“The cancellation of the ATP? I looked to see if it was April Fool’s Day …”

first_imgNo tennis for at the least 6 weeks. I suppose it is the finest determination of @atptour with out fascinated by the day to day. Taking care of the inhabitants at present has to be the principal factor earlier than any sport. Let’s take care of ourselves, hear to those that know and be accountable. 😷🥺😷🥺 pic.twitter.com/lVGyst24HT– diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) March 12, 2020Regardless of not agreeing with the varieties, the Argentine did suppose the fund was appropriate, since he thought-about the determination to droop tournaments as the most profitable by the ATP: “The varieties angered me, however the determination to cancel it was the wisest. The following day, the healthiest factor, was to cancel Miami. I perceive that they took a couple of days, additionally they waited for the opinions of the gamers, the governments and every little thing that was occurring, however the wisest factor was executed. Whole suspension is ok, as a result of there are lots of athletes who’re with the virus and would infect others and the virus would multiply. “Now there isn’t any different alternative however to wait … Regardless of the undeniable fact that Diego Schwartzman is called The Peque, when he speaks he often does it loud and clear. The Argentine, quantity 13 in the world rating, charged towards ATP for its manner of speaking to gamers the determination to cancel the Indian Wells match, the first to fall off the calendar due to the COVID-19 disaster. Then Miami, Monte Carlo, Houston, Marrakech, the Depend of Godó and Budapest would observe, till finishing a six-week break.Nicely, that’s how Schwartzman defined in The nation how he acquired the information that it was not being performed in the US match: “I landed in Los Angeles on Sunday and came upon that it had been canceled by messages from Facundo Lugones (Cameron Norrie’s coach) and Fede Coria, who have been there at the match till I looked to see if it was April Idiot’s Day; I thought they have been enjoying a joke on me. However then I noticed an e-mail that was solely in English, it was not in a pair of languages ​​as it would have corresponded and by which the title was very calm, one thing like ‘ATP notification’. That was the manner of communication that such a match was suspended. “last_img read more

De Jong: “Ansu is the Barça player who surprised me the most”

first_imgThen came the fun time. When asked who figured he would be the hardest worker right now, he pointed out to Braithwaite: “From what I see, he’s training hard. He may be the hardest working.” He said he sees “Ter Stegen writing a book on confinement.” De Jong said that the player who has surprised him the most is Ansu. “I didn’t know him when he started training with us. He has a lot of talent and a lot of quality.” And then he said the first thing he would do when the state of confinement ended: “Go to a bar … (laughs). No, seriously, see my family, my friends and go to train and play, which is the most I like it”.De Jong admitted that he was killing time by revisiting the ‘Friends’ series, he considered Bergwijn (Tottenham) the most difficult rival he had faced when playing at PSV, and congratulated himself on Nouri’s improvement. But above all, De Jong confessed that he must improve his performance: “I have played many games and that is not easy in the first year. I am satisfied with my performance, but not totally satisfied. I have played some games well and I think our The best performances were against Dortmund and Inter in the Champions League, but I have also played very bad games. “ Surrounded by memorable jerseys (Mbappe’s for his debut in the Netherlands against France; and the Nations League semifinal against England) and worse memories (one of Lucas Moura, ultimately his executioner in the Champions in the Ajax-Tottenham tie), Frenkie de Jong gave a video call interview to the official media of Barça in which good vibes prevailed. “I came before the state of alarm was decreed in Spain … Here the routine every day is the same. Breakfast, I take a little walk, I train on the treadmill … Then I play with the dog. I try to stay in shape with a work program that they pass us from the club. But it is not a normal training “, the Dutch began. De Jong was pleased that they can at least go for a little walk down the street, something that is currently prohibited in Barcelona. “The midfielder, who came to Barça after paying 75 million euros plus eleven in variables, acknowledged that he is taking care of his diet. “Mikky (Kiemeney, his partner) cooks. But I eat less than normal because the training is less than normal. It is not that I do not eat something in particular but I am careful with what I eat and what I drink.” De Jong admitted that what he misses the most is “going to training, seeing the players. Playing games. I enjoy them. I don’t see them. It’s hard and difficult to be home and wait until the moment I say you can come back but it’s what we are today. Hopefully we can train again soon. “last_img read more

