard. “Uppa Tune, on the other hand, is versatile and consistent as they come and being a better horse this year, should enter the reckoning in a big way,” added Parsard, who will have two other runners in SUPERLUMINAL and PETE’SWILDONE. Two-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER could only manage fifth as the 2-1 favourite under topweight of 57.0kg last year, but is coming to run, with 56.0kg this time around, for trainer Spencer Chung. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will saddle two strong contenders in recent Governor General’s Stakes winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (55.0kg) and the speedy American colt, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, who will have to be caught. Both are coming off recent wins and should make the race all the more interesting. Strong performerslast_img read more

Happy return! – JAAA, JOA pleased with Rio medal haul

first_img “I think Jamaica has everything to be proud of. We did fairly well. We came 16th overall on the Olympic medal table, which is taking all sports into account, and that all the medals came from a single sport. This is really a tremendous achievement,” Blake continued, in an interview with The Gleaner. With regard to track and field (athletics), Jamaica placed third overall, a feat which the JAAA boss calls “a remarkable achievement for a country so small”. Prior to the Olympics, the JAAA came in for some criticism regarding medical exemptions to athletes like triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200m at the national trials, double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson in the 200m, and Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles, but Blake says his organisation feels vindicated. “Jamaica is a small country and we cannot behave like the United States of America, where it’s first three past the post on the day,” he stressed. “We saw the need to put in place a situation that would allow for such a medical exemption, and the results have vindicated us,” he outlined, while crediting the coaching staff, technical team, medical teams, masseurs, who “all pulled together to make this one of our most successful Olympics ever”. In the meantime, Fennell says Jamaica had their disappointments like any other country, but noted that the overall medal haul was “excellent”. “Very satisfactory. We had our disappointments like every team. We are not the only one with disappointments. The US probably had more disappointments than anybody else, but we had our own disappointments. But overall, it was excellent,” the veteran administrator noted. He believes Jamaica gave the Rio Games a big boost. “Yes, it did, as did other teams too, because remember, we were big in one sport, but there were 27 other sports. Swimming was pretty big and many of the other sports, but of course, athletics is our flagship,” Fennell added. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Dr Warren Blake, while admitting local “medal hopefuls might have wanted more Olympic medals” from the 73-member team, feels Jamaica “did fairly well” in placing 16th overall on the Olympic medal table. Blake, along with Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Michael Fennell and other administrators, team personnel and athletes, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamaica racked up 11 medals, equalling their highest haul – inclusive of six gold, three silver and two bronze in athletics competition. “It’s quite good; the hopefuls among us were hoping for a few more medals, but there are many nations who went away empt-handed,” said Blake yesterday. MUCH TO BE PROUD OFlast_img read more