João Félix: “Knowing Cristiano was like living a video game, it seemed to measure three meters”

first_imgThis season has also been measured against Cristiano in the Champions League. Atlético was measured with Juventus. João Félix failed to score the team turins, although he does add two goals in the competition. The ones he did to Lokomotiv, one in each game. It is expected to be available to Simeone for those continental parties. For now, against Granada will be low. João Félix wants to be in the match against Liverpool. At the moment, his first season in Atlético is being discreet and a muscle injury has made him miss the last derby. His goal is to be ready for next February 18 and be in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against the Klopp team. The Portuguese came to Atlético as a successor to Griezmann, becoming the most expensive signing in the history of the Madrid club, but for now his performance has not been as expected. “It will be a very difficult qualifier, Liverpool is in great shape, in an excellent way, it is the current champion of the competition and it will be tough, even more against a rival like this Liverpool,” explained the player in a preview of an interview he has offered to Eleven Sports and that will be offered in full on Friday. Among other things, the Atlético player explains how his first encounter with Cristiano Ronaldo was, something that struck him. “At that time I seemed to be in a video game, I was used to watching him play on television, I had watched his games, but I had never had him close. It looked like it was three meters high, I was not used to seeing him nearby, he was strangers, ”says the Atlético attacker, who coincided for the first time with Cristiano in a call with the Portuguese national team.last_img read more

Nadal boasts Federer’s gift after Match in Africa

first_imgRoger Federer and Rafa Nadal staged a stupendous tennis and solidarity lesson final week through the Match in Africa occasion, which broke the world document for followers of a match after bringing collectively about 52,000 folks at Cape City Stadium in Cape City (South Africa).With the sale of tickets to the occasion, about 3.5 million {dollars} had been raised (3.2 million euros) that may go to the varied tasks that the Roger Federer Basis Performs in international locations in Africa like Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe.Throughout the event Nadal and Federer confirmed indicators of the good friendship they’ve maintained for a number of years regardless of the rivalry between them. That’s the reason the Swiss needed to thank Nadal for accompanying him on such a special occasion for him, since he performed in his mom’s house nation, with a small gift. The Rafa Nadal Academy shared the element that Federer did to Nadal after the sport: an autographed racket of the Swiss, which will be learn on the deal with “Rafa, thanks in your superb assist. It’s at all times a pleasure. Roger Federer, Cape City 2020”. The Tennis Academy thanked this current from the Basel tennis participant. “Thanks Roger Federer! This gift might be a pleasant strategy to bear in mind Match in Africa on the Rafa Nadal Museum!” Yet another pattern of the gorgeous story that Federer and Nadal are doing in tennis with a historic rivalry that can also be one of many nice examples of friendship in sports activities.last_img read more

Míchel prepares his twelfth revolution in Huesca

first_imgMichael He shakes the tree after every bad game of his team and everything points to the twelfth revolution of the season against Fuenlabrada. Huesca has lost twelve games this season and after a defeat or a bad image, such as the one offered by the Alto-Aragonese team against Extremadura, there are six to three changes in the lineup. After falling in The Little Birds of SoriThere were six novelties in the eleven, after the debacle of Fernando Torres de Fuenlabrada there were five new players in the lineup and after the Anduva disaster, five other players fell from the team. Revolutions that have normally been good for the Oscenses, since the modifications have become victories. In the previous eleven previous Míchel has always sacrificed to a side after defeat, normally to Luisinho; a central, usually Joshua Sa; and in many occasions a midfielder, the most recurrent is Juan Carlos. Before Fuenlabrada there are three players who knock on the doors of ownership: Pablo Insua in defense, Eugeni Valderrama in the center of the field Y Rafa Mir in the attack of the Oscense team. Three possible developments, although the entry of Galán or Miguelón on the sides is not ruled out.The eleven that Míchel prepares could look a lot like the one formed by: Álvaro in goal; Miguelón, Pulido, Insua and Galán in defense; Mosquera, Mikel Rico and Eugeni in the center of the field; and Juan Carlos, Okazaki and Rafa Mir in attack. An alignment that would involve five changes with respect to the team that drew last day against Extremadura and whose mission would be to once again believe in the promotion to the fans of El Alcoraz.Doukouré progresses properlyCheick Doukouré accumulates his first week of training with the rest of his teammates and his progress is adequate. The Costa Rican half has been out of the field for more than a year and the Catalans hope that their contribution can reach the final stretch of the season. According to Pablo Insua: “He is being seen surprisingly well. He is a player who can come in handy for the final stretch of the season. ” The central explained that he has also recovered from the same injury as the midfielder.last_img read more