A week without a final in the Copa del Rey

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the sport in almost all the world and prevents the Copa del Rey final, the second leg matches of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey from taking place on the week that begins on Monday. Champions League and Europa League, as well as the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.The final of the Copa del ReySaturday April 18 was the date set for Athletic Club and Real Sociedad to play the Copa del Rey final at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville, after previously eliminating Granada and Mirandés, respectively, in the semifinals. It is the first Cup final in history between both teams. In mid-March, the Royal Spanish Football Federation agreed with both clubs to postpone the game due to the effects of the then incipient pandemic and with the aim that when it is played it will be a party with a full stadium, something that is now impossible. On March 17, Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, was in favor of the Copa del Rey final “being with hobbies.” The head of the soccer body advocated trying to get Basque club fans to be present in a historic game as long as the institutions give their approval to that option. “There are no dates. It was valued on May 31. We communicated it to the Royal Household at the time, but seeing what has happened in the last days we have paralyzed any imposition of date. We have the right to put the final on a weekend I have spoken with the presidents of Athletic and Real and they will be present in the negotiations, “said Rubiales. “We want a final with fans, we want them to be there. Unless it is a legal imperative, always at the disposal of the administrations, we would do it behind closed doors. Right now there is no date. If we do not know when we are going to resume the competitions, it would be risky say date for the final. We will work with the two clubs, “added the president of the RFEF.Champions League, Europa League and Women’s EuropeanThe return matches of the Champions League and Europa League quarterfinals were also scheduled for this week, seven days after the first leg matches had been played. Both tournaments were interrupted without the round of 16 being completed. The Champions League stopped dead due to the pandemic before the last four second leg matches of the round of 16 could be played: Juventus-Lyon (0-1 in the first leg), Manchester City-Real Madrid (2-1) , Bayern-Chelsea (3-0) and Barcelona-Naples (1-1). Atalanta, Leipzig, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain had already achieved the quarterfinals a week earlier. The pandemic also interrupted the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League, in which the matches Sevilla-Rome and Inter Milan-Getafe could not be played. The return matches should have been played on March 19. This Monday a Spain-Czech Republic, corresponding to the qualification phase for the European Women’s Championship, had to be played. The national team could no longer play the previous Thursday against Moldova in Alcalá de Henares, and now they will not be able to do so either, also at home in Granada, against the Czechs. This was officially communicated by UEFA to the RFEF on March 18. Matches are postponed until later and will be played in a new FIFA window. Chinese GP and Paris e-PrixMotorsports is deprived this week of two tests, the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and the Formula E World Championship Paris e-Prix for electric cars. The Shanghai race was the first to come off the 2020 F1 calendar. It happened on February 12. The championship then failed to even start as planned in Australia on March 15. Then the great prizes of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, the Netherlands, Monaco, Spain and Vietnam were postponed. The organizers of the F1 World Cup still do not know when the contest will start or how many races it will have. His sports manager Ross Brawn said last Wednesday that the 2020 season will probably start in Europe, and possibly behind closed doors. Brawn said Formula One’s desire is to race as soon as possible, if at all to give fans some entertainment in tough times, even if it means holding some of the first big prizes without fans. DIAMOND LEAGUE, PREMIER OF KARATE IN MADRID The Diamond League of athletics was to start on Friday in Doha. The following four tests were also postponed, in China, Stockholm (May 24), Rome / Naples (May 28) and Rabat (May 31). In addition, Madrid was to host this week, between Friday and Saturday, the fifth round of the Karate Premier League, with Sandra Sánchez and Damián Quintero as great stars. The world federation (WKF) made this decision “after the resolution of the Government of Spain to apply strict measures to contain the pandemic in the country, including the current state of alarm throughout the national territory.” “The health and safety of athletes and all other participants are the top priorities of the WKF. The international governing body of karate will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the best conditions for athletes, their staff and fans,” he said. the WKF on March 16.Amstel Gold Race, World Cup Sailing, Taekwondo Pre-Olympic and Snooker World CupIn waters of Genoa (Italy), the second date of the sailing World Cup was to be held, from Tuesday to Sunday, and the Cycling Amstel Gold Race was scheduled for Sunday, a test of a UCI World Tour that was interrupted after the dispute from Paris-Nice between 8 and 14 March. This Dutch classic would this year celebrate its fifty-fifth edition with local Mathieu van der Poel as the last winner. Its organizers are still studying the possibility of it being disputed at the end of the year. “We are in contact with various stakeholders such as municipalities, partners and the UCI to discuss the matter. We also depend on external factors. We strive for a quick decision, but we hope they understand that moving such a large test is complex. We are monitoring very carefully all the developments related to the virus. Therefore, we cannot give a definitive date for our decision yet, “they say on their website. In addition, Milan was to host the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Taekwondo Olympics on Saturday and Sunday, and on the 18th a new edition of the World Snooker was to begin at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield (United Kingdom) .last_img read more

