Diego Costa returns to work with the group; only missing Lemar

first_imgAtlético returned to work after enjoying a rest day. The rojiblanco team began preparing next Sunday’s game against Espanyol (16:00) during their visit to Cornellà. Diego Costa was the main novelty after staying out of the call against Villarreal for some lumbar discomfort and not exercising on Monday with the group. The Spanish-Brazilian, who again had minutes in the match against Liverpool after his cervical disc operation He worked as one more and points to the parakeet team. Of course, he was not present in the final training exercises with a major emphasis on air play, where he still has to move very cautiously. Thomas also missed that section to work alone in the gym. So, Simeone’s only absence was Lemar, who suffered a muscle injury to the reds. The Cholo has been recovering troops, with the recovery of João Félix and Trippier for the game against Villarreal last Sunday being key in the win. Hector Herrera is also fully recovered. They were previously returning Giménez, Morata or Costa itself.João Félix, author of the third goal against the yellow submarine, I could go back to eleven to visit Espanyol. Simeone would think of an offensive trident formed by the Portuguese, Correa and Morata. Trippier could also be of the game in Cornellà, occupying the right side after a very rapid recovery of his pubalgia operation. The English would form a defensive line with Savic, Felipe and Lodi.last_img read more

Diego Carlos, longing for Cholo

first_imgHence, the Argentine coach has set his eyes on the Sevilla footballer who, with a contract until 2024, also yearns for other great teams. It is the case of Real Madrid that sees him as a possible substitute for Ramos. This is the case of Liverpool, as a replacement for Lovren. They both already know their price. Its clause, 75 million. From the hierarchy they already demonstrate, they almost seem few. Sevilla has a very Cholo footballer who, obviously, according to Transfer.net, Simeone has taken his eye. It is Diego Carlos, central, 27 years old, a wall, one of the most outstanding defenders of this season. Monchi’s transfer, he came from Nantes to shore up the defense of a Lopetegui he already knew from Porto, with a prodigious physique1.84 meters, 79 kilos of pure muscle. Cholista poetry, which always raises its teams from the defense. A defense in which the signing of Felipe has been fundamental: powerful in the air game, with a jump cultivated in his basketball years, has revealed himself as a worthy successor to Godín, who last summer went to Inter after nine seasons at Atlético. But that does not prevent the rojiblanco club from showing shortcomings where it never did, its solid defense. It trembles in each lateral ball that flies over the area of ​​an Oblak that has fitted at this point in the season 30 points, more than ever. A defender, a means, a strikerA few days ago, Andrea Berta, rojiblanco sports director, argued that, if it were up to him, “this summer there would be no transfer market.” For the coronavirus, the confinements, all the shadows that they produce in the continuity of thingss. On his agenda, however, three priorities. One up (a striker), another in the middle (a midfielder) and a third behind (defense). Atlético are looking for a replacement for Lodi, position without doubling in Cholo’s squad, and looking for a team for Lemar, the second most expensive signing in the history of the club that has been a failure. His departure would free up the tight red and white economy and make the signings possible. Behind, Savic can come out, who ends his contract in two years. Whatever it is, Simeone already guesses that name. Diego Carlos, Diego Carlos, Diego Carlos …last_img read more

Turkmen league returns: first to return worldwide

first_imgDespite his neighbor iran It’s one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, with more than 75,000 infections and 4,800 deaths, in Turkmenistan not a single case has been recorded according to government sources, although the international community does not give credibility to the data. At the start of the world crisis, the Turkmen government banned the use of the word ‘coronavirus’ in the media and ordered the arrest of all those who used the term. In addition, it is considered one of the Less democratic states and hermetic of the world, according to human rights organizations, which compare it for its secrecy with North Korea, so it is understandable that there is a general reluctance to believe the official data.The Turkmen League they dispute it eight teams, they face in four laps, the first two of which conclude in mid-June. The Kopet Dag won the first four disputed leagues after the dismantling of the USSR but he took the last six titles to Altyn Asyr. In this way, this weekend there will be four soccer leagues in the world, three of them in the post-Soviet space, Belarus, Tajikistan and now Turkmenistan,and of Nicaragua. This weekend football returns, even if it is in Turkmenistan, an Asian country bordering Iran. The Turkmen League will go down in history tomorrow as the first championship postponed by COVID-19 which resumes: will do it after 36 days off (it was suspended on March 13) and with a confrontation between the two great teams in the country, the Altyn Asyr, which comes from winning the last six consecutive championships, and the Kopet Dag, leader of the classification.last_img read more