“When Haaland arrived at Molde he was a kid and he was not good”

first_imgStill, they did not always trust him but on July 1 two years ago, he cleared the doubts of his teammates against Brann. “That week he did not score a goal during training and we laughed at him but, the coach decided to start him. We thought we could not play with him as a forward and, after a few minutes, he had already scored four goals, “he says.That match, belonging to matchday 15 of the Norwegian League, played poker in less than half an hour. In the first, he left the goalkeeper with oriented control and defined, in the second, he sat the defender with a pass and won one on one, the third was a tracing of the first and the fourth was a penalty. The first big day of a short but already successful career. As a professional, Erling Haaland has scored a total of 61 goals in 88 matches. He scored 20 with Molde in 50 games, 29 with Red Bull Salzburg in 27 games and takes 12 in just 11 meetings with Borussia Dortmund. Erling Haaland did not arrive with star vitola at Molde. In Norway, he had to earn his minutes, and besides, the team’s veterans were not impressed at first with his qualities and were quite skeptical. This is recognized on the website specialized in French football Get French Football News, Ruben Gabrielsen, current player of Toulouse who shared the locker room with the Norwegian giant in Molde. “When he arrived at Molde, he was a kid and not especially good to tell the truth,” he said, but something changed.Following an injury, the tip worked hard and his game evolved. “He had an injury and when he came back, he was coming back very strong. He learned that when difficult things come we have to work harder and he had his reward “, recognizes Gabrielsen.last_img read more

Career-bests from Bravos help Red Steel whip Tallawahs

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):The Bravo brothers, Darren and Dwayne, produced career bests in regional Twenty20, to propel Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to a convincing 27-run victory over Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final of the Caribbean Premier League on Thursday.Opting to bat first at the Queen’s Park Oval, Red Steel were fired to 152 for six off their 20 overs by Darren Bravo’s unbeaten 86, with Jason Mohammed chipping in with 28.In reply, Tallawahs crashed from a position of 97 for two in the 14th over to 125 all out, losing their last eight wickets for 28 runs in the space of 37 deliveries.The architect of their demise was captain Dwayne Bravo, who grabbed five for 23 with his medium pace to wreck the innings.Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton top-scored with 31 and talismanic opener and captain Chris Gayle got 30, but they were only two of three batsmen to pass 20, with Jermaine Blackwood chiming in with 23.Red Steel will now clash with last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the second semi-final today for a place in tomorrow’s final against reigning champions Barbados Tridents.The hosts owed their total to Darren Bravo’s brilliance, especially after they slumped to 18 for three in the fourth over, following fast bowler Jerome Taylor’s early burst.Left-arm Krishmar Santokie bowled Cameron Delport with the sixth delivery of the game for one and Taylor followed up, removing South African Jacques Kallis for six to a catch by Andre Russell at mid-off in the second over before having Kamran Akmal caught at mid-wicket for six, clipping a full toss to Mahela Jayawardene in the fourth over.Bravo set about the repair work, putting on 80 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed, who struck two fours and a six off 25 balls.The left-handed Bravo faced 63 balls and counted four fours and six sixes, and single-handedly carried the innings once Mohammed perished in the 15th over.In reply, Gayle gave the Jamaica innings a rousing start, blasting medium pacer Kallis for a pair of sixes in the fourth over, as he put on 38 off 27 balls with Jayawardene, who scored 16.The left-hander was looking ominous, having struck two fours and three sixes off 23 balls, when he top-edged a slog at off-spinner Johan Botha and skied a catch back to the bowler in the fifth over.Jayawardene survived a chance on nine in the next over to add 28 for the second wicket with Walton before suffering misfortune when he was given out caught at first slip by Kallis.Television replays showed that the ball struck the batsman’s arm as he attempted the reverse sweep at left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in the ninth over.Walton and Blackwood then posted 33 for the third wicket to help Jamaica control the game. Walton faced 30 deliveries and counted three fours while Blackwood hit two sixes – both in the 11th over from Benn – in a 22-ball innings.Jamaica seemed poised to take control when Dwayne Bravo removed Blackwood to a catch at long-off in his second over and then followed up by bowling the dangerous Andre Russell for six in his next over, the 16th of the innings.Red Steel then turned the screws and Tallawahs wilted as Dwayne Bravo ran through the lower order.last_img read more