Villanueva Churches: “The VAR must not tackle the gray plays”

first_imgFormer referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva has defended that Video Arbitration, in which he now works, “is not the holy spirit” and has “gray plays” that should not be addressed. Iglesias Villanueva participated in the talk ‘Let’s talk about refereeing from home’, from the Galician Football Federation, in which he said that in the world of football it was thought that with the arrival of the VAR errors would disappear. “I think people thought that the VAR was going to be the holy spirit, but there will continue to be controversy and the VAR is not infallible either. It is not just a machine, we are the people behind it. Being in the VOR room implies a lot of concentration, deciding in a short time and sometimes looking for a better image that does not come out first, “he explained.The former colleague, who is confined to the Coruña town of Pontedeume, admitted that “surely” the action protocol can “improve”, but still “We all have a referee inside, a coach inside, a player inside and now, a VAR inside.” “There is a fairly clear protocol on the situations in which you can and cannot enter and it is likely that in the future it will change. In fact, something has already changed, but we cannot pretend that the VAR is continually entering because we would transform football into something else” , Held. Churches Villanueva made it clear that “there are gray plays in which the VAR cannot and should not get involved”. Along the same lines, the assistant referee of the First Division and also from A Coruña, Diego Sánchez, warned that “the VAR was not invented to make the best decision but to avoid clear and manifest errors” in a sport in which “it is not all objective” . Both began at fourteen years old in the refereeing world and, although for Iglesias Villanueva the “experience in the elite was positive”, the truth is that he also had black days, especially the one he had after a game between Valencia and Barcelona with a phantom goal. “There have been bad moments, I cannot say no, because the referees do not live in a bubble, but we are prepared for them in some way because we know what we are exposed to when there is an error. I will never be able to forget that the press came looking for me at the door of my house, at an airport or annoying my parents and my family, “he recalled. In this sense, he assured that, although they are willing to go through” bad times, sometimes reality beats fiction “and recalled that the Valencia-Barcelona mistake today would have been resolved in” five seconds “. Regarding the changes in the rules for next season, Diego Sánchez admitted that he has seen them” over the top “because” it may confuse you “for the current season and considered that they do not imply” drastic, but relatively minor “modifications.last_img read more