Barça: prohibited to exceed the ideal weight more than two kilos

first_imgThe Barcelona players, for the duration of the lockdown, they are being controlled daily by physical trainers, who develop a weekly personalized work plan in order to maintain the active body and as prevention of future injuries. This is basically a maintenance job, with most nonspecific exercisesThat is, very general, and without being able to display all the needs that work with an elite footballer requires.Where yes there is a requirement and maximum control it’s at the time of go through the scale. Every week the player has to report your weight twice the physical trainer who supervises his work. For now, the results they are being more than satisfactory: In general terms, the thresholds of weight gain they have been in the squad between 0.6 and 1.5 kilos. Some parameters that are considered correct considering that the template has already more than six weeks in lockdown. In fact, the bar that they can’t beatr in no case is that of two kilos or more. This is one of the lines marked in red when the footballers return to Ciutat Esportiva. Also expected increase in the percentage of body index of grease around the 0.3 and 0.9%. In this case, the calculations are less accurate since the players do not have devices at home for calculate the percentage. It will be one of the first tests to be done when the sport activity begins.In this section, a very important role has it nutritionist of the club, Toña Lizarraga, who has marked a series of guidelines over time that lasts lockdown, how to prioritize protein consumption and supplement intake with fruit and vegetable smoothiess. Another one of the mismatches that they are trying to redirect is the decreased performance aerobic that has been detected in recent weeks in some soccer players. This directly implies a decline in the resistance capacity of the player.Furthermore, in the footballers case plus fast and explosive a lost evident in the ability make repeated efforts in the last telematic training as well as a loss when absorb shocks by the tendon.last_img read more

Mayberry Swim meet on today, tomorrow

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) President Handel Lamey says it is the new administration’s vision to make the annual Mayberry Schools Swimming Championships the biggest swim meet in the region.The meet takes place today and tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre, Independence Park.Speaking at the launch of the 18th staging of the competition at Mayberry Investments Limited on Wednesday, Lamey said the almost-two-decades-old event continues to be a corner stone in the development of young Jamaican swimmers and that it is the administration’s desire to see the event fulfil its true potential and extend further overseas.”This meet has the potential to be bigger, … and based on our vision, we want to make this meet the biggest in the region. Not only to attract schools from the Corporate Area, but islandwide, and going forward, we want to invite overseas high schools to participate as well,” he said.18-YEAR PARTNERSHIP”Mayberry has partnered with the ASAJ for 18 years and that speaks of commitment in sponsoring community development for the long-term and we appreciate it,” he added.High schools and university competitions are on for today’s opening day and prep and primary schools will compete on the final day. More than 60 schools (30 prep/primary and 33 high schools/universities) and over 600 swimmers are down to participate.Mayberry’s assistant vice-president of marketing, Anika Smith, told the gathering they are committed to swimming in Jamaica and called on other corporate entities to come on board.”Here at Mayberry, we value any role we can play in the development of our communities, especially our young people. We have recognised that sports provide a productive outlet for them. This swimming champion-ship has been the signature sponsorship for our company for the last few years. We want to grow the championship, and that’s why we invite other corporate partners to come on board and make it bigger and better,” she said.last_img read more