Vintage KC football teams of the ’60s to be celebrated tonight

first_imgThe all-conquering Kingston College football teams, which won both back-to-back Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles in 1964 and 1965 to remain unbeaten in two seasons, will be celebrated tonight at a 50th anniversary Fortis Festival hosted by the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association at Witty’s Lounge, Savannah Plaza, starting at 7 p.m.Widely regarded as the best-ever schoolboy teams by virtue of their dominance and impeccable record, the 1964 squad comprised Tony Keyes (captain), Neville Oxford, Trevor ‘Jumpy’ Harris (father of former national player Wolde Harris), Lloyd McLean, Franklyn ‘Bowla’ Morant, and Dennis Johnson, as well as Mickey ‘Mouse Brown’ Vernon, Malee Miller, Winty Davidson, Baldwin Fisher, and goalkeeper Ossie Bailey.Despite losing Keyes, Fisher, Davidson, and Bailey, the 1965 team was just as devastating with as many as 10 members elected to the All-Manning team that year. Ample replacement for Keyes and company were found in Patrick ‘Patto’ Kirkwood, Carey Coke, Leopold ‘Offside’ Jackson, Derrick Bryan, and the colourful Leslie Lucas replacing Ossie Bailey in goal. The squad also included two very good players in Joseph Alvaranga and Roy Black, now a popular selector on KLAS radio and musicologist, who will provide the music for tonight’s tribute.All were honoured at a dinner hosted by the New York Chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys in April, 1997 in New York.Significantly, in 1964, Kingston College achieved the grand slam of schoolboy sports, winning not only the Manning Cup, but Boys’ Champs and the Sunlight Cup cricket competition (now Grace Shield) as well, a feat unmatched in the annals of schoolboy sports.Franklyn Morant was a member of all three teams, while ‘Jumpy’ Harris and Mickey Vernon were key members of the winning Sunlight Cup team, and the outstanding sprinter, Tony Keyes, a member of the trail-blazing Champs’ team, which had the distinction of being the first schoolboy representatives to run and win at the Penn Relays in the USA.- Orville Clarkelast_img read more