The Government will close Series A if there is no agreement on the protocol

first_imgThe Italian Sports Minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, stressed this Thursday that the resumption of football depends on reaching an agreement on the protocol of action and that if this does not happen they will “close” the season and seek ways to “football pay the least possible damage ““Let’s say it clearly. If the parties agree to the protocol, the training sessions will resume and, consequently, there will also be a positive reflection on the restart of the championship. If it is to the contrary, the Government will decree the closing of the season due to a health emergency“Spadafora said in statements to the ‘Rai’.The politician also made it clear that the government “will create those conditions for that the world of football pay the least possible damage due to this emergency“We know that we are talking about a great company for the country, so we will take responsibility“he stressed.In recent days, there has been criticism from the soccer world for the ban on training. “We call on the Serie A League to end the controversies and disagreements. Soccer should be a symbol of joy, passion and play, and it should divide us only when you cheer up, “he said.“The technical-scientific committee is meeting with the various components of the world of sport, such as the FIGC (Italian Football Federation), to learn more about the training protocol“added Spadafora. The country’s government has already given the green light to sports activities in public parks. “This is also a test that in two weeks will allow us to see if it is possible to gradually open something else like gyms, dance centers, various sports centers, tennis clubs, “he said.Calcium’s responseAfter being consulted by the words of the minitro, the president of the Serie A President, Paolo Dal Pino has responded that “he is always available to have a constructive dialogue.”“I really appreciate it the words of Minister Spadafora this morning and your appeal. There has been and always will be availability for a constructive dialogue, with the certainty that the work of the Minister of Sports and ours can only point to a common good in its broadest sense. It is a tremendous moment for the country and for the world, only united, we will move forward, “he said in some collected statements in La Gazzetta dello Sport.And Dal Pino continued to pave the way to reach a consensus: “Like all Italians, we would like to return to work and live our lives as soon as possible. If possible, in compliance with health standards and protocols, well. otherwise, we will strictly adhere, as we have always done, to government decisions. The minister can be assured of our constructive and collaborative spirit. My harmony with the President of the Gravina fedceration is absolute. “last_img read more

T&T Red Force again

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force retained their Regional Super50 title after brushing aside Barbados Pride by 72 runs in the final at Queen’s Park Oval last night.The reigning champions piled up 270 for seven before producing a clinical bowling performance to bundle out Pride for a disappointing 198 off 42.5 overs.They reduced Pride to 31 for four in the 10th over, a situation the visitors failed to recover from despite a top score of 50 from West Indies batsman Shai Hope and an attacking 46 from all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.FLICKER OF HOPEThe pair put on 59 for the seventh wicket to give Pride a flicker of hope, but once they were separated, another three wickets fell for ten runs as Red Force reasserted control.Tail-enders Sulieman Benn and Jomel Warrican frustrated Red Force, however, adding a breezy 49 for the last wicket.Benn struck a run-a-ball 27 not out while Warrican made 24 from 31 deliveries before he missed a heave at seamer Rayad Emrit and was bowled, sparking celebrations among the Red Force faithful.Emrit was the best bowler with three for 46, while off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar (2-30), fast bowler Marlon Richards (2-38) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-55) all finished with two wickets each.Earlier, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo agonisingly missed out on three figures as Red Force prospered after being sent in.Bravo made 97 while opener Kyle Hope stroked 34, captain Jason Mohammed, 31, and Denesh Ramdin 26.Bravo’s knock, his third half-century in as many innings in the tournament, was laced with eight fours and two sixes and came from 104 balls.Carlos Brathwaite took two for 54 with his medium pace.last_img read more