Indian businessman says he bought Barbados Tridents for $100

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC): Indian businessman Vijay Mallya says he has paid only $100 for the Barbados Tridents, a franchise in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament. Mallya’s revelation comes roughly two months after he made the purchase, ending weeks of speculation about the sale. Tridents is one of six franchises participation in the CPL, which is set to bowl off from June 29 and run until August 7. “Everyone made a big drama about me acquiring the CPL team Barbados Tridents,” said Mallya. “It was an acquisition that was not made for any cash. The acquisition was made for just $100.” Mallya has been described as a troubled businessman who left India last month amid attempts by creditors to recover US$ 1.5 billion owed by the long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines. He bought the CPL team in February just before stepping down as chairman of United Spirits and subsequently also lost control over IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. “By buying the team, me and the other shareholders assumed the obligation to participate in the tournament,” said Mallya. “Now, participation in CPL cost money. So I went to the Barbados government saying ‘I need your support’. I met the prime minister and the government agreed to support, but I paid $100 only to buy the team.” Mallya says the cost of running the franchise is estimated to be around $2 million. “The Barbados government is granting subsidies to the franchise. People don’t get it, and jump to conclusions without knowing the facts,” said Mallya, who is reportedly living in the United Kingdom. “There is a cost of participation, such as players’ salaries and franchise fee. So I worked out all the numbers, studied the model and went to the government asking for help. They were keen to help me.”last_img read more

WI kept in the field all day – Siriwardana dominates with century in drawn tour game

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies were kept in the field all day ahead of Wednesday’s start of the opening Test as Milinda Siriwardana dominated with an unbeaten hundred for Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI, on the final day of the drawn three-day tour game in Sri Lanka yesterday. Resuming from their overnight 233 for three, the hosts piled on the runs to close on 455 for seven at the Sinhalese Sports Club, with the left-handed Siriwardana stroking an unbeaten 105. Opener Udara Jayasundera converted his overnight 124 not out into 142, while Angelo Jayasinghe hit 42 and Sachith Pathirana, 40, to frustrate the West Indies bowlers. Wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka hit 101 on Saturday’s second day. Skipper Jason Holder led three seamers with two wickets each as Kemar Roach (2-58) and Shannon Gabriel (2-85) finished as the successful bowlers. Jayasundera and Siriwardana, who resumed the day on three, extended their fourth wicket stand to 69 before being separated by Holder. Left-hander Jayasundera faced 216 balls and counted 19 fours and two sixes and once he departed in the third over after the first drink break, Siriwardana took control of the innings. The 29-year-old, who batted 149 balls and struck 18 fours, added 93 for the fifth wicket with Jayasinghe and another 65 for the seventh wicket with Pathirana. Both Jayasinghe and Pathirana played breezy knocks, with the 22-year-old Jayasinghe hitting six fours and a six off 62 deliveries and Pathirana, a 26-year-old left-hander, striking seven fours off 46 balls. When Gabriel removed Jayasinghe and Lahiru Milantha (0) in successive deliveries half-hour after lunch, West Indies would have been hoping to get through the lower order quickly. However, Siriwardana and Pathirana stood firm, leaving the Windies bowlers to toil without much success, with the first Test in Galle just three days away. extended leadlast_img read more

Roberts writes off WI

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Legendary former fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts has held out little hope for West Indies in their upcoming three-Test series against Australia starting next week Down Under.The 64-year-old said the regional side had “no chance”, and argued that with the poor standard of regional cricket, the young players would struggle to make their mark against a superior Australia side with the advantage of home conditions.”We have no chance, because we do not believe in personal development,” Sir Andy told the Observer newspaper here.”When you look at the standard of cricket in the region and somebody scores a double-hundred, you have to say this double-hundred deserves 50 or 100 instead of a double-hundred.”He continued: “All the youngsters we have brought in, from Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope, people are saying how good they are but when you look at them at the international level against the Sri Lankan attack, against the English attack down here, and even the Australian attack down here – it’s going to be a lot more difficult in Australia because the ball bounces a lot more in Australia and swings a lot more in some instances.”Drew England seriesWest Indies drew 1-1 in the three-Test series against England in May, earlier this year, and were swept 2-0 by Australia a month later – both at home.Last month, they were hammered 2-0 away to Sri Lanka, in another disappointing outing.West Indies have struggled in their only tour match which is currently ongoing in Brisbane, and are facing an innings defeat on Saturday’s final day.They have not won a Test in Australia in 18 years, and have failed to beat the long-standing rivals in a Test period since 2003.West Indies face Australia in the first Test in Hobart starting December 10.last_img read more