Ja’s Newnham tops individual field

first_imgWestern Bureau:Despite shooting a three over par final round, Jamaica’s Jonathan Newnham nonetheless emerged as the top individual performer in the 2015 Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup, which concluded at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday.Newnham, who had one under-par round on Wednesday and Thursday, raised hopes that he would have had a brilliant final round but he was a little off colour yesterday. However, his combined score of 290 (73, 71,71 and 75) was good enough to put him ahead of the Dominican Republic’s Radhames Pena who finished two strokes behind the Jamaican.Besides Newnham, it was a disappointing day for Jamaica from an individual perspective and as a consequence, the Dominican Republic, which had a better all-round team performance, took the team title ahead of Jamaica.The next best Jamaican was Ian Facey, who shot a lame 78 yesterday, which landed him in 15th place with his scores in the previous three rounds (79, 75 and 78, giving him a combined score of 310. Owen Samuda, Sean Morris and William Knibb took the 18th, 19th and 20th slots.In addition to Pena, the Dominican Republic’s march to the team title which saw them edging Jamaica by two strokes, was also fuelled by decentfinishes by Lino Guerrero and Juan Jose Guerra, who ended sixth and tenth on the individual table.Dominican Republic had a final combined score of 1210 to Jamaica’s 1212 to clinch the team title and left the Jamaicans wondering how things could have been different had Newnham repeated his back to back 71s on Wednesday and Thursday.In the showdown for the George Teale title, which featured the women, the US Virgin Islands sparkled both individually and as team as they got the individual title through Amira Alexander and the team title with a score of 615, two strokes better than Puerto Rico.Individually, Madelyn Piccininni was the best Jamaica finisher, ending up in sixth place after shooting 78, which gave her a total score of 322. She shot 81, 85 and 78 in the previous three rounds. Jamaica finished fifth behind the US Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Burrell not keen on top CONCACAF job

first_img However, Burrell now insists that to be president of two demanding associations would be time-consuming and challenging. “Look at what people have been saying? So I won’t hang around until I am thrown out,” Burrell noted. “Many people now want the post, so at times you have to step back and give others who have asked for the opportunity the chance to serve,” he told The Gleaner. “I have a business which I have built for many years, and it’s time to start paying attention to that. After a while, you realise that you need time for family, business and other things,” he added. “I am not going to step back fully (from football administration), I will always be around. Right now, I am the JFF president and I am going back for another four years, as I have been nominated unopposed. “That, in itself, is a lot of commitment and to give that commitment to the regional body is going to take up more of the time. So to hold both posts is a huge task. “Right now, I am a vice-president of the organisation (CONCACAF), but to vie for the head would mean complete devotion, and with my federation, business and family, it would be very difficult,” he explained. CONCACAF’S interim committee comprises Justino Compean (Mexico), Sunil Gulati (USA), Pedro Chaluja (Panama), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Victor Montagliani (Canada) and Sonia Bien-AimÈ (Turks & Caicos) and Burrell. The Jamaican said the focus is to rebuild the organisation’s reputation and get reforms. “We have collectively decided to remain as one strong body, to operate as a unit until next May when the election is due. This was a unanimous decision and we have been pursuing a number of reforms to make the confederation emerge stronger. “We feel it is the right thing to do and we are certain that in the months ahead, things will return to normal and the confederation will be much stronger and transparent,” he commented. “This is a voluntary position and times may come when others want an opportunity and they should be given the opportunity. But at this time, I am just concentrating on working with the group, getting the reforms in place and passed by congress, so that when we go forward, the problems that we have experienced recently, the reform process will prevent a lot of these from happening again,” he stated. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, revealed that given the recent corruption investigations which rocked world football and threw the regional body into chaos following the arrest two former presidents, he is not keen to be head of CONCACAF. Caymanians Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit have been arrested in football’s ongoing scandal and another former CONCACAF president, Trinidad and Tobago’s Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, has been implicated in the corruption probe, with a US extradition request sent to his Government. The JFF boss, in the past, had declared his ambitions to assume the CONCACAF top job. He was recently appointed to an interim CONCACAF body to govern the affairs of the region’s football until a new president is elected at the confederation’s next congress in Mexico City in May. Give others a chancelast_img read more