Defendant in FIFA case appears in US court

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):An Argentinian sports marketing executive pleaded not guilty in a US court yesterday in the massive racketeering and bribery case that has scandalised international football.Alejandro Burzaco became the third of 14 defendants charged in the FIFA investigation to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to arrange bribes of more than $150 million – tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments – over a 24-year period.Wearing a rumpled business suit, Burzaco spoke only to tell the judge he understood the charges and his rights under US law, and to enter his plea. His lawyer declined to speak to reporters outside court.Burzaco – the former chief executive of a sports and marketing company, Torneos y Competencias – was to be released on a $20 million bond secured with cash, real estate and business holdings. His movements also will be tracked by electronic monitoring device.The defendant had turned himself in to Italian authorities in June and waived extradition. US prosecutors say he was involved in kickbacks and bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to obtain media rights for football tournaments.bribery schemeAn indictment cites a meeting between Burzaco, two other defendants and an unidentified co-conspirator in 2014 in Florida where they spoke about the bribery scheme. It alleges that at one point Burzaco warned in broken English, “All can get hurt because of this subject. … All of us go to prison.”Earlier this month, a high-ranking FIFA official, Jeffrey Webb appeared in the same courthouse to enter a not guilty plea. He was released on $10 million bond.Webb, 50, who is from the Cayman Islands, was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland last spring. The rest are fighting extradition.A third defendant, Aaron Davidson, also has pleaded not guilty. Lawyers have said the president of the marketing company Traffic Sports USA is involved in plea negotiations.Burzaco is due back in court September 18.last_img read more

De Gea pulled by Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will not play goalkeeper David De Gea in the opening English Premier League game against Tottenham today.De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.Van Gaal said yesterday, “It is not easy for De Gea to manage his situation now,” and “he shall not play.”De Gea’s absence means Sergio Romero, a preseason signing on a free transfer, could make his debut.United may also be without defender Marcos Rojo and midfielder Bastain Schweinsteiger, another preseason signing from Bayern Munich.Van Gaal says, “Rojo came (back) one week ago, Schweinsteiger came at the last moment. I don’t think that he is fit enough.”Meanwhile, Manchester United’s route back to the Champions League groups after a one-year absence must go through Club Bruges in the play-off round.”It will be an interesting tie,” United coach Louis van Gaal said after yesterday’s draw. “Bruges are a good side. They reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finished second in the Belgian League last season.”In another play-off pairing, two-time finalists Valencia were paired with Monaco, who reached the quarter-finals last season.last_img read more

H View hold advantage in race for fourth spot

first_img – 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex Today’s Games – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona POINTS STANDING Former champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. Tomorrow’s game: P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27last_img read more

Another Lennon, XLCR showdown

first_imgLennon High School will go for their seventh Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirl football title when they play Excelsior High in tomorrow’s final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.Lennon beat Denham Town 4-2 on penalties – after a 1-1 draw with the Corporate Area school – in the semi-finals at the said venue on Tuesday.Renae Gordon’s late equaliser for Lennon sent the game into extra time. Denham Town took an early first-half lead through Tianna Wilson. However, the Clarendon school held their nerve to come away clear winners on penalty kicks.”It’s a very good feeling to reach the final,” said winning coach Sherlon Lennon.He noted that Denham Town played an impressive game before taking the lead, but thought his team’s experience saw them through. “They (Denham Town) were organised and they possess the ball well, but we had the majority of the chances. We just didn’t capitalise because we weren’t settled,” he said.”Once we settled down, we played better and eventually got the equaliser. We pushed for the second goal and got the chances, but didn’t get the goal,” he continued.He is now confident of winning their second straight title, and seventh in nine years.RETAINING THE TITLE”We played them last year. We beat Excelsior in the final. We are looking forward to playing some good football and retain the title,” he stated.In the other semi-final, Excelsior defeated St Jago 1-0 on Taramia Clarke’s 70th-minute goal to set up a repeat of last year’s final.Excelsior’s coach, Xavier Gilbert, who has reached the last eight finals with just one win to show, is looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat to Lennon last year.”They (XLCR team) have exceeded my expectations, so I am happy to be in the final. We will approach the game similarly to how we did today (Tuesday). It was a keenly contested game, they had better possession, but we nullified their opportunities. But we went ahead from a set-piece and those are the things we strive on when we are in tight situations, and it worked for us,” he said.last_img read more