ECA/Norbrook Cup Under-9 tourney launched

first_imgJamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. TITLE SPONSORSlast_img read more

RJR Sports Awards Nominee | McLeod’s Magic

first_img AMAZING CAMPAIGN As a schoolboy at Manchester High Omar McLeod showed promise. A less-hyped member of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, back in 2011, if not a medal magnet, McLeod, in what was his first real taste of top level international competition showed that while the medals were missing then, he certainly had the wiring of a champion. Unlike many of his Jamaican teammates at the championships, McLeod did not leave the island’s shores to headlines and mass expectations He did not arrive in the French city to any fanfare, but when he left, he certainly gave a glimpse of the type of athlete he would become, the type of athlete he matured into over the past two seasons. Fourth place in the 110m hurdles and eighth in the 400m hurdles with a spot on the second-place sprint medley relay team were his results. The outcome was not the most glittering, but his effort and performance over his seven races in three days laid the foundation. It sparked a fire and he later seemed to flip a switch after his move to Kingston College. He was unleashed, and as his confidence grew, the records tumbled. Back then he was still competing in both the 110m hurdles, and 400m hurdles and in his final year as a high-school athlete, in 2013, he set records in both events at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, becoming the first Jamaican junior to dip below 50 seconds in the longer event with a 49.98-second run. He would take his talents to the University of Arkansas, where he quickly established himself as a leading collegiate sprinter. There was little surprise when he turned pro in 2015, and although he didn’t get on the podium at the World Championships in Beijing that summer with an eighth place finish after winning the national title for the first time, McLeod again was laying the foundations – like he did in Lille. The year 2016 brought new expectations for the wide-smiling McLeod, who showed his intentions right at the start of the year with an amazing World Indoor Championships campaign. McLeod, who became the first Jamaican to win gold in the 60m hurdles at the championships, hurried along to the finish line in a national record 7.41 seconds. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with the expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful and it definitely set me up for the rest of the season,” McLeod told The Gleaner of his success at the World Indoors acting as a springboard for what was to come. He would underline his immense all-round ability with a ‘stand-up, and run’ 9.99 seconds in the 100m just over a month later to add fuel to strong belief that he will be the man to lower Aries Merritt’s 12.80 world record when that speed is fully applied in the 110m hurdles. He duly took his form to the circuit, dominating the Diamond League, winning his first six races of the outdoor season with a 12.98s run at the Shanghai Diamond League stop making it almost impossible for writers to punch in his name without adding the words ‘Olympic gold medal favourite’ a few strokes along. Trouble in his next two races in Monaco and Hungary brought questions about his ability to handle the expectations, but the sprint hurdler was clear about his own convictions. “What trouble? those didn’t happen. I am not even thinking about anything but to go to the Olympics and execute and deliver,” he said just before his arrival in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic spectacle. The youngster certainly delivered, tackling hurdles, rain and seven other determined hurdles to again become another first, crossing the line in 13.05 seconds to carve his name as the first Jamaican Olympic champion in the event. The emotions that followed still play vividly on his mind. “Its an amazing feeling, that’s the pinnacle of all sport. Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, and to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday, its an indescribable feeling, its awesome to be honest,” McLeod shared. “It was a great year obviously. I set goals for the year and I think I accomplished all of them: World Indoors, first athlete to go sub-10 and sub-13, being the first athlete to win an Olympic gold for my country in the 110m hurdles, so it was an astonishing year and I am really grateful for that and I am looking forward to an even better career because I still don’t think I have maximised my full potential as yet and that’s what makes it a lot more exciting for me,” McLeod added. He ended the year winning nine of his 12 races in the 110m hurdles and was unbeaten in the 60m hurdles with six wins. Such dominance is not often seen in his trade, leaving little surprise around his first nomination for the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Awards. The winner is set to be announced at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday.last_img read more