Promising English cricketer Hobden dies at 22

first_imgLONDON (AP): Matthew Hobden, an English cricketer regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming players in the country, has died. He was 22. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Hobden’s death yesterday. It didn’t give a cause of death. Hobden was a seam bowler who had been selected for the Potential England Performance program for each of the last two years. He played county cricket for Sussex. “As a player, I remember the first time I saw him just thinking, ‘Wow,'” said Kevin Shine, the ECB’s lead fast bowling coach. “He was the strongest, most powerful cricketer I’ve ever seen on that program — up there with elite athletes from different sports. His potential was huge, he was improving rapidly and I’m certain that he would have played for England.” England players wore black armbands in Hobden’s memory on the second day of the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday. Hobden made his first-class debut in 2014 and represented Sussex in all formats of the game. “Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game,” Sussex said in a statement.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Cricket’s duty to its minnows

first_img NEW VERSION OF CRICKET There is a new version of cricket, however. It is T20 cricket. It is taking over like wildfire and it has given those in charge the opportunity to spread their wings, to cover the whole wide world. For years now, there has been a call to add more teams to cricket and there has always been a counterclaim by the ‘big shots’ of cricket that the game would be too one-sided if that was done. There is no doubt that was true. Can you imagine a Test match between Australia and Canada at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and, at end of day two, at the end of the first innings, the scoreboard read: Australia 400 for one or two declared, Canada70 and 20 for five? Who would watch this match and who would pay for the exercise? Based on their performances over the years and their performance this year, however, the minnows, or some of them Ireland, the Netherlands, Oman, Afghanistan, Scotland, Hong Kong and Kenya, deserve their places. And so do others like Papua, New Guinea, Canada and the USA. If they never get to compete, no one will ever know of them, just as we would never have known of players like Mohammad Shahzar; Afghanistan’s batsman Kyle Coetzer; Scotland’s batsman Zeeshan Maqsood; Oman’s batsman Dawlat Zadran; Afghanistan’s pacer and one of the real finds of the tournament, Afghanistan’s young right-arm leg-spinner Rashid Khan. And what of countries like China, Argentina and even Brazil if they so desire? T20 cricket is made for them. RANKED NO. 3 T20 cricket is ranked number three in the general scheme of things. It is played regularly in local competitions, hardly in international competitions and up to last month, it was played every two years as a world tournament. Regrettably, it is scheduled for every four years as of the next time. T20 cricket is big business. It is, however, easy to play, it is fun, it caters to the spectators, and although the players, including the West Indies players, or most of them, prefer the Test version, it is the most popular format today. T20 cricket is ideal as a tool to spread the game. The minnows can upset the ‘big boys’ occasionally, just as how The Netherlands defeated England in both the 50-over World Cup and the World Twenty 20 and just as how Afghanistan defeated the West Indies a few weeks ago in the World Twenty20. Those defeats were embarrassing for England and that defeat was also embarrassing for the soon-to-be crowned world champions, West Indies, a few days ago. They added to the excitement of the tournament, however, and as far as The Netherlands and Afghanistan are concerned, they contributed to the growth of the game. The ICC has a duty to its minnows and a responsibility to cricket to let them loose and offer them more opportunities. This is the time to allow cricket to grow. The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 tournament of 2016 is behind us and despite many events of its kind – and many successful ones at that – the world of cricket can truthfully say that this one was a tremendous success. Maybe it was the different types of pitches found in India this time around and maybe it was the different kinds of bowling, especially the presence of right-arm leg-spin bowling, which made it so successful. Maybe it was the quality of batting throughout, the tournament and the brilliance of the fielding which lifted the standard and thus the excitement throughout and maybe it was the energy and performance of the minnows which caused it all. Maybe it was, in the final analysis, the performance of the big hitters of the West Indies which made the difference and the stylish and dramatic way in which they ended the tournament on a winning note, with the ball disappearing into the outskirts of Kolkata. Maybe it was simply an improving mindset by the players. Whatever it was that caused it, it was a tournament to remember and to duplicate and, at least, the next time around. For years now, and but for a few changes, cricket has remained the same. It has been basically the same teams, with nothing new to add spice and colour to the scenery. Cricket, it is said, is a hard game to learn, but that is Test cricket.last_img